Australian Liberty Calendar

Welcome to the Australian Liberty Calendar, a project of the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance!

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Freedom to Choose 2016: Australian Economic Problems Through a Public Choice Lens @ Fremantle Campus of The University of Notre Dame
Jul 29 all-day
Freedom to Choose 2016: Australian Economic Problems Through a Public Choice Lens @ Fremantle Campus of The University of Notre Dame | Fremantle | Western Australia | Australia

Welcome to Freedom to Choose 2016: Australian Economic Problems Through a Public Choice Lens

Freedom to Choose is an annual one-day economics conference devoted to considering the degree to which policy makers should pursue free-market policies. There is a focus, in particular, on placing free-market ideas in their historical context and the role economists should play in policy formation. The invited conference speakers are encouraged to adopt a critical, scholarly and non-ideological stance when considering these issues. Dissent is encouraged both from the floor and the podium.

The Freedom to Choose conference in 2016 is specifically devoted to considering the extent to which Public Choice theory sheds light on a range of economic problems that have plagued the Australian economy through time. Australian economists played a prominent role in the rise of the sub-discipline of Public Choice in the late twentieth century, with the likes of Geoffrey Brennan co-authoring publications with James Buchanan (who won the Nobel Prize for his contributions to Public Choice theory) and J. J. Pincus making substantial contributions to what is called the Bentley-Schattschneider theory of pressure groups. To some extent, the day of the conference is designed to allow these elderly economists to transfer the Public Choice “baton” to the younger generation of Australian economists in the audience.

The conference is specifically designed for undergraduate, honours and postgraduate students, but all interested parties are welcome. Forums will also be provided at the conference in which students can interact with established economists to discuss the wisdom of pursuing honours and postgraduate qualifications in the discipline of economics, as well as careers in economics generally.

It is to be held on Friday 29 July 2016 on the Fremantle Campus of The University of Notre Dame, Australia.

The keynote speaker is Michael Munger (Duke). Other invited speakers include: Geoffrey Brennan (Duke/ANU), William Coleman (ANU), Michael McLure (UWA), Jonathan Pincus (Adelaide) and Brad Taylor (USQ).


The conference is kindly sponsored by the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation and The University of Notre Dame, Australia.

The conference will be held at the Fremantle Hotel (ND42), on the corner of High and Cliff Streets, which is within the Fremantle Campus of the University of Notre Dame, Australia.

The conference venue is conveniently located within walking distance of the Fremantle train station.
Students For Liberty Western Australian Conference @ UWA Business School
Jul 30 @ 12:30 pm – 8:00 pm



** This is a free event, but registration is essential. Registration link **

This year, Students for Liberty is rolling out a series of regional conferences across the Australia/New Zealand region, to bring quality speakers and thinkers together closer to home for our students and supporters. As such we’re proud to announce that the inaugural ANZSFL Western Australia Conference will be held at the UWA Business School on the 30th of July.

The speaker lineup includes politicians, academics, business executives, and students who are all contributing to the liberty movement in their own way. This is your chance to explore themes of freedom in all sorts of forms, meet inspiring thinkers, catch up with like-minded students and activists, get empowered, and generally have a great time!

Food and drinks will be provided, but registration is essential for catering purposes, and can be completed via the link above.

Speakers will be announced in the coming days and weeks.

Liberty & The West! @ Claremont Hotel
Jul 30 @ 8:00 pm – 1:00 am



With ever increasing threats to freedom around the world, The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance in conjunction with Australia and New Zealand Students For LibertyMannkal Economic Education Foundation, theAustralian Libertarian Society and Liberty on the Rocks Perth, would like to invite you to an evening celebrating the things that made the west great: individual liberty, free markets, freedom of speech & the rule of law!

With so many groups joining together, this is sure to be one of the biggest and best pro-liberty gatherings in Perth this year, and is a must for everyone interested in liberty and sound public policy!

The format of the evening shall be relaxed drinks with a presentation byTim Andrews, Executive Director of the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance.

Tim Andrews is a graduate of the University of Sydney, graduating with a Bachelor of Economics (Social Sciences), a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Masters of Public Policy. Whilst studying, he served two terms as Federal President of the Australian Liberal Students’ Federation, and in 2007 he was elected to the Board of Management of the HR Nicholls Society, a position he continues to hold today. He has written for the Sydney Morning Herald, The Daily Telegraph, Investors Business Daily, and the IPA Review, and was a co-founder of the blog Menzies House.

He also has considerable experience in grassroots and taxpayer advocacy, both in Australia and internationally, including employment at the Washington DC-based Americans for Tax Reform and the Cato Institute. He has also received extensive training in campaigning and free market activism, both as a participant in the year-long Koch Associate Program, and completing the Atlas Network Leadership Academy & “Think Tank MBA”.

This will be a lot of fun, and we look forward to you joining us!

Have We All Gone Nuts?! PJ O’Rourke Talks Politics in Melbourne @ Melbourne City Conference Centre
Aug 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm


The Centre for Independent Studies is excited to welcome back best-selling American writer and leading political satirist PJ O’Rourke. Join us for a laugh-out-loud evening of trenchant, sometimes scathing political insights; because if you didn’t laugh, you’d have to cry.

PJ will be speaking in Melbourne on Wednesday, 3 August 2016.

With his trademark biting wit and capacity for provocation, PJ will unravel the sorry state of Western politics and democracy. The former Rolling Stones foreign affairs correspondent will offer the latest news from the US campaign trail, and muse over whether the Australian political landscape is merely neurotic when compared to the insane antics of the US elections…

PJ is a contributing editor at The Weekly Standard, H. L. Mencken fellow at the Cato Institute, a member of the editorial board of World Affairs and a regular panelist on NPR’s Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me! A prolific writer, hisexposé of Washington, Parliament of Whores, and his book about international conflict and crisis, Give War a Chance, both reached #1 on the New York Times best-seller list.

Event details:

Date: Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Time: 6.00pm – 7.30pm

Where: Melbourne City Conference Centre

333 Swanston Street, Melbourne (opposite the State Library)

Cost: $50 Non-members, $30 CIS Members*

* Members are defined as Associate Members and above

Bookings are essential at or by calling (02) 9438 4377

Please note that all bookings are transferable but non-refundable. If you wish to transfer a booking you must advise the organisers of the name change at your earliest convenience by calling 02 9438 4377 or email

For event enquiries please email Jane Moon at

For media enquiries please email Karla Pincott at

IPA Young Members Event – Perth @ The Vic Hotel
Aug 4 @ 8:00 pm – 12:00 am
IPA Young Members Event - Perth @ The Vic Hotel | Subiaco | Western Australia | Australia


Please join us for a special Institute of Public Affairs Young Members event in Perth.

The IPA’s Simon Breheny and Matthew Lesh will be speaking on the evening about the state of freedom of speech in Australia and the current threats to our most important liberty. Simon, the IPA’s Director of Policy, has written extensively on free speech in Australia, and Matthew, a Research Fellow with our Future of Freedom Program is researching campus intellectual freedom.

The details of the event are:
IPA Young Members Drinks
Thursday 4th August at 6:00pm
The Vic Hotel
226 Hay Street, Subiaco, Perth

The event is free for all attendees. Drinks and food will be provided.

This is a great opportunity to introduce your friends to the IPA. If you have a friend who might be interested in becoming a Young member of the IPA, please invite them to join us on the night.

We look forward to seeing you at the event!

Worth Fighting For: Andrew Bolt book launch @ Tattersall's Club
Aug 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Worth Fighting For: Andrew Bolt book launch @ Tattersall's Club | Brisbane City | Queensland | Australia

Worth Fighting For: Andrew Bolt book launch


Australia’s foremost conservative journalist is undoubtedly Andrew Bolt. Not only does he write multiple columns for Newscorp each week, but he maintains a punishing schedule of blog posts, as well as hosting a radio and television show.

Andrew tackles issues that others are too afraid to mention.

The details of the event are:

Friday 5 August at 5.30pm for 6.00pm
Tattersalls Club
215 Queen Street, Brisbane

**Please note, the venue requires men wear a jacket and tie. Denim jeans are not acceptable.

The event is $15 for AIP Members and $40 for non-members. Drinks will be provided.

To secure your place click here to book online or contact Sarah Wilson at the IPA at or on (03) 9600 4744. Places are limited


Tattersall’s Club, Brisbane

PJ O’Rourke’s Dangerous State of the Nation @ Sydney Opera House
Aug 9 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm



Join American’s favourite humorist hell-raiser straight off the U.S. Convention trail in conversation with Tom Switzer.

Hot off the US convention and campaign trail, America’s favourite living wit and best-selling author PJ O’Rourke is heading to Sydney to deliver his Dangerous State of the Nation talk at the Sydney Opera House in collaboration with CIS.

PJ O’Rourke is a collection of curious contradictions. Roaming foreign affairs correspondent for Rolling Stone magazine for 20 years, he is also a libertarian Republican satirist who recently reluctantly backed Hilary Clinton as “the second-worst thing that can happen to [America].” Former gonzo Editor of National Lampoon and writer of Parliament of Whores: A Lone Humorist Attempts to Explain the Entire U.S. Government, he is now the HL Mencken Research Fellow at the Cato Institute.

Whether you share his political persuasions or not, his penchant for a stiff drink or not, PJ O’Rourke has the rare ability to make you laugh out loud while provoking you to think about the big issues.

Join humorist hell-raiser PJ O’Rourke for a rollicking ride across the US political landscape and a firsthand assessment of the candidates hoping to make it into the White House in 2017.

The Centre for Independent Studies is excited to partner with the Sydney Opera House to host this special event as part of our 40th anniversary Lighthouse Lecture Series.


Event details

Date: Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Start time: 8.00pm

Location: Sydney Opera House (Concert Hall)


Ticket pricing and booking

Tickets can be purchased directly via the Sydney Opera House website.

Standard Tickets $40-$50 plus booking fees.


Tickets will be on sale to the general public on Monday, 4 July 2016.


Eligible Sydney Opera House members can access presale tickets now.

The authorised ticket sellers for this event are Sydney Opera House.


Please refer to the Sydney Opera House event page for further pricing information and terms and conditions. For all general booking enquiries please email the Sydney Opera House Contact Centre or call on (02) 9250 7777 for more information.

For media enquiries, please email Karla Pincott at

Henry Olsen Luncheon – Trump, Brexit and the Forgotten People @ CIS Office
Aug 18 @ 12:15 pm – 2:00 pm


Henry Olsen will be joining us to speak on Trump, Brexit and the Forgotten People. He will explain how this constituency drove Donald Trump to become the Republican Party Presidential nominee, pushed Britain out of Europe and are disrupting the status quo around the globe.

Henry is an elections analyst and political essayist who studies conservative politics in the US and abroad.

He analyses election returns and poll data to understand why people vote the way they do and how conservative politicians and thinkers can best advance their ideas in the climate they face.

The event details are as follows:

Date: Thursday, 18 August 2016

Location: CIS Office, Level 1/131 Macquarie St, Sydney CBD

Start time: 12:15pm

Finish time: 2:00pm

Members**: $50.00 incl GST

Non-Members: $60.00 incl GST

For event enquiries please email Yonca Yilmaz or call (02) 9438 4377.

For media enquiries please email Karla Pincott or call (02) 9438 4377.

**CIS Member is defined as an Associate Member and above.**

Tales of the Reading Brain: Reading Development, Dyslexia and the Digital Culture @ Parramatta Mantra Hotel
Sep 7 @ 8:00 am – 3:15 pm

Learning Difficulties Australia, in conjunction with The University of Sydney and The Centre for Independent Studies, are pleased to present this unique opportunity for teachers, psychologists, researchers and policymakers to hear from the internationally acclaimed literacy expert, researcher and author, Dr Maryanne Wolf.


Dr Maryanne Wolf

Dr Wolf, Director of the Centre for Reading and Language and Associate Professor of Child Development at Tufts University, is the author of more than 150 scientific publications and RAVE-O, a successful evidence-based intervention program for struggling readers. Her popular book, Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain, describes the way our reading brains have developed and explores the implications for children who function in technology-driven societies.


Dr Jennifer Buckingham

Dr Tufts will be joined by Dr Jennifer Buckingham, Senior Research Fellow at The Centre for Independent Studies and Director of the FIVE from FIVE Reading Project, and Lisa Ridings, Senior Assistant Director Student Services at the Association of Independent Schools, for this important and fascinating discussion on how the human brain learns to read.

Date: Wednesday, 7 September, 2016

Venue: Parramatta Mantra Hotel, Parramatta, Sydney

Tickets are available at

Fundamentals of Sound Economics in Sydney @ TBC
Sep 10 @ 9:00 am – Sep 11 @ 5:00 pm


It is with great pleasure that the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance can announce that we will be running a special two-day intensive in Sydney with two of Australia’s leading economists, Professor Sinclair Davidson and Professor Jason Potts from RMIT University, on the fundamentals of free market economics! This shall be held in Sydney on September 10-11.

This course is essential for anyone interested in economics, politics, and public policy making

This course will cover a lot of material and provide students with the intellectual ammunition needed to take on the left, but it will also be an opportunity for networking, enjoyment and building friends within the Australian pro-freedom community.

We have previously run this course over ten weeks, with weekly 2 hour seminars, however, given how busy people can be, we are trialing condensing 10 weeks worth of work into two days.

This course is open to EVERYONE and not just currently enrolled tertiary students or recent graduates. The cost of the full program is $300 for adults or $100 for students. However, both full and half scholarships may be awarded in cases of financial need for deserving applicants.

Here’s what some of the students previously took the course said:

“A must for anyone who wants to understand economic policy, network with others and win debates. The program provides invaluable instruction from respected academics and reaches further than any university course” – Alex Bedwany, University of New South Wales

“A thorough and challenging journey, this course should be the first stop for anyone serious about exploring the freer side of political ideology in an academically rigorous way.” – Sam Bradshaw, Macquarie University

“The course is a must! With engaging and extremely knowledgeable lecturers, it gave me the perfect foundation in economic theory, and was of incredible in helping me argue for limited government!” – Margie Iliescu, Melbourne

Visit to apply. Applications close Friday, August 19.

A Calendar of all Australian pro-liberty events