Australian Liberty Calendar

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Launch of Making Australia Right, edited by James Allan @ Alliance Hotel
Feb 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
 Launch of Making Australia Right, edited by James Allan @ Alliance Hotel | Spring Hill | Queensland | Australia

Making Australia Right – with James Allan, Nick Cater and Rebecca Weisser

Making Australia Right is a book of essays about what’s wrong with Australia and how to fix it written by people in a good position to know. It will be launched in Brisbane by the former editor of the Australian, Nick Cater. Other speakers will be Professor James Allan and Rebecca Weisser. Click here to book.

What you have here are top people in their fields giving you something you will not find on the ABC, namely an outlook and an analysis that is something other than the bog-standard left-wing perspective that dominates so much of the airwaves, the newspaper columns, what you find on social media – and these days, alas, even what some Liberal MPs will voice inside the party room. James Allan, from the Introduction.

Cost is $10 for AIP members and $20 for non-members and includes the first drink free. To book, click here.

What you will find is a variety of treatments on some of the most important issues facing this country. The line-up for this book is as follows. Judith Sloan considers the economy; Brendan O’Neill tackles political correctness; Gary Johns writes on inequality; Jim Molan surveys defence; Roger Franklin goes more big picture and explains the causes for his anger at the Liberal Party; Rebecca Weisser examines the media in this country; Graeme Haycroft does the same with industrial relations; James Allan at the state of play in our universities; Kerryn Pholi writes on Aboriginal Australia; Jeremy Sammut discusses health; Lorraine Finlay takes on law-making; Peter Kurti delves into religion and the new sectarianism; Steve Kates scrutinizes interest rate policy; and Alan Moran finishes the collection off by looking at energy policy. So fourteen chapters in all, and each one approached in a different way.

What you have here are top people in their fields giving you something you will not find on the ABC, namely an outlook and an analysis that is something other than the bog-standard left-wing perspective that dominates so much of the airwaves, the newspaper columns, what you find on social media – and these days, alas, even what some Liberal MPs will voice inside the party room.

– James Allan, from the Introduction

Trump in OZ! Could ‘The Donald’ Happen Here? @ The Centre for Independent Studies
Feb 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Trump in OZ! Could ‘The Donald’ Happen Here?


They said he could never win – but from January 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump will officially be the President of the United States.

As the experts scramble to explain why the American people elected the most unlikely candidate in American history, the political reverberations continue to be felt around the world including in Australia.

This special CIS panel event will examine the crisis in ‘Establishment politics’ that brought “The Donald” to power – and discuss whether a Trump-style political revolution could happen in Australia.

Join our speakers for a riveting discussion: Ross Cameron

Ross Cameron. Mr Cameron is the former Member for Parramatta in the Federal Parliament and has worked in law, business, banking and politics. He is a regular political commentator on SKY NEWS, and is the co-host of the Sunday morning ‘Outsiders’ program with Mark Latham and Rowan Dean.

Louise Clegg

Louise Clegg. Ms Clegg is a barrister and occasional opinion writer who is keen on democracy, foundational freedoms and the maintenance of core public institutions.  She has practised widely in the public law field and in recent years has taught undergraduate and post graduate public law subjects.

Tom Switzer. Mr Switzer is a senior fellow at the University of Sydney’s United States Studies Centre and a presenter at ABC’s Radio National. He has been published in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post and Foreign Affairs. Tom Switzer

Details of the event are as follows:

When: Thursday, 2 February 2017

Where: The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie Street SYDNEY NSW 2000*

Time: 5:45pm for a 6:00pm start. The event will conclude at 7:30pm

Cost: $10.00 for members* and $15.00 for non-members

To secure your place please book 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.

For event enquiries please email Max Hawke-Weaver at

For media enquiries please email Karla Pincott at

*Members are defined as Associate Members and above.

*Limited parking is available within the building complex. Online pre-bookings are essential to secure a car spot and discounted parking rate. Please visit the Secure Parking website, select the car park at 131 Macquarie Street and enter the promotion code: CIS10 when making your booking. If you are travelling by train, Martin Place and Circular Quay are the nearest stations to our office, with Wynyard a few minutes further away.

The HR Nicholls Society Presents a Night With Peter Costello @ The Trust
Feb 8 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The HR Nicholls Society Presents a Night With Peter Costello @ The Trust | Melbourne | Victoria | Australia


Join the HR Nicholls Society on February 8th for dinner and drinks with former Treasurer Peter Costello at the Trust, Melbourne.

Mr Costello will be discussing the current state of industrial relations, his time as Treasurer and the future of reform in Australian politics.

The event includes a three-course meal and three-hour drinks package.

Tickets $130 for non-members, $120 for HR Nicholls members and $95 for students.

6:45 for a 7pm start

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National Security Network Forum with the Hon Christopher Pyne MP @ Main Committee Room, Parliament House Canberra
Feb 14 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
National Security Network Forum with the Hon Christopher Pyne MP @ Main Committee Room, Parliament House Canberra | Capital Hill | Australian Capital Territory | Australia

National Security Network Forum with the Hon Christopher Pyne MP

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Join us for an evening with Minister for Defence Industry the Hon Christopher Pyne MP

The National Security Network is an initiative that seeks to engage politicians, defence, and national security professionals on Australian and global defence matters.

We are delighted to announce that the Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP will be addressing the National Security Network in February.

Minister Pyne will update us on the implementation of the Defence Industry Policy Statement and on the importance, and potential of the defence industry sector to our economy, technology, and nation.

The Minister will also speak on the promotion of export markets for our world class material: just the first step in a Defence Export Strategy currently under development that will create new markets overseas and help boost the Australian economy.


Tuesday 14 February 2017


Main Committee Room, Parliament House Canberra


5.30 - 7.30pm

Please allow ample time to complete the Parliament House security process as formalities begin promptly at 5.30pm.


Refreshments and networking from 6.30-7.30pm

Registration is mandatory

Click HERE to book.
Guests welcome – please register one person at a time. Due to security pass arrangements at
Parliament House, registrations close February 9Spaces are limited.


Free (for Platinum subscribers and National Security Network members)

$5.00 (for Gold and Silver subscribers)

$25.00 (for non-subscribers)

To take advantage of securing discounted tickets to this and future events held by the MRC, join our growing community of subscribers. To sign up or for more information on other subscriber benefits offered, click here.


For further enquiries please contact Kay Gilchrist at or (02) 6273 5608



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Fundamentals of Sound Economics in Sydney @ TBC
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – Feb 19 @ 1:00 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.

Liberty & Society Student Conference @ Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne
Mar 24 @ 6:30 pm – Mar 26 @ 3:30 pm



24 -26 MARCH 2017

Do you like to challenge yourself, question the way decisions are made and think seriously about the future of Australia and New Zealand? If you have started exploring the possibilities offered by classical liberal ideas then this conference is an opportunity not to be missed.

The Centre for Independent Studies recognises the importance of exposing, challenging and supporting young people who have an interest in exploring the foundations of a free society. The Liberty and Society student conferences are highly regarded with many participants saying the weekend was pivotal in building their personal philosophical framework.  For more information click here

Successful applicants from Australia or New Zealand receive a scholarship that covers food, accommodation and most of the travel.

‘It’s a rare opportunity to get a crash course in the fundamentals of Classical Liberalism, with a bunch of thirty other bright young minds. Wish it could have gone for another day, it seemed over before it began!’ ZC April L&S

6.30pm Friday 24 March – 3.30pm Sunday 26 March  I  Adina Apartments, Queen St, Melbourne  I  Closing date: 10 February, 2017

The 5th ALS Friedman Conference @ Aerial UTS Function Centre
Apr 28 @ 1:00 pm – Apr 30 @ 6:00 pm
The 5th ALS Friedman Conference @ Aerial UTS Function Centre | Ultimo | New South Wales | Australia



The biggest and best liberty conference in the Asia Pacific Region is back – and with a new format designed to take #Friedman17 to a whole new level of awesomeness!

Join over 300 of the best and brightest libertarian thinkers, academics, and activists for a week of intellectual stimulation, education, debate and FUN!

This year, we are proud to announce a new format which will go beyond simply speakers and panels, and include interactive activities, competitions, debates and an ‘unconference’ session so that everyone can get the most out of this experience!

I am delighted to announce that tickets for the 5th Australian Libertarian Society Friedman Conference are finally on sale!

And if you thought the last few conferences were good, you ain’t seen nothing yet!

Out speaker lineup is better than ever, and we can now announce that we will be joined by the one, the only: NICK GILLESPE FROM REASON MAGAZINE!

Nick will be joining other superstars from the international libertarian community such as the world’s foremost public choice academic, Prof Michael Munger from Duke University, former Libertarian Party Presidential Candidate Austin Petersen, world’s greatest issues-campaigner and former Executive Director of the UK Taxpayers’ Alliance Matthew Sinclair, Director of the Brexit “Better Off Out Campaign” Rory Broomfield, and Australia’s own libertarian expat, the phenomenal and amazing Naomi Brockwell, and Hungarian Member of Parliament Zoltán Kész

Not to mention our stellar lineup of Australian speakers such as Professors Wolfgang Kasper, Suri Ratnapala, & Jeff Bennett, Theresa Moltoni OAM, President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry for Queensland, Law Lecturer Lorraine Finlay, and former Liberal MP and commentator Ross Cameron

But that’s not all! WE’re changing the whole format of the conference around this year, with more hands-on interactive activities, in addition, to simply speaker sessions, and years conference will feature interactive campaign workshops, career advice sessions for students, fun performances, and A CHANCE FOR PARTICIPANTS TO WIN $5,000 by pitching a campaign in our liberty shark-tank (more on that later!).

Early bird discounts of up to $150 are now on offer, so get in quick and reserve your spot at !

Australia and New Zealand Students for Liberty Conference 2017 @ RMIT Melbourne
Jun 30 @ 7:00 pm – Jul 2 @ 5:15 pm


GET HYPED AND SAVE THE DATE. Australia and New Zealand Students For Liberty is holding its third annual conference at RMIT University in Melbourne – Oceania’s largest youth libertarian event.

Beginning with opening drinks on June 30th, ANZSFLC17 is a weekend full of seminars, debates, workshops, functions and hangouts with libertarians throughout our network, as well as a wide variety of distinguished speakers, which is not to be missed. Previous conference speakers have included Ruslan Kogan of, Olympic Gold Medallist shooter Luca Rossi, as well as politicians (from all sorts of parties), academics, grassroots activists, entrepreneurs and students.

Speakers are TBA (you can expect a star-studded line-up), as are student scholarships and travel for interstate students, and our social functions throughout the conference. We’ll be posting a link for early bird tickets very soon.

Click ‘going’ to stay updated!

A Calendar of all Australian pro-liberty events