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Jun
28
Wed
Brisbane – The Tyranny of Tolerance; Threats to Religious Liberty in Australia @ Connor Court Book Room: Suite 2
Jun 28 @ 5:15 pm – Jun 29 @ 7:00 pm
Brisbane - The Tyranny of Tolerance; Threats to Religious Liberty in Australia @ Connor Court Book Room: Suite 2 | West End | Queensland | Australia

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Brisbane – The Tyranny of Tolerance; Threats to Religious Liberty in Australia

 

The Centre for Independent Studies invites you, on behalf of Connor Court Publishing, to the book release of The Tyranny of Tolerance by Peter Kurti. With remarks from Professor James Allan and Peter Kurti in Brisbane.

It was a confident expectation for more than a century that religion — its beliefs, doctrines and institutions — would atrophy in the face of growing secularisation. But not only has traditional Christianity survived in liberal western societies; other faiths, most conspicuously Islam, have increasingly become a perceptible presence. This evolution gives rise to many questions about the place of religion in liberal democratic society.

In a time of ‘fake news’ and social media mobs, Kurti’s thoughtful deliberation about the meaning of tolerance and its tension with political liberty is indispensable. He critiques the origin of Australian multiculturalism and the corrosive cultural effect of codifying diversity in discrimination law. This book is a measured, scholarly treatment of a subject too often submerged in superficial polemic. It resurrects religious freedom and restores the principle to its rightful place in the heart of 21st-century democracy. — Jennifer Oriel

Kurti exposes a grand deception: the tolerance and diversity brigade cannot tolerate diversity of thought. — Nick Cater


Event Details:

When: Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Where: Connor Court Book Room: Suite 2, 146 Boundary St, West End 4101

Time: 5:15 pm for a 5:30 pm start. The event will conclude at 7 pm.

Cost: Registration for this event is free. Canapés and drinks will be provided. Books will be available for purchase and signing on the night.

To secure your place please book at www.cis.org.au/events or call (02) 9438 4377.

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 reception at office@cis.org.au

For media enquiries please email Karla Pincott at kpincott@cis.org.au

Jul
5
Wed
Taking control of the classroom: How teachers and principals can improve behaviour in schools @ The Centre for Independent Studies
Jul 5 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

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Taking control of the classroom: How teachers and principals can improve behaviour in schools

 

Poor behaviour in schools is a significant factor undermining student achievement. International data suggests behaviour in Australian schools is among the worst in the world, and reviews have found many teachers are not given practical, evidence-based classroom management strategies in initial teacher education courses. Strong, supportive school leadership is crucial.  Schools with high standards of behaviour have common practices that can help all schools maintain the orderly, safe culture necessary for quality teaching to take place, optimal learning to occur — and for children to flourish.


Join our speakers:

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Tom has been a teacher in the East End of London for ten years. Currently he is the Director and founder of researchED, a grass-roots, teacher-led project that aims to make teachers research-literate and pseudo-science proof. He writes for Times Educational Supplement (TES) and TES online, and is the author of four books on teacher-training, behaviour management, and educational research. He recently led an independent review for the UK government on student behaviour in English schools and evidence-based strategies for improvement, and produced a report called Creating a Culture: How School Leaders Can Optimise Behaviour.

Sue O’Neill

Dr Sue O’Neill is Lecturer in Special Education and Deputy Director of the Bachelor of Education program at the University of NSW. Her research interests include preparation for classroom management in initial teacher education, and the use of evidence-based classroom management practices, programs and models by pre-service, beginning, and experienced teachers.

Kylie Hedger

Principal of Elizabeth Macarthur High School in Narellan.


Event Details:

When: Wednesday, 5 July 2017

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

Time: 5.15pm for a 5.30pm start. The event will conclude at 7 pm

Cost: Registration for this event is free.

To secure your place please book at www.cis.org.au/events or call (02) 9438 4377.

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 reception at office@cis.org.au

For media enquiries please email Karla Pincott at kpincott@cis.org.au


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.

Jul
6
Thu
CIS Member Event. Razeen Sally on the UK results, Brexit and what it means for the Asia Pacific. @ The Centre for Independent Studies
Jul 6 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

CIS Member Event. Razeen Sally on the UK results, Brexit and what it means for the Asia Pacific.

 

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Apologies for the short notice but the opportunity to have Razeen Sally talk to CIS members was too good to miss.

We hope you can come and join Razeen at Macquarie St for a sandwich lunch and his insights into the UK results, Brexit and what it could means for the Asia Pacific.

The tumultuous events in the UK over the last year will change the economic landscape in Europe and beyond.

There is a Brexit opportunity, but also Brexit danger. Will the British exit from the European Union be strongly positive (potential new FTAs with the EU and other trading partners such as Australia) or strongly negative (a protectionist UK, especially on immigration, no deal with the EU, and underwhelming FTAs with others)?

As a member of the Legatum Institute’s Special Trade Commission advising the British government on Brexit trade strategy, our distinguished speaker Razeen Sally will be able to offer some real insights into what we can expect in our region.


Speaker:

Razeen Sally is Associate Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He is Chairman of the Institute of Policy Studies, the main economic-policy think tank in his native Sri Lanka. Previously he taught at the London School of Economics, where he received his PhD. He has been Director of the European Centre for International Political Economy, a global-economy think tank in Brussels. He has held visiting research and teaching positions at Institut D’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris, the Australian National University, the University of Hong Kong, the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore, and Dartmouth College in the USA. He was also Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Competitiveness. He is an Adjunct Scholar at the Cato Institute, and on the advisory boards of the Institute of Economic Affairs (UK) and the Centre for Independent Studies (Australia).

Razeen Sally’s research and teaching focuses on global trade policy and Asia in the world economy. He has written on the WTO, FTAs, and on different aspects of trade policy in Asia. He has also written on the history of economic ideas, especially the theory of commercial policy. His new book on Sri Lanka will be published in 2017.

Razeen is a member of the Legatum Institute’s Special Trade Commission, which advises HMG on Brexit trade strategy. The Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission (STC) was created in the wake of the British vote to leave the European Union. At this critical historical juncture, the STC aims to present a roadmap for the many trade negotiations which the UK will need to undertake now. It seeks to re-focus the public discussion on Brexit to a positive conversation on opportunities, rather than challenges, while presenting empirical evidence of the dangers of not following an expansive trade negotiating path.

http://www.li.com/programmes/special-trade-commission


Event Details:

When: Thursday, 6 July 2017

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

Time: 12:15 pm for a 12:30 pm start. The event will conclude at 2:00 pm

Cost: Free. A light lunch will be provided.

If you wish to transfer a booking please advise us of the name change at your earliest convenience. Bookings are non-refundable.

For event enquiries please email Max Hawke-Weaver at mhawkeweaver@cis.org.au

For media enquiries please email Karla Pincott at kpincott@cis.org.au


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.

Jul
8
Sat
The Perils of Teaching While Male @ Building 23, room G.41, Western Sydney University (Bankstown Campus)
Jul 8 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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The Perils of Teaching while Male: Sexual Politics and Censorship in a Post-Truth Academic Environment

Dennis S. Gouws

Last year the Oxford English Dictionary announced that post-truth was its word of the year. Defined as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief,” post-truth customarily describes political situations: for example, cursory research offers opinions in respectable print media as various as Jonathan Mahler’s observation that, “In the age of Trump, data and evidence are just some unwanted roughage down at the end of the buffet” (in the December 27, 2016 edition of the New York Times) and Stephen Marche’s claim that, “The post-truth condition, in which Trumpism has flourished, has its roots in left-wing satire” (in the January 6, 2017 of the Los Angeles Times). Little has been written, however, about post-truth conditions in the academy.

Post-truth thinking in my academic environment, one in which I teach literature and writing courses, involves a kind of zero-sum sexual politics in which ideas that do not conform with post-truth gender-feminist dogma are shamed, dismissed, and silenced. This dogma depends on a belief that males are a problem. Maleness is assumed to be toxic, boys and men in need of correction. Despite male-friendly research offered by scholars such as John Ashfield, Miles Groth, Paul Nathanson, and Katherine K. Young; gynocentric and misandric assumptions (which value females while reviling males) dominate higher-education conversations about men. Maleness is deemed pathological and men’s experience ridiculous.

Now I, a male educator, have also become a problem. I recently ran afoul of the administrators at one of my teaching positions because I have been offering literature and writing courses that investigate male experience using methods other than the now-standard gynocentric and misandric ones. My classes invite students to read works on male-related topics and to write arguments about those works supported by textual evidence. My classes never assume that male experience is universal, nor do they assume it is problematic. The positive response to these substantive classes from students taking them has not prevented administrative personnel from undermining my work. My experience suggests that teaching while male is perilous.

This lecture introduces concepts salient to discussing male issues and contrasts my approach to teaching literature and writing to the gender-feminist post-truth approach evident in my work environment, supported by academic administrators.

Professor Gouws has requested a small sized attendance so basically first in best dressed. As we’ve amassed quite the following on meet-up and our other social media pages we will be limiting this event to 30 as Professor Gouws requested a small classroom sized attendance. This will include our student club members which are also required to apply for the event so all those interested in attending will know how many spots are still available.

Please note! This event is not simply a lecture instead ample opportunity to engage in questions and debate will be encouraged.

Please make your way to our meet-up page for more details.

https://www.meetup.com/wsusceptics/events/240681676/

Jul
12
Wed
Politics and the Budget: down the slippery economic slope we go! Breakfast event @ The Centre for Independent Studies
Jul 12 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Politics and the Budget: down the slippery economic slope we go! Breakfast event @ The Centre for Independent Studies | Sydney | New South Wales | Australia

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Politics and the Budget: down the slippery economic slope we go! Breakfast event

 

The federal budget was tabled some time ago, yet the controversy it sparked continues. The budget joined other recent government announcements including those on energy, school funding and immigration, to raise major concerns about the quality and rigour of public policy and the influence of populism. Meanwhile, the way federal parliament is working — or not working — makes it harder for any government to implement worthwhile reforms.

This breakfast event on Wednesday 12 July will focus on the budget and how political trends now play a large part in shaping it. Speakers will also discuss the likelihood of the avowed major budget repair objective being achieved and the quality of the specific measures proposed to meet that objective. Particular attention will be paid to the new bank tax and the balance between expenditure restraint (or lack of it) and tax increases.


Join our speakers:

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Tony Shepherd, Chairman of the Abbott government’s Audit Commission and now leader of the Menzies Research Centre’s Shepherd Review of National Challenges

 

 

 

 

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robert-carling Robert Carling, Senior Fellow, The Centre for Independent Studies.

 

 

 

 


Event Details:

When: Wednesday, 12 July 2017

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

Time: 7:15 am for a 7:30 am start. The event will conclude by 9 am

Cost: Member: $10 I Non-Member: $15 I Student: $5.  Light breakfast will be provided.

To secure your place please book at www.cis.org.au/events or call (02) 9438 4377.

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 reception at office@cis.org.au

For media enquiries please email Karla Pincott at kpincott@cis.org.au


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: CIS45 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.

Jul
13
Thu
A Book that Changed the World @ The Centre for Independent Studies
Jul 13 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

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A Book that Changed the World

 

Book coverSam will share Novak’s history, starting with his time on the left in the 1960s and 70s, and recounting his gradual shift toward conservative thought that culminated with the publication of his masterwork, 1982’s The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism.


Samuel Gregg is director of research at the Acton Institute.  He has written and spoken extensively on questions of political economy, economic history, ethics in finance, and natural law theory.  He has an MA in political philosophy from the University of Melbourne, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in moral philosophy and political economy from the University of Oxford.  For more information https://acton.org/about/staff/samuel-gregg


Event Details:

When: Wednesday, 5 July 2017

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

Time: 5.15pm for a 5.30pm start. The event will conclude at 7 pm

Cost: Registration for this event is free.

To secure your place please book at www.cis.org.au/events or call (02) 9438 4377.

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 reception at office@cis.org.au

For media enquiries please email Karla Pincott at kpincott@cis.org.au


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.

Jul
27
Thu
Climate Change: The Facts 2017 Book Launch @ SMC Conference & Function Centre
Jul 27 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Climate Change: The Facts 2017 Book Launch @ SMC Conference & Function Centre | Sydney | New South Wales | Australia

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Climate Change: The Facts 2017 Book Launch

The Institute of Public Affairs is pleased to invite you to the official launch of Climate Change: The Facts 2017, with special guests:

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Dr Jennifer Morohasy, Senior Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs, Editor of Climate Change: The Facts 2017

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Dr Peter Ridd, Professor of Physics, James Cook University and

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Maurice Newman AC.

Climate Change: The Facts 2017 follows highly successful editions published by the IPA in 2012 and 2014.

Dr Jennifer Marohasy has assembled a stellar list of authors including John Abbot, Sallie Baliunas, Paul Driessen, Tony Heller, Craig Idso, Clive James, Pat Michaels, Jo Nova, Ian Plimer, Tom Quirk, Peter Ridd, Ken Ring, Nicola Scafetta, Willie Soon, Roy Spencer and Anthony Watts.

There are also essays by Matt Ridley and Bjorn Lomborg on the economics of climate change and by Simon Breheny on how the freedom to discuss climate change science is under threat.

 

Thursday 27 July 2017 

5:00pm for 5:30pm start, concluding by 7:00pm.

Drinks will be provided.

SMC Conference & Functioning Centre

66 Goulburn Street, Sydney

This event is complimentary for IPA members and $20 for non-members.

 

Registration is essential for this event.

To RSVP please phone Nina Lohanatha on 03 9600 4744 or email her at nlohanatha@ipa.org.au

Photo identification will be required upon entry.

If you ar unable to attend but would like to purchase a copy, please fo to thefacts2017.ipa.org.au

 

Aug
4
Fri
Liberty & Society Student Conference PERTH 2017 @ Ibis Perth
Aug 4 @ 9:00 pm – Aug 6 @ 5:00 pm

Liberty & Society Student Conference PERTH 2017

 

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4 – 6 August 2017

(Closing Date 23 June 2017)

If you missed the Melbourne conference here is your second chance in 2017.

Come and 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 4 August – 3.30pm Sunday 6 August  I  Ibis Perth, 334 Murray St, Perth I  Closing date: 23 June, 2017

Aug
10
Thu
Senator David Coltart Book Event: The Struggle Continues @ The Centre for Independent Studies
Aug 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

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Senator David Coltart Book Event: The Struggle Continues

 

We invite you to this exciting book event for The Struggle Continues by Senator David Coltart. We are delighted to announce that this event will be held in Sydney on August 10, with opening remarks from former Prime Minister, John Howard.
“A must read for anyone that is intrigued by Zimbabwean politics and history, but also those interested in the power of our common humanity and the strength that is inside us all.” Kerry Kennedy, President of the Robert F. Kennedy Foundation (USA)
It is set to be the most authoritative book to date of the last sixty years of Zimbabwe’s history: From the obstinate racism of Ian Smith that provoked Rhodesia’s unilateral declaration of independence from Britain in 1965, to the civil war of the 1970s, the Gukurahundi genocide of the 1980s, Robert Mugabe’s war on white landowners, and the struggles waged by the MDC. A key theme throughout the book is the role of political extremists who have consistently subverted Zimbabwe’s chances of realising its true potential.

Speaking at Petra Friday 20 January 2017 (1)Senator David Coltart is one of the most prominent political and human rights figures in Zimbabwe. Born and schooled in Zimbabwe, he trained in law at the University of Cape Town… Over the years, Coltart has been threatened, detained, spuriously prosecuted and has survived several direct attempts on his life. For three decades, Coltart has kept detailed notes and records of all his work, including a meticulous diary of cabinet dealings, the source material for much of his book. Read more


Event Details:

When: Thursday, 10 August 2017

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

Time: 5.45 pm for a 6 pm start. The event will conclude at 7.30 pm

Cost: Registration for this event is free.

To secure your place please book at www.cis.org.au/events or call (02) 9438 4377.

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 reception at office@cis.org.au

For media enquiries please email Karla Pincott at kpincott@cis.org.au


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.

Aug
15
Tue
Evidence-based policy: Why is progress so slow? @ The Centre for Independent Studies
Aug 15 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

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Evidence-based policy: Why is progress so slow?

 

The expression ‘Evidence-based policy’ rolls off the tongue easily, but if it was as easily done as said, we’d have it by now. And yet in all manner of government funded service delivery areas, there’s been literally billions of dollars wasted or worse, from VET to child protection to programs intended to benefit Indigenous people. Evidence-based policy has been agonisingly slow going because to do it effectively it needs to be done in a way that is integrated into programs, is highly collaborative and generates monitoring and evaluation outputs that are publicly reported in as close to real-time as possible.

Join us to hear from economist, Nicholas Gruen and CIS Research Fellow Sara Hudson, about what can be done to embed evidence-based policy into practice.


Nicholas Gruen is a policy economist and entrepreneur. He founded Lateral Economics and is Visiting Professor at Kings College London Policy Institute and Adjunct Professor at UTS Business School. He chairs Open Knowledge Foundation (Australia) and is a patron of the Australian Digital Alliance. He has previously chaired The Australian Centre for Social Innovation, the Federal Government’s Innovation Australia, the Government 2.0 Taskforce, and Melbourne start-up Kaggle, which recently became a subsidiary of Google.

 

Sara Hudson, Research Scholar at The Centre for Independent StudiesSara Hudson is a Research Fellow and Manager of the Indigenous Research Program at the CIS.  She has published widely on Indigenous policy for the CIS, with a particular focus on Indigenous programs, economic development, health and criminal justice.  Her ground-breaking research report, Mapping the Indigenous program and funding maze received nation-wide coverage when it was released in August 2016.  Her follow-up report,  Evaluating Indigenous programs: a toolkit for change was released in June 2017.


Event Details:

When: Tuesday, 15 August 2017

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

Time: 5.15 pm for a 5.30 pm start. The event will conclude at 7 pm

Cost: Registration for this event is free.

To secure your place please book at www.cis.org.au/events or call (02) 9438 4377.

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 reception at office@cis.org.au

For media enquiries please email Karla Pincott at kpincott@cis.org.au


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.

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