Australian Liberty Calendar

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

This website is a comprehensive database of all pro-liberty events happening nation-wide.

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Oct
22
Sat
Institute of Public Affairs – Open Mind Workshop @ State Library of Victoria, Conference Centre
Oct 22 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Institute of Public Affairs - Open Mind Workshop @ State Library of Victoria, Conference Centre | Melbourne | Victoria | Australia

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The Institute of Public Affairs believes and understands that the distinct traditions of Western Civilisation should be an integral part of every young Australian’s education and formation.

On Saturday 22 October 2016, we will be holding a pilot workshop in Melbourne. Designed by the Director of the Institute of Public Affairs ‘Open Minds’ Programme, Susan Knopfelmacher, the workshop is aimed specifically at 15 and 16-year-olds. This will be the first in a series which the Institute of Public Affairs will run in other cities.

Thirty young people will spend the day in small groups exploring three major themes in an interactive, stimulating and engaging environment. Participants will be encouraged to communicate, defend, analyse, and critique the ideas presented to them during each session, and they will go home motivated, engaged and inspired.

WORKSHOP THEMES

SESSION 1 PLATO: BEGINNINGS OF WESTERN POLITICAL THOUGHT

An introduction to the beginning of Western Political thought, taking as a starting point Plato’s Republic and his Allegory of the Cave and what they mean for freedom and personal responsibility. Discover Plato’s ideas about the norms and rules that govern the political community which allow us to flourish as individuals.

SESSION 2 MAGNA CARTA: FOUNDATIONS OF LIBERAL DEMOCRACY

The Magna Carta is one of the core documents and events which gave us individual liberty, the rule of law and parliamentary democracy. Understand the Magna Carta’s historical context and how it went from being a peace treaty to a fundamental statement about the relationship between the monarch and the people.

SESSION 3 DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE: ORIGINS OF MODERN LIBERTY

The Declaration of Independence and the American War for Independence started a fight for freedom and liberty which would stretch into the 20th century. The concepts embodied in Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address were taken up by future generations in the struggle for freedom during the 1960s American Civil Rights Movement.

TEACHERS AND MODERATORS

SUSAN KNOPFELMACHER

Susan heads and teaches in the Gifted Education program at a leading independent school. She has extensive teaching and leadership experience in the state, independent and university sectors here and overseas, where her students enjoy great success. Susan has reviewed, designed and delivered many quality ideas-centred curriculum projects in language, the humanities and the arts. Susan has a BA Hons and Dip. Ed, University of Melbourne, and a Master of Education, Gifted Education from Monash University and has been a VCE English Language examiner. She presents regularly at local and overseas seminars and conferences, where she represents Australia as an elected delegate in gifted education.

JOHN ROSKAM

John Roskam is the Executive Director of the Institute of Public Affairs. He has honours degrees in law and commerce from the University of Melbourne and is the author of works including Magna Carta – The Tax Revolt That Gave Us Liberty, and he’s the editor of 100 Great Books of Liberty – The essential introduction to the greatest idea of Western Civilisation. He was previously a lecturer at the University of Melbourne in the subject An Introduction of Political Ideas, which taught Locke’s Second Treatise, Machiavelli’s The Prince, Rousseau’s The Social Contract, Mill’s On Liberty, and Marx’s Communist Manifesto.

DR BELLA D’ABRERA

Bella d’Abrera is the Director, Future of Freedom Programme at the Institute of Public Affairs. She has a BA in History and Spanish from Monash University, an MA in Spanish from the University of St Andrews and a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge. She has authored a number of books, including ‘The Tribunal of Zaragoza and Crypto-Judaism, 1484-1515’ as well as having published a series on the English Reformation. Bella has lectured on History at Cambridge, Yale and in Washington DC.

DR RICHARD PETERSON

Richard Peterson has taught VCE and International Baccalaureate history for over 35 years. Richard was also a VCE Australian history examiner for over thirty years. He obtained both an M.Ed and a PhD from Monash University and currently teaches both VCE and IB history at Presbyterian Ladies’ College, Burwood.

WORKSHOP TIMETABLE

10.00AM – 10.30AM Welcome and Morning Tea

10.30AM – 11.30AM Session 1

11.45AM – 12.45PM Session 2

12.45PM – 1.30PM Lunch

1.45PM – 2.45PM Session 3

3.00PM – 3.30PM Wrap Up

3.30PM – 4.00PM Afternoon Tea

HOW TO APPLY

To apply, please send an email to Dr Bella d’Abrera, explaining in 50-100 words why you would like to join us for the workshop. If you are not a member of the IPA, please let Bella know the name of a member who can nominate you. Places are strictly limited to 30 participants.

Enquiries

Email: bdabrera@ipa.org.au

Phone: 03 9600 4744

Closing date for applications: Friday 23 September 2016.

WORKSHOP DETAILS

Saturday 22 October 2016, 10:00am-4:00pm

State Library of Victoria, Conference Centre

Price per person; $100, includes all materials and refreshments

Participants will be provided with all materials prior to the workshop

Parents are invited to join us for afternoon tea at 3.30pm

Nov
12
Sat
1920s Underground Prohibition Party @ Korova
Nov 12 @ 8:30 pm – Nov 13 @ 4:00 am

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Australia and New Zealand Students for Liberty and Students for Sensible Drug Policy Australia are bonding together for a snazzy party to cap off the semester – the 1920s Underground Prohibition Party.

If the 1920s taught America one policy lesson, it was that prohibition doesn’t work. When The States tried to outlaw alcohol, booze was made in bathtubs, was outsourced to gangs, and alcohol didn’t go away – it just shifted underground. We have a similar situation today – governments waste millions and billions on prohibition policies which protect drug cartels, ruin people’s lives, and squash civil liberties. These policies disproportionately affect marginalised communities, such as POC, women, the poor, queer and trans people.

The tyrannical Drug War has failed in its entirety.
This party isn’t just a call-to-arms for students against drug prohibition, but also a fantastic night with heaps of equally passionate young people. There will be guest speakers, drink deals, prohibition-era cocktails, live performers of all sorts and DJ’s until late – and it’ll be one hell of a night.

Doors open at Korova Milk Bar at 8:30pm on Saturday 12th November, and entry is $15 for students, and $25 for non-students, with the proceeds supporting SSDP and ANZSFL, fundraising for future projects. Tickets are available online here: (https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/sflssdp-1920s-underground-prohibition-party-tickets-28777739995) or on the door.

Come along, have a great time, and stand with us against the drug war!

Nov
29
Tue
Ron Paul Trivia Night @ The Royal
Nov 29 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

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From Brexit to Trump, there is no end to the happening train.
Time to get your trivia on! Why? Because it’s 2016 that’s why!

Whether you’re celebrating or in sorrow over recent world events, come join us at the end of exams for a fiery fun trivia night at the Royal with prizes to boot.

We’ll start at 5:30 and kick off after 7:30 for even more drinks.

Nov
30
Wed
ATA End of Year Cocktail Reception With Troy Lanigan! @ The ArtHouse Hotel Sydney
Nov 30 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
ATA End of Year Cocktail Reception With Troy Lanigan! @ The ArtHouse Hotel Sydney | Sydney | New South Wales | Australia

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The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance in conjunction with our friends at the Institute of Public Affairs, is delighted to invite our members and supporters to our end of year cocktail reception with Troy Lanigan, President & CEO of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation Chairman of the World Taxpayers Associations!

A phenomenal speaker widely regarded as one of the foremost taxpayer advocates on the planet, Troy was appointed president and CEO of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation January 1, 2009, after serving the organization in various capacities since 1992 including British Columbia spokesperson from 1993-1999.

Since 2009 Troy has served on the board of the Stockholm Sweden-based World Taxpayers Associations. in March 2016 Troy was elected Chairman of WTA for a three-year term by WTA members at the World Taxpayers Conference hosted in Berlin, Germany.

Cost (includes canapees, beer, wine and soft drinks)

Students: $10
IPA Members or ATA Premium/Platinum Members: $20
Adults: $35

We look forward to seeing you at what shall doubtlessly be an amazing event!

Feb
8
Wed
Launch of Way Beyond Satire by Rowan Dean @ Rooftop Terrace, Pyrmont Bridge Hotel
Feb 8 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Launch of Way Beyond Satire by Rowan Dean @ Rooftop Terrace, Pyrmont Bridge Hotel | Pyrmont | New South Wales | Australia

Join us for the launch of Rowan Dean’s Way Beyond Satire

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Wednesday February 8, 2017 from 5-7 PM in Sydney, NSW. 


Location to be advised to ticket holders two weeks prior. 


For only $75 receive a signed copy of Way Beyond Satire, a ticket to the launch, drinks and savouries and enjoy a Q&A with author Rowan Dean, Paul Murray and friends. 


Tickets are limited to 100 maximum so join us for a memorable time by securing your ticket now. 

Following the turbulent, crazy, roller-coaster years of Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard, by late 2013 Australians were looking forward to a steady new era of boring, conservative, grown-up government under Tony Abbott and his Coalition.

Little did they know, the real fun had just begun.

In this hilarious selection from his weekly Australian Financial Review satirical columns, Rowan Dean chronicles Australia’s recent political mayhem, sorry, we mean history, in his unique tongue-in-cheek, ruthlessly subversive style. From the mysterious Granola virus to an outbreak of Todgers in the Lodge; from performing the Same Sex Kama Sutra and resisting the pull of Gravitational Waffle; from Sharia Law in Tassie to enjoying All the Gonski you can eat, Dean’s biting humour is an irresistible comic pleasure to savour.

Forget waiting for the weekend, now you can enjoy all of Dean’s satire right up to the present day in one superb collection.

Under Dean’s piercing gaze, Australian politics has never been so incorrect.

 

And has never been so much fun.

Mar
9
Thu
Rothbard Trivia Night @ The Royal
Mar 9 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

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With all the political happenings last year, to set this year on track it’s time for trivia!

Whether you’re celebrating or sorrowful over the political happenings over the past year, come join us at the beginning of the semester with a fiery fun trivia night at the Royal with prizes as well.

We’ll start at 6:30 and kick off after 9 for even more drinks.

A gold coin donation to come to the event, to help fund and subsidise future ANZSFL events.

Please RSVP by emailing esalmon@studentsforliberty.org

Apr
28
Fri
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

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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 www.friedman17.org !

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

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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 Kogan.com, 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!

Liberty on the Rocks: Opening Drinks to ANZSFLC17′ @ Misty Bar
Jun 30 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Liberty on the Rocks: Opening Drinks to ANZSFLC17' @ Misty Bar | Melbourne | Victoria | Australia

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This month, Liberty on the Rocks Melbourne is collaborating with Australia and New Zealand Students For Liberty to host the opening drinks for Australia and New Zealand Students for Liberty Conference 2017. It’s a small start to a big weekend, full of amaze speakers and workshops. If you haven’t already got your tickets, check out the event page, and reserve your spot here: https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/australia-and-new-zealand-students-for-liberty-conference-2017-tickets-31441998865

*******About LOTR

Liberty on the Rocks (Australia) is an autonomous affiliate of the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance, a grassroots non–partisan, non-profit advocacy body, and is part of the international Liberty on the Rocks network. It is dedicated to promoting the ideals of free market economics and the philosophy of freedom.

Through local chapters and events, citizens and activists around Australia can increase the size of their networks, enhance their understanding of economics and the philosophy of freedom, widen their knowledge of local and national educational outlets, and increase their opportunities for involvement.

Liberty on the Rocks seeks to provide a welcoming, inclusive, and non-partisan social gathering for anyone with an interest in individual liberty. There are no speakers and no lectures, just great conversation and great company.

Please come along and feel free to extend this invitation to anyone who might like to join us!

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

 

A Calendar of all Australian pro-liberty events