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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Jul
15
Fri
Spectator Australia and IPA Book Launch with Andrew Bolt – Sydney @ SMC Conference & Function Centre
Jul 15 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Spectator Australia and IPA Book Launch with Andrew Bolt - Sydney @ SMC Conference & Function Centre | Haymarket | New South Wales | Australia

 

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We are delighted to let you know that on Friday 15 July 2016, the IPA and The Spectator Australia will together be hosting the launch of Andrew Bolt’s new book, Worth Fighting For.

Worth Fighting For is wonderful. It is about Andrew’s life – the past and the present – and the big issues and his big battles, and his frustrations, and his simple pleasures.

Andrew will be joined on stage by the IPA’s Executive Director, John Roskam, and Editor of The Spectator Australia, Rowan Dean.

Please join us for what will be a terrific evening and opportunity to hear from three very influential guest speakers.

The details of the event are:

Friday 15 July at 5.30pm for 6.00pm
SMC Conference & Function Centre (Banquet Hall)
66 Goulburn Street, Sydney

The event is $10 for Young members, $15 for IPA Members and $40 for non-members. Drinks will be provided.

To secure your place book online or contact Sarah at the IPA at swilson@ipa.org.au or on (03) 9600 4744. Places are limited.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Jul
22
Fri
Spectator Australia and IPA Book Launch with Andrew Bolt – Melbourne @ CQ Functions
Jul 22 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Spectator Australia and IPA Book Launch with Andrew Bolt - Melbourne @ CQ Functions | Altona | Victoria | Australia

 

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We are delighted to let you know that on Friday 22 July 2016, the IPA and The Spectator Australia will together be hosting the launch of Andrew Bolt’s new book, Worth Fighting For.

Worth Fighting For is wonderful. It is about Andrew’s life – the past and the present – and the big issues and his big battles, and his frustrations, and his simple pleasures.

Andrew will be joined on stage by the IPA’s Executive Director, John Roskam, and Editor of The Spectator Australia, Rowan Dean.

Please join us for what will be a terrific evening and opportunity to hear from three very influential guest speakers.

The details of the event are:

Friday 22 July at 5.30pm for 6.00pm
CQ Functions
113 Queen Street, Melbourne

The event is $10 for Young members, $15 for IPA Members and $40 for non-members. Drinks will be provided.

To secure your place book online or contact Sarah at the IPA at swilson@ipa.org.au or on (03) 9600 4744. Places are limited.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Aug
4
Thu
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

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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!

Aug
5
Fri
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

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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 swilson@ipa.org.au or on (03) 9600 4744. Places are limited

Location

Location
Tattersall’s Club, Brisbane

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
25
Fri
End of Semester Drinks with Senator James Paterson & Nick Cater @ Common Room, Holme Building, University of Sydney
Nov 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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Celebrate the end of semester and exams by joining us with two distinguished guests.

Nick Cater is the executive director of the Menzies Research Centre and a columnist with The Australian. His most recent work involved on the TV documentary ‘Howard on Menzies: Building Modern Australia’.

Senator Paterson has represented Victoria in the Federal Parliament since early this year and has already made a mark in his efforts to protect free speech and your tax dollars.

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.

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 !

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