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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Feb
28
Tue
Freedom ’17 Welcome Drinks @ The Clyde Hotel
Feb 28 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Freedom ’17 Welcome Drinks

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Melbourne University Freedom Society and the Institute of Public Affairs present their first shared event for 2017. Come and join us for free food and drinks, convivial conversation with fellow freedom-loving students and stimulating speeches by some distinguished guests, as we usher in a new year of fighting for freeom on campus. All Melbourne Uni students are welcome! See you there!

Mar
8
Wed
Second Rush: Mining and the Transformation of Australia with David Lee and Hon Ian Macfarlane @ Alliance Hotel
Mar 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Second Rush: Mining and the Transformation of Australia with David Lee and Hon Ian Macfarlane

Mining and the Transformation of Australia tells a story that must be told and celebrated. This book puts the lie to the claim that mining is a sunset industry that is holding Australia back and celebrates it in all its complexity and success. Initially the bedrock on which Australia was built, mining went into a cultural decline until the 60s when it resurged. David Lee is a renowned historian of modern Australia, and his book will be launched by Hon Ian Macfarlane, former Federal Resources Minister, and now CEO of the Queensland Resources Council. Click here to book.

The Second Rush began unexpectedly from the 1960s with the development of new export industries, the most prominent being coal, iron ore and bauxite. The mining boom turned Australia’s chronic balance of payments around; substantially influenced Australia’s turn to Asia; and underpinned the era of optimism and nationalism of the late 1960s and 1970s. The Second Rush continued through the “resources boom” of the late 1970s and 1980s. At the turn of the new century, few saw any great future for mining after the harder times of the 1980s and 1990s, but then Australia embarked on its greatest boom – the China resources boom from 2002 to 2012.

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

 

 

Location

Location
Alliance Hotel

Mar
23
Thu
Faux Feminism: Traffic Light Equality, are we missing the point? @ The Elephant and Wheelbarrow
Mar 23 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Faux Feminism: Traffic Light Equality, are we missing the point?

 

The contemporary western feminist movement has lost its way. Over the past century the feminist movement has achieved remarkable advances in securing equal rights for women in the West, but in other regions around the world women are still treated as second-class citizens, the recent push for gender-equal traffic lights in Melbourne has trivialised the important issue of gender equality. Rather than fake feminist causes, how should we address the real obstacles to women’s freedom and opportunities in Australia and around the world?

Visiting US expert Kay Hymowitz from New York’s Manhattan Institute and Judith Sloane, economist and contributing economics editor at The Australian will discuss why the sisterhood is failing women on many vital political, social and cultural issues.


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Kay S. Hymowitz. Kay is the William E. Simon Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal. Kay has just released a new book; The New Brooklyn – What it Takes to Bring a City Back and also writes for many major publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and The New Republic. From Brooklyn NY, Kay will be joining CIS for the month of March working alongside the team at CIS.

 

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Judith Sloan. Judith is an economist and company director. She holds degrees from the University of Melbourne and the London School of Economics and has held a number of government appointments, including Commissioner of the Productivity Commission; Commissioner of the Australian Fair Pay Commission; and Deputy Chairman of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

 


Details of the event are as follows:

When: Thursday 23rd March 2017

Where: The Elephant and Wheelbarrow

Time: 5.30 pm for a 5.45 pm start. The event will conclude at 7 pm

Cost: Registration is free. Canapés and limited drinks will be provided.

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

Please note that if you wish to cancel or 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 mhawkeweaver@cis.org.au

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

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

 

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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

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
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

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
19
Wed
Third Sir Thomas McIlwraith Lecture with Jamie Pherous @ Grand Ballroom Tattersall’s Club, Brisbane
Jul 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Third Sir Thomas McIlwraith Lecture with Jamie Pherous

Join the Australian Institute for Progress over dinner for the third annual Sir Thomas McIlwraith Lecture, with guest speaker Jamie Pherous, a Queensland entrepreneur who has grown his business, Corporate Travel Management, from a staff of two into a $2.5 billion business in only 23 years.

To book please click here.

The Sir Thomas McIlwraith Lecture is an annual lecture to celebrate contributions to Queensland’s growth that show initiative and individual enterprise. It is named after an early premier of Queensland who was responsible for a number of nation building projects such as railways and ports.

Jamie Pherous started business life as a chartered accountant, leaving Arthur Anderson to open Corporate Travel Management in 1994. His first client was Queensland Coal. In his first year of operations he booked just $16 million of travel in 2001. The figure in 2016 was $3.587 billion. Growth has been organic and by acquisition, and stunning.

Ticket price is $185 inc GST per person inclusive of 3 course dinner and beverages. Tables of 10 are available for purchase at $1650 inc GST (10 seats for cost of 9). AIP members are $165 as well. To book please click here.

AIP receives funding from public donations and a growing membership. All proceeds from AIP events goes towards funding the AIP

Location

Location
Tattersall’s Club, Brisbane

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