Australian Liberty Calendar

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

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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


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.

Liberty on the Rocks Perth @ The Aviary Perth
Feb 25 @ 4:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Liberty on the Rocks Perth @ The Aviary Perth | Perth | Western Australia | Australia


All are invited for drinks at Liberty on the Rocks, being held at The Aviary. They have good food there if you want to grab a bite to eat as well.

Whether you work in politics or just have an avid interest. Whether you consider yourself conservative, libertarian, classical liberal, or simply centre-right, or whether you’d simply wish to develop your professional networks, this is your opportunity to meet with like minded persons, develop your contacts, and have a good time!

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.




Alliance Hotel

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

Rothbard Trivia Night


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

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 !

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


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 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

For media enquiries please email Karla Pincott at

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


Tattersall’s Club, Brisbane

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



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:


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


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


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

Photo identification will be required upon entry.

If you ar unable to attend but would like to purchase a copy, please fo to


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

Liberty & Society Student Conference PERTH 2017



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

Samuel Griffith Society Conference @ Novotel Perth Langley
Aug 25 @ 8:00 pm – Aug 27 @ 7:00 pm
 Samuel Griffith Society Conference @ Novotel Perth Langley | Perth | Western Australia | Australia


2017 Conference: Perth

The Society’s next Conference will be held in Perth, 25th – 27th August, 2017. The Conference will take place at the Novotel Perth Langley, 221 Adelaide Terrace, Perth WA 6000.

Confirmed speakers for the conference include:

  • The Honourable Patrick Keane AC, Justice of the High Court of Australia
  • The Honourable Nicholas Hasluck AM, former Judge of the Supreme Court of Western Australia
  • Senator David Leyonhjelm
  • The Honourable Wayne Martin AC, Chief Justice of Western Australia
  • Associate Professor Michelle Evans
  • Ms Peta Credlin

As usual, the Conference will commence with a dinner on Friday 25th August and will conclude around noon on Sunday, 27th August.

Please contact the Novotel Perth Reservations Department on 08 9221 1200 / and quote the booking code “178710 The Samuel Griffith Society” to receive a discounted accommodation rate of $150 Bed & Breakfast per room. This rate is valid for all standard room types (available with queen or twin bedding) for the dates 25-26 August 2017. Premium room types are available at an additional upgrade fee. Please note, all rooms are subject to availability so we recommend contacting the hotel at your earliest convenience if you require accommodation. A credit card will be required at time of booking to guarantee your reservation.

We do hope that you are able to attend, whether for the whole Conference or in part, and look forward to seeing you. Of course your guests will also be very welcome.

We will again be looking to encourage more students to attend our conference and are appealing to members to consider sponsoring a student’s attendance at the conference. (Scholarships are priced at $350 which would cover the full conference registration but part donations will be gratefully accepted). Scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis.

Please contact us on 03 9225 8512 or if you would like to sponsor or contribute towards a student attending this years’ Conference.

For further information, including details about discounted accommodation and student sponsorship, please download the Conference Details document.

For details about registration sessions and costs or to make a booking, please download the Conference Registration form. 
The 2017 Conference Program is available here.

A Calendar of all Australian pro-liberty events