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Sep
18
Sun
Quadrant 60th Anniversary Conference and Dinner @ Museum of Contemporary Art
Sep 18 @ 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

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Dinner and Conference to Celebrate the 60th Anniversary

of Quadrant Magazine: The Future of Civilisation

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the founding of Quadrant magazine in 1956. To celebrate this historic occasion, I am pleased to invite you to what we believe will be one of the best events of the year, a dinner and conference at the Museum of Contemporary Art at Circular Quay, Sydney. We have a distinguished group of international speakers coming, including Daniel Johnson, Editor of Standpoint Magazine, London; David Pryce-Jones, British author and Senior Editor at National Review, New York; James Bennett, American author of The Anglosphere Challenge; and Geza Jeszenszky, former Foreign Minister in the first post-Communist government of Hungary. At a time when civilisation and its values are under assault in all quarters of the globe, our conference theme, The Future of Civilisation, ensures the evening will pose some bracing intellectual challenges for those who attend.

But we will also ensure the function itself is a very civilised affair. There will be drinks and canapés on the Museum’s terrace at Circular Quay starting at 5.30pm, followed by a three-course dinner in the Museum’s Foundation Hall, and addresses by our four guest speakers.

There are a fixed number of places for this event and advance bookings are essential. Priority for bookings is first come, first served. The cost is $340 per head. The payment is all-inclusive, covering food and all drinks. Tables of eight can be booked for $2720 per table. I do hope you can join us for this celebration. Here are the details:

Date and time: Sunday, 18 September 2016. Drinks on the Terrace at 5.30, followed by dinner and conference addresses from 6.30pm onwards. The function concludes at 10pm.

Dress: Lounge suit.

Cost: $340 per person, includes all food, all drinks, and other services.

Payment: By cheque: Make cheques payable to Quadrant, and send to Quadrant Magazine, Locked Bag 1235, North Melbourne VIC 3051. By credit card: You can email, phone or fax credit card details – card brand, card number, name on card, expiry date, plus (important) your own phone number, but sorry no Amex – to quadrantmagazine@data.com.au, Phone (03) 8317 8147, Fax (03) 9320 9065

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
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
1
Wed
Launch of Making Australia Right, edited by James Allan @ Alliance Hotel
Feb 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
 Launch of Making Australia Right, edited by James Allan @ Alliance Hotel | Spring Hill | Queensland | Australia

Making Australia Right – with James Allan, Nick Cater and Rebecca Weisser

Making Australia Right is a book of essays about what’s wrong with Australia and how to fix it written by people in a good position to know. It will be launched in Brisbane by the former editor of the Australian, Nick Cater. Other speakers will be Professor James Allan and Rebecca Weisser. Click here to book.

What you have here are top people in their fields giving you something you will not find on the ABC, namely an outlook and an analysis that is something other than the bog-standard left-wing perspective that dominates so much of the airwaves, the newspaper columns, what you find on social media – and these days, alas, even what some Liberal MPs will voice inside the party room. James Allan, from the Introduction.

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

What you will find is a variety of treatments on some of the most important issues facing this country. The line-up for this book is as follows. Judith Sloan considers the economy; Brendan O’Neill tackles political correctness; Gary Johns writes on inequality; Jim Molan surveys defence; Roger Franklin goes more big picture and explains the causes for his anger at the Liberal Party; Rebecca Weisser examines the media in this country; Graeme Haycroft does the same with industrial relations; James Allan at the state of play in our universities; Kerryn Pholi writes on Aboriginal Australia; Jeremy Sammut discusses health; Lorraine Finlay takes on law-making; Peter Kurti delves into religion and the new sectarianism; Steve Kates scrutinizes interest rate policy; and Alan Moran finishes the collection off by looking at energy policy. So fourteen chapters in all, and each one approached in a different way.

What you have here are top people in their fields giving you something you will not find on the ABC, namely an outlook and an analysis that is something other than the bog-standard left-wing perspective that dominates so much of the airwaves, the newspaper columns, what you find on social media – and these days, alas, even what some Liberal MPs will voice inside the party room.

— James Allan, from the Introduction

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.

Feb
24
Fri
Launch of a Fragile Nation @ Lion Hotel (Melb Room)
Feb 24 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Mar
7
Tue
Nick Cater & Alan Moran: Climate Change in the Trump Era @ Harbour View Hotel The Rocks
Mar 7 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Nick Cater & Alan Moran: Climate Change in the Trump Era @ Harbour View Hotel The Rocks | Dawes Point | New South Wales | Australia

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Nick Cater introduces climate change economist, commentator and writer Alan Moran to speak about his new book “Climate Change: Treaties and Policies in the Trump Era”.

How will the Trump presidency effect climate change responses?
Who sets the climate agenda now?
What are the costs to Australia in pursuing the current agenda?
With Trump demolishing the Paris Agreement, what is Australia’s exit strategy?
How can we return to reliable, low-cost energy supply and avoid the debilitating policies favouring renewables?

These questions and more discussed and answered on the day by two of Australia’s most recognised commentators on these important and topical issues.

Special thanks to Connor Court Publishing, cosponsors of this important event.
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* Cash bar/drinks (some tickets include complimentary first drink)
* Book signing available at end

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

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