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
7
Fri
Liberty on the Rocks – October @ The Bristol Arms
Oct 7 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Liberty on the Rocks - October @ The Bristol Arms | Sydney | New South Wales | Australia

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Join Sydney’s only regular gathering of classical liberals, libertarians, and free market activists for an evening of drinks, stimulating debate, more drinks, and fun for our October drinks – at a brand new venue!

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, 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.

Be there! That’s an order!

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

Oct
29
Sat
Liberty on the Rocks Perth Drinks @ The Aviary Perth
Oct 29 @ 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Liberty on the Rocks Perth Drinks @ The Aviary Perth | Perth | Western Australia | Australia

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Liberty on the Rocks Perth

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!

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.

Dec
2
Fri
Liberty on the Rocks – December @ Bristol Arms Retro Hotel
Dec 2 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Liberty on the Rocks - December @ Bristol Arms Retro Hotel | Sydney | New South Wales | Australia

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Join Sydney’s only regular gathering of classical liberals, libertarians, and free market activists for an evening of drinks, stimulating debate, more drinks, and fun for our December drinks

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, 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.

Be there! That’s an order!

*No communists allowed.

**We’re allowed one communist.

Politics in the Pub – Leyonhjelm, Roberts & Laming. Game On! @ The Ship Inn - Southbank
Dec 2 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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LibertyWorks presents Politics in the Pub with 3 Speakers from 3 separate political parties. Game On!

SPEAKER: Senator David Leyonhjelm – Liberal Democrats leader and senator from NSW

David was returned to the Federal Senate in 2016 after becoming the first Liberal Democrat elected federally in 2014. He is a libertarian (or classical liberal) who wants government “wound back to a minimal role in society”. As a crossbencher, David’s vote is crucial for the the LNP government to pass legislation, a position that he is not afraid to leverage. When asked recently if he was holding the government to ransom he replied “How can you possibly say I’m holding the government to ransom? All I’m doing is I’ve got them by the balls and I’m squeezing them, I’m not holding them to ransom – what’re you talking about?”. David has negotiated the passage or otherwise of LNP legislation through the upper house under both Prime Ministers Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull. What are David’s views on the two prime ministers? What other negotiating tricks does he deploy other than the “squeeze? These questions and more answered on the night!

More about David Leyonhjelm here.

 

SPEAKER ANNOUNCEMENT: Senator Malcolm Roberts, One Nation senator from Queensland.

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Malcolm was this year elected to the Federal Senate and has made an immediate impact on the political narrative. He’s best known for his skepticism of climate science but has recently questioned the legitimacy of the international banking system. Surprisingly he claims to be libertarian leaning yet represents a party, One Nation, with many policies directly opposed to libertarian philosophy. How does Senator Roberts reconcile these difference? Why does he believe climate science is fraudulent? These questions and more answered on the night!

SPEAKER ANNOUNCEMENT: Andrew Laming MP, Liberal Party MP for Bowman, Qld.

 

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Andrew was first elected to the Qld lower house seat of Bowman in 2004 giving up a career as an eye surgeon and public health advisor.. In 2007 with the backlash against the Howard government, Andrew was re elected in a cliffhanger vote count that lasted many weeks. He eventually hung on by just 64 votes and has since then built Bowman into a safe Liberal seat winning the 2016 poll with a margin of 8.9%. Andrew’s parliamentary career is dotted with the odd controversy perhaps most amusingly when on Australia Day 2014 someone posted a video of him sculling a beer while performing a handstand. What has been Andrew’s experiences like under three different Prime Ministers? Can we get Andrew to repeat the handstand sculling trick? These questions and questions and more answered on the night!

 Standard Ticket $20 (inc 1st Free Drink)
Political Party Member $10 (inc 1st Free Drink) Political Party Members Special – Must be a member of either Liberals, One Nation, Liberal Democrats or Family First to Qualify.
LibertyWorks Non-Finl Member $10 (inc 1st Free Drink) LibertyWorks
LibertyWorks Finl Member FREE (inc 1st Free Drink)
Liberty on the Rocks Member $10


NOTE: Format, each speaker will each make a short speech, there will be a panel discussion and then questions will be taken from the floor. A dedicated cash bar will be available as will the usual food services operated by the Ship Inn. Complimentary “1st Drink” will be a glass of wine or beer from selected list.

Feb
22
Wed
Liberty on the Rocks – Adelaide @ Belgian Beer Café Oostende
Feb 22 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Liberty on the Rocks - Adelaide @ Belgian Beer Café Oostende | Adelaide | South Australia | Australia

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

Feb
25
Sat
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

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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!

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

Nick Cater & Alan Moran: Climate Change in the Trump Era

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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

Jun
30
Fri
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!

A Calendar of all Australian pro-liberty events