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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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

Worth Fighting For: Andrew Bolt book launch

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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

Sep
14
Wed
Only in Australia: Book Launch @ The Alliance Hotel
Sep 14 @ 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

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Economic historian William Coleman will launch his newest book Only in Australia, a collection of essays by prominent Australian thinkers including Geoffrey Blainey, Henry Ergas, JR Nethercote, and Nick Cater.

It explores the Australian difference and how Australia’s economic and social policy has diverged from the approach of other countries.

The launch will be held at The Alliance Hotel. To book click here.

Australia seems to be following a ‘special path’ of its own that it laid down more than a century ago. Australia’s distinctive bent is manifested in a tightly regulated labor market; a heavy reliance on means testing and income taxation; a geographical centralization of political power combined with its dispersal amongst autonomous authorities, and electoral singularities such as compulsory and preferential voting.

Nov
2
Wed
BRISBANE – Direct and Explicit Teaching Methods @ The Edge (State Library of Queensland)
Nov 2 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

BRISBANE – Direct and Explicit Teaching Methods

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DIRECT INSTRUCTION WORKS:  EVIDENCE AND EXPERIENCE OF DIRECT AND EXPLICIT TEACHING

 

Direct and explicit instruction methods are increasingly common practices in Australian schools. But despite decades of research demonstrating their effectiveness, they remain widely misunderstood.

Direct and explicit instruction methods are dynamic and engaging. They reflect the scientific evidence on how children learn – not just children from disadvantaged backgrounds, but all children. The Direct Instruction reading programs in particular offer a solution to the high numbers of children struggling to reach proficiency in literacy and numeracy.

These forums will show why and how direct and explicit instruction methods are being adopted with success in schools around Australia.

 

Speakers:

Noel Pearson – Founder and Co-chair, Good to Great Schools Australia

Jennifer Buckingham – Senior Research Fellow, The Centre for Independent Studies

Glenn White – Principal, Cape York Academy Coen Campus, QLD

Kiriana White – Implementation Manager, Cape York Academy Coen Campus, QLD

Michael Roberts – Principal, Broadbeach State School, QLD

 

Event Details:

Date: Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Time: 5:30pm — 7:00pm

Where: The Edge – Stanley Place,  Cultural Centre Southbank, Brisbane City,  QLD 4101

Refreshments and canapés will be served for half an hour following the event.

 

Registration is free but bookings are essential at www.cis.org.au/events or by calling (02) 9438 4377

 

For event enquiries please email Jane Moon at jmoon@cis.org.au

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

Dec
2
Fri
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.

Dec
5
Mon
Launch of “Fragile Nation: Vulnerability, Resilience and Victimhood” @ Alliance Hotel
Dec 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Launch of “Fragile Nation: Vulnerability, Resilience and Victimhood”

 

This is book is a glimpse into the inner lives of psychiatrist Dr Tanveer Ahmed’s patients in the melting pot of outer Sydney and regional Australia. Through case studies and social observation, it is an account of the the modern condition viewed through the microcosm of the consulting room. Funny, insightful, heartbreaking and inspiring, this gripping book will entertain and challenge.

The launch will be held at The Alliance Hotel. To book click here.

Dr Tanveer Ahmed is an Australian based psychiatrist and author who has involvement in the media and politics. He is an elected councillor at the City of Canada Bay. He appears in various media, most commonly regular contributions to Channel 7′s Weekend Sunrise and columns in the Spectator Australia. He has previously had regular columns in national newspapers, undertaken international news stories and co-hosted a prime-time game show. His migration memoir is titled The Exotic Rissole. He lives in Sydney with his wife and two daughters.

See below for details. To book click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Location

Location
Alliance Hotel

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

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

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
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

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