Australian Liberty Calendar

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Property Rights Conference – WA @ Murdoch University, Freehills Lecture Theatre
Oct 6 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
Property Rights Conference - WA @ Murdoch University, Freehills Lecture Theatre | Murdoch | Western Australia | Australia

The state of Property Rights in WA, and Australia as a whole, has been declining for many years. From bans on land clearing to governments changing zoning without consultation and even increasing industrial buffer zones onto residential land, and more, Property Rights have been one of the silent but dire problems facing WA.

Co-sponsored by the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation and Cornerstone Legal, this conference will hear from a star line-up of academics and practitioners, all concerned about the decline in Property Rights and the effects on business, jobs and families.


Prof Suri Ratnapalla, Emeritus Professor of Public Law, University of Queensland
Dr Mikayla Novak, Institute of Public Affairs, Melbourne
Mrs Lorraine Finlay, Law Lecturer, Murdoch University
Dr Augusto Zimmerman, Law Professor, Murdoch University
Mr Tim Houweling, Partner, Cornerstone Legal
Mr Ron Manners, Chairman, Mannkal Economic Education Foundation

HR Nicholls Society Annual Conference 2016 – the State of Reform @ Oaks Hotels (Collins Melbourne)
Oct 21 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 22 @ 3:00 pm
HR Nicholls Society Annual Conference 2016 - the State of Reform @ Oaks Hotels (Collins Melbourne) | Melbourne | Victoria | Australia


The HR Nicholls Society invites you to join us for our thirty-sixth annual conference in Melbourne on the 21st and 22nd of October. The Conference will commence with the Society’s annual dinner at Oaks on Collins with a keynote address by the Hon. Senator Eric Abetz.

Book online here –

Presentations will follow on Saturday at the Oaks on Collins conference centre including refreshments and buffet lunch, concluding at 3pm.

We are lucky to be joined by the following presenters:
– The Hon Eric Abetz
– the Hon Robert Clarke, Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations in the Victorian Parliament
– One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts
– Alternative union entrepreneur Graeme Haycroft
– the Hon Peter Katsambanis MLC

Time: Annual dinner – 6:00pm Friday
Saturday presentations – 8:30am to 3:00pm

Prices: $240 for members, $260 for non-members and $220 for students

ATA Symposium & Cocktail Reception @ Oaks Hotels (Collins Melbourne)
Oct 22 @ 3:30 pm – 9:00 pm
 ATA Symposium & Cocktail Reception @ Oaks Hotels (Collins Melbourne) | Melbourne | Victoria | Australia


With serious gridlock in the recent senate and a lack of firm leadership in either major party, substantial policy reform is looking harder and harder to achieve. This is why we’ve decided to set a new and improved agenda for the 45th Parliament, showcasing feasible and necessary reforms our leaders can implement!

Join the nation’s leading policy experts including:

Senator James Paterson , Senator for Victoria
Lara Jeffery, Director of MyChoice Australia
Professor Sinclair Davidson, RMIT University
Terry Barnes, Director of Cormorant Policy Advice
Dr. Mikayla Novak, Economist
Tim Andrews, Executive Director of The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance
Aaron Lane, Legal Fellow of the Institute of Public Affairs
The evening will include a cocktail reception with dinner and a 3-hour drinks package!

This symposium will be held in conjunction to the HR Nicholls Society Annual Conference 2016 – The State of Reform making this weekend not to be missed and whose notable speakers include:

The Hon. Eric Abetz
The Hon Robert Clarke, Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations in the Victorian Parliament,
Senator Malcolm Roberts
Economist and writer Judith Sloan
Alternative union entrepreneur Graeme Haycroft
The Hon Peter Katsambanis MLC


$75 for adults
$50 for students

Get a discount by attending both the Annual Conference and the ATA Symposium for a weekend of liberty and we look forward to seeing you there!

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


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.


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.



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.

Workshop 1: Former Intern – Sharni Cutajar – Lessons From London @ Mannkal Economic Education Foundation
Jan 20 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Workshop 1: Former Intern - Sharni Cutajar - Lessons From London @ Mannkal Economic Education Foundation | Subiaco | Western Australia | Australia


Mannkal’s next workshop will be held at 10:30 am on Friday, 20th January, with the topic ‘Lessons From London’. Hear firsthand from a former Mannkal intern, Sharni Cutajar, about the lessons she learnt at the Institute of Economic Affairs in the heart of Westminster. From foreign aid to the sugar tax, the sharing economy to Brexit, Sharni’s journey will be inspirational listening for all.
There will be a presentation followed by questions and a roundtable discussion of the ideas presented.

While attendance at workshops is not mandatory in order to receive a Mannkal scholarship, attendance is highly recommended, as the knowledge gained is vital to success in a Mannkal scholarship.

Please RSVP by emailing with ‘Student Workshop 1’ in the subject line, and please tell us what university you attend.

Places are limited, so save your spot quickly!

The HR Nicholls Society Presents a Night With Peter Costello @ The Trust
Feb 8 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The HR Nicholls Society Presents a Night With Peter Costello @ The Trust | Melbourne | Victoria | Australia


Join the HR Nicholls Society on February 8th for dinner and drinks with former Treasurer Peter Costello at the Trust, Melbourne.

Mr Costello will be discussing the current state of industrial relations, his time as Treasurer and the future of reform in Australian politics.

The event includes a three-course meal and three-hour drinks package.

Tickets $130 for non-members, $120 for HR Nicholls members and $95 for students.

6:45 for a 7pm start

Purchase tickets here –

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


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.
* Cash bar/drinks (some tickets include complimentary first drink)
* Book signing available at end

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 !

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