Australian Liberty Calendar

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Labour Relations for a Resilient Economy (Canberra) @ National Press Club
Feb 17 @ 12:00 pm
Labour Relations for a Resilient Economy (Canberra) @ National Press Club | Barton | Australian Capital Territory | Australia

The HR Nicholls Society would like to warmly invite you to participate in the Australian Tour of Professor Bernd Fitzenberger of Freiburg University, one of the world’s leading labour market experts, on “Labour Relations for a Resilient Economy”.

Professor Fitzenberger is Full Professor for Statistics and Econometrics at the Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg.  His areas of study include trends in wage inequality, trade unions and coverage and evaluation of labour market programs. He is co-editor of the Journal for Labour Market Research.

Professor Fitzenberger’s academic work contends that regional flexibility in labour markets was key to the German economy being able to weather the global financial crisis better than other economies in the European Union.

The society believes Professor Fitzenberger’s addresses will attract interest from government, industry and industrial relations practitioners. The society’s object is to bring new and practical perspectives to debate about Australia’s labour relations.

Professor Fitzenberger will be speaking as follows – and numbers are strictly limited, so please book now to secure your spot:


Book Launch: Liberty at Risk – Tackling Today’s Political Problems @ The Alliance Hotel (Cellar Bar)
Jul 26 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Book Launch: Liberty at Risk - Tackling Today's Political Problems @ The Alliance Hotel (Cellar Bar)  | Spring Hill | Queensland | Australia



Liberty at Risk: Tackling Today’s Political Problems

With author Peter Fenwick &
introduced by Dr. Gary Johns

“Never has a book been more timely and welcomed than Liberty at Risk: Tackling Today’s Political Problems. Australian Peter Fenwick addresses some of the most important and vexing problems of today in 23 short chapters. The answers rest on the foundations of Classical Liberalism and Austrian free market economics and the reader will be reminded of work of the great Henry Hazlitt. An excellent introduction for the uninitiated.”

Dr. Mark Thornton
Senior Fellow, Ludwig von Mises Institute

Liberty at Risk: Tackling Today’s Political Problems is a compilation of twenty-three commentaries on current affairs from a libertarian perspective. It is a companion to Peter Fenwick’s previous work – The Fragility of Freedom: Why Subsidiarity Matters.

Libertarianism is the political philosophy of individual liberty. It is based on the principle of private property and founded on natural rights theory as expounded by John Locke in the seventeenth century. The essential elements of the libertarian creed are self-ownership, private property, and the free market. In practice, this leads to a society of cooperation, tolerance and mutual respect; a preference for voluntary organisations; and a minimal role for the state.

Wherever this ideology has been tried, mankind has flourished. Per capita incomes have risen multiple times; longevity has increased by many years; education has become universally available; women have been treated equally; there has been more time devoted to culture and the arts; and there has been noticeable increases in civility. Elsewhere, throughout history, only small ruling elites led the good life; the majority led a precarious and unpleasant existence.

Unfortunately, over the past hundred years the social democratic welfare state has inhibited progress in the West, and now theocratic Islamists are creating mayhem in the Middle East. Our wonderful, free and prosperous society is being threatened by ideologies, from within and without, that compromise the reasons for its success. If we are to succeed in our battle with competing ideologies, then we need to acquire an appreciation of the legacy of our Western Civilization and be determined to live up to its ideals.

Industrial Relations in Australia: A View From Experience @ Norton Rose Fullbright Australia
Jul 28 @ 9:30 am – 2:00 pm
Industrial Relations in Australia: A View From Experience @ Norton Rose Fullbright Australia | Perth | Western Australia | Australia


Industrial Relations in Australia: A View From Experience with the Hon. Richard Court AC

The H.R. Nicholls Society invites you for breakfast and discussion with former Western Australian Premier the Hon. Richard Court AC on the changing landscape of Australia’s industrial relations system.


When: Thursday, 28 July 2016

Time: 7:30am for 8:30am start, breakfast provided

Where: Norton Rose Fullbright Australia, Level 30, 108 St George Tce (Old Bankwest/South 32 Tower)

Dress: Business attire

Cost: $20 for non-members and $10 for non-member students/unwaged


Please RSVP with John Slater at or 0433 762 664 at your earliest possible convenience.

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.

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.

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

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 !

A Calendar of all Australian pro-liberty events