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Dec
13
Tue
Inaugural Annual Business Breakfast: “Business vs. The Blob: How enterprise can triumph over bureaucracy” @ Doltone House - Hyde Park
Dec 13 @ 7:15 am – 9:00 am
Inaugural Annual Business Breakfast: "Business vs. The Blob: How enterprise can triumph over bureaucracy" @ Doltone House - Hyde Park  | Sydney | New South Wales | Australia

Inaugural Annual Business Breakfast: “Business vs. The Blob: How enterprise can triumph over bureaucracy”

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Join the MRC for its inaugural Annual Stocktake Breakfast

“BUSINESS VS THE BLOB: HOW ENTERPRISE CAN TRIUMPH OVER BUREAUCRACY”  

The Coalition promised to wage war against obstructive regulation when Tony Abbott was running for prime minister. More than three years later, are we any closer to stopping the relentless spread of officialdom that hinders business, discourages enterprise and enriches no one except officials?

In our final event for 2016, the MRC will be joined by Tony Shepherd AO, the BCA’s Jennifer Westacott, and James Pearson from ACCI to take stock of the battle between business and the blob.

The blob was what Michael Gove famously called ever-expanding bureaucracy. To find out why, watch this trailer from the 1958 B-Grade Sci-Fi movie of the same name!

We hope you can join us for a great conversation over breakfast.

Date
Tuesday, 13 December 2016 

Cost 
$90.00 (for MRC paid subscribers)
$100.00 (for non-subscribers) 

Time 
7:15am arrival (formalities commence 7:30am)
9:00am finish  

Venue
Doltone House – Hyde Park
3/181 Elizabeth Street
Sydney  NSW  2000
(directly adjacent to the Sheraton on The Park Hotel) 

Ticket Bookings 
Click here to book your tickets now 

Contact 
For further enquiries please contact Kay Gilchrist or Michelle Ko at info@menziesrc.org or (02) 6273 5608

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
14
Tue
National Security Network Forum with the Hon Christopher Pyne MP @ Main Committee Room, Parliament House Canberra
Feb 14 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
National Security Network Forum with the Hon Christopher Pyne MP @ Main Committee Room, Parliament House Canberra | Capital Hill | Australian Capital Territory | Australia

National Security Network Forum with the Hon Christopher Pyne MP

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Join us for an evening with Minister for Defence Industry the Hon Christopher Pyne MP

The National Security Network is an initiative that seeks to engage politicians, defence, and national security professionals on Australian and global defence matters.

We are delighted to announce that the Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP will be addressing the National Security Network in February.

Minister Pyne will update us on the implementation of the Defence Industry Policy Statement and on the importance, and potential of the defence industry sector to our economy, technology, and nation.

The Minister will also speak on the promotion of export markets for our world class material: just the first step in a Defence Export Strategy currently under development that will create new markets overseas and help boost the Australian economy.

Date

Tuesday 14 February 2017

Venue

Main Committee Room, Parliament House Canberra

Time

5.30 – 7.30pm

Please allow ample time to complete the Parliament House security process as formalities begin promptly at 5.30pm.

Catering

Refreshments and networking from 6.30-7.30pm

Registration is mandatory

Click HERE to book.
Guests welcome – please register one person at a time. Due to security pass arrangements at
Parliament House, registrations close February 9Spaces are limited.

Cost

Free (for Platinum subscribers and National Security Network members)

$5.00 (for Gold and Silver subscribers)

$25.00 (for non-subscribers)

To take advantage of securing discounted tickets to this and future events held by the MRC, join our growing community of subscribers. To sign up or for more information on other subscriber benefits offered, click here.

Contact

For further enquiries please contact Kay Gilchrist at events@menziesrc.org or (02) 6273 5608

 

THIS EVENT IS PROUDLY SUPPORTED BY RAYTHEON AUSTRALIA & HAWKER PACIFIC.

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Mar
1
Wed
Launch of MRC Report: “Oceans of Opportunity” with The Hon Julie Bishop MP @ Senate Alcove, Parliament House Canberra.
Mar 1 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Launch of MRC Report: "Oceans of Opportunity" with The Hon Julie Bishop MP @ Senate Alcove, Parliament House Canberra. | Capital Hill | Australian Capital Territory | Australia

Launch of MRC Report: “Oceans of Opportunity” with The Hon Julie Bishop MP

Wednesday, 01 March 2017

Join us for a special morning with the Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs

Julie Bishop Launch Invitation

Menzies Research Centre Report

Oceans of Opportunity: How labour mobility can help Australia and its neighbours 

Launch by the Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs

The MRC is honoured to be joined by the Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs, who will be launching our new report. The MRC has a proud track record of developing practical foreign policy. The report examines ways of freeing up the Pacific labour market in a way that would benefit Australia and our Pacific neighbours. It is a policy proposal that links both foreign policy and economic objectives to improve living standards and governance for the Island states.

Date
Wednesday 1 March 2017

Venue
Senate Alcove, Parliament House Canberra.

Time 
9.00 – 10.00am

Please allow ample time to complete the Parliament House security process as formalities begin promptly at 9.00am.

Cost
There is no charge to attend however registration is essential. Click HERE to book.

Guests welcome – please register one person at a time. Due to security pass arrangements at Parliament House, registrations close 24 FebruarySpaces are limited.  

Contact 
For further enquiries please contact Michelle Ko at events@menziesrc.org  or (02) 6273 5608

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

Mar
30
Thu
“Brexit, Trump, and the Trade Challenge” – A Breakfast Briefing with Rt. Hon. Peter Lilley MP @ Doltone House Hyde Park
Mar 30 @ 7:15 am – 9:00 am
"Brexit, Trump, and the Trade Challenge" - A Breakfast Briefing with Rt. Hon. Peter Lilley MP @ Doltone House Hyde Park | Sydney | New South Wales | Australia

“Brexit, Trump, and the Trade Challenge” – A Breakfast Briefing with Rt. Hon. Peter Lilley MP

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Join the MRC and leading members of the business community for an important conversation over breakfast

 

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The MRC is delighted to announce that Rt. Hon. Peter Lilley, a former trade secretary in Margaret Thatcher’s government, will be the guest of honour at our next breakfast briefing in Sydney.

Mr Lilley, a current member of the House of Commons, will be speaking on the topic Brexit, Trump and the Trade Challenge

At a time of flux and uncertainty in US and European politics, there has never been a more important time to discuss what this all means for Australian trade. An Exiting the European Union Select Committee member, Mr Lilley will offer an articulate, international perspective on these events’ impact upon Australia’s trade deals and relationships with Britain and the US, what our government should do and how we can better protect ourselves from global forces.

Joining MRC’s Executive Director Nick Cater as moderator of the discussion, will be Janet Albrechtsen, fellow columnist for The Australian.

Date
Thursday 30 March 2017

Venue
Doltone House Hyde Park
Level 3/181 Elizabeth Street
Sydney

Time 
7:15 – 9:00am

Cost
MRC Subscribers: $95
Non-Subscribers: $120
Tables of 10 available – please enquire

Bookings
Click HERE to book online 

Contact 
For further enquiries please contact Michelle Ko at events@menziesrc.org  or (02) 6273 5608

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
12
Wed
Politics and the Budget: down the slippery economic slope we go! Breakfast event @ The Centre for Independent Studies
Jul 12 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Politics and the Budget: down the slippery economic slope we go! Breakfast event @ The Centre for Independent Studies | Sydney | New South Wales | Australia

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Politics and the Budget: down the slippery economic slope we go! Breakfast event

 

The federal budget was tabled some time ago, yet the controversy it sparked continues. The budget joined other recent government announcements including those on energy, school funding and immigration, to raise major concerns about the quality and rigour of public policy and the influence of populism. Meanwhile, the way federal parliament is working — or not working — makes it harder for any government to implement worthwhile reforms.

This breakfast event on Wednesday 12 July will focus on the budget and how political trends now play a large part in shaping it. Speakers will also discuss the likelihood of the avowed major budget repair objective being achieved and the quality of the specific measures proposed to meet that objective. Particular attention will be paid to the new bank tax and the balance between expenditure restraint (or lack of it) and tax increases.


Join our speakers:

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Tony Shepherd, Chairman of the Abbott government’s Audit Commission and now leader of the Menzies Research Centre’s Shepherd Review of National Challenges

 

 

 

 

D-Gallagher-web-2016David Gallagher, Professor of Management (Finance), Macquarie University Graduate School of Management

 

 

 

 

kelly-paul3  Paul Kelly, Editor-at-Large, The Australian

 

 

 

 

 

robert-carling Robert Carling, Senior Fellow, The Centre for Independent Studies.

 

 

 

 


Event Details:

When: Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Where: The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1 131 Macquarie Street SYDNEY NSW 2000

Time: 7:15 am for a 7:30 am start. The event will conclude by 9 am

Cost: Member: $10 I Non-Member: $15 I Student: $5.  Light breakfast will be provided.

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


Limited parking is available within the building complex. Online pre-bookings are essential to secure a car spot and discounted parking rate. Please visit the Secure Parking website, select the car park at 131 Macquarie Street and enter the promotion code: CIS45 when making your booking. If you are travelling by train, Martin Place and Circular Quay are the nearest stations to our office, with Wynyard a few minutes further away.

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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