Australian Liberty Calendar

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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


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.



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.


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.


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.



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 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.


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.


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.


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


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.



Phone: 03 9600 4744

Closing date for applications: Friday 23 September 2016.


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

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!

1920s Underground Prohibition Party @ Korova
Nov 12 @ 8:30 pm – Nov 13 @ 4:00 am


Australia and New Zealand Students for Liberty and Students for Sensible Drug Policy Australia are bonding together for a snazzy party to cap off the semester – the 1920s Underground Prohibition Party.

If the 1920s taught America one policy lesson, it was that prohibition doesn’t work. When The States tried to outlaw alcohol, booze was made in bathtubs, was outsourced to gangs, and alcohol didn’t go away – it just shifted underground. We have a similar situation today – governments waste millions and billions on prohibition policies which protect drug cartels, ruin people’s lives, and squash civil liberties. These policies disproportionately affect marginalised communities, such as POC, women, the poor, queer and trans people.

The tyrannical Drug War has failed in its entirety.
This party isn’t just a call-to-arms for students against drug prohibition, but also a fantastic night with heaps of equally passionate young people. There will be guest speakers, drink deals, prohibition-era cocktails, live performers of all sorts and DJ’s until late – and it’ll be one hell of a night.

Doors open at Korova Milk Bar at 8:30pm on Saturday 12th November, and entry is $15 for students, and $25 for non-students, with the proceeds supporting SSDP and ANZSFL, fundraising for future projects. Tickets are available online here: ( or on the door.

Come along, have a great time, and stand with us against the drug war!

Ending the Violence in Indigenous Communities @ National Press Club of Australia
Nov 17 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Ending the Violence in Indigenous Communities



Urgent action is needed to address the epidemic of violence in Indigenous communities. Aboriginal women are between 37 and 80 times more likely to experience family violence than non-Indigenous women. For too long, the voices of the victims of domestic violence have been oppressed and silenced.

As part of the ongoing advocacy to address this issue, The Centre for Independent Studies (CIS) Indigenous Research Program is pleased to present the voices of three outspoken and fearless Aboriginal women, Professor Marcia Langton AM, Councillor Jacinta Price and Lawyer and businesswomen, Josephine Cashman who will talk about their personal experiences with family violence, and the policy and community levers that could rapidly decelerate high rates of violence.

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Event details:

Thursday, 17 November 2016 at 11.30am for 12pm lunch

National Press Club of Australia
16 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600

Ticket pricing and booking

Tickets are $85 (Lunch and speech).  They can only be purchased directly via the National Press Club website.

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

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Freedom ’17 Welcome Drinks @ The Clyde Hotel
Feb 28 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Freedom ’17 Welcome Drinks


Melbourne University Freedom Society and the Institute of Public Affairs present their first shared event for 2017. Come and join us for free food and drinks, convivial conversation with fellow freedom-loving students and stimulating speeches by some distinguished guests, as we usher in a new year of fighting for freeom on campus. All Melbourne Uni students are welcome! See you there!

Faux Feminism: Traffic Light Equality, are we missing the point? @ The Elephant and Wheelbarrow
Mar 23 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Faux Feminism: Traffic Light Equality, are we missing the point?


The contemporary western feminist movement has lost its way. Over the past century the feminist movement has achieved remarkable advances in securing equal rights for women in the West, but in other regions around the world women are still treated as second-class citizens, the recent push for gender-equal traffic lights in Melbourne has trivialised the important issue of gender equality. Rather than fake feminist causes, how should we address the real obstacles to women’s freedom and opportunities in Australia and around the world?

Visiting US expert Kay Hymowitz from New York’s Manhattan Institute and Judith Sloane, economist and contributing economics editor at The Australian will discuss why the sisterhood is failing women on many vital political, social and cultural issues.


Kay S. Hymowitz. Kay is the William E. Simon Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal. Kay has just released a new book; The New Brooklyn – What it Takes to Bring a City Back and also writes for many major publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and The New Republic. From Brooklyn NY, Kay will be joining CIS for the month of March working alongside the team at CIS.



Judith Sloan. Judith is an economist and company director. She holds degrees from the University of Melbourne and the London School of Economics and has held a number of government appointments, including Commissioner of the Productivity Commission; Commissioner of the Australian Fair Pay Commission; and Deputy Chairman of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.


Details of the event are as follows:

When: Thursday 23rd March 2017

Where: The Elephant and Wheelbarrow

Time: 5.30 pm for a 5.45 pm start. The event will conclude at 7 pm

Cost: Registration is free. Canapés and limited drinks will be provided.

To secure your place please book at or call (02) 9438 4377.

Please note that if you wish to cancel or transfer a booking you must advise the organisers of the name change at your earliest convenience.

For event enquiries please email Max Hawke-Weaver at

For media enquiries please email Karla Pincott at

Liberty & Society Student Conference @ Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne
Mar 24 @ 6:30 pm – Mar 26 @ 3:30 pm



24 -26 MARCH 2017

Do you like to challenge yourself, question the way decisions are made and think seriously about the future of Australia and New Zealand? If you have started exploring the possibilities offered by classical liberal ideas then this conference is an opportunity not to be missed.

The Centre for Independent Studies recognises the importance of exposing, challenging and supporting young people who have an interest in exploring the foundations of a free society. The Liberty and Society student conferences are highly regarded with many participants saying the weekend was pivotal in building their personal philosophical framework.  For more information click here

Successful applicants from Australia or New Zealand receive a scholarship that covers food, accommodation and most of the travel.

‘It’s a rare opportunity to get a crash course in the fundamentals of Classical Liberalism, with a bunch of thirty other bright young minds. Wish it could have gone for another day, it seemed over before it began!’ ZC April L&S

6.30pm Friday 24 March – 3.30pm Sunday 26 March  I  Adina Apartments, Queen St, Melbourne  I  Closing date: 10 February, 2017

Australia and New Zealand Students for Liberty Conference 2017 @ RMIT Melbourne
Jun 30 @ 7:00 pm – Jul 2 @ 5:15 pm


GET HYPED AND SAVE THE DATE. Australia and New Zealand Students For Liberty is holding its third annual conference at RMIT University in Melbourne – Oceania’s largest youth libertarian event.

Beginning with opening drinks on June 30th, ANZSFLC17 is a weekend full of seminars, debates, workshops, functions and hangouts with libertarians throughout our network, as well as a wide variety of distinguished speakers, which is not to be missed. Previous conference speakers have included Ruslan Kogan of, Olympic Gold Medallist shooter Luca Rossi, as well as politicians (from all sorts of parties), academics, grassroots activists, entrepreneurs and students.

Speakers are TBA (you can expect a star-studded line-up), as are student scholarships and travel for interstate students, and our social functions throughout the conference. We’ll be posting a link for early bird tickets very soon.

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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


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:

*******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