Australian Liberty Calendar

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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.

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.

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!

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

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