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Builders and Innovators Lecture: Richard Cottee MD Central Petroleum @ The Brisbane Club
Nov 11 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Tales from the energy frontier, and a great evening


As CEO of Queensland Gas (QGC) Richard Cottee can lay claim to being the father of the unconventional gas industry in Queensland. But even with all that gas there is a looming shortage on the Eastern Seaboard, which is where Cottee’s latest project, Central Petroleum, comes in.

If we are going to develop a culture of progress and innovation, we believe it is important to celebrate those who have achieved, and learn the lessons they can teach us.

On Wednesday November 11 Richard will deliver the first lecture in an occasional series we are calling “The Builders and Innovators Lecture Series”. The lecture is titled:

Life: it’s a gas…all the rest is hot air

When: Wednesday November 11, 5:30 pm for 6:00 pm
Where: The Brisbane Club
241 Adelaide Street
Price: $60 non-members
$54 AIP members
$48 AIP student members
Details: Drinks and savouries will be served from 5:30 pm.
Lecture and questions 6:00 to 7:00
Drinks and savouries 7:00 to 7:30
Book: Click here

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If we want a more innovative, robust, individualistic and forward looking society we need to celebrate those Australians who exemplify those virtues and make them fashionable again.

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.

Worth Fighting For: Andrew Bolt book launch @ Tattersall's Club
Aug 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Worth Fighting For: Andrew Bolt book launch @ Tattersall's Club | Brisbane City | Queensland | Australia

Worth Fighting For: Andrew Bolt book launch


Australia’s foremost conservative journalist is undoubtedly Andrew Bolt. Not only does he write multiple columns for Newscorp each week, but he maintains a punishing schedule of blog posts, as well as hosting a radio and television show.

Andrew tackles issues that others are too afraid to mention.

The details of the event are:

Friday 5 August at 5.30pm for 6.00pm
Tattersalls Club
215 Queen Street, Brisbane

**Please note, the venue requires men wear a jacket and tie. Denim jeans are not acceptable.

The event is $15 for AIP Members and $40 for non-members. Drinks will be provided.

To secure your place click here to book online or contact Sarah Wilson at the IPA at or on (03) 9600 4744. Places are limited


Tattersall’s Club, Brisbane

Henry Olsen Luncheon – Trump, Brexit and the Forgotten People @ CIS Office
Aug 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Henry Olsen will be joining us to speak on Trump, Brexit and the Forgotten People. He will explain how this constituency drove Donald Trump to become the Republican Party Presidential nominee, pushed Britain out of Europe and are disrupting the status quo around the globe.

Henry is an elections analyst and political essayist who studies conservative politics in the US and abroad.

He analyses election returns and poll data to understand why people vote the way they do and how conservative politicians and thinkers can best advance their ideas in the climate they face.

The event details are as follows:

Date: Thursday, 18 August 2016

Location: CIS Office, Level 1/131 Macquarie St, Sydney CBD

Start time: 12:15pm

Finish time: 2:00pm

Members**: $50.00 incl GST

Non-Members: $60.00 incl GST

For event enquiries please email Yonca Yilmaz or call (02) 9438 4377.

For media enquiries please email Karla Pincott or call (02) 9438 4377.

**CIS Member is defined as an Associate Member and above.**

Only in Australia: Book Launch @ The Alliance Hotel
Sep 14 @ 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm


Economic historian William Coleman will launch his newest book Only in Australia, a collection of essays by prominent Australian thinkers including Geoffrey Blainey, Henry Ergas, JR Nethercote, and Nick Cater.

It explores the Australian difference and how Australia’s economic and social policy has diverged from the approach of other countries.

The launch will be held at The Alliance Hotel. To book click here.

Australia seems to be following a ‘special path’ of its own that it laid down more than a century ago. Australia’s distinctive bent is manifested in a tightly regulated labor market; a heavy reliance on means testing and income taxation; a geographical centralization of political power combined with its dispersal amongst autonomous authorities, and electoral singularities such as compulsory and preferential voting.

Launch of “Fragile Nation: Vulnerability, Resilience and Victimhood” @ Alliance Hotel
Dec 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Launch of “Fragile Nation: Vulnerability, Resilience and Victimhood”


This is book is a glimpse into the inner lives of psychiatrist Dr Tanveer Ahmed’s patients in the melting pot of outer Sydney and regional Australia. Through case studies and social observation, it is an account of the the modern condition viewed through the microcosm of the consulting room. Funny, insightful, heartbreaking and inspiring, this gripping book will entertain and challenge.

The launch will be held at The Alliance Hotel. To book click here.

Dr Tanveer Ahmed is an Australian based psychiatrist and author who has involvement in the media and politics. He is an elected councillor at the City of Canada Bay. He appears in various media, most commonly regular contributions to Channel 7′s Weekend Sunrise and columns in the Spectator Australia. He has previously had regular columns in national newspapers, undertaken international news stories and co-hosted a prime-time game show. His migration memoir is titled The Exotic Rissole. He lives in Sydney with his wife and two daughters.

See below for details. To book click here.











Alliance Hotel

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

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.




Alliance Hotel

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 !

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


Tattersall’s Club, Brisbane

A Calendar of all Australian pro-liberty events