Author Archives: John Humphreys
Friedman dinner with Tom Palmer (Friday 12 April)
After the ALS Friedman conference in Sydney, Tom Palmer is going to be doing a lightning tour of Australia speaking in Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Perth and Brisbane.
In Brisbane, Tom has agreed to speak at a Friedman dinner, which we are going to hold at 7pm on Friday the 12th of April back at Elio’s restaurant in Carina. I know it’s a bit out of the way for the north-side people, but the owner has always treated us well and I think the food is great. The price is $35 for all you can eat and an evening with Tom Palmer and a few dozen of Brisbane’s best & brightest freedom lovers.
When — 7pm, Friday 12 April
Where — Elio’s restaurant, 119 Winstanley St, Carina
Who — Tom Palmer & a few dozen freedom lovers
Why — to hear one of America’s best liberty advocates & have fun
Cost — $35 each for all you can eat & think
Please RSVP to John Humphreys either by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling/texting 0404 044561 or messaging through facebook. Space is limited, so please RSVP as soon as possible to ensure you’re spot. The facebook event page is: https://www.facebook.com/events/585452104817059/
About the speaker
Tom Palmer is a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute in Washington D.C. and is the Executive Vice President at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation. Tom has travelled the world promoting free markets and liberty for decades, including smuggling books by authors like Milton Friedman and Friedrich Hayek into the Soviet Union in the 1980s and 1990s. Palmer is the author of many of his own books and his most recent, After the Welfare State, is being distributed around the world through student groups. He has a PhD from Oxford University in political science.
Before joining Cato he was an H. B. Earhart Fellow at Hertford College, Oxford University, and a vice president of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. He frequently lectures in North America, Europe, Eurasia, Africa, Latin America, India, China and throughout Asia, and the Middle East on political science, public choice, civil society, and the moral, legal, and historical foundations of individual rights.
He has published reviews and articles on politics and morality in scholarly journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Ethics, Critical Review, and Constitutional Political Economy, as well as in publications such as Slate, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Die Welt, Caixing, Al Hayat, the Washington Post, and The Spectator of London. He is the author of Realizing Freedom: Libertarian Theory, History, and Practice, published in 2009, and the editor of The Morality of Capitalism, published in 2011.
Tom Palmer was also one of the original plaintiffs in Parker v. District of Columbia, which enshrined the right of DC Residents to own a handgun in their home.
Libertarian conference schedule
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EVENT DETAILS AVAILABLE HERE
SPEAKERS DETAILS AVAILABLE HERE
Australian Libertarian Society, in partnership with the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance, the Institute for Public Affairs, and the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation, are proud to announce the draft schedule for our first libertarian conference, hosted at the Sydney City RSL on 6/7 April 2013.
Saturday 6 April
9:00am: The Moral & Historical Case for Freedom, Dr. Tom Palmer
9:50am: Why voting doesn’t work, Dr Eric Crampton
10:30am: Morning Tea
11:00am: The Nanny State — Panel Discussion with Dr Eric Crampton, Cass Wilkinson, James Morrow, Dr Michael Keane & Tim Wilson
1:30: Libertarians in Politics — Panel Discussion with The Hon Dr Peter Phelps (LIB), Cass Wilkinson (ALP), Cr Clinton Mead (LDP), and David Russell AM QC.
3:00: Afternoon Tea
3:30 Rethinking Externalities, Professor Sinclair Davidson
4:20: How big government helps big business, Dr Charles Richardson
7:30pm: Dinner at Bar Luca with Keynote Speaker Dr Tom Palmer
Sunday 7 April
9:00am: Free Speech, Chris Berg
9:50am: Free Banking, Dr Ben O’Neill
10:30am: Morning Tea
11:00am: Practical Policy Idea — Speakers include Adam Creighton, the Hon Dr Gary Johns, Jennifer Buckingham, Dr Stephen Kirchner & Terje Petersen.
1:30: Radical Policy Ideas — Speakers include Dr Jeremy Shearmur, Brad Taylor, Sukrit Sahblok, Dr Michael Keane & Mark Hornshaw
3:00: Afternoon Tea
3:30 The Myth of Market Failure in New Technology, Science, Innovation Professor Jason Potts
4:20: Civil Society, Dr. Tom Palmer
Australian libertarian conference
ONLINE REGISTRATION AVAILABLE HERE
Come and join us at the Sydney City RSL for the 1st Australian Libertarian Conference on the 6th and 7th of April– listen to some of the best and brightest national and international speakers, meet other libertarians, and enjoy a fun-filled weekend of learning, friendship and the inevitable arguing that comes from putting more than one libertarian in a room at the same time.
Special guest speaker is Dr Tom Palmer from the Atlas Network and Cato Institute in the USA.
Other guest speakers include Cassandra Wilkinson, Prof Sinclair Davidson, Dr Eric Crampton, Adam Creighton, A/Prof Jason Potts, Dr Ben O’Neil, The Hon Dr Peter Phelps MLC, Dr Michael Keane, Bob Day AO, Chris Berg, Tim Wilson, Tim Andrews, Cr Clinton Mead, Jennifer Buckingham, and many more.
The conference is being run by the Australian Libertarian Society (ALS), and is being co-sponsored by the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance (ATA), the Institute for Public Affairs (IPA) and Mannkal Economic Education Foundation.
Pricing & registration
For two days of exciting speakers and good debate, and a two-course Saturday dinner at Bar Luca, the early bird price is only $100 for adults and $70 for students. Day sessions include tea/coffee, but you will need to arrange for your own lunch. The dinner will include a presentation by Tom Palmer, who is scheduled to talk about libertarianism in the Middle East and around the developing world. Prices will increase closer to the event, but for the moment, the pricing schedule is below:
Saturday sessions: $40
Sunday sessions: $40
Saturday dinner: $40
Package deal: $100
Saturday sessions: $30
Sunday sessions: $30
Saturday dinner: $30
Package deal: $70
You can register and pay either by cheque, direct debit, or online credit card payment. If you pay by cheque or direct debit, please make sure to also e-mail your details to Tim Andrews (email@example.com) at the same time so we can record your payment and ensure you are properly registered. Also, if you think you have a good reason why you should be given a discounted price, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and we will consider on a case by case basis.
* For online registration and payment, please visit our sister site hosted by the Australian Taxpayers Alliance.
* Cheques can be made payable to “Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance” and mailed to PO Box A2208, South Sydney, NSW, 1235.
* Direct debit can be sent to “Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance” (BSB 012-019, Account 1844-52668).
Partnership with ATA
The Australian Libertarian Society (ALS) has existed in Australia for over 12 years, promoting libertarian ideas and helping to bring together libertarians around Australia in forums and occasional events. However, the ALS is a purely volunteer body with no money or resources.
To keep relevant as we move forward, we have decided to partner with the Australian Taxpayers Alliance, who have been active in Australia since 2012.
The ALS and ATA share a belief in shrinking the size of government, reducing tax, and decreasing the amount of regulations and nanny state rules. Having said that, the two organisations approach these goals in slightly different ways — with ATA bringing together a broader coalition of anti-tax advocates and engaging in more retail activism, while the ALS focuses more on the philosophy of freedom.
The two organisations are already informally linked, with ATA director (Tim Andrews) being a long-term member of the ALS board, and the ALS director (John Humphreys) currently acting as the deputy director of the ATA. The ALS will continue to operate separately, keeping this name and web address, but some of the administration will be taken over by ATA which already has a more sophisticated structure.
We look forward to starting a new chapter for the ALS, which will be launched with a “libertarian conference” in Sydney later this year. More details coming soon.
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