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 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:


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 PolicyEthicsCritical Review, and Constitutional Political Economy, as well as in publications such as Slate, the Wall Street Journal, the New York TimesDie WeltCaixingAl 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




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

8:30am: Registration

9:00am: The Moral & Historical Case for Freedom, Dr. Tom Palmer

9:40am: Break

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

12:30: Lunch

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

4:10 Break

4:20: How big government helps big businessDr Charles Richardson

5:00pm: CLOSE

7:30pm: Dinner at Bar Luca with Keynote Speaker Dr Tom Palmer

Sunday 7 April

9:00am: Free Speech, Chris Berg

9:40am: Break

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. 

12:30: Lunch

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

4:10 Break

4:20: Civil Society, Dr. Tom Palmer

5:00pm: CLOSE

Australian libertarian conference


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 ( 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 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).

Friedman dinner: Prof Jeff Bennett & “little green lies”

The next Brisbane Friedman dinner has been planned for Wednesday the 29th of August, where we will hear from Professor Jeff Bennett talking about his recently released book “Little Green Lies”. Please RSVP to John Humphreys, either by calling/messaging 0404 044561 or e-mailing or by commenting on the Facebook page.

When? 7pm Wednesday 29 August
Where? Elio’s restaurant, 119 Winstanley St, Carina Heights
Who? Prof Jeff Bennett (ANU) and a few dozen other freedom fighters
Cost? $32 per person for dinner & debate
Topic? Jeff’s recent book “Little Green Lies”

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Milton Friedman’s 100th birthday

The 31st of July will mark 100 years since the great man was born, and a few people want to celebrate. In Brisbane we will be having an ALS Friedman dinner, with Dr Alex Robson (Senior Lecturer in economics at Griffith University) and Senator George Brandis SC as a guest speaker.

When: 7pm 31 July 2012
Where: Elio’s restaurant, 119 Winstanley st, Carina Heights
Cost: $30 for dinner & fun
RSVP: e-mail

And over in Perth, the Mannkal group are putting on their own show…