Australia and New Zealand Students For Liberty have had our busiest July to date, running two regional conferences in Victoria and Western Australia, having two new clubs join the network, as well as the usual local clubs activities. The executive board has also been hard at work preparing for exciting soon-to-be-launched projects.
Victoria Regional Conference
Students for Liberty held its first regional conference in Australia on the 9th July, at RMIT University in Melbourne. The conference opened with Liberty on the Rocks at Misty Bar in the renowned Hosier Lane, and the day itself was full of amazing lectures and panels of all sorts. It included incredibly interesting sessions on how humanity interacts, the ethics of (in)equality, a webinar with a singing Jeffrey Tucker, a diverse panel on issues of individual choice and an inspiring session on running a libertarian campaign.
It all capped off with a fabulous and memorable social function at The Clyde Hotel with drinks and food kindly sponsored by Philip Morris International and the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) – heaps of fun. You can check out the photo album here.
Western Australian Regional Conference
The 2016 Western Australian Students For Liberty Conference was held on the 30th of July in the University of Western Australia. Around 50 attendees were treated to a range of interesting and varied speakers.
A student panel of Lee Herridge (Notre Dame University Fremantle), Jordan Armstrong (University of Western Australia), and Bianca Talbot (Murdoch University and ANZSFL Marketing Director) kicked off the day, with three panellists delivering speeches touching on their own perspectives on freedom. Patrick Muttart, Corporate Affairs Director for Philip Morris (Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands) then talked about promoting liberty through becoming involved in established channels and decision making bodies. Business journalist Matt Mckenzie followed, speaking on the importance of activism on campus.
Other speakers included potato farmer and popular anti-red tape campaigner Tony Galati, who highlighted his struggles with the Western Australian government regarding the abolishing on the local potato regulator, and his eventual success, as well as Dr. John Humphrey, executive director of PRIME, exploring the very interesting topic of the intersection between game theory, and the incentives for “doing the right thing” in a voluntary system.
The first half of the day was capped off by presentations from Dr. Augusto Zimmerman, a Law Reform Commissioner and a senior law professor at Murdoch University, on the Rule of Law, and PhD student and commercial litigation lawyer Josh Forrester discussing the new book: No Offence Intended: Why 18C is Wrong. Touching on a related topic, Sherry Sufi, Policy Chairman of the WA Liberal Party, spoke about the importance of freedom of speech and its history.
A short break followed, after which a debate took place between Connor Whittle (Liberal Democrats Coordinator for WA) and Francois Schiefler (Liberal Party campaigner and staffer), regarding which political party a young libertarian should join. A heated but constructive debate was bookended by a keynote address from Ron Manners, Chairman of the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation, who drew on his wide knowledge and experience to talk about the importance of loopholes in an environment with a crushing tax burden on all.
Most attendees then proceeded to the Claremont Hotel for the Liberty and the West drinks event, hosted by the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance in conjunction with ANZSFL, Mannkal, and Liberty on the Rocks.
See the all the photos here
We were thrilled to welcome two new clubs to the network: Students For Liberty Notre Dame Fremantle, and the Tasmanian University Freedom Society (TUFS). We are excited by the passion and talent of the leaders on those two campuses, and look forward to working with them closely in them in the coming months.
The executive board is currently working on launching the inaugural edition of the Gold Standard, ANZSFL’s new campus magazine! We are also working on a student campaign soon to be launched across Australia and New Zealand. Watch this space!