Students for Liberty Victoria is growing, and the flame of liberty is igniting again! Events are popping up everywhere, and liberalism is rediscovering its place in Victorian campus debate. Despite having had a fair few dormant clubs scattered around, there are plans a new club at Monash University, and work being put into the revival of Swinburne and Deakin Students for Liberty, and we have an incredibly strong group in the Melbourne University Freedom Society. As well as seeing the growth of these new clubs, SFL has been running regional events to much success.
Here’s some of what’s been happening for liberty in Victoria:
Victoria Students for Liberty 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.
The Great Debates – Capitalism v Socialism
Over the last couple of months, Simon Brehemy from the IPA and the fierce John Hajek, President of MUFS, have done two “great debates”, arguing for free markets against Socialist Alternative, at both the University of Melbourne and Monash. They very eloquently presented the case for freedom, citing rising living standards around the world, the benefits of freedom of choice, and the remarkable way that markets ensure quality and efficiency for the consumer. You can find the University of Melbourne debate highlights here, and the full here, courtesy of Generation Liberty.
Intro to Individualist Feminism Drinks
SFL ran its first regional event on the topic of individualist feminism – a feminist tradition founded on the principles of liberalism – autonomy, freedom to choose, and freedom from coercion, at the Clyde Hotel in Carlton. Policy analyst Mikayla Novak from the IPA and Center for a Stateless Society spoke about the history of female libertarians, their fight for abortion rights, slavery abolition, freedom to work, to divorce, whilst comparatively addressing the intersections of big government and patriarchy today. An awesome night, and a compelling case for a libertarian feminism!
Free Speech Drinks
Melbourne University Freedom Society kicked off the year with drinks around the topic of free speech, academic diversity, and how it has they recently have been coming under fire on university campuses. They hosted John Roskam, executive director of the IPA, and it was a fantastic event which provoked lots of debate.
Start a Liberty Event Near You
If you’re interested in starting an event like this for your group – flick us an email – we’re happy to help with sponsoring drinks! There are clubs and events starting up around the region, and we’d love to link you up with one. Flick Andie and email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info!