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Schedule

OPENING RECEPTION AND BOOK LAUNCH

Start the Friedman Conference in Style with our opening reception and the launch of Chris Berg's new book, "The Libertarian Alternative", at the Hard Rock Cafe!

In The Libertarian Alternative Chris makes the case for libertarianism and presents a vigorous and viable political alternative to the old left-right partisan shouting match.

Offering some surprising new answers to old questions such as immigration and civil rights, Chris shows how libertarianism provides a framework for tackling contemporary problems like privacy, the environment and technological change.

So join us, enjoy a champagne on arrival, delicious canapés, 2 hours of drinks as we kick off the biggest pro liberty event of 2016!



GALA DINNER AND AWARD CEREMONY

The 2016 Friedman Dinner & Gala Awards Ceremony is the highlight of the Australian year!

With 4 awards up for grabs, as well as a 3 course dinner and 4 hour drinks package, this will be a night to remember! We are delighted to announce Matt Barrie as keynote speaker. Matt is CEO of Freelancer.com, which has shown the way forward bypassing outdated labour market regulations and anti-growth industrial relations regimes.


EXCLUSIVE MOVIE SCREENING

Conclude the conference with our EXCLUSIVE screening of the multi-award winning PovertyInc, winner of the 2015 Templeton Award for the most influential free-market project of the year!

See for yourself the truth behind the foreign aid industry. Drawing from over 200 interviews filmed in 20 countries, Poverty, Inc. unearths an uncomfortable side of charity we can no longer ignore.

From TOMs Shoes to international adoptions, from solar panels to agricultural subsidies, the film challenges each of us to ask the tough question: Could we be part of the problem?



2016 FRIEDMAN AFTER PARTY

Keep the good times rolling with our fantastic after party, Sunday night at Cohibar - LINK



Conference Schedule

Friday 13th of May
1:00pm Australia & New Zealand Students for Liberty mini-conference Network (Students Only)
6:00pm Private Dinner with The Hon Alex Hawke MP, Assistant Minister to the Treasurer at the multi-award winning Black by Ezard (VIP Only)
7:00pm Opening Night Cocktail Party & Launch of The Libertarian Alternative by Chris Berg (Standard and Premium Ticket Holders Only)

 

Saturday 14th of May
8:00am Registration
9:00am Introduction and Welcome
9:10am Trevor Burris, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute
10:10am The 2016-17 Commonwealth Budget:
Professor Sinclair Davidson, RMIT University;
Simon Cowan, Research Fellow, The Centre for Independent Studies;
Senator David Leyonhjelm, Liberal Democrat Senator for NSW
11:00am Morning Tea
  Thomas Room Broadway Room
11:20am EDUCATION.
Chair: Andrew Norton, Grattan Institute;
Sasha Uher;
Claire Lehmann, Editor, Quilette.com;
Trisha Jha, Policy Analyst, The Centre for Independent Studies
IMMIGRATION.
Chair: Paul Lindwall, Commissioner, Australian Productivity Commission,
Jayde Lovell, a Co-Host and Producer on The YoungTurks Network;
Professor Jason Potts, RMIT University,
Professor Jim Allan, Professor of Law, University of Queensland
 
 
12:30pm Lunch - The New Dries: Meet the next generation of political leaders reshaping Australian politics with a pro-liberty agenda!
VIP Only in ING Liberty Lounge - Senator James Paterson, Senator for Victoria
 
  Thomas Room Broadway Room
13:30pm RELIGIOUS LIBERTY.
Chair: Chris Ashton, President, The Machen Club,
The Rev Dan Connor, Anglican Church of Australia,
Mohammed Rumman, Treasurer, UTS Sydney Students Association,
Simon Breheny, Director of Policy at the Institute for Public Affairs
 
SEX, DRUGS & ROCK AND ROLL.
Chair: Gabe Buckley, Federal President, Liberal Democratic Party.
Fiona Patten MLC, Sex Party MLC for Victoria. Dr Will Tregoning, Founder, Unharm Australia,
Tyson Koh, Campaign Manager, Keep Sydney Open Coalition

 
14:40pm GOVERNMENT, BUSINESS & THE CONSUMER.
Chair: Warwick Morris, Former Executive Director, Macquarie Bank.
Darren de Bortoli, Managing Director, de Bortoli Wines;
Alan Anderson, Telecommunications Executive and former consultant and political advisor;
Christopher Zinn, Director, DeterminedConsumer.com
 
THE PHILOSOPHY OF LIBERTY.
Chair: Chris Berg, Senior Fellow, Institute of Public Affairs,
Australian Libertarian Society.
Dr John Thrasher, Lecturer in Philosophy, Monash University;
Dr Brennan McDavid, Seymour Reader in Ancient History and Philosophy at Ormond College, University of Melbourne;
Mark Hornshaw, Lecturer, Notre Dame University
 
 
15:50pm Afternoon Tea
16:20pm YEONMI-PARK, North-Korean Escapee, Activist & Author of In Order to Live
5:00pm Conference Adjourns
6:00pm Pre-Dinner Drinks (Premium and VIP Ticket Holders Only)
7:00pm Gala Dinner & Presentation of Liberty Awards. Keynote Speaker: Matt Barrie, CEO, Freelancer.com

 

Sunday 15th of May
8:30am Registration
9:00am The Hon Dom Perrottet MP, NSW Minister for Finance
9:30am Senator Sam Dastyari, Labor Senator for NSW
10:00am ACTIVISM & OUTREACH.
Chair: Tim Andrews, Executive Director, Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance;
Tim Wilson, former Australian Human Rights Commissioner;
Sandy Biar, Director, IMGE Australia;
Julie Borowski, www.JulieBorowski.com;
Sabine Wolff, www.SabineDotWolff.com
11:20am Morning Tea
  Thomas Room Broadway Room
11:40am TAX REFORM.
Chair: John Humphreys, Executive Director, Australian Libertarian Society;
Kathrin Bain, Lecturer in Law, University of NSW;
Michael Potter, Research Fellow, Centre for Independent Studies;
Andrew Bragg, Director of Policy & Global Markets, Financial Services Council;
Louise Staley MP, Member for Rippon
 
DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGY.
Chair: Professor Jason Potts, RMIT University.
Zoe Page, Software Engineer;
Brad Kitche, Director of Public Policy, Uber Australia;
Christopher Koch, Deputy CFO, Freelancer.com

 
   
13:00pm Lunch - The New Dries: Meet the next generation of political leaders reshaping Australian politics with a pro-liberty agenda!
VIP Only in ING Liberty Lounge - Tim Wilson, Former Australian Human Rights Commissioner
   
  Thomas Room Broadway Room
14:00pm LIBERTY AROUND THE WORLD.
Chair: Rod Schneider, Australian Institute for Progress,
Herve Novelli, Former Cabinet Minister, Sarkozy French Government,
Tamara Candy, Political Activist

 
LIBERTARIANISM IN FANTASY & SCI-FI.
Chair: Trisha Jha, Policy Analyst, Centre for Independent Studies.
Professor Ilya Somin, Professor of Law, George Mason University;
Trevor Burris, Research Fellow, Cato Institute;
Austen Erickson, Director of Operations, Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance
 
15:10pm LABOUR MARKET REFORM.
Chair: Senator Bob Day, Senator for South Australia.
Professor Phil Lewis, Director of the Centre for Labour Market Research, University of Canberra;
John Osborn, Director of Economics and Industry Policy, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry;
The Hon. Ross Cameron, Former Member for Paramatta

LIBERTY ONLINE.
Chair: Stephen Livera, www.stephanlivera.com.
Dr Washington Sanchez, Co-founder of OB1, and core developer for @OpenBazaar;
Dr Peter Rohde, Lecturer, UTS Sydney
 

   
16:20pm Afternoon Tea
16:40pm Professor Ilya Somin, Professor of Law, George Mason University
5:30pm Conference Adjourns
6:00pm Movie: Poverty, Inc