Guest Speakers

Jeffrey A. Tucker
Jeffrey A. Tucker

Jeffrey A. Tucker

Founder, Liberty.me | Editorial Director, AIER

Jeffrey Tucker is Editorial Director at the American Institute for Economic Research. He is founder of Liberty.me, Distinguished Honorary Member of Mises Brazil, economics adviser to FreeSociety.com, research fellow at the Acton Institute, policy adviser of the Heartland Institute, founder of the CryptoCurrency Conference, member of the editorial board of the Molinari Review, an advisor to the blockchain application builder Factom, and author of five books.

His most recent book titled Right-Wing Collectivism: The Other Threat to Liberty, is prefaced by Deirdre McCloskey (FEE 2017). He has also written 150 introductions to books and many thousands of articles appearing in the scholarly and popular press and spoke previously in Australia at the 2013 Mises Conference!

Professor Ian Plimer
Professor Ian Plimer

Ian Plimer

Emeritus Professor at The University of Melbourne

Ian Plimer is Emeritus Professor at The University of Melbourne where he was Professor and Head (1991-2005). He was Professor and Head of Geology (University of Newcastle 1985-1991), DFG Professor at Ludwig Maximilians Universität (Munich, 1991) and Professor of Mining Geology (University of Adelaide 2005-2012). Professor Plimer has published more than 130 scientific papers, edited the five-volume Encyclopedia of Geology.

He is author of eleven books for the general public, the best known of which are Telling lies for God (1994), Heaven and Earth (2009), How to get expelled from school (2011) and Not for Greens (2013). His latest book, Climate delusion and the great electricity rip-off was released in late 2017. He has won numerous national and international awards for his contributions to science and the mining industry.

He currently serves as an independent non-executive director on the boards of exploration and mining companies. He states he is not a climate skeptic and uses data to show that climate has always changed and changes measured today are within variability and we are delighted he shall be joining us!

Nyunggai Warren S. Mundine AO
Nyunggai Warren S. Mundine AO

Nyunggai Warren S. Mundine

Officer of the Order of Australia

Warren is a highly respected and influential businessman, political strategist and advocate for empowering the First Nations of Australia to build businesses and sustainable economies. His life and career have been shaped by a personal commitment to community and economic development and he has nearly 40 years’ experience working in the public, private and community sectors.

His life and career have been shaped by a personal commitment to community and economic development and he has nearly 40 years’ experience working in the public, private and community sectors. Warren has received recognition for his contribution and commitment to Australia. In 2016 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia. He has Honorary Life Membership of the NSW Local Government Aboriginal Network, was awarded the Centenary Medal for services to the community and local government and received the Bennelong Medal for Leadership in Indigenous Affairs. In 2012 he was made an Alan McGregor Fellow of the Centre for Independent Studies. In 2009 Warren was awarded a Doctor of the University (honoris causa) from Southern Cross University for services to the community, business and local government.

Tom G. Palmer
Tom G. Palmer

Tom G. Palmer

Atlas Network

Dr Palmer is the executive vice president for international programs at Atlas Network and is responsible for establishing operating programs in 14 languages and managing programs for a worldwide network of think tanks.

On Nov. 10, 2016, Dr. Tom G. Palmer was named the George M. Yeager Chair for Advancing Liberty at Atlas Network. He is also a senior fellow at Cato Institute and director of Cato University. 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, as well as 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 (expanded edition 2014), and the editor of The Morality of Capitalism (2011), After the Welfare State (2012), Why Liberty (2013), Peace, Love & Liberty (2014), and Self-Control or State Control? You Decide (2016).

Palmer received his B.A. in liberal arts from St. Johns College in Annapolis, Maryland, his M.A. in philosophy from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and his doctorate in politics from Oxford University.

Bettina Arndt
Bettina Arndt

Bettina Arndt

National Icon

Bettina Arndt was a pioneer as one of Australia's first sex therapists and is now a national icon for her commentary. As an editor of Forum magazine, Bettina spent her early career talking about sex through the media and teaching doctors and other professionals across the country.

By the 1980s she'd had enough of a good thing. She gave up sex -professionally speaking - and moved onto writing for newspapers and magazines about broader social issues. As a respected social commentator she was invited onto government advisory committees covering issues from childcare and ageing to family law and child support, often to advocate for men. She believes there are many aspects of men’s personal lives where they don’t get a fair deal.

She returned briefly to talking about sex after publishing her book, The Sex Diaries, which became an international best-seller. She followed that up with a project on why sex means so much to men, leading to her most recent book, What Men Want. Bettina still appears frequently in the print media, radio and television and is now making YouTube videos, campaigning to end the demonisation of men.

Ilya Shapiro
Ilya Shapiro

Ilya Shapiro

Senior Fellow In Constitutional Studies & Editor-In-Chief, Cato Supreme Court Review

Shapiro is the co-author of Religious Liberties for Corporations, Hobby Lobby, the Affordable Care Act, and the Constitution (2014). He has contributed to a variety of academic, popular, and professional publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Weekly Standard, New York Times Online, and National Review Online.

He also regularly provides commentary for various media outlets, including CNN, Fox News, ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision and Telemundo, the Colbert Report, and NPR.

Shapiro has testified before Congress and state legislatures and, as coordinator of Cato’s amicus brief program, filed more than 200 “friend of the court” briefs in the Supreme Court, including one The Green Bag selected for its “Exemplary Legal Writing” collection. He lectures regularly on behalf of the Federalist Society, is a member of the Legal Studies Institute’s board of visitors at The Fund for American Studies, was an inaugural Washington Fellow at the National Review Institute and a Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute, and has been an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Law School. In 2015 National Law Journal named him to its list of 40 “rising stars” in the legal community.

Before entering private practice, Shapiro clerked for Judge E. Grady Jolly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He holds an AB from Princeton University, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a JD from the University of Chicago Law School (where he became a Tony Patiño Fellow).

Senator Amanda Stoker
Senator Amanda Stoker

Amanda Stoker

Senator | Director at Aus. Institute for Progress

Senator Stoker is a hero an inspiration to many of us. She is a Brisbane-based barrister practicing in public law and commercial litigation. She has an interest and expertise in statutory interpretation, constitutional law and administrative law and is also a sessional academic for the Central Queensland University law school.

Amanda has been involved in centre-right politics since 2001 and while may not be a classical liberal on all issue, she is economically liberal and socially conservative, and committed to small government and freedom of speech.

Amanda is the Liberal National Party of Queensland’s honorary legal adviser, and a member of its State Executive and President’s Committee. She is a trustee of the Enid Dowling Foundation, which provides bursaries to young LNP members to develop their professional, political and leadership capabilities. She is also a director of the Australian Institute for Progress and is a spectacularly brilliant warrior for what we believe.

Tom Switzer
Tom Switzer

Tom Switzer

Executive Director, Centre for Independent Studies

Tom is the Executive Director at the Centre for Independent Studies, and one of Australia's leading foreign policy commentators. He is widely quoted around the world and across the political spectrum for his nuanced and thoughtful analysis and provides a conservative critique against the neo-conservative position, and has argued eloquently and consistently against western intervention in the never-ending middle east conflicts.

After earning an honours degree in history and a masters in international relations, Tom has pursued a career in journalism, politics and academia. He is a former senior fellow at the University of Sydney’s United States Studies Centre (2009-17), a former editor of the Spectator Australia (2009-14), senior federal Liberal leader adviser/speech writer (2008), opinion editor of The Australian (2001-08), editorial writer at the Australian Financial Review (1998-01) and assistant editor at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC (1995-98).

Tom's articles have been published by the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, The Spectator, Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, The American Interest and The American Conservative. He has also appeared on CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, Al Jazeera, Sky News, SBS, Seven, Nine, Ten and ABC radio and television. He hosts Between the Lines on the ABC's Radio National.

Daisy Cousens
Daisy Cousens

Daisy Cousens

Journalist, Political Commentator, Provocateur

Daisy is a freelance journalist, political commentator, and (occasional) provocateur based in Sydney, Australia. She graduated from the University of Sydney in 2015 with a Master of Creative Writing; preceded by a Bachelor of Music at the Australian Institute of Music, and a Bachelor of Arts at Macquarie University. Soon after completing her Masters, Daisy became a chief contributor at SheSaid Online Magazine, and in 2016 began contributing to The Spectator Australia.

Her focus is political ideology, culture, and satire. She was also the Editorial Assistant at Quadrant Magazine, and remains a continuing contributor for the Quadrant print edition.

Along with The Spectator and Quadrant, Daisy has also contributed to Mamamia and Penthouse (for the articles). She was a speaker at the 5th Annual Freidman Conference 2017, focusing on identity politics, the trials of being a feminist ‘apostate’, and how third-wave feminism is harmful to women. Daisy also spoke at the inaugural Libertyfest Conference in Brisbane.

Daisy enjoys sports journalism, and has freelanced for The Roar Sports, with a focus on tennis. She has also appeared on QandA, ABC News24, Paul Murray Live, The Project, Mark Latham’s Outsiders, Jones and Co, Credlin, The Drum, and Hack Live on ABC2. Daisy is a regular Thursday night panelist on The Bolt Report, and encourages everyone to watch not just for her (allegedly) cutting edge opinion-giving, but also her fabulous outfits.

Tim Andrews
Tim Andrews

Tim Andrews

Founder & Executive Director, Australian Taxpayers' Alliance

Tim Andrews is the Founder and Executive Director of the Australian Taxpayers' Alliance, Australia's largest grassroots free market advocacy organisation, and a Director of the Australian Libertarian Society. He is also a Senior International Fellow at the Washington DC based Taxpayers' Protection Alliance, a member of the UK Taxpayers Alliance Advisory Council, and a member of the The Commonwealth Freedom of Movement Organisation Board of Advisers.

He is a graduate of the University of Sydney,  with a Bachelor of Economics (Social Sciences), a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Masters of Public Policy, during which time he was Federal President of the Australian Liberal Students' Federation. He has since completed the Atlas Network's Leadership Academy and Think Tank MBA Program. He has previously worked in Washington DC for Americans for Tax Reform, as a Koch Associate, and completed an internship at the Cato Institute and has written for the Sydney Morning Herald, The Daily Telegraph, Investors Business Daily, the IPA Review and numerous other publications.

Chris Ashton
Chris Ashton

Chris Ashton

Pastor, Penshurst Presbyterian Church

Chris Ashton is pastor of Penshurst Presbyterian Church, moderator of the Presbytery of Sydney South, a member of the General Assembly of Australia, and a director of Shire Christian School. He has a Masters in Church History (his project was on American Presbyterian theologian and libertarian J. Gresham Machen) and one in US Studies (on the First Amendment SCOTUS case, Trinity Lutheran v. Comer). Chris is a frequent contributor to the Spectator Australia on politics, religion and education, and has written for the Daily Telegraph and the ABC online as well.

Dr Joanna Barr
Dr Joanna Barr

Joanna Barr

Doctor of Neuroscience, University of Washington

Joanna has a long-standing interest in the brain and how it learns. This lead to her earning a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Washington (Seattle, WA, USA). To meet the needs a growing population of self-motivated and unique learners, Joanna is currently working on a digital platform to connect passionate students and instructors within a local community.

Chris Berg
Chris Berg

Chris Berg

Senior Fellow with the Institute of Public Affairs

Chris Berg is one of Australia’s most prominent voices for free markets as well as individual liberty, and a leading authority on over-regulation, technological change and civil liberties. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub, a Senior Fellow with the Institute of Public Affairs, and an Academic Fellow with the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance. Chris is the author of six books, including The Libertarian Alternative, In Defence of Freedom of Speech, and Against Public Broadcasting: Why we should privatise the ABC and how to do it (with Sinclair Davidson), which is being launched at the 2018 Friedman conference.

Chris has been a regular columnist with the Sunday Age and ABC’s The Drum, and was an award winning editor of the IPA Review. In addition, his articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The Australian, the Australian Financial Review, and the Sydney Morning Herald, as well as magazines such as Quadrant, Spectator Australia and Overland. His scholarly contributions have appeared in journals such as Australian Journal of Political Science, Ledger, History of Economics Review, Econ Journal Watch, Agenda, and Trends in Anaesthesia and Critical Care. He holds a PhD in economics from RMIT University.

Jonathan Blanks
Jonathan Blanks

Jonathan Blanks

Research Associate at the Cato Institute

Jonathan Blanks is a Research Associate in Cato’s Project on Criminal Justice and a Writer in Residence at Harvard University’s Fair Punishment Project. His research is focused on law enforcement practices, overcriminalization, and civil liberties.

Blanks has appeared on various television, radio, and internet media including HuffPost Live, Bloomberg Law Radio, and Voice of America. His work has been published in the Washington Post, The New Republic, The Atlantic, Denver Post, Chicago Tribune, Democracy Journal, Philadelphia Inquirer, Vox.com, Vice, Reason, Libertarianism.org, Timeline, and the Indianapolis Star, among others. In 2015, Blanks testified before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on police accountability.

Blanks is a graduate of Indiana University.

Andrew Bragg
Andrew Bragg

Andrew Bragg

Executive Director, Business Council of Australia

Andrew Bragg is an author, presenter, leader and accountant who works as an Executive Director of the Business Council of Australia. He regularly contributes for the Australian Financial Review, Daily Telegraph, The Australian and The Guardian and appears on the ABC, Sky News & Sky Business. Andrew usually writes about tax, federalism, competitiveness and trade, financial services and the campaign landscape.

Andrew has worked as an accountant, think tanker and senior executive in the financial services industry. He was the National Director of the 2017 Liberals & Nationals for Yes campaign in support of same sex marriage which delivered Yes majorities in 71 of 76 Coalition seats.

His 2017 short book Fit for Service (Connor Court) is an acclaimed framework for 21st century trade policy for Australia. Its extracts appeared in the Australian Financial Review and was featured on Sky News, Radio 2GB and Quadrant.

Andrew's passion for public policy stems from his strong belief a strong economy is the basis of a just society.

Simon Breheny
Simon Breheny

Simon Breheny

Director of Policy at the IPA

Simon is the Director of Policy at the IPA, an author, and winner of the prestigious Young Libertarian of the Year award in 2015! Simon has been published in the Australian, the Australian Financial Review, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Age, the Daily Telegraph, the Herald Sun, the Canberra Times, the Sunday Tasmanian, the Guardian and the Punch. He is regularly interviewed on radio around the country in relation to legal rights and freedom of speech, and has appeared on ABC1's Q&A, 7.30 and Lateline, ABC News 24, Channel Ten’s The Project, Channel 7's Weekend Sunrise and Sky News' The Nation, AM Agenda, Lunchtime Agenda and PM Agenda.

Simon is also a regular contributor on ABC’s News Breakfast.

Simon has also appeared as a witness to give expert evidence before the Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications, Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee, the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security, Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee and the NSW Legislative Council Standing Committee on Law and Justice.

Simon grew up in central Victoria and attended Catholic College Bendigo before moving to Melbourne to study a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws at the University of Melbourne. While completing his studies, Simon was elected President of the Melbourne University Law Students' Society and appointed Vice-President of the Victorian Council of Law Students' Societies.

Areas of expertise: legal rights, rule of law, legal history and philosophy, freedom of speech, liberal democracy, property rights, privacy, nanny state and regulatory agencies.

Gavin Brennen
Gavin Brennen

Gavin Brennen

Director of the Macquarie Centre for Quantum Science and Technology (QSciTech)

Dr Brennen hails from Fairbanks, Alaska and did his PhD studies in quantum information at the University of New Mexico, followed by post-doctoral positions at NIST Gaithersburg, and IQOQI, Innsbruck. He joined the faculty in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Macquarie University in 2007 and is director of the Macquarie Centre for Quantum Science and Technology (QSciTech) and also a chief investigator in the ARC Centre for Excellence in Engineered Quantum Systems (EQuS).

He leads a theory research group on many body quantum information, and quantum computation and simulation working under the guiding principle that nature is a wondrous place and an unfinished product. He is also co-founder and CCO of Qubitprotocol, a tokenised governance platform for funding quantum technology startups.

Gabriel Buckley
Gabriel Buckley

Gabriel Buckley

Patron Saint of Mad Bastards and Lost Causes

Darkly charismatic, devilishly handsome and not a very good liar, Gabriel J. Buckley is the self-proclaimed patron saint of mad bastards and lost causes. Described, mostly by people who don't like him very much, as a cad, bounder and ne'er-do-well, Gabe is at the vanguard of the push to put the "libertine" back into libertarianism. Gabe's love of freedom is such that Albert Camus once referred to his very existence as an act of rebellion.

[He's also the Federal President of the Liberal Democratic Party, almost got into the Senate at the last election, and has lots of other greatly impressive qualifications. But we won't impinge on his right to write his own bio too much...]

Helen Dale
Helen Dale

Helen Dale

Author, Political Advisor

Helen Dale became the youngest winner of Australia’s premier literary award, the Miles Franklin, for her first novel, The Hand that Signed the Paper. Her second novel, Kingdom of the Wicked Book I - Rules, was released in October 2017, and Book II will be published in May 2018 (pre-order now).

She read law at Oxford (where she was at Brasenose), and was Senior Adviser to Australian classical liberal Senator David Leyonhjelm.

James Dalziel
James Dalziel

James Dalziel

Dean of Education at Morling Theological College

James Dalziel is Dean of Education at Morling Theological College, and is a Professor of the University of Divinity. James’ interests including Educational Technology, Learning Design, Christian Education and Moral Values in Education.

James was previously Professor of Learning Technology and Director of the Macquarie E-Learning Centre of Excellence (MELCOE) at Macquarie University from 2003-2015. Before this he was at the University of Sydney as a Senior Lecturer in the Institute for Teaching and Learning (2001-2003), and a Lecturer and Associate Lecturer in Psychology (1995-2001).

James is a member of the Academic Board of the Australian College of Theology, and a Research Fellow at The Excellence Centre at Pacific Hills Christian School and has authored over 80 publications including a recently edited book on learning design.

Professor Sinclair Davidson
Professor Sinclair Davidson

Sinclair Davidson

Professor of Institutional Economics, RMIT University

Sinclair Davidson is Professor of Institutional Economics in the School of Economics, Finance and Marketing at RMIT University, an associate with the RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub, a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs, and an Academic Fellow at the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance. He is a member of the Centre for Independent Studies Council of Academic Advisers.

Sinclair has published in academic journals such as the European Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Economic Affairs, and The Cato Journal. He is a regular contributor to public debate. His opinion pieces have been published in The Age, The Australian, Australian Financial Review, The Conversation, Daily Telegraph, Sydney Morning Herald, and Wall Street Journal Asia. He blogs at Catallaxy Files and Tweets @SincDavidson.

Anthony Dillon
Anthony Dillon

Anthony Dillon

Research Fellow, Institute for Positive Psychology and Education, ACU

Originally from Queensland, Anthony Dillon is currently a post doctoral research fellow at the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education at the Australian Catholic University in Sydney. Anthony is proud of both his Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal ancestry and is actively involved in research into the areas of mental health and Aboriginal well-being. He is active as a social commentator on Aboriginal issues, having had several thought provoking articles published in The Australian Newspaper, The Conversation, and the ABC Drum online.

He believes that Aboriginal affairs is everyone’s business and that for as long as Aboriginal people are diminished, Australia is diminished. He further believes that political correctness (a focus on differences and identity politics) is killing Aboriginal people as fast as drugs and alcohol. His writings can be found at www.anthonydillon.com.au

Gabriela D’Souza
Gabriela D’Souza

Gabriela D’Souza

Melbourne-based economist and policy analyst.

Gabriela D’Souza is a Melbourne-based economist and policy analyst with a professional background in research centres and think tanks. Her research expertise is diverse, across topics such as superannuation, education, and social disadvantage. More recently, she has been conducting research on immigration, with a particular focus on immigration patterns in Australia and the labour market outcomes of migrants.

She holds a Bachelor of Applied Economics from the University of Canberra, and is currently pursuing a Master of Economics at Monash University.

Lorraine Finlay

Law Lecturer, Murdoch University

Lorraine Finlay is a law lecturer at Murdoch University, teaching in constitutional law, criminal law and international human rights. Her recent research has focused on freedom of speech, being one of the co-authors of the 2015 book No Offence Intended: Why 18C is Wrong.

Prior to joining Murdoch, Lorraine worked as a State Prosecutor with the WA DPP and was a Judge’s Associate at the High Court of Australia. She holds a dual Masters in Law from New York University and National University of Singapore.

Lorraine is a former President of the Australian Liberal Students' Federation (2001-02) and international intern with The Leadership Institute in Washington D.C (2002).

Alex Ghiculescu
Alex Ghiculescu

Alex Ghiculescu

Co-Founder of Tanda

Founded in Brisbane in 2012, Tanda now has offices in four countries and thousands of customers who are building more productive workplaces and creating more jobs. Alex is responsible for Tanda's continued product growth and innovation and his goal is to build the best product, ever.

Zachary Gorman
Zachary Gorman

Zachary Gorman

IPA Research Fellow | University Tutor

His research speciality is the history of classical liberalism in pre-war Australian and Colonial politics, covering figures such as George Reid, Henry Parkes and Bruce Smith.

As an up-and-coming historian, Zachary has been published widely in both academic journals and Quadrant. His first book, a biography of Sir Joseph Carruthers, founder of the original NSW Liberal Party and a key figure in ensuring that 'liberalism' in Australia came to be associated with the centre-right, is currently being produced by Connor Court Publishing.

Renee Gorman
Renee Gorman

Renee Gorman

Student Activist

Renee Gorman is a prominent student activist, commentator and occasional journalist. She cut her teeth as a freedom fighter when she screened the controversial film ‘The Red Pill’ on the campus of the University of Sydney early last year, despite the student union attempting to shut her down. From there she has worked tirelessly to promote intellectual diversity, defend free speech and call out unjust policies on university campuses.

She has made multiple appearances on prominent media platforms including; The Bolt Report, The Project, Triple J’s Hacked, Miranda Devine Live and even the popular American online show ‘Louder with Crowder’.

She is currently working with the IPA and has held multiple successful pro-liberty events including ‘The Dangers of Socialism’ which was attended by over 145 young people. Her work aims to ensure the increasing curtailing of free speech and violent protest that is occurring in the USA and UK does not take hold on Australian campuses.

Kesten Green
Kesten Green

Kesten Green

University of South Australia Business School

Kesten teaches economics and researches forecasting methods at the University of South Australia Business School. He was previously a founder and director of an economic forecasting and consulting firm, and of a research firm. In the latter role he advised more than fifty clients, including the Department of Defense and various national security agencies in the U.S. on forecasting.

He has given and contributed to testimony on forecasting and effects of regulations to U.S. House and Senate committees and courts, and to Parliamentary committees and environment court hearings in New Zealand. More recently Kesten testified on regulation to the Finance and Economic Committee of the Australian Senate, and spoke at the Cost of Living Summit last year in Brisbane.

Kesten’s research has led to the discovery of better ways to forecast decisions in conflict situations—such as industrial disputes and warfare—, better long-range forecasts of global temperatures, and more rigorous tests for public policies and regulations. He is co-director of the public service websites, ForecastingPrinciples.com and IronLawofRegulation.com.

His talk at the Friedman Conference will issue a challenge to policy makers and regulators to prove that their measures will improve the lot of citizens despite the losses of freedom involved. Further, he will describe checklists that any concerned citizen can use to evaluate whether regulators have really proved their case, or not.

Dr. Jonathan V. Hall
Dr. Jonathan V. Hall

Jonathan V. Hall

Chief Economist and Director of Public Policy at Uber

Dr. Jonathan V. Hall is the Chief Economist and Director of Public Policy at Uber. Prior to joining Uber Technologies in 2014, Dr. Hall held research positions at Google and Pandora Media. Dr. Hall received an A.B. in Economics from Harvard College in 2007, an A.M. in Economics from Harvard University in 2008, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University in 2010.

Dr. Hall leads the policy and economics function at Uber. He and his colleagues write and publish research on a wide range of topics, such as the labor market for drivers, the value of flexible work arrangements, the benefits of dynamic pricing, and the consumer surplus derived from ride sharing. The team provides economics expertise to the company's legal department and works cross-functionally with data scientists on understanding Uber's marketplace. It also works closely to align new product development with public policy goals and constraints, as well as to provide support on policy issues to public affairs teams across the globe.

Dr Ben Heard
Dr Ben Heard

Ben Heard

Founder & Executive Director, Bright New World

Dr Ben Heard is founder and executive director of the Australian environmental NGO Bright New World and we are delighted to announce he'll be joining us at this years conference. Ben is recognised as a leading voice for the use of nuclear technologies to address our most pressing global challenges.

It certainly didn’t start that way but following a critical appraisal of his anti-nuclear stance, he found it unsupportable. Ben holds a Masters in Sustainability from Monash University and in 2018 received his Ph.D. in science from the University of Adelaide for a thesis examined Australian and global clean energy supply with a focus on the role of nuclear technologies. He has presented his research findings around Australia and the world. Founding Bright New World takes Ben back to his NGO beginnings, to give environmentalism a reboot for the 21st century.

Rainer Heufers
Rainer Heufers

Rainer Heufers

Founder & Executive Director, Center for Indonesian Policy Studies, Jakarta

Rainer Heufers is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Indonesian Policy Studies in Jakarta, Indonesia. Being strictly non-partisan and not-for-profit, CIPS suggests policies that are based on the belief that only civil, political, and economic freedom allows Indonesia to prosper. CIPS policy proposals are being formulated to support current decision making processes in the legislative and executive branches of the Indonesian government.

Heufers is also the founder and Managing Director of Siap Solutions Pte. Ltd., a Singapore-based training and consulting firm. SIAP Solutions provides strategic counselling, public policy consulting, leadership training, organizational development and other services to international think tanks, political parties, corporations, and government agencies.

He is also a Senior Fellow at Atlas Network. Heufers designed the first Atlas Network Think Tank MBA in 2008 and has since conducted these annual flagship-trainings for Atlas Network where top think tank leaders from around the world develop individual business plans for their organizations. He lives in Indonesia.

James Fox Higgins
James Fox Higgins

James Fox Higgins

Writer, Producer and Musician

Chairing our discussion of Christianity and Libertarianism, and returning to the Friedman Conference for the second year in a row, shall be James Fox Higgins! James is a writer, producer, and musician. James is passionate about uniting Christianity and Libertarianism, and believes the two are inextricably linked, and neither can survive without the other.

After discovering Aristotelian philosophy and developing a deep revulsion for the moral relativism and casual violent ideologies of the left-wing arts world, James turned his attention to writing and podcasting, founding The Rational Rise, a youtube channel and podcast dedicated to exploration of rational philosophy, politics, theology, arts, culture, and science fiction.

Professor Louise A. Hitchcock
Professor Louise A. Hitchcock

Louise A. Hitchcock

Professor of Aegean Bronze Age Archaeology

Louise A. Hitchcock has a BA in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Southern California, where she studied libertarianism under John Hospers. She became involved in the US Libertarian Party in 1976, founding the Young Libertarian Alliance chapter at USC and working in the presidential campaigns of Roger McBride, David Bergland, and Ed Clark. In 1977, she was a co-organizer of the Future of Freedom Conference at USC. The conference is best remembered for the debate between David Friedman and Tom Hayden. More recently she acted as a social media volunteer in the Johnson/Weld campaign.

Louise went on to get an MA in History and a PhD in Art History at UCLA and she is currently Professor of Aegean Bronze Age Archaeology in the Classics and Archaeology Program at the University of Melbourne. She has excavated in California, Syria, Greece, Egypt and Israel; and she is the author/editor of 4 books and over 70 articles on Mediterranean Archaeology, Gender Archaeology, and Archaeology of Identity. Her recent inaugural professorial lecture entitled Worlds in Disarray, dealt with globalization, populism, and piracy in the past and present.

Dr Mark Ho
Dr Mark Ho

Mark Ho

President of the Australian Nuclear Association

Dr Ho is the current president of the Australian Nuclear Association. He is a reactor specialist and an expert on modern nuclear power technologies: from large 1 GW reactors, to small modular reactors and Gen IV options including molten salt & sodium fast reactors. He currently supervises four PhD students working on nuclear and heat transfer topics and guest lectures at universities.

Mark Hornshaw
Mark Hornshaw

Mark Hornshaw

Economics & Entrepreneurship at the University of Notre Dame Australia

Mark Hornshaw teaches economics and entrepreneurship at the University of Notre Dame Australia and has just been awarded his university's excellence in teaching award. He has been a panellist at all of our Friedman conferences to date, on topics ranging from home education to foreign affairs.

He moderates a group for home educators pursuing higher education and career paths without ever attending high school.

Dr John Humphreys
Dr John Humphreys

John Humphreys

President, Australian Libertarian Society. Founder, Liberal Democrats

John is the President of the Australian Libertarian Society, founder of the Liberal Democrats, founder & President of the education charity Human Capital Project, and co-organiser for the ALS Friedman Conference.

He received his economics PhD from UQ in 2015, and has been working in Cambodia for the past two years as the Executive Director of an economic research institute called PRIME. John has worked previously for the Australian Treasury, economic consulting (including jobs for ASEAN and the World Bank), the Centre for Independent Studies, and as a lecturer at universities in Australia, Dubai, and Cambodia.

He is also a professional scuba diver, Justice of the Peace, recreational pilot, and compulsive traveler.

Nicholas Johnson
Nicholas Johnson

Nicholas Johnson

Founder and Executive Director, Pro Bono Econos International

Nicholas Johnson is an economic futurist and mathematician with an eye for the impacts of emerging trends. He currently leads a small team at Economists Without Borders (www.ecwb.org) in unpacking economic insights around global topics relevant to technology and trade. Nicholas regularly presents to large international audiences in multiple continents and has led dozens of successful consulting projects for private sector and NGO clients. These represent industries such as apparel, tourism management, financial institutions, tech startups, refugee aid, innovation management, urban planning and others. He has presided on steering committees for large international summits attracting over 2000 diplomatic and business delegates.

Nicholas is also the Founder and Executive Director of Pro Bono Econos International; he is a non-executive director of Australian Refugee and Migrant Care Services Ltd; and until recently he sat on a key advisory board for the Australian Football League Players Association. In 2015, he was named a World Economic Forum Global Shaper. He has previously worked at the National Centre of Econometric Research (NCER). Nicholas is a dual Alumni of the Queensland University of Technology Business School and the School of Mathematics, where he was the top-ranked economics graduate and received a number of the University`s most prestigious awards. In a former life, Nicholas was for ten years a dedicated Australian competitive swimmer and chess-player.

Eugenie Joseph
Eugenie Joseph

Eugenie Joseph

Senior Policy Analyst, Centre for Independent Studies

Eugenie is a senior policy analyst in the economics team at the CIS and specialises in taxation and microeconomic policy. Eugenie has completed a Bachelor of Economics at the University of Sydney. She has extensive experience in government, working for the Commonwealth Treasury in Canberra in the areas of business taxation, foreign investment, regulation and competition policy. 

Eugenie has also worked in financial training at Fitch Learning in London. Eugenie has a passion for political and social history, as well as studying French in her spare time.

Blaise Joseph
Blaise Joseph

Blaise Joseph

Education Policy Analyst, Centre for Independent Studies

Blaise is an education policy analyst and has been specialising in policy relating to education funding in Australia. He has recently been working with Research Fellow Jennifer Buckingham on school funding models.

He has completed a Bachelor of Commerce, with a Co-op Scholarship, and a Master of Teaching from the University of New South Wales. He has had experience working in government for the federal Department of Communications and NSW Treasury, and in the private sector for ING Direct and Axiom Forensics. Blaise also worked as a secondary school teacher prior to joining the CIS. He has a strong passion for education and enjoys debating the political issues of the day.

Milica Kostic
Milica Kostic

Milica Kostic

Communications and Events Manager, Libek Serbia

Milica graduated from the Faculty of Political Science, International Relations at the University of Belgrade in 2013. Since 2009, Milica has been a member of Libertarian club Libek, a Serbian think-tank, where she worked as a Communications and Events Manager. One of the biggest success in her career was organizing the first Tax Payer’s March in Serbia.

Milica first got involved with European Students For Liberty as a Local Coordinator in 2013 after she took part in the organization of the first Regional Conference in Belgrade. After that, she joined the Executive Board where she served as a Regional Director of the Black Sea Region (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Israel, Turkey and Romania).

Milica is now working as an Events and Communications Associate at SFL, organizing events in Europe. She was responsible for organizing the biggest libertarian conference in Europe - LibertyCon! LibertyCon is ESFL’s largest and most successful event, gathering more than 900 students and young professionals as well as the most renowned speakers from all around the world. Alongside her strong passion for liberty she’s also very passionate about languages. She speaks four different languages and is currently learning spanish.

Emily Kuzeff
Emily Kuzeff

Emily Kuzeff

Liberty Movement Australia

Emily is a high school teacher by vocation, with an undergraduate degree from Monash University with a focus on International Relations. She moved to Russia early last year after receiving a scholarship to study a Master of Corporate Finance from The National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow, and prior to this was an active participant in the liberty movement in Australia and it's great to have her back!

Dr James Lark
Dr James Lark

James Lark

Governing Board of the U.S. Libertarian Party

Dr Lark is a professor/lecturer in the Department of Systems and Information Engineering and the Applied Mathematics Program at the University of Virginia; he is also an affiliated faculty member of the Department of Statistics at the University.

He is a member of the governing board of the United States Libertarian Party; he served as chair of the party during the 2000-2002 term. He serves as the party's representative to the International Alliance of Libertarian Parties.

He is the secretary of Liberty International and a member of the Board of Advisors of Students For Liberty. He served as chair of the Board of Directors of the Advocates for Self-Government from 2009 until 2016. He has been involved with building libertarian groups on college campuses since 1985.

Mark Latham
Mark Latham

Mark Latham

Former Leader of the ALP, Member of the LDP

Mark Latham is the former Leader of the Opposition and leader of the Australian Labor Party. Since leaving political office, he has become a prominent political commentator and was the co-host of Outsiders on Sky News Live. In April 2017, Latham launched a website called Mark Latham's Outsiders and hosts a weekly Facebook Live program now hosted by Rebel Media. In May 2017, Latham announced that he had joined the Liberal Democratic Party, and was open to standing for them at future elections

Samuel Lee
Samuel Lee

Samuel Lee

Founder, Atlas Chartered Accountants

Joining us this year to talk about how we can reduce what the government steals from us is Samuel Lee from Atlas Chartered Accountants! With 15 years experience in the areas of business services, taxation and external audits, Sam founded Atlas Chartered Accountants in 2017 and specialises in advising start-ups and family tax groups on how to navigate through the numerous business regulations and tax law.

He has a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Accounting and sub majoring in Commercial Law and will help you personally put libertarian principles into practice. So we are delighted to have him join us!

Claire Lehmann
Claire Lehmann

Claire Lehmann

Founder and Editor of Quillette Online Magazine

Claire Lehmann is the founder and editor of the online magazine Quillette, one of the fastest growing platforms for free thought and rational commentary in the world exceeding a million views monthly.

 

She is also a writer with a first class degree in psychology, and her work has appeared in such places as Commentary, Scientific American, and The Sydney Morning Herald. This year she will be giving the Helen Hughes Lecture for Emerging Thinkers for the Centre for Independent Studies.

David Leyonhjelm
David Leyonhjelm

David Leyonhjelm

Australian Senator, Author

David has been involved in Australian politics since the 1970s, first with Young Labor fighting to end military conscription, and then later he became member of the Liberal party until Howard’s 1996 reactionary gun laws saw him resign in protest. He was chairman of Shooters Party for five years, before finally joining the Liberal Democrats in 2005.

In 2013, David was elected to federal parliament, the first senator to be ever elected from a libertarian party. He was re-elected again in 2016 and has proven to be one of the few principled parliamentarians in Canberra, regularly schooling his parliamentary colleagues and the Australian public on the foundations and merits of classical liberalism.

David writes regularly for the AFR and has also been published in the Australian, the Guardian and Business Spectator. Last year he released his first book, Freedom's Salesman. He has degrees in law, business, is a former veterinarian and owns an agribusiness company. We look forward to him again joining us!

Dara Lind
Dara Lind

Dara Lind

Senior Reporter at Vox News, Washington DC

Dara has covered immigration in some form for about a decade, stretching back to college (when she observed immigration court proceedings for her senior thesis). A Vox reporter since the site launched in 2014, she's explained everything from federal data on police shootings to the enduring appeal of "moving to Canada" fantasies, while keeping a close eye on the theory and reality behind American immigration policy.

She also hosts Friday episodes of The Weeds alongside Matt Yglesias. Dara was a 2014 fellow with John Jay College's Center for Media, Crime and Justice, and a 2017 reporting fellow with the University of Southern California Center for Health Journalism. She has not given up on her dreams of commuting by jetpack.

Stephan Livera
Stephan Livera

Stephan Livera

Chartered Accountant | Bitcoin Advocate

Stephan Livera is a bitcoin advocate with a background in austro-libertarianism. He has given talks on bitcoin and libertarianism at bitcoin conferences, and at the Friedman conference. Professionally, Stephan is a Chartered Accountant working as an internal auditor in financial services.

For more of Stephan's material, see www.stephanlivera.com, or Twitter: @stephanlivera

Tony Makin
Tony Makin

Tony Makin

Professor of Economics and Director of the APEC Study Centre at Griffith University

Tony Makin is Professor of Economics and Director of the APEC Study Centre at Griffith University. He has previously served as an International Consultant Economist with the IMF Institute and as a senior economist in the Australian federal departments of Finance, Foreign Affairs and Trade, The Treasury and Prime Minister and Cabinet.

He is a member of the National Economic Panel of the Economic Society, has been Australian convenor of the structural issues group of the Pacific Economic Co-operation Council (PECC) and is author of International Money and Finance, Global Finance and the Macroeconomy and Global Imbalances, Exchange Rates and Stabilization Policy, as well as many journal articles!

Satya Marar
Satya Marar

Satya Marar

Director of Policy, Australian Taxpayers' Alliance

Satyajeet ‘Satya’ Marar is an Indian-born, Sydney-based writer and policy analyst who has worked in Australia and the United States and has provided submissions and appeared before Parliamentary and Senate inquiries to give evidence on tax policy, foreign affairs & trade, public health and civil liberties.

He has reported on Federal and state budgets appears on Radio and TV. His articles have been featured in The Hill, The Herald Sun, The Daily Telegraph, Spectator, Quadrant, Svensk Tidskrift, The Verdict and Online Opinion. He received a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degree with Honours from Macquarie University in 2017. 

Brendan Markey-Towler
Brendan Markey-Towler

Brendan Markey-Towler

Advisory Board of Economists Without Borders

BMT is a researcher in psychological and technological economics at The University of Queensland - UQ. His first book "An Architecture of the Mind" was published by Routledge this year, and his paper "Anarchy, Blockchain and Utopia" became the very first paper to be published in the new Journal of the British Blockchain Association.

He is a member of the Global Advisory Board of Economists Without Borders and is currently coauthoring a book with its CEO Nicholas Johnson on the technological disruption of the 4th Industrial Revolution. He has taught at UQ and University College London on behavioural economics, evolutionary economics and philosophy. He holds a PhD from the University of Queensland as well as a Bachelor of Economics with First Class Honours and a University Medal. In his spare time he is researching Anarchism in the hope of developing an institutional theory of society without the state.

Parnell Palme McGuinness
Parnell Palme McGuinness

Parnell Palme McGuinness

Managing Director of Thought Broker Consultancy

Parnell Palme McGuinness is a journalist, writer and Managing Director of communications consultancy Thought Broker. She specialises in business and policy communications and has worked with peak bodies and businesses of all sizes. Parnell's experience spans multiple communications disciplines, including public relations, advertising, editing, and policy. Her clients have included the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals, LEK Consulting, Bain & Company, Advisian, and the Menzies Research Centre.

She is a fluent German speaker and spent far too many of her school holidays as a child behind the Iron Curtain, staying with her East German grandparents. The political and economic lessons of those visits materially shaped her world view.

In 2017, Parnell made a study of the German election campaign, interviewing candidates, political campaigners and ordinary Germans on the forces reshaping Germany and the European continent.

Parnell is a regular contributor to The Daily Telegraph and Sky News. She has also been published in the Fairfax syndicated press, The Australian, and appeared on the ABC.

Professor Gregory Melleuish
Professor Gregory Melleuish

Gregory Melleuish

Political Scientist and Historian

Professor Gregory Melleuish works both a political scientist and as a historian as well as having interests in religious studies. He has published seven single authored books, and published over eighty refereed journal articles and book chapters. He has been awarded three large ARC (Discovery) grants, being either sole CI or 1st named CI in all cases.

Greg has organised many conferences, workshops and symposia over the years from the V Gordon Childe centenary conference at the University of Queensland in 1990 to the recent conference on Universal History held by the Paul Piccone Telos Institute in New York in February 2015. In 2014 Greg reviewed the National History Curriculum for Schools as part of the National Curriculum Review conducted for the Commonwealth government. He has had a long involvement in matters related to the development of a National History curriculum, having written one of the papers for the 2006 Australian History Summit.

Greg teaches both History and Politics, including political theory, Australian politics, Ancient History and World History. He also writes occasionally on contemporary political issues, largely in the Australian and The Conversation.

Greg’s most recent book is Despotic State or Free Individual? Two Traditions of Democracy in Australia, Australian Scholarly Publishing 2014, and a collection he has edited on Liberalism and Conservatism in Australia, which includes essays by two of his postgraduate students, Zachary Gorman and Paul Brown, published by Connor Court in 2015.

Greg’s current research interests include the first major study of Australian conservatism which is funded by a Discovery Grant project. He is also completing a book with Dr Susanna Rizzo (Notre Dame) on The Post Secular and Post Secular History.

Nick Minchin
Nick Minchin

Nick Minchin

Former Australian Senator & Australian Consul-General in New York

The Hon. Nick Minchin has recently returned home after spending 2014-2017 serving as the Australian Consul-General in New York. Prior to this he was a Senator for South Australia from 1993 to 2011 holding positions including Minister for Finance, Minister for Industry, and Special Minister of State.

During his time as Leader of the Opposition in the Senate he was responsible for campaign for the Liberal Party to drop its support for a failed ETS scheme, and was the mastermind behind the anti-carbon tax campaign.

At university, Nick was a member of the libertarian Workers Party, and while he no-longer identifies as a libertarian, he has been a consistent and vocal champion of small government, federalism, reducing spending, cutting regulation, and voluntary voting. We are delighted that he shall finally be able to join us!

Anthony Morris QC
Anthony Morris QC

Anthony Morris

Queensland Barrister

Tony will be hosting our very own "hypothetical" which will no doubt be a highlight of #freidman18! Appointed QC in 1992, Tony was the youngest such appointment in Australia’s legal history, and the youngest QC appointed in any Commonwealth country during the Twentieth Century.

Well known as one of Australia's more eminent barristers, most recently Tony represented previous Friedman Conference speaker & one of the persecuted #QUT3 Calum Thwaits against the injustices against them by the Human Rights Commission under section 18C.

Campbell Newman
Campbell Newman

Campbell Newman

Former Queensland State Premier

Campbell Newman served as the Premier of Queensland from 2012-15, and prior to that was Lord Mayor of Brisbane. Before entering politics he spent 13 years in the Army rising to the rank of Major. As Premier, his government was praised by many libertarians for significantly reducing government expenditure; but also heavily criticised for policies infringing on individual liberties, particularly the anti-bikie laws, which went against the principle of freedom of association.

Recently Mr Newman has called for drug legalisation saying that "we have lost the war on drugs" and that "I think we have to move towards dealing with it as a public health issue and get in there and educate, regulate, and tax it."

Anna Nix Kumar
Anna Nix Kumar

Anna Nix Kumar

Strategist and Communications Professional

Bringing a wealth of experience in both the American and Australian political arenas, Anna is a sharp-minded strategist and communications professional. Anna employs the latest tactics and analysis to deliver for clients, drawing on 15 years’ experience working on American and Australian political campaigns, and in the US Congress.

Since moving to Australia in 2013, Anna has worked alongside both State and Federal governments. She excels at distilling complex issues into executable strategies and delivering multifaceted commercial and issues campaigns and we are delighted that she will be able to join us!

Joanne Nova
Joanne Nova

Joanne Nova

Author, Blogger, Former Australian TV Host.

Joanne Nova finished her Bachelor of Science degree with first class honours, A+ grades and both the FH Faulding, and The Swan Brewery Prizes, at the University of Western Australia. She also has a Graduate Certificate in Science Communication from the ANU, and worked for three years as an Associate Lecturer for the Graduate Diploma in Science Communication program at the Australian National University.

Joanne is the former host of Y?, a children’s science program on Channel 9 and had numerous other Television and Radio slots, including presently presenting a weekly spot with Laurie Atlas of 4RO in Queensland.

Jo's blog has been regularly voted the best blog in Australia & New Zealand, and she is the author of numerous publications such as the Climate Skeptic handbook, which has been translated into 15 languages. Joanne has given keynote addresses and dinner speeches at national conferences and launches, for groups like CPA’s (Certified Practicing Accountants), Transplant Nurses Association, Aged Care Australia, BDS Accounting, The Australian Science Teachers Association, The Australian Science Festival, ACTEW (ACT Electricity and Water), and Amnesty International and we look forward to her finally having the chance to join us at the Friedman Conference!

John O'Connell - Chief Executive of the UK Taxpayers' Alliance
John O'Connell - Chief Executive of the UK Taxpayers' Alliance

John O'Connell

CEO, The TaxPayers' Alliance

John O'Connell joined the TPA as an intern in 2009. Since then he has worked at every level of the organisation becoming CEO in 2016. As a researcher, and later Research Director, he wrote major reports for the TPA on quangos, government capital procurement, regional business policy and local government pensions.

He co-authored the influential paper How to Save £50 Billion: reducing spending for sustainable public finances, released in conjunction with the Institute of Directors. He also uncovered how local councils were spending Preventing Violent Extremism grants, finding more detailed information than could be gathered by Parliamentary Questions.

John oversaw the work of the 2020 Tax Commission. He also wrote and edited several sections of its final report, The Single Income Tax, which won the Templeton Freedom Award from the Atlas Network.

John frequently represents the TPA on television and radio, including prominent appearances on flagship broadcast programmes and documentaries. He also regularly speaks for the TPA at events, delivering speeches on the TPA’s campaigns and research. In April 2012 John completed the Think Tank MBA in America, an intensive training course offered by the Atlas Network. He has a BA from Nottingham Trent University and an MSc from University College London.

Matthew O'Donnell
Matthew O'Donnell

Matthew O'Donnell

Economic & Financial Advisor, Researcher.

Matthew O'Donnell has 20 years’ experience providing economic, investment and corporate finance advice to corporations, institutional investors and governments. He has worked in numerous parts of the finance industry with a particular emphasis on infrastructure investment. He has sourced, undertaken commercial due-diligence and managed an array of infrastructure assets in a diverse number of industries including the aviation, transport and the utilities sectors.

Matthew has also managed various investment teams in Australia and overseas and also has extensive experience in managing fixed income and listed equity portfolios and managing exotic financial instruments such as Collateralized Debt Obligations and financial derivatives.

He has also worked for the Commonwealth Treasury and the Commonwealth Department of Finance and Administration and has researched and provided advice to governments on tax, fiscal, investment and regulation policy.

Dr Ben O'Neill
Dr Ben O'Neill

Ben O'Neill

Data Scientist, Lecturer in Statistics at UNSW

Dr Ben O'Neill is a statistical researcher and data scientist, and Honourary Lecturer in statistics at UNSW. He is presently undertaking statistical research with the Department of Health.

He has published work in the various academic journals on statistics, economics and philosophy. He will be presenting a session on discrimination and inequality of outcomes in social processes. He has a broad interest in statistical theory and practice, and has written a number of articles about the theory and practice of statistical discrimination.

Professor Paul Oslington
Professor Paul Oslington

Paul Oslington

Professor of Economics & Dean of Business

Paul Oslington is Professor of Economics and Dean of Business at Alphacrucis College, the national college of the Pentecostal movement in Australia. Previously he was Professor in the Schools of Business and Theology at Australian Catholic University, Associate Professor of Economics at University of New South Wales, and held visiting positions at University of Oxford, University of British Columbia and Regent College Vancouver, and Princeton Theological Seminary and University. His PhD in Economics and Master of Economics/Econometrics with Honours were completed at the University of Sydney, and Bachelor of Divinity and Doctor of Theology through University of Divinity.

Paul Oslington’s research interests are international trade and labour markets, the history of economic thought, and relationships between economics and religion. His publications include books The Theory of International Trade and Unemployment 2006, Adam Smith as Theologian 2011, Oxford Handbook of Economics and Christianity 2014, Political Economy as Natural Theology: Smith Malthus and their Followers 2017, as well ,any articles in economics and religion journals.

He is Vice-President of the Economic Society of Australia (NSW Branch) and chair the Society’s 2017 Conference of Economists in Sydney.

His research has been supported by grants from the John Templeton Foundation, the Australian Research Council, the Ian Potter Foundation, and the Earhart Foundation.

He has supervised PhD students working on projects in economic theory, the history of economics, and the interdisciplinary field of economics and theology, and is MPhil and PhD Program Director at Alphacrucis College.

Senator James Paterson
Senator James Paterson

James Paterson

Australian Senator

Senator James Paterson was appointed to the Senate in March 2016. Prior to his appointment, he worked as a special adviser for Senator Mitch Fifield, for the Victorian Employers' Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI) before joining the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) as editor of the IPA Review publication.

In the IPA, Paterson was promoted to director of communications and development, before being promoted to deputy executive director in September 2014 where he rose to national prominence for his consistent and articulate defenses of freedom across all media!

Dana Pham
Dana Pham

Dana Pham

Writer: Trans Issues, Social & Culture Trends

Dana is a transgender conservative-libertarian writer based in Sydney. She is part of a rare but growing group of trans people fighting back against the dominant leftist narrative of victimhood, guilt, shame, and identity politics. Like most people, Dana would prefer to be judged by the content of her character rather than group identity... and has consequently been branded as a bigot, transphobe, puppet, creepy, fake, bitch & whore by the "tolerant left".

Dana writes for The Spectator Australia, The Unshackled, and LibertyWorks, with a focus on trans issues, social & culture trends, and free speech. She has a degree in accounting, works in human resources, and is a member of the Australian Conservatives.

The Hon. Dr. Peter Phelps MLC
The Hon. Dr. Peter Phelps MLC

Peter Phelps

NSW Legislative Council

Phelps is an "obscure NSW backbencher", described by colleagues as ‘the conscience of the parliamentary Liberal Party’ presumably because, like all consciences, he is routinely ignored in favour of ease and/or expediency.

His current projects include the liberalisation of vaping laws, getting compensation for victims of government expropriation, debunking University Leftism, and reforming the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption.

In 2016 Dr Phelps demonstrated true courage in resigning as government whip in the NSW Legislative Council after a particularly communist and terrible ethanol mandate was pushed through by the NSW Government making him a hero to libertarians everywhere.

Kerryn Pholi
Kerryn Pholi

Kerryn Pholi

Writer, Social Worker, Trainer and Policy Analyst.

Kerryn first came to prominence in 2012 when she took the controversial step of burning her "proof of Aboriginality" certificate and writing about her decision on ABC The Drum website -- causing a number of people to feel rather offended. Since then, she has continued to share her views on Aboriginal affairs, identity politics and freedom of speech by appearing on The Bolt Report and writing for publications such as The Spectator Australia, Quadrant, The Australian & Penthouse AU. She has also contributed to several books, including "Making Australia Right" and "Recognise What? Essays on Aboriginal recognition in the Australian Constitution".

Kerryn has worked as a social worker, a correctional officer, a policy analyst and corporate trainer, with experiences in mental health services, drug and alcohol treatment centres, prisons in the ACT and NT, and in state and Commonwealth policy agencies. The results of Facebook quizzes consistently place Kerryn on the centre-right of the political spectrum, despite the care-bear flavour of her CV.

Professor Jason Potts
Professor Jason Potts

Jason Potts

Professor of Economics, RMIT University

Jason Potts is Professor of Economics at RMIT University in Australia, specialising in economics of innovation and new technologies. He is also an Adjunct Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs, an Academic Fellow at the Australian Taxpayers' Alliance and Director of the Blockchain Innovation Hub, the first social science research institute on Blockchain in the world.

Jacinta Nampijinpa Price
Jacinta Nampijinpa Price

Jacinta Nampijinpa Price

Councillor, Cross Cultural Consultant & Executive Director at Yangapi Productions.

Jacinta Nampijinpa Price is a Warlpiri/Celtic woman from Alice Springs. Her professional roles include working as a Cross Cultural Consultant for almost 20 years. She has several years experience in running a not-for-profit company Yangapi Productions, which delivered a number of Healthy Living travelling musical productions to early childhood audiences in remote communities throughout Australia.

In August 2017 Jacinta was elected for a second term onto Alice Springs Town Council. She is deeply involved within her community as well as communities throughout the Northern Territory and has recently been pre-selected as the Country Liberal Party Candidate to run in the next federal election for the seat of Lingiari in the House of Representatives.

Jacinta until recently was a research associate with the Centre for Independent Studies and along with her mother former Minister Bess Price of the NT Government were awarded by the CIS with the McGregor Fellowship in recognition of their years advocating against domestic violence and the need for positive cultural change. Throughout the platforms of television, visual art, music, women’s AFL and local government Jacinta has worked to empower young Indigenous children, girls and women.

Vale Sloane
Vale Sloane

Vale Sloane

Atlas Network

Another Australian based in Washington DC, we are lucky to have Vale Sloane from the Atlas Network coming home to share with us how we can become more effective advocates for change! Vale started at Atlas Network in 2016 as the Institute Relations and Programs Manager.

He participated in the Charles Koch Institute's Koch Associate Program in 2016-2017. Hailing from Sydney, Australia, Vale attended the University of Sydney where he received his Bachelors of International and Global Studies (2013) and Bachelor of Laws (2015).

He worked in Australian politics throughout college and after graduation, including on local and national election campaigns between 2009-2015. Vale has also worked in the private sector as Business Development Manager at an eLearning company prior to joining Atlas Network.

Hon. Aaron Stonehouse MLC
Hon. Aaron Stonehouse MLC

Aaron Stonehouse

Western Australian Legislative Council

Aaron Stonehouse MLC is the youngest state member of parliament in Western Australia, and the first member of an Australian state parliament from a libertarian political party. Aaron shot to fame in 2017 when he compared the WA Premier to Maude Flanders, when he questioned the manhood of former Premier Colin Barnett over his penchant for large projects, and when he rode a giant waterslide in a constituent’s backyard to make a point about personal choice.

More broadly, Aaron is known for being an advocate for lower taxes, individual responsibility and small government. He opposes the nanny state, red tape and any form of paternalism against grown adults.

Harry Stutchbury
Harry Stutchbury

Harry Stutchbury

President of the NSW Young Liberals.

Harry Stutchbury is the President of the NSW Young Liberals and a Public Affairs Manager at the NSW Minerals Council. Previously he has worked for former Prime Minister The Hon. John Howard OM AC and has been published in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Spectator and we are sure he will have great insights as to how to achieve pro-liberty change from within.

Ben Whimpey
Ben Whimpey

Ben Whimpey

Film Producer, Partner at Indimax Productions

As an entrepreneur and creative leader Ben is known to ‘make things happen’ in the creative industry and produce content from the ground up. In 2014 Ben was a Producer on Arrowhead, an ambitious sci‐fi that was released by Studio Canal & sold by Odin’s Eye. He is now completing his second low budget sci‐fi feature Quanta. Ben has a great talent for building creative teams with scarce resources yet a proven record of delivering great results as well as profit.

Ben completed his Masters & Postgraduate degree in Screen Business and Producing with AFTRS. He is a member of Screen Producers Australia and a driving force behind Indimax Productions.

Daniel Wild
Daniel Wild

Daniel Wild

Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs

Daniel Wild is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. He specialises in red tape, regulation, economic policy, the philosophy of free enterprise, and criminal justice. Daniel has authored research papers on economic policy, environmental regulation, and criminal justice reform.

Daniel frequently appears in the media, and has published a number of opinion pieces in The Australian, The Daily Telegraph, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Courier Mail, and The Spectator. Daniel has also made a number of radio and television appearances, including on 2GB, 3AW, Sky News, and Channel 7 News.

Daniel previously worked at the Commonwealth Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet where he analysed global and domestic macroeconomic policy. Prior to that he worked at the Commonwealth Department of Finance where he worked on regulatory reform.

Daniel holds an honours qualification in economics and a degree in international studies from the University of Adelaide.

Nicola Wright

Media Contributor & Editor

Nicola is a digital communications professional based in Perth who is passionate about liberty and human flourishing. She has an interest in free speech advocacy, and resisting the 'nanny state'. Nicola has had contributions in The Spectator Australia, Online Opinion and Spiked Online, and writes and edits content for LibertyWorks Inc.

Fr Chris Yates
Fr Chris Yates

Chris Yates

Society of the Holy Cross

An occasional contributor to The Spectator's Flat White, Fr Chris is a classical liberal who understands the Christian gospel to be best interpreted through this tradition. A member of the Society of the Holy Cross, a traditionalist society within the Anglican Communion, he has contributed to conferences of the Anglican / Orthodox dialogue in Oxford and is currently exploring a transition to the Russian Orthodox Church.

Fr Chris Yates is a Church of England priest of the catholic tradition. After ten years in the UK Police Force he trained for the priesthood at Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford, before moving to Australia in 2010. Fr Chris spent six years in Port Stephens as a parish priest and NSW Police Chaplain. Fr Chris returned from a year in England last October and is currently a Policy Adviser to Senator David Leyonhjelm.

Graham Young
Graham Young

Graham Young

Founder OnlineOpinion.com.au

Graham is Executive Director of the Australian Institute for Progress. In 1999 he founded eJournal On Line Opinion, which he still edits. It was designed to foster diversity of opinion. He is also an Australian pioneer in using the Internet for qualitative and quantitative research and publishes regular analysis at What the People Want.

Between 1994 and 1997 he was Vice President and Campaign Chairman of the Queensland Liberal Party and is an acknowledged expert in political campaigning.