Speakers

 

Grover Norquist

Grover Norquist is president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), a taxpayer advocacy group he founded in 1985 at President Reagan’s request. ATR works to limit the size and cost of government and opposes higher taxes at the federal, state, and local levels and supports tax reform that moves towards taxing consumed income one time at one rate.

ATR organizes the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which asks all candidates for federal and state office to commit themselves in writing to the American people to oppose all net tax increases. In the 115th Congress, 212 House members and 45 Senators have taken the pledge.

Norquist chairs the Washington, DC - based Wednesday Meeting, a weekly gathering of more than 150 elected officials, political activists, and movement leaders. The meeting started in 1993 and takes place in ATR's conference room. There are now 60 similar center-right meetings in 48 states.

Mr. Norquist also:

Serves on the board of directors of the National Rifle Association of America, the American Conservative Union, the Parental Rights Organization and Center for the National Interest (formerly The Nixon Center.)

Serves as a Contributing Editor to the American Spectator Magazine.

Serves as president of the American Society of Competitiveness.

Authored four books: Rock the House; Leave Us Alone – Getting the Government’s Hands Off Our Money, Our Guns, Our Lives; Debacle: Obama’s War on Jobs and Growth and What We Can Do Now to Regain Our Future (with co-author John Lott) and End the IRS Before it Ends Us — How to Restore a Low Tax, High Growth, Wealthy America — published April 7, 2015.

Nick Gillespie

Nicholas John Gillespie is an American libertarian journalist. He is the editor of Reason.com and Reason.tv and was the editor-in-chief of Reason magazine from 2000 to 2008. He has written articles or been a commentator for a variety of media outlets. Gillespie has edited one anthology, Choice: The Best of Reason.

Gillespie shared the award for "Best Advocacy Journalism" at the 53rd Annual Southern California Journalism Awards with Drew Carey and Paul Feine for their work "Reason Saves Cleveland." He also received an honorable mention for "Best News Organization Website."

In 2011, Gillespie published The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What's Wrong with America with Reason editor-in-chief Matt Welch.

Michael Munger

An inspiring, funny and highly engaging speaker, Professor Mike Munger is one of the worlds foremost public choice economists, and a former chair of the political science department at Duke University, where he continues to teach political science, public policy, and economics.

Prof Munger is a prolific writer, and his book "Analyzing Policy: Choices, Conflicts, and Practices" is now a standard work in the field of policy analysis. In 2008 he was the Libertarian Party candidate for Governor of North Carolina. He was also featured in the famous Fight of the Century: Keynes vs. Hayek rap videos, and we are very much looking forward to welcoming Michael back to Australia.

Cory Bernardi

Senator Cory Bernardi is a Senator for South Australia and leader of the Australian Conservatives. He is a former member of the Liberal Party of Australia, having represented the party in the Senate from 2006-2017

As a member of the Liberal Party of Australia for over 30 years, Cory fought to support Sir Robert Menzies' vision of stronger families, fostering free enterprise, limited government and supporting civil society of the 'forgotten people'.

Since being sworn in as a Senator for South Australia in May 2006, Cory has been an unapologetic advocate for these principles. His defence of free speech, traditional marriage and Australian culture has gained him a reputation as a conviction politician who puts principle above political expediency.

Cory then founded Australian Conservatives in 2017, providing a community for Australians who believe conservative principles are the better way for the nation.

In 2009, Cory founded the Conservative Leadership Foundation – a not-for-profit educational, research and training organisation dedicated to developing Australia’s future leaders around the guiding principles of limited government, personal responsibility, free enterprise and traditional values.

Daisy Cousens

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 freelancing for 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 and was recently featured as a panelist on ABC's Q&A!

Along with The Spectator and Quadrant, Daisy writes for deadcentrepolitics.com, with a focus on the conservative stance. She is also taking part in a think tank at the Menzies Research Centre; presenting the downside of national debt and deficit to millennials. In her own words, “an initiative to un-demonise capitalism to a generation who have been indoctrinated to hate it”.

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, and The Project.

Mark Latham

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 is the co-host of Outsiders on Sky News Live.

Guaranteed to be provocative and controversial, we are looking forward to him joining us and creating stimulating debate.

Naomi Brockwell

Naomi Brockwell is a producer on the Stossel Show, formerly on Fox Business Network and Fox News Channel. She is a policy director at Blockchain Tech Corp, on the Advisory Council at the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation, and a contributor for Reason TV. She partnered with Gene Epstein, economics editor of Barron's, to set up The Soho Forum, a monthly lecture series for libertarians.

She is the CEO and founder of Rainsworth Productions, and Media Liaison Officer for the Principality of Hutt River. She has produced numerous films and documentaries, and was an associate producer on the 2015 feature documentary "Bitcoin: The End of Money as We Know It" (Winner Special Jury Prize at Amsterdam Film Festival, Winner Best Film at Amsterdam Film Festival).

Naomi appears regularly on Fox Business as a spokesperson for Bitcoin, and is the two-time MC of the International d10e Bitcoin and Tech conference. She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Playboy Culture, and Bloomberg for her efforts in bitcoin outreach.

She hosts a monthly Austrian Economics reading group in NYC, is the creator and host of Bitcoingirl.org, and the author of the children's book Billy's Bitcoin.

Naomi is originally from Perth, with a degree in Classical Music from WAAPA and a degree in Performance from Curtin University.

Judd Weiss

Judd Weiss is a former Vice-Presidential Candidate for the Libertarian Party of the USA.

Judd Weiss received the Remax Hall of Fame Award after ranking among the top 10 Real Estate Agents in the state of California, and among the top 20 Agents in the world at Remax Commercial for multiple years during his mid 20s. He soon began his own independent Commercial Real Estate Brokerage, where he trained a growing team of Sales Agents focused on high-value, high-pressure negotiations. A serial entrepreneur, Judd has launched multiple successful ventures, and teaches others the importance of character in developing lasting strong business success.

Judd has become noteworthy in Libertarian circles for hosting frequent high quality cocktail party events featuring sophisticated attractive crowds with high profile Libertarian speakers and organizations, including Gary Johnson, Peter Schiff, Yaron Brook, Adam Kokesh, Reason Foundation, Marijuanan Policy Project, among others.

Lately Judd has raised his profile as a writer and frequent conference speaker. As an established salesman, Judd focuses his message on connecting with people, and has successfully brought political ideas of liberty to many who would otherwise be opposed or apathetic.As an extremely prolific hobbyist photographer Judd now has over 20,000 Facebook profile pictures attributed to him!

Judd writes about business and politics on his blog at http://hustlebear.com, and you can follow him on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/juddweiss).

Matthew Sinclair

Matthew Sinclair is known throughout the international free market community as the best issues campaigner alive today, responsible for campaigns such as “"Mash The Beer Tax" in the UK which succeeded in forcing the Government to CUT the beer tax for the first time in a half century!

Matthew presently works for Westbourne Communications in London. Prior to this he worked at the UK Tax Payers' Alliance (TPA) in a number of roles, including most recently Chief Executive. His responsibilities included being lead editor of the award winning 2020 Tax Commission; a major joint project on tax policy with the Institute of Directors; authoring two books; 'How to Cut Public Spending' and 'Let Them Eat Carbon'; and representing the TPA in the national and international media and parliamentary hearings.

As someone who revolutionised campaigning in the UK, we are delighted to announce he shall be leading interactive campaigning training at #Friedman17 to ensure we make real strides in restoring liberty in Australia!

Avens O'Brien

Avens O'Brien is a second-generation Libertarian activist, the product of unschooling, peaceful parenting, and starting university at 14 years old. Her work within the Libertarian movement includes being Vice Chair of the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire from 2006-2008, anti-war activism since 2003, Badnarik's 2004 campaign, Ron Paul's 2008 campaign, and Johnson's 2016 campaign.

She is known for her open and active Facebook personality, writing for The Libertarian Republic and Thoughts on Liberty, and has recently been taking photos at some of the liberty events she attends.

Her work outside the Libertarian movement is directing operations at a Los Angeles media startup, where they develop digital advertising and influencer-based marketing campaigns for large brands like Ford, Guess Jeans and Air New Zealand. She previously worked for Peter Schiff at Euro Pacific Capital, and is also an adviser to JeKuDo, a startup focused on secure messaging apps.

Avens is convinced that libertarianism is the most attractive and compassionate philosophy there is, and works to embody that belief and to share it with the world. With her background in sales and advertising, she wants to teach other liberty activists how to have productive conversations about liberty, and reach to the left and to the right to find allies and grow the movement. Her writings, interviews and work can all be found at http://www.avens.me.

Lorraine Finlay

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).

Zoltán Kész

Zoltan Kesz is a member of the Hungarian Parliament & one of the founders of the Free Market Foundation in Hungary.The mission of the Free Market Foundation is to represent, defend, and advance free market values, ideas, and policies in Hungary and among speakers of the Hungarian language. The foundation stands for personal liberty and responsibility, the rule of law, and tolerance, the strengthening of liberty rights, transparency, and constitutionalism.

In 2015, he won a by-election in Hungary in a crucial moment. His historic victory ended the two-thirds superpower of the governing party which was used to implement a new constitution and new laws curtailing the freedom of speech, human rights and the power of the constitutional court. Now he is a Member of Parliament as an independent. He has published many articles both in English and Hungarian. Kesz has a weekly column in one of the country’s popular online papers and we are delighted he shall be joining us!

Wolfgang Kasper

He spent his formative years in post-war West Germany, Switzerland, London, Paris and Madrid. After his doctoral thesis in international economics, he was invited to join the small Bürgenstock Group of academics and international bankers (1968-70), which had been initiated by Milton Friedman to demonstrate to skeptical politicians and bureaucrats that flexible exchange rates would enhance economic policy and performance. Kasper worked on the staff of the German Council of Economic Advisors, the Kiel Institute of World Economics and as a Harvard University Advisor to the Malaysian Minister of Finance.

In 1973, he joined the Australian National University. From 1977-1999, he served as the foundation Professor of Economics on the UNSW Defence Force Academy campus in Canberra, and thereafter for seven years as a Senior Fellow with the Centre for Independent Studies in Sydney. He also worked at the Reserve Bank of Australia, OECD in Paris, and the Federal Reserve of San Francisco. In the early 1980s, he was an early visitor to China, where he not only observed the early sprouting of the seeds of capitalism, but also advocated ways to make these early initiatives grow forcefully.

Kasper has had a long-standing professional interest in cultivating institutions that empower ordinary, enterprising people. He looks back on a long record of research and consulting for business and governments, both in mature economies and Pacific-Rim countries. From the 1970s, he was an early advocate of the economic reforms in Australia and New Zealand.

He became the lead author of Australia at the Crossroads (published in 1980), which subsequently served as the rallying point for the ‘Dries’ in parliaments, business and the media. This ‘Crossroads Group’ helped to pave the way for the economic reforms of the Hawke-Keating/Howard-Costello era. He is also the lead author of a well-known textbook on institutional economics, whose second edition (Institutional Economics – Property, Competition, Policies) was published in 2012. His other books and more than 250 articles published here and overseas can be found via https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolfgang_Kasper

Ahmed Suliman

Ahmed is the Chairperson of Australia and New Zealand Students For Liberty and is a student of Engineering and Economics at the University of Western Australia.Ahmed found himself searching for answers to the world's economic and political disputes growing up. This struggle was made somewhat easier when he was introduced to the ideas of liberty through a friend at university. Needless to say, he has been hooked ever since.

Since then, Ahmed has helped start libertarian groups on campuses, and became the Chairperson of ANZSFL in June 2016. He has also been involved with various pro-liberty organisations including Australian Taxpayers' Alliance, the Australian Libertarian Society, and the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation.

He also muddles in politics, holding various positions in the WA Liberal Party, and has worked for two federal parliamentarians.

Sam Bowman

Ever thought that mainstream libertarianism came across as a bit too harsh? That we need to sell the message of free markets more as improving the lives of the disadvantaged? That the empirics of small government show that it works - but we should be less dogmatic, and more practical about how we present them? Sam Bowman, Executive Director of the UK Based Adam Smith Institute, has been making just these very arguments.

Sam is interested in the political economy of “Bleeding Heart Libertarianism”, a school of thought that tries to use free market policies to improve the welfare of the poor. His key policy areas are immigration and planning, which he sees as the two major areas where states hurt the poor globally and in the UK respectively. He is also interested in market monetarism and the epistemic challenges facing social democracy.

In a recent viral and provocative article, he argued in favour of a group of people he called 'neoliberals': "These are people who are libertarianish — but they are fundamentally different to the mainstream libertarian movement when it comes to important values and approaches, and frankly lots of libertarians hate them for being, in their eyes, too statist or leftist. I am one of them, and perhaps you are too. Many of our left-wing opponents would describe us as neoliberal to slander us. I suggest we follow the Suffragettes and wear this label with pride."

In 2014 he wrote “Quids In: How sterlingization and free banking could help Scotland flourish” which argued that an independent Scotland could use free banking to maximise its financial stability, which was featured by nearly every major news outlet in the UK, including Newsnight, BBC News, The Guardian, The Scotsman, The Times, The Financial Times and The Telegraph.

You can follow him on twitter at @s8mb and, and read his restaurant reviews (!) at http://straightuplondon.com/

Dr Tanvir Ahmed

Dr Ahmed is an Australian based psychiatrist and author who has involvement in the media and politics. He is an elected councillor at the City of Canada Bay. He appears in various media, most commonly regular contributions to Channel 7′s Weekend Sunrise and columns in the Spectator Australia.

He has previously had regular columns in national newspapers, undertaken international news stories and co-hosted a prime time gameshow. His migration memoir is titled “The Exotic Rissole.” and he recently published "Fragile Nation:Vulnerability, Resilience and Victimhood " through Connor Court Publishing. He lives in Sydney with his wife and two daughters.

Andrew Bragg

Andrew Bragg commenced as Director of Policy & Research of the Menzies Research Centre in November 2016. He is also head of the newly established Enterprise Policy Unit. Andrew is responsible for policy development, research and advocacy at the centre with a particular focus on enterprise / business policy.

Andrew is a regular commentator on tax reform, federalism, trade and financial services policy in the nation’s daily newspapers, radio and television.

Before joining the MRC in 2016, Andrew was Director of Policy and Global Markets at the Financial Services Council (FSC) from 2013 to 2016.

At the FSC, Andrew led a highly regarded policy unit which delivered groundbreaking self-regulation including the Trowbridge Review of Life Insurance / Life Insurance Code of Practice and a requirement for superannuation boards to contain independent directors.

Previously, Andrew worked for Ernst & Young in its internal audit division.

Jordan Williams

And we are delighted to be joined by some of our friends from across the Tasman! Jordan Williams is the founder and executive director of the New Zealand Taxpayers' Union!

His background is in law and accounting and in 2011 he was spokesperson for Vote for Change, a lobby group that campaigned against the retention of the MMP electoral system.

You can read a profile on him at http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/76443761/National-portrait-Taxpayers-Union-founder-Jordan-Williams

David Leyonhjelm

With the Aerial Function centre refusing to allow us to invite his cat, we'll just have to settle for Australia's most well known libertarian, winner of the 2014 Australian Libertarian of the Year award, and first open libertarian elected from a libertarian party to any Federal Legislature, the one, the only, Senator David Leyonhjelm - Liberal Democrats Senator NSW!

Professor Sinclair Davidson

Sinclair Davidson is Professor of Institutional Economics in the School of Economics, Finance and Marketing at RMIT University, a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs, and an Academic Fellow at The Australian Taxpayers' Alliance.

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

Dr Chris Berg

Chris Berg is a Postdoctoral Fellow at RMIT University and a Senior Fellow with the Institute of Public Affairs. Dr Berg is the author of five books including In Defence of Freedom of Speech: from Ancient Greece to Andrew Bolt.

Dr Berg is one of Australia’s most prominent voices for free markets and individual liberty, and a leading authority on over-regulation, economic freedom and civil liberties.

The Cato Institute praised the “wit and grace” of his book Liberty, Equality & Democracy, and the Sydney Morning Herald described his The Libertarian Alternative as “spirited and sometimes wry”. His other books include Magna Carta: the tax revolt that gave us liberty and The Growth of Australia’s Regulatory State. He is also the editor of 100 Great Books of Liberty and The National Curriculum: A Critique.

Dr Berg’s 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. He has been a regular columnist with the Sunday Age and ABC’s The Drum. His scholarly contributions have appeared in the Australian Journal of Political Science, Econ Journal Watch, Agenda, and Trends in Anaesthesia and Critical Care. He is a frequent media commentator on television and radio and appears regularly throughout the electronic press.

He holds a PhD in economics from RMIT University and bachelor’s degree in history and political science from the University of Melbourne.

Malcolm Roberts

Malcolm is a family man and has a background in engineering, mining, business leadership and has a keen interest in economics; he is also passionate about climate change data and facts.

Spending the early years of his life in India, Malcolm then moved to the bush in Central QLD and also lived in the Hunter Valley (NSW) and Brisbane before graduating from the University of Queensland with honours as an engineer. He then decided to get practical experience working as a coalface miner—mainly underground—for three years around Australia.

Brad Matthews

One of our most keenly anticipated sessions this year is on homeschooling, un-schooling, and alternative education. One of the most exciting developments in this field as an alternative to traditional tertiary education has been the creation of Praxis and joining us to talk about it will be Australia's only Praxis graduate, Brad Matthews

Brad is a primary school teacher turned alt-ed advocate from the Central Coast of NSW. He graduated the University of Newcastle with Honours in 2014 and taught for a year. Wanting something more and unable to reconcile his personal values with the school environment, he applied and was accepted into Praxis.

After graduating from Praxis in November 2016 he launched UnschoolHQ, a growing project that aims to support and guide parents on their unschooling journey. This is in addition to continuing work for the business that he was placed with for Praxis, Practice Paradox.

Ross Cameron

Ross was the Federal Liberal MP for Paramatta from 1996-2004, known for being the only MP in the howard government who consistently advocated for cutting spending, and presently is a host on Sky News Australia, as well as being a frequent commentator in the media.

As a member of The Australian Taxpayers' Alliance Board of Advisers, he is dedicated to reducing the size and scope of government, and we are delighted that he will once again be joining us!

Ken Phillips

Ken is a published authority on independent contractor issues and directs research on related commercial and trade practices issues. Through his numerous articles in newspapers and think-tank and academic journals, Ken is known for approaching issues from outside normal perspectives and is frequently sought out for media comment.

A previous Research Fellow at the Institute for Public Affairs, and a member of the HR Nicholls Society Board of Management, Ken is currently working on exposing the nefarious activities and violations of the rule of law by the Australian Taxation Office.

Andie Moore

Andie was born and raised in Wellington, New Zealand, drawn to libertarianism reading about the 1980s liberal reforms of former finance minister Roger Douglas, and also encountering the perils of bureaucracy during their teen years. Having ranted endlessly about the shortcomings of government, they channelled their libertarian angst into starting New Zealand’s first Students for Liberty club.

Andie currently lives in Melbourne, and is about to commence their second year of a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and International Studies and Social Theory at the University of Melbourne. Andie identifies as a left-libertarian, and is thoroughly interested in anarchism, feminism, queer theory, agorism, and freed markets, with the aim of a freer society based on reciprocity, free exchange and self-determination. They’re also the vice-chairperson of Australia and New Zealand Students for Liberty.

Eva Gundelach

Eva Gundelach is a regional coordinator for the Australia & NZ Students For Liberty, and has also recently co-founded the SFL chapter at Curtin University in the hope of growing our numbers and introduce other students to the morality of free markets. She will be interning at the Atlas Network in Washington DC this semester as a Mannkal Scholar.

Eva grew up in the socialist utopia of Denmark, where she was raised by somewhat libertarian parents, and moved to Perth, Australia 6 years ago. Eva is particularly concerned with the rapid increase of costs in everything the government touches: healthcare, education and childcare. Winding back regulations and red-tape remains high on her agenda.

Bianca Lynn

Bianca Talbot is currently in her final year at Murdoch University studying a Bachelor of Laws and an Arts Minor in Politics and International Relations. During her studies, she has undertaken a Human Rights Law Program in Geneva, Switzerland and has also interned at the Institute of Public Affairs during the summer of 2016 as a Mannkal Scholar.

Her passions include Constitutional law, Legal Theory, and International law. Bianca has just returned from a trip to the USA where she witnessed the results of a nation that has forgotten how to govern itself, despite having a strong constitutional tradition. She hopes she can one day play a role in the restoration of the very constitutional arrangement of government that the drafters intended to protect so we don’t end up in the same situation.

She has a paper published in the Western Australian Jurist titled Radical Feminism’s Opposition to Liberty as she decided to take on radical ‘feminazis’ during her role as Women’s Representative on the Murdoch Guild Council in 2014.

Bianca also operates her own fitness business.

Dr Colin Mendelsohn

Dr Colin Mendelsohn is a smoking cessastion specialist and an Associate Professor in the School of School of Public Health and Community Medicine.

He is a member of the NSW Health Advisory Panel on e-cigarettes and one of Australia's leading experts in vaping technologies. Colin graduated as a doctor from the University of Sydney in 1976 with honours. He worked as a general practitioner for nearly 30 years, with a special interest in smoking cessation.

Robert Carling

Robert Carling is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Independent Studies. Robert is researching and writing about fiscal policy, taxation and federalism. In addition to working on TARGET30 papers Robert has recently written reports called Shrink Taxation by Shrinking Government! and States of Debt.

Prior to joining the CIS, Robert was Executive Director, Economic and Fiscal at the New South Wales Treasury from 1998 to 2006. Previous position have been with Commonwealth Treasury, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. He holds academic qualifications in economics and finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science, Georgetown University and the University of Queensland!

Rory Broomfield

Rory Broomfield is the Director of The Freedom Association, and was the Director of the Brexit "Better Off Out Campaign". He has previously worked in the City of London for numerous small businesses and Westminster for a number of MPs including Theresa May, Sir Richard Shepherd and Graham Brady.

He is an authority on the EU and has written a number of books, including Membership of the EU: There Are Alternatives, The EU’s Effect on the UK’s Place in the World, and The Future’s Bright—The Future’s Global. Broomfield is a regular commentator on a range of domestic and international media outlets. He holds a First Class degree in Politics from the University of York and Master’s degrees from City University London and Warwick Business School. In June 2016 he participated via Skype in an Australian Taxpayers' Alliance Sydney-Based #Brexit discussion.

His most recent work, co-authored with previous Friedman Conference Speaker Iain Murray is entitled :Cutting the Gordian Knot: A Roadmap for British Exit from the European Union" which may be downloaded here: https://cei.org/sites/default/files/Iain%20Murray%20and%20Rory%20Broomfield%20-%20Cutting%20the%20Gordian%20Knot.pdf

Professor Jeff Bennett

Professor Jeff Bennett is Professor of Environmental Management at the Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU, a member of the Board of the Mont Pelerin Society and the previous Director of the Environmental and Economics Research Hub at ANU.

Professor Bennett has over 30 years experience researching, consulting and teaching in the fields of Environmental Economics, Natural Resource Economics, Agricultural Economics and Applied Micro-Economics.

He is also is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and a Distinguished Fellow of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, where he was formally president. He is a member of the Academic Advisory Councils of the Centre for Independent Studies and the Menzies research Centre.

His most recent book, “Little Green Lies: An exposé of twelve environmental myths” is availiable from http://www.connorcourt.com/catalog1/index.php… and we are delighted that he shall be joining us!

Andrew Bushnell

Andrew is a Research Fellow at the prominent Melbourne think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs, where he focuses on criminal justice reform, freedom of speech, and the future of democracy.

As well as being the co-author of two major research reports, his work has appeared in print in the Australian, the Australian Financial Review, the Canberra Times, the Adelaide Advertiser, and the IPA Review, and online at the Huffington Post and the Spectator Australia. He has also been interviewed on 2GB and 3AW.

He previously worked at the Department of Defence in Canberra and the Department of Education in Melbourne. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) and Bachelor of Laws from Monash University and a Master of Arts in Applied Ethics from Linköping University, Sweden.

You can find Andrew on Twitter at @abushnell_IPA. His publications can be found here: http://ipa.org.au/people/andrew-bushnell

Calum Thwaites

Calum Thwaites was one of the seven students sued under section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act in the infamous QUT case. Having been forced to abandon his studies towards a career as a high school teacher, he is now studying a bachelor of Laws.

Gabriel J. Buckley

Federal President of the Liberal Democrats. An avid fan of Jeremy Bentham, Richard Dawkins, John Stuart Mill, Sam Harris, Peter Singer and Christopher Hitchens he falls firmly into the consequentialist school of libertarianism.

Gabe argues that the notion of rights, as we currently apply them to human animals, can be extended to non-human animals within a libertarian ethical framework, and shall be exploring this issue with us at the conference.

Gabriel Axel Montes

Gabriel is a neuroscientist, yogi, educator, entrepreneur, and musician. He is the founder of Neural Axis®, a platform that leverages mind-body methodology, cognitive neuroscience, and virtual reality technology for self-cultivation and neuro-rehabilitation. Gabriel’s work aims to promote the sense of self and agency for enhanced function and sovereignty in complex world.

He is an international instructor and educator on the intersection of neuroscience and self-cultivation, and is a leading developer of the fusion of these fields.

He is also active in the areas of philosophy of mind, science, complex systems, and synthetic life. Gabriel is a liberty enthusiast, and is the official Representative in Australia of Liberland, a new liberty-centric country.

Gabriel promotes the potency of self-sovereignty and agency as a foundation for self-development and enfranchised social engagement. He believes that with liberty as a basis, self-cultivation can serve to empower individuals to experience the ‘farther reaches’ of human potential and thus more effectively contribute to create a more prosperous life and world.

Gabriel is the author of a forthcoming book on neuroscience and self-cultivation and composer of a forthcoming music album.

Mark Hornshaw

One of our most popular and most beloved speakers, Mark Hornshaw will once again be joining us, this time to discuss homeschooling, unschooling, and the education of the future!

Mark Hornshaw likes to follow his kids around as they pursue their interests, mainly involving climbing walls and cliffs, and he also likes to get them working from a young age (preferably single figures).

He moderates a group for home educators pursuing higher education and career paths without ever attending high school. Mark teaches economics and entrepreneurship at the University of Notre Dame Australia.

Jenesa Jeram

Jenesa is a Policy Analyst at The New Zealand Initiative, focusing mainly on social issues and lifestyle regulations. She is the author of ‘The Health of the State’, a report that looks at the evidence and ideology behind public health and lifestyle regulations.

She has also co-authored publications on poverty, inequality, social impact bonds, economic growth and housing. She has a Bachelor of Arts with first class Honours from the University of Otago, majoring in Politics, Philosophy and Economics.

Andrew Reynolds

Andrew has spent over 30 years in banking, accounting, regulation and education. Having learned enough about them, he is now gainfully employed in giving others his opinions on these matters as well as learning about the not-for-profit and disability sectors.

He is an all-to-frequent commenter on blogs and Facebook, mostly with boring opinions on politics, economics and other areas in which he is totally unqualified but manically interested!

Simon Breheny

Joining us from the IPA this year will be the Director of Policy, and former Australian Libertarian Society Young Libertarian of the Year, Simon Breheny!

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.

Darren Brady Nelson

Mr Darren Brady Nelson is currently the economic policy adviser to Australian Senator Malcolm Roberts of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party, Darren will also be joining us at the Friedman Conference as part of the "Is Trump Good For Liberty?" Debate!

Immediately prior to this, he was an economic policy adviser for the American Republican party presidential campaign of Donald Trump. Darren is an Austrian School economist, conservative-libertarian and Christian who lives in Brisbane Queensland but is originally from Milwaukee Wisconsin.

John Fund

John Fund is one of the most prominent political commentators in the US today, someone who knows Trump well, was friends with Reagan, and has spent decades analysing the political right.

He is national-affairs columnist for National Review Online, a senior editor at The American Spectator, and a contributor to Fox News. Previously, he worked for The Wall Street Journal for more than two decades, and was a member of the Journal's editorial board from 1995 to 2001.

Fund is the co-author of numerous books including Cleaning House: America’s Campaign for Term Limits, Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy, Who’s Counting?: How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk and Obama’s Enforcer: Eric Holder’s Justice Department.

Graham Park

Graham Park is the President of the Shooters Union Australia & President of the Shooters Union Qld, and has been actively involved in fighting for firearm owner’s rights for more than 20 years.

Graham is a primary producer and businessperson with a cattle property in Warwick Qld. He also is a qualified firearms instructor.

Shooters Union is currently the fastest growing membership based firearms lobby group in Australia. It is not a sporting group as such but was specifically formed to represent the interests of ALL legitimate users of firearms. These would include farmers, pest controllers, police officers, security officers, target shooters, hunters and collectors etc.

SU takes the position that our role is to represent any and all of the more than 1 million legitimate firearms users in Australia and get them a “fair go” under the law.

SU supports members with liability insurance and other support systems as well as tirelessly working with politicians and parties of all types to promote a change on direction of Australian firearm legislation away from spending 90+% of funding and enforcement on micro managing farmers and target shooters and almost nothing on combatting criminal misuse of firearms. SU wants to reverse this direction so as to focus on the criminal misuse of firearms, which is responsible for at least 95% of all firearm related violence in Australia.

Dr Joe Kosterich

An author, speaker, doctor and health industry consultant who wants you to be healthy and get the most out of life? But doesn't want the government to FORCE you to do it? And believes that governments, bad research, and and public health ideology caused the increase in obesity and type two diabetes?

Dr Joe Kosterich is a Perth based doctor, has a column in Medical Republic, is assistant clinical editor of Medical Forum and is a regular on Channel 9 and radio. He contributes to numerous medical and mainstream publications and is regularly sought for comment by the media.

Previously Dr Joe held senior positions in the Australian Medical Association and sat on numerous industry and government boards. He has extensive corporate experience in the setting up and management of medical centres and in helping businesses maintain a healthy workforce

Darcy Allen

Darcy Allen is Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs, Editor of the IPA Review, and in the final stages of a PhD in economics at RMIT University. Darcy’s writing has featured in peer-reviewed academic journals, conference papers, and book chapters.

Darcy has appeared as an expert witness before various parliamentary inquires, including the Senate Standing Committee on Economics and the Senate Committee on Red Tape. His opinion pieces and comments have appeared in the national media including on the pages of The Australian, Australian Financial Review, Herald Sun, Sydney Morning Herald and The West Australian.

His PhD thesis argues that in the early stages of new technologies, such as blockchain, entrepreneurs pool their information together under private governance structures called innovation commons.

Austen Erickson

Austen Erickson is the Director of Outreach & Engagement at the Australian Taxpayers' Alliance, and the Chairman Emeritus of Australia and New Zealand Students for Liberty.

Previously he served as the Executive Officer of the Liberal Democratic Party, as a Director at the Australian Libertarian Society, and was the founding Organiser of Liberty on the Rocks Australia.

He is currently a PhD student in Applied Mathematics at the University of New South Wales, and a sessional tutor in Economics at Notre Dame University.

Gary Johns

Gary is Adjunct Professor at QUT Business School and a columnist for The Australian newspaper. He served in the House of Representatives and in the Keating Governments. He was an Associate Commissioner of the Commonwealth Productivity Commission.

Gary received the Centenary Medal and the Fulbright Professional Award in Australian-United States Alliance Studies, served at Georgetown University Washington DC. He was Senior Fellow Institute of Public Affairs, senior consultant ACIL Tasman, and Associate Professor at the Australian Catholic University.

Adam Miller

Adam Miller is a passionate young entrepreneur in the emerging Cannabis market in Australia. With nearly a decade of experience in the ‘startup’ space Adam founded BuddingTech in 2016 to foster digital and technological solutions for the emerging medical cannabis industry in Australia.

Adam was motivated to research medical cannabis after the ongoing health battle of someone close to him. Cannabis had the potential to help but it was still illegal at the time. As Australia moved towards legalisation of medicinal cannabis at both the state and federal level a top-down approach was taken and a very highly regulated system established.

Adam was in Colorado when recreational cannabis was legalised and witnessed the way that culture changed as it moved into a legitimate business. The innovation happening in Silicon Valley has brought legitimacy to both the medical cannabis as the therapeutic potential is embraced in the USA and around the world. BuddingTech aims to connect other start-ups and other stakeholders in Australia with the international network of researchers and businesses.

Returning from a recent business trip to Israel, the country with some of the most advanced medical cannabis research currently under way Adam can bring some insight into how Australia is placed in the emerging international cannabis market around the world and in particular within the Asia-Pacific region. He also has a unique perspective on how well regulations in Australia are facilitating the entry of new companies and investors in the developing market here. How does the future look for cannabis, business and individuals in Australia?

James Harrison

James Harrison has a background in nanotoxicology and is currently working as a business analyst with NSW Health. He first became involved in Effective Altruism through the Melbourne University Philosophy Community, and in 2015 he took the 'giving what we can' pledge and committed to donate 10% of his income to highly effective charities.

In 2016, he became the coordinator of Sydney's Effective Altruism social meetups, which generally take place once a month, and he has delivered colloquia to Macquarie University students on the social and ethical underpinnings of Effective Altruism as a broad movement.

Effective altruism is a philosophy and social movement that applies evidence and reason to determine the most effective ways to benefit others. Effective altruism encourages individuals to consider all causes and actions and to act in the way that brings about the greatest positive impact, based upon their values. It is the broad, evidence-based approach that distinguishes effective altruism from traditional altruism or charity.

James Walsh

For the last 5 years, James has been the President of the largest branch of the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia, Sydney Branch, with 32,000 members across the Greater Sydney area. He is a staunch advocate for the fair and reasonable treatment of law abiding shooters and he actively campaigns for the rights of his members.

James believes that Australia needs a loud and proud lobby group like the American NRA to advocate for, and represent the 1,000,000 plus law abiding shooters and firearms owners across Australia who are constantly vilified and treated in many instances like common criminals. He feels it is well over due to have a sensible and fact based discussion around the private ownership of firearms and other related issues including self-defence as a genuine reason for firearms ownership and the removal of costly firearms registries as evidence shows they do nothing increase public safety and are a waste public money.

Away from shooting, James is the owner of a Recruitment and Human Capital Consulting business that assists many well-known businesses secure high profile talent across Australia.

Dr Brendan Markey-Towler

Brendan's current research focuses on the economics of knowledge and ideas. His work is particularly concerned with the interaction between economics and psychology, and spans behavioural and psychological economics, evolutionary economics, complexity and complex systems economics, microeconomic and macroeconomic theory, network theory as well as the philosophies of mind, time, and science.

His work has been published in the Economic Record, the Cambridge Journal of Economics and the Journal of Evolutionary Economics. An old boy of St Joseph’s College Gregory Terrace of the Class of 2008, he holds a Doctor of Philosophy and a Bachelor of Economics with First Class Honours and a University Medal from the University of Queensland and swears by Virgil, Xenophon, James Joyce and Patrick White.

Brendan will be joining RMIT Professor Jason Potts, IPA researcher Darcy Allen, and US-based "bitcoin girl" Naomi Brockwell on the innovation panel on Sunday. Should be good.

Tim Wilson MP

Tim is the Federal Member for Goldstein, a former winner of "Libertarian Of The Year", and the former Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner where he was dubbed the “Freedom Commissioner”, for his passionate defence of universal, individual human rights.

As Commissioner he focused on preserving a legal environment and culture that values free speech, religious freedom, free association and property rights. Commissioner Wilson has previously worked as a Policy Director for the world’s oldest think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs. He has also worked in trade and communication consulting, international aid and development, as well as politics.

He has served as a Board member of Monash University's Council, Alfred Health and on a Victorian Board of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

He has extensive experience in public debate and has had many regular radio and television commitments, with both commercial and public broadcasters. The Australian newspaper recognised Tim as one of the ten emerging leaders of Australian society. He has written extensively for newspapers, journals and books. He recently co-edited the book Turning Left or Right: Values in Modern Politics.

Tim graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Policy) and a Masters of Diplomacy and Trade (International Trade) from Monash University. He has also completed executive education at Geneva's Institut de Hautes Etudes Internationales et du Développement and the World Intellectual Property Organisation's Worldwide Academy.

Terry Barnes

From 1987, Terry worked for 20 years in both politics and the bureaucracy and was a senior policy and political adviser to two health ministers.

In the public service, Terry was a senior officer in several federal portfolios, including Health, Education and Immigration. He ran the National Competition Policy Review on Pharmacy Legislation (the Wilkinson Review) – the status quo key findings of which he now regrets. For several years he was responsible for administering the Commonwealth’s public hospital funding agreements with the States, and signed your Medicare cheques. Terry also worked for the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet and Medibank Private.

In late 2015 Terry was appointed a part-time fellow of the UK Institute for Economic Affairs, working with Chris Snowdon on lifestyle economics issues and questioning nanny state policies and regulation that increase health and harm risks, not decrease them. He has a particular interest in the public health lobby’s determined and misleading campaign against e-cigarettes and vaping, and recently appeared before the Senate’s Nanny State inquiry to discuss this.

Independent Man

We are pleased to announce that one of the most popular political youtubers in Australia is going to be joining the conference -- Independent Man. And we are honoured to confirm that IM will be using this occasion to give up his anonymity, so we can discover the person behind the mask.

After a stint in the financial markets in Sydney, IM spent fifteen years in the teaching profession, mostly in Japan. Shocked by the creep of cultural Marxism and political correctness on his return to Australia in 2016, he turned his attention to creating concise evidence based video content to combat the climate of fake hysteria and moral outrage plaguing our public discourse. He has a following of over 30,000 youtube subscribers, which is particularly impressive given that he only started his channel a year ago.

Independent Man is a proud advocate of free speech, free markets, limited government and individual liberty, or in other words, everything the regressive left is against.

To find out more, check: Youtube = https://www.youtube.com/c/IndependentManspeaks Twitter = https://twitter.com/Independt_Man Minds = https://www.minds.com/IndependentMan

And if you want to throw him some money: Patreon = https://www.patreon.com/IndependentMan Merch = https://shop.spreadshirt.com.au/INDEPENDENTMAN

Ezra Levant

In 2006 Ezra published the infamous Jyllands-Posten Mohammad cartoons in his magazine "Western Standard", which led to a complaints and confrontation with the Alberta Human Rights Commission. In 2009 he wrote the best selling book "Shakedown: How Our Government is Undermining Democracy in the Name of Human Rights", which was lauded as the best Canadian political book in the last 25 years.

His other books include "Ethical Oil: The Case for Canada's Oilsands" (winner of 2011 National Business Book Award), "Groundswell: The Case for Fracking" (nominated for 2015 National Business Book Award), and "The Enemy Within". In 2015 he launched Rebel Media, which has grown into one of the largest alt-media organisations in the world with an impressive stable of journalists and commentators.

In 2014, Ezra was chosen as the “most irritating Canadian” by the Globe and Mail, and the "talking head you'd most like to silence" by the Hill Times. We look forward to finding out whether Ezra is able to be as irritating and offensive as our home-grown trouble makers.

Sherry Sufi

An unabashed conservative, Sufi made national headlines last year with his principled opposition to redefining marriage, Indigenous constitutional recognition and repealing the free-speech stifling 18C law.

He holds a BA in Philosophy, Diploma in Information Systems, MA in Politics and International Studies and a Master of History. Sherry's PhD thesis examines the role of common language in shaping ethnic identity and nationalism.

He has worked for State and Federal MPs, published articles on key issues and made appearances on Sky News.

He has engaged with many thinkers across the spectrum such as historian Keith Windschuttle, cognitive scientist Steven Pinker, and world renowned linguist and political scientist Noam Chomsky.

Sufi has an interest in Samuel P Huntington’s clash of civilisations theory, the Israel-Palestine conflict, the culture wars in Australian history and the defence of liberal democracy.

Dr Alex Wodak

We are delighted that Students For A Sustainable Drugs Policy will be presenting a session on ending the war on drugs in Australia! In their presentation they shall be arguing that in punishing its citizens for wrong doing, the state has a critical responsibility to ensure that the rule of law is just. The most serious criticism of Australia’s drug policy js that it is unfair and unjust for the majority to punish people, absent harm to others, with a minority taste in drugs.

This is an even more important consideration than whether or not Australia’s drug policy is effective or whether alternative policies might be more effective. If it is agreed that our drug policy is fundamentally unjust, then the next issue is identifying ways of ensuring that supply effectively meets demand. The approach suggested here is similar to the libertarian argument that citizens have a right to drugs but is likely to appeal to more people.

One of the speakers at this session will be Dr Alex Wodak.

Dr Wodak AM is the President of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation and is an Emeritus Consultant at St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney where he was Director of the Alcohol and Drug Service for 30 years. Together with colleagues he started Australia’s first needle syringe program and Australia’s first Medically Supervised Injecting Centre when both were pre-legal. His retirement project is drug law reform in Australia and beyond.

Danny Duchamp

Danny Duchamp is coming from across the ditch in New Zealand, from where he runs a quality YouTube channel that includes commentary, mockery, and occasional rap-battles against feminists and assorted SJWs. www.youtube.com/user/dannyduchamp/



Dylan Thomas

Dylan Thomas has a controversial & insightful independent YouTube channel (called "truediltom"), as well as contributing to the RR channel. Dylan's philosophy is a amalgam of libertarian and alt-right ideas, which gives him a unique perspective on recent political changes. www.youtube.com/channel/UCL-KWzX_hw7yfVR7WPQxIeA



Sven Löwe

The Rational Rise (RR) is a relatively new Gold Coast based group that regularly produces libertarian and rationalist commentary on a range of issues. Sven Löwe is one of the three RR co-founders, and will be joining co-founder James Fox Higgins with us at the conference.

http://therationalrise.com/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCdEfsAy6rUDPnm9HwKA_asg

James Fox Higgins

The Rational Rise (RR) is a relatively new Gold Coast based group that regularly produces libertarian and rationalist commentary on a range of issues. James Fox Higgins is one of the three RR co-founders, and will be joining co-founder Sven Löwe with us at the conference.

http://therationalrise.com/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCdEfsAy6rUDPnm9HwKA_asg

Ash Blackwell

Ash is one of Australia’s leading grass-roots drug law reform activists. He is co-founder and vice-president of Students for Sensible Drug Policy Australia, executive member of the Drug Law Reform Party and co-host of a weekly radio show discussing the science, culture and policy around drugs.

Ash also volunteers with Victoria’s Dancewize program as a peer support and drug safety educator. From organising drug policy events, to running as a federal election candidate to doing festival outreach Ash has a passion for bringing together different communities to argue for evidence based drug policy.

Ash was inspired to get involved in drug policy activism after seeing the old messages of prohibition continue to fail address the risks of drug use for people that chose not to abstain. Around the world other countries were embracing reform and the legalisation of recreational cannabis in Colorado had shown what was possible. The search for local activists led Ash to become involved in the Drug Law Reform Australia party, helping to campaign for the 2013 federal election and running as a candidate in 2016. In collaboration with Penny Hill SSDP Australia was founded in 2016 to create a national platform for students to coordinate a response to failed drug policy. Last year the executive members attended the Friedman conference and this year they have returned to organise the drug policy panel.

Since humble beginnings at the start of 2016 SSDP Australia have supported students at 5 universities in Victoria and NSW to start drug policy clubs on campus with several more on the way. Over the last year SSDP assisted in many public campaigns and helped raise $18,000 for research into the therapeutic potential of psychedelic drugs. Through networking with the international student movement they have sent student representatives to several international conferences including the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on drugs last year. Ash brings the perspective of mobilising grass roots activism in an era of the growing recognition of the failures of prohibition.

Lee Herridge

Lee is a host and producer of Taking Liberties Radio, an Australian libertarian podcast, and creator of the Aussie Liberty YouTube channel. He is currently in his 2nd year studying Economics and Accounting at the University of Notre Dame Fremantle, and is part of the Mannkal scholarship program.

Lee’s passions include helping other Christians understand the principles of liberty, housing policy, labour regulation, and opening up government to market competition. When not ranting at length on social media about the failings of government, Lee is an unabashed nerd for miniature wargames, video games, movies, and music.

Paul Blair

Paul Blair is strategic initiatives director at Americans for Tax Reform, a Washington, D.C.-based taxpayer advocacy and policy research organization founded in 1985 by Grover Norquist at the request of President Reagan.

He oversees several of ATR’s policy and political initiatives at the state and federal level, ranging from the expansion to center-right coalitions to state tax reform and local preemption. He has also worked to rein in the out-of-control and heavily regulated system of occupational licensing in an broader effort to reduce barriers to entry for those seeking employment in the the workforce.

Grover will tell you he has also been at the forefront of the vaping movement in the United States. In 2016 he managed the Right to Vape Tour, a national campaign and bus tour spanning 20 states, engaging consumers and small businesses in the Election and in an effort to bring attention to the Food and Drug Administration’s regulatory assault on the vapor products.

A graduate of The George Washington University, his writing and commentary has been published in the Washington Post, National Review, Forbes, the New York Post, the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution, among others. You can follow him on Twitter @gopaulblair and reach him via email at pblair@atr.org.

Peter Phelps

The Hon Dr Peter Phelps MLC is a Liberal Member of the NSW Legislative Council. Known for his passionate defences of freedom in the chamber, he was the former government whip before resigning on a matter of principle over ethanol mandates.

Dr Phelps holds a PhD in Australian history and has served as Chief of Staff to numerous senior federal government ministers.

John Humphreys

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.

Tim Andrews

Tim 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 a graduate of the University of Sydney, graduating with a Bachelor of Economics (Social Sciences), a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Masters of Public Policy.

He has also 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 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.

Stuart Hatch

Stuart is the new Executive Director of the Australian Libertarian Society. Born and raised in Perth, he currently runs the Western Australian branch of the Liberal Democratic Party and is the Vice President of Liberty WA.

He has previously acted as co-organiser of the Freedom and Prosperity Club and has a long association with the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation. Stuart studied physics and electrical engineering at the University of Western Australia and completed his PhD in 2009. He currently works for Zeiss in the field of electron and x-ray microscopy

Tom Switzer

Tom is one of Australia's leading foreign policy commentators, and is widely quoted around the world and across the political spectrum for his nuanced and thoughtful analysis. He 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 currently a lecturer in politics and international relations and a research associate at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, as well as the editor of American Review magazine, Adjunct Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs, and host of ABC RN Between the Lines. He has worked previously as a senior advisor to the federal opposition leader Brendan Nelson, editor of the Spectator Australia (2009-2014), opinion editor at The Australian (2001-08), editorial writer at The Australian Financial Review (1998-2001), and assistant editor at the American Enterprise Institute (1995-98).

Tom's articles has been published by The Wall Street Journal, Quadrant Magazine, The New York Times, Far Eastern Economic Review, The National Interest, Foreign Affairs, The American Interest, Fairfax Media, and he has appeared on CNBC, Bloomberg Television, Al Jazeera English, Sky News, the BBC, and "our" ABC… including the insufferable Q&A where he recently called out Naomi Klein as being "not just immoral, but wicked" for opposing capitalism.

John Thrasher

John Thrasher's work has been published in many journal including Philosophical Studies, The Journal of Moral Philosophy, Political Studies, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, The European Journal of Philosophy, The Adam Smith Review.

His work has also appeared in several edited volumes including the Oxford Handbook of Classics in Political Theory, The Original Position (Cambridge university Press), and the Routledge Companion to Social and Political Philosophy. With David Schmidtz, he is the editor of the textbook Creating Wealth.

A Lecturer in Philosophy at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia and previously a research fellow at the University of Arizona, where he also earned his PhD in philosophy in 2013.

Anthony Dillon

Originally from Queensland, Anthony 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 is killing Aboriginal people as fast as drugs and alcohol. His writings can be found at www.anthonydillon.com.au