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Yeonmi Park is a North Korean defector and human rights activist who escaped North Korea in 2007, where her family was once part of the ruling elite. She now works as an activist, reporter, and speaker, appearing as a celebrity on talk shows and TV programs, bearing witness to the atrocities committed in the North Korean regime, and advocating for refugees fleeing in search of freedom.

She has written for numerous publications including the Washington Post, been interviewed by The Guardian and SBS's Dateline, and spoke at the 2015 International Students' For Liberty Conference.

Yeonmi is a powerful voice showing just how important the international battle against tyranny is and we look forward to her sharing her message with us.

Matt Barrie

He is a man who not only talks about freedom, but has spent his life in business making the world a freer place, and through Freelancer.com has shown the way forward bypassing outdated labour market regulations and anti-growth industrial relations regimes.

A graduate of the University of Sydney and Stanford, Barrie founded Freelancer in 2009, the world's largest freelancing marketplace connecting over 17 million professionals from around the globe, and in the top 500 websites globally. The company has won a number of awards including two awards for employment in the 15th Annual Webby Awards and the People's Voice for Employment in the 16th Annual Webby Awards.


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.

Jayde Lovell

Jayde used to be an amazing Australian libertarian. Then she moved to New York, became an online superstar garnering gadzillions of hits, and has become a bit soft. Nonetheless, she is an amazing speaker, is working to promote pro-liberty ideas in the US, and we are OMG excited to have her join us!

Jayde Lovell is a Co-Host and Producer on The YoungTurks Network - the world's largest online news network - and is host of ScIQ, which explorsedthe science behind politics and policy. Jayde is also Director of Explainer TV for the New York Hall of Science and holds degrees in neuroscience, and has produced videos for NASA, Coca-Cola, Spotify, and the US Army. She has been featured in Education Week, Fortune, Men's Health and is currently in development for her pilot TV show "The Club".

Claire Lehmann

Claire Lehmann is a writer and editor. Her work has appeared in such places as The Sydney Morning Herald, ABC's The Drum, and internationally in the Harvard Kennedy School Review and the Institute for Family Studies (US).

She is also the founder and editor of Quillette Magazine, which focuses on science, politics and free speech advocacy.

Professor Ilya Somin

Ilya is Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law. His research focuses on constitutional law, property law, and the study of popular political participation and its implications for constitutional democracy.

He is the author of The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain (University of Chicago Press, 2015), and Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government is Smarter (Stanford University Press, 2013, revised and expanded second edition, forthcoming in 2016), and coauthor of A Conspiracy Against Obamacare: The Volokh Conspiracy and the Health Care Case (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). Democracy and Political Ignorance has been translated into Italian and Japanese. Somin’s work has appeared in numerous scholarly journals, including the Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Critical Review, and others.

Somin has also published articles in a variety of popular press outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, the New York Times Room for Debate website, USA Today, Newark Star Ledger, Orlando Sentinel, South China Morning Post, Legal Times, National Law Journal and Reason. He has been quoted or interviewed by the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, NPR, BBC, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Al Jazeera and the Voice of America, among other media. He has testified on the use of drones for targeted killing in the War on Terror before the US Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights. In 2009, he testified on property rights issues at the United States Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Somin writes regularly for the popular Volokh Conspiracy law and politics blog, affiliated with the Washington Post. From 2006 to 2013, he served as Co-Editor of the Supreme Court Economic Review, one of the country’s top-rated law and economics journals.

Katherin Bain

Kathrin is a lecturer in the School of Taxation and Business Law, UNSW School of Business. She teaches a range of Australian and international taxation courses to both undergraduates and postgraduates. Prior to joining UNSW, she was a senior consultant in corporate taxation at KPMG.

Kathrin holds a Masters of Taxation from UNSW, and a Bachelor of Laws (Honors) and a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from Griffith University. She is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Western Australia entitled: "Cross-Border Taxation in ASEAN: A re-conceptualisation".

She recently wrote a great peace outlining the flaws with Joe Hockey's plan to slug Australians with a GST on imports

Zoe Page

Zoe is a Seattle-based Software Engineer with a sharp tongue and a flippant disregard for authority and social propriety. With a background in Computer Science and Psychology, she has a particular interest in the progress of technology and the way it shapes societies and human interactions.

If you have too much time on your hands, and a thick skin, ask Zoe about corporate vs. government retention of personal data. Or cats. Or Machine Learning and the future of technology. (She doesn’t have any political opinions on advanced AI, but will happily geek out with you over the everyday applications of neutral networks.) Contrarian, and general Agent of Chaos and Controversy; Zoe makes up for her clear underqualification as a commentator, with an uncanny ability to produce wordy, impassioned rants on cue and we look forward to her joining us!

Christopher Zinn

Christopher is a consumer advocate who believes that ‘people power’ is more effective in reforming markets and helping citizens than regulation. He has worked on various consumer empowerment campaigns such as The Big Electricity Switch, Get Credit Score and The FiftyUp Club.

He has also co-founded a start-up Adviser Ratings which helps consumers find competent and trustworthy financial planners. Christopher has also worked on campaigns questioning regulation of credit card interchange fees and is a board member of a government agency reforming elements of the funeral industry.

He has been head of policy and campaigns at consumer group CHOICE and heads his own consultancy called Determined Consumer. Before the getting into consumer advocacy he was a journalist who worked in TV, radio and newspapers in Australia and overseas.

David Williams

In his 22 years in Washington, DC, David has become an expert in finding and exposing government waste and has helped fine tune criteria in identifying and ultimately eliminating earmarks. David has appeared on numerous television, radio, and print outlets such as ABC World News Tonight, The Jim Bohannon Show and The New York Times.

David’s international expertise ranges from appearing on government waste panels in South Korea and France and he has also advised taxpayer groups from around the world and was instrumental in helping form a taxpayer group in Great Britain. We are very excited to have an international speaker of David's calibre joining us, and look forward to learning from his experiences!

Hannah Pandel

Hannah Pandel is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs, working on education and the IPA's new program to reach out to young people. Hannah has completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne, majoring in Economics and Political Science.

Prior to joining the IPA, Hannah worked as an adviser to a federal Liberal Shadow Minister. Hannah is currently enrolled in the Master of Teaching (Secondary) at the University of Melbourne and has appeared in the national media in relation to the state of teacher education and the Australian national curriculum.

Professor Phil Lewis

Professor Lewis is a Professor of Economics and Director of the Centre for Labour Market Research (CLMR) at the University of Canberra. Phil is among the best-known economists in the area of the economics of employment, education and training in Australia and is the author of over 100 publications including journal articles, book chapters and books including the best selling 'Essentials of Economics' published by Pearson.

Apart from a distinguished academic career he has worked in government and has produced a number of major reports for the private and public sectors. Phil is the editor of the Australian Journal of Labour Economics. He is Past National President of the Economic Society of Australia and Past President of the Western Australian and Canberra branches of the Society. In 2008 he was awarded the Honorary Fellow Award by the Economic Society for his exceptional contribution to the economics profession.

Sabine Wolff

Sabine is a Melbourne-based writer and commentator. She blogs about politics and war at sabinedotwolff.com. You can also find her at @sabinewolff.

Mohamed Rumman

Mohamed is a libertarian muslim studying business and engineering at UTS. He is the Vice president of the UTS Liberal Club and incoming treasurer of the UTS Student Association, and we are thrilled he will be sharing his perspective with us!

Dr Will Tregoning

Will came to drug law reform from a background in drug and alcohol program evaluation, social policy research and communications consultancy. He completed a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours and a PhD in Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney before beginning a career as a research and evaluation consultant to Australian government departments and agencies.

Will’s professional experience made him aware of true scale, patterns and demographics of illicit drug consumption across Australia, and the lack of evidence of the effectiveness of the enforcement programs that receive the bulk of the Australian illicit drug budget. Since founding Unharm in 2014 he’s made regular media appearances calling for fair and pragmatic drug policy to reduce drug-related harm. To learn more about Unharm visit http://www.unharm.org/

Sasha Uher

Sasha is a history and business studies teacher, and a campus co-ordinator for the Institute of Public Affair's "Generation Liberty" program. She recently completed her Masters of Teaching at the University of Sydney and also holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree also from USYD.

Sasha has a long history of pro-liberty activism, and is a former President of the Australian Liberal Students' Federation. She also holds a black belt in taekwondo and will kick your ass if she catches you saying anything commie!

John Osborn

John Osborn is the Director of Economics and Industry Policy at the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, previously holding the title of Chief Operating Officer. John regularly appears on national television, print and online media advocating for economic reform in the interests of business and the broader community

He was National Campaign Director of the 'Small Business, Too Big to Ignore' campaign in the lead up to the 2013 Federal Election - ww.toobigtoignore.org.au.

Prior to joining the Australian Chamber, John worked in senior public affairs roles with experience in strategic and tactical communications, marketing, advertising and corporate fundraising. He has experience working as a political strategist and media advisor on both state and federal election campaigns and graduated from the Officer Training School in the Royal Australian Air Force.

Dominic Perrottet MP

We are pleased to announce that Dominic Perrottet MP, NSW Minister for Finance, Services and Property will be joining us! A committed believer in smaller government and political fusionist, Minister Perrottet argued in his maiden speech on how "Traditionalism with its emphasis on virtue and libertarianism with its foundation of freedom are both vital and necessary strands of the fabric of conservative thought" .

Minister Perrottet has consistently called for for serious cuts in government overspending, arguing at the CIS earlier this year that "Our current patterns of economic behaviour here in the West are simply unsustainable. And just like we’re seeing in Greece, you can kick the can down the road for some time. But eventually you run out of road"

Minister Perrottet has also been a long-standing supporter of Uber and Airbnb, requesting an enquiry into their use by public servants and arguing ""This is the free market on steroids. It's individuals, or businesses, seeking to make the best use of their existing assets, for a profit. It's being an entrepreneur at a grassroots level. It's a mix of technology, trust and low-cost options to effectively meet demand – and it's all done without government intervention."

Before entering parliament, Dominic worked as a Solicitor at Henry Davis York Lawyers in the areas of banking restructuring and insolvency law. Dominic grew up in the Hills District and was educated at Redfield College and Oakhill College before graduating from Sydney University with a Commerce/Law degree.

Sandy Biar

Sandy Biar is the Director of IMGE Australia, a digital firm that specialises in online political campaigns for centre-right causes and candidates, including a recent partnership with The Australian Taxpayers' Alliance with the "Don't Pass The Buck" Campaign.

The firm led the Liberal Party’s digital efforts during their successful 2013 Federal Election campaign and also managed and delivered the NSW Liberal Party’s digital program during the state election earlier this year. In the US, the firm has worked with Republican candidates across the country including dozens of tight senate, congressional and gubernatorial races. They have also worked with some of the country’s largest companies.

Sandy has almost a decade of political campaign experience, including providing digital strategy and support for five elections since 2013. He has developed digital content for US Governors, Senators and Congress men and women, and for a range of Australian political leaders and candidates.

Trevor Burrus

Trevor Burrus is a research fellow in the Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies and managing editor of the Cato Supreme Court Review. His research interests include constitutional law, civil and criminal law, legal and political philosophy, and legal history.

His academic work has appeared in journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, the New York University Journal of Law and Liberty, the New York University Annual Survey of American Law, the Syracuse Law Review, and many others. His popular writing has appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times, USA Today, Forbes, the Huffington Post, the New York Daily News, and others.

Burrus lectures regularly on behalf of the Federalist Society, the Institute for Humane Studies, the Foundation for Economics Education, and other organizations, and he frequently appears on major media outlets. He is also the co-host of Free Thoughts, a weekly podcast that covers topics in libertarian theory, history, and philosophy.

He is the editor of A Conspiracy against Obamacare (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), and holds a BA in philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a JD from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Tim Wilson

Tim Wilson is Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner. Dubbed the “Freedom Commissioner”, Tim is a proud defender of universal, individual human rights.

As Commissioner he has focused on preserving a legal environment and culture that values free speech, religious freedom, free association and property rights. Commissioner Wilson has specifically focused on removing impediments that stop the ability of Indigenous Australians to use their land for economic development, and constructively working through the challenges posed by a 21st Century pluralistic society to religious freedom to advance the human rights of all.

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.

Sam Dastyari

Senator Sam Dastyari is an Australian Senator representing New South Wales, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition, Shadow Parliamentary for School Education and Youth, and Deputy Manager of Opposition Business (Senate).

Born in the Iranian fishing village of Sari to an Azeri father and Iranian mother, Sam arrived in Australia aged five years. His parents were student activists in the 1979 Iranian revolution.

Prior to entering parliament Senator Dastyari worked with Hawker Britton and has also served as as General Secretary of the New South Wales Labor, having joined the party at the age of 16.

More recently, he has worked with Senator David Leyonhjelm on the Senate Nanny State Inquiry, supported the use of bitcoin, and committed Taylor Swift Lyrics to hansard.

Fiona Patten

Fiona Patten is the founder and leader of the Australian Sex Party and a Member of the Victorian Legislative Council for the Northern Metropolitan region.

She came to politics after 20 years of lobbying for the rights of organisations involved in the sexual rights movement - including small businesses, sex workers, HIV/AIDS organisations, adult media and online anti-censorship groups. Before that she was an established independent fashion designer with her own label called Body Politics.

Her political career began as an AIDS educator with ACT sex worker advocacy group, WISE. She also held positions on the Board of the AIDS Action Council, as an AFAO (Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations) Committee Member and a member of the ACT Attorney General’s Sex Industry Committee.

Before being elected, she was best known as the CEO of Australia’s national adult goods and services lobby group, the Eros Association. She ran a number of high profile campaigns in this role, many of which saw off bans on adult material, restrictions on sexual behaviour and a focus on the real villains involved in sexual abuse.

Frustrated and deeply disappointed with the lack of social change on censorship, drug law reform, euthanasia and gay marriage, she set up and registered the Australian Sex Party in 2009 with a strong focus on civil libertarian and personal freedom issues. She became the first political leader to call for a Royal Commission into child sex abuse in religious institutions.

In the 2014 Victorian state election she won her seat in the Victorian Legislative Council and a balance of power position.

Gabe Buckley

Gabe Buckley is a middle-aged computer programmer from Brisbane. Having briefly flirted with both the Labor party and the Democrats in his younger years he fell in with the Liberal Democrats some time in the early-mid 2000s.

He took over the role of coordinator for the QLD state branch of the LDP in 2011 and was elected to the National Executive in the same year. Having served as vice-president of the party for some time Gabe was elected National President of the party in early 2014. Gabe is firmly committed to the libertarian cause, self-identifying as a Voluntaryist. He is a veteran of several election campaigns and has a d&d alignment of Chaotic Neutral

Trisha Jha

Trisha Jha joined the Centre for Independent Studies as a policy analyst in the Social Foundations program in August 2013. Her research has been in social policy, with a particular focus on childcare and education policy.

Trisha holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the Australian National University. She has a strong interest in classical liberal ideas, particularly in free speech and freedom of expression, and other civil liberties issues.

Besides her areas of policy expertise Trisha engages in discussions on the issues of the day across a variety of publications and media. She is actively involved in Australia’s small but growing libertarian community, and was awarded UBER Young Libertarian of the Year in 2015

Alex Hawke

For those of you purchasing our strictly limited VIP tickets, one of the perks includes dinner on Friday Night with The Hon Alex Hawke MP, Assistant Minister to the Treasurer.

Given that the conference is just a few days after the 2016-17 Federal Budget is announced, this is your opportunity for a detailed off the record discussion to share your thoughts and concerns with one of the key members of the Government's finance team.

Alex Hawke was a speaker at the 3rd ALS Friedman Conference, and is known as one of the most pro-liberty members of of House of Representatives. His official bio notes he is “a passionate advocate for reducing the size and scope of government particular.” and he previously nominated Atlas Shrugged as his all time favourite book

The original lone voice opposing the Tony Abbott's now-scrapped big government paid parental leave scheme, he argued in the IPA Review that the Liberals should dump PPL as an “expansion of the welfare state” suggesting instead “Perhaps we could try giving people back more of their own money through tax reductions and allowing them to plan for their families themselves.” Alex Hawke was also one of only two Liberal MPs to cross the floor and vote against the later-scraped recognition of local government referendum and has been a consistent voice for freedom both in the media and in the Coalition Party Room.

So, go grab a VIP ticket - it's an awesome opportunity, and this is just one of the many great perks you will benefit from!

Tyson Koh

Tyson Koh is the Campaign Manger for the anti-lockout campaign Keep Sydney Open, and a Producer/Programmer of the ABC’s long-running music program rage.

He also presents the weekly show Loose Joints on Sydney’s FBi Radio, which he has hosted since 2008. Starting off his career in music as a DJ, Tyson has performed at events including the Big Day Out, Playground Weekender, Harvest, Parklife and the Biennale of Sydney. This led to appointments as a music programmer for major events like Sydney Festival and the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

Alan Anderson

Alan is a telecommunications executive and a former consultant with McKinsey & Co, with experience across Europe, the US and Australasia. During the Howard Government he served as a senior adviser to Treasurer Peter Costello, with responsibility for tax and prudential regulation, and as an adviser to Attorney-General Philip Ruddock, with responsibility for federal courts and tribunals.

Alan has written extensively for Australian newspapers and policy journals on matters including the threat of UN regulation of the Internet, the negative influence of government subsidies on the film industry, reforming international law in the age of terrorism, and the need to liberate our cities from stifling urban planning and heritage laws. He identifies as a conservative liberal, is intrigued by the cultural underpinnings of freedom, and believes sovereign states remain the worst system for guaranteeing liberty except all the others.

Alan has also worked as a corporate lawyer with Allens Arthur Robinson and a software engineer with CSC Australia. He holds first class honours degrees in Engineering and Law from the University of Adelaide.

Chris Berg

Chris is a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. He is a regular columnist with ABC's The Drum and editor of the IPA Review.

He is author of Liberty, Equality & Democracy (2015), Magna Carta: The Tax Revolt That Gave Us Liberty (2015, with John Roskam), In Defence of Freedom of Speech: from Ancient Greece to Andrew Bolt (2012), and The Growth of Australia's Regulatory State (2008)

His new book, The Libertarian Alternative, is being released by Melbourne University Publishing in May 2016, and he will be signing copies hopefully at the conference!

Dan Connor

The Rev Dan Connor is a Christian libertarian, an an Anglican priest in the Diocese of Newcastle and the a Chaplain in the Emergency Services.

He has a degree from the Australian College of Theology and served in the parishes of Kincumber and Wyong before taking up his current role in January. He was the Inaugural Speaker for the Machen Club, a Sydney Based organisation for Christian Libertarians. He is married to Harriet and they have three boys.

Darren de Bortoli

Darren De Bortoli is a third generation winemaker and at just age 33 was appointed Managing Director of De Bortoli Wines. Two decades later he is the longest serving Managing Director amongst Australia’s Top 10 wine companies.

Darren studied at Roseworthy, graduating in 1982 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Oenology. He returned to the family winery and created a revolution in sweet wine whilst still in his early 20s with Noble One. The popular wisdom at the time was that a wine of this style and calibre could not be made in Australia.

Herve Novelli

Mr Novelli was a deputé in the Assemblée Nationale for the Indre-et-Loire département from 2002 to 2007, having previously been a député from 1993-1997.

He has also served as a member of the European Parliament from 1999 to 2002 and as vice-president of the Indre et Loire local government (conseil général) from 1998 to 2001. He is also mayor of Richelieu since 2001. In June 2007, he became a member of the cabinet of Nicolas Sarkozy as an undersecretary for business and foreign trade, and from March 2008 to 13 November 2010 he served as undersecretary for commerce, craftsmanship, small and medium businesses, tourism and services. He was also the leader and co-founder of association Les Réformateurs, a grouping of over 100 MPs dedicated to promoting ideas of limited government within the UMP Party.

Julie Borowski

Julie Borowski is a political commentator living in the D.C. area. She is best known for her YouTube channel where she discusses current events in an entertaining way.

Her videos have over 6 million views. She won CPAC’s Blogbash Video of the Year in 2014 for her video debunking ObamaCare. She was also rewarded Tea Party Blogger of the Year at CPAC 2013 after creating a viral video.

Christopher Koch

The Deputy Chief Financial Officer of Freelancer.Com, the world’s largest freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace, will be joining us! Dubbed as Mr. Market, Christopher Koch is responsible for over $35 billion worth of public market transactions including over $8 billion of IPOs on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

Chris spent nearly a decade in investment and merchant banking. After university, he held a managerial role at Macquarie Bank’s Investment Banking Group with the equity capital markets team. From capital markets, Chris wanted to move to mergers and acquisitions. In 2011, Chris then became a Director at UBS Investment Bank, where his work focused on M&A. This move allowed him to handle advisory matters on technology, healthcare, and other cross-border transactions in Australia, Asia, Europe, and the United States.

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!

Paul Lindwall

Paul Lindwall was appointed a full-time Commissioner with the Productivity Commission in November 2014 for a five-year term that commenced on 1 January 2015. Paul was an Associate Commissioner for the Public Infrastructure Inquiry from December 2013.

Paul has served as a senior official with the Australian Treasury, the Department of Finance and the Productivity Commission with a focus on macroeconomic policy, financial markets, industry policy, national security and social policy. He has also worked as a senior economic adviser to then-Treasurer Peter Costello and then-Leader of the Opposition Malcolm Turnbull.

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.

Stephan Livera

Stephan is a corporate internal auditor with a passion for communicating libertarian ideas. He blogs at www.stephanlivera.com and has given talks at various conferences and meetup groups with connections to libertarianism or bitcoin.

He graduated from UNSW with a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting/Finance), a Masters of Commerce (Information Systems) and is a Chartered Accountant.

Brad Kitschke

Brad is currently the Director of Public Policy (Australia & New Zealand) for Uber. Prior to his role at Uber Brad was Head of Public Policy for Vodafone Hutchison Australia.

From 2010-2012 Brad was Executive Director for the Australian Sporting Goods Association. From 2009-2010 Brad the Director of External Relations for Teach for Australia, a leading not for profit in the education space. Prior to this Brad was a Ministerial Advisor in the South Australian Labor Government working for the Attorney General, and the Minister for Emergency Services, Corrections and Road Safety.

Brad is a Company Director of the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman and a Member the Committee for Economic Development Australia’s NSW Advisory Council.

Simon Brehney

Simon is the Director of the Legal Rights Project and Director of Race Has No Place at the Institute of Public Affairs.

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.

Dr Brennan McDavid

Dr McDavid is the Seymour Reader in Ancient History and Philosophy at Ormond College and teaches philosophy and Latin (Lucretius!) in the University of Melbourne's School of Historical and Philosophical Studies.

Dr McDavid earned a B.A. (philosophy and political science) at Vanderbilt University, a M.A. (classical philology) at the University of Arizona, and Ph.D. (philosophy) at Princeton University.

Professor Jim Allan

Professor Allan holds the oldest named chair at The University of Queensland. Before arriving in Australia in February of 2005 he spent 11 years teaching law in New Zealand at the University of Otago and before that lectured law in Hong Kong.

Allan is a native born Canadian who practised law in a large Toronto law firm and at the Bar in London before shifting to teaching law. He has had sabbaticals at the Cornell Law School, at the Dalhousie Law School in Canada as the Bertha Wilson Visiting Professor in Human Rights, and at the University of San Diego School of Law.

Tamara Candy

We are delighted that Tamara Candy will be joining us to speak on on libertarian activism in the US & how established right-wing conservative parties are being challenged by a new generation of libertarian activists.

Tamara Candy is an Australian libertarian activist, journalist and political advisor. Most recently, Tamara worked in the United States on Senator Rand Paul's Presidential Campaign. She has an Honours degree in Political Journalism and is currently completing her PhD at ANZSOG Institute for Governance at the University of Canberra.

Louise Staley MP

Louise is the Liberal Member for the Victorian seat of Rippon. She attended Melbourne University where she studied economics and is a former Director Food and Environment Unit at the Institute of Public Affairs where she specialised in food policy issues and rural regulation.

Prior to joining the IPA she was a portfolio manager at AXA Australia, and head of the global telecommunications research cluster. She worked as an equities analyst specialising in telecommunications, food & beverage and retail stocks. She has a Masters in Public Policy.

Michael Potter

Michael is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Independent Studies. Michael has worked for the Parliamentary Budget Office, the Federal Departments of Treasury, Environment and Prime Minister & Cabinet (where he advised then Prime Minister John Howard on the introduction of the GST).

He has also worked as Policy Manager, Economics at the National Farmers’ Federation, and Director, Economics and Taxation at the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Michael has completed a Masters of Applied Economics from ANU and a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from the University of Sydney.

Dr John Thrasher

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.

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.

Simon Cowan

Simon Cowan is a Research Fellow in the economics program, and Director of the CIS TARGET30 program that aims to reduce government spending to less than 30% of GDP over the next 10 years. He is a leading media commentator on policy and politics, frequently appearing on the Sky network, ABC television and commercial radio.

He has also written on government industry policy, defence and regulation and appeared before the Australian Senate discussing the budget and health policy. He co-authored the leading CIS research report on pensions and retirement policy, released in 2015, The Age Old Problem of Old Age: Fixing the Pension.