Welcome to the new Australian Adam Smith Club site

We are moving to a WordPress website – to aid in our communication to our members and to the broader interested readership.

The new website will evolve over the coming weeks, so keep an eye out for new posts and a highlights package of our Laissez Faire greatest hits.

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July 2014 Dinner – James Allan – Democracy in Decline

The July 2014 Club Dinner will be James Allan on “Democracy in Decline : Steps in the Wrong Direction”

The Adam Smith Club will host a meeting on Wednesday the 16th of July, 2014 at Bohéme Restaurant Bar, 368 Bridge Road, Richmond.

Democracy in Decline

James Allan is the Garrick Professor of Law at the University of Queensland. He is a native born Canadian who practised law at a large firm in Toron to and then at the Bar in London before moving to teach law in Hong Kong, New Zealand and then Australia. Allan has published widely in the areas of constitutional law, legal philosophy and b ill of rights scepticism. He also writes regularly
for weeklies and monthlies including being a regular contributor to The Australian, The Spectator Australia , and Quadrant.

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May 2014 Dinner – David Archibald – Twilight of Abundance

The May 2014 Dinner of the Club will be David Archibald
on “Twilight of Abundance : Why Life in the 21st Century will be Nasty, Brutish, and Short”
Twilight of Abundance
The Adam Smith Club will host a meeting on Wednesday the 28th of May 2014,at Bohéme Restaurant Bar, 368 Bridge Road, Richmond.

David Archibald is a Perth-based scientist working in the fields of oil exploration, medical research, climate science and energy. After graduating from Queensland University in geology in 1979, he worked in coal and oil shale exploration in Queensland and then in oil exploration with Esso in Sydney. A long period in stockbroking as an analyst was followed by work for a private investor. He subsequently floated the oil exploration company Oilex in 2003 and then joined a Canadian-listed oil exploration company in 2006. Also at that time, he was CEO of the mineral explorer Westgold Resources.

David began researching in climate science in 2006 and has published a number of papers in this field, and two books: Solar Cycle 24 and The Past and Future of Climate. He also founded the field of “solarclimatology” which uses solar cycle length to predict climate up to 25 years in advance. David’s workin this field was corroborated by three Norwegian scientists in a paper published in February 2012: Solheim, J.E., Stordahl, K. and Humlum, O. The long sunspot cycle 23 predicts a significant temperature decrease in cycle 24 Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, February 2012.

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April Dinner – Jackie Fristacky on Transport

The April 2014 Dinner will be Jackie Fristacky on “Who Pays For Transport? A Fair Go For Local Government.”

The Adam Smith Club will host a meeting on Wednesday the 23rd of April 2014, at the Curry Club Cafe, 396 Bridge Road, Richmond.

Jackie Fristaky has been a vocal advocate for better public transport infrastructure in Victoria. In her role as Mayor of the City of Yarra, member of the Municipal Association of Victoria’s (MAV) Transport and Infrastructure Advisory Committee and former Chair of the Metropolitan Transport Forum (MTF) and now Treasurer, Jackie has been heavily involved in high profile public transport campaigns including the City of Yarra’s Trains Not Toll Roads campaign and the MTF’s Wrong Way Go Back campaign.

More recently, Jackie outlined the economic imperatives of investing in public transport in a submission to a Senate Committee Inquiry into the Role of Public Transport in delivering Productivity Outcomes. In her submission, Jackie argues that public transport investment would not only substantially enhance productivity, but also support housing affordability, national health, & reduce congestion, but also reduce social inequities and carbon emissions.

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February 2014 Dinner – Alan Oxley – Free Trade Agreements

The February 2014 Dinner will be Alan Oxley on “All these Free Trade Agreements? Would Adam Smith have approved?”

The Adam Smith Club will host a meeting on Tuesday the 4th of February 2014, at Bohéme Restaurant Bar, 368 Bridge Road, Richmond.

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Alan Oxley is Chairman of the APEC Studies Centre at RMIT University and Principal of ITS Global, a consultancy which advises on trade, investment and sustainability. He was a former Ambassador to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, the predecessor of the World Trade Organization. He is a regular commentator in the media and has published two books – “The Challenge of Free Trade” and “Seize the Future”. He is also Chairman of World Growth, a freemarket NGO.

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July 2013 Dinner – Greg Melleuish

Cover of Greg Melluishs book

Cover of Greg Melluishs book

The July 2013 Dinner will be Greg Melleuish on “Australian Intellectuals:Their Strange History & Pathological Tendencies”

At Bohéme Restaurant Bar, 368 Bridge Road, Richmond on Wednesday the 17th of July 2013.

Why are Australian Intellectuals and academics so hostile to contemporary Australian life? Why do they so oftenhold disparaging views of their fellow Australians? This was not always the case. In the nineteenth century Australians of an intellectual disposition sought to work with their fellow Australians to build a better and freercountry. But from the end of the nineteenth century, beginning with the Bulletin an intellectual culture emerged which was adversarial in nature and increasingly hostile to the aspirations of ordinary Australians. This culture of intellectuals became embedded in key institutions,including the universities, the world of the arts and the ABC. It became a subculture isolated from mainstream Australia in intellectual ghettos. It is a world which bristles with hostility, negativity and nihilism. History has been a favoured domain for Australian intellectuals and theyheartedly condemn the Australian past and the Australian people. The only problem is that the more they blackenthe past the more they turn off students from studying history. The result is a real crisis in the study of the Australian past. The only way forward is a much more sober and sensible approach by intellectuals, especially in terms of appreciating our Western heritage.
Gregory Melleuish is an associate professor at the University of Wollongong where he teaches Ancient History, World History and Political Theory. He has published widely, especially in Australian intellectual history including Cultural Liberalism in Australia and The Power of Ideas.
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30th Anniversary Dinner – Ray Evans

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The 30th Anniversary Dinner with guest speaker Ray Evans on “Adam Smith & the Propensity to Truck, Barter, & Exchange”

Thursday 11th April 2013 at Bohéme Restaurant Bar, 368 Bridge Road, Richmond

Ray Evans was educated at Melbourne High School (1953-56) and the University of Melbourne (1957- 1961), graduating in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. He worked in the SECV and then taught engineering at the Gordon Institute of Technology and Deakin University. He joined WMC in 1982 and was a co-founder of the H R Nicholls Society in 1986. He was awarded the Tasman Medal in 1996 and the Centenary Medal in 2001. He has written widely on political and cultural issues, most recently on the impacts of Environmentalism throughout the West, particularly with respect to the Global Warming Scam. He is secretary of The Lavoisier Group.
In this 30th Anniversary dinner of the Australian Adam Smith Club, Ray will discuss the influence of Adam Smith on free markets and individual liberty .

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