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The November Dinner will be David Archibald on “Australia’s Defence 2016 and Beyond”
The Adam Smith Club will host a meeting on Tuesday the 10th of November, 2015
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’s last book was Twilight of Abundance (2014). He will be talking about his new book on Australia’s defence.
We are pleased to publish the text of Mannie Gross’ May address “How to Smell a (scientific) Rat! (Part Two)”
The very well received paper follows on from his address in Dec 2009, and updates his comments on Scientific method and the falling away from the sceptical inquiry. ‘Science’ becoming a cheer leader for particular causes.
The September 2015 Dinner will be Fiona Patten on “Australian Sex Party-Defender of Liberty?”
The Adam Smith Club will host a meeting on Wednesday the 30th of September 2015, at Bohéme Restaurant Bar, 368 Bridge Road, Richmond.
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. 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.
The June 2015 Dinner will be Bernie Finn on “Back in the Black Next Year -Let’s Get Serious About Australia’s Future!”
MLC for Western Metro 2006-present, Member for the Seat of Tullamarine 1992-1999, Parliamentary Shadow Secretary for Autism Spectrum Disorder, electoral integrity, and Melbourne’s West, outspoken Parliamentarian on controversial issues such as global warming and abortion, former radio broadcaster, avid Richmond supporter and family man. With the recent release of the budget, Bernie Finn will address the Club on Australia’s finances and its future.
The May 2015 Dinner will be Mannie Gross on “Global Warming Revisited”
The Adam Smith Club will host a meeting on Tuesday the 12th of May 2015, at Bohéme Restaurant Bar, 368 Bridge Road, Richmond.
Mannie Gross has been a committee member of Australian Adam Smith Club since its inception. He has a BSc(Hons) and MSc from the University of Melbourne and addressed the Club A Laymans Guide on How to Smell a [Scientific] Rat on the subjects of the scientific method and global warming in 2009. What scientific developments have occurred since? Should we have more confidence, as has the IPCC, that the world is heading to climate change catastrophe? Or is this a just a popular delusion, hardly worth a second thought?