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It is with great sadness that the Club notes the passing of our co-founder and 15 year President – David Sharp.
Lawyer, Banker, War Correspondent, Activist for Liberty, Logie winning parachutist ( – yes that strong jawed floating man is David), U3A lecturer and very loving father to Adam, Alena & Ryun and husband to Betty.
He had been unwell over the last eighteen months – but at our January Committee BBQ he had recovered some of the old bounce, we hoped for many more years of his wit, his wisdom and his passion for liberty.
For those who wish to check out his involvement in starting the club – I point you to his address at our 30th Anniversary dinner and his very modest bio as a former President in the Dinner Programme (page 4)
Our sympathy to his family – a loss for all.
Australian Adam Smith Club (Melbourne)
The Adam Smith Club will host a meeting on Wednesday the 15th of March, 2017
at Bohéme Restaurant Bar, 368 Bridge Road, Richmond.
“Fragile Nation: Vulnerability, Resilience & Victimhood”
Dr Tanveer Ahmed is a consultant psychiatrist. He received his medical degree at the University of
Sydney and trained as a psychiatrist throughout New South Wales. He is also an 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. His latest publication, Fragile Nation, will be the
subject of his address to the AASC.
Peter Fenwick on
Taking Responsibility for Ourselves and our Children:
A Defence of Bill Leak’s Message and his Right to Say it
The Adam Smith Club will host a meeting on Tuesday the 22nd of November, 2016 at Bohéme Restaurant Bar, 368 Bridge Road, Richmond. Further details on costs and booking are in this months Laissez Faire – see below.
Peter Fenwick will address the basis of our free and prosperous society, the errors of redistributive justice, crony capitalism, sound money and why good parenting – highlighted by Bill Leak – is essential. The current issues and court cases involving the QUT students, the Bill Leak cartoon, welfare as an entitlement and use of trigger warnings – this address will be taking aim at some of the problems eating at our body politic.
November Laissez Faire Newsletter and Peter Fenwick Dinner Invite <<<< download here
The Adam Smith Club will host a meeting on Monday the 16th of May, 2016 at Bohéme Restaurant Bar, 368 Bridge Road, Richmond, – 6.30pm for 7.00pm. Further details on costs and booking are in this months Laissez Faire – see below.
In 2013 the then Abbott Government launched a far ranging inquiry by the Australian Law Reform Commission. Its’ aim was to find which Traditional Rights had been diminished or extinguished by the Leviathan of caring progressive Government (Tradition Rights being the olde UK type ‘Rights of Englishmen’).
After two interim reports and many hearings and submissions a Report has been delivered! << download link
Tim Wilson – until February 2016 the Human Rights Commissioner charged with defense of those Traditional Freedoms – will speak at our May Dinner on the Report, and how the Coalition Government may view the findings.
May 2016 Laissez Faire Newsletter and Tim Wilson Dinner invite<< download link
Dr Gary Johns
No Contraception No Dole: Tackling intergenerational welfare
The Adam Smith Club will host a meeting on Tuesday the 12th of April, 2016 at Bohéme Restaurant Bar, 368 Bridge Road, Richmond. (invitation download below)
The Hon Dr Gary Johns served in the House of Representatives from 1987-1996, was Special Minister of State and Assistant Minister for Industrial Relations from 1993-1996 and was an Associate Commissioner of the Commonwealth Productivity Commission 2002-2004. He was for 10 years Senior Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs and a senior consultant with ACIL Tasman economic consultants from 2006-2009. In 2009 he was appointed Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Australian Catholic University’s Public Policy Institute. In 2012 he was appointed visiting fellow at QUT Business School.
Gary Johns will argue the case for his book “No Contraception No Dole: Tackling intergenerational
welfare”. It has created considerable controversy amongst the chattering classes and will be an
opportunity for those who attend to discuss the pros and cons with the author.
The Australian Adam Smith Club is hosting a series of dinner meetings with the decisions and debates central to the 2016 election.
We hope to see you at our Meetings – good speakers, good food and a lively question time are our promise.
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.