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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.
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?
Senator David Leyonhjelm on
“Has Australia’s Libertarian Time Arrived?”
The Adam Smith Club will host a meeting on Thursday the 13th of November, 2014 – at the Park Conference Room, Ground Floor, Amora Hotel 649 Bridge Rd, Richmond.
David Leyonhjelm is a vet, with a law degree and an MBA. He has worked as a columnist for agricultural magazines and for the national financial press. Originally from Heywood, Victoria, now residing in Sydney, Senator Leyonhjelm has boxed the compass politically in trying to find a home for his strong views on personal liberty and limited government. Starting with Young Labor and a stand against the draft, then working for the Liberal interest until the Howard Government’s changed policy on Gun ownership, then working with Shooters Party until he found them too narrow in focus.
The senator ran the national campaigns for the Liberal Democratic Party in 2007, 2010 & 2013 – and was successful in gaining a six year term starting 1st July this year for NSW.
This meeting will be in a different format to normal – a finger food then speech – starting 6.15pm – speech on the dot of 7pm.
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.
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.