Nov 2015 Dinner – David Archibald: Aust. Defence 2016 and Beyond

The November Dinner will be David Archibald on “Australia’s Defence 2016 and Beyond”

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David Archibalds book – Australian Defence 20116 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.

Praise for “Australia’s Defence”
Loved the chapter on the RAAF. This book is excellent.
– Burt Rutan, aerospace engineer, designer of Voyager

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May Dinner address – text – Mannie Gross on Part Two of “How to smell a (scientific) Rat!”

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 text of the original 2009 Address on Scientific Method and the failings of the UN based IPCC

The text of the 2015 address with updates and further commentary on the failings of modern scientific inquiry

Sep 2015 Dinner – Fiona Patten: Aust.Sex Party-Defender of Liberty?

The September 2015 Dinner will be Fiona Patten on “Australian Sex Party-Defender of Liberty?”

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Fiona Patten – Sex Party MLC

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.

September Dinner Invite & Newsletter

Jun 2015 Dinner – Bernie Finn: Back in the Black Next Year?

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.

Jun 2015 Dinner Invite

May 2015 Dinner – Mannie Gross: Global Warming revisited

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?

May 2015 invite & newsletter

Senator David Leyonhjelm to speak to November Meeting

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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.

November Invite to download

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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