Mannkal's e-Focus                         July 2017

Dear <<First Name>>

At the time of writing two Australian Senators have had to step down due to being ineligible to hold office due to requirements of Section 44 of the Constitution. Aside from the fact that both Senators were from the same political party, there lies a broader issue. Do our elected representatives read and comprehend the Australian Constitution?

The need to understand the underlying rules of an organisation you have personal involvement with is not something unusual. Consider sports clubs, community groups and school organisations. At some point many Australians, especially those with ambitions for higher public office, refer to constitutions. For our federal representatives, the concept of a governing document applies, yet the stakes are higher than deciding the best and fairest.

To educate future leaders of Western Australia about the importance of the Constitution, Mannkal supports students attending the annual Samuel Griffith Society Conference. Critics may debate the language and principles in the Constitution, yet it remains the most important document in Australia. Two former Senators will have time to reflect on this issue.

Further abroad, in Warsaw, Poland, US President Donald Trump reminded the commentariat about the enduring importance of the West and Western Civilisation. The subsequent debate in the US has shown that the importance citizens still place on our Western heritage, stemming from the experience and insights from the Greeks and Romans. The Australian iteration of Western Civilisation benefited from many Scottish migrants and the ideas from the Scottish Enlightenment that they carried over the oceans.

On Friday, 24th November 2017, Mannkal will be exploring the future of Western Civilisation at a conference hosted at the Centre for Entrepreneurial Research and Innovation. Speakers and themes will be announced shortly and I look forward to inviting you to attend this important event.

Even before our scholars return from their Winter internships, we start preparing for an expanded Summer program with more of a focus on enrichment and development. Mannkal will be interacting more with our ambassadors, alumni and supporters including through our new website which was launched last week.

As I settle into the role of Executive Director of Mannkal, I look forward to your input and thoughts on developing the next generation of Western Australian leaders.

Yours in liberty,

Andrew Pickford
Executive Director
Upcoming Events
Special Event - Succesful Investment Management
Tuesday, 25th July
'Hayek on Hood'

Mannkal ambassador Willy Packer, founder and managing director of Packer & Co. is giving a presentation on how to be a successful investment manager in a highly volatile market.

Seats are limited. RSVP to
Liberty & Society Student Conference Perth
Friday, 4th - Sunday, 6th August
Ibis Perth

The Centre for Independent Studies' student conference is coming to Perth. Participants will explore the possibilities offered by classical liberal ideas.

Applications have closed and selections announced.
Samuel Griffith Society Conference
Friday, 25th - Sunday, 27th August
Novotel Perth Langley

A must for anyone with an interest in law and the Constitution of Australia! This year, the Society's conference is coming to Perth, so do not miss your chance to attend this esteemed event. Read more about the conference here.

Registrations are currently open.

HETSA Conference
Saturday, 26th - Sunday, 27th September

The History of Economic Thought Society of Australia's annual conference will be held at at the University House at ANU in Canberra. Applications are open to university students of all majors who have an interest in economic theory and its place in academia and public policy. Read more about the conference here.

Applications close Sunday, 30th July. Apply now to!

Western Civilisation Conference
Friday, 24th November
CERI, Nedlands (Perth)

Mannkal is hosting a follow-up one day conference to the hugely successful "The Sun Rises in the West Conference" in 2010.

Revisit our 2010 conference here.

SAVE THE DATE. Invitations to follow.

2017 Mid-Year Scholars update

James Walker (UWA) is interning at the Centre for Policy Studies in London. Read his latest piece on artificial intelligence, productivity and deregulation:

The development of artificial intelligence provides a difficult situation for policy-makers moving into the future. Moore’s law of computing power and the exponential improvement of technology have led to states of tension across the globe as job security falls away with new disruptive technologies. Factors contributing to this situation can often be traced back to one critical term; productivity. [continue reading]
Harper Yang is currently away on a Mannkal scholarship, studying Austrian economics in China. On the way over she stopped by in Hong Kong to meet the team from the Lion Rock Institute! From left: Harper Yang, Laurence Pak, Ken Chan, Veenie Adaswani, Nick Sallnow-Smith (LRI Chairman), Alice Strech and Raphel Tsang.
Past Events
Student Workshop with Nick Hubble
Thursday, 6th July
Nick Hubble, financial analyst for Port Phillip Publishing, gave a thought-provoking presentation on anarcho-capitalism. Nick covered a great deal of philosophical content, sparking a lively debate amongst students.
Trump, Brexit & Australia with Prof. James Allan (UQ)
Saturday, 1st July
Subiaco Community Centre

Fresh from his enthralling presentation at the Freedom To Choose conference, Prof. James Allan was up early Saturday morning to speak to Mannkal devotees. James spoke of the immediate impacts of the Trump and Brexit revolts and their effects on the Australian political system. As always, James was informative, truthful and witty in his remarks.
Freedom To Choose Conference
Friday, 30th June
University of Notre Dame, Fremantle
The 8th annual FTC conference was titled The Deepening Malaise of Australian Universities and featured James Allan (UQ), William Coleman (ANU), Elena Douglas (Knowledge Society) and others.  More information can be found here

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Mannkal offers international scholarships to Western Australian students. These unique scholarships grant interested young adults a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to intern at an international think tank.

To apply please email the following documents to Kate Wagstaff at
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae (up to two pages) including photograph (within CV)
  • Statement of Academic Record (an unofficial transcript is sufficient)
  • Cover Letter (1 page) detailing why you are the best candidate for this scholarship, and what you hope to gain
  • Please write on only one of the opportunities on offer. Applicants who progress through to the interview stage of the selection process will be considered for all opportunities.
Applications are now open for 2017 End of Year Internships. 

Our multi-step application process involves getting to know you through research reports, events, interviews and workshops. The process can take several months, beginning with your application - so the sooner you apply the better! 

Each year, mid-year internship applications close in February, and places are determined around April/May. End of year internship applications close in August, and places are finalised in October/November.

Students who are not successful in receiving a scholarship in one intake will still be eligible for the next intake. The longer we have to get to know you, the better we are able to potentially match you with a suitable host think-tank. 

Now is the time to apply, whether you're in first or last year at University. 
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