Mannkal's e-Focus                         June 2017

Dear <<First Name>>

We are already halfway through the year, and the second half is shaping up to be even bigger than the first. We recently farewelled our 2017 mid-year scholars, all of whom are going abroad to the US, Canada and the UK for their incredible free market experiences. You can follow them on our Facebook page and Snapchat account. We wish them all the best and know that they will do us proud.

June was a busy month for us. We welcomed His Imperial Highness Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie Haile-Selassie, President of the Crown Council of Ethiopia, to our office in Subiaco, an event that was also attended by a select group of scholars. Our annual conference, Freedom to Choose, had a stellar line-up of academic speakers and had students in attendance from every university in WA. Prof. James Allan (UQ) held an additional captivating seminar in Subiaco on Trump, Brexit and Australia on Saturday, 1st July.

Please stay tuned for more details on our upcoming Western Civilisation conference which will be held on Friday, 24th November. This will be a continuation of our "The Sun Rises in the West" conference from 2010 (Murdoch University). We have an exceptional group of speakers lined up, so make sure you save the date!

Yours in liberty,

Andrew Pickford
Executive Director
Some changes at the Mannkal Foundation
(effective 1st July, 2017)
To improve our operations Mannkal has restructured.  Andrew Pickford (a Mannkal Director and long-term associate) is taking on the newly created role of Executive Director.

This frees up Paul McCarthy (formerly CEO) to focus entirely on Student Seminars.
Our current effective young team now report to Kate Wagstaff, our Scholarships Co-ordinator, whose expanded role now includes liaising with our important Mannkal Ambassadors.
These changes will increase our effectiveness as we pass ‘half-time’ in our busy 20th Anniversary year.
Warm regards to all,
Upcoming Events
Liberty & Society Student Conference Perth
Friday, 4th - Sunday, 6th August
Ibis Perth

Do you like to challenge yourself, question the way decisions are made and think seriously about the future of Australia and New Zealand? If you have started exploring the possibilities offered by classical liberal ideas then this conference is an opportunity not to be missed. Participants from Australia and New Zealand will receive a scholarship covering food, accommodation and most travel.

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. Confirmed speakers include 
  • The Hon. Tony Abbott MP
  • The Hon. Patrick Keane AC (Justice of the High Court)
  • The Hon. Nicholas Hasluck AM (former Judge of the Supreme Court of WA)
  • Senator David Leyonhjelm
  • The Hon. Wayne Martin AC, Chief Justice of WA
Read more about the conference here.

Applications are open and should be submitted to by Friday, 7th July.

Past Events
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
Afternoon Tea with His Imperial Highness Prince Ermias of Ethiopia
Tuesday, 27th June
HIH Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie Haile-Selassie made an unoffical visit to the Mannkal office, rounding off his tour of Australia. A select group of Mannkal students joined the Prince and his entourage for an informal discussion on geopolitics and the future of Ethiopia.
Student Workshop with former Mannkal scholars Sofie O'Mara and Daniel Press
Tuesday, 27th June
After their Mannkal experience, Dan and Sofie went on to intern at the prestigious Cato Institute and have now secured full time jobs in Washington DC.
Student Workshop with former Mannkal scholar Phil Hancock
Thursday, 8th June

Mannkal superstar Phil Hancock was back in town for a short time, and came by to share his incredible experiences from his internship at Taliesin Nexus in LA. Phil now lives in Hollywood and is an integral part of the libertarian film-making community!
Student Workshop with Dr Joe Kosterich
Tuesday, 30th May
Dr Joe Kosterich, long term champion of personal freedom and responsibility, delivered an inspiring presentation on the exponential rise of the public health sector. The event was attended by university students and our ambassadors.
Afternoon Tea with His Imperial Highness Prince Ermias
It was an honour to host His Imperial Highness Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie Haile-Selassie, President of the Crown Council of Ethiopia. Prince Ermias, Greg Copley AM and Pamela von Gruber joined Mannkal for afternoon tea. We enjoyed a discussion on geopolitics and the future of Ethiopia. Our scholars embraced the opportunity to ask many poignant questions.
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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. 
Mannkal Economic Education Foundation

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