eFocus                                            October 2018

Dear <<First Name>>

Hardly a day goes by where we are not bombarded with calls for employment quotas, free speech restrictions and other mandated equality measures. It is alarming how fast this politically correct agenda has become part of mainstream politics and media.

The impact of cultural Marxism is not unique to Australia. After a speech to the UN General Assembly, New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Arden, received thunderous applause. Arden’s speech, dubbed "Me Too must become We Too", had collective action on gender equality at its core. This is the same leader who proudly proclaimed that "capitalism has failed New Zealand". Prime Minister Arden, like many leaders of today, has taken to using Hollywood-rhetoric and
other populist lingo to further her leftist agenda. She is a perfect example of the impact of the long-march through education systems.

The UK Government has now announced a public-private partnership with Bloomberg L.P. to "improve" on the measurement of the difference in payroll between men and women. It aims to improve transparency on "a global scale" and builds on the UK government's Gender Gap Service legislation, which requires an organisation with more than 250 employees to submit an annual report with details of their payroll.

The UK's new proposed organisation is quite similar to Australia's Workplace Gender Equality Agency, which was established as part of the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012. On top of that, Australia also has "Equal Opportunity Commissioners" and various other agencies throughout our states and territories. Despite all these organisations working tirelessly to achieve "equality", and hundreds of thousands of dollars being spent, it is amusing that a recent government report on the South Australian public sector found that their gender pay gap was larger than that of the private sector.

It is well documented that publicly reporting business' payrolls will have unintended consequences. Is it really any wonder that Australia's workforce is in the midst of a so-called "casualisation" after decades of ever-more restrictive workplace laws? Have any of those well-meaning politicians and bureaucrats thought about how these tax and regulatory burdens may affect the incentive to take on new staff? And have those same people ever had to hire someone where they had financial "skin in the game"?

And let's not forget that the gender pay gap is not as straightforward as it is made out to be. There are serious flaws in the way it is measured; simply totalling and dividing the hourly earnings of women and men in clearly leaves out important variables such as career choices, time spent on (maternity) leave and other key factors. As renowned feminist Christina Hoff Sommers of the American Enterprise Institute put it: “If employers could save 16.2
percent by hiring women, they’d fire all the men.”

At home in Australia, Bettina Arndt has devoted her career to bringing these issues to the public sphere. We are pleased that 14 Western Australian students recently got to listen to Bettina at the second annual LibertyFest in Brisbane, as part of a Mannkal scholarship. A large part of the LibertyFest focused on the failure of identity politics to provide a cognisant narrative and a solution for bettering the opportunities for both sexes. We can't wait to see how these students, and future Mannkal Scholars, will pass on the genuine wisdom of these talks.

Eva Christensen
Media and Communications Coordinator

We sponsored 14 university students to attend the Brisbane conference from September 17 - 29.

Clockwise from top left: Anis Rezae with Steve Baxter. Patrick Leclezio with Satya Marar (Australian Taxpayers' Alliance). Leo Prendeville and Micha Gartz with Senator Amanda Stoker. Simrin Panag with Warren Mundine AO.


Human Rights
We sponsored 4 university students to attend the Mont Pelerin Society's General meeting in Gran Canaria (Spain) from September 30 - October 6.
Clockwise from top left: Ron and Jenny Manners with Deidre McCloskey, Doug Hall and a former student of McCloskey's. Bayley Novakovic with Mark Skousen. Bayley Novakovic and Arka Chanda in front of the conference venue. Josephine Tay with Yaron Brook.
Liberty on the Rocks: October!
From 6pm, Thursday, 18th October

Catch up with like-minded lovers of liberty, this time in Fremantle. Liberty on the Rocks (Australia) is an autonomous affiliate of the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance, a grassroots non–partisan, non-profit advocacy body, and is part of the international Liberty on the Rocks network. It is dedicated to promoting the ideals of free market economics and the philosophy of freedom.
Gavin McInnes Live! (Perth)
8pm, Sunday, 4th November
Secret location in Perth

Born in England in 1970 to Scottish parents, Gavin McInnes shot to fame in the early nineties as a co-founder of VICE Magazine. He’s known as the “Godfather of Hipsterdom” and has been called “One of hipsterdom’s primary architects”. During his time at VICE, he was known for his raucous and irreverent take on the world and controversial, no-holds-barred opinions. 
Liberty Forum New York
6th - 7th November
New York City

The annual Liberty Forum brings together amazing freedom champions from this network to exchange ideas and share strategies. The gala Freedom Dinner serves as a fitting grand finale to this conference, celebrating heroes of the freedom movement and the principles that friends of Atlas Network are advancing worldwide.
We are delighted to announce the December 2018 launch of The John Hyde Archive, an online library of the great John Hyde, former Liberal Party Federal Member for Moore and former Executive Director of the Institute of Public Affairs, one of Australia's most revered think tanks.

Thanks to a diligent team of volunteers, John's articles will soon be available online, free of charge. Here is a teaser of what's to come:

Property Rights and the Environment
by Herman Toh and John Hyde


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) addressing one of the opportunities on offer. Choose one host think tank opportunity from our list here, and explain why you are the best candidate for that particular scholarship and what you hope to gain from the experience
  • 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.
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 early March, 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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