What a month it’s been! Mannkal sent 19 young and liberty-curious students to the ALS Friedman Conference in Sydney - our biggest number yet! West Aussies made up 35% of the crowd – as ever, we punch above our weight and we had quality as well as quantity, with scholars Lee Herridge and Bianca Talbot headlining a panel debate on "Is Nationalism Good For Liberty?", while Llew Cross, Rob McLeod and Cat Slack from Mannkal won the “Dragons Den” competition for their campaign to end the luxury car tax.
A week later we sent a team of 11 to Seoul for the regional meeting of the Mont Pelerin Society, a free market society founded by Friedrich Hayek. With the world's gaze fixed on North Korea, our team heard from Nobel Prize-winning economists and other world leaders. The two-day conference ended with an excursion to the DMZ where we looked over the border into the Hermit Kingdom. Be sure to read MPS President Peter Boettke's summary here
, and my own thoughts here
Back in Perth, we just farewelled our mid-year scholars who are heading to the US, Canada and the UK. They’re a talented bunch and we know they’ll make us proud. Our student workshops will soon feature guest speakers from different professions - the first with Dr Joe Kosterich, who will tell us how to fix the health system.
We're organising a conference on Western Civilisation for Friday, 24th November with some big-name speakers, while our Freedom to Choose conference
June will cover the challenges to the Australian university system. And our friends at CIS are looking for talented students to attend their Liberty and Society conference
in August. So much is happening this year and we hope to see you soon!
Yours in liberty,