What is Liberty & Society?

 

Applications for 2019 are now open.

The Hon Ruth Richardson lecturing at an Advanced L&S.

Liberty and Society is a unique conference program for undergraduates, recent graduates and

postgraduates. The goal of the Liberty and Society conferences is to create an

intellectual environment where ideas and opinions about what makes a free society can be discussed, argued and learnt. Generous scholarships allow everyone to apply.

Liberty and Society is for young people who may be questioning the standard answers they are getting regarding social, political and economic issues. You may not see yourself as a fitting into the ‘left’ or ‘right’ mould. This is an opportunity to consider the classical liberal perspective. Classical liberalism promotes individual freedom, private property, limited government and free trade.

Background

Students attend sessions and discussions on economics, political thought, law and social policy over the weekend, interspersed with arguments about foreign policy, education and politics.

The live-in weekend conference explores the world from a ‘classical liberal’ perspective. This means hypothesising about classical liberal principles and questioning:

  • How much individual freedom is possible?
  • How much government do we need?
  • What are the practical implications of reducing government?
  • What are the necessary foundations to build a free, open society?

Introductory & Advanced Options

Matthew O’Donnell speaks at a breakout session.

We offer the Introductory Liberty and Society conference for undergraduates, recent graduates and postgraduates over the age

of 18 who live in Australia, New Zealand or the South Pacific and have an interest in liberal ideas.

From time to time we offer an Advanced Liberty and Society conference for people who are part of the L&S Alumni and have pursued their interest in liberal ideas. The Advanced conference has a slightly more practical leaning, with practitioners in government and business involved. The advanced format

also provides a forum for participants to present a paper or article on a topic covering liberal issues or perspectives.

Who can attend?

The conferences are open to undergraduates, recent graduates and postgraduates over the age of 18 who live in Australia, New Zealand or the South Pacific.

Applicants can be studying any subject. It is not a prerequisite to have an in depth knowledge about classical liberalism. We are interested in people who are inquisitive about society and how it works.

The conference is not available to students in high school.

Scholarships

Participation is free. Subsidised by our generous supporters, scholarships cover all meals, accommodation and session costs. We do not guarantee travel expenses, however, interstate students may wish to apply for additional scholarship funds to reimburse for flights and transfers to the conference.

The scholarships are made possible through the generous support of the contributors to The Centre for Independent Studies. These individuals, companies and foundations believe in the importance of encouraging young people to have a clear understanding of what makes a free and open society.

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