I flew into Sydney two days before I was due to start at the Centre of Independent Studies (CIS) on 16 January 2017.
I was invited by Bianca Talbot, a former Mannkal scholar, to an event held by the Australia and New Zealand Students For Liberty. It was great catching up with old friends and to meet new ones. However, I was taken aback to be evicted along with the rest of the patrons at the venue twenty minutes before midnight. No doubt, as explained by Sydneysiders, a mixture of the lockout laws and weekend penalty rates.
During my time here at the CIS, I will be working closely with Michael Potter, the Research Fellow in the Economics Program. I hit the ground running, with research into housing affordability for both new housing buyers and renters in the Australian market. The focus is whether there is an issue with regard to housing affordability as well as any possible solutions.
I was also given the opportunity to write a response in the IDEAS@THECENTRE to a news commentary article on the possibility of a rise an Australian Trump-like politician.
Sydney strikes me as a vibrant city filled with industry and exciting possibilities. I am looking forward to exploring more of this city and am looking to visit the various attractions. The CIS is just opposite the Royal Botanical Gardens which I have explored and I have a view of from the office windows. The week has certainly flown by and I look forward to updating you all soon on my next week.
I am extremely grateful to Ron Manners and the rest of the staff at the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation for this tremendous opportunity. Toodle-oo!