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Mont Pelerin Society General Meeting

Sunday 18th September 2016
Miami, Florida, USA

This coming September 18-23, the Mont Pelerin Society will hold its General Meeting in the U.S. for the first time in more than a decade. It will meet in Miami, Florida, less than two months before a pivotal U.S. Presidential election. It will be an opportune time for a vigorous debate of several subjects within the overall theme,
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Property Rights Conference - Property Rights in WA

Thursday 6th October 2016
Murdoch University, Freehills Lecture Theatre

The state of Property Rights in WA, and Australia as a whole, has been declining for many years. From bans on land clearing to governments changing zoning without consultation and even increasing industrial buffer zones onto residential land, and more, Property Rights have been one of the silent but dire problems facing WA.

Co-sponsored by the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation and Cornerstone Legal, this conference will hear from a star line-up of academics and practitioners, all concerned about the decline in Property Rights and the effects on business, jobs and families.


  • Prof Suri Ratnapalla, Emeritus Professor of Public Law, University of Queensland
  • Dr Mikayla Novak, Institute of Public Affairs, Melbourne Mrs Lorraine Finlay, Law Lecturer, Murdoch University
  • Dr Augusto Zimmerman, Law Professor, Murdoch University
  • Mr Tim Houweling, Partner, Cornerstone Legal
  • Mr Ron Manners, Chairman, Mannkal Economic Education Foundation

Prof Suri Ratnapalla, Emeritus Professor of Public Law, University of Queensland
Ratnapala served as a Senior State Counsel, and represented the Sri Lankan State in landmark constitutional cases.  In 1988 he was appointed as Lecturer at the T C Beirne School of Law and, in 2001, was appointed to the Chair of Public Law. He retired at the end of 2014 and was appointed Emeritus Professor.

In 1990, his book Welfare State or Constitutional State? was awarded a Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Prize by a panel chaired by James Buchanan. In 2000, he received a John Templeton Foundation award for inter-disciplinary teaching and in 2003 he was awarded a Centenary of Australian Federation Medal for his contribution to Australian society. He is a Fellow of the International Centre for Economic Research and a Visiting Fellow of the Social Philosophy and Policy Centre at the Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He is also a member of the Editorial Advisory Council of the Centre for Independent Studies (CIS). He has been a member of the Mont Pelerin Society since 1998.

Dr Mikayla Novak, Institute of Public Affairs, Melbourne
Dr Mikayla Novak is a Senior Research Fellow with the Institute of Public Affairs. She has previously worked for Commonwealth and State public sector agencies, including the Commonwealth Treasury and Productivity Commission. Mikayla was also previously advisor to the Queensland Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Her opinion pieces have been published in The Australian, Australian Financial Review, The Age, and the Courier Mail, on issues ranging from state public finances to social services reform.

Mrs Lorraine Finlay, Law Lecturer, Murdoch University
Lorraine Finlay is a lecturer in the School of Law at Murdoch University.  Her research interests include criminal law, constitutional law, international criminal law and public international law.

Lorraine currently lectures in Constitutional Law and teaches as part of the International Human Rights Law Program in Geneva.  She has been awarded a number of teaching and research awards, including the OLT Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (2013), Vice-Chancellor's Citation for Excellence in Enhancing Learning (2013), Dean's Service Award (2010 & 2011), Dean's Research Prize Commendation (2011) and MSLS Lecturer of the Year (2011 & 2014).

In addition, Lorraine is the Director of the Mooting Program at Murdoch.  She is the Faculty Advisor to the Moot Court Bench, and is responsible for coaching a number of Murdoch's international moot teams.

Dr Augusto Zimmerman, Law Professor, Murdoch University
Dr Augusto Zimmermann is Senior Lecturer and former Associate Dean (Research) and Director of Postgraduate Studies at the School of Law at Murdoch University.

Dr Zimmermann is also a Commissioner with the Law Reform Commission of Western Australia; a Vice-President of the Australian Society of Legal Philosophy (ASLP); President of the Western Australian Legal Theory Association (WALTA); and Editor of the Western Australian Jurist law journal.

Dr Zimmermann has been awarded the 2012 Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research, and also been awarded two consecutive Murdoch School of Law Dean's Research Awards, in 2010 and 2011.

He has been included, together with only twelve other Australian academics and policy experts, in the prestigious 'Policy Experts' - the Heritage Foundation's directory for locating knowledgeable authorities and leading policy institutes actively involved in a broad range of public policy issues, both in the United States and worldwide.

Additionally, he has received the Law Lecturer of the Year Award 2013 by Murdoch Student Law Society, in recognition for the outstanding level of teaching, ongoing service and personal contribution provided to his students.

Mr Tim Houweling, Partner, Cornerstone Legal
Tim holds a Bachelor of Laws as well as a Masters of Laws, and a Bachelor of Arts.  He was admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 1998 and to the High Court in 2004.  Tim is a member of the Law Society and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Murdoch University.

Mr Ron Manners, Chairman, Mannkal Economic Education Foundation
Ron Manners is the Managing Director of the Mannwest Group. He is also Emeritus Chairman of the Australian Mining Hall of Fame Ltd. He is a Fellow of both the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and his contributions to industry and Australia have been marked by several awards including being elected as a "Mining Legend" at the 2005 Excellence in Mining & Exploration Conference in Sydney. In 2010 Ron was appointed to the Board of Overseers for the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, Washington, DC.

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Mont Pelerin Society Regional Meeting

Sunday 7th May 2017
Seoul, South Korea

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