Mannkal Economic Education Foundation


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, Cornerstone Legal and Murdoch University, 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.

Tickets are free for full-time undergraduates, who must email and quote their student number to reserve a seat.


  • 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 Glen McLeod, Glen McLeod Legal and Murdoch University
  • Mr Tim Houweling, Partner, Cornerstone Legal
  • Mr Ron Manners, Chairman, Mannkal Economic Education Foundation
  • Prof Jurgen Brohmer, Dean of Law, Murdoch University

Prof Suri Ratnapalla, Emeritus Professor of Public Law, University of Queensland
Prof 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 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.

Mr Glen McLeod, Principal, Glen McLeod Legal                                                                           

Mr Glen is recognized as a leading environmental and town planning lawyer with over 38 years of experience. Glen is also known for his work in compulsory acquisitions and valuation law. He is also keenly interested in the relationship between property rights and environmental law, an interest which extends to lecturing and research.He has held senior positions in major Australian, English and American law firms. In July 2012 he established his independent niche firm, Glen McLeod Legal. He was awarded the Law Society of WAs Lawyer of the Year for 2016.He is a member of the WA EPA and The Waste Authority, the Chair of the International Bar Association’s Environmental, Health and Safety Committee and a member of the WA Law Society’s Environment Town Planning and Local Government Committee.

He is an Adjunct Professor at Murdoch University where he teaches units in environmental and town planning law. He is a member of the Advisory Group to the Murdoch Dean of Law and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Glen is the General Editor of the national loose leaf publication Planning Law in Australia and an editor of the Local Government Law Journal.

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 and Director of Mooting 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).

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 WA, a Vice-President of the Australian Society of Legal Philosophy, President of the Western Australian Legal Theory Association and Editor of the Western Australian Jurist law journal. He is included with only twelve other Australian experts in the Heritage Foundation's prestigious 'Policy Experts' directory leading global intellectuals. 

Dr Zimmermann was awarded the 2012 Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research, the Murdoch School of Law Dean's Research Awards in 2010 and 2011 and the Murdoch Student Law Society Lecturer of the Year Award 2013.

Adjunct Professor Tim Houweling, Partner, Cornerstone Legal


Mr Tim Houweling is a Partner at Cornerstone Legal and Adjunct Professor of Law at Murdoch University. Tim was admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 1998 and the High Court in 2004. Tim has primarily practiced law involving Town Planning, Environmental Law, Native Title, Land Compensation matters, and Local Government Law in the Supreme Court and the State Administrative Tribunal.


Mr Ron Manners, Chairman, Mannkal Economic Education Foundation
Mr Manners is the Managing Director of the Mannwest Group. He is also Emeritus Chairman of the Australian Mining Hall of Fame Ltd. The founder of Croesus Mining NL, then Australia's third-largest gold miner, 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.

Prof Dr Jurgen Brohmer, Dean of Law, Murdoch University
Currently Dean of Law at Murdoch University, Prof Brohmer has experience teaching at many universities across Europe and Australia in areas including Public International Law, International Human Rights Law, Trade Law and European Union Common Market Law. He has previously undertaken research projects including at the Europa Institute's postgraduate European Studies institute and authored and co-authored may books and articles.

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