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Mannkal’s vision is to advance the principles of Freedom with Individual Responsibility and Free Market Economics within Western Australia.

Through the Mannkal Scholarship Program, we offer life-changing opportunities for students to immerse themselves in global thought leadership and innovation at world-class organisations.

Our mission is deeply rooted in the belief that understanding and embodying the economic and philosophical foundations of a free society can unlock boundless opportunities for individuals and the community at large.


The name Mannkal is an amalgamation of the names of our founder, Ron Manners AO, and the entrepreneurial gold mining city of Kalgoorlie. Furthermore, our modus operandi draws on the economic insights from the Foundation for Economic Education and the practical, immersive learning methods of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conference.

As enthusiasts of the economist F. A. Hayek, we believe that insights from classical liberal thinkers and their application to local conditions are important for understanding why Australia has enjoyed high living standards and prosperity. Mannkal has published a detailed history of the Australian experience in The Libertarian Primer which serves as the definitive introduction to students and scholars on this vital topic.


Our flagship activity is the Mannkal Scholarship Program, which provides scholarships to Western Australian tertiary students to attend conferences, undertake internships and connect with industry both domestically and internationally. These opportunities allow students to appreciate the role of property rights, common law, free markets and limited government in fostering economic growth and human dignity.

Our greatest satisfaction is seeing our current Scholars apply these ideas during the Program and after their graduation. Since its founding, Mannkal has awarded more than 2,000 scholarships. Our Mannkal Alumni have built successful careers, both in the private and public sectors and are now entering decision-making leadership roles.