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Inaugural “Progress through Science and Freedom” Conference

November 18, 2023 @ 8:30 am - November 19, 2023 @ 4:00 pm AEDT

** UPDATE MAR 2024 **

Read more about the conference, including feedback from some of the attendees.

Watch the 2023 ASF Conference session recordings.

ASF’s inaugural conference brings together thinkers and community leaders to share learnings, formulate plans and help establish new and emerging networks and organisations to restore a thriving Australian society founded on science and freedom.

Join our exciting line-up of health professionals, scientists, economists, lawyers, journalists, and community leaders to discuss a range of hot issues including healthcare policy, democracy and human rights, education, the media, and the role of grassroots organisations.


To bring together thinkers and community leaders to share learnings, formulate plans and help
establish new and emerging networks and organisations to restore a thriving Australian society
founded on science and freedom. A hybrid conference of mostly in-person (in Sydney) and remote
participants, run on a shoestring budget unless big sponsors come forward.

Format Overview:

The conference will have a thematic dimension in which particular proposals or
existing initiatives relevant for the whole of Australia in particular areas of interest (health systems,
markets and organisations, law, polity and policy, education, and media) are discussed, and a
geographic dimension [“Places”] led by members of civil society in which people living in particular
cities or states are brought together to share information and ideas about current and potential
future organisations that address local issues.

Conference Times

  • 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM on Saturday
  • 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM on Sunday
  • Inclusive of coffee and lunch breaks

Conference Associated Events

Welcome Reception

Gala Dinner

Conference speakers so far…with more added every week

  • Peter Fam – “Defending Human Rights in Australia”
  • Paul Oslington“Can new universities shake up the Australian higher education cartel?”
  • Dijana Dragomirovic“The Roadmap to Transformation: Driving Change in Healthcare Quality Assurance and Private Insurance”
  • Sanjeev Sabhlok“Managing infectious disease externalities: 1) Sanitation, 2) Abolition of quarantine, 3) Isolation hospitals”
  • Nick Blismas“Why wouldn’t we want to educate our own kids?”
  • Jason Strecker“Rebuilding education and relationships for a better future”
  • James Allan“Failures of our human rights institutions during Covid”
  • Rinat Strahlhofer“The business of saying “May I have your attention?”
  • Abby Begeta“Empowering Change Through Information and Connection: Building a Grassroots Community Movement (Moving Forward Sunshine Coast)”
  • Iain Walker“Balancing Noisy Voices with Regular People: Why Citizens’ Assemblies can Change Our Politics”
  • Robyn Cosford“Disconnections, Dys- Connections: the Need to Reconnect”
  • Julie Sladden“Reclaiming Healthcare: How to take back your healthcare from the government”
  • Christian Mack“Courage & Conviction in the face of Tyranny”
  • Gigi Foster“Citizen-jury appointments as a direct democratic strategy”
  • Julian Gillespie“The AVN & Australian Babies Cases – Going after Pfizer and Moderna directly – Hope in a national class action lawsuit”
  • Neil and Vicki Barnett“Light Beyond the Campfire – A Practical Guide to Building a Community Lifeboat”
  • Katie Ashby-Koppens“Legal Challenges and Lessons from New Zealand; national class-action:  going after all the bad actors”
  • Victor Dalziel“Podcasting on a Shoestring”
  • Dara Macdonald“Fighting Them on the Speeches”
  • Alexandra Marshall “The Tyranny of Consensus”
  • Alan Davison“The Risk to Universities from Ideologically-Driven Orthodoxies: Scoping the Challenges and Possible Solutions”
  • Stephen Chavura“Religious Freedom and Free Speech”
  • Robert Brennan“The TNT Radio Experience and the Road Ahead”
  • Brendan Vote“Lessons from Surrealism”
  • Mark Hornshaw“Compulsory Schooling or Self Directed Learning. Can we find a better way to do childhood?”
  • Matt Wong“Media Trust and Attention”
  • Ros Nealon-Cook“Shining a Light on Trauma & the Psyche: A bridge to reconnection after the Great COVID Divide”
  • William Coleman“Theories of the Woke Corporation”
  • Graham Hood“Bringing real manhood back to restoration”
  • Peter Rowan“Local Responses to Health and Economic Crises”
  • Cameron Murray“Where does science happen and why?”
  • Phil Burcham“Transgressive Wonder Molecules or Prematurely Deployed Toxic Disasters? A Veteran Toxicologist’s Personal Perspective”
  • Paul Frijters“A new Enlightenment model of a university”
  • Murray Hancock“The Decline of Public (and Private) Discourse – What Is To Be Done?”
  • Melissa McCann“David v Goliath; The power and influence of individual ethical behaviour against corrupt global forces.”
  • Libby Klein“WHO Power Grab – Life as you know it is ending, if you let them have their way”
  • Maryanne Demasi“A lesson from Australia’s public broadcaster, ABC TV”
  • Dave Richards“Granny Killers! The case for closing classrooms”
  • Iain Benson“Human Rights, Legal Positivism and Natural Law: Why Australia has Gone the Wrong Direction”
  • Fiona May“A Little Ray of Sunshine: Promoting better perinatal care to support early childhood health and development”
  • Priyanka Bandara“An Evidence-Based Approach to “Smart” Technology”
  • Rebekah Barnett“Effective communication in online spaces”
  • Michael J. Sutton“The Hidden Roads of ‘Freedom Matters Today’” 





November 18, 2023 @ 8:30 am AEDT
November 19, 2023 @ 4:00 pm AEDT
Event Category:


Australians for Science and Freedom
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UNSW Sydney Business School
High Street
Kensington, New South Wales 2052 Australia
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