September 8, 2015 Print

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Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and North Sydney at night; photo taken from the Royal Botanic Gardens

Australia is a dream travel destination for many — a sentiment reflected in the country’s presence across multiple top travel lists every year. This year, Sydney was listed as a Trip Advisor Travelers’ Choice Top Destination, while Travel & Leisure named Australia’s capital, Canberra, in its list of Best Places to Travel in 2015.  

Whether you are traveling to Sydney, Melbourne, or even to Perth on the West Coast for your next business trip or vacation, you can find an Australian Atlas Network partner working for the advancement of freedom. Be sure to stay plugged into the freedom movement from the moment you step off the plane by following some of our top Australian partners and their work. Here are three of the six Atlas Network partners in Australia.

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Surfing beaches in Queensland, Australia

Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance (Sydney South)

The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance has continually distinguished itself as the source that makes sense of Australian news and politics from a freedom/free-market perspective. It takes the time to dissect the top stories from a free-market filter in its news blog, providing the latest, most relevant news information in a timely fashion. Representing over 25,000 members, the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance serves as a grassroots advocacy and activist organization dedicated to representing taxpayers and opposing over-regulation.

The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance most recent campaign is aimed at increasing government accountability to taxpayers by calling for a “transparency portal” that would require public officials to disclose information on taxpayer money used for various expenses, including travel.

To keep up with its most recent work, follow along on Facebook and Twitter.

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Melbourne, Australia, viewed over the Yarra River at dusk.

Mannkal Economic Education Foundation (Subiaco/Perth)

The Mannkal Economic Education Foundation works to encourage the free-market system in Western Australia and Australia by promoting ideals of voluntary co-operation, choice, personal rights, limited government, and responsible resourcefulness of individuals. It does so by hosting events, producing policy papers and publications, and perhaps most importantly, through seminars and student scholarships to promote the greater understandings of the concepts that underpin free societies in young people. Mannkal’s unique, once-in-a-lifetime student scholarships grant young adults with the opportunity to intern at an international, freedom-oriented think tank. They are open to all Western Australian undergraduate students.

Atlas Network has hosted many Mannkal scholars over the years, most recently including Clancy Bradshaw, Nathan Dyson, Conor Ransome, and Emma Dyce. Throughout their time at Atlas Network, they were able to attend many educational events and seminars in Washington, D.C., while keeping blogs and contributing to Atlas Network’s Sound Money Project. You can read their blogs about their time at Atlas Network here, as well as other Mannkal international student scholarship recipients’ blogs.

Follow Mannkal on Facebook and Twitter.

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Kangaroo warning sign in Australia

Institute of Public Affairs (Melbourne)

The Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) is a prominent think tank dedicated to preserving and strengthening the foundations of economic and political freedom. Its policy focus areas include Economics & Deregulation, Governance & Service Provision, Ideas & Liberty, and Food & Environment. Additionally, the IPA hosts a variety of public lectures, conferences, seminars, and informal dialogues in Melbourne and throughout Australia.

The IPA’s own John Roskam and Chris Berg recently published a book explaining the groundbreaking influence that the Magna Carta has had on the worldwide classical liberal tradition, and once again places the document in its proper historical context. The book, Magna Carta: The Tax Revolt That Gave Us Liberty, explains that although the short-term goal of establishing peace between the warring English factions in 1215 didn’t last, the precedent it set for limiting government power has led to a lengthy tradition of freedom from tyrannical rule.

Most recently, the IPA was named one of six finalists for 2015’s prestigious $100,000 Templeton Freedom Award for its Repeal the Carbon Tax campaign. The repeal, which ultimately succeeded in 2014, ended this poorly conceived and costly law that had both failed to reduce emissions and could not have possibly made an impact on global emissions levels. 

Stay up to date with more of the IPA’s current efforts on Facebook and Twitter.

Check out all six Australia-based Atlas Network partners here.