Ron Manners: Tax Rebel from the West (1977)


I’m sure everybody is going be very interested, because Ron doesn’t really believe in governments, from what I gather. Is this true Ron? Continue reading Ron Manners: Tax Rebel from the West (1977)

1976 Hayek Australian TV interview on freedom, the marketplace, the individual and the state


PROFESSOR FRIEDRICH HAYEK: Nobel Prize winner in Economics in 1974

ROBERT MOORE, ABC: Executive Producer and Programme Anchorman

AND AN AUDIENCE at the Sydney Opera House

Broadcast: Monday, 11th October, 1976. Continue reading 1976 Hayek Australian TV interview on freedom, the marketplace, the individual and the state

Milton Friedman on 1975 Australian TV

Milton Friedman was brought to Australia in April, 1975, by Constable & Bain, members of the Sydney Stock Exchange. This was Professor Friedman’s first visit to Australia and was intended to heighten public awareness of the dangers of inflation and to point to possible cures consistent with the maintenance of individual liberty and free enterprise.

During his stay in Australia, Professor Friedman addressed gatherings in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne, and held discussions with Reserve Bank and Treasury officials, government and opposition party members, business and academic leaders, as well as appearing on nationwide TV. Here is video and transcript of his hour-long TV appearance, broadcast on April 14, 1975, thanks to a recording from Ron Manners’ library.


Professor Milton Friedman is on a brief visit to Australia. During his days with us, he’s already done a great deal to shake up our thinking about inflation, unemployment and the general economic future ahead of us. Continue reading Milton Friedman on 1975 Australian TV

1974 John Whiting speech

The following is part of the text of a talk given by Dr John Whiting to members of the Liberal Movement in South Australia on the 18th September 1974. (Dr John Whiting is chairman of the Movement for Limited Government.)

We are not living under normal conditions. This country is critically ill, and in an almighty mess — large numbers of young people taking to drugs; at a conservative estimate, some 25% of all adults showing some definite neurotic tendencies; mediocrity the order of the day; shortages of goods; incentives for brains, drive, skill and hard work virtually non-existent; strikes a daily occurrence; one man in four of the working population a bureaucrat probably producing nothing; government controls on the increase — individual liberty on the decrease; universities havens for academics who are often incapable of thinking rationally, so that many responsible parents are having grave anxieties about sending their children to these propaganda factories; taxation gone mad with incentive-destroying company tax, crippling provisional and progressive personal taxes, preposterous probate taxes and sales taxes like a bad dream — anything up to 50 separate taxes before the farmer’s wheat ends up on your table as a loaf of bread; inflation running wild; economic chaos looming; and political ignorance and apathy of an unbelievable degree. Continue reading 1974 John Whiting speech