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John Hyde Oration


Happy New Year everyone!

For the first meeting of the year we're lucky enough to have Rafe Champion, one of Australia's renowned philosophical bloggers and authors over from the East Coast to give the John Hyde Oration Address.  He will present a speech reflecting on John Hyde's enduring work as one of Australia's finest (and tireless) promoters of economic freedom.

Rafe has contributed to both prominent Australian sites Club Troppo and Catallaxy Files, and has been a long time champion of the philosophy of Karl Popper, as well as that of Austrian school economists Friedrich Hayek and Ludwig von Mises.  To learn more about Rafe and his work, please visit his website, The Rathouse, at

Along with Rafe's address, the evening will also include a toast to John Hyde - who will also be present - from Ron Manners.

The usual lively discussions will then be encouraged to continue, with food and drinks provided over the course of the evening.

I hope you can make it!


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John Hyde held the Federal seat of Moore from 1974, when Whitlam was Prime Minister, until he lost the seat with the defeat of the Fraser Government in 1983. John and his wife, Helen, then formed the Australian Institute of Public Policy, which in 1991 was amalgamated with the Institute of Public Affairs, which he directed until 1995. He was a columnist with the Australian Financial Review, The Australian and the Brisbane Courier-Mail, writing 745 regular articles for these papers, and has had many other articles published elsewhere. Hyde was born and educated in Western Australia before farming wheat and sheep at Dalwallinu. A successful farmer, he was a councilor and deputy-President of the Shire of Dalwallinu before entering federal parliament. With three other MPs he formed ‘the Dries’ which were then a backbench group which advocated economic rectitude and soundness in public finances and rejected short-term populism. John Hyde’s book Dry: In Defence of Economic Freedom is an account of how the momentary re-application of the proper conduct of public policy in Australia during the 1990s managed to reverse the long downward trend of Australia’s relative living standards.  John's commitment to promoting economic prosperity continues through his recent 2012 co-authoring of the Mannkal/IPA publication "Project Western Australia", which can be found here:

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  • Michael C.

    Great to see John Hyde again.

    February 6, 2013

  • Greg

    Genial, convivial and relaxing.

    1 · February 4, 2013

  • Philippa M.

    I was hoping to come, but illness has gotten the better of me again. Go gettem, Poor Old Rafe.

    February 4, 2013

  • Jim S.

    I'm so glad to hear John Hyde is still active. We met in 1980s, while I was on, and after I came back from, Xmas Island.

    I caught up with him at IPA more recently and I hope he still remembers me and my concerns at the role of Establishment media. Here's hoping Gina and other like her find the time to discover their long suppressed news [it is already on the Internet] and the courage to break it to those who rely on tv!

    1 · February 3, 2013

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