Liberty Conference 2012 – Towards a True Liberal Bloc in Parliament

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Submitted by JulianP on Sat, 2012-08-18 02:05

Hi all. Linz will be speaking at the conference below. For bookings and more information see here:

Liberty Conference 2012 – Towards a True Liberal Bloc in Parliament

‘Not your usual Libertarianz conference’

The 2012 conference will be different from those of the past. It’s not just for Libertarianz members — it’s a symposium for all people who believe we need a new political party in Parliament presenting small-government answers to the issues of today; a party which consistently advocates liberal solutions to problems such as our current economic malaise as well as taking a small-government approach to what individuals do in their private lives.

We will be confronting the urgent need for a new liberal party at both the national and local body level. Ever since local government was granted Power of General Incompetence in 2002, we have seen an explosion in its spending and power. In Auckland the C&R City Vision duopoly has run amok, overseeing year after year of enormous increases in rates and spending. There is room in local councils across the country for a party that really protects ratepayers’ wallets, property and liberties.

This year’s conference is shaping up to be historic. We have fantastic speakers lining up to have their say on the design of a new, united, truly liberal force in New Zealand politics.

Whether you be libertarian, liberal, a cannabis law reform advocate or disillusioned with the formerly semi-liberal ACT, you should help write New Zealand political history by attending this year!

Note: Persons who wish to attend this conference have the opportunity to make submissions on the name, branding and policies of a new national and local level political party at the conference. Anyone wishing to be part of the submission process can email with their personal/organisation details and the content of their submission.

Saturday, 6 October 2012 from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Crowne Plaza Auckland
128 Albert Street, Auckland

Schedule (Provisional):
09:00 AGM
09:15 President's Address
09:30 Sean Fitzpatrick
09:50 Julian Pistorius
10:10 Richard McGrath - Leader's Address
10:30 Morning Tea
10:45 Dakta Green
11:15 Lindsay Perigo
12:00 Peter Cresswell
12:30 Lunch
13:00 Richard McGrath Launches Re-Brand Discussions
         Jim Owen
         Stephen Berry
14:45 Vote on Re-Brand Resolutions
15:00 Afternoon Tea
15:15 Dick Quax
15:45 Local Body Party Discussions
17:00 Vote on Local Body Party Resolutions
17:15 Richard McGrath Closing Address
17:30 END

$59 Full price (Includes morning & afternoon tea & lunch)
$49 Early bird special; pay by 31st August
$39 Student/youth rate

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Damien Grant's picture

I enjoy Mr Slater's blog, he is very entertaining and he does his homework, his blog is not just opinion, but I did not gain the impression that he is a libertarian. He seems more mainstream consertative.

And he likes Obama! Something that would see him taken out the back here and shot. Or shot and taken out the back.

Regarding my last post on Whaleoil ...

Mark Hubbard's picture


Richard Goode's picture

Just clicked on my own link.


Richard Goode's picture

Come along and find out!

Liberty Conference 2012

What is liberal about

Mark Hubbard's picture

What is liberal about Whaleoil?

Is this the first time...

Ross Elliot's picture

...a political party has advertised for the creation of a new political party on its own website?

That's balls. And I wish the effort well.

But keep in mind: two Nightingales cannot sing in one glade - Patrick O'Brian.

If Libz doesn't relegate itself to a think-tank, and formally, then you're asking for trouble. The NZ liberal pond is far too small to piss in.

I think...

Marcus's picture

...absolutely essential to the success of any party is a good PR.

That's why the input of Linz is essential.

I recently read a book by Jonathan Powell, Tony Blair's former chief of staff.

What he said is you have to stop others defining you, you have to get in early and offer your own image before you can be painted into a corner. So too it must work for an entire party and the people within it.

That's why Obama is trying to seed the idea in the American mind that Romney is a corrupt fat cat who lives on illgotten gains. And you see it has worked so far.

The only way to combat that is to forcefully make your own image to the public. That's what Obama did so well in 2008. To top it off he painted McCain/ Palin as being just another George W Bush, slavishly in thrall to him. And it worked.

So "content first, branding second" would be my advice.

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