Articles by Andrew Cooper

An Open Letter to Conservatives

Dear Conservatives,

You thought the state was your friend. You introduced the Marriage Act in 1961 and on some level that is understandable. The temptation to do so must have been irresistible. It centralised and standardised a definition of of marriage in Australia that reflected your own views and invalidated others that did not. The power of the State must have seemed wonderful when it was used to protect and expand your firmly held beliefs.

But soon the Marriage Law postal survey results will prove that the state can never be trusted. It is never your friend, it is never there to protect you. It’s power is amoral. It exists to be contested, fought over and used by the victors to validate their view of the world, just as you used it to validate yours. And soon that State will be further co-opted to introduce additional controls over the Read the rest


Time’s Up Piggy! LibertyWorks Appearance before Senate Enquiry into Rural Banking

LibertyWorks gave evidence to the Senate Select Committee on Lending to Primary Production Customers in Canberra on Monday 18 Sept 2017. Like many Australians, we have long been concerned that the banking system is a government protected oligopoly where competition is limited and heavily regulated. This has resulted in poor outcomes for bank customers and crony-capitalist “super profits” for the banks; profits our federal government now dips into specifically to fund an expansionary government agenda. 

At the hearing, LibertyWorks economist Darren Nelson made the following recommendations:

  1. By October 2018, complete a Royal Commission into the regulatory drivers of central banking, fractional reserve banking and banking cartelisation… with the aid of an Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) ‘blue team’ and an Austrian School free market ‘red team’; and
  2. by October 2019, legislate for a comprehensive reform agenda focusing on removal of regulatory barriers to sound money, free banking and banking competition
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Beware South Australia, Tesla has you in its sights

Opinion Piece by Federal Senator for South Australia, Cory Bernardi.


This week the monorail salesman from The Simpsons paid a visit to South Australia. Only this time he was selling giant uneconomic batteries instead of shooting people through vacuum-tubes.

His name is Elon Musk and he runs businesses that depend on huge taxpayer subsidies to function. In fact the three businesses he runs have received around $5 billion in US government largesse.

Now he’s set his sights on the Aussie taxpayer and our hapless leaders are falling over themselves to tweet and chat with him.

Why wouldn’t they? After all, he was in Iron Man and the lefties love him so imagine the levels of green cred a pollie can generate just from chilling with Elon.

But hanging with Elon is very expensive for any government. In fact it’s a textbook example of crony capitalism and everything that’s wrong … Read the rest


LibertyWorks Submission to Joint Enquiry on Free Speech

9 December 2016

Committee Secretary
Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights
PO Box 6100,
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Dear Committee Members

Submission to enquiry on Freedom of Speech in Australia

LibertyWorks is a registered not-for-profit organisation headquartered in Queensland. We advocate for a reduction in government control over citizens liberty and have since our inception held grave concerns over the limitations that the Racial Discrimination Act and the procedures of the Australian Human Rights Commission (“AHRC”) places on free speech in Australia.

We refer to the Terms of Reference of the enquiry and call for the full repeal of Sections 18C and 18D of the Racial Discrimination Act (‘the Act”). Our rationale is as follows:

The Act reduces liberty

Freedom of speech is a fundamental right owned by all citizens and that the ability to exercise that right is crucial to intellectual discovery, learning, enlightenment, science, law, free Read the rest


LibertyWorks: Politics in the Pub


Special thanks to all those who came to LibertyWorks Politics in the Pub Event. Especially to our guest panelists Malcolm Roberts – One Nation Senator QLD, David Leyonhjelm – Liberal Democrats Senator NSW and Andrew Laming MP.

Panelist answered questions including: Is taxation theft? Should we abolish the AHRC? And many more.… Read the rest