It is with great pleasure that we would like to invite members and supporters of the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance as well as the many many friends of the late and dearly beloved Ray Evans, to the Second Annual Ray Evans Memorial Oration.
A giant of Australian politics whose passionate zeal transformed centre-right politics, Ray was an inspiration and a mentor to countless individuals. A founding member of the HR Nicholls Society, the Bennalong Society, The Samuel Griffiths Society, the Galatians Group, and the Lavoisier Group, all of which he was either President or Treasurer of, his contribution to Australian politics can not be overstated.
As the Australian Financial Review reported “Ray Evans had more influence on politics and policy in Australia than 95 per cent of MPs who have been in the federal Parliament, and 99 per cent of MPs who have ever been in a state Parliament. In some way or another, Evans was involved in, and helped shape, the course of every major policy debate in Australia of the last 30 years. And he did it all as a private citizen who volunteered his own time for the public good. He was the epitome of a concerned and engaged member of the community”
Through the establishment of this annual oration, Ray’s vision for a more free and prosperous Australia lives on.
We are delighted to have Ray's friend, and one of the giants of our media landscape, Andrew Bolt to deliver the 2nd Annual Oration.
Andrew Bolt is one of Australia’s most prominent commentators. Born to newly-arrived Dutch immigrant parents, he spent much of his childhood in remote parts of Australia. After completing secondary school he travelled widely overseas before returning to Australia and starting a journalism cadetship with The Age in Melbourne in 1979. He worked in various roles – sports, politics, crime, court reporting – before joining the Herald-Sun. He worked as the News Ltd Asia correspondent in Hong Kong and Bangkok before returning to Melbourne and crafting a role for himself as a columnist.
His columns in the Herald-Sun, Australia’s biggest-selling daily newspaper, appear twice a week and he maintains an active and lively blog. He is a regular commentator on TV and radio and is also a sought-after speaker.
His tribute to Ray upon Ray's passing can be found here.
" He was tireless in advancing freedom and reason against all modern collectivist myths and New Age dreamings. He was one of the forces - with great mate John Stone - behind the Samuel Griffith Society as well as the Bennelong Society, which was critical in dragging political attention to the open wounds of domestic violence and child abuse in Aboriginal communities, so long ignored or hushed up by the Left and the then Aboriginal political aristocracy. I admired Ray for his wisdom, sound instincts, courage, indomitable cheerfulness and deep cultural and historical knowledge. Nothing in human affairs was new to him. It was all set in the long history of humankind - a history he well knew - which enabled Ray to instantly spot old frauds in new clothes"
The venue shall once again be one of Ray’s favourite Restaurants and regular haunts – the Red Emperor in Southbank, and includes a banquet meal and 3 hour drinks package.
Last year's event was truly a great success, and we looking forward to seeing you this year to help us make the Second Ray Evans Memorial Oration even better than the first!