1/When Ruth Money - an independent advocate for victims, particularly of sexual assault - took questions, two were from young members (male and female) who wanted to know whether she had concerns about 'victims' who were those falsely accused of crimes but acquitted. Should there be compensation for instance? This warmed my heart. It's very encouraging to hear the evidence of young minds appreciating the importance of justice at a more nuanced level, especially in ACT. It would be very bad form for a fellow speaker to ask a question when the time was limited but the one in my mind was similar. Does she have any concerns about the increasing numbers of people imprisoned without trial?
2/ Hearing Dame Lesley Max questioning bureaucrats prioritizing the non-stigmatization of children over the identification of the most at-risk groups. From memory she called it immoral
3/ Retirement funding specialist Michael Littlewood saying whatever policy decisions we make today will not effect what taxpayers choose to pay to support retired people at any time in the future. In 2066, or 2046 or 2086. Think about it.
4/ Seeing a couple of ex Libertarian buddies in attendance, and Don Brash still taking an interest. Just sorry I couldn't find the time to say hello to many familiar faces.
5/ Not seeing John Banks there (nothing personal. I just never thought he promoted the ACT values I identify with).
6/ David Seymour's refreshing resemblance to a real person and not a real politician. There was widespread popularity for his decision not to accept a ministerial role.
Whatever the media reports it was a very positive, good-humoured and forward-looking conference.