The Young Liberal Movement of Australia this weekend at its Federal Convention in Hobart endorsed and formally adopted in full the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism. 

The motion was passed unanimously.

The motion also recognised the important work of the Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS) in fighting antisemitism on Australian university campuses; and called upon Australian political parties, universities, councils and other public bodies and organisations to also adopt the definition. 

The motion congratulated Prime Minister Scott Morrison and The Australian Government for embracing the definition.

Federal President of the Young Liberals Clark Cooley said “The Young Liberal Movement of Australia supports the IHRA definition of antisemitism and echo's the Prime Minister's statement that 'antisemitism has no place in Australia. It has no place anywhere in the world.'

“We can’t ignore the rise in antisemitism in Australia. It can be found in our universities, workplaces, schools and public.” Mr. Cooley said.

Mr. Cooley concluded “We must take a stand against antisemitism. This definition will help better understand and act against anti-Jewish hatred.” 

The move was welcomed by the Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS) who congratulated the Young Liberal Movement on the passing of the motion. 

President of AUJS Natalie Gunn said “We commend The Young Liberal Movement of Australia for their unwavering support in recognising the importance of the IHRA definition of antisemitism and helping us in our fight against antisemitism.”

At the meeting of the Young Liberal Movement of Australia’s Federal Council, Clark Cooley was elected as the 47th Federal President, alongside Nelson Savanh as Federal Vice-President.

At the Federal Council, Cooley and Savanh were elected on a clear platform to:

  • Mobilise the Young Liberal campaign machine across Australia for the must-win federal election, state elections in South Australia and Victoria and critical New South Wales and Queensland by-elections.
  • Engage with new MPs and Senators about the Young Liberals’ role in our party and the value we bring to campaigns and policy.
  • Ensure Young Liberals have stronger represention within the internal structures and committees of the Liberal Party.
  • Advocate for the policies important to our members and ensure more young people find a home in the Liberal Party.
  • Create better experiences for all of our members to learn and engage with global campaign, media and policy experts.

Mr. Cooley said “It’s a honour to lead Australia’s largest and most active youth political organisation.”

“2022 will be a significant year politically. The Young Liberals will play a critical role in the upcoming Federal Election. We are ready to campaign to return a Liberal/National Government to ensure a strong economic and health recovery as we live with COVID-19.”

“Young Liberals will play a vital role in the upcoming South Australian State election and the Victorian State election later in the year.”

“The Young Liberals will in 2022 continue our efforts to attract, retain and promote women within our Movement and within the wider Liberal Party. We recognise that the attraction of women to the Young Liberals is essential for the success of our Movement.”

Former Federal Presidents and Vice-Presidents of the Young Liberal Movement include Minister for Foreign Affairs Senator the Hon. Marise Payne, former Attorney-General the Hon. Phillip Rudduck AO, Minister for International Development Alex Hawke MP, former Defence Minister the Hon. Christopher Pyne, Senator Claire Chandler, Trent Zimmerman MP, and Jason Falinski MP.

At the meeting of the Young Liberal Movement of Australia’s Federal Council, Michael Heydon (Western Australia) was elected as our Movement’s 46th Federal President alongside Clark Cooley (Tasmania) as Federal Vice-President.

At the Federal Council, Heydon and Cooley were elected on a clear platform to:

  • Upskill members and ramping up the Young Liberals campaign resources in anticipation of a critical Federal Election
  • Engage on the ground and remote campaigning for the Western Australian State election in March
  • Refresh the Young Liberals online presence to assist in attracting and retaining the next generation of conservative leaders
  • Continue to be a vocal advocate for Young Liberal values and our membership to government, members of parliament, the wider Liberal Party and the general public

Mr. Heydon said “It’s a privilege to serve as President of Australia’s most influential and active youth political movement.”


“The Young Liberal Movement has a proud tradition of advocating for our values within the Liberal Party and in public and I look forward to working with the new Federal Executive to do so.”


“Young Liberals will play a critical role in the upcoming Western Australian State election in March, and the next Federal Election.”


Former Federal Presidents and Vice-Presidents of the Young Liberal Movement of Australia include Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon Marise Payne; former Attorney-General the Hon Philip Ruddock AO; Minister for International Development and the Pacific, the Hon Alex Hawke MP; Senator Claire Chandler, and Federal MPs Jason Falinksi and Trent Zimmerman

At their Executive meeting on 26 March 2020, the Federal Executive of the Young Liberal Movement of Australia formally adopted the Liberal Party of Australia's National Code of Conduct and Complaints and Dispute Resolution Policy. These documents were formally adopted by the Federal Executive of the Liberal Party of Australia in 2019 after extensive consultation and the Young Liberals are pleased to support their operation amongst the Party membership. 

The National Code of Conduct is available here: https://cdn.liberal.org.au/pdf/National%20Code%20of%20Conduct%202019.pdf

The Complaints and Dispute Resolution Policy is available here: https://cdn.liberal.org.au/pdf/Complaints%20and%20Dispute%20Resolution%20Policy%202019V2.pdf

At the weekend's meeting of the Young Liberal Movement's Federal Council, Jocelyn Sutcliffe was elected as our Movement's 45th Federal President alongside Alexander Lisov as Federal Vice-President.

At Federal Council, Jocelyn and Alex were elected on a clear platform to:

  1. Give the strongest possible support to the Queensland and ACT divisions in their crucial state and territory elections;
  2. Host a targeted Campaign Workshop Series alongside the Party's 2020 meeting of Federal Council; and
  3. Level up our Movement's policy advocacy via a range of submissions to government and a new Policy Blog.

 

 

The Federal Liberal Government has just announced that it will commission a review of freedom of speech, to be conducted by former High Court chief justice Robert French, at universities following the countless examples of the oppressive left shutting down debate and centre-right thought on campus.

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At the Liberal Party's Federal Council, a number of key policy motions put forward by our Movement were passed. This again highlights that we are making the case, leading the charge and delivering results.

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At the Liberal Party's 2018 Federal Council, Federal Young Liberal President Josh Manuatu successfully moved:

This Federal Council calls on the Federal Government to relocate the Australian embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and to suspend aid to the Palestinian Authority until it terminates its ‘Martyrs’ Fund.

The motion was passed 44 votes to 37.

WATCH Federal President Josh Manuatu's speech here: