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SAYLM Vice President Sophia Marsh writes on the Marshall Liberal Government's approach to environmental policy in SA.

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FROM THE EDITOR

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WHAT MAKES A GOOD POLICY SAYLM Policy Vice President Nadine Rachid provides tips on how to make great policies.

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POST-COVID POLITICS

SPACE? SO WHAT? Connor Macdonald provides a surface level look at Adelaide's next major industry.

MEMBERSHIP UPDATE SAYLM Membership Director Cameron Gardiner provides an update.

BOOK CORNER A new segment of Ad-Lib, providing your summer reading suggestion on an important political topic.

Connor Pangallo writes that "Post-COVID politics must be more, not less democratic.�

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SAYLM EVENTS An overview of the events held over the past 12 weeks with a collation of photos.

SAYLM Communications Director Alisha Dhillon gives an overview of this edition of Ad-Lib.

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THE SA CONNECTION SAYLM President Aric Pierce reflects on representative democracy in South Africa, and a discussion with Africa's emerging leaders.

SALYM President Aric Pierce discusses the activites of the Movement since the last AGM and the busy road ahead.

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ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

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AD-LIB SUBMISSIONS A call for submissions from members of the Movement for the next edition of Ad-Lib.

DISCLAIMER The opinions expressed herein belong solely to the respective authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Editor or the South Australian Young Liberal Movement. To contribute to the next edition of Ad-Lib, please email saylmpresident@gmail.com. Authorised by Aric Pierce, President, SAYLM, 104 Greenhill, Unley, 5061.


WRITTEN BY ARIC PIERCE SAYLM PRESIDENT This is the first AD-Lib since our election 13 weeks ago, and the first published AD-Lib document in 872 days. In this, the comeback edition of AD-Lib, we reflect on some of the recent SAYLM events and activities. We also lean into the commentary and insight of our membership on the topics of space, COVID-19, environmental policy in SA and the importance of representative democracy around the here and abroad. The road ahead is an exciting one for the Movement. We are embarking on service-oriented social events that will continue to rollout into the new year. In November, Senator McLachlan CSC facilitated a meeting between myself and Disaster Relief Australia's Chief Development Officer, Anastasia Bougesis, to discuss ways in which our Movement can take practical steps to support families and properties devastated by disaster. Complementary to the practical work of the Movement, we are facilitating more regular YL Council meetings, providing a platform for the members to pursue their policy interests. We have also been fortunate enough to have been able to welcome four parliamentarians to address the membership, providing ample opportunity for members to engage with, and learn from, current and former parliamentarians.

With the release of the final redistribution report by the EDBC, we also turn our focus to increased campaigning at the state level to ensure a return of the Marshall Liberal Government. As the end of the year fast approaches, the next year is shaping up to be one of the biggest years yet for the Movement. In 2021, we celebrate 70 years since The Honourable Ian Wilson presided over the formation of the SAYLM division. We also celebrate 20 years since the inaugural Tonkin Dinner, held in honour of the former Premier of South Australia whose legacy continues to have a lasting impact. Needless to say, it's been a busy 13 weeks since the 2020 Young Liberal AGM, and the YL Executive has been tirelessly working to deliver for the membership, despite the challenges of COVID-19 restrictions. I look forward to updating readers again on the continued work of our great Movement, as we continue to advancement our shared Liberal values and beliefs. Regards Aric Pierce SAYLM President P.S. Have a Merry Christmas!

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FROM THE PRESIDENT


WRITTEN BY ALISHA DHILLON SAYLM COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR Welcome to the SAYLM Spring 2020 edition of AD-Lib. Despite being a tumultuous year for all, this edition seeks to recap on some of the highlights. While the Covid-19 pandemic has consumed 2020 and dominated political debate, the Comeback Edition reminds us that issues including the viability of democracy, health of the environment and investment in innovation and science will persist in a post-Covid world. Following a report from our President Aric Pierce, our Policy Director Nadine Rachid provides some useful tips for Young Liberals on policy writing. Conor Pangallo then discusses the economic impact Covid will have on young Australians, and the greater impact this will have on democracy. In the next article, Connor MacDonald writes on the importance of the Space Industry. Innovation in this area is something Australia must dominate as it brings competitive advantage for Australian business, asserts our presence on the international stage, and presents great job opportunities for young people. Our VP Sophia Marsh then writes on the misconceptions that have plagued environmental politics in recent years.

Our events section follows, with photos from our events held over the past 12 weeks collated by Social Director Cath Mwikya. Finally, we have a campaigning report from our Campaigns Director Cristian DiIulio, a message from our Membership Director Cameron Gardiner, and a new section of Ad-Lib – the Book Corner. We have had a very busy past few months and I have thoroughly enjoyed reconnecting with the Young Liberal community and welcoming our new members. As I’ve previously mentioned, I encourage you all to follow SAYLM on social media platforms Facebook and Instagram. Through these mediums we provide up to date information in a simple and digestible fashion, something I believe has been particularly useful over the past few weeks. I would also encourage anyone who feels strongly about an issue, whether political or not to write a piece for the next edition. Here you have your perfect audience, like-minded individuals open to different views and a bit of debate, after all this makes things more interesting! Alisha Dhillon SAYLM Communications Director

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FROM THE EDITOR


WRITTEN BY NADINE RACHID, SALYM POLICY VICE PRESIDENT

Ever wanted to make an impact, but don’t know where to start? Writing good policy briefs is key to making a difference in the community. Before we delve into what makes a good policy, it’s crucial to define a policy. A policy guides our actions. Policies can be rules, regulations, laws, principles, or directions. They explain what has to be done and how it is to be done.

Why do we need policies? Policies stem from the need to make a change. It could be that basic needs are not being met, people have been treated in an unfair manner or current policies are not working as they should be.

Why put forward a policy submission? Putting forward a policy proposal forces you to be well researched and have difficult conversations, leading to potential change.

Tips for great policies

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What is the problem? Understanding the problem and framing it in the clearest possible way will allow your audience to feel more comfortable supporting your proposal. Even if they have not done their research and are faced with complex information, a well framed problem can serve as an ‘anchor’ throughout your argument.

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WHAT MAKES A GOOD POLICY


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Legislation - Read and analyse the legislation which currently regulates the subject of your proposal. This will allow you to understand what the current position is and what barriers you will have to tackle to achieve your policy outcome.

Analyse – Read policy debates relating to the subject of your policy proposal and assess whether the outcomes of these debates are reasonable.

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Scope and Compare – Depending on whether the problem is a state, federal or international one, find out and compare what’s happening in other jurisdictions/countries and research what people had to say about this. This information will guide you as to whether your policy is realistic and works on the ground.

Evidence – The information you use to support your submission should be well-referenced and should provide clear evidence to support your proposal.

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Audience – Consider that your audience are the people that will be affected by your policy. These parties may bring to your attention factors you may have not yet considered. Questions to consider could be: how will this submission benefit and detriment the different parties? If one party is severely affected by your policy, how can you amend your policy to make sure that every group’s interests are met to a reasonable extent, while still pushing for your policy purpose?

Direct Language – When writing your submission, use direct language and avoid unnecessary jargon. Your submission should be easily understood by anyone, whether they be a specialist on the subject or not.

HAPPY POLICY WRITING!

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Background Reading - Read and understand the background of the subject/topic which your policy falls under. For example, if you want to pass a policy relating to protecting whales, you will need to understand everything about whales, from their life span to what factors could pose harm to them, what benefits they bring to the environment and if there are any arguments against their existence. Understanding the details of your subject will ensure that you don’t miss any important points which could potentially prove your policy argument untenable.


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"POST-COVID POLITICS MUST BE MORE, NOT LESS DEMOCRATIC.” WRITTEN BY CONNOR PANGALLO SAYLM MEMBER The COVID-19 pandemic and its associated public health responses have unleashed unprecedented challenges to liberal democracy. In Australia, public health measures, including movement restrictions, were quickly implemented to curtail the spread of COVID-19. This incurred a substantial albeit necessary cost to the economy and personal freedoms.

PUBLIC TRUST IN DEMOCRACY WAS ALREADY DECLINING BEFORE THE PANDEMIC, WITH A 2018 UNIVERSITY OF CANBERRA STUDY SHOWING ONLY 40.6 PER CENT OF AUSTRALIANS WERE SATISFIED WITH HOW DEMOCRACY WORKS HERE, DECLINING FROM 71.7 PER CENT IN 2013.

However, the COVID-19 recession’s lasting effect on the livelihoods of Australians, and particularly young Australians, could spawn new waves of populist and authoritarian politics if governments do not give restoring trust in democracy the same urgency as controlling COVID-19.

More concerning are findings published in 2018 by the Australian National University: 33 per cent of Australians favour authoritarian political leadership, with this support being greatest among Australians aged under 35 years.


This means populist or authoritarianleaning political actors promising radical or simplistic solutions may become more attractive to younger voters who may now have considerably less to lose from radical ideologies. To avoid a politically dangerous shake-up in voting behaviours, and possibly the two-party system’s collapse, the federal partners must make meaningful efforts now to ensure our democratic institutions and processes remain trustworthy. This requires undying commitment to the notion that democratic freedoms are integral to Australia’s way of life and that effective responses to global crises do not always necessitate retracting these freedoms. Some means of improving public faith in democracy may include reforming parliamentary procedures such as Question Time, national caps on political campaign expenditure and using deliberative democracy to navigate complex policy issues. A post-pandemic world needs more democracy, not less.

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ECONOMICALLY, THE PANDEMIC HAS AFFECTED YOUNGER GENERATIONS SIGNIFICANTLY MORE THAN OLDER ONES.


WRITTEN BY CONNOR MACDONALD SAYLM MEMBER The Australian space sector is on a rapid trajectory to become a major part of the Australian economy with its diverse labour force, and high export earnings due to advanced technological products and services. With the recent commercial rocket launch from a test site north of Ceduna, South Australia, the national space industry is once again on headlines around the country, prompting students and young professionals to seriously consider a role in the sector as a future career. This article will explore the Australian space industry, it’s future impact on our economy, and careers for young people looking to work in a cutting-edge technology sector.

As of 2008, Australia was the only OECD country without a space agency other than Iceland. The previous National Space Program and Australian Space Office were disbanded by the Howard Government in 1996 after a review of the National Space Program concluded that there was little demonstrable benefit to Australia. At the time, Australia did not necessarily need a space agency as Australia already had well-developed infrastructure and capabilities to derive data from space-based sources through the Bureau of Meteorology and Geoscience Australia. It was only in 2017, at the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, that Senator Simon Birimingham announced that the Federal Government would be launching a commercially focused national space agency to facilitate Australian businesses in tapping into the US$345 billion global space industry. To achieve this, the Australian Space Agency (the Agency) plans to triple the Australian space economy to $12 billion annually and create up to 20,000 more jobs by 2030.

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SPACE? SO WHAT? A SURFACE LEVEL LOOK AT ADELAIDE'S NEXT MAJOR INDUSTRY


So rather than the government owning and operating the rockets, satellites, and spacecraft – it will be Australian businesses.

Our agency’s other major task is to monitor and contribute to the regulation of Australian space activities to meet international obligations and ensure national safety. So, while our agency won’t be building any space capability like NASA and ESA, the Agency will be promoting private industry development and facilitating global commercial investment in Australian space businesses. These space businesses will be developing software, hardware, and other services that include the ability to launch from Australia carrying Australian satellites with Australian payloads – sovereign access to space. [Continues on next page]

OUR AGENCY WANTS TO CREATE A LEAN, AGILE AND ADAPTIVE DOMESTIC SPACE INDUSTRY THAT CAN COMPETE WITH LARGER, LESS AGILE STATE SPACE INDUSTRIES AROUND THE WORLD THUS CREATING A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE FOR AUSTRALIAN BUSINESSES. Creating sovereign access to space is a key driver for the Federal Government in their quest to build up nationally resilient capabilities so we don’t need to rely on our allies or other nations to provide these capabilities for us – particularly during times of geopolitical tension. Another great example of the Coalition Government funding key areas of economic growth in Australia and long-term, highwage, and high-skill jobs in the country. So how does an ambitious young person growing up in South Australia make the most of this growing industry? South Australia is already home to more than 60 organisations and 800 employees in the space sector with this number growing rapidly.

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Being a commercially focused space agency is an important distinction for the Agency. In contrast, other space agencies like the European Space Agency (ESA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are state space operations that seek to use their budget to provide their own launch services (putting rockets into space), build their own satellites and scientific payloads, and have their own human spaceflight or interplanetary robotic missions or both. Our agency aims to develop space capability services through Australian businesses that have a globally competitive advantage and emerging tech such as Myriota, and Fleet.


Business/Accounting/Commerce: The high growth areas within the Australian space sector are with the start-up companies and small businesses that will thrive under support from a Coalition Government. While STEM backgrounds will be vital to developing new tech, they will have trouble transitioning from a SME to a large global organisation without people with business and commercial backgrounds. There is room for people aspiring to get to the ‘C-level’ within a growing company with no STEM background at all. Young people with business skills and backgrounds will definitely find a place in the growing space sector in taking small, highgrowth start-ups to mature companies with million or billion dollar cash flows in the next 5+ years. Law : Space law will continue to grow in Adelaide, particularly with the University of Adelaide having a strong expertise in space law and the intensive course on Strategic Space Law they offer to the general public. Young lawyers interested in working in the space sector will filter into the Agency’s APS grad program, IP/patent law firms or consulting businesses that work with companies from around the world on how to navigate the Australian space regulatory environment. As the sector grows in size and the technology diversifies (space agriculture, space medicine, interplanetary migration law) more opportunities for young people will become available leading to further jobs and growth for South Australia, especially Adelaide. The Australian space sector is an exciting and diverse industry to be working in for any young Australian. With both State and Federal Government keen to invest more money into the state and national space industry, sector growth will spur further opportunities for young people with a variety of different career backgrounds. The prospects for growth are clear, especially as Australia is well placed to build our own small satellites and launch them into space to build a space export industry alongside a domestic one. Any young South Australian is well placed to take advantage of recent industry movement as Adelaide becomes a key centre of space activity in the next 5 years that will ultimately transforms Australia’s role in space at a global level.

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STEM: As the space industry is primarily a tech sector, engineering, science and mathematical based careers will thrive and continue to make up a bulk of the highwage and high-skill workforce, particularly people with masters or doctoral degrees.


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ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY IN SA WRITTEN BY SOPHIA MARSH SAYLM VICE PRESIDENT There is no doubt that the environmental sustainability of our state, and Australia as a whole, is an important issue for young people in South Australia, which is why it is encouraging to see the practical investments the Marshall Liberal Government has announced as it works towards significant environmental outcomes for our state. It was clear environmental sustainability is a strong focus for the Government when we heard from Minister for Environment, the Hon David Speirs MP, at the October SALYM council echo the sentiments of his recent InDaily article, titled ‘Only the centre-right can tackle climate change in SA’.

THE MARSHALL GOVERNMENT IS BREAKING DOWN THE STEREOTYPE THAT PEOPLE MUST LOOK TO THE LEFT SIDE OF POLITICS IF THEY WANT TO SEE POSITIVE ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION, WITH ITS STRONG FOCUS ON REDUCING EMISSIONS AND IMPROVING OUR STATE’S NATURAL ENVIRONMENT. Importantly, as Minister Speirs described, the SA Liberal Government is committed to achieving these outcomes through strategic action that will lead to tangible environmental benefits, which is a strong contrast to mostly symbolic stance taken by the left. These measures include increasing SA’s tree canopy, legislating a ban on single-use plastics in our state, spending a record amount...


ALTHOUGH SA HAS A COMMITMENT OF NET ZERO EMISSIONS BY 2050, THE STATE GOVERNMENT HAS ALSO ESTABLISHED AN INTERIM TARGET OF A 50% REDUCTION IN EMISSIONS BY 2030. BY IMPLEMENTING A CLOSER GOAL, THE GOVERNMENT REMAINS ENCOURAGED TO WORK TOWARDS PRACTICAL OUTCOMES FOR EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS, RATHER THAN RELYING ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF FUTURE TECHNOLOGICAL SOLUTIONS. To repeat Minister Speirs' sentiments, although it is the Left that typically claim votes for their stance on environmental policy, it is the Marshall Liberal Government that is taking practical action to lower emissions, adapt to a changing climate, and improve our state’s natural environment. Not only does this provide assurance to young people in SA that environmental sustainability will be a priority of our state’s government, but it also challenges the placement of this important issue on the political scale - Evidently, voters are not confined to the left side of politics if they believe in tackling climate change.

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on waste management infrastructure to increase our recycling capabilities, and focusing on grid stability and storage to enable net-100% renewable energy in SA within 10 years. The creation of Glenthorne National Park has also seen the ongoing revegetation of a significant green space in SA’s southern suburbs, which some members of the SALYM executive were able to experience first-hand as we participated in the tree planting event aimed at reinstating native flora at the park.


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OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE AND FOR THE PEOPLE IN SA WRITTEN BY ARIC PIERCE SAYLM PRESIDENT I recently had the honour of cohosting a panel discussion for emerging leaders in Africa with former South African Opposition Leader and founder of the One South Africa Movement , The Honourable Mmusi Maimane. It's an exciting time for young, aspiring leaders in Africa, particularly in South Africa. Electoral reform is on the way, and it's prompting many emerging leaders to consider nominating to serve in their local legislative bodies. In June this year, the Constitutional Court of South Africa declared the nation’s Electoral Act to be unconstitutional, finding that the current legislation strips ordinary citizens of the right not to affiliate themselves with a political party if wanting to run for public office. The Freedom Charter adopted by the Congress of the People in June 1955, the people of South Africa, black and white alike, sought to create a situation where “The people shall govern, every man and woman shall have the right to stand as a candidate for all bodies which makes laws and all people shall be entitled to take part in the administration of the country.”

This right was entrenched in the 1994 Constitution of the Republic of South Africa at s19(3)(b) which provides that “every adult citizen has the right to stand for public office and, if elected, to hold office”. When time came to promulgate legislation giving effect to these ideals, the Electoral Act of 1998, debated by Parliament and passed by the National Assembly, defined that voters choose parties when elections are contested and that parties submit a list of candidates to fill seats won thereby creating and entrenching a closed list proportional representation system. New proposed laws seek to ensure that the intention of the Freedom Charter as well as the Constitution of South Africa be upheld – and to allow for independent candidates to stand for public office at national and provincial level, without requiring such candidate to be a member of a political party This reform seeks to create a situation in which power is decentralised, ensuring that local officials are actually local, and whose tenure and career prospects are in the hands of the citizens they serve, not at the behest of their party. This also ensures that Members of Parliament are no longer disconnected from their electorate.


Localism, or decentralisation of power, has the potential to push decision-making to the levels where people are actually living and practically responding to the current needs and challenges of the people. Here, the doorway is opened to local governance bringing about real transformation at a community level, Localism thus ensures transformation happens from the bottom up. Decentralisation of power into the hands of individually elected MP's in South Africa achieves three basic yet important principles that we can sometimes take for granted in Australia: 1. It strengthens democratic governance by bolstering the notion of active and effective citizenship and self-determination thereby limiting the influence of central government. Citizens can have direct involvement in developing public policies; and in doing so, the sum of these individual and local interests contribute to the national interest. 2. It allows for greater political stability and accountability by ensuring that the actions, conduct and results of elected members is considered at the ballot box. This has a direct bearing on the scourge of corruption, which seems to be rampant in South Africa at the moment.

3. The control that political parties exercise over Members of Parliament undermines a proper separation of powers between the Executive and the Legislature. Parliament has a constitutional mandate to exercise proper legislative oversight over the Executive and with clear boundaries in place to do so unabated.

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The ideals expressed here are not new and were tackled in the Van Zyl Slabbert Report of 2003 and the 2019 African Charter on the Values and Principles of Decentralisation. In fact President Nelson Mandela himself in the last sitting of the first democratically elected Parliament, raised this point: “...we do need to ask whether we need to re-examine our electoral system, so as to improve the nature of our relationship, as public representatives, with the voters.”

These principles are not absolute, that is to say, doing what a representative thinks is best for his or her constituents does not ensure re-election and reelection does not necessarily mean that a representative has been a good representative. However the principles, if implemented, could go a long way in rebuilding trust between Members of Parliament and the electorate. South Africans need to believe that their leaders are people of honesty and integrity with their interests at heart. An important question to consider here, is posed by American political theorist Professor Hanna Pitkin, one of the most cited theorists in the area of representative democracy. Pitkin asks: ‘Should a representative do what his constituents want and be bound by mandates or instructions from them; or should he be free to act as seems best to him in pursuit of their welfare?’ There is plenty of reading on this, and I encourage you to look into this and make up your own mind because I'm all out of space and must conclude. On balance, an improved electoral system in South Africa could see a departure from purely party representation. Pivoting to a party system that entwines ideology with the interests of the voting public. Thus, resulting in a more genuine system of representative democracy. South Africa now faces a once in a generation opportunity to shift to improved governance of the people, by the people, for the people.


2020 AGM This year's SAYLM AGM was inarguably one of our most well-attended AGM's in recent SAYLM history. We thank those who attended, and all those who nominated to serve in elected positions. With a new Executive Team now elected, we thank the 2019-2020 team for their service to the Movement.

OCTOBER YL COUNCIL MEETING The Hon David Speirs MP, Minister for the Environment addressed the YL Council at our October Council Meeting, discussing the State Government's approach to environmental policy in SA. The night was also filled with some convivial policy debates, which resulted in all policy motions proposed at the meeting being passed.

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SAYLM EVENTS


We were fortunate to be hosted by Pyne and Partners in their boardroom for a SAYLM networking event, during which the Hon Christopher Pyne, former Minister for Defence, gave an informative talk and answered questions on a wide range of topics, from university politics to foreign affairs.

YL DELEGATES HOSTED BY SENATOR ANDREW MCLACHLAN CSC Senator Andrew McLachlan CSC recently hosted SAYLM State Council Delegates to reflect on his time in the Senate so far, including Senate Estimates. Senator McLachlan also discussed the impact of major defence contracts, and increased activity in the defence industry on the future of jobs and the makeup of our economy in South Australia.

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PYNE AND PARTNERS NETWORKING EVENT


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HALLOWEEN DRINKS SAYLM hosted a halloween event this year at Prohibition Liquor Co, which was a good opportunity to not only celebrate Halloween but to also commemorate the upcoming US election taking place a few days post the event. It was a great night filled with political, US-themed costumes, including George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Jackie Kennedy and Miss Universe contestants.

NOVEMBER YL COUNCIL MEETING

The November Council Meeting was attended by three guest speakers, the Hon Vincent Tarzia MP, the Hon Nicola Centofanti MLC and Dan Cregan MP, who spoke on a range of issues from mental health to climate change. The guest speakers also took part in a panel discussion which focused on policy creation and emerging issues for young people in SA.


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CAMPAIGNING WITH SAYLM WRITTEN BY CRISTIAN DIIULIO SAYLM CAMPAIGNS DIRECTOR With less than 18 months until the next state election, the Young Liberals have been dutifully volunteering for our MPs and laying the ground work in marginal Labor-held seats for our future Liberal candidates. With weekly phone canvassing sessions well-attended by our committed members, we have already spent over 30 hours calling voters across South Australia to share the good work of the Marshall Liberal Government and get their views on a range of issues. These interactions are invaluable and ensure we are constantly abreast of the issues most important to the electorate, so our party can continue to govern effectively for every South Australian. In addition to the phones, Young Liberal members have hit the pavement to letterbox materials for a number of our members, including Hon Vincent Tarzia MP and Paula Luethen MP. Furthermore, our committed members have, on many occasions, put aside their embarrassment and stood on the side of busy roads to wave signs with our members and spread the Liberal message.

EMAIL CRISTIAN AT CRISTIANDIIULIO@GMAIL .COM IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO GET INVOLVED AND VOLUNTEER!

Their enthusiasm too great to be confined to SA, our members have eagerly assisted our fellow young members interstate in both the ACT and Queensland elections. In fact, some our members even joined the campaign on the ground. A wonderful effort! It has been so pleasing to see the willingness of our members to volunteer to assist our hardworking MPs and our party more broadly. As the great engine-room of our party's campaigning efforts, the Young Liberals will become increasingly important as we get closer to 19 March 2022. On that note, I encourage anyone who is interested in helping out to get in contact me with.


WRITTEN BY CAMERON GARDINER SAYLM MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR Evidenced by an overwhelmingly well-attended AGM, it is clear there has never been a more exciting time to be a Young Liberal. In the 12 weeks since the AGM, I have enjoyed working alongside the membership and the Executive team to listen and implement strategies to effectively engage new and current members in fresh and differing ways.

WE RECENTLY HELD A NEW MEMBERS EVENT AT THE PARKSIDE HOTEL, PRESENTING AN OPPORTUNITY FOR MEMBERS TO MEET IN A CASUAL SETTING WITH ONE OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA'S YOUNGEST EMERGING TALENTS IN THE SOUTH AUSTRALIAN PARLIAMENT, MATT COWDREY OAM, MP. I look forward to working with the events director to roll out more events to engage new members, and continue to investigate innovative ways to reach prospective members.

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SAYLM MEMBERSHIP UPDATE


WRITTEN BY ARIC PIERCE SAYLM PRESIDENT Your summer reading sorted. In a new segment of AD-Lib we are introducing the SAYLM book corner, where we will be taking recommendations from members on any type of political read and giving you the opportunity to provide thoughts, commentary and feedback for future reflection. So take the opportunity this summer break to have a look at this edition's book in focus: Bad Egg: How to Fix Super by Andrew Bragg

In this monograph, Senator Andrew Bragg encourages the nation to change direction on super. Not to junk it, but to make it work.

CONTRIBUTE TO AD-LIB Calling all writers and thinkers. If you want to contribute to the next edition of Ad-Lib, whether it be through an article on any political topic important to you, a book review or an opinion piece (the list isn't closed), the SAYLM executive would love to hear from you! Please send through any queries or content to saylmpresident@gmail.com.

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BOOK CORNER