AD-LIB 2021 Summer Edition

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SOUTH AUSTRALIAN

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YOUNG LIBERAL MOVEMENT


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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE SALYM President Aric Pierce discusses the activities of the Movement during this Summer.

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THE FREE MARKET SAYLM Admin Director Luke Vagenas writes on the battle between the individual and the institution in 2021.

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SUPER AND FIRST HOMES

THE DEFENCE FORCE A SAYLM Member reflects on what it is like to be both a Young Liberal and a member of the Australian Defence Force.

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MEMBERSHIP UPDATE SAYLM Membership Director Cameron Gardiner provides an update.

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LIBERAL PARTY REFLECTIONS Hamish Walker reflects on inspirational Liberal Party leaders and how the Party 'marches down the middle of the road'.

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THE FESTIVAL STATE Elliot Fannon writes on the enduring freedoms in a COVID world.

SA CRAFT BEER Alec Hutchins provides us with an important message about beer.

POLICY TIPS PART TWO SAYLM Policy Vice President Nadine Rachid provides further tips on how to make great policies.

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HINDMARSH POLICY NIGHT Nic Brown writes on the Hindmarsh FEC Policy Night and the speech given by the Hon Michelle Lensink MLC.

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O'WEEK Angus Heaton and Nelson Ellis reflects on O'Week this year at Adelaide University and Flinders University respectively.

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SAYLM EVENTS

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BOOK CORNER

Jeremy Harford writes on the idea of allowing early release of superannuation to fund first home purchases.

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 Summer Edition of AD Lib has officially dropped, and what a summer it has been! Despite the break over the Christmas period we've been able to squeeze in a bunch of different events and opportunities for the SAYLM membership. It's not quite an Aussie summer without a trip to the beach. I've been grateful to the SAYLM volunteers who have joined me on the beaches as well as along the Torrens River to clean up the seemingly unending supply of rubbish we find. Hopefully that subsides with our new single-use plastics ban in SA. Part of our 'SAYLM Service' initiative, we've been giving back to our community as best we can and that work continues into March as we join Disaster Relief Australia for a bushfire relief project. This summer also saw our 20th Annual Tonkin Dinner, a chance to come together and honour the life and achievements of Dr David Tonkin, the 38th Premier of South Australia. Thank you to everyone that attended and made it such an enjoyable evening with Liberal friends. We've also held a number of events centred around policy from our regular YL Council meetings to our Regional Forum there has been numerous opportunities for members to engage in the policy making process.

As we step into March, we centre our focus on the upcoming state and federal elections. It is imperative to ensure our state and federal candidates are strongly supported on the campaign trail to ensure we retain government at the state and federal level. There will be a number of opportunities for Young Libs to hit the pavement with our candidates and undertake the important work of letterboxing and phone canvassing to ensure our Liberal message is getting out there. In 2021 we also celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Young Liberal Movement. A significant milestone that is a testament to the enduring strength of the Movement, and the invaluable role it continues to play in the life of the Party. I look forward to updating readers in our next edition of AD-Lib in May, as we continue the advancement of our shared Liberal values and beliefs. Regards Aric Pierce SAYLM President

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FROM THE PRESIDENT


WRITTEN BY NADINE RACHID, SALYM POLICY VICE PRESIDENT

If you recall, I wrote a piece in the last AD-LIB edition around tips to writing good policies. In this piece, I’ll be providing the questions you may want to ask yourself after you have written your initial policy proposal. The answers to these questions may lead you to amend or change your entire policy. Either way, answering these questions will prepare you well for any questions you may be asked when presenting your policy to others.

Here are some questions you may want to ask yourself:

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Are there any stakeholders who may be adversely affected by your policy position?

o Who are these stakeholders? For ex: are they vulnerable? o What would their loss comprise of should this policy proposal be accepted? o Have you consulted with these stakeholders to understand their specific concerns? o If there is a loss/adverse effect, is there any way that your policy can be amended to minimise any adverse effect this may have on stakeholders?

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POLICY TIPS PART TWO


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Is it in the public’s interest that this policy is passed?

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Have you discussed your proposal with an expert/specialist or anyone who works in the relevant field to understand whether this proposal can be implemented on the ground or whether it is unrealistic?

o Has there been any recent or past events that have triggered a need for the change you are proposing?

It must be noted that the purpose of these questions should only serve as a guide when drafting a policy proposal. I encourage all young liberals to present policy proposals, regardless of whether they have the detailed answers to the above-mentioned questions.

ONCE AGAIN, HAPPY POLICY WRITING.

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Will your policy proposal cause a direct/indirect effect on important issues for ex: the environment, human rights, etc?


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THE FESTIVAL STATE: ENDURING FREEDOMS IN A COVID-WORLD WRITTEN BY ELLIOT FANNON SAYLM MEMBER June 21st. The day my British compatriots across the pond eagerly await. The day the last of their Covid-19 restrictions are prophesised to end. Meanwhile, staples of British life are nowhere to be seen, Their pubs and clubs are barred shut and football is played before empty crowds. A nation stuck in their homes listening to conflicting and confusing information from their leaders. The UK’s ‘tiered’ lockdowns truly are a sight to behold. Unfortunately, for all the wrong reasons.

I’m left conflicted, while those across the globe who remain imprisoned by this disastrous virus have my sympathies, I cannot help but be thankful for the liberties and privileges I enjoy here in South Australia. Fans fill our sports stadiums, anyone who tried to cross North Terrace while the great exodus of Strikers fans left after each match can attest to that. Our pubs and clubs have mostly remained open and Adelaide’s famed nightlife has endured.


I LOOK BACK WITH A SMIRK THAT THE GREATEST INFRINGEMENT ON OUR LIBERTY AS SOUTH AUSTRALIANS DURING THIS PANDEMIC WAS A 6DAY LOCKDOWN. WE DID, HOWEVER, MANAGE TO KNOCK THAT ONE OUT OF THE PARK IN JUST 3 DAYS…PIZZA ANYONE?

It’s important to reflect on how our great state achieved this feat. Luck? Yes, a little is always needed but that’s not all. It was through the strong and resolute leadership of the Marshall Liberal Government that our freedoms have remained uninhibited by this pandemic. While a certain unnamed Labor leader was thinking about ‘getting on the beers,’ our Liberal Government has remained focused on the task at hand. Our Liberal Government continues to work with expert Health authorities as our already minimal restrictions are eased.

Don’t mistake me for thinking the job is done. While our lives may feel back to normal, and we may seem to be in the straight and narrow. Work is still to be done. As the Federal Morrison Government begins the vaccine rollout, we are faced with many questions. Many are anxious about the phase out of the remaining restrictions and Covid-tracing, we do not know what the new normal will be as we enter the post-Covid world. I don’t share these anxieties. I trust in the Liberal Government that has protected my Liberties through strong and resolute leadership. The Government that has never shied from difficult decisions, and the Government that has my vote next year.

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While the RCC and Fringe roars on, our city streets are lined with zest and vigour. In the face of adversity and in this dynamic peri-Covid-19 world, South Australia remains, The Festival State.


WRITTEN BY HAMISH WALKER SAYLM MEMBER The Liberal Party, in our state and nationally, has always aimed to protect our important institutions and beliefs while demonstrating a willingness to advocate for significant social, political and economic change. As Robert Menzies famously elucidated in August 1945, the Liberal Party ‘marches down the middle of the road.’ The direction of our party is to be a home for voters - from Menzies’ ‘Forgotten People’ to Morrison’s ‘Quiet Australians’ - who recognise the need for convicted policy choices to allow everybody to fulfill their aspirations, while maintaining our strong national identity. The history of the Liberal Party is composed of individuals who personify this conviction, and serve as an inspiration for our movement.

This became apparent during the recent Tonkin Dinner. Dr David Tonkin was an advocate for important social change, like introducing the Sex Descrimination Act 1975 and leading the first state government to give land rights to the Aboriginal people in 1981. He also led important infrastructure projects including the building of the Adelaide International Airport and the Olympic Dam mine.

AND THIS ALL OCCURRED IN THREE YEARS, REMINDING US WE CAN BE A PRODUCTIVE AND REFORMIST PARTY WITHOUT STRAYING FROM THE ‘MIDDLE GROUND,’ ESPOUSED BY MENZIES.

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"THE LIBERAL PARTY ‘MARCHES DOWN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD.’"


Nationally, Harold Holt called a successful referendum to include Aboriginal people in the Census and was dubbed ‘the godfather of a million Australian children,’ for his child endowment scheme. The Fraser Government ended whaling in Australia and let in 56,000 Vietnamese refugees. This government also listed the Great Barrier Reef as a World Heritage Site - a project overseen by former Member for Sturt Ian Wilson in his role as Minister for Environment. Our party also had the first Indigenous Member of Parliament and female Member of the House of Representatives.

I HOPE THE MOVEMENT AND BROADER PARTY CAN TAKE INSPIRATION FROM THESE INDIVIDUALS - AND THE REFORMS THEY ENACTED DURING CAMPAIGNING AND OUR FUTURE ADVOCACY.

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As other examples, Liberal Murray Hill aimed in 1972 to allow private same-sex relations in the face of intense opposition. Premier Steele Hall also showed immense courage by removing the gerrymander keeping him in government. These reforms remind us our party does not let bigotry, harassment and other opposition get in the way of what is right.


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THE BATTLE BETWEEN THE INDIVIDUAL AND THE INSTITUTION, AND THE CHALLENGES OF THE FREE MARKET. WRITTEN BY LUKE VAGENAS SAYLM ADMINISTRATION DIRECTOR If anyone thought 2020 was unprecedented, 2021 has so far given last year a run for its money. If I told you that thousands of internet users would bind together in a forum to drive the share price of a NYSE listed company by over 1000%, would you believe me?

Well that's exactly what happened to GameStop on 25 January. Economists & market analysts went into a frenzy, arguing market manipulation. Some even went as far to say these investors didn't know what they were doing. Robinhood, which is a popular trading platform used by young people, banned the trading of GameStop on its own platform. This didn't do much to deter the intentions of these individuals, as they saw this action as a blatant attack on the free market.

Institutions argued that this event threatened the integrity and structure of the market. Were these young people undertaking any fundamental analysis to find the true value of GameStop? In any case, it sent a message to these institutions that the individual should no longer be written off. With the internet making access to information even easier, and the ability to share that information in mass forums becoming more common, events like this will no longer be unprecedented.If 2021 has taught us anything, it's that the free market is well and truly alive, and access to the market is no longer for those big institutions or investors. The more people who are active in the share market, the freer and more open that market will be. The edge between institutions and individuals is slowly closing, and this gap will only continue to close.


WRITTEN BY JEREMY HARFORD SAYLM MEMBER The inaccessibility of the property market to younger Australians has become a harsh reality for many in recent years. With the median suburban house price in Adelaide comfortably over half a million dollars, it is time to take action to combat one of the most important issues facing younger Australians. The federal and state government’s efforts to make home ownership more accessible have been valiant, indicated by the significant uptake of programs such as the First Home Owner Grant and HomeBuilder grant. However, as property markets around the country reach record highs, more needs to be done. This is why the federal government should investigate early access to superannuation for the purpose of purchasing a first home.

The recent Retirement Income Review commissioned by the federal government outlined that one of the most substantial determinants of quality of life in older age is home ownership. The review also found that the requirement to pay a significant portion of income towards accommodation can become very financially challenging for older Australians who rent.

THE FINANCIAL BURDEN OF RENTING WAS DEMONSTRATED IN A RECENT ABS SURVEY, WHICH FOUND THAT OUTRIGHT HOMEOWNERS PAID 3% OF THEIR GROSS YEARLY INCOME TOWARDS HOUSING COSTS, WHILST RENTERS PAID 20.2%.

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EARLY RELEASE OF SUPERANNUATION TO FUND FIRST HOME PURCHASE


However, it is important to balance the clear benefits of home ownership with the need to promote responsible saving for retirement. This is why a system which allows for a capped amount of superannuation to be withdrawn for the purchase of a first home that will act as a principal place of residence is in the best interest of younger Australians.

COUPLING THE ABILITY TO WITHDRAW A PERCENTAGE OF ONE’S SUPER BALANCE WITH THE UP TO $15,000 AVAILABLE UNDER THE FIRST HOME BUYER GRANT POSITIONS YOUNGER AUSTRALIANS TO SAVE FAR FASTER AND MORE EFFECTIVELY FOR A DEPOSIT.

FIRST HOME

Furthermore, the coronavirus pandemic has plunged a balanced budget into deficit. Allowing early access to superannuation to purchase a first home represents a meaningful way for the federal government to support younger Australians in a financially challenging time.

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Being a homeowner in retirement provides not only peace of mind, but financial freedom as large portions of incomes are not required to fund accommodation.


WRITTEN BY ALEC HUTCHINS SAYLM MEMBER

“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer.” - Abraham Lincoln Craft beer culture has been a slow growing phenomenon across Australia for the past 10 years and we can safely say the craft beer scene in South Australia has exploded.

Over 60 independent craft breweries and microbreweries are brewing all over the state from Port Lincoln to Mount Gambier and everywhere in-between. The sheer range of breweries was showcased at the recent Beer and BBQ Fest’ held at the Adelaide showgrounds, with our local breweries being the stars of the show. Cooper’s brewery has long spearheaded the group for locally brewed beers with over 150 years of experience. A testament to the brewery is the difficulty of finding a South Australian pub that doesn’t sell a classic Cooper’s Pale Ale. The ease of access to amazing craft beers and increase in great local breweries has provided an incentive for Cooper’s to diversify and release beers attuned to a population that is beginning to drink more craft beers. The recent additions to the Cooper’s line up show a distinct effort to highlight the use of hops in beer, a hallmark of what is considered a craft beer.

There has never been a better time to enjoy a refreshing ale in South Australia. The choices are endless and spotted all over the state, there really is no excuse for drinking a bad beer in SA.

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AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE ABOUT BEER


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ON BEING A YOUNG LIBERAL IN THE DEFENCE FORCE WRITTEN BY A SAYLM MEMBER SERVING IN THE DEFENCE FORCE I was born and raised in Adelaide before enlisting with the Royal Australian Army at 19. A member of the Young Liberals in SA, I actively helped campaign in the 2018 State Election campaign. This gave me an important insight into the political process.

Being an enlisted member of the ADF and a member of the Young Liberals has offered me unique perspectives on problems both the government and the military face. I get an insight into how the politicians that lead this nation make decisions on defence spending and how that spending affects the day to day life of a junior enlisted. Being in the Army has also lead to meeting and developing unique relationships with people from all around the country, and different walks of life.

Developing these relationships has assisted me in getting out of the "Adelaide bubble" and has opened my eyes to a bunch of issues. That might range from some of the big issues in Western Sydney, to what's the best pub in a tiny town in far north Queensland. Alas, I digress. An interesting observation has been the level of patriotism entrenched in the ADF. The word 'patriotic' is perhaps not as common as it might have once been, but whether we are conservative, libertarian or apolitical, each one of us loves our country. I am proud to serve my country and in this way give back to a nation that has given me so much. In my service, I hope to protect and preserve the most basic freedoms of parliamentary democracy we enjoy and cherish in the Liberal Party; the freedom of thought, worship, speech and association.

PLEASE NOTE THAT VIEWS IN THIS PUBLICATION DO NOT REPRESENT VIEWS OF THE DEFENCE FORCE AS A WHOLE AND ARE UNIQUE TO THE WRITER.


WRITTEN BY CAMERON GARDINER SAYLM MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR

Since I provided my last membership update in the previous edition of AD-Lib, it has been a busy start to 2021 for the Movement.

Thanks to the work of the SALYM executive, there have been a large number of events and opportunities for members to get involved with the party. The 20th anniversary Tonkin Dinner held at the Hilton Hotel on the 19th of February was a resounding success and a fabulous night to celebrate the life and contributions of South Australia’s 38th Premier, Dr David Tonkin AO. It was great to see members of the Movement having the opportunity to meet and mingle with past and current Members of Parliament throughout the night. It has been encouraging to see new members regularly coming out to SAYLM events and starting to build friendships with some of our longer-term members. A personal highlight for me has been the participation of our members in policy debate at SAYLM Council. The debate on young people using superannuation contributions for their first home deposit was great to listen to and the respect shown to those with opposing views was commendable. During the week just gone, we had O-Week at the University campuses. As always, O-Week is a great opportunity for all three Liberal Clubs to reach out to prospective members and spread the Liberal cause. It was fantastic to see current MPs visiting the club’s stalls at the university campuses and engaging with new students.

WITH THE HOLIDAY PERIOD WELL BEHIND US NOW, I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO ENGAGE WITH MEMBERS AND LOOK FOR WAYS WE CAN CONTINUE TO GROW THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE MOVEMENT. IF YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS, PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO GET IN TOUCH WITH MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE.

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SAYLM MEMBERSHIP UPDATE


WRITTEN BY NIC BROWN SAYLM MEMBER Approximately 70 party members including many young liberals had the pleasure of listening to the Hon Michelle Lensink MLC speak regarding her Human Services portfolio in early February.

Michelle touched on some of the issues she faced when taking on the portfolio from the previous Labour Government in 2018. With regards to homelessness, Michelle has held a clear focus of funding programs and services which are delivering the best results rather than throwing money at bad processes. The current level of financial viability (housing trust) sales has been reduced to a quarter of what the previous labour Government were selling, which will make a huge difference to the lives of our states most vulnerable. Domestic violence, which also falls under Michelle’s portfolio, has remained a top priority for the Marshall Liberal Government. More than $21 million dollars in new domestic violence funding has been committed by the Marshall Liberal Government since 2018. Some key objectives of this funding include: $4 million to roll out 40 new crisis accommodation beds for South Australians leaving domestic and family violence across Adelaide and the regions. $1.66 million to fund the Women’s Safety Services SA domestic violence crisis hotline 24/7. $1.86 million towards funding the national sexual violence prevention campaign – Stop it at the Start. $624,000 to fund the South Australian Coalition of Women’s Domestic Violence Services as the peak body.

Overall the event was a great chance for members to get to know each other with all who attended thoroughly enjoying the event. A special thanks to our guest speaker the Hon Michelle Lensink MLC and Zachariah Reveruzzi who planned and organised this event!

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HINDMARSH FEC POLICY NIGHT WITH THE HON MICHELLE LENSINK MLC


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O'WEEK AT ADELAIDE UNIVERSITY WRITTEN BY ANGUS HEATON SAYLM MEMBER, AULC PRESIDENT For Young Liberals studying at university, O’Week is one of the most important weeks of the year. It is the best opportunity to display ourselves to potential new members – particularly first years – and make the case for why they should get involved in conservative politics on campus.

I am pleased to report that the Adelaide University Liberal Club had a highly successful O’Week, with dozens of new members joining the club, who will hopefully go on to join the SAYLM. We were very lucky to be joined by several MPs at the O’Week stall and I would like to thank those who attended for their continued support for Liberal students. Being a conservative young person on campus isn’t easy – in many tutorials or lectures you may find yourself in the minority, and sometimes even the sole dissenting voice in an otherwise progressive echo chamber. This is true across all faculties, but particularly in the fields of economics and politics. Having recently completed a double degree in both these disciplines, my advice to Young Liberals beginning their academic journey is to always say what you believe, no matter how hostile you think the room may be. The chances are, there is at least one other person in class who quietly agrees with you and is just looking for someone else to be the first to push back on the left wing agenda. A testament to how strong Liberal students are on campus is our recent success in student politics at Adelaide University. The “Connect” team, comprised mostly of Young Liberals, won a record number of seats on the SRC last year and is now the single biggest faction – beating Young Labor, the Greens, and Socialist Alternative. Having Young Liberals in positions of power in student representation is a great way to expand our reach to the wider student population, and this translates into recruitment for the Movement.


WRITTEN BY NELSON ELLIS SAYLM MEMBER With another university year commencing, it was fantastic to return to the Flinders campus for O-Week.

FULC provides an important home for the right of centre students on a campus with two Labor clubs, a Greens club, and a Socialist Alternative club. Despite the left-leaning Flinders campus, it was pleasing to have a positive reception this O-Week and to sign up some new members. FULC plans to host a firstsemester event and we look forward to welcoming all the new members and hope it is a pathway for them to become involved in the greater YL movement. IF YOU HAVE ANY FRIENDS WHO ARE STUDYING AT FLINDERS, LET THEM KNOW TO GET IN CONTACT WITH THE CLUB SO WE CAN KEEP BUILDING ON OUR CAMPUS PRESENCE.

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O'WEEK AT FLINDERS UNIVERSITY


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SAYLM EVENTS

CHRISTMAS DRINKS The SAYLM Christmas drinks held in December last year at the Astor Hotel gave us a great opportunity to catch up before the Christmas holidays and to hear from the State Director of the SA Liberal Party, Sascha Meldrum, who ran us through the details of the preselection and candidate vetting process as well as key seats in the lead up to the 2022 State Election.

Guest speaker James Stevens MP, Member for Sturt gave addressed the Council on all things federal politics and took questions. There was also a policy debate on a variety of issues including early-release of superannuation for buying a home, and reducing stamp duty for first home buyers.

JANUARY YL COUNCIL MEETING


The SAYLM wine tour held on 30 January was a great success. With two buses running on the day, we were able to visit five beautiful Adelaide Hills cellar doors between us, including Lobethal Road Wines, Cobbs Hill Estate, Sidewood Estate, Somerled Wines, and Barrister's Block Wines. It was a great day to experience some of the amazing wineries that SA has to offer not far from the CBD in the Adelaide Hills, and to support an important region that is still recovering from last year's bushfires.

REGIONAL YL FORUM It was a great day for our YL forum held in the southern suburb of Sellick’s Hill on 27 February. The forum was focused on the regions and primary industries and overlooked the scenic Aldinga beach from the Victory Hotel . It was so great to hear from our guest speakers the Hon David Basham MP, Member for Finniss and Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, as well as Amy Williams, the recently preselected Liberal Candidate for Mawson. There was some really stimulating discussions around some of the issues we are currently facing in the primary industries space, and in particular what the Marshall Liberal Government is doing to address the recent fruit fly outbreak.

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SAYLM WINE TOUR


The 20th Anniversary of the annual SAYLM Tonkin Dinner was held on 19 February 2021. We were fortunate to hear from guest speaker Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Finance and Leader of the Government in the Senate. We were also lucky to have James Stevens MP, Member for Sturt as the MC for the night, and to hear from the Hon John Gardiner MP, who began the Tonkin Dinner tradition as SAYLM Vice President in 2001, as well as Peter Tonkin, the son of Dr David Tonkin.

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20TH ANNIVERSARY TONKIN DINNER


WRITTEN BY ARIC PIERCE SAYLM PRESIDENT In our last edition of AD-Lib, we took a dive into the world of superannuation with Senator Andrew Bragg's book 'Bad Egg: How to Fix Super'. Bragg accuses vested interests of having benefited from super far more than average workers - just as Hawke/Keating era Finance Minister Peter Walsh predicted. A timely reminder for us to consider whether the current structure of the superannuation system is performing for the average worker the way it should. In the wake of the Retirement Income Review, the book has stirred important debate within the Movement on whether we can improve super. Through Autumn we will be looking at Chris Matthews' classic 'Hardball', which offers fascinating stories of raw ambition, brutal rivalry, and reveals the inside rules that govern the game of power in modern-day American politics. "A thoroughly entertaining book about modern-day American politics and how it's played. . . . Hardball is a must-read textbook that should be read with a marker."

— The Wall Street Journal

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