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SALYM President Aric Pierce reflects on 2020-21.
2020-21 IN REVIEW
SALYM Member Sam Diprose gives his thoughts on the psychiatric pandemic facing young people.
A snapshot look at the previous 12 months in numbers, and events.
SAYLM COMMUNICATIONS A look back at 2020-21 from our outgoing Communications Director.
NEW SAYLM WEBSITE In 2021 we launched our new SAYLM website. The previous website ceased operation in April 2019.
THE FALSE NARRATIVE Elliot Fannon writes about the misconceptions around being a YL.
SAYLM EVENTS: YL BALL IN PICTURES A look back on a night celebrating 70 years of the SA Young Liberal Movement.
SAYLM MEMBERSHIP A look back at 2020-21 from our outgoing Membership Director.
INTRODUCING THE HON HEIDI GIROLAMO MLC Get to know your new voice in State Parliament as she reflects on her time as a Young Liberal.
SAYLM ADMINISTRATION A look back at 2020-21 from our Administration Director.
THE PSYCHIATRIC PANDEMIC
YOUNG LIBERALS ON CAMPUS An update on Liberal leadership at our university clubs and how SAYLM is supporting the Liberal teams on campus.
2021 FEDERAL COUNCIL Immediate Past President James Porter gives us a quick summary on Fed Council 2021.
SAYLM BOOK CORNER Last edition we took a look at Chris Matthews political handbook 'Hardball'. In this edition, we are diving into a Friedman classic.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Authorised by Aric Pierce, President, SAYLM, 104 Greenhill, Unley, 5061.
A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT WRITTEN BY ARIC PIERCE SAYLM PRESIDENT Over the past 12 months, it has been a privilege and honour to lead the South Australian Young Liberal Movement in its 70th year. Our Party is fortunate to have such a strong group of young people, united in a common goal of advancing Liberal values, who understand that as members of the Liberal Party there is much more that unites us than divides us. I am pleased to say that the Young Liberal Executive has delivered on its priorities for 2021, holding regular events, improving policy construction, building fundraising efforts, and cultivating a positive culture. In the last 12 months, we have also improved communication with our Movement through increased email contact and social media activity. Additionally, following an 872-day hiatus we resurrected ADLib, the official publication of the Movement. The last year has also seen a ramping up of fundraising for the Movement, putting us in a strong financial position. This has enabled us to financially support Liberal clubs on campus, deliver quality events, and improve membership engagement.
On the policy front, the Movement discussed and adopted a number of positions in areas important to young people, particularly around housing affordability, mental health, strengthening our economy and environmental sustainability. More than this, we have put these ideas into action, holding new ‘SAYLM Service’ activities which have included tree plantings, beach clean-ups, and a disaster relief project in the fire affected community of Kenton Valley. In 2021, the Movement also held its 70th Anniversary Young Liberal Ball and 20th Annual Tonkin Memorial Dinner, two wellattended events celebrating the rich history of our great party. I am pleased that the Movement is in such a strong position, and over the next 12 months Young Liberals will be on the ground, actively supporting the re-election campaigns of the Morrison and Marshall Liberal Governments. Regards Aric Pierce SAYLM President
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2020-21 IN REVIEW 300+ Attendees for '20 AGM 70th Anniversary YL Ball 20th Annual Tonkin Memorial Dinner 10 Policy Motions Adopted 6 Beach Clean-Ups 6 Meetings of YL Council 4 New Members Events 2 Revegetation Projects 2 YL's Preselected for marginal SA seats Bushfire Recovery Project Regional Convention Policy Convention State and Federal Campaign Support Website Launch Young Professionals Event US Election Themed Halloween Event The Triumphant Return of AD-Lib after 872 Days $20k+ improvement to Movement Funds
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SAYLM COMMUNICATIONS WRITTEN BY ALISHA DILLON 2020-21 SAYLM COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR
OVER THE PAST YEAR THE SAYLM EXECUTIVE HAS REMAINED ACTIVE ON SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS TO ENSURE OUR MEMBERS ARE KEPT UP TO DATE ON RELEVANT AND IMPORTANT NEWS, PARTICULARLY THAT RELATING TO COVID-19. In recent months we have paid specific attention to our newly preselected candidates at both a state and federal level, improving their familiarity amongst YLs. A well informed community is a fundamental component of good governance and we remain committed to ensuring our work in this area continues as we prepare for two upcoming elections. PAGE 6 • AD-LIB
SAYLM ADMINISTRATION WRITTEN BY LUKE VAGENAS SAYLM ADMINISTRATION DIRECTOR At the 2020 AGM I outlined a number of priorities as Administration Director, to ensure integrity of the Movement, increase transparency and provide regular communications to members. In meeting all of these goals, the President has provided regular communications to Members, outlining upcoming events, opportunities for participation and highlighting the pipeline of policy progressed by the Movement. OUR EXECUTIVE HAS PROTECTED THE INTEGRITY OF THE MOVEMENT BY MAINTAINING COMPLETE CONFIDENTIALITY FOR MEMBERS.
Accountability is important, which is why our Executive has been open and forthcoming with Members, maintaining regular communication to share information as it becomes available. It's been a pleasure to work with the 2020 Executive and I look forward to continuing and delivering these priorities in 2021/22.
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SAYLM MEMBERSHIP WRITTEN BY CAMERON GARDINER 2020-21 SAYLM MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR
IT HAS BEEN A MASSIVE YEAR FOR THE SOUTH AUSTRALIAN YOUNG LIBERAL MOVEMENT. In my speech last year I said that I wanted to improve membership engagement over the next year and that is exactly what our executive team have done during our term. We have had a wide range of events and functions that our members have been able to engage with. Some social like the Halloween party, wine tour and Christmas drinks. Then we have also been able to offer volunteering with the SAYLM service beach clean ups and the bushfire recovery project. Some personal highlights of mine were the Young Liberal Ball in July, the Tonkin Dinner, and the robust policy debates at our regular SAYLM Councils and the Policy Convention. I have been especially pleased seeing new members engaging in these discussions and contributing their own perspectives.
IT HAS BEEN A PRIVILEGE TO SERVE ON THE SAYLM EXECUTIVE AS MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR OVER THE LAST 12 MONTHS. I’d like to thank my fellow executive members and our President Aric for all the hard work they put in this year and I look forward to supporting the new team over the next 12 months PAGE 8 • AD-LIB
SAYLM WEBSITE LAUNCHED The new website is a valuable source of information on what the Movement is about, what we believe, who we are. You can also find the latest on policy, social media and historic information about the Movement.
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THE FALSE NARRATIVE AND OPPORTUNITY So, I understand and appreciate that my life experiences are not FOR CHANGE shared by all. I do understand WRITTEN BY ELLIOT FANNON UNISA LIBERAL CLUB PRESIDENT
‘WAIT, YOU’RE A LIBERAL? HOW?’ ACCOMPANIED BY A SCOFFING OR GRIMACING EXPRESSION IS SOMETHING THAT MYSELF, AND DOUBTLESS MANY OTHER YOUNG LIBERALS HAVE FACED DURING THEIR TIME AS PART OF THE BLUE TEAM.
I have found ‘why not’ to be an appropriate manner of answering this. It is almost always followed by a profoundly confused and ill-founded argument about Liberals, who they are and what they stand for. The only answer to ‘why not’ that I’ve ever been able to devise out of these responses is that we shouldn’t be Liberals due to some overarching false narrative that we wouldn’t dare to be a part of. Admittedly, I live in the West and I go to University. Two areas in which the left flourish and breed.
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however, that while the makeup of the different leftist factions varies significantly. They share one common belief, that the Liberals do not stand with them. It is an unfortunate truth that this sentiment extends beyond the passionate Trade Unionists in the West and Socialists in the Universities. It is generally the view of the average westerner, and student that we are somehow inherently against them. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not writing to say that we can ‘win over’ a Unionist, or that they have a confused understanding of our policies. Their stance and convictions are clear and generally do not align with ours. The same is to be said for a member of whatever the Socialist Alternative wishes to be called this week. What I am saying, however, is that the average student and the average blue-collar worker in the west has bought into a false narrative of what we as Liberals are.
This narrative has long been perpetuated, it alleges that we care not for the environment, for social justice nor for the financial wellbeing of the working class.
‘IT IS TIME THAT WE CHANGE THAT NARRATIVE. IT IS TIME THAT WE ANSWER THOSE PEOPLE WHO QUESTION WHY WE ARE LIBERALS WITH AN ANSWER THAT WILL HELP CHANGE THAT NARRATIVE. The left perpetuates that Liberals care not for the environment, our fauna, or threatened species. While I respectfully acknowledge that there are those within the party that may hold differing views on the importance of such matters, the Party has continually demonstrated a commitment to environmental issues. Firstly, it was the Liberal Party that under Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull that settled the Paris Agreement. It was the Liberal Party that committed to a 26-28% emissions reduction target for 2030, and it was the Liberal Party that introduced the Climate Solutions Package in 2019 to assist achieve this. At current, the Liberal Party has delivered a reduction of 16%, and beat its 2020 targets by 459 million tonnes. It is the Liberal Party that has approved the development of Snowy 2.0, a project to assist and improve the reliability of renewable energy delivery yet apparently, we care not for renewables? I appreciate that Labor have proposed more drastic emissions target reductions, and the Greens more significant still. I would say, however, it is easy to sit in Opposition or in the Cross Bench and propose fanciful alternatives without a realistic means of costing or achieving them.
With respect to Australia’s great fauna and threatened species, I would refer those interested to the Threatened Species Strategy, the strategy has led to reversals of species declines and recovery of some of Australia’s threatened plants and animals. For some light reading on how the Liberal Government has supported Australian species, the yearly reports detailing the progress that has been had since the strategy was imposed are over 100 pages long. Ok but what about social justice issues? We are routinely told that the left vigorously pursues the empowerment of the masses. It reads as a nice story but that is all it is, a story. From 2007 to 2013, the Labor Government saw the costs of childcare increase by 53%. The Liberal Party under Morrison has managed to reduce total out of pocket costs by 3.2%. It is a modest reduction, but a modest reduction is better than an egregious inflation. The Liberal Party has also been instrumental in creating progress in the field of Women’s equality.
IT HAS BEEN THROUGH THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT THAT FEMALE WORKPLACE PARTICIPATION HAS REACHED A RECORD HIGH, DURING THE TERM OF THAT SAME LIBERAL GOVERNMENT WE HAVE SEEN THE GENDER PAY GAP FALL TO A RECORD LOW. It has also been the Liberal Party that has doubled the Medicare funded visits to psychological services and expanded the Headspace network. PAGE 11 • AD-LIB
With respect to financial wellbeing, I take great umbrage at the suggestion that our great Party is not a champion for the working class to achieve social mobility. I cannot help but point to the numerous and extensive policies enacted by the Morrison Government alone in this sphere. JobKeeper, JobMaker, the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme have all been measures to maintain and improve hard-working Australian’s financial wellbeing. Oh, and did I mention tax cuts? Everybody loves a tax cut.
THE POLICIES, INITIATIVES AND IMPROVEMENTS CITED HERE ARE BUT A MERE DROP IN THE WATER OF WHAT THE LIBERAL PARTY HAS DONE, AND CONTINUES TO DO FOR THE ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL, AND FINANCIAL WELLBEING OF OUR GREAT NATION. It is a great shame that there is this bizarre narrative about Liberals predominantly among young people. As Young Liberals, we have the opportunity to engage the people that question our Liberalism in conversation, we can change the narrative and we can educate. The reality is that many that perpetuate the narrative simply do not know of the facts. They have been blinded by an education system in which leftism breeds and the notion that Liberals are enacting positive change is rejected. I encourage everyone, next tine they are faced with ‘the question’ to inform them of what the Liberal Party is, and what we stand for.
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"THE PSYCHIATRIC PANDEMIC" WRITTEN BY SAM DIPROSE SAYLM MEMBER South Australia, all of Australia and a majority of the world are currently locked in an intense battle with a lethal pandemic. This is one that kills more than three thousand Australians every year, and attempts to take the lives of so many more. A brutal reality of life is the tragic certainty of death. Yet far too often, this tragedy is realised well before it is due. Were someone of my demographic, a young adult, to die in Australia today the most probable cause would be this. Suicide. Every day the psychiatric pandemic that is suicide is a battle fought by so many, in such diverse theatres of war, that the full extent is near incomprehensible. However, this is not a battle that ever has to be fought alone. We live in a time and a society that is so rapidly developing in its capacity to identify and destroy so many of the mental illnesses whose ultimate complication is death.
We need, for the sake of all who are unfortunate enough to find themselves diagnosed with an illness of this sought, to always be embracing developments in the efficacy in which illnesses, like depression, can be treated. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, known more commonly as TMS, is a treatment which fits this category. It is relatively new, but equally responsible for often improving and sometimes saving the lives of those with treatment resistant depression. In South Australia, TMS is a treatment only available by the Adelaide Clinic, a private psychiatric hospital. This must change. TMS is a treatment that must be embraced as one tool of an ever growing tool-belt as we continue to defeat this heinous disease. IT IS WITH ALL MY HEART, I CALL ON OUR MARSHALL LIBERAL GOVERNMENT TO DELIVER TRANSCRANIAL MAGNETIC STIMULATION AS A PUBLIC HEALTH TREATMENT OPTION WITHIN THEIR SECOND TERM OF GOVERNMENT. PAGE 13 • AD-LIB
INTRODUCING: HEIDI GIROLAMO YOUR NEW VOICE IN SA PARLIAMENT WRITTEN BY EVI CACAS AND ARIC PIERCE
Legislative Council Preselection was held on 20 August 2021 to fill the vacant position left by David Ridgway. Young Liberal President Aric Pierce asked each candidate: 'The State Council has heard before from candidates about how they're going to increase the youth vote and advance the policies of young people. We believe as Young Liberals that a practical and effective way to do this would be to have an advocate for our policy interests in the Party Room. Will you be that advocate, and if so, what policies will you champion from next Tuesday?
Heidi gave her opinion on issues facing young people today, particularly around housing affordability and graduate opportunities. With Heidi's preselection, and appointment to the Legislative Council a week later, we took the opportunity to ask her a few questions to get to know her a little bit better. 1. Setting aside familial involvement, why did you choose to become a member of the Liberal Party? I joined the Liberal Party more than twenty years ago, as I had friends who were already members of the Party and I was very keen to join with them. I have always had very strong opinions and beliefs, aligned to the Liberal Party including values of freedom, opportunity and economic focus. The Young Liberals was a wonderful social activity where I made lifelong friends with likeminded people along the way.
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2. How do you think your extensive professional experience within the private financial sector will translate into the political realm? My professional experience has translated well into the political realm, including my understanding of how to run an office, the ability to work on a variety of issues, ask questions, and learn quickly. This is very similar to my consulting experience with the state government at Deloitte. I also have experience being on the Board of Kidsafe, and on the Liberal Party State Executive, which has really helped my understanding on the running of committee meetings and general understanding from a procedures perspective. 3. What are your key policy interests, and how do you plan on addressing them as an MLC? The key policy interests that I am really passionate about are small businesses in South Australia, population growth within our state along with increased opportunities and expansion for the next generation, and supporting our children to succeed within an improved education system and strong support for families. 4. You have been active within the Liberal Party for several years. In your view, is female involvement within the Party increasing? If so, why? Absolutely. I was often the only female at Young Liberal meetings when I first joined. I am so proud of how far we have come. With record numbers of female candidates, and now with my joining the Legislative Council for the first time we have 50/50 representation within the Legislative Council Team. This is all based on our Party encouraging females to put themselves forward; not based on the quotes, but on merit. We have many other highly capable females in our wings looking to put themselves forward for further opportunities. 5. Name three of your personal political idols - why do you admire them? Three political idols that I personally look up to are: Former Prime Minister John Howard, Former Premier Sir Thomas Playford, and Margaret Thatcher. I believe all three political figures hold true values associated to the Liberal Party. PAGE 15 • AD-LIB
They all remained true to themselves and their values, and always did what was best for their state and country – not politicising their decisions. 6. Likes and dislikes? Likes: Economic and population growth in SA, family time, running, listening, and learning, driving change and highlighting issues. Dislikes: negativity, being disorganised, unnecessary Union intervention, red tape, COVID-19. 7. Favourite region to visit in SA for a holiday? I love travelling around our regions whether it be for day trips or longer holidays If I were to choose one, it would be the Yorke Peninsula. I spent a lot of time holidaying and visiting family there in my younger years. 8. Favourite memory from your time as a YL? My favourite memory would be organising the Tonkin dinner with Lynton Crosby as the Guest Speaker. Most of our Members had not has the opportunity to hear from him and meet with him. I always really enjoyed attending the multiple Young Liberal balls and loved campaigning together as a Team. 9. What do you see as the greatest issue facing young people in SA today? I think the greatest obstacle for the younger generation today is unaffordable housing, and graduate opportunities for future professional industries. 10. If a dog wore pants, would he wear them....
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70TH ANNIVERSARY YOUNG LIBERAL BALL The Young Liberal Movement celebrated 70 years in 2021, and there was no better way to celebrate than with 160 YL's and Party Members at our Annual YL Ball in July.
Guest Speaker - Dr Rachel Swift, Liberal Candidate for Boothby
Young Liberal of the Year - Luka Rinaldi
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YL'S ON CAMPUS WRITTEN BY SOPHIA MARSH-CORBIN SAYLM VICE PRESIDENT In 2021, each university Liberal club elected a new President. We welcome their support of Liberal values on campus, and thank outgoing Presidents Angus Heaton (AULC) and Nelson Ellis (FULC). Club Presidents for 2021-22 include: Adelaide University Liberal Club (AULC) - Oliver Douglas University of South Australia Liberal Club (USALC) - Elliot Fannon Flinders University Liberal Club (FULC) - Graci Andrea
Financial support was sought from the SAYLM by the new AULC and USALC Presidents to help advance Liberal values on campus, and better engage membership. On 20 June 2021, the SAYLM Executive agreed to provide $1,000 to the AULC and $1,000 to the USALC, with potential for a secondary payment upon receiving a breakdown of how the initial allotment of funds were used to advance the objects of the Liberal Party on campus and to engage membership. The ability to financially support clubs on campus is a result of sound financial management. I thank outgoing Treasurer Zachariah Reveruzzi for his work in this area.
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2021 FEDERAL COUNCIL WRITTEN BY JAMES PORTER IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT OF SAYLM Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of being able to represent the South Australian Young Liberal Movement at the Liberal Party’s Federal Council.
14 delegates from each State Division come together to discuss policies and elect four Vice Presidents to the Federal Executive. These events allow us to understand the different policy differences and challenges experiencing our various divisions. Following the Council, the dinner in the evening is always a good way of catching up with our friends from across the country.
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BOOK CORNER WRITTEN BY ARIC PIERCE SAYLM PRESIDENT In our last edition of AD-Lib, we encouraged readers to check out 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. Next up we will be looking at 'Capitalism and Freedom' by Milton Friedman, the famous American economist and statistician who received the 1976 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. If you've ever asked 'how can we benefit from the promise of government while avoiding the threat it poses to individual freedom?' then this is the book for you. Named one of TIME magazine's All-TIME 100 Best Nonfiction Books, Friedman provides the definitive statement of his immensely influential economic philosophy—one in which competitive capitalism serves as both a device for achieving economic freedom and a necessary condition for political freedom.
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 email@example.com
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