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In an attempt to better share our current activities with our network, SFL is beginning an SFL Around the World blog post series.  At the beginning of each month, each region will post an update to their regional blog page to share their current activities.  Please stay tuned for more updates next month!

The year 2016 is shaping up to be a great one for Australia and New Zealand Students For Liberty.

Students gather at the after-party of the New Zealand Liberty Fest in December 2015.

Students gather at the after-party of the New Zealand Liberty Fest in December 2015.

NZ Con3Hot off a very successful Liberty Fest in New Zealand, a one-day event in which over 50 people came out to learn and discuss the ideas of liberty in Wellington, SFL New Zealand is off to a kickin’ start.

The conference, led by Andie Moore and Aidan Carter, executive board members of ANZSFL, gathered professors, students, and entrepreneurs excited about bringing social change and more liberty to Kiwis around the country.

The goal going forward will be a focus on starting clubs at universities around the country and a renewed End the Drug War campaign thanks to resources from SFL International activists.

In other news, the latest ANZSFL Executive Board is set to meet on the weekend of February 6-7 in Sydney, Australia to carve up their strategies for spreading the message of liberty in the coming months. They’ll hear presentations and have discussions on working with coalition groups, communications, campaigns, education, and how to build and sustain pro-liberty clubs on campus.

Speaking of which, more groups than ever are joining ANZSFL’s network, with another slated to be started at Notre Dame University in Sydney along with an ever-more active group in Perth, all the way on the western coast!

Activists are now set to ready up for Orientation Week, the first week of university when students seek to join clubs, and they’ll be sure to have a strong libertarian presence on campus!

Like many regions this month, students in Australia and New Zealand returned home for a inter-semester break. Consequentially, SFL did not host many events in December.

NZ Con3Nonetheless, students in New Zealand hosted their first ever SFL regional conference in early December, New
Zealand LibertyFest. Conference directors and SFL executive board members Aidan Carter and Andie Moore were instrumental in organizing the conference. When asked about the conference, Andie said that “LibertyFest was a day-long conference with up to 50 people attending, and was Students for Liberty’s first major, national event in New Zealand. It had lots of inspiring seminars from well-known liberty-minded intellectuals (ranging from bankers to doctors to lecturers and policy analysts), with networking sessions throughout, over coffee, pizza, and then drinks.”

Speakers at NZ LibertyFest included former ACT leaders Jamie Whyte and Don Brash,NZLibertyFest Richard McGrath, Jason Krupp and Jenesa Jeram of the New Zealand Initiative, Ben Craven of the New Zealand Taxpayer’s Union, Tim Goggin, and David Leyonhjelm. Congratulations to SFL-New Zealand for hosting their first conference! Please stay tuned for more updates about SFL in Australia and New Zealand.

With exams during November and most students taking a break from activism, SFL-Australia & New Zealand put NZLibertyFestmost of it’s focus on planning it’s upcoming conference.  LibertyFest New Zealand is scheduled to take place this weekend.  LiberyFest is SFL’s first ever regional conference in New Zealand and hopes to bring students from across the region together.

SFL leaders have put together a great program for this conference.  Speakers include Jamie Whyte, Richard McGrath, Don Brash, Jason Krupp, and Janesa Jeram.  Stay tuned for next month’s update to hear how LibertyFest unfolded!

In an attempt to better share our current activities with our network, SFL is beginning an SFL Around the World blog post series. At the beginning of each month, each region will post an update to their regional blog page to share their current activities. Please stay tuned for more updates next month.

Over the past month, student leaders in Australia/New Zealand have been busy starting new student groups and planning events with current groups.

squerb debateAt the University of Sydeny, the Libertarian Society student group held a debate with the other political organizations on campus. The students debated penalties and sentencing, and discussed whether these penalties should be decreased or removed entirely. The debate was hosted through the social media platform Squerb. Squerb allowed participants to react to the debate and express their thoughts on the statements. Then, Squerb plots the results on a grid to show how the attendees felt about the content.

In addition to this dynamic debate, SFL-Australia/New Zealand welcomed a new student group at the University of Melbourne last month. SFL ANZ has added several new groups over the past months and has seen steady growth over that time.

Finally, SFL-ANZ has been busy preparing for their upcoming regional conference in New Zealand. SFL has never hosted a regional conference in New Zealand before so student leaders have been very busy organizing the conference. Stay tuned for more updates about the conference, we hope to see you there!

Please stay tuned for more updates about SFL-Australia/New Zealand and their exciting activities in our next SFL Around the World Update.

In an attempt to better share our current activities with our network, SFL is beginning an SFL Around the World blog post series. At the beginning of each month, each region will post an update to their regional blog page to share their current activities. Please stay tuned for more updates next month!

In September, student leaders in Australia/New Zealand helped organize a variety of events. First, SFL-ANZ is planning a Freedomfest conference in December. SFL is collaborating with a local libertarian organization, Anarkiwi, to host the conference. Stay tuned for more updates on Freedomfest as the event approaches.

SANZoctATWFL-ANZ also hosted a joint event with the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) on the Magna Carta. IPA executive director John Roskam discussed the importance of the Magna Carta and how the tax revolt brought liberty to the area. Over twenty students braved inclement weather to attend the event.

Each state in Australia is also working in conjunction with Liberty on the Rocks to bring a libertarian happy hour culture to the region. SFL and LotR hope to hold casual monthly meetings to help bring new members into the movement.

SFL ANZ has a lot planned for October so I hope you’ll stay tuned for the next SFL Around the World Update! Please check SFL’s regional blog pages for updates from our other regions!

The Professional Research Institute for Management and Economics (PRIME) is a new think tank based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia that aims to promote prosperity and freedom by providing research and education on economic, financial, business, and policy related issues.  PRIME is looking for research interns to assist with research papers on a variety of topics, publications and media relations, the translation of economic and policy documents into Khmer, opinion polling, and coordinating events and educational courses.  You can find more information about their internships here.

PRIME

PRIME Research Assistant Kimhorng Chhay receives recognition for her work at PRIME before returning to university

PRIME was founded very recently with the help of SFL – Australia & New Zealand board member Rachel Connor.  Rachel spent several months in Cambodia, despite being a native Australian, and you can too!  Students from around the world, not just Cambodia, are encouraged to apply.  Please visit their website, http://www.prime-cambodia.org/, for more information or contact Research Director Gabrielle Ward at [email protected] for more information

In an attempt to better share our current activities with our network, SFL is beginning an SFL Around the World blog post series.  At the beginning of each month, each region will post an update to their regional blog page to share their current activities.  Please stay tuned for more updates next month! 

The SFL network in Australia and New Zealand is rapidly expanding.  Swinburne SFL recently established itself as club and received formal affiliation with their university.  At the University of Melbourne, we’re in the final stages of forming a new pro-liberty student group which will become active in the near future.  We’re also attempting to form new groups at both the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and La Trobe University, we only need a few more students to get these clubs off the ground.

In Sydney we’re collaborating with the Institute of Public Affairs to present a lecture on the importance of the Magna Carta and how it has helped contribute to the liberty we enjoy today.  We’re also in the process of organizing young entrepreneur events in both Perth and Sydney, with guest speakers who run their own business helping guide young people in the challenges, and opportunities from starting your own business.  The purpose of these will be to help encourage the entrepreneurial spirit in our generation, and reach a broader range of students.

Be sure to check out SFL’s regional blog pages to see what SFL is up to around the world!

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Description

The ANZSFL Executive Board oversees the organization’s principal programs in Australia and New Zealand. ANZSFL Executive Board members are responsible for growing the student movement for liberty in Australia and New Zealand: providing resources to students across the continent, organizing Regional Conferences, and generally supporting students in the cause of liberty.  Selection to the ANZSFL Executive Board is highly competitive, and participation on the Executive Board should be seen as an opportunity to make a meaningful difference, which carries significant responsibilities. The Executive Board requires a minimum commitment of 20 hours per week and involves both collaborative group efforts with leaders thousands of miles away as well as individual work to complete projects and prepare events with little supervision.

The deadline for applications is July 5, 2015.

Following your submitted application, you may be invited for a Skype interview with current members of the ANZSFL Executive Board. Final decisions will be made one week after the Australia and New Zealand Students For Liberty Conference, taking place July 3-5.

If accepted, European Executive Board members are expected to attend ANZSFL’s Leadership Retreat in Sydney, Australia.

FIND OUT MORE HERE!