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Australia and New Zealand Students for Liberty is proud to announce it is releasing a new, semesterly magazine – aptly named The Gold Standard.

The Gold Standard is a collection of oeuvres from Australian and Kiwi students, academics and activists, writing on topics of liberty, through the lens of culture, literature, history, economics, philosophy and more.

The first issue, to be released online on December 21, will tackle a range of issues, such as marriage privatisation, open borders, the ethics of wealth redistribution, voluntary student association and Pokémon Go, among a host of others. You will be able to view it online here, at anzsfl.com.au, and we will also distribute hard copies to campus clubs for next year’s O-Week.

First semester next year, we will also open up the opportunity for students to have articles published in the Gold Standard.

Keep your eyes peeled for our first edition!

We are very excited to welcome to the ANZSFL family the latest of crop of regional coordinators from around Australia and New Zealand! These leaders will be working in their respective regions throughout 2017 promoting liberty in their local campuses, and acting as a vital link between the ANZSFL executive board and students members and activists on the ground. Do get in touch with one of them if you would like to get involved or have any ideas.

 

Western Australia: Eva Christensen, Darian Whyte, and Julian Hasleby
South Australia: Robert Bartnik
Queensland: Campbell Ray and Rodrigo Mello
New South Wales: Erika Salmon and Cody Findlay
Victoria: Emma Halliday and Will Joseph
Tasmania: Tarek Muhtaseb
New Zealand: Aidan Carter
You can access the full list of ANZSFL executive board members and regional coordinators here.

Australia and New Zealand Students For Liberty have had our busiest July to date, running two regional conferences in Victoria and Western Australia, having two new clubs join the network, as well as the usual local clubs activities. The executive board has also been hard at work preparing for exciting soon-to-be-launched projects.

 

Victoria Regional Conference

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Students for Liberty held its first regional conference in Australia on the 9th July, at RMIT University in Melbourne. The conference opened with Liberty on the Rocks at Misty Bar in the renowned Hosier Lane, and the day itself was full of amazing lectures and panels of all sorts. It included incredibly interesting sessions on how humanity interacts, the ethics of (in)equality, a webinar with a singing Jeffrey Tucker, a diverse panel on issues of individual choice and an inspiring session on running a libertarian campaign.

It all capped off with a fabulous and memorable social function at The Clyde Hotel with drinks and food kindly sponsored by Philip Morris International and the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) – heaps of fun. You can check out the photo album here.

 

Western Australian Regional Conference

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The 2016 Western Australian Students For Liberty Conference was held on the 30th of July in the University of Western Australia. Around 50 attendees were treated to a range of interesting and varied speakers.

A student panel of Lee Herridge (Notre Dame University Fremantle), Jordan Armstrong (University of Western Australia), and Bianca Talbot (Murdoch University and ANZSFL Marketing Director) kicked off the day, with three panellists delivering speeches touching on their own perspectives on freedom. Patrick Muttart, Corporate Affairs Director for Philip Morris (Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands) then talked about promoting liberty through becoming involved in established channels and decision making bodies. Business journalist Matt Mckenzie followed, speaking on the importance of activism on campus.

Other speakers included potato farmer and popular anti-red tape campaigner Tony Galati, who highlighted his struggles with the Western Australian government regarding the abolishing on the local potato regulator, and his eventual success, as well as Dr. John Humphrey, executive director of PRIME, exploring the very interesting topic of the intersection between game theory, and the incentives for “doing the right thing” in a voluntary system.

The first half of the day was capped off by presentations from Dr. Augusto Zimmerman, a Law Reform Commissioner and a senior law professor at Murdoch University, on the Rule of Law, and PhD student and commercial litigation lawyer Josh Forrester discussing the new book: No Offence Intended: Why 18C is Wrong. Touching on a related topic, Sherry Sufi, Policy Chairman of the WA Liberal Party, spoke about the importance of freedom of speech and its history.

A short break followed, after which a debate took place between Connor Whittle (Liberal Democrats Coordinator for WA) and Francois Schiefler (Liberal Party campaigner and staffer), regarding which political party a young libertarian should join. A heated but constructive debate was bookended by a keynote address from Ron Manners, Chairman of the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation, who drew on his wide knowledge and experience to talk about the importance of loopholes in an environment with a crushing tax burden on all.

Most attendees then proceeded to the Claremont Hotel for the Liberty and the West drinks event, hosted by the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance in conjunction with ANZSFL, Mannkal, and Liberty on the Rocks.

See the all the photos here

 

New Clubs

We were thrilled to welcome two new clubs to the network: Students For Liberty Notre Dame Fremantle, and the Tasmanian University Freedom Society (TUFS). We are excited by the passion and talent of the leaders on those two campuses, and look forward to working with them closely in them in the coming months.

 

Upcoming projects

The executive board is currently working on launching the inaugural edition of the Gold Standard, ANZSFL’s new campus magazine! We are also working on a student campaign soon to be launched across Australia and New Zealand. Watch this space!

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The 2016 Western Australian Students For Liberty Conference was held on the 30th of July in the University of Western Australia. Beginning 10:30 AM, around 50 attendees were treated to a range of interesting and varied speakers.

A student panel of Lee Herridge (Notre Dame University Fremantle), Jordan Armstrong (University of Western Australia), and Bianca Talbot (Murdoch University and ANZSFL Marketing Director) kicked off the day, with three panellists delivering speeches touching on their own perspectives on freedom. Patrick Muttart, Corporate Affairs Director for Philip Morris (Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands) then talked about promoting liberty through becoming involved in established channels and decision making bodies. Business journalist Matt Mckenzie followed, speaking on the importance of activism on campus.

After lunch, the conference welcomed potato farmer and popular anti-red tape campaigner Tony Galati to the stage, who highlighted his struggles with the Western Australian government regarding the abolishing on the local potato regulator, and his eventual success. He was followed by Dr. John Humphrey, executive director of PRIME, exploring the very interesting topic of the intersection between game theory, and the incentives for “doing the right thing” in a voluntary system.

This was followed by a presentation from Dr. Augusto Zimmerman, a Law Reform Commissioner and a senior law professor at Murdoch University, on the Rule of Law. His PhD student and commercial litigation lawyer Josh Forrester then spoke about their new book: No Offence Intended: Why 18C is Wrong. Touching on a related topic, Sherry Sufi, Policy Chairman of the WA Liberal Party, spoke about the importance of freedom of speech and its history.

A short break followed, after which a debate took place between Connor Whittle (Liberal Democrats Coordinator for WA) and Francois Schiefler (Liberal Party campaigner and staffer), regarding which political party a young libertarian should join. A heated but constructive debate was bookended by a keynote address from Ron Manners, Chairman of the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation, who drew on his wide knowledge and experience to talk about the importance of loopholes in an environment with a crushing tax burden on all.

Most attendees then proceeded to the Claremont Hotel for the Liberty and the West drinks event, hosted by the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance in conjunction with ANZSFL, Mannkal, and Liberty on the Rocks.

Many thanks to Mannkal, Students For Liberty International, and all the speakers for the support in putting together such a great day!

 

See the all the photos here

Students for Liberty Victoria is growing, and the flame of liberty is igniting again! Events are popping up everywhere, and liberalism is rediscovering its place in Victorian campus debate. Despite having had a fair few dormant clubs scattered around, there are plans a new club at Monash University, and work being put into the revival of Swinburne and Deakin Students for Liberty, and we have an incredibly strong group in the Melbourne University Freedom Society. As well as seeing the growth of these new clubs, SFL has been running regional events to much success.

Here’s some of what’s been happening for liberty in Victoria:

Victoria Students for Liberty Conference

Students for Liberty held its first regional conference in Australia on the 9th July, at RMIT University in Melbourne. The conference opened with Liberty on the Rocks at Misty Bar in the renowned Hosier Lane, and the day itself was full of amazing lectures and panels of all sorts. It included incredibly interesting sessions on how humanity interacts, the ethics of (in)equality, a webinar with a singing Jeffrey Tucker, a diverse panel on issues of individual choice and an inspiring session on running a libertarian campaign.

It all capped off with a fabulous and memorable social function at The Clyde Hotel with drinks and food kindly sponsored by Philip Morris International and the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) – heaps of fun. You can check out the photo album here.

The Great Debates – Capitalism v Socialism

Over the last couple of months, Simon Brehemy from the IPA and the fierce John Hajek, President of MUFS, have done two “great debates”, arguing for free markets against Socialist Alternative, at both the University of Melbourne and Monash. They very eloquently presented the case for freedom, citing rising living standards around the world, the benefits of freedom of choice, and the remarkable way that markets ensure quality and efficiency for the consumer. You can find the University of Melbourne debate highlights here, and the full here, courtesy of Generation Liberty.

Intro to Individualist Feminism Drinks

Mikayla Novak at the Individualist Feminism Drinks

SFL ran its first regional event on the topic of individualist feminism – a feminist tradition founded on the principles of liberalism – autonomy, freedom to choose, and freedom from coercion, at the Clyde Hotel in Carlton. Policy analyst Mikayla Novak from the IPA and Center for a Stateless Society spoke about the history of female libertarians, their fight for abortion rights, slavery abolition, freedom to work, to divorce, whilst comparatively addressing the intersections of big government and patriarchy today. An awesome night, and a compelling case for a libertarian feminism!

Free Speech Drinks

Melbourne University Freedom Society kicked off the year with drinks around the topic of free speech, academic diversity, and how it has they recently have been coming under fire on university campuses. They hosted John Roskam, executive director of the IPA, and it was a fantastic event which provoked lots of debate.

Start a Liberty Event Near You

If you’re interested in starting an event like this for your group – flick us an email – we’re happy to help with sponsoring drinks! There are clubs and events starting up around the region, and we’d love to link you up with one. Flick Andie and email at [email protected] for more info!

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!