On 26 January 2019, Federal President Josh Manuatu tabled the 2018-19 Young Liberal Annual Report which shows that the Young Liberals has fully implemented its Strategic Plan to become an active and activist movement.

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HEADLINE ACHIEVEMENTS - PRESIDENT'S REPORT - VICE PRESIDENT'S REPORT - FULL REPORT

Headline Achievements 

In 2018, our Movement achieved tremendous things, including:

  • Making more than half a million calls to voters in key and marginal seats;
  • Volunteering thousands of hours on the ground ahead of multiple State Elections and Federal By-elections;
  • Deploying more than 40 Young Liberals to participate in the Electoral Development Officer programme in key campaigns;
  • Reaching more than 1.5 million young Australians on social media;
  • Making the public case for lower taxes, smaller government and more freedom, including in the media and in formal submissions to the Government and the Parliament; and
  • Developing future leaders through our new development initiatives.

Our active and activist approach has had some incredible results, including:

  • 30% increase in Facebook page likes;
  • Record new Membership Applications to join;
  • Record levels of fundraising; and
  • Multiple policy shifts to back our values.

Federal President's Report

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When Mitchell Collier and I were elected, we committed to lead an active and activist movement – with leadership that focused on our values, investing in our membership and making the case on important policy matters. This approach – especially when combined with the outstanding efforts of my predecessor Aiden Depiazzi – has resulted in an unprecedented year of achievement for our Movement. On every possible measure and in every area of our Movement, we have far-exceeded all expectations and I am delighted to report that the Young Liberals are now in the strongest position we ever have been.

Over the last 12 months, we have recorded some incredible achievements including:

  • Making more than half a million calls to voters in key and marginal seats;
  • Volunteering thousands of hours on the ground ahead of multiple State Elections and Federal By-elections;
  • Deploying more than 40 Young Liberals to participate in the Electoral Development Officer programme in key campaigns;
  • Reaching more than 1.5 million young Australians on social media;
  • Making the public case for lower taxes, smaller government and more freedom, including in the media and in formal submissions to the Government and the Parliament; and
  • Developing future leaders through our new development initiatives.

We have also recorded a 30% increase in Facebook page likes, record levels of new membership applications, record levels of fundraising and major cut-through in policy which has ensured that where we have made the case and led the charge, we have delivered results.

But these achievements are not mine, Mitch’s or the Federal Executive’s. These achievements are only possible because of the thousands of Young Liberals around Australia who have been prepared to chip in and help our cause in their own ways.

Our members are our greatest asset and in 2018, we saw people from right around Australia step up to the plate and deliver like never before. In the Tasmanian, South Australian and Victorian State Elections, Young Liberals weren’t just the ground-army we were actively running and leading key campaigns. In every byelection over the last 12 months, Young Liberals were the only reliable resource to turn up every day and battle the unholy GetUp/Union/Labor/Green alliance.

And while not every campaign went our way, we have been quick to learn every possible lesson, to adapt and move forward to the next challenge.

In addition to the tremendous and continuing achievements of Taylor Martin MLC in NSW, Candice Burch MLA in Canberra, Sam O’Connor in Queensland and James Paterson in the Senate, I have been delighted to see a number of Young Liberals and Young Liberal alumnus run for or enter Parliaments around Australia. Most notably, former Federal President Claire Chandler will likely enter the Senate in July, Amanda Stoker has already entered the Senate and Dan Cregan has entered the South Australian Parliament. I also want to commend, in particular, Simon Behrakis in Tasmania, Laura Curran in South Australia and Evan Mulholland in Victoria putting themselves forward for public office.

In 2018, we took a strong and active approach to policy starting by making a detailed Budget Submission to the Government. Of the hundreds of submissions to the Government, our submission was the only one that called for cuts to the ABC and to reduce the size of the public service. Following our advocacy—both directly to Government and publicly-over the last 12 months we have seen the Government enact the following Young Liberal policy priorities:

  • Recognising West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel;
  • Ending foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority;
  • Commissioning a review of free speech on campus;
  • Reducing the excise on craft beer; and
  • Imposing a speed limit on Government spending.

In addition to this, the Movement also successfully moved a binding motion that the Liberal logo be the central campaign feature on future federal campaigns.

The achievements detailed in this Annual Report would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of the Executive, including Vice President Mitchell Collier, and each of the Divisional Young Liberal Presidents. I also want to thank, in particular, both Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison who have been so supportive of the Young Liberals and the Movement’s Strategic Plan.

In conclusion, I would like to congratulate the incoming President and Vice-President on their elections and wish them all the very best for the coming year. As I conclude my time in the Young Liberals, I am just as optimistic about the future of our Movement as I was when I first joined and I look forward to continuing to support the great work of this incredible Movement which has given me so much.

 

Josh Manuatu
Federal President

Federal Vice-President's Report

I’d like to begin by acknowledging the incredible contribution that so many of our members across the country have made in the past 12 months. In that time we have seen state elections in Tasmania, South Australia and Victoria; five federal by-elections; and campaigning is already well underway for the upcoming NSW state poll and of course the federal election.

The grunt work that Young Liberals’ provide out in the field is invaluable and the Party could not function in an electoral sense without the YLM’s campaign efforts.

There is no denying that the upcoming federal election is going to prove challenging. However, I will make this guarantee – if the Prime Minister is able to get clean air and the focus shifts to issues of policy, the polls will certainly tighten and we can beat Bill Shorten. Labor are proposing a raft of policies that would be disastrous – unwinding negative gearing will reduce house prices and push up rents; abolishing franking credits is akin to a retiree tax; Labor’s renewable energy and emissions policy will push up power bills and reduce reliability; and, as history as shown, Labor cannot be trusted on border security.

If the Government – with the help of grassroots campaigners such as the Young Liberals’ – is able to prosecute the case on these issues then I’m confident we will have a real electoral contest on our hands.

On the policy front, we enjoyed a highly successful performance at Federal Council in June last year. All bar one Young Liberal motion was passed and you may have noticed that we attracted strong media coverage from our successful motions. It was particularly pleasing to see the Prime Minister last December embrace the Young Liberal policy to recognise West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

These policy motions are not items that are merely dreamt up by the federal YL executive, but are the work of grassroots members with the process beginning at the lowly branch level and progressing up through the Party channels. Well done to all members across the country who have contributed in one way or another to policy formulation and I urge the YLM to continue its proud tradition of pushing bold policies that align with Liberal Party values.

I would like to acknowledge and thank Perth for hosting this year’s convention. The WA division has been one of the stronger YLM states in recent years and the work that they have put into this year’s FedCon has been immense. I’d also like to take the opportunity to congratulate the new executive, in particular incoming President Liam Staltari and incoming Vice-President Jocelyn Sutcliffe. Both have been real stalwarts of the Young Liberals and I could not be more confident of their abilities to lead the movement over the coming 12 months!

Finally, I’d like to acknowledge outgoing President Josh Manuatu. Josh has been quite possibly the hardest working President in my entire time in the Young Libs (close to 10 years). For many years now it has not been unusual to see Josh attend events in my home state of QLD and I know this is something he did right around the country. He has worked tirelessly during his time as President and I wish him all the best!

Look forward to catching up with all of you during the weekend and thanks again for everything you do for the Liberal Party!

 

Mitchell Collier
Federal Vice-President

 

Full Report

 

 

 

In 2018, our Movement achieved tremendous things, including:

·Making more than half a million calls to voters in key and marginal seats;

·Volunteering thousands of hours on the ground ahead of multiple State Elections and Federal By-elections;

·Deploying more than 40 Young Liberals to participate in the Electoral Development Officer programme in key campaigns;

·Reaching more than 1.5 million young Australians on social media;

·Making the public case for lower taxes, smaller government and more freedom, including in the media and in formal submissions to the Government and the Parliament; and

·Developing future leaders through our new development initiatives.

Our active and activist approach has had some incredible results, including:

·30% increase in Facebook page likes;

·Record new Membership Applications to join;

·Record levels of fundraising; and

·Multiple policy shifts to back our values.