The Young Liberal Movement of Australia this weekend at its Federal Convention in Hobart endorsed and formally adopted in full the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism. 

The motion was passed unanimously.

The motion also recognised the important work of the Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS) in fighting antisemitism on Australian university campuses; and called upon Australian political parties, universities, councils and other public bodies and organisations to also adopt the definition. 

The motion congratulated Prime Minister Scott Morrison and The Australian Government for embracing the definition.

Federal President of the Young Liberals Clark Cooley said “The Young Liberal Movement of Australia supports the IHRA definition of antisemitism and echo's the Prime Minister's statement that 'antisemitism has no place in Australia. It has no place anywhere in the world.'

“We can’t ignore the rise in antisemitism in Australia. It can be found in our universities, workplaces, schools and public.” Mr. Cooley said.

Mr. Cooley concluded “We must take a stand against antisemitism. This definition will help better understand and act against anti-Jewish hatred.” 

The move was welcomed by the Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS) who congratulated the Young Liberal Movement on the passing of the motion. 

President of AUJS Natalie Gunn said “We commend The Young Liberal Movement of Australia for their unwavering support in recognising the importance of the IHRA definition of antisemitism and helping us in our fight against antisemitism.”