Founded in 1948, the Australian Liberal Students' Federation (ALSF) advocates for centre-right, mainstream political ideals with a political philosophy focussed on limited government power, low taxes, individual responsibility, a focus on the family and a strong belief in rewarding initiative and private enterprise.
The Federation works to promote Liberal beliefs on campus, facilitates communication amongst individual clubs and assists in co-ordinating national Liberal Student campaigns. Whilst the Federation works closely with the Liberal Party, it is an independent organisation that pursues its own policy agenda. The ALSF is organised as a Federation with events, policy and elections taking place at a club level, as well as a federal executive and delegate system to elect a national executive, platform and strategic direction.
The Federation and its club affiliates have produced many notable alumni, including journalists, business leaders, politicians, and legal professionals. For the past 50 years there has been an ALSF alumni member in each Liberal Governement Federal Cabinet. Notable alumni include Malcolm Turnbull, Tony Abbott, John Howard, Eric Abetz, Robert Clark, Christopher Pyne, Marise Payne, Jonathon Duniam, Philip Ruddock, James Paterson, Tony Smith, Scott Ryan, Alan Stockdale, Guy Barnett, Bronwyn Bishop, Steven Ciobo, Paul Fletcher, Josh Frydenberg, Joe Hockey, Sophie Mirabella, Kelly O’Dwyer, Simon Birmingham, Mitch Fifield, Mike Baird, Angus Taylor, and David Bushby.
University of Western Australia Liberal Club
University of Adelaide Liberal Club
University of Tasmania Liberal Club
Macquarie University Liberal Club
Nicolle Flint was elected as the federal Member for Boothby in 2016. She serves on the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Tax and Revenue and the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audits.
Eric Abetz was born on 25 January 1958 in Stuttgart, Germany. Coming to Tasmania with his parents and five siblings in 1961 on an assisted passage, his father worked alongside many other immigrant Tasmanians on the Hydro Schemes. Eric attended Moonah and Blackmans Bay Primary Schools, Taroona High School and Hobart Matriculation College. He then went on to study Arts and Law at the University of Tasmania.
While at University, Eric worked as a part-time taxi driver and farm hand. At University he was a member of the Student Representative Council for 5 years, president of the University Liberal Club and the first Tasmanian to be president of the Australian Liberal Students’ Federation and life member.
Robert Clark is the Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations, Shadow Minister for Counter Terrorism and Member for Box Hill in the Victorian Parliament. He is also the Manager of Opposition Business in the Legislative Assembly and a member of the Parliament's Dispute Resolution Committee and the Legislative Assembly's Privileges and Standing Orders Committee.
Studying at the University of Melbourne Robert became active in both the Melbourne University Liberal Club and the Australian Liberal Students' Federation, serving as the president (1979–81) and vice-president (1981–82) of these organisations respectively.