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About the Liberal Party

State Executive

State President 
The Hon Philip Ruddock 

State Director 
Chris Stone 

Urban Vice-Presidents 
The Hon Greg Smith SC 
Kent Johns 

Country Vice-President 
Aileen MacDonald

Female Vice-President 
Mary-Lou Jarvis 

Young Liberal President 
Harold Stutchbury 

Finance Director 
Michael Hughes 

Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Party 
The Hon Scott Morrison MP 

Leader of the State Parliamentary Party 
The Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP 

Federal President 
The Hon Nick Greiner AC 

Urban Representatives 
Christopher Rath 
Simon Fontana 
Deborah Hutchens 
James Wallace 
Sally Betts 
Patrick Doherty 
Melissa McIntosh 

Country Representatives 
Anna Chandler 
Dallas McInerney 
Wayne Brown 

Chair of Convention Committee and Director of Policy Engagement 
Alex Dore 

President of the Liberal Local Government Assembly 
Steven Issa

State President, The Hon Philip Ruddock

Women's Council

Liberal Women's Council is the peak body of women in the NSW Liberal Party. It aims to bring more women into the Party, nurture current members, and bring issues of concern to women to the Liberal debate.

Liberal women were pioneers of political participation by women in Australia, and the first female members of parliament at State and Federal levels. Women continue to play a key role throughout the Liberal Party. Liberal Women's Council is as old as our Party, created in 1947 when Menzies brought together several disparate organisations with shared values to form the Liberal Party of Australia.

It was deliberately designed to remain a separate body within the Division so it could advocate fearlessly and independently on behalf of women, and on issues of importance to women, across the Party.

Women’s Council is a highly active body which undertakes training and development programs for Liberal women, actively campaigns to secure and hold electorates for the Liberal Party, canvasses all topics of interest to Liberal women, engages in policy debate and preparation of motions, holds regular meetings with guest speakers, as well as other social and fundraising events throughout the year.

All women who join the Party can participate in the activities of Liberal Women's Council. We meet monthly during the day and regularly throughout the year in the evening. If you would like to get involved with Women’s Council, or are interested in receiving more information, please click the join button below.

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The Young Liberals

The Young Liberals offer people aged between 16 and 30 the opportunity to actively participate in the political process in Australia. Many Liberal politicians began their career in the movement. In fact the former Prime Minister, the Hon John Howard OM AC, is a former President of the NSW Young Liberals.


Friends of India

The Liberal Friends of India was launched on 17 April 2013 by the Hon Julie Bishop MP, Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and Shadow Minister for Trade in the Jubilee Room at NSW Parliament.

The Liberal Friends of India is a member-led group designed to strengthen and foster the relationship between the Liberal Party and the Australian-Indian community by championing the culture, success and values of the Australian-Indian community and developing stronger relationships between Australia and India.

Liberal Friends of India members are invited to a diverse programme of events including receptions, briefings & policy speeches.

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Friends of Israel

The Liberal Friends of Israel was launched on 14 August 2012 by then Premier of New South Wales, The Hon Barry O’Farrell MP.

With a long-held record in defence of the State of Israel, the Liberal Party is proud to have consistently and actively demonstrated its support for Israel - in Government and in Opposition.

The Liberal Friends of Israel brings together supporters, members and State and Federal Members of Parliament. Our programme of events will include policy briefings, visiting speaker functions and ongoing Australian/Israeli political exchanges.

If you support the State of Israel and the Liberal Party of Australia, we invite you to join the Liberal Friends of Israel.


Friends of Nepal

The Liberal Friends of Nepal (FON) was launched on 29 August 2013 with the help of Mr Robert Orrell by Senator the Hon Marise Payne, Mr Chris Downy, then President of the Liberal Party NSW Division, and Nick Varvaris MP in presence of Australian-Nepali community leaders, business owners, entrepreneurs, professionals and students.

The Liberal Party of Australia NSW Division formally announced the establishment of FON led by Shree Napit as a supporting group of the Liberal Party in the State Council Annual General Meeting held on 8th November 2014 at Penrith Panthers Club, Penrith by NSW President Mr Chris Downy.

The Friends of Nepal brings together people from Nepal living in Australia with the State and Federal Members of the Parliament to work together for community harmony, cultural promotion, policies and strengthen the relationship between Australia and Nepal.

FON invites all supporters to join the Liberal Party who believe in individual freedom and free enterprise.



The NSW Division of the Liberal Party of Australia works to provide the best possible standard of living for the people of NSW. We believe in individual freedom and free enterprise and if you share this belief, then this is the Party for you.

  • In the inalienable rights and freedoms of all people; we work towards a lean government that minimises interference in our daily lives and maximises individual and private-sector initiative;

  • In government that nurtures and encourages its citizens through initiative, rather than putting limits on people through the punishing disincentive of burdensome taxes and the stifling structures of Labor’s corporate state and bureaucratic red tape;

  • In those most basic freedoms of parliamentary democracy – the freedom of thought, worship, speech and association;

  • In a just and humane society in which the importance of the family and the role of law and justice are maintained;

  • In equal opportunity and tolerance for all Australians; and the encouragement and the facilitation of wealth so that all may enjoy the highest possible standards of living, health, education and social justice;

  • That, wherever possible, government should not compete with an efficient private sector, and that businesses and individuals – not government – are the true creators of wealth and employment

  • In the Australian Constitution;

  • In preserving Australia’s natural beauty and environment for future generations; and

  • That our nation has a constructive role to play in maintaining world peace and democracy through alliance with other free nations.

Our Achievements

The Howard Government guided Australia through one of the most successful periods in the country’s history, helping to take Australia to the forefront of the world’s leading economies.Its economic policies rebuilt Australian prosperity after yet another period of Labor economic mismanagement (under the Hawke/Keating government), which had resulted in the worst recession (and highest unemployment) for 60 years.

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Our History

In 1944, the Liberal Party of Australia was founded after a three-day meeting held in a small hall not far from Parliament House in Canberra. The meeting was called by the then Leader of the Opposition (United Australia Party) Robert Menzies.Robert Menzies had already served as Prime Minister of Australia (1939-41), but he believed that the non-Labor parties should unite to present a strong alternative government to the Australian people.Eighty men and women from 18 non-Labor political parties and organisations attended the first Canberra conference. They shared a common belief that Australians should have greater personal freedom and choice than that offered under Labor’s post-war socialist plans.

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Our Structure

The Liberal Party of Australia (New South Wales Division) was created to provide members with the greatest possible influence and interaction over both the policy and activities of the Party. The Liberal Party has both Organisational and Parliamentary wings, each with clearly defined and separate roles. The Parliamentary wing of the Liberal Party is made up of Federal and State Parliamentarians.

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