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.
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.