Prior to the affiliation of the Liberal Club in late 2013, all of RMIT’s active student political clubs were left wing. These included the ALP Club, the RMIT Greens and the RMIT Socialist Alternative Club.
D’Angelo says both small-l liberals as well as conservatives are welcome to join the RMIT Liberal Club.
“The Liberal Party is in general quite a broad church,” he said. “What we enjoy about that is it gives rise to debate and helps people sharpen their own political ideas.”
D’Angelo told Catalyst the club is also looking at the possibility of contesting the 2014 RMIT student elections.
“It is something we are looking to do,” he said. “This is because it is really only Greens and Labor Right that run.”
In September last year, Connect—the ticket made up of both factions of the Labor Party
as well as non-politically aligned students—won around 75% of the vote. Progressive Focus, the ticket comprised of members of the Socialist Alternative, Greens and non-politically aligned students, picked up a National Union of Students delegate and two general representative positions.