Socialist Equality Party (Australia)

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Socialist Equality Party
SecretaryJames Cogan (interim)
Founded1933 (as Workers Party)[1]
2010; 9 years ago (2010) (in current form)
HeadquartersPO Box 574
Strawberry Hills, NSW 2012
Youth wingInternational Students for Social Equality
IdeologyOrthodox Trotskyism
Political positionFar-left
International affiliationInternational Committee of the Fourth International
Website
Official website

The Socialist Equality Party (SEP) is a Trotskyist political party in Australia. The SEP was established in 2010 as the successor party to the Socialist Labour League, which was founded in 1972 as the Australian section of the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI).

According to its 2019 election statement, the party opposes identity politics and the Me Too movement.[2] The party also criticises contemporary trade unions[2][3], having adopted the position that "They are no longer workers’ organisations."[4]

History[edit]

Founding of the Socialist Labour League[edit]

Inspired by the British Socialist Labour League, Nick Beams and other young Australian radicals founded the Socialist Labour League (SLL) in 1972. [5][6] Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, the SLL supported strikes against the Fraser (Liberal) and Hawke (ALP) governments.[7] The party's newspaper, Workers News, was circulated in all major cities.[7]

In its 1992 perspectives resolution, the SLL drew a balance sheet of the response of the petty-bourgeois "left" tendencies to the demise of the Soviet Union and the dissolution of the Communist Party of Australia in 1991, arguing that "As long as the working class was dominated by and subordinated to the vast apparatuses of Stalinism and Laborism, they were happy to define themselves as ‘socialists’ and even as ‘Marxists’ or ‘revolutionaries’. They formed part and parcel of the petty-bourgeois buffer, created by the ruling class in the aftermath of the war, to suffocate the working class."[8][9]

"The very name ‘Socialist Equality’ makes clear the connection between socialism and the most basic strivings of the working class for a just society, based on social equality and the right of all people to a decent and productive life."

—SEP Statement of Principles, adopted unanimously at January 21–25, 2010 founding congress.[10]

Refoundation as Socialist Equality Party[edit]

The Socialist Labour League was officially refounded as the Socialist Equality Party in 2010, with its founding congress held in Sydney on 21–25 January 2010, where it unanimously adopted a statement of principles.[11]

Popular support and electoral results[edit]

In elections, the party's strongest state has historically been New South Wales. Demographically, the party is stronger with younger voters.[12]

In the 2016 federal election the Socialist Equality Party fielded two senate candidates in each of New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria, two candidates in New South Wales for the House of Representatives and one in Victoria for the seat of Wills, which also had a Socialist Alliance candidate.[13]

House of Representatives[edit]

House of Representatives
Election year # of
overall votes
% of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
±
2010 11,160 0.09[a]
0 / 150
2016 1,608 0.01(#37/47)[a]
0 / 150

Notes:

  1. ^ a b In 2010 SEP was only on the ballot in New South Wales, Victoria, and Western Australia.

Senate[edit]

In the 2013 federal election the party increased the number of states it fielded Senate candidates for to five, compared to two in the previous election.[14]

Senate
Election year # of
overall votes
% of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
±
2010 13,945 0.11[a]
0 / 76
2013 9,774 0.07[a]
0 / 76
2016 7,865 0.06(#43/50)[a]
0 / 76

Notes:

  1. ^ a b c In 2010 SEP was only on the ballot in New South Wales and Victoria.[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party, Part 4". World Socialist Web Site. 3 March 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Support the Socialist Equality Party in the 2019 Australian Federal Election | Socialist Equality Party (Australia)". Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  3. ^ Henriques-Gomes, Luke (10 May 2019). "Australian election 2019: how to avoid voting for a terrible micro party in the Senate". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  4. ^ "The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia)—Part 10". Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  5. ^ Cite error: The named reference historicalfoundationpart1 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  6. ^ "The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party, Part 7". World Socialist Web Site. 6 March 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
  7. ^ a b "The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party, Part 8". World Socialist Web Site. 8 March 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
  8. ^ A Socialist Strategy for the Working Class, Socialist Labour League, Marrickville, Australia, 1992, pp. 45–46
  9. ^ Industrial relations and the trade unions under Labor: from Whitlam to Rudd, op. cit., p. 17
  10. ^ From the Socialist Labour League to the Socialist Equality Party, Labour Press Books, Bankstown, Australia, 1996, p. 2.
  11. ^ "Statement of Principles". World Socialist Web Site. 12 March 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
  12. ^ a b "Socialist Equality Party calls for radical change". Reportage Online. 20 August 2010. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
  13. ^ "Candidates for the 2016 federal election". Australian Electoral Commission. 12 June 2016. Retrieved 12 June 2016.
  14. ^ Cite error: The named reference senatecandidates2013 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).

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