Australian Communist Party (2019)

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Australian Communist Party
General SecretaryBob Briton
PresidentAntonella Foote
Founded28 June 2019; 2 years ago (2019-06-28)......[1]
Split fromCommunist Party of Australia (1971)
HeadquartersAdelaide, South Australia
NewspaperMilitant Monthly
Youth wingYoung Communist League Australia
Political positionFar-left
Colours     Red

The Australian Communist Party (ACP) is a political party in Australia. It was founded in 2019 by former members of the Communist Party of Australia (1971) who resigned or were expelled from that party as a result of internal party divisions. The Australian Communist Party seeks to adhere to Marxism-Leninism[2].


Community Union Defence League[edit]

Community Union Defence League (CUDL), "led by the Australian Communist Party"[3], is a community group focused on providing services to the homeless and other impoverished groups. The main service offered is the street kitchen which provides hot meals, drinks, clothes and other necessities where possible. Other services include gardening and a "Freedom Van" which is a "free moving service to victims of domestic violence". CUDL operates in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Coffs Harbour and Brisbane.

In 2020, during Victoria's second wave of COVID-19, the local council and police attempted to shut down the Community Union Defence League's Melbourne street kitchen. This was controversial as CUDL was providing services to dozens of individuals who were kicked out of Melbourne's temporary accommodation[4].

Black Lives Matter Protests[edit]

On the 2nd of June 2019, ACP member and Indigenous organiser Keiran Stewart-Assheton and others organised a snap protest in solidarity with protests happening in the United States and across the world surrounding the murder of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis Police officer[5]. This protest gathered a crowd of several hundred and was largely peaceful despite the COVID-19 pandemic[6][7].

Antifascist Activism[edit]

On the 15th of June 2019, a rally was organised by far-right activist and leader of the Party for Freedom, Nick Folkes[8], in Newtown. A counter protest was organised by the ACP and was attended by its members and other antifascist activists. During the protest, two ACP members were arrested, one for offensive language and the other for and the other for assaulting an officer while being arrested by plainclothes police officers[9]. Both were later released on bail[9].


  1. "Our History". Australian Communist Party. Retrieved 8 October 2020.
  2. "Our History". Australian Communist Party. Retrieved 2020-12-25.
  3. "Community Union Defence League". Community Union Defence League. Retrieved 2020-10-12.
  4. "The Victorian Government Is Forcing People Into Homelessness And Lying About It". Junkee. 2020-12-23. Retrieved 2021-01-16.
  5. Brook, Benedict (2 June 2020). "Black Lives Matter protests takes place in Sydney in wake of US demonstrations". Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  6. Hitch, Mike (3 June 2020). "HUNDREDS ATTEND SYDNEY'S 'BLACK LIVES MATTER' PROTEST". Star Observer. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  7. "'For the better': Hundreds march in Black Lives Matter rally in Sydney CBD". The New Daily. 2020-06-02. Retrieved 2020-10-08.
  8. Munro, Tim Barlass, Peter (2015-12-05). "Party for Freedom's Nick Folkes vows to ignore legal action and celebrate Cronulla riots anniversary". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2020-10-08.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Bianchino, Giacomo. "As abroad, so at home: NSW police cracks down on antifascist protesters". Overland literary journal. Retrieved 2020-10-08.

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