The Socialists (Victoria)
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The Socialists is a socialist political party based in Melbourne, Victoria.
The party was founded in early 2016, resulting from a split in the Socialist Party (SP), the Australian section of the Committee for a Workers' International, over an alleged cover-up of an abuse scandal. Its initial membership consisted of over a dozen former SP members, the most prominent of which was City of Yarra councillor, Stephen Jolly.
The Socialists has a broad socialist ideology, with some Trotskyist influences remaining from its SP history. It is based solely in Melbourne, primarily active in the inner-city suburbs of Richmond, Fitzroy, Collingwood and Abbottsford, which all fall in the Yarra area where Jolly serves as councillor. Maintaining a balance of electoral and activist work, it has been involved in drug law reform (particularly through safe injecting rooms), anti-racism and refugee rights campaigns, as well as a push to scrap the so-called 'bin tax' proposed by the Yarra City Council.
It publishes a bi-yearly left-wing publication, named The Socialist.
Stephen Jolly however left the party in late 2017 in order to pursue the joint Victorian Socialists electoral ticket.
- Victorian Socialists
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