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The Socialists (Victoria)

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The Socialists
FoundedFebruary 2016
Split fromSocialist Party
HeadquartersRichmond, Victoria
NewspaperThe Socialist
Political positionLeft-wing
Colours          Black and red

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.[1][2]

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),[3] anti-racism and refugee rights campaigns, as well as a push to scrap the so-called 'bin tax' proposed by the Yarra City Council.[4]

It publishes a bi-yearly left-wing publication, named The Socialist.[5]

Stephen Jolly however left the party in late 2017 in order to pursue the joint Victorian Socialists electoral ticket.

The Socialists remains unregistered with both the Victorian and Australian electoral commissions.[6][7]

See also[edit]

  • Victorian Socialists


  1. Preiss, Benjamin (23 February 2016). "Stephen Jolly leads mass resignation from Socialist Party over allegations of abuse cover-up". Theage.com.au. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  2. "Mass resignations from Socialist Party". Heraldsun.com.au. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  3. "Fight the war on drugs: From lobbying to action on drug reform". Facebook.com. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  4. Lucas, Clay (23 April 2017). "Yarra Council 'bin tax' may be scrapped after local government minister steps in". Theage.com.au. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  5. "The Socialist". Socialist.net.au. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  6. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-09-13. Retrieved 2017-07-20.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. "Current register of political parties". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 11 December 2017.

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