SEP Australia verifies “registered party” status once again
5 October 2017
The Socialist Equality Party (Australia) has once again successfully verified that it meets the requirements of the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) to remain on the list of “registered political parties.” Registered status ensures that the party’s name will appear on the ballot paper in federal elections alongside our candidates, rather than the SEP being described as “independent” or having no political identification at all.
The so-called “major” parties—the Liberal-National Coalition, the Labor Party and the Greens—collaborate to impose anti-democratic and arbitrary membership tests on parties that have no representation in parliament. The implicit aim is to exclude political challenges, under conditions of growing alienation among masses of ordinary people, from the existing political establishment.
Currently, registration requires a party to provide the AEC with the details of between 500 and 550 members and to pass an “eligibility review” after each election.
The review involves the AEC vetting the submitted members to ensure the name and address of each person matches their registration details on the federal electoral roll. Any discrepancy can result in members being excluded from the list, and the party potentially being issued a “notice of deregistration.”
AEC officers then conduct a random survey of a percentage of members, questioning them as to whether they do, indeed, belong to the party. Some parties have been deregistered because a handful of people, for whatever reason, have declined to confirm membership.
The SEP insists that all like-minded people have the democratic right to form a political organisation of their choice and…