The International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) warn young people that Australia’s new electoral laws are a fundamental attack on the democratic rights of the entire working class.
Rushed through parliament last month and behind the backs of the population, the laws are an attempt to deregister all minor political parties by forcing them to submit a list of 1,500 members to the Australian Electoral Commission, treble the previous requirement, in less than three months.
These measures can only be understood within the context of two decades of unending war and escalating government attacks on social conditions. The future for young people under capitalism is high unemployment, insecure work and poverty-level pay. This reality is fuelling mass anger and disgust with the major political parties. The new electoral laws are a desperate attempt to try and prevent this sentiment finding conscious political expression.
The IYSSE urges everybody to join the campaign to defeat these anti-democratic measures and become an electoral member of the SEP today. Join the SEP’s online public meeting this Sunday September 19 to discuss how you can take this campaign forward. Click here to register for the meeting.