Banning of SEP (Australia) Anti-war Meetings

Oppose the political censorship of the IYSSE at Australian universities!

Oppose war and austerity! Defend democratic rights!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 12 August 2015

The IYSSE has been subjected to unprecedented acts of political censorship at a number of universities around Australia.

A second open letter to the vice chancellor

Further on political censorship at the University of Sydney

By James Cogan, 6 May 2015

Socialist Equality Party national secretary James Cogan has written a second open letter to the University of Sydney Vice Chancellor Dr Michael Spence regarding the university’s ban on the SEP holding a public anti-war meeting.

Youth and workers in Australia denounce war and join international May Day

By our reporters, 2 May 2015

University students and workers in Sydney and Melbourne explain why they will be participating in the Online May Day Rally.

More details emerge over sacking of Australian journalist for challenging Anzac myth

By Mike Head, 29 April 2015

Any criticism of the Australian ruling elite’s involvement in imperialist wars, past or present, cannot be tolerated.

Anzac Day marches mobilise contingents of youth

By our reporters, 28 April 2015

The Anzac Day processions around Australia last Saturday were carefully choreographed events and far larger than in previous years. Groups of veterans from the wars and military interventions involving Australia since World War II were vastly outnumbered by serving military personnel, municipal bands and contingents of youth.

Militarised war centenary events across Australia

By Mike Head, 28 April 2015

Throughout the weekend’s events, the most prominent theme was the need to inculcate in a new young generation a willingness to lay down their lives for their country.

Australian broadcaster sacks journalist for criticising Anzac Day

Defend Scott McIntyre! Defend freedom of speech!

By the Socialist Equality Party, 27 April 2015

The sacking of Scott McIntyre is a transparent act of politically-motivated persecution.

Workers and youth defy Anzac Day propaganda to attend SEP anti-war meetings

By our reporters, 27 April 2015

The SEP’s meetings were the only ones to challenge the quasi-religious atmosphere being whipped up over the centenary of Australian and New Zealand involvement in the failed Anglo-French invasion of Turkey in April 1915.

International greetings to the SEP (Australia) meetings

27 April 2015

Leaders of the International Committee of the Fourth International, an d its sections around the world, sent greetings to the Socialist Equality Party’s meetings.

Workers and young people speak at SEP (Australia) anti-war meetings

By our reporters, 27 April 2015

Workers, students, and young people who attended SEP’s meetings on Sunday entitled “Anzac Day, the glorification of militarism and the drive to World War III,” spoke to the WSWS about the issues raised as well as the attempts by Burwood Council and Sydney University to prevent the events from taking place.

Australia’s Anzac Day and the glorification of militarism and war

By Peter Symonds, 25 April 2015

The Anzac Day juggernaut is a deliberate attempt to inculcate patriotism and overwhelm anti-war sentiment in preparation for new and more terrible wars.

University of Michigan IYSSE and WSWS readers oppose ban on SEP (Australia) meeting

By our reporter, 25 April 2015

The role of Australian schools in World War I

Soldier Boys: The Militarisation of Australian and New Zealand Schools for World War I

By Margaret Rees and Linda Levin, 25 April 2015

The vast majority of recruits to the Australian military during WWI were the product of a harsh and punitive system of compulsory military training.

Australia: State-funded broadcaster at forefront of Anzac glorification

By Richard Phillips, 24 April 2015

The Australian government directed the national broadcasting network to churn out hours of World War I centenary propaganda.

Sydney pacifist forum blocks motion to oppose bans on SEP’s anti-war meeting

By Mike Head, 23 April 2015

The chairman of last night’s event abruptly shut it down to prevent an SEP member asking the audience to support the SEP’s resolution.

More letters denouncing Australian city council and university bans on SEP anti-war meeting

By our reporter, 23 April 2015

Australia’s Anzac Day: Revising history in preparation for new wars

By Peter Symonds, 23 April 2015

The political establishment can no longer tolerate anything that could open an avenue for anti-war sentiment, including any questioning of martial traditions that have their roots in World War I.

Humboldt University IYSSE denounces Australian university’s anti-war meeting ban

By our reporter, 22 April 2015

The political censorship of the SEP (Australia) and the fight against war

By Nick Beams, 22 April 2015

The attempt to block the SEP meeting shows the fear in ruling circles of mass anti-war sentiment being provided with a socialist and revolutionary political program.

Socialist Equality Party meetings to proceed on April 26

By the Socialist Equality Party, 22 April 2015

The concerted attempt to politically censor the SEP by denying it access to meeting facilities in Sydney has failed.

Socialist Equality Party supporters oppose anti-war meeting ban

By our reporter, 21 April 2015

Oppose political censorship at the University of Sydney!

An Open Letter to the Vice Chancellor

By James Cogan—National Secretary SEP (Australia), 20 April 2015

SEP national secretary James Cogan wrote to the Sydney University vice chancellor demanding that he allow the SEP the right to hire a venue at the university to hold a public anti-war meeting.

Growing opposition to censorship of SEP (Australia) anti-war meeting

By our reporter, 20 April 2015

Workers, students, academics, and young people from across Australia and internationally have sent letters of protest to Sydney University and Burwood Council, opposing the attempts by both institutions to block an anti-war meeting called by the Socialist Equality Party (SEP).

Growing opposition to censorship of SEP (Australia) anti-war meeting

By our reporter, 20 April 2015

Workers, students, academics, and young people from across Australia and internationally have sent letters of protest to Sydney University and Burwood Council, opposing the attempts by both institutions to block an anti-war meeting called by the Socialist Equality Party (SEP).

For an international campaign to defend the democratic rights of the Socialist Equality Party

Sydney University blocks SEP’s anti-war meeting

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 18 April 2015

The university’s decision is an attack on the democratic rights not only of the SEP but of the working class in Australia and around the world.

Australian World War I “celebration” buries history of mass anti-war opposition

By Richard Phillips, 18 April 2015

One of the central lies promoted by the saturation media campaign extolling WWI is that Australia was unified in backing the imperialist war.

WSWS readers condemn Australian council ban on anti-war meeting

By our reporter, 16 April 2015

Scores of emails have been sent from the UK, France, the United States, Thailand and Australia passionately condemning the Labor-controlled council’s ban on the SEP anti-war meeting.

Letters demand Australian council reverse censorship of SEP

14 April 2015

The letters condemn the Burwood Council’s cancellation of the SEP’s booking for a public meeting entitled “Anzac Day, the glorification of militarism and the drive to World War III.”

Australian workers and youth oppose Labor council’s ban on SEP anti-war meeting

“If they wanted to honour the dead, they would have stopped all wars”

By our reporters, 13 April 2015

Hundreds of people have signed petitions demanding that Burwood Council reverse its decision to block the SEP’s April 26 anti-war meeting.

Defenders of democratic rights condemn Australian council’s anti-war meeting ban

By our reporters, 13 April 2015

Letter to Burwood Council from SEP National Secretary James Cogan

13 April 2015

The following letter demanding the reversal of the cancellation of the SEP’s hall booking was sent on April 13.

Australian council cancels hall booking for SEP anti-war meeting

Defend the democratic rights of the SEP! Oppose political censorship!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 11 April 2015

It is already clear that Burwood Council cancelled the hall booking in a knee-jerk response to phone calls from racist and nationalist elements.

Public meetings in Australia and New Zealand:

Anzac Day, the glorification of militarism and the drive to World War III

6 April 2015

The Anzac Day celebrations are part of conscious efforts to indoctrinate youth with patriotism and drown out anti-war sentiment.