The Socialist Equality Party candidates for the May 21 election


The Socialist Equality Party (SEP) is standing six candidates for the Senate in the May 21 Australian federal election. Our candidates will be listed as groups, but without the SEP’s name, on the top line of the Senate ballot papers in three states: New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland.

New South Wales

Max Boddy and Oscar Grenfell

Max Boddy, 33, is the Assistant National Secretary of the SEP and a member of the national committee. He writes for the World Socialist Web Site (WSWS) on the issues facing asylum seekers and their inhumane treatment at the hands of Australian governments, whether Coalition or Labor. He has completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Newcastle, majoring in Aboriginal Studies.

In 2019 Boddy stood as the SEP candidate for the seat of Hunter in NSW against Joel Fitzgibbon, the Labor incumbent. Fitzgibbon’s family had held the seat since 1984, the period during which the area was devastated by the shutdown of manufacturing in Australia and the slowdown of mining production, resulting in the loss of thousands of jobs and intensified attacks on working conditions.

Oscar Grenfell, 30, is the national convenor of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE), a member of the SEP’s national committee and a regular correspondent for the WSWS. He has written extensively on key political and industrial issues, including in defence of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning, the political and social crisis confronting young people, and exposures of the pro-capitalist policies of the Greens and of the pseudo-left’s divisive “identity” politics.

Grenfell was born and raised in Sydney’s inner-west and joined the SEP whilst at high school. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Sydney, majoring in English literature. In 2015, he stood as the SEP candidate for Bankstown in the NSW state election, for Grayndler in the federal election in 2016 and in Parramatta, running against the sitting Labor Party member Julie Owens, in 2019.


Peter Byrne and Jason Wardle


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