Two US academics protest ongoing political censorship of IYSSE at Sydney’s Macquarie University


The International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) is continuing its campaign against the de facto banning of its club at Sydney’s Macquarie University.

Management at Macquarie University still refuses to affiliate the IYSSE’s club, despite its having met all stipulated requirements including holding a successful Annual General Meeting on May 3. Management blocked the affiliation on the basis of the false claim that the IYSSE had overlapping aims with the pseudo-left Macquarie Socialists group.

The IYSSE has thoroughly exposed this false pretence. The Macquarie Socialists issued a statement acknowledging it has no common aims with the IYSSE. But the university has stonewalled for three months, underscoring its blatant political censorship of the only genuine socialist, anti-war club on campus.

Over 600 have signed a petition to demand that the IYSSE be affiliated. Add your voice to the petition and send statements to management, copied to the IYSSE.

The IYSSE has published an open letter, “End political censorship at Macquarie University! Affiliate the IYSSE!” and is hosting a meeting on September 7 under the same title. Join the meeting:

Date: Thursday, 7 September
5:00 p.m. (AEST)
14SCO T5 Lecture Theatre, Macquarie University

Or participate in the online livestream via Zoom. Register at this link.

Below are two statements from academics. One is from Thomas Mackaman, a distinguished professor of history at King’s College in Pennsylvania, and another from Professor Emanuele Saccarelli, a political scientist at San Diego State University. Both are correspondents for the World Socialist Web Site.


Distinguished Service Professor Thomas Mackaman, Department of History, King’s College, Pennsylvania [Photo: The Citizens Voice]

To Macquarie University management:

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