Australia and New Zealand
By Tom Peters, 13 December 2016
John Key’s replacement by his deputy Bill English has exposed tensions within the government, accompanied by demands from big business for harsher austerity measures.
By Max Newman, 8 December 2016
The medical evidence makes clear that Hamid Kehazaei died as a direct consequence of the refugee detention regime imposed by successive Australian governments.
By Kurt Brown, 7 December 2016
Melbourne, a city of more than three million people, ran out of ambulances as thousands of people suffered potentially fatal thunderstorm-related asthma.
By Tom Peters and John Braddock, 6 December 2016
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key announced his resignation from politics after eight years in the role and a decade as leader of the National Party.
By our reporters, 29 November 2016
The public meeting in Auckland presented a Marxist assessment of Trump’s victory to an audience of mostly young workers and students.
By our correspondents, 24 November 2016
The Socialist Equality Group is campaigning for a public meeting this Sunday on the causes and implications of Donald Trump’s election.
By Chris Ross, 23 November 2016
After a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit New Zealand, the capital city was struck by aftershocks and cut off by a severe weather system.
By Tom Peters, 22 November 2016
The protests organised by Auckland Peace Action and the Peace Foundation sought to channel workers and youth who oppose war behind pro-imperialist parties.
By Mike Head, 19 November 2016
Turnbull demanded “hard” economic and budgetary decisions that would “create winners and losers.”
By Tom Peters, 16 November 2016
The ISO portrayed the veteran union bureaucrat Helen Kelly as a champion for workers’ rights, covering up her record of enforcing mass job cuts and other attacks on workers.
By our reporters, 15 November 2016
Many noted that Trump’s victory was a product of the deepening social crisis and a breakdown of American democracy.
By John Braddock, 15 November 2016
The quake has caused major damage to roads, railways and other infrastructure, and isolated small rural communities throughout the upper South Island.
By John Braddock, 7 November 2016
Many commentators and politicians who express horror over the prospect of a Trump victory are supportive of similar right-wing policies in New Zealand.
By John Braddock, 31 October 2016
The most significant voices in growing anti-immigrant agitation are the Unite union, which includes members of two pseudo-left groups, and the trade union-funded Daily Blog.
By Tom Peters, 28 October 2016
The New Zealand government denied a report that the NZSAS is involved in combat operations in northern Iraq, but admitted that the elite fighting unit has visited the country.
By Tom Peters, 27 October 2016
Peace Action Wellington and Auckland Peace Action do not represent any alternative to the Greens and other organisations which have discredited themselves by embracing imperialist war preparations.
By Mike Head, 22 October 2016
The internal warfare wracking the Liberal-National Coalition cannot be explained by a dispute over gun laws.
By Tom Peters, 17 October 2016
Australia’s government is seeking to emulate policies that have pushed tens of thousands of people off welfare.
By Tom Peters, 29 September 2016
Contrary to the myths advanced by Labour’s apologists, the party was never socialist. It has always defended capitalism at home and supported imperialist war abroad.
By Tom Peters, 27 September 2016
Economic and Social Research Aotearoa is a nationalist organisation, inspired by identity politics and the anti-Marxism of Syriza and Podemos.
By Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 27 September 2016
The SEG and IYSSE are holding meetings in Wellington, Lower Hutt and Auckland to discuss a socialist program to fight against Washington’s war drive against China.
By John Braddock, 17 September 2016
The Maori tribal head, who presides over a substantial business operation, has thrown his weight behind an electoral alliance between the Maori nationalist parties.
By our reporters, 13 September 2016
The agitation for protectionist trade policies is a reactionary turn to the economic nationalism that erupted in the 1930s and led to war.
By Tom Peters, 9 September 2016
The statement by the union-funded blog demonstrates how hysterical denunciations of “rape culture” are helping to strengthen the state and attack democratic rights.
By Tom Peters, 7 September 2016
The nationalist demagogy is part of a push to align New Zealand with the US drive to war against China, while diverting attention from the role of the unions in job cutting.
By John Braddock, 3 September 2016
The comments indicate a shift within the government, following US Vice President Biden’s recent visit, closer to Washington’s belligerent anti-China position.
By Chris Ross, 2 September 2016
Attacks on jobs, wages and conditions are intensifying, with the collaboration of the trade unions.
By John Braddock, 30 August 2016
The Unite union collaborates with the government’s exclusivist immigration policies while agitating for further curbs on foreign workers.
By Tom Peters and Chris Ross, 29 August 2016
Despite its highly conditional pledges, Labour has no intention of reducing ballooning debt and poverty among students.
By John Braddock, 26 August 2016
The ruling elite is erecting the foundations for a police state in preparation to confront social and political opposition.
By Tom Peters and Sam Price, 22 August 2016
The exhibition about life “at home” during World War I hails New Zealand’s contribution to the war and covers up the opposition that emerged in the working class.
By Tom Peters, 15 August 2016
Sonya Rockhouse and Anna Osborne, who lost family members in the 2010 Pike River explosion, are seeking a judicial review of the decision to drop charges against CEO Peter Whittall.
By John Braddock, 4 August 2016
Big investors have seen “huge gains” to their share portfolios, while the property boom has “seeded fortunes for astute and opportune investors.”
By our correspondent, 3 August 2016
The Greater Wellington Regional Council is demanding $100 million in cost-cutting, which will be imposed by Transdev through attacks on jobs, wages and conditions.
By John Braddock, 1 August 2016
The talks are driven by ambitions within both parties for a more direct role in government, whoever wins the next election
By Peter Symonds, 30 July 2016
The fracas this week over former Prime Minister Rudd has not only highlighted deep divisions in the Coalition government, but also raises a question about Washington’s hand in events.
By Chris Ross, 25 July 2016
The shooting of two men in separate incidents is part of an increasing resort to lethal force by police in response to the social crisis.
By John Braddock, 21 July 2016
New Zealand’s balancing act between China, its second largest trading partner, and the US, its chief strategic ally, is becoming increasingly unsustainable.
By John Braddock, 18 July 2016
Running through much of the media commentary is a growing alarm about potential instability, as well as a seething hostility to the working class.
By Mike Head, 15 July 2016
Even before Prime Minister Turnbull names his ministry, the government is wracked by recriminations and rifts.
By James Cogan, 9 July 2016
Andrew Wilkie declared that he would like to see an international court to hear the “pretty compelling case” against George Bush, Tony Blair and John Howard for war crimes.
By Oscar Grenfell, 9 July 2016
Poor election results by the Greens have provoked bitter recriminations in the party's ranks.
By Tom Peters and Chris Ross, 8 July 2016
The richest 10 percent now control 60 percent of the country’s wealth, while the working class is suffering from soaring housing costs and cuts to welfare services.
By Tom Peters, 5 July 2016
Fightback and Redline have long promoted the CPP, which has now taken cabinet posts in the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, a fascistic figure.
By Tom Peters, 27 June 2016
Under the pretext of fighting terrorism, New Zealand soldiers are assisting the predatory US war to dominate the Middle East.
By Sam Price and Tom Peters, 25 June 2016
The film shows the horrors of war but fails to challenge the nationalist mythology surrounding the Anzacs.
By Chris Ross, 22 June 2016
As New Zealand’s social crisis worsens, the police are increasingly resorting to deadly force.
By John Braddock, 21 June 2016
Bainimarama bluntly refused to accede to NZ Prime Minister Key’s agenda.
By Jeremy Lin and Tom Peters, 20 June 2016
The Labour Party and the Greens hypocritically tried to distance themselves from the NZ First leader’s inflammatory and xenophobic statements.
By Tom Peters, 17 June 2016
Military upgrades worth $20 billion will support US-led war preparations against China and New Zealand’s own imperialist interests in the Pacific and elsewhere.
By Tom Peters, 15 June 2016
Claims that the Labour-Greens alliance offers a “progressive alternative” to the National Party government are a fraud.
By Chris Ross, 9 June 2016
The death of three-year-old Moko Rangitoheriri has been seized on to vilify the most poverty-stricken layers of society.
By Tom Peters, 2 June 2016
Proposals by the National Party government as well as the opposition Labour Party and the Greens do not even begin to address the country's homelessness crisis.
By Tom Peters, 27 May 2016
The budget does nothing to address the crisis in health, education and housing, while significantly increasing spending to prepare the country for war.
By Chris Ross and Tom Peters, 24 May 2016
Four workers and one child have died at forestry sites so far this year, exposing claims that the industry’s safety record has improved since 10 workers died in 2013.
By Tom Peters and Sam Price, 19 May 2016
Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca promoted New Zealand to its wealthy clients, including some allegedly involved in illegal activity and one who assisted in the looting of Iraq.
By John Braddock, 14 May 2016
Claims that building submarines will rescue the economically depressed state are false and any new jobs will be tied to preparations for war.
By Tom Peters and Jeremy Lin, 13 May 2016
The political establishment is scapegoating foreigners, especially Chinese, for the unstable property bubble and lack of affordable housing.
By Tom Peters, 6 May 2016
Andrew Little praised New Zealand’s troops in Iraq and pushed for their mission to be extended, underscoring the fraud of Labour’s vote against the deployment last year.
By Tom Peters, 29 April 2016
A century after the bloody Gallipoli campaign in World War I, the New Zealand ruling class is once again preparing to support imperialist war.
By Tom Peters, 25 April 2016
Thousands of people are on hospital waiting lists, or being denied essential surgical operations or mental health treatment, due to government funding cuts.
By John Braddock, 22 April 2016
While seeking to preserve cordial relations with China, its second largest trading partner, the New Zealand ruling elite is committed to the US anti-China “pivot.”
By Tom Peters, 20 April 2016
The expansion is aimed at further incorporating New Zealand into Washington’s plans for war against China.
By Mike Head, 18 April 2016
The warning highlights the crisis of the Coalition government which is under mounting pressure to implement deeply unpopular austerity measures.
By John Braddock, 18 April 2016
The global slowdown is impacting across the board with jobs being destroyed in the public sector, manufacturing and retail.
By James Cogan, 16 April 2016
Turnbull carefully avoided any contentious public remarks on the US-China confrontation in the South China Sea.
By Oscar Grenfell, 16 April 2016
The violent actions of the police against a handful of student protesters are a warning of the preparations for a broader crackdown on any opposition to austerity cuts and war.
By John Braddock, 15 April 2016
Successive Labour and National governments are responsible for New Zealand laws that allow foreign trusts to carry out massive tax avoidance.
By Peter Symonds, 9 April 2016
The Washington think tank’s proposed “federated defence” is nothing but a system of military alliances to prepare for war with China—akin to the alliances that preceded the previous two world wars.
Australia: Socialist Alternative conference endorses US-led Syrian war and Syriza’s betrayal in Greece
By Oscar Grenfell, 9 April 2016
Like their counterparts internationally, Socialist Alternative responded to the global financial crisis of 2008 by junking even nominal opposition to imperialist war.
By Tom Peters, 8 April 2016
The trade union-funded Daily Blog enthusiastically endorsed the proposal, reflecting the support for militarism and nationalism by Labour and the union bureaucracy.
By John Braddock, 31 March 2016
A new round of restructuring within the New Zealand meat processing industry is underway.
By John Braddock, 26 March 2016
The crisis in the New Zealand dairy industry following severe cuts to milk prices is a symptom of a broader economic slump.
By Terry Cook, 5 March 2016
Deep cuts have been imposed on the airline’s workers through a combination of intimidation and the collaboration of the trade unions.
By our reporters, 5 March 2016
The IYSSE’s campaign initiated a serious discussion among broad layers of students about the socialist and internationalist alternative to the preparations for World War Three.
By Tom Peters and Matthew Carrington, 1 March 2016
Thousands of residents have been abandoned by the government, which has protected the interests of big business, including the insurance industry.
By Patrick Kelly and Linda Tenenbaum, 29 February 2016
Public grief and sympathy provoked anger from feminist commentators, providing a revealing glimpse into the political role of identity politics.
By James Cogan, 20 February 2016
Labor is serving as the catspaw of the US military establishment and seeking to dramatically ratchet up military tensions with Beijing.
By John Braddock, 20 February 2016
Moves by Russia to establish itself as a Pacific power, in response to the US drive to dominate the region, will only heighten tensions in the Asia Pacific.
By Mike Head, 20 February 2016
The ongoing collapse of commodity prices has placed question marks over the exposure of the banks to losses in the resources sector.
By John Braddock, 16 February 2016
Public education is supposed to be free, but families are being pressured to give more money to schools every year.
By Richard Phillips, 15 February 2016
The unions have torn up teachers’ hard-won struggle for job security by implementing new anti-democratic inspection regimes and streamlined sacking procedures.
By Tom Peters, 10 February 2016
The protest organisers do not speak for the working class but express the interests of less competitive sections of business that fear losing out to global rivals.
By Tom Peters, 4 February 2016
New Zealand’s opposition parties are leading a nationalist campaign against the TPP, but the entire political establishment backs the country’s integration into US war plans against China.
By Tom Peters, 4 February 2016
The claim that NZ Labour was founded as a socialist party in 1916 is a fabrication designed to justify the pseudo-left’s support for this pro-imperialist party.
By Tom Peters, 27 January 2016
The arrest of Ngatokotoru Puna sets the stage for more attacks on thousands of students and former students, who owe a combined total of $14.8 billion.
By John Braddock, 25 January 2016
The US withdrawal from the 27-year-old Tuna Treaty threatens to devastate the economies of many small island states.
By Oscar Grenfell, 23 January 2016
The ruling will likely be invoked by the union to strike a backroom deal with the port company.
By Mike Head, 23 January 2016
Over the past year, the admiral has played a vocal role in inflaming tensions with China, particularly over its territorial claims in the South China Sea.
By Peter Symonds, 20 January 2016
While the tone was not as strident as his predecessor, Turnbull’s underlying message was the same: full support for US militarism around the world.
By Mike Head, 20 January 2016
The livelihoods of workers in the northern city of Townsville and the French colony of New Caledonia are imperiled by the threatened closure of the Queensland Nickel plant.
By John Braddock, 8 January 2016
The ruling is a significant legal victory for the US and New Zealand’s National Party government, which has operated in concert with Washington throughout the affair.
By Will Morrow, 7 January 2016
While the immediate target of the royal commission report is the trade unions, the real aim is to clear the way for a fundamental transformation of Australian industrial relations.
By Jeremy Lin, 6 January 2016
A series of recent reports paint a grim picture of worsening poverty and social inequality.
By Margaret Rees, 4 January 2016
Victoria has been hit by more than 2,500 bushfires since October but the hottest months, when the most dangerous fires usually occur, are still to come.
By our correspondent, 31 December 2015
Despite the denials of the trade unions, rail workers face a new round of attacks on jobs and conditions.
By Sam Price, 29 December 2015
The opposition to the referendum reflects hostility to the promotion of nationalism and militarism to divert attention from social inequality.
By Richard Phillips and Peter Symonds, 28 December 2015
The investigations into the Lindt café tragedy over the past year are above all aimed at obscuring the role of the state apparatus, especially the intelligence agencies.
By Tom Peters, 19 December 2015
The government has been forced to announce that it will not renew Serco’s contract to run Mount Eden Prison.
By Mike Head, 12 December 2015
Turnbull’s announcement came amid an intensive campaign by his ousted predecessor, Tony Abbott, to demonise Muslims and call for ground troops to be deployed to Syria and Iraq.