Australia and New Zealand

New Zealand primary teachers hold nationwide strike

By our reporters, 16 August 2018

Tens of thousands joined rallies across the country to demand better pay and conditions, while the teachers’ trade union used the strike to promote illusions in the Labour Party-led government.

New Zealand government launches sham inquiry into Afghan war crimes

By Sam Price, 16 August 2018

The inquiry into allegations that civilians were killed in a NZSAS raid in Afghanistan in 2010 is destined to be a whitewash.

China set to become largest aid donor to Pacific

By John Braddock, 15 August 2018

The ruling elites in Australia and New Zealand, the local imperialist powers that act in concert with Washington, view China’s rise as a threat to their interests.

Australia: Socialist Alternative promotes right-wing Labor leader Bill Shorten

By Oscar Grenfell, 14 August 2018

Amid a deepening crisis of the political establishment, the pseudo-left organisations are seeking to channel growing discontent back behind Labor and the unions.

Australian hospital staff have to raise money for patients’ basic needs

By E. Ballesteros, 9 August 2018

Footscray Hospital is one of three acute and sub-acute hospitals managed servicing a major working-class region of the Victorian state capital.

New Zealand Nurses Organisation rams through sellout pay deal

By John Braddock and Tom Peters, 8 August 2018

The union is trying to present the agreement, which fails to address the crisis in the public health system, as a victory.

New Zealand teachers join growing wages movement

By our reporters, 6 August 2018

In a rebuff to the union leadership, 50,000 primary school teachers voted to strike on August 15.

New Zealand nurses express frustration, anger in union broadcast

By our reporters, 2 August 2018

The union’s online event was a desperate attempt to sell the latest, widely opposed deal and shut down the rebellion among nurses.

Australian government promises changes to My Health Records following widespread opposition

By Cheryl Crisp, 2 August 2018

The “opt out” health database faces mounting public concern over official and corporate surveillance.

New Zealand Nurses Organisation presents fifth sell-out pay offer

By John Braddock, 26 July 2018

The latest offer to public hospital nurses, healthcare assistants and midwives is virtually identical to offers they rejected before the July 12 nationwide strike.

After nationwide strike: The way forward for New Zealand health workers

By the Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 25 July 2018

The SEG calls on health workers to break from the pro-capitalist trade unions and form rank-and-file committees to unite the working class against the Labour-led government’s austerity policies.

New Zealand Labour-aligned Daily Blog posts pro-war, anti-China tirade

By John Braddock, 20 July 2018

The on-line blog hails the government’s military upgrade in preparation to join US-led aggression against China.

Australia’s new espionage laws target whistleblowers and political opponents

By Mike Head, 19 July 2018

The “anti-interference” legislation goes far beyond spying by foreign agents.

Australian PM promotes racist campaign over “African gangs”

By Oscar Grenfell, 19 July 2018

Malcolm Turnbull’s remarks are part of a broader attempt to whip up nationalism and anti-immigrant xenophobia.

Intelligence inquiry whitewashes New Zealand’s spying in the Pacific

By John Braddock, 18 July 2018

The inquiry was part of a damage limitation campaign following revelations by Edward Snowden.

New Zealand foreign minister: “Great Power competition is back”

By John Braddock, 17 July 2018

Peters’ speech underscored the strengthening alliance between the Labour-led government and the US in confronting China across the Asia-Pacific.

Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand) holds online health workers’ meeting

By our reporters, 17 July 2018

The SEG’s forum, which included New Zealand and Australian workers, discussed the political lessons of the July 12 strike by 30,000 nurses, healthcare assistants and midwives.

Growing strike movement in New Zealand

By our reporters, 14 July 2018

The first cross-department public sector strike for over a decade, was held three days before the 24-hour nationwide nurses’ strike.

New Zealand nurses stage first nationwide strike in 30 years

By our reporters, 13 July 2018

Nurses, healthcare assistants and midwives in public hospitals struck for 24 hours yesterday after rejecting a sellout deal backed by the union.

Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand) to hold online forum: The way forward for nurses and health workers

By the Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 11 July 2018

The online meeting will discuss a socialist strategy to fight for decent and well-funded public health services, in opposition to the Labour Party-led government and the nurses’ union.

New Zealand defence policy targets China, Russia

By John Braddock, 11 July 2018

In line with the US Trump administration, the NZ Labour-led government is preparing for war abroad and class war at home.

New Zealand nurses reject union-backed sellout, prepare nationwide strike

By Tom Peters, 10 July 2018

Nurses, healthcare assistants and midwives in public hospitals are preparing for a nationwide strike on Thursday, after rejecting a sellout offer recommended by the New Zealand Nurses Organisation.

Delhi Metro rail threatened with India’s essential services laws; New Zealand teachers vote in favour of strike

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7 July 2018

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New Zealand nurses denounce union promotion of sellout deal

By Tom Peters, 6 July 2018

There is widespread anger as the nursing trade union tries to prevent a strike and impose an agreement that maintains low pay and hospital understaffing.

Persecution of WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange continues

By James Cogan, 5 July 2018

The US, British and Australian governments are utilising the Ecuadorian government to try and break Assange by denying him any external communication or visitors.

Outrage over union’s cancellation of New Zealand nurses’ strike

By Tom Peters, 3 July 2018

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation has cancelled one of two scheduled strikes and is seeking to impose a sell-out deal, virtually identical to that rejected by nurses and other health workers last month.

New Zealand: Staff cuts and library closures at the University of Auckland

By Sam Price, 30 June 2018

University of Auckland authorities have responded to a funding freeze by the Labour government by announcing the shutdown of three specialist libraries and job cuts.

Thousands of West Bengal textile workers locked out; New Zealand nurses union cancels planned strike

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30 June 2018

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Another suicide in Australian immigration prison camp

By Max Newman, 27 June 2018

A tragic death shows how desperate and vulnerable people are being deliberately subjected to inhuman conditions to deter others from seeking asylum in Australia.

New Zealand’s “First Baby” fuels media frenzy

By John Braddock, 27 June 2018

The orchestrated fawning over the “First Child” is designed to divert attention from the sharpening class struggle within New Zealand and increasing global turmoil.

New Zealand nurses reject third sellout deal, prepare to strike

By Tom Peters, 22 June 2018

The nurses’ union is desperately seeking to avoid two 24-hour strikes scheduled for next month.

New Zealand rally demands freedom for Julian Assange

By our reporters, 20 June 2018

Tom Peters from the Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand) addressed a rally outside the Australian High Commission in Wellington to demand that the Australian government secure Assange’s freedom.

New Zealand Labour government to extend bans on strikes

By John Braddock, 15 June 2018

The “Fair Pay Agreements” framework, supported by the unions, will outlaw stoppages across entire industries during wage negotiations.

SEP Australia national secretary demands Australian government act to free Julian Assange

14 June 2018

In the wake of the Vault 7 leaks, the US state apparatus is even more determined to silence WikiLeaks and silence Assange.

New Zealand Labour government’s budget fails to address health crisis

By Sam Price, 8 June 2018

Patients across the country are suffering because successive governments have starved the healthcare system of funds.

Vote no to sellout of New Zealand nurses! Build rank-and-file committees!

By the Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 7 June 2018

The SEG calls on health workers to break from the unions, build new organisations and fight to unite the working class against the Labour government’s pro-business agenda.

Indian garment workers demand higher pay, teachers demonstrate in China

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2 June 2018

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New Zealand nurses vote for nationwide strike

By Tom Peters, 30 May 2018

Public hospital nurses and other health workers are fighting an effective wage freeze by the Labour Party-led government.

Indian port workers to walk out, 30,000 municipal workers remain on strike in Haryana state

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26 May 2018

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New Zealand nurses mount nationwide protests

By our reporters, 15 May 2018

Thousands marched in 15 towns and cities to demand better pay and conditions.

New Zealand Labour government makes “left” feint on education

By John Braddock, 14 May 2018

Some 50,000 NZ teachers are set to follow their counterparts in the United States and other countries in the fight for jobs, decent wages and working conditions.

Is The Changeover just Twilight set in New Zealand?

By Tom Peters, 8 May 2018

The Changeover, highly praised in New Zealand, is a formulaic supernatural teen romance imbued with definite class prejudices.

Decision not to prosecute over New Zealand building collapse ignored crucial evidence

By Sam Price, 4 May 2018

The police and judicial system is shielding those responsible for the Canterbury Television crash during the 2011 earthquake.

New Zealand nurses begin voting on nationwide strikes

By Tom Peters, 3 May 2018

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation is seeking to reach a sellout deal with the Labour Party government to avoid any campaign for better wages and conditions.

New Zealand prime minister strengthens military ties with France

By Tom Peters, 28 April 2018

Jacinda Ardern sought increased military cooperation with France and Britain in the Pacific, to push back against China’s strategic and economic influence.

New Zealand rail union rams through pro-company collective agreement

By our correspondent, 26 April 2018

The Rail and Maritime Transport Union has imposed a deal that attacks wages, jobs and conditions.

New Zealand: IYSSE and SEG meeting opposes Internet censorship

By our reporter, 24 April 2018

The speaker explained that censorship and the persecution of WikiLeaks was the response to opposition to war and social inequality.

Union seeks to derail New Zealand nurses’ struggle

By Tom Peters, 18 April 2018

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation is working with the Labour Party-led government to prevent a strike after nurses rejected a sellout deal.

New Zealand government supports imperialist assault on Syria

By John Braddock and Tom Peters, 17 April 2018

The Ardern government’s response underscores that it is prepared to take the country into a catastrophic war instigated by its US and European allies.

New Zealand barrister defends principle of presumption of innocence

By John Braddock, 11 April 2018

Michael Bott said that an automatic “believe the victim” starting point in a prosecution “can and must have no place in criminal trials.”

New Zealand government under pressure to expel Russian diplomats

By Tom Peters, 5 April 2018

NZ’s Labour Party-led government is under pressure from the opposition National Party, the media and Australia to fully line up with war preparations against Russia.

Australian train workers denounce NSW rail sellout

By Oscar Grenfell, 29 March 2018

Workers question the legitimacy of the postal ballot and condemn the sordid manoeuvres of the Rail, Tram and Bus Union.

Britain pressures New Zealand government to join anti-Russian sanctions

By John Braddock, 26 March 2018

Britain’s High Commissioner to NZ has successfully pushed the Ardern government to cancel planned free trade talks with Russia.

New Zealand: No end in sight for Christchurch earthquake rebuild

By Tom Peters, 21 March 2018

Seven years after the 2011 earthquake, thousands of houses are still damaged and insurance claims unresolved.

Australia’s industrial tribunal allows “super-union” merger

By Terry Cook, 19 March 2018

For decades, the three unions that amalgamated this month have imposed cuts to the jobs, wages and conditions of maritime, mining, textile and construction workers.

New Zealand: Reject the union sellout of Wellington rail workers!

By the Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 16 March 2018

The RMTU, private companies Transdev and Hyundai Rotem, and the Greater Wellington Regional Council want to impose a pro-business deal that freezes wages and paves the way for job cuts.

New Zealand’s “Pacific reset” aims to reassert imperialist dominance

By Tom Peters, 12 March 2018

Prime Minister Ardern’s government has outlined a strategy to reassert neo-colonial hegemony over the South Pacific and push back Chinese influence.

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10 March 2018

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New Zealand opposition leadership change reflects tensions over social unrest and drive to war

By Tom Peters, 7 March 2018

National Party leader Bill English’s resignation followed criticism from the US ambassador of his government’s refusal to fully endorse Trump’s warmongering against North Korea.

Obituary: Jim Anderton, a pivotal defender of New Zealand capitalism

By John Braddock, 3 March 2018

As leader of NewLabour and the Alliance, Anderton played a critical role defending the capitalist order by blocking any rebellion against the Labour government.

New Zealand governments lied about “non-combat” role in Iraq

By Sam Price, 2 March 2018

Successive governments falsely claimed that New Zealand soldiers in Iraq are engaged in a training capacity.

New Zealand government intensifies campaign against Chinese “interference”

By John Braddock, 1 March 2018

The government’s investigation into claims of Chinese “intimidation” of an academic points to a state intelligence operation.

Australian and New Zealand transport workers must unite their struggles

By the Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 28 February 2018

The trade unions in both New Zealand and Australia are seeking to isolate workers in each country from each other in order to facilitate further attacks on jobs, wages and conditions.

Job cuts continue in New Zealand under Labour government

By Sam Price, 23 February 2018

The ongoing job destruction exposes the Labour Party-led government’s claims that it will raise living standards.

New Zealand: Breakdowns and lack of safety in Wellington’s rail network

By our correspondents, 21 February 2018

Wellington’s passenger rail service has been repeatedly crippled by infrastructure failures this year.

New Zealand government makes false promises to address Maori poverty

By Tom Peters, 19 February 2018

The Labour Party-led government has handed millions of dollars to Maori tribal capitalists, while offering empty promises to tackle inequality.

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17 February 2018

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Families’ spokesman on New Zealand earthquake building collapse: “Are there people who are above the law?”

By Sam Price, 6 February 2018

Maan Alkaisi, whose wife died when the CTV building crumbled during the 2011 Christchurch earthquake, condemned the police decision not to prosecute anyone over the disaster.

Australian government unveils sweeping anti-democratic “foreign interference” bills

Part 2: Criminalising overseas links and donations

By Mike Head, 1 February 2018

These measures have serious implications for freedom of political expression and organisation.

Australian Labor leader sounds alarm about popular hostility to political establishment

By Mike Head, 1 February 2018

Shorten told the National Press Club that the first “mission” of the political elite was “restoring faith in parliament.”

Australian government continues deportations of New Zealanders

By Tom Peters, 17 January 2018

New Zealanders who have spent most of their lives in Australia are being detained and expelled for minor offences or on “character” grounds.

New Zealand spy agency illegally accessed immigration data

By Tom Peters, 15 January 2018

For decades the Security Intelligence Service accessed Customs data illegally to monitor people entering the country.

New Zealand police refuse to prosecute over Christchurch building collapse

By Sam Price and Tom Peters, 9 January 2018

No one has been held accountable for the unsafe design of the CTV building, which collapsed in the 2011 earthquake killing 115 people.

New Zealand government seeks to contain outrage over Pike River mine disaster

By Tom Peters, 6 January 2018

The Labour Party-led government has no intention of holding any corporate leaders responsible for the 2010 explosion that killed 29 people.

Australia continues punitive treatment of refugees on Manus Island

By Max Newman, 5 January 2018

Despite protests and UN condemnations of Australia, the detainees confront worsening conditions.

New Zealand government offers false promises to reduce poverty

By Tom Peters, 30 December 2017

The Labour-led government’s meagre welfare increases and social spending are subordinate to keeping corporate taxes low and upgrading the military.

Anti-Chinese witch-hunt against New Zealand MP intensifies

By Tom Peters, 28 December 2017

Deputy Prime Minister Peters denounced Yang as a “Manchurian candidate.”

Continuing attacks on New Zealand public transport workers’ jobs and wages

By our reporters, 22 December 2017

The Labour Party-aligned Auckland and Wellington councils are moving to axe jobs and working conditions.

New Zealand: Wellington rail workers hold 24-hour strike

By our reporters, 22 November 2017

Rail workers struck for 24 hours over attacks on conditions by the private transport companies contracted by the Greater Wellington Regional Council.

Campaign continues over “Chinese influence” in New Zealand

By John Braddock, 21 November 2017

The aim of stirring up paranoia over China is to pressure the incoming government to further align itself with Washington’s drive to war.

New Zealand Labour-led government prepares attacks on working class

By John Braddock, 10 November 2017

Labour Prime Minister Ardern, with trade union approval, has threatened to further proscribe the right to strike.

New Zealand PM visits Australia, confirms Labour government’s support for war

By Tom Peters, 9 November 2017

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has endorsed the war in Iraq, threats against North Korea and Australia’s brutal treatment of asylum seekers.

New Zealand: Labour-led government promotes nationalism and militarism

By Tom Peters, 7 November 2017

The recently-installed Labour-New Zealand First-Greens coalition is scapegoating immigrants for the social crisis, while promoting militarism and war.

New Zealand pseudo-lefts embrace new right-wing government

By John Braddock, 4 November 2017

The line-up of pro-Labour commentators, trade unions and pseudo-left groups is fraudulently portraying the Labour-led coalition government as “progressive” and “left wing.”

Rising death toll from health sector cuts in New Zealand

By Sam Price, 3 November 2017

Underfunding of health care by successive National and Labour governments has contributed to shortened lives and baby deaths.

More MPs face disqualification after Australian Senate president quits

By Mike Head, 2 November 2017

Parry’s resignation demonstrates that what has become, in effect, a nationalist purge of parliament, is far from over.

Australian rail union suspends industrial action in Pacific National dispute

By Terry Cook, 2 November 2017

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union called off all industrial action as it moved to broker another sell-out agreement.

New Zealand: Socialist Equality Group meeting discusses new Labour-NZ First government

By our reporters, 2 November 2017

The meeting in Wellington discussed the danger of world war, the right-wing character of the new government and the need to build a New Zealand section of the ICFI.

High Court disqualifies five MPs, demanding “single-minded loyalty” to Australia

By Mike Head, 28 October 2017

The entire political establishment has immediately lined up behind the anti-democratic and deeply reactionary ruling.

Meeting in Sydney on December 17

100 years on: The significance of the 1917 Russian Revolution for today

28 October 2017

The Russian Revolution stands as irrefutable proof that the working class—providing it is guided by a genuine Marxist perspective and leadership—can overthrow the outmoded social relations of capitalism.

Labour Party details coalition agreement with New Zealand First

By Tom Peters, 25 October 2017

Despite winning just nine seats, the right-wing and anti-China NZ First has been given the key roles of deputy prime minister, foreign minister and defence minister.

New Zealand: Official silence over Taylor Preston meatworks death

By John Braddock, 23 October 2017

The ongoing silence serves to protect the legal and financial position of the company at the expense of workers.

Australian university union blocks debate at WSU stopwork rally

By our correspondents, 21 October 2017

Trade union enterprise agreements have been the vehicle for facilitating all the government-employer attacks on university staff and students.

Western Sydney University workers denounce cuts to jobs and conditions

By our correspondents, 21 October 2017

Academics and other campus workers condemn the worsening conditions for university staff and students.

Right-wing nationalists hand power to New Zealand Labour

By Tom Peters and John Braddock, 20 October 2017

The Labour Party’s coalition with New Zealand First is tasked with aligning with Washington against China and imposing deeper austerity measures.

US ambassador intervenes in New Zealand’s political crisis

By Tom Peters, 18 October 2017

Ambassador Scott Brown has stressed New Zealand’s importance as a US ally and defended Trump’s threats of war against North Korea.

New Zealand First delays decision on forming a new government

By Tom Peters, 14 October 2017

Three weeks after the election the right-wing, anti-immigrant NZ First still has not decided whether to form a coalition with the National Party or Labour and the Greens.

Australian economy “going into a hole”

By Nick Beams, 7 October 2017

The record run of the Australian economy, 26 years without a recession, has “flattered to deceive,” as major economic problems come to the surface.

New Zealand workers and youth discuss the growing danger of global war

By our reporters, 5 October 2017

“Whichever party makes up the next New Zealand government with NZ First’s Winston Peters, it will be devoted to attacking workers and preparing for war alongside US imperialism.”

New Zealand First to dictate make-up of next government

By John Braddock, 3 October 2017

The right-wing, anti-immigrant NZ First is only able to play the role of kingmaker because it has been relentlessly promoted by Labour, the Greens, and pseudo-lefts as “progressive.”