Australia and New Zealand

Intensifying US pressure on New Zealand government over China

By John Braddock, 29 November 2018

The Labour-led coalition is moving toward closer alignment with Washington’s anti-China offensive.

Labor re-elected with increased majority in Australian state of Victoria

By James Cogan, 26 November 2018

The outcome in Victoria has plunged the Liberal Party nationally into bitter infighting.

Anti-Chinese campaign escalates in New Zealand

By Tom Peters, 17 November 2018

The media and the Labour Party-led government have painted Chinese investment in the Pacific as a threat to New Zealand.

Defend Julian Assange against US charges!

By James Cogan, 17 November 2018

The relentless persecution of Assange is intended to intimidate and silence all critical and independent journalists and media organisations, as well as would-be whistleblowers.

New Zealand teachers’ union moves to call off strikes

By John Braddock, 31 October 2018

In order to quash rolling strikes due next month, the primary teachers’ union has joined with the Ministry of Education to seek urgent facilitation to end a long-running pay dispute.

Australia: Tasmanian public sector workers strike over wages and conditions

By Oscar Grenfell, 26 October 2018

The stoppage reflected a growing militancy among workers, but the unions are desperately seeking to channel anger behind the Labor Party.

New Zealand opposition tries to shut down scandal over alleged links to Chinese businessman

By Tom Peters, 26 October 2018

Allegations that the National Party failed to disclose a donation from a Chinese businessman have sparked calls for a crackdown on “Chinese influence” from supporters of closer alignment with US imperialism.

Tensions continues to wrack Australian government after by-election defeat

By Mike Head, 25 October 2018

The parliamentary set-up in Australia, as in other countries, is being torn asunder by economic, geo-strategic and class tensions.

New Zealand military covered up killing of Afghan children

By Tom Peters, 23 October 2018

A recent article by journalist Nicky Hager revealed that an elite medic in the SAS combat unit was given a medal after killing two Afghan boys in a firefight.

New Zealand opposition in crisis over links to Chinese businessman

By Tom Peters, 20 October 2018

Allegations that the National Party leader failed to disclose a donation have been seized on by the media and NZ First Party to ramp up the nationalist anti-China campaign.

New Zealand rail union promotes sellout at Wellington meeting

By our reporter, 19 October 2018

Wellington rail workers employed by Transdev and Hyundai Rotem held stopwork meetings called by the Rail and Maritime Transport Union to ratify yet another pro-company agreement.

Meetings in Australia and New Zealand to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Fourth International

19 October 2018

The meetings will take place in Sydney on Sunday, December 2, in Melbourne on Thursday, December 6, and in Wellington, New Zealand on Sunday, December 9.

New Zealand to fine travellers who refuse to unlock electronic devices at border

By Tom Peters, 15 October 2018

Under a new law, anyone entering New Zealand can be fined $5,000 for refusing to provide passwords and encryption keys, enabling Customs agents to search their electronic devices.

US ambassador to New Zealand continues public attacks on China

By Tom Peters, 12 October 2018

Scott Brown, the ambassador appointed by Trump, is escalating the anti-Chinese campaign in New Zealand to align the country more closely with US war preparations.

New Zealand government bans “foreigners” from buying houses

By Sam Price, 11 October 2018

The scapegoating of immigrants is an attempt to divert attention from the Labour Party-led government’s refusal to address the housing crisis.

New Zealand prime minister’s false facade of “hope” and “kindness”

By John Braddock, 9 October 2018

Ardern’s platitudinous speech to the UN general assembly was aimed at covering up her Labour-led government’s agenda of austerity and militarism.

New Zealand: Wellington bus drivers vote for indefinite strike

By our correspondent, 4 October 2018

Drivers threaten to walk out against attacks on wages, jobs and conditions.

New Zealand education riven by class inequality

By John Braddock, 2 October 2018

The New Zealand Herald’s investigation found that only one in 100 entrants to top university courses over a five-year period were students from the poorest schools.

New Zealand primary teachers reject sellout pay offer

By Tom Peters, 29 September 2018

The Labour Party-NZ First government’s offer of a meagre 3 percent per year for three years, with no measures to address the staffing crisis, was resoundingly rejected by primary school teachers.

New Zealand primary teachers’ union presents sellout offer

By Tom Peters and Sam Price, 17 September 2018

The Labour government’s proposal does not begin to address stagnant wages and the staffing crisis afflicting schools.

Three thousand emergency workers strike in India; 29,000 primary school teachers vote on pay offer in New Zealand

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15 September 2018

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Chelsea Manning speaks in New Zealand

By Tom Peters, 13 September 2018

After being denied entry to Australia, Manning spoke to audiences in New Zealand about her decision to leak US military documents, her time in prison and her political activism over the past year.

Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand) forum reviews lessons of nursing union sellout

By our reporter, 7 September 2018

Participants discussed the need for health workers to rebel against the New Zealand Nurses Organisation, build rank-and-file committees and unite with workers internationally, based on a socialist perspective.

US ambassador praises New Zealand’s Pacific “reset”

By John Braddock, 30 August 2018

Brown’s comments are an enthusiastic endorsement of Labour’s strengthening of New Zealand’s support for Washington’s drive to war against both China and Russia.

National Party seeks to prevent Chelsea Manning from entering New Zealand

By the Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 30 August 2018

The National Party’s attempt to bar Manning, who exposed war crimes committed by the US, is part of a worldwide assault on free speech and other democratic rights.

Auckland nurse denounces union’s sellout deal in New Zealand

By Tom Peters, 29 August 2018

A nurses’ union member spoke with the WSWS over worsening conditions at the South Auckland hospital and the growing anger of health workers over the union’s betrayal.

New Zealand transport workers’ jobs and conditions under attack

By our correspondents, 25 August 2018

Rail and bus workers face a sustained assault by companies hired by the Greater Wellington Regional Council to run passenger services.

Bangladesh jute mill workers demonstrate; Paradip port workers strike in Orissa

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25 August 2018

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New Zealand Nurses Organisation lashes out at critics on social media

By Tom Peters, 24 August 2018

The union posted an inflammatory statement on Facebook aimed at intimidating opposition to its sellout of health workers.

Prime minister barely survives leadership challenge in Australia

By Mike Head and James Cogan, 21 August 2018

The constant factor in the turmoil of official Australian politics has been political tensions arising from ever more volatile international geo-strategic and economic conflicts.

Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand) to hold online forum: Lessons of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation’s sellout

20 August 2018

The SEG urges health workers to attend this online forum on September 1 to discuss the NZNO’s betrayal and the way forward in the fight against the Labour Party government’s austerity measures.

Lessons of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation’s sellout: Build rank-and-file committees! Unite the working class against the Labour government!

By the Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 18 August 2018

The sellout of the nurses’ struggle by the union bureaucracy raises the need for rank-and-file committees and a fight to unite the working class against austerity and for socialism.

Australian police killed mentally ill young woman seconds after arriving at scene

By Martin Scott, 18 August 2018

The Coroner’s Court was told that 42 percent of those shot by police in Australia between 1989 and 2011 were suffering from a mental illness.

Alcoa workers strike in Western Australia

By Terry Cook, 18 August 2018

The stoppage expresses growing opposition to the corporate giant’s global cost-cutting operation.

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.