Australia and New Zealand
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.
By Richard Phillips, 12 December 2015
The media has provided blanket coverage of plans for an anti-Islamic rally in Cronulla, where racist mobs attacked Middle Eastern youth in 2005.
By our reporter, 21 November 2015
“The only people who will win out from this closure are the company and the unions.”
By Oscar Grenfell, 21 November 2015
The company will now try to use the threat to close the steel plant to extract more cuts to wages and conditions.
By Tom Peters, 26 October 2015
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull bluntly rejected a request to end the removal of New Zealand-born Australian residents who have received prison sentences.
By Mike Head, 23 October 2015
In his departing speech, Joe Hockey outlined the dismantling of welfare, health and education, as well as deep cuts to working-class wages and conditions.
By Tom Peters and Sam Price, 22 October 2015
Suicides are most prevalent among young people, the unemployed and those in impoverished parts of the country.
By Tom Peters, 16 October 2015
As part of its restructuring, Solid Energy has announced the closure of its Huntly East Mine.
By our reporters, 13 October 2015
The WSWS spoke to Christian Haider, who witnessed the killing of Pera Smiler by police in Upper Hutt.
By our reporters, 12 October 2015
Young people in Sydney’s western suburbs denounced the claims that the recent shooting at New South Wales police headquarters in Parramatta was an act of “Islamic terrorism.”
the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 10 October 2015
The closure of the car plants is not inevitable, but it can only be fought on the basis of a new political perspective and new forms of organisation.
By Max Newman, 10 October 2015
Two Manus Island locals accused of murdering Iranian Kurdish asylum seeker Reza Barati have won an order re-opening their trial.
By Chris Ross and Tom Peters, 3 October 2015
The state-owned coal mining company has agreed to a “gradual” sell-off that threatens over 700 workers.
By Terry Cook, 3 October 2015
Power distribution business Ausgrid intends to close depots, phase out apprenticeships, sell off training facilities and outsource call centres.
By John Braddock, 1 October 2015
The push for charter schools exposes the right-wing trajectory of the Maori elite and the fraud of “self-determination.”
By John Braddock, 28 September 2015
Amid growing protests against the Nauru government, New Zealand’s bullying is aimed at bolstering its own neo-colonial interests.
By Mike Head, 26 September 2015
The mining investment boom that partly shielded the Australian economy from the full effects of the global financial crisis, has gone into sharp reverse.
By Tom Peters, 23 September 2015
Echoing pseudo-left organisations internationally, Socialist Aotearoa used last week’s pro-refugee demonstration in Auckland to promote the imperialist intervention in Syria.
By Mike Head, 19 September 2015
Representing the financial elite, Turnbull has been assigned the task of imposing sweeping cuts to working-class living standards.
By Tom Peters, 19 September 2015
The decision to ban the popular novel after a complaint by a fundamentalist Christian group is an attack on democratic rights.
the Socialist Equality Party, 19 September 2015
The SEP condemns the government’s decision to expand its involvement in the US-led war in the Middle East by authorising air strikes in Syria.
By Tom Peters, 18 September 2015
As social tensions rise, the government’s response is to expand the prison system and boost the police, including by arming them with more deadly weapons.
By John Braddock, 15 September 2015
Many of the small Pacific Island states are low-lying and particularly vulnerable to the rising sea levels produced by higher global temperatures.
By Chris Ross and Tom Peters, 14 September 2015
A relentless corporate-government assault on jobs and working conditions is underway in response to the global economic crisis.
By Sam Price and Tom Peters, 5 September 2015
Five years after the first destructive earthquake, thousands of insurance claims have not been settled.
By Tom Peters, 29 August 2015
BlueScope Steel is threatening to shut down its Glenbrook steel plant in New Zealand and axe over 1,000 jobs.
By our correspondents, 29 August 2015
Despite denunciations by the Victorian state Labor government, metropolitan train drivers have voted for a similar stoppage next Friday.
the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 29 August 2015
Left in the hands of the MUA, the outcome is a foregone conclusion: the further destruction of the jobs and conditions of waterfront workers.
By our reporter, 22 August 2015
Successive Labour and National-led governments, assisted by the unions, have already devastated the railway system over the past three decades.
By our reporters, 18 August 2015
The anti-TPP campaign is working overtime to divert opposition into reactionary nationalist and protectionist channels.
By John Braddock, 17 August 2015
New Zealand’s biggest company has announced a deep cut in its payout to dairy farmers amid a sharp downturn on world markets.
By Richard Phillips, 15 August 2015
The court ruling gave the union precisely what it wanted: to shut down the strike and demobilise workers, while it manoeuvres for a negotiated job-cutting deal.
By Zac Hambides, 15 August 2015
The unions are trying to silence criticism because they cannot answer the truth—they are carrying out a betrayal of the Hutchison workers.
By Terry Cook, 15 August 2015
After almost unanimous votes for industrial action, the union is seeking to cobble together a sellout deal with the state Labor government.
By Mike Head, 15 August 2015
The corporate elite is venting its frustration at the Abbott government’s failure to deliver a far deeper onslaught on workers’ living standards.
By Tom Peters and John Braddock, 15 August 2015
Gwyn, who oversees New Zealand’s state spy apparatus, was once a member of the Pabloite Socialist Action League.
By Mike Head, 14 August 2015
While claiming a “victory,” as it did in 1998, the MUA is sending the Hutchison Ports workers back to work today, with many to lose their jobs.
By John Braddock, 12 August 2015
The unions have been operating from the outset to isolate and wear down workers in the protracted 18-month dispute over AFFCO’s demands for further cuts to working conditions.
By Richard Phillips, 8 August 2015
The maritime union has appealed to the global stevedoring corporation for negotiations on its multi-million dollar cost-cutting plans.
By our reporters, 8 August 2015
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke with wharfies and waterfront maintenance workers at a protest outside Hutchison’s Port Botany container terminal in Sydney yesterday. It followed the late-night sacking almost 100 HPH employees nationally.
By John Braddock, 8 August 2015
Protectionist opponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership declared their satisfaction over the collapse of the negotiations.
By Mike Head, 7 August 2015
The Productivity Commission report sets out a framework for cutting wages and conditions to the levels already imposed on workers in Europe and America.
By Patrick Kelly, 7 August 2015
The political crisis in Victoria is being fuelled by mounting dissatisfaction in corporate circles with the government.
By Tom Peters, 5 August 2015
In an attempt to whip up xenophobia, the Maori nationalist party asserted that “people of Asian descent are buying too many homes.”
By our reporters, 1 August 2015
Amid growing unemployment, union leaders are staging protests to denounce a Free Trade Agreement with China.
By John Braddock, 13 July 2015
According to Statistics NZ, almost 100,000 people are living in institutions, hotels, caravans, motor camps, boarding houses and even garages.
By Matthew Carrington and Tom Peters, 11 July 2015
Emboldened by the support it receives from Labour, the Greens and Mana, New Zealand First’s denunciations of foreigners are increasingly vicious.
By Keith Morgan, 4 July 2015
The claim of mail business losses is a smokescreen to eliminate as many as 10,000 jobs over the next three years.
By Will Morrow, 4 July 2015
The new law makes it a crime, punishable with two years in jail, to publicly reveal information about the conditions in Australia’s refugee detention camps.
By Oliver Campbell, 4 July 2015
Socialist Alternative’s promotion of the Greek referendum is an attempt to prevent the working class drawing any lessons from its experiences with the Syriza government.
By Cheryl McDermid, 3 July 2015
Australia’s mining boom benefited a tiny elite at the top of the income table.
The hypocrisy of the attack on the ABC
By James Cogan, 3 July 2015
In 2012, today’s “terrorist” was a propagandist for Syrian “freedom fighters.”
By James Cogan, 20 June 2015
Military deployments are taking place in Asia that would be viewed in China as preparations for a potential provocation.