Australia and New Zealand

Australian government to expand “work for the dole”

By Mark Church, 11 February 2014

By forcing the unemployed to perform demoralising work, the program seeks to humiliate, harass and coerce them into low-paid jobs.

Australian union leader backs government drive to lower wages

By Patrick O’Connor, 6 February 2014

Howes appealed for a new “Grand Compact” between unions, business and government.

Australian rich list: “A billionaire bounty”

By Will Morrow, 6 February 2014

The wealth of the top 50 Australians increased by 49 percent over the past three years.

New Zealand government ignores asset sales referendum result

By John Braddock, 24 December 2013

The outcome has exposed the charade of the citizens’ initiated referendum as a meaningless “democratic” gesture.

New Zealand: Mana Party seeks unity with right-wing Maori Party

By Tom Peters, 11 December 2013

The discussions between the two Maori nationalist parties are a devastating exposure of Mana’s pseudo-left affiliates, which promote the party as progressive.

New Zealand PM re-affirms commitment to war drive against Syria

By Tom Peters, 10 October 2013

Prime Minister John Key criticised the lack of a UN Chapter 7 resolution to authorise the use of military force against Syria.

NZ Labour installs new leader

By John Braddock, 21 September 2013

For all his “left” posturing, Cunliffe’s elevation does not represent any shift from the pro-market restructuring begun under the Lange Labour governments.

SEP candidate Nick Beams addresses meeting in New Zealand

By our reporters, 26 August 2013

The meeting was part of the SEP’s fight to mobilise the working class in the Asia-Pacific and internationally against the US war preparations against China.

Australia: Greens promoted at refugee protests

By Will Marshall, 26 August 2013

Thousands joined protests in Australian capital cities against the brutal anti-refugee policies of the Labor government and opposition Coalition.

Australian Greens posture as “compassionate” alternative

Patrick O’Connor—SEP Senate candidate for Victoria, 13 August 2013

Amid widespread hostility toward both major parties, the Greens are seeking to channel social discontent back behind the political establishment.

No justice for New Zealand mine disaster victims’ families

By Tom Peters, 8 August 2013

The company sacrificed workers’ safety, and ultimately their lives, by speeding up production and ignoring safety hazards.

Australian SEP candidates to address meetings in Sri Lanka and New Zealand

6 August 2013

The meetings will discuss the socialist and internationalist perspective on which the working class throughout the Asia-Pacific region and internationally must build a new anti-war movement

New Zealand: Thousands protest domestic spying laws

By Tom Peters, 1 August 2013

The government’s bill will allow unrestricted surveillence of New Zealand citizens and residents.

New Zealand to increase military presence in South Pacific

By John Braddock, 21 May 2013

New Zealand’s military integration with the US and Australia is the culmination of a process begun by the previous Labour government.

Residents face bitter winter in New Zealand’s quake-hit city

By John Braddock, 30 March 2013

Two years after earthquakes devastated the country’s second biggest city, agencies in Christchurch are bracing themselves for worsening health problems and social distress.

New Zealand government to take refugees from Australia’s detention camps

By Tom Peters, 18 February 2013

The New Zealand government has signed up to the Australian Labor government’s oppressive system of mandatory refugee detention.

US ends 25-year defence rift with New Zealand

By John Braddock, 10 November 2010

The two countries have signed the “Wellington Declaration”—a document that commits them to a new “strategic partnership”.

Australia: Treasury sets austerity agenda for Gillard government

By Peter Symonds, 28 September 2010

As parliament convenes today, Treasury, big business leaders and the corporate media have already issued their instructions to the Labor government to get on with the job of implementing the next round of savage pro-market restructuring.

Former Australian police chief testifies in Bali Nine appeal

By Alex Messenger, 27 September 2010

Former Australian Federal Police chief Mick Keelty appeared in an Indonesian court this month to give testimony for a man who he helped put on death row.

Australia: Labor government defends mandatory detention in face of asylum-seeker protests

By Carolyn Kennett, 23 September 2010

Desperate protests by asylum seekers in the wake of the suicide of Josefa Rauluni, a Fijian detainee at Sydney’s Villawood Detention Centre last Monday, have been met with complete indifference by the Gillard Labor government.

Australia: Local residents offer support to asylum seekers

By our reporters, 23 September 2010

WSWS reporters spoke to local people who had gathered outside the Villawood Immigration Detention Centre on Tuesday to support protesting asylum seekers.

Australia: Gillard government responsible for suicide at immigration detention centre

By Carolyn Kennett, 21 September 2010

On the day he was due to be deported, Josefa Rauluni, a 36-year-old Fijian man, died after throwing himself off the roof of the Villawood detention centre in Sydney’s western suburbs.

Australia: Pseudo-lefts line up behind Greens-backed Labor government

By Patrick O’Connor, 20 September 2010

The Socialist Alliance serves as the “left” defender of the new minority government, seeking to channel widespread hostility to the entire two-party system back behind the Labor-Green alliance as it moves to impose savage public spending cuts.

University of Western Sydney lecture

The global economic breakdown—a Marxist analysis

By Nick Beams, 17 September 2010

SEP National Secretary Nick Beams delivered a lecture on the global capitalist crisis on September 14 to an audience of about 100 students and academics at the University of Western Sydney.

South Australian Labor government announces deep spending cuts

By Mike Head, 17 September 2010

Nearly 4,000 public servants will lose their jobs, cutbacks will be imposed on schools, hospitals, transport, environmental regulation and other basic services as part of austerity measures to reduce government spending by more than $2 billion over four years.

Australia: Former Guantánamo prisoner denied passport again

By Richard Phillips, 16 September 2010

The Labor government has refused to grant a passport to former Guantánamo Bay prisoner Mamdouh Habib, claiming he might prejudice Australian security.

The reality of Australia’s “two-speed” economy

By Alex Messenger, 14 September 2010

Despite the Labor government’s claims of a wondrous boom, workers see no evidence of “world-beating economic prosperity”.

Australian PM Gillard announces new Labor cabinet

By Patrick O’Connor, 13 September 2010

Gillard emphasised her unambiguous commitment to the Australian alliance with US imperialism and the war in Afghanistan at the same time as she appointed her predecessor Kevin Rudd as foreign minister.

New Zealand earthquake costs continue to rise

By John Braddock, 10 September 2010

Over the past week, an estimated 300 aftershocks up to magnitude 5.4 have shaken Christchurch, causing ongoing anxiety and further dislocation.

Australian Greens seek collaboration with Liberals, pledge fealty to the banks

By Patrick O’Connor, 10 September 2010

Greens’ leader Bob Brown has issued a series of statements in the past two days aimed at shoring up the minority Labor government, cultivating close relations with the opposition Liberal Party, and convincing big business and the financial sector that the Labor-Greens alliance will advance their interests.

New Zealand government bails out collapsed finance company

By John Braddock, 10 September 2010

New Zealand’s second biggest nonbank finance company, South Canterbury Finance, went into receivership last month, prompting the country’s costliest publicly-funded bailout.

The Australian election outcome

By Nick Beams, 9 September 2010

With no mass support for any of the major parties, the political system will move further to the right, assuming an even more anti-democratic and manipulated character.

Australia: Gillard hails “resilient democracy”

By Patrick O’Connor, 8 September 2010

The prime minister delivered an extraordinary speech yesterday evening which comprised a series of lies on the meaning of the election crisis and its outcome, and overtures towards the Liberal-National opposition.

Australia: Labor forms minority government with rural independents’ support

By Patrick O’Connor, 7 September 2010

The resolution of the first hung parliament in Australia since 1940, 17 days after the August 21 election, marks the culmination of a series of behind closed doors discussions involving the most powerful representatives of the corporate and financial elite.

Australia: Detained refugees challenge Labor government’s denial of fundamental legal rights

By Robert Morgan, 7 September 2010

In a legal argument with far-reaching implication for basic democratic rights, Australia’s caretaker Labor government last month strenuously defended in the High Court the denial of legal and constitutional rights to detained refugees.

New Zealand: Hundreds left homeless after Christchurch earthquake

By Tom Peters, 6 September 2010

Hundreds of people have been left homeless by Saturday’s 7.1 magnitude earthquake in Christchurch, but the National government has not committed to assisting those without insurance.

Australian election crisis

Labor edges closer to forming minority government

By Patrick O’Connor, 3 September 2010

Independent MP, Andrew Wilkie, yesterday signed an agreement with Prime Minister Julia Gillard, giving his support to the establishment of a minority Labor government.

New economic slowdown hits New Zealand workers

By John Braddock, 3 September 2010

Statistics released over the past month have revealed a slowing economy, with working people bearing the brunt both of job losses and the government’s austerity measures.

Australia: Garment company returns to profit after axing jobs

By Terry Cook, 2 September 2010

Pacific Brands management paid tribute to the trade unions last week when it announced a profit based on the closure of 11 plants in 12 months, and the destruction of hundreds of jobs.

Australian election crisis

Liberal Party accused of budget “black hole”

By Patrick O’Connor, 2 September 2010

The formation of the next government may now be determined on the basis of treasury’s assessment of the respective budget forecasts of the Labor and Liberal parties—demonstrating that the overriding priority of the corporate and financial elite throughout the election period has been to fashion an administration capable of delivering a sweeping austerity program.

Australia: Detained refugee dies in Perth hospital

By Leticia Marshall, 31 August 2010

An asylum seeker held at the Curtin detention centre in the remote north-west of Western Australia died on August 22 at Perth’s Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.

Australian election crisis

Caretaker PM delivers pitch to independents and financial markets

By Nick Beams, 31 August 2010

Caretaker prime minister Julia Gillard had two objectives in her address to the National Press Club today: to secure the support of independents for a minority Labor government and to reassure the Australian corporate elites.

SEP public meetings

The Australian election crisis: The political issues facing the working class

31 August 2010

The Socialist Equality Party is holding public meetings in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Newcastle to discuss the unprecedented crisis that has resulted from the August 21 federal election and the political issues now confronting the working class.

Australia: Corporate media voice concerns over “courtship” of independents

By Nick Beams, 30 August 2010

Negotiations between three key independents and the Liberal and Labor Party leaderships on the composition of the government begin today, with the outcome expected to be decided by the end of the week, after the poll is declared.

Queensland Labor proceeds with privatisations, despite last weekend’s electoral rout

By Mike Head, 27 August 2010

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh, backed by the Murdoch media, has vowed to proceed with her government’s privatisation program despite Labor’s electoral rout in last Saturday’s federal election.

The Australian election and the war in Afghanistan

By James Cogan, 26 August 2010

The death of three Australian soldiers in Afghanistan over the past week has brought into stark relief the virtual censorship of the war in the course of the still unresolved Australian federal election.

Australian voters speak out—Part 3

“Why are we still in Afghanistan!”

By our reporters, 26 August 2010

Voters spoke to the WSWS on election day in Australia expressing their alienation from the major parties and their concerns on a range of issues—from the Afghan war to the political coup within the Labor party and the deterioration of living standards.

New Zealand union rallies mount sham opposition to new labour laws

By John Braddock, 26 August 2010

New Zealand unions staged rallies against new labour legislation last weekend, effectively appealing a return to close working relations with the conservative National Party government.

Australian voters speak out—Part 2

“It’s like the election got hijacked”

By our reporters, 25 August 2010

Voters spoke to the WSWS on election day in Australia expressing their alienation from the major parties and their concerns on a range of issues—from the Afghan war to the political coup within the Labor party and the deterioration of living standards.

Australia: Greens willing to join coalition government with Labor or Liberal

By Patrick O’Connor, 25 August 2010

The Greens are utilising their new power to demonstrate their “responsibility” and commitment to “stable government”. They have already begun closed door discussions with both Prime Minister Julia Gillard and opposition leader Tony Abbott.

Australian voters speak out—Part 1

“Everything is far from rosy”

By our reporters, 24 August 2010

Voters spoke to the WSWS on election day in Australia expressing their alienation from the major parties and their concerns on a range of issues—from the Afghan war to the political coup within the Labor Party and the deterioration of living standards.

SEP 2010 Australian election campaign wins powerful response

By Linda Levin, 24 August 2010

The socialist and internationalist program advanced by the SEP in the 2010 Australian federal election has won a strong response from significant layers of workers and young people throughout the country.

After the Australian election: The way forward for the working class

Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 24 August 2010

The hung parliament that emerged from Saturday’s election is a further expression of the deepening crisis of the parliamentary system both in Australia and internationally.

Australia: Labor and Liberal vie to form minority government

By Patrick O’Connor, 24 August 2010

Negotiations have begun between the independent and Greens parliamentarians, and Labor Prime Minister Julia Gillard and opposition leader Tony Abbott, for the formation of a minority government.

Australian election delivers first hung parliament in 70 years

By Patrick O’Connor, 23 August 2010

The hung parliament resulting from Saturday’s federal election, the first since 1941, has triggered an enormous crisis for the Australian ruling elite and presages heightened political and social instability.

New Zealand soldier killed in Afghanistan

By Tom Peters, 23 August 2010

Tim O’Donnell’s death is a tragedy for his family and friends, for which the entire New Zealand political establishment is responsible. Both the National Party government and Labour Party opposition have supported the war.

Voters speak to the WSWS on election day

By our reporters, 23 August 2010

At the end of a campaign focussed on party leaders, with little discussion of issues affecting ordinary workers, many voters welcomed the opportunity to be interviewed for the World Socialist Web Site.

SEP candidate for Swan speaks on health care

By Joe Lopez, 20 August 2010

Lopez, a health worker, focussed his remarks on the crisis in the public health system and the myth of general prosperity as a result of the mining boom in Western Australia.

Vote Socialist Equality Party in the 2010 Australian election

the Socialist Equality Party, 20 August 2010

The SEP’s campaign has advanced the socialist and internationalist perspective needed by working people to prepare for the social struggles that are set to emerge following the August 21 election.

SEP candidate Carolyn Kennett campaigns in Reid

Increasing social hardship in Sydney’s west

By our correspondents, 20 August 2010

The SEP’s campaign in the seat of Reid, which covers Sydney’s mid-western suburbs, found widespread concerns about high unemployment, housing stress and rising social inequality.

Police conduct “terrorist” raids on eve of Australian election

By Mike Head, 20 August 2010

Federal and state police yesterday conducted dawn raids in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth on 17 homes and offices of Kurdish Australians in what the police described as a “joint counter terrorism investigation”.

SEP candidate debates Labor, Greens and Socialist Alliance

James Cogan spells out socialist policies at Sydney candidates’ forum

By our reporter, 19 August 2010

James Cogan, the SEP candidate for Grayndler, in Sydney’s inner west, made the contrast between the SEP and every other party clear at a candidates’ debate at Marrickville Town Hall last night.

Signs of Chinese slowdown add to global market fears

By Mike Head, 13 August 2010

Chinese statistics show falls in investment, industrial output, retail sales and imports, all pointing to fading demand in a country that continued its hothouse growth when much of the global economy was in recession.

Australia: Gillard rolls out right-wing education agenda

By Alex Messenger, 13 August 2010

Australia’s Gillard-led Labor government has entered the last weeks of the federal election campaign by announcing a series of harsh market-based education ‘reforms’.

SEP candidate for Swan campaigns at Royal Perth Hospital

By our correspondent, 13 August 2010

Last weekend, SEP candidate for Swan, Joe Lopez, discussed the party’s program with hospital workers, patients and visitors outside the Royal Perth Hospital (RPH), Western Australia’s biggest public teaching hospital.

SEP candidate speaks on crisis facing students

By Zac Hambides, 7 August 2010

SEP candidate Zac Hambides spoke from personal experience of the immense difficulties, stresses and obstacles that decades of free market restructuring have created for university students.

SEP candidate campaigns at Newcastle university

By Terry Cook, 6 August 2010

Noel Holt campaigned at the University of Newcastle this week, speaking to students on a range of questions from the political coup in the Labor Party, to the issue of war, social inequality and the environment.

Australia: Greens manoeuvre for de facto coalition with Labor

Patrick O’Connor and SEP candidate for Senate in Victoria, 6 August 2010

The Greens 2010 election campaign has been dominated by preparations for a de facto, if not direct and explicit, ruling coalition with the Labor Party.

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Deep disquiet in western Sydney over Australian Labor’s leadership coup

By an SEP reporting team, 5 August 2010

The SEP’s campaign in the outer south-western Sydney electorate of Fowler for the August 21 Australian election has found broad hostility toward the backroom coup that installed Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

“We are putting forward a genuine alternative for the working class”

Socialist Equality Party candidate interviewed on Melbourne radio

By Margaret Rees, 5 August 2010

SEP candidate for the Senate in Victoria, Patrick O’Connor, was interviewed on Melbourne Talkback Radio (MTR) last Tuesday. A lively discussion took place as the right-wing presenters attempted to belittle the SEP and socialism and were solidly rebutted by O’Connor.

The ousting of Kevin Rudd: How the global corporations and financial markets rule

By Nick Beams, 4 August 2010

At a public meeting in western Sydney, SEP national secretary Nick Beams explained the underlying reasons for the political coup in the Australian Labor Party that ousted former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

Australia: Labor’s mental illness plan and the healthcare crisis

Joe Lopez and Socialist Equality Party candidate for Swan, 28 July 2010

Yesterday’s pledge by Prime Minister Gillard to spend just $69 million more a year on suicide prevention measures underscores the government’s utter contempt for people suffering from mental illness, and points to its wider plans to cut health spending.

Australian election takes place in a ‘parallel universe’

By Alex Messenger, 28 July 2010

As the Australian federal election campaign enters its second week, the major political parties and corporate media, followed obediently by the Greens and “ex-left” groups, have already sharply narrowed the terms of permissible debate.

Australian election: The fraud of Labor’s “Work Choices” scare campaign

Noel Holt and Socialist Equality Party candidate for Newcastle, 27 July 2010

Labor’s legislation actually strengthens the anti-strike provisions of Work Choices. It outlaws all industrial action except during the limited bargaining periods for enterprise agreements at individual workplaces.

Australia’s political coup and the role of the ex-left

By Laura Tiernan and Nick Beams, 26 July 2010

The response of the middle-class pseudo-left groups to the coup that removed Australian Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and installed Julia Gillard has highlighted the class interests they serve.

Australian PM Gillard’s climate change speech—another admission of bankruptcy on the environment

Patrick O’Connor and Socialist Equality Party candidate for Senate in Victoria, 24 July 2010

Labor Prime Minister Gillard’s speech on climate change was a conscious fraud, combining lies on the science of global warming with new sound-bite driven measures pitched towards business which do nothing to adequately address the environmental crisis.

Australia: Electrical union members disaffiliate from Labor

By Terry Cook, 23 July 2010

The vote is a sharp indication of mounting hostility within the working class toward the Labor government.

Australian election: The Labor government’s childcare backdown and the profit system

Tania Baptist and Socialist Equality Party candidate for Gellibrand, 23 July 2010

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has made clear that Labor’s construction halt on new childcare centres, which was imposed at the behest of the private for-profit childcare operators, will be maintained.

SEP candidate addresses student rally at University of New South Wales

“This fight is first and foremost a political struggle against the Gillard government”

By Oliver Campbell, 22 July 2010

Zac Hambides, the SEP candidate for Kingsford-Smith, advanced the need for a political struggle against the Gillard Labor government at a demonstration of University of NSW students on Tuesday.

Australia: Xstrata launches new provocations against Tahmoor miners

the Zac Hambides and Socialist Equality Party candidate for Kingsford-Smith, 22 July 2010

Mining giant Xstrata has refused to allow more than 270 workers who went on strike for seven days last week to return to work at its Tahmoor mine in the New South Wales southern highlands.

Socialist candidate’s open letter exposes attempted political censorship at UNSW rally

By Zac Hambides, 22 July 2010

Zac Hambides, the Socialist Equality Party candidate for Kingsford-Smith, issued an open letter condemning a bid by the Student Representative Council to bar him from speaking at a student rally at Sydney’s University of NSW.

Australia: Election slogans spark wave of disgust

By Nick Beams, 21 July 2010

Less than a week into the Australian federal election campaign, the hollowed out and atrophied character of the entire system of bourgeois parliamentary democracy is being increasingly exposed.

Socialist candidate blocked from addressing building workers rally

Unions deflect anger over Labor’s prosecution of South Australian construction worker

By Alex Messenger, 21 July 2010

Union officials suppressed political discussion yesterday as building workers joined protest rallies against the trial of South Australian construction worker, Ark Tribe, on charges of refusing to answer questions from the federal Labor government’s building industry watchdog.

SEP candidate calls for political struggle against Labor’s anti-strike laws

By Noel Holt, 21 July 2010

Noel Holt, the Socialist Equality Party candidate for Newcastle in the August 21 Australian federal election, has released the remarks that union officials prevented him from making at yesterday’s construction workers rally in Sydney.

SEP stands candidates to provide socialist alternative

Prime Minister Gillard calls snap Australian election

By Mike Head, 19 July 2010

The Socialist Equality Party is standing candidates in the Australian federal election, which newly-installed Prime Minister Julia Gillard has called for August 21, the shortest time legally possible.

Australia: The political issues in the University of NSW work bans dispute

By Statement International Students for Social Equality (ISSE), 19 July 2010

The following statement is to be distributed at a July 20 student meeting called by the SRC at the University of New South Wales, a university with more than 44,000 domestic and international students in Sydney.

Australia: Socialist Equality Party announces its 2010 election candidates

the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 19 July 2010

The Socialist Equality Party announces its candidates for the 2010 Australian federal election, to be held on August 21.

Australian union bosses seek to protect superannuation posts

By Mike Head, 17 July 2010

Union leaders have united with big business to denounce a proposal to abolish mandatory joint union-employer control of multi-billion dollar industry superannuation funds.

Australia: Gillard touts her economic “reform” credentials but coup questions persist

By Patrick O’Connor, 16 July 2010

Despite Gillard and her colleagues’ best efforts to “move forward” and prevent any scrutiny of the unprecedented political coup of June 23-24, the still unclear story as to how Rudd was brought down, and by whom, continues to dog the Labor government on the eve of a national election campaign.

Greetings and report from the US SEP to conferences in Australia

American capitalism’s decline and the tasks of the working class

By Jerry White, 16 July 2010

Jerry White delivered the following report to conferences on “The World Economic Crisis, the Failure of Capitalism and the Case for Socialism,” convened by the SEP and the International Students for Social Equality in Sydney and Melbourne.

The global economic crisis and the political coup in Australia

By Nick Beams, 15 July 2010

Socialist Equality Party (Australia) national secretary Nick Beams delivered the following opening report to conferences on “The World Economic Crisis, the Failure of Capitalism and the Case for Socialism,” convened by the SEP and the International Students for Social Equality in Sydney and Melbourne.

Mining executive’s speech points to key role in Australian coup

By Nick Beams, 15 July 2010

A speech by Rio Tinto chief Tom Albanese underscores the key role played by the major mining companies in the coup that removed Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, and the ruthlessness of the pursuit of their interests globally.

What was Washington’s role in the coup against Australian prime minister Rudd?

By James Cogan, 15 July 2010

As more information drips out, the role of Washington in the June 24 political coup against former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd looms ever larger.

Australia: Incompetent surgeon jailed for manslaughter

By Richard Phillips, 14 July 2010

The cost-cutting policies that helped create the Patel tragedy in Queensland are now being implemented nationally under the federal Labor government’s so-called “health revolution”.

SEP (Australia) conferences pass resolution

The World Economic Crisis, the Failure of Capitalism and the Case for Socialism

14 July 2010

The following resolution was passed unanimously at conferences convened by the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) and the International Students for Social Equality in Sydney, July 4, and Melbourne, July 11, 2010.

Australia: The political calculations behind Prime Minister Gillard’s “Timor Solution”

By Patrick O’Connor, 13 July 2010

There has been widespread commentary in the Australian media over the past week on Gillard’s supposed “miscalculation” or “gaffe”, allegedly reflecting her naiveté or lack of experience with foreign affairs. In reality, however, the prime minister and her advisers knew exactly what they were doing.

Australian SEP conferences discuss Gillard coup and the global economic crisis

By our correspondents, 13 July 2010

The backroom coup that installed Julia Gillard as Australian prime minister was the focus of discussion at Socialist Equality Party conferences in Sydney and Melbourne on “The World Economic Crisis, the Failure of Capitalism and the Case for Socialism”.

SEP conference participants speak to WSWS

“The system itself is failing and we can’t really afford to wait around”

By our correspondents, 13 July 2010

WSWS correspondents spoke to participants at the Socialist Equality Party conferences in Sydney and Melbourne.

New Zealand government attacks beneficiaries

By Tom Peters, 12 July 2010

The government has launched a policy of austerity in line with the demands of international investors.

Australia’s political coup leaders and their big business connections

By Alex Messenger, 10 July 2010

The leaders of the political coup that removed Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd were not just “faceless numbers men” but had direct connections to big business and the mining industry in particular.