Last week, the New Zealand Labour Party finalised negotiations with two
minor parties allowing it to form the 47th parliament. With the Greens
giving Labour leader Helen Clark no guarantee of support for the next
three years, the party signed a deal with the morally conservative,
right wing United Future Party...
Within 48 hours of Labour being re-elected in a landslide, Victorian
unions (many of whom played a key role in mobilising to get Labour in
power) were being rebuffed by Labour leader Steve Bracks in their demand
for industrial manslaughter legislation to penalise bosses who kill or
injure workers. State public servants...
The recent decision by the New Zealand government to offer covert
military support for a US-led assault on Iraq has provided the final
confirmation of what many people in this country have known for a long
time - that the Labour Party, far from being a party that represents
ordinary workers’ interests, has become...
Less then 6 months after Australian Government joined the US in the War
on Iraq, Prime Minister John Howard is about to launch his own
’Coalition of the Willing’ in what can only be described as a colonial
style intervention on the Solomon Islands.
The New Zealand general elections in July 2002 saw many unprecedented
changes in voting patterns. The Labour Party was, with a small rise in
support, able to remain in power by forming a new coalition government.
Their partners this time include the populist right wing United Future
Party (UFP). Abstention rates reached...
On June 26, the Australian federal parliament passed the Australian
Security Intelligence Organisation Legislation Amendment (Terrorism)
Bill 2002 (ASIO Bill). This bill, introduced by the right wing Liberal
government of John Howard, marks the end of some of the most basic civil
liberties that until now were considered...
When the National Party, traditionally the main capitalist party in New
Zealand, was defeated at the polls in November 1999 workers breathed a
collective sigh of relief. After fifteen years of neo-liberal ’reforms’
the new Labour-led government was elected promising to oppose any
further moves to...
It seems such a short time ago that Helen Clark and her colleagues in
the New Zealand Labour Government were being widely praised for their
bold stand against the US-led invasion of Iraq. Only last month, New
Zealand’s ambassador to the UN was condemning the rush to abandon
diplomacy in favour of military action...
The weekend beginning 14 February will see the biggest mobilisation of
people demonstrating against war the world has ever seen. They are
demonstrating against a proposed war on a devastated country where
infant mortality is already ten times that of Rwanda and South Africa.
Saddam is a brutal dictator, but the business...