Australia and New Zealand

Sexual assault scandal shakes New Zealand government

By Tom Peters, 18 October 2019

The Labour Party, led by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, last month came under attack in the media over unproven and anonymous allegations of sexual assault by a senior staff member.

New Zealand housing crisis worsens under Labour government

By John Braddock, 16 October 2019

Landlords and property speculators have exploited the housing crisis and the Labour government’s pro-business policies.

Thousands of Assam tea workers strike over bonus payments; 17,000 non-academic university workers remain on strike in Sri Lanka

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and New Zealand

5 October 2019

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New Zealand PM promotes internet censorship at UN

By Tom Peters, 30 September 2019

Jacinda Ardern met with world leaders and tech companies to promote a new “crisis response protocol” to rapidly remove online content deemed “extremist.”

Echoing Trump administration, Australian leader advocates end to China’s “developing country” status

By James Cogan, 24 September 2019

Morrison signalled that Australia will join with the US in its escalating campaign to economically cripple China.

Australian government “balances” budget at expense of disabled

By Mike Head, 23 September 2019

The Morrison government “saved” $4.6 billion by underfunding the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and cutting a total of $6.4 billion from social programs.

Australian government pushes drug testing for welfare recipients

By Oscar Grenfell, 16 September 2019

The trial, which is aimed at extending “welfare quarantining” measures, would target working class areas hit by job destruction and government budget cuts.

New Zealand police destroyed Pike River mine disaster evidence

By Tom Peters, 13 September 2019

The latest revelations are further evidence of a cover-up designed to protect Pike River Coal’s management from prosecution for the 2010 disaster that killed 29 people.

“Horrendous” increase in New Zealand suicide rates

By John Braddock, 9 September 2019

As social conditions deteriorate, suicide deaths reached 685 last year, the highest number since records began.

Official report exposes dire conditions in New Zealand prisons

By John Braddock, 6 September 2019

The prison population has risen for 30 years, ever since the “pro-market” program launched by David Lange’s 1984–1990 Labour government.

New Zealand economic forecast: “Things could turn ugly”

By John Braddock, 29 August 2019

The US-China trade war, slowing growth in New Zealand’s export markets, and dampened business investment are key issues facing the local economy as the global recession looms.

Tongan government threatens to block access to Facebook

By Tom Peters, 27 August 2019

The threat to ban Facebook follows intense criticism on social media of Tonga’s royal family, and growing popular anger over social inequality.

Australian actor John Jarratt sues Daily Telegraph after jury throws out rape charge

By Richard Phillips, 13 August 2019

The jury of five men and seven women took just over 15 minutes to unanimously reject the #MeToo-inspired rape allegation against the veteran actor.

US defence secretary, NATO chief visit New Zealand to strengthen military ties

By Tom Peters, 10 August 2019

The visits by US defence secretary Mark Esper and NATO general secretary Jens Stoltenberg were aimed at incorporating New Zealand further into the military build-up against China, Russia and Iran.

New Zealand: Maori nationalist parties exploit protest against property development

By Tom Peters, 8 August 2019

There is broad support for one of the country’s most significant archaeological sites, but the organisers are promoting illusions in the political establishment and the Maori tribal elites.

Indian doctors hold national 24-hour walkout; Chinese auto workers strike; Australian railway workers vote for industrial action

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3 August 2019

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Julian Assange’s lawyer briefs Australian parliamentarians on his persecution

By Oscar Grenfell, 1 August 2019

The event reflected concerns within the ruling elite over popular opposition to the Trump administration’s bid to prosecute the WikiLeaks founder.

Australian disability centre closures result in nearly a dozen deaths

By Max Newman, 26 July 2019

Former residents of a disability centre in Newcastle have died after being transferred to under-funded group homes via the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

New Zealand foreign minister repeats call for increased US role in Pacific

By John Braddock, 25 July 2019

Peters’ speech echoed his earlier appeal for a stronger US-New Zealand military and strategic alliance to counter Beijing.

Australian cancer victim sues Bayer-Monsanto

By Frank Gaglioti, 23 July 2019

Michael Ogalirolo claims his potentially lethal cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, is due to 18 years of exposure to glyphosate, the active component of the herbicide Roundup.

Australian retail giant to cut jobs, wages

By Eric Ludlow, 9 July 2019

Woolworths, one of Australia’s two major supermarket chains, last month announced a restructure that endangers thousands of jobs across the country.

Protest in New Zealand against US brutality towards refugees

By Tom Peters, 8 July 2019

The July 4 rally outside the US embassy in Wellington demonstrated the growing international outrage at the Trump administration’s concentration camps for migrants and refugees.

Australian workers and youth speak out at vigils for Assange’s birthday

By our reporters, 5 July 2019

“The things he has done have changed the world. The people who hate him are usually the people who are in power.”

New Zealand secondary teachers’ union pushes through sellout

By Tom Peters and John Braddock, 3 July 2019

The deal pushed through by the Post-Primary Teachers’ Association, following a similar sellout by the primary teachers’ union, will only see the crisis in schools worsen.

New Zealand media promote new far-right Christian party

By Tom Peters, 2 July 2019

The media has given extraordinary publicity to Coalition NZ, founded by the fundamentalist Destiny Church, which held an anti-Muslim rally at the site of the Christchurch terrorist attack.

Australian PM refused to raise persecution of Assange with Trump

By Oscar Grenfell, 2 July 2019

At the G20 summit Morrison fawned over Trump, who is seeking to imprison the WikiLeaks founder for life, or execute him.

Watch the Sydney rally to free Assange live!

28 June 2019

The SEP rally is among the first events to be held since the WSWS International Editorial Board called for the formation of a Global Defence Committee to demand freedom for Assange and Manning.

Students and staff to protest imposition of trimesters at Australian university

By Martin Scott, 25 June 2019

The University of New South Wales management has put commercial interests ahead of education.

Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand) calls rally to demand freedom for Julian Assange

By the Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 25 June 2019

Support the SEG’s rally on Sunday July 14 as part of the international campaign to demand freedom for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and whistleblower Chelsea Manning.

New Zealand neo-Nazi jailed for 21 months for sharing video of mosque shootings

By Tom Peters, 24 June 2019

The trial was a test case for anti-democratic legislation that can and will be used to suppress mounting social opposition from the working class.

Australian Labor Party leader determined to expel building union official

By Mike Head, 21 June 2019

Corporate outlets have declared that John Setka’s removal is the first “test” of Anthony Albanese’s leadership in turning Labor further to the right.

Prominent Australian journalist Mary Kostakidis calls for campaign to free Assange

18 June 2019

“We must not wait till it is too late to recognise the broader significance of the persecution of Julian Assange and fail to defend his human rights.”

Australian whistleblower trials shrouded in secrecy

By Mike Head, 18 June 2019

The government’s determination to block any public scrutiny of these crucial hearings constitutes wartime-like censorship.

Vote no to union sellout of New Zealand teachers! Mobilise the working class against the Ardern Labour government!

By the Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 18 June 2019

Following last month’s historic strike, the primary and secondary teacher unions are seeking to impose a sellout deal and shut down the teachers’ struggle.

Two protesters arrested at Melbourne rally in defence of Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 17 June 2019

The arrests were aimed at intimidating supporters of WikiLeaks and preventing broader layers from joining the campaign to defend Assange and all democratic rights.

Australia: Another Sydney apartment block evacuated over major structural cracks

By John Wilson, 17 June 2019

The event underlines the escalating crisis in housing and apartment building and the cost-cutting methods used during the past two decades.

New Zealand government extends Iraq and Afghanistan troop deployments

By Tom Peters, 14 June 2019

Contrary to statements by the Greens and pseudo-lefts, the Labour Party-led government is strengthening New Zealand’s alliance with US imperialism.

New Zealand protest opposes persecution of Julian Assange and Australian journalists

By our reporters, 13 June 2019

Tom Peters of the Socialist Equality Group warned that press freedom and democratic rights are “not compatible with endless war and endless attacks on living standards.”

New Zealand: Teacher at impoverished school speaks out against conditions that led to last month’s historic strike

By Tom Peters, 11 June 2019

The WSWS interviewed a New Zealand teacher, who revealed the growing crisis facing severely under-resourced schools in rural towns.

Tens of thousands join climate strike in New Zealand

By Tom Peters, 29 May 2019

While organisers called for “pressure” to be placed on the parliamentary parties, many students agreed climate change could not be addressed without abolishing capitalism.

New Zealand media to censor coverage of Christchurch terrorist’s trial

By Tom Peters, 23 May 2019

Corporate and state media have agreed to self-censorship of Tarrant’s trial in order to obscure the connection between his views and the xenophobia promoted by the ruling class internationally.

Australian voters speak out

Mass support for Assange as workers and youth oppose militarism and war

By our reporters, 21 May 2019

Many workers passionately oppose the persecution of Assange and Manning hailing them as “heroes,” “legends” and similar appellations.

New Zealand government’s promises to combat child poverty exposed

By Chris Ross and Tom Peters, 16 May 2019

The Labour-led government of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is overseeing growing poverty and social inequality.

New Zealand Labour government rules out capital gains tax

By John Braddock, 13 May 2019

Ardern’s capitulation to NZ First leader, Winston Peters, over what was a major election promise, underscores yet again the right-wing character of her government.

Two former Australian prime ministers tout Labor’s pro-business record

By Oscar Grenfell: SEP candidate for Parramatta, 11 May 2019

Hawke and Keating boasted they had created the “modern” deregulated economy, and called for the election of a Labor government to deepen this pro-business agenda.

Free Assange NZ denounces hypocrisy at World Press Freedom Day event

By Tom Peters, 11 May 2019

Alex Hills from Free Assange New Zealand condemned the British government’s “brazen hypocrisy” and called on the media to “end the smears and lies about an anti-war hero.”

The Christchurch terror attack and the promotion of fascism by the ruling elite

By Tom Peters, 8 May 2019

We are publishing here the text of the speech to the 2019 International May Day Online rally delivered by Tom Peters.

Austrian government ties welfare payments to German language skills

By Markus Salzmann, 3 May 2019

The targets of the cuts are mainly foreigners and those with large families.

The Labor Party tries to “save capitalism”

By Mike Head: SEP candidate for Oxley, 3 May 2019

The ruling elite is terrified that the emerging support for socialism can become a conscious turn toward revolutionary Marxism.

Economic reversal exposes Australian election myths

By Mike Head, 27 April 2019

Inflation was zero during the March quarter, indicating a rapidly stalling economy that will intensify the corporate offensive against the working class.

Anzac Day 2019: Conditioning the Australian population for war

By Richard Phillips: SEP Senate candidate for New South Wales, 27 April 2019

The media and political establishment has erected a wall of silence around Australia’s involvement in the US-led preparations for war against China and Russia.

Australian construction workers facing massive fines for striking

By Terry Cook, 26 April 2019

The Australian Building and Construction Commission has launched legal action against workers involved in a short work-stoppage last year.

Australian mining magnate renews his fraudulent populist pitch

By Mike Head: SEP candidate for Oxley, 26 April 2019

While feigning sympathy for working people, billionaire Clive Palmer is bankrolling an election blitz by his so-called United Australia Party.

New Zealand bus worker dies of stroke after corporate restructure

By our correspondent, 17 April 2019

Wellington bus controller Dmitri Edwards died following a “day from hell,” during which he had to make 85 changes to rosters and schedules.

New Zealand rally demands freedom for Julian Assange

By our reporters, 15 April 2019

Tom Peters from the Socialist Equality Group (NZ) told the rally that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s life will be in danger if he is extradited from Britain to the US.

Australian police dismissed death threat by Christchurch terrorist

By Tom Peters, 12 April 2019

The revelation demolishes claims by Australian and New Zealand authorities that the fascist Brenton Tarrant was not “on the radar” of any state agencies.

New Zealand inquiry set to whitewash fascist murders in Christchurch

By John Braddock, 10 April 2019

The royal commission will cover up the promotion of far-right extremism by the political establishment and pave the way for further anti-democratic police powers.

New Zealand fascist killer appears in court

By Hayden Johns, 8 April 2019

The push for Brenton Tarrant not to face terrorism charges is part of efforts to suppress discussion about the political motivations behind the March 15 massacre.

Christchurch terrorist donated to right-wing Austrian Identitarian movement

By Markus Salzmann, 3 April 2019

Clear political and ideological ties exist between the Australian fascist Brenton Tarrant, the Austrian Identitarian movement and the governing Freedom Party.

Christchurch terrorist’s fascist manifesto promotes trade unions

By Hayden Johns, 2 April 2019

The fascist gunman Brenton Tarrant, who killed 50 people at two mosques in New Zealand, advocates the anti-immigrant, nationalist policies of the trade unions.

After fascist attack, New Zealand teacher unions cancel nationwide strike

By John Braddock, 2 April 2019

In a thoroughly anti-democratic decision, primary and secondary teacher unions have used the Christchurch attack as a pretext to call off a major nationwide strike.

Remembrance service held for New Zealand terror attack victims

By Tom Peters, 30 March 2019

The event was used by the NZ and Australian governments to appeal for unity, demand censorship of social media and cover up their role in creating the conditions for the fascist attack.

After fascist attack, New Zealand government enacts gun control measures

By John Braddock and Tom Peters, 29 March 2019

The new laws serve to boost the powers of the state, while diverting attention from unanswered questions about the massacre in Christchurch.

New Zealand fascist killer had known Australian far-right links

By Mike Head, 28 March 2019

Despite claims that Tarrant was a “lone wolf” whose murderous plans could not have been detected, he had intimate connections with a fascistic network.

Australian government exploits fascist atrocity in New Zealand to push online censorship

By Oscar Grenfell, 27 March 2019

The entire political establishment is seeking to cover up its responsibility for the fascist attack and exploit it to crack down on the democratic rights of ordinary people.

Why was the New Zealand terrorist attack not prevented?

By Tom Peters, 27 March 2019

There are serious unanswered questions about how fascist terrorist Brenton Tarrant was able to prepare and carry out the March 15 attack in Christchurch without any interference from police or intelligence agencies.

New Zealand government bans fascist terrorist Brenton Tarrant’s manifesto

By Tom Peters, 26 March 2019

The decision is a major attack on democratic rights aimed at covering up the political roots of the March 15 terrorist attack and suppressing discussion about the danger of fascism.

After fascist terror attack, New Zealand and Australia stoke tensions with Turkey

By Tom Peters, 25 March 2019

The Australian and New Zealand governments responded furiously to statements by Turkey’s president linking the massacre of Muslims in Christchurch with the Allies’ World War I campaign against the Ottoman Empire.

Far right attacks on UK Muslims following New Zealand massacre

By Paul Mitchell, 21 March 2019

The attacks were preceded by the claim of Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, head of the UK’s Counter Terrorism Policing, that “there is no intelligence linking these appalling events in Christchurch to the UK.”

After far-right terror attack, New York Times glorifies New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

By Tom Peters, 21 March 2019

Internationally, the media is covering up the Labour Party-led government’s encouragement of xenophobia and its alliance with the right-wing nationalist, anti-immigrant NZ First Party.

Warnings of New Zealand neo-Nazi attack were ignored

By John Braddock and Tom Peters, 20 March 2019

The question must be raised: has the far-right been allowed to operate freely because it enjoys sympathy and support from the police and intelligence agencies in Australia and New Zealand?

The New Zealand terrorist attack and the international danger of fascism

By Tom Peters, 18 March 2019

The gunman prepared and carried out the terrorist atrocity on behalf of an international network of fascists and white supremacists.

Thousands of New Zealand students join climate change protests

By our reporters, 18 March 2019

Students defied pressure from school principals and the media to join climate strike walkouts on Friday in cities across New Zealand.

Fascist terrorists murder 49 in Christchurch, New Zealand

By Tom Peters and John Braddock, 16 March 2019

The attack is the outcome of the rise of far-right, fascistic networks that have developed around the world, with the collusion of the state apparatus.

Crucial evidence from New Zealand mine disaster missing

By Tom Peters, 13 March 2019

No one has been held accountable for blatant safety violations which led to the Pike River Coal mine explosion in 2010 that killed 29 men.

Striking midwives rally outside New Zealand parliament

By Tom Peters, 20 February 2019

Midwives, doctors and other health workers face a common fight but their strikes are being divided and isolated by the union bureaucracy.

New Zealand housing crisis intensifies under Labour government

By John Braddock, 15 February 2019

The Labour government’s KiwiBuild scheme to address the deepening housing crisis has seen just 47 of 1,000 new homes promised by July completed.

New Zealand government expands police training in schools

By Tom Peters, 14 February 2019

The Police Studies course is being increased as part of the Labour-led government’s policy of boosting police recruitment, instilling discipline, and controlling the increasingly restive working class.

New Zealand doctors, midwives strike

By our reporters, 13 February 2019

All health workers face the same political struggle against the Labour-led government, which is imposing the austerity agenda demanded by big business.

New Zealand health unions suppress struggles against Labour government

By John Braddock, 6 February 2019

Thousands of health workers are facing a political struggle against the Labour-led government, which is imposing the deep austerity measures demanded by big business.

Second nationwide strike by New Zealand doctors

By our reporters, 30 January 2019

The WSWS spoke to doctors and their supporters outside Wellington Hospital as more than 3,300 held their second two-day nationwide strike this year.

New Zealand Labour government entrenches anti-worker measures

By John Braddock, 23 January 2019

The plummeting social position of the working class is an indictment of the Labour-led government and the trade unions.

New Zealand doctors prepare nationwide strike

By Tom Peters, 14 January 2019

Some 3,300 doctors will join the strike in opposition to deepening attacks on working conditions in public hospitals under the Labour Party-led government.

New Zealand’s public healthcare crisis worsens

By Tom Peters, 9 January 2019

Reports that thousands of people are being denied hospital treatment expose the fraud of the Labour-led government’s promises to improve the public health system.

One million Indian bank workers strike; tens of thousands of Korean taxi drivers protest

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29 December 2018

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Australian Greens riven by factional conflicts as MP resigns

By Oscar Grenfell, 28 December 2018

Jeremy Buckingham tore up a piece of paper with “toxic NSW Greens” written on it, as he told the media he was quitting the party.

Social crisis worsens under New Zealand Labour Party-led government

By Tom Peters, 28 December 2018

The promises of the ruling Labour Party-NZ First-Greens coalition to address poverty and inequality have been exposed as a fraud.

As Australian government unravels, Labor prepares to take office

By Mike Head, 24 December 2018

Key sections of the ruling capitalist elite are again looking to a Labor government to impose “sacrifice” on the working class.

New Zealand government calls for greater US military presence in the Pacific

By Tom Peters, 24 December 2018

The Labour Party-led government’s call for a stronger American military presence in the Pacific region flows from New Zealand’s integration into US war plans against China.

David North addresses New Zealand meeting celebrating 80 years of the Fourth International

By our reporters, 11 December 2018

David North spoke to the meeting in Wellington about the history of the Fourth International, the lessons of the rise of fascism in the 1930s, and the political and theoretical basis for building a socialist leadership in the working class.

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.