Eighteen months after the left-wing Alliance Party in Aotearoa/New
Zealand suffered a damaging split and the loss of all its remaining MPs
in a snap general election, there are signs that the party is (somewhat
belatedly) trying to reconnect with its working class support.
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...
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.
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...
On Saturday, 12 April, at noon, a peace vigil was held in the centre of
Dunedin, beginning a day of action in solidarity with similar anti-war
protests and demonstrations in other parts of New Zealand and right
around the world.
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...
Members and supporters of the Socialist Party (Australian section of the
CWI) joined with the Victorian Peace Network to hold a protest outside
the outside the Army Recruiting Office in Bourke St, Melbourne on 17
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...