As early as August, Australian troops will be deployed to Papua New
Guinea (PNG). It represents the latest advance by Australia as an infant
imperialist power. As foreign minister Alexander Downer said, “It is one
of the most important single developments in Australian foreign policy
in recent years.”
In 1999 John Howard sent Australian troops to East Timor, allegedly to
protect the masses from the murderous Indonesian-backed militia. This
invasion was also supported by the Labor Opposition, the ACTU, the mass
media and even leftwing groups like the DSP.
Arrests are continuing after tensions between police and Aboriginal
youth in Sydney’s inner city suburb of Redfern broke out into open
clashes on the night of 15 February following the death of a young
Aboriginal boy believed to have been being chased by police.
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.