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...
The horrific bombings at the nightclubs in Bali have left up to 300
Australians dead, the biggest toll since the 500+ killed in the Vietnam
War. The victims were overwhelmingly young people, mainly working class
youth on end of season football tours or once-in-a-lifetime holidays.
The victims also include the many...
Supporters of Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid clashed violently
with police last week in the capital Jakarta. This follows renewed
efforts by the national parliament to impeach the head of state.
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...
The dramatic events of May 1998 in Indonesia have had, and will continue
to have, enormous repercussions in Asia and throughout the world. They
constitute a revolution begun. The removal from power of the longest
ruling despot in Asia by a mass movement in itself was a revolutionary
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...