Australia and New Zealand

More workers and youth speak on the life and political legacy of Australian Trotskyist Barry Jobson

By our reporters, 22 January 2021

Jobson, a railway worker, joined the Trotskyist movement in 1974 and dedicated his adult life to the struggle for socialist internationalism in the working class.

Australian Labor leader hails US alliance as Biden is inaugurated

By Oscar Grenfell, 22 January 2021

Albanese’s line was that a Labor government would be best placed to deepen the US-Australia alliance under the new Democratic Party administration, as it prepares for war with China.

New Zealand PM silent on Trump’s culpability for Washington coup

By John Braddock, 16 January 2021

Labour Party Prime Minister Ardern has deliberately evaded criticising President Trump’s role in the attempted fascist coup in the US.

Hyundai steel workers in South Korea strike; Tamil Nadu primary school teachers protest; Australia: Svitzer tugboat workers walk out

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16 January 2021

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Australian government invokes “national security” to ban Chinese infrastructure investments

By Mike Head, 16 January 2021

In effect, Chinese investment is now being banned across most of the economy, in preparation for military conflict.

Detainees on Australia’s Christmas Island continue protests against appalling conditions

By Max Boddy, 15 January 2021

The Australian Border Force has responded to the protests with violence and punitive segregation measures.

999 Australian workers and youth speak out for Julian Assange

15 January 2021

Australia: Regional high school teachers walk out over understaffing and unbearable workloads

By Kaye Tucker, 14 January 2021

The stoppage is the latest indication of growing opposition to the program of school amalgamations being enforced by the New South Wales Liberal government, with the assistance of Labor and the unions.

Australia: Victimised Chinese meatworker speaks with the WSWS

By Patrick O’Connor, 14 January 2021

Benson Wang is a Chinese immigrant meatworker who was allegedly assaulted and subsequently victimised at an abattoir operated by Midfield Group in Warrnambool, Victoria.

999 New Zealand: Ardern’s response to attempted coup in Washington

12 January 2021

Pakistan: Doctors and health workers continue strike in Islamabad; Sri Lanka: Trainee teachers and health workers protest; Australia: NSW paramedics threaten industrial action

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9 January 2021

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999 Refugees protest brutal conditions on Australia’s Christmas Island

8 January 2021

Australia: Locked-out Coles workers in Sydney confront a choice

By Jack Turner and Oscar Grenfell, 8 January 2021

Unless workers begin to take matters into their own hands, form a rank-and-file committee independent of the union and launch a political and industrial fight for jobs and conditions, they will be forced to accept whatever terms the company imposes.

United Workers Union organises return to work at Hanes warehouse in Australia

By Will Marshall, 24 December 2020

The union’s latest “victory” maintains the current low level of permanent jobs at the Melbourne site, where more than half the workforce has been casualised.

Jacobin publishes whitewash of union sell-out bid at Australian warehouse

By Jack Turner and Peter Symonds, 24 December 2020

Kelly’s article makes no mention of the role of the UWU, or indeed of any trade union, let alone their decades of betrayals.

China: Apple factory workers protest over jobs; Sri Lankan garment workers strike over cuts to annual bonus; New Zealand home care workers strike

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24 December 2020

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Australian COVID-19 outbreak underscores danger of corporate drive to lift safety restrictions

By Mike Head, 24 December 2020

Limited safety restrictions have been relaxed in Sydney, despite warnings from infectious diseases experts.

Australian government hires private debt collectors to hound welfare recipients

By Martin Scott, 23 December 2020

New tender documents reveal a stepped-up assault on the country’s most vulnerable as hundreds of thousands still await restitution for the unlawful “robodebt” scheme.

Australia: Victoria’s “Big Housing Build” a windfall for developers

By Paul Bartizan, 23 December 2020

The project continues the decades-long rundown of public housing and further privatises what is left.

Top union bureaucrat in Australia lashes out at WSWS article

By Max Boddy, 22 December 2020

When challenged over her claims that the article was full of untruths, ACTU secretary Sally McManus provided no evidence and told the WSWS to “Google” it.

Australian COVID-19 outbreak spreads beyond Sydney, but governments reject calls for lockdowns and masks

By Mike Head, 22 December 2020

Already, the latest coronavirus “cluster” has escaped from Sydney’s northern beaches region across the city and interstate.

Bangladeshi health workers strike over wages; Sri Lankan teachers to demand COVID-19 protection; Offshore LNG maintenance workers strike in Western Australia

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19 December 2020

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Sydney COVID-19 outbreak follows pro-business lifting of Australian safety restrictions

By Oscar Grenfell, 19 December 2020

The emergence of the cluster follows a frenzied “reopening” campaign, aimed at maximising corporate profit-making, especially over the holiday season.

Australian “National Day of Action” a farce as union prepares to sell out Coles workers

By Martin Scott, 19 December 2020

The United Workers Union has declared the supermarket chain’s offer of a 3.5 percent pay rise “more than enough” for the locked-out workers.

Canada’s military seeks to cover its tracks following damning report on Australian war crimes in Afghanistan

By Penny Smith, 12 December 2020

In response to the release of a report exposing Australian military atrocities in Afghanistan, the Canadian Armed Forces has doubled down on its long-running efforts to cover up its own war crimes in the region.

Bangladeshi police assault protesting workers; Sri Lankan ambulance paramedics oppose sackings; South Australian brewery workers’ strike

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12 December 2020

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Committee for Public Education (Australia) online meeting discusses global struggles of teachers and educators

By Carolyn Kennett, 11 December 2020

Panellists explained the fight for rank-and-file committees to provide the deep-seated opposition to the reopening of schools a political direction and leadership.

New Zealand housing crisis worsens under Labour

By John Braddock, 8 December 2020

The housing crisis, exacerbating the massive transfer of wealth from the working class to the rich, further exposes the pro-business agenda of the Ardern-led government,

Sri Lankan nurses and educators protest; Auto-parts workers strike for union rights in Tamil Nadu: Garbage truck drivers resume walkout in Queensland

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5 December 2020

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New Zealand government denounces China’s condemnation of Australian war crimes

By Tom Peters, 5 December 2020

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern did not condemn the murder of at least 39 unarmed people in Afghanistan by Australian special forces, but denounced a Chinese official’s tweet that drew attention to these war crimes.

Australian soldiers drank alcohol from prosthetic leg of dead Afghan

By Oscar Grenfell, 4 December 2020

Politicians and corporate journalists have maintained a stony silence on the gruesome revelation, while waging a furious campaign against a Chinese tweet condemning the war crimes.

Migrants protest in India demanding right to return to New Zealand

By Tom Peters, 30 November 2020

An estimated 2,000 work NZ visa holders have been stuck in India for nine months, many of whom have lost their jobs and are in severe hardship.

Bangladeshi garment workers demand unpaid wages; Sri Lankan hospital workers protest for better conditions; LNG platform workers in Western Australia continue strike

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28 November 2020

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Australian PM seeks to protect revenue from China while reasserting US alliance

By Mike Head, 27 November 2020

Morrison pleaded that Australia should not have to choose between its “enduring alliance” with the US and a “beneficial relationship” with China.

Union official denounces WSWS, seeks to intimidate workers at Australia Post meeting

By Oscar Grenfell, 27 November 2020

At a meeting last week, a CEPU official responded to a workers’ call for collective action with a hysterical outburst against the World Socialist Web Site and the Socialist Equality Party.

India: Karnataka college staff strike over unpaid salaries; Tamil Nadu tea plantation workers protest; Australian supermarket warehouse workers locked out

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21 November 2020

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No justice for families 10 years after New Zealand’s Pike River mine disaster

By Tom Peters, 20 November 2020

Despite the Labour government’s promises to investigate the explosion which killed 29 men, no one from Pike River Coal has been held accountable for blatantly unsafe practices that put profit ahead of lives.

Strikes and protests develop across India, Pakistan and Indonesia, agreement disputes erupt in Australia and strikes break out in New Zealand

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14 November 2020

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Australian Royal Commission covers up causes of aged care crisis

By Clare Bruderlin, 13 November 2020

The commission, while pointing to the dire conditions confronting aged care residents, recommended largely cosmetic “solutions,” which will not resolve the crisis and are not enforceable.

Socialist Equality Group webinar discusses New Zealand and US elections

By our reporter, 13 November 2020

Speakers debunked the claims of pseudo-left groups that the re-election of Jacinda Ardern’s Labour Party is a win for workers, and outlined the stronger military alliance between New Zealand and the US in the context of a crisis of democracy in Washington and preparations for war against China.

Australia’s first “foreign interference” arrest targets Liberal Party figure accused of links to China

By Mike Head, 7 November 2020

Duong’s prosecution is regarded by the corporate media in both Australia and the US as a test case for the “anti-influence” legislation.

Australian report reveals widespread food insecurity

By John Harris, 6 November 2020

Currently, 43 percent of all food insecure people are going a whole day without eating at least once a week, compared to 30 percent in 2019.

New report outlines accelerating inequality in Australia, amid rising social distress

By Linda Tenenbaum, 30 October 2020

The University of NSW and the Australian Council of Social Services have co-authored a significant report on income wealth and inequality, both before and during the pandemic.

International media hails New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s re-election

By Tom Peters, 21 October 2020

Far from being a progressive alternative to Trump and other right-wing populists, Ardern is being embraced in the world’s corporate media precisely because of her Labour Party government’s pro-war and pro-business policies, packaged with her “kind” and “inclusive” persona.

Ahead of New Zealand election, PM Jacinda Ardern lies about reducing poverty

By Tom Peters, 16 October 2020

Whatever the make-up of the government after tomorrow’s election, it will continue the assault on the working class and further integrate New Zealand into US war plans.

New Zealand 2020 election

The fight for social equality, against the pandemic and against war, is the fight for world socialism

By The Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 15 October 2020

Socialist-minded workers and young people should reject the fantasy promoted by the Labour Party-led government and its apologists that New Zealand can separate itself from the global capitalist crisis.

New Zealand Green Party postures over tax, poverty

By John Braddock, 14 October 2020

The record proves that an incoming Labour-Greens coalition would be completely subservient to the demands of big business.

Socialist Equality Group holds webinar on the New Zealand election

By Our reporter, 6 October 2020

Members of the SEG (New Zealand) and the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) spoke on the global pandemic, the danger of war and dictatorship, and the right-wing record of Jacinda Ardern’s government.

UNICEF condemns New Zealand’s child poverty as inequality grows

By Harry Hall, 23 September 2020

Jacinda Ardern’s Labour Party-led government has refused to address child poverty as the country heads into an unprecedented social and economic crisis.

New Zealand: Auckland University backs away from resuming classes after mass student opposition

By John Braddock, 18 September 2020

More than 10,000 Auckland University students have signed petitions opposing the resumption of lectures and classes amid ongoing community transmission of COVID-19.

New Zealand government ends Auckland lockdown

By Tom Peters, 1 September 2020

The decision to reopen schools and workplaces, despite new cases of COVID-19 being reported every day, was opposed by some of the government’s own health advisors.

Islamic Women’s Council calls for transparency from inquiry into New Zealand terrorist attack

By Tom Peters, 5 August 2020

The WSWS spoke with Anjum Rahman from the Islamic Women’s Council, which is concerned about secrecy surrounding the royal commission into last year’s fascist attack.

Campaign continues against New Zealand visa processing delays

By Tom Peters, 20 July 2020

One migrant from South Africa told the WSWS that being sent back would put her in extreme poverty and at risk of dying from COVID-19.

New Zealand aluminium smelter to close, axing 1,000 jobs

By John Braddock, 15 July 2020

The smelter’s closure is part of the escalating attack on jobs and livelihoods among major sections of the workforce in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Migrants challenge visa processing delays by New Zealand authorities

By Tom Peters, 1 July 2020

The Labour Party-led government is delaying the processing of migrant visa applications, leaving tens of thousands of people in limbo.

Quarantine bungles in New Zealand threaten new COVID-19 outbreak

By Tom Peters, 23 June 2020

The Ardern government has placed the military in charge of quarantine hotels after health authorities allowed travellers to leave without being cleared of COVID-19.

New Zealand government lifts all COVID-19 restrictions

By Tom Peters, 16 June 2020

New Zealand’s health system is in severe crisis following decades of austerity and is unprepared for future COVID-19 outbreaks.

Protests against police violence and racism continue in New Zealand

By Tom Peters, 15 June 2020

Tens of thousands of people joined another day of protests as part of the global movement sparked by the murder of George Floyd by US police.

Thousands rally in Perth, Australia against police violence

By Oscar Grenfell, 2 June 2020

The protest was a rebuke of Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s declaration that “There’s no need to import things happening in other countries here to Australia.”

Protests across New Zealand over US police murder of George Floyd

By Tom Peters, 2 June 2020

Thousands rallied in solidarity with those protesting police killings in the United States, and many expressed opposition to the further militarisation of the New Zealand Police.

New Zealand Labour government promises billions for big business

By John Braddock, 19 May 2020

While handing over billions to big business through the COVID-19 crisis, Labour’s budget boosts the military and prepares a sweeping assault on the social position of the working class.

New Zealand sees increase in racist anti-Chinese attacks

By Tom Peters, 11 May 2020

Racists are being emboldened as the Labour Party-NZ First-Greens coalition government strengthens its alignment with US imperialism against China.

New Zealand government moves to end lockdown

By Tom Peters, 21 April 2020

There is opposition among teachers, in particular, to the decision to lift restrictions on businesses and reopen schools while there is still community transmission of coronavirus.

New Zealand government says unemployment will hit “double digits”

By Chris Ross and Tom Peters, 9 April 2020

The coronavirus-induced crisis is having a devastating effect on jobs, with unemployment expected to reach levels unseen since the Great Depression.

New Zealand: Christchurch terrorist pleads guilty

By Tom Peters, 31 March 2020

Many questions remain about the attack by fascist gunman Brenton Tarrant last year, which killed 51 people and injured 49 at two Christchurch mosques.

Australian governments reject calls for lockdown despite rising COVID-19 danger

By Mike Head, 28 March 2020

The “national cabinet” is determined to keep as many workers as possible on the job in order to shore up corporate profits.

New Zealand health workers speak out on lack of preparation for COVID-19 pandemic

By Tom Peters, 24 March 2020

One nurse told the WSWS: “All the health workers are just going to get infected themselves, and then there’s going to be nobody to look after anybody.”

New Zealand government warns tens of thousands could die, imposes lockdown

By Tom Peters, 24 March 2020

Medical professionals have warned that the country is unprepared for a significant outbreak of coronavirus and New Zealand “will look like Italy or the US” without extreme measures.

New Zealand cabinet minister Shane Jones continues to stoke racism

By John Braddock, 17 March 2020

Jones’ anti-immigrant salvos are a sign of the extreme right-wing, nationalist agenda on which the September election will be contested by all the major parties.

Tamil Nadu sanitary workers demand permanent jobs; Sri Lankan plantation workers strike; New Zealand bus drivers resume industrial action

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14 March 2020

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Rottenomics: The Story of New Zealand’s Leaky Buildings Disaster

How profit-gouging and government deregulation created New Zealand’s home-building catastrophe

By John Braddock, 12 March 2020

Peter Dyer’s book explains how Labour and National Party governments created New Zealand’s “leaky homes” scandal.

Coronavirus accelerates job cutting in New Zealand

By Chris Ross and Tom Peters, 2 March 2020

As the world economy slows and the COVID-19 virus disrupts travel and supply chains, New Zealand workers are being laid off in a range of industries.

Australia: Students and workers demand release of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning

By our reporters, 20 February 2020

“Trillions are spent on war, which creates refugees, kills children and workers, but the people who make these wars happen are roaming free whilst Assange is being murdered by the state.”

GM announces exit from Australia, New Zealand and Thailand

By Marcus Day, 18 February 2020

GM continues to shrink its footprint and attack autoworkers’ jobs globally, as it faces declining sales and ferocious competition to dominate emerging technologies.

New Zealand’s Waitangi Day promotes nationalism and militarism

By Tom Peters, 13 February 2020

New Zealand’s national day was marked with the opening of a museum to glorify Maori participation and “sacrifice” for imperialism in World War II.

Rank-and-file teachers in Sydney adopt resolution defending Assange and Manning

the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 12 February 2020

The resolution is the outcome of the initiative of the Committee For Public Education, acting independently of the trade union apparatus.

Thousands of students affected by New Zealand’s anti-Chinese travel ban

By Tom Peters, 11 February 2020

A student who spoke to the WSWS described the travel ban, ostensibly aimed at stopping the spread of coronavirus, as a “dream come true” for the NZ First Party and other right-wing nationalists.

New Zealand’s coronavirus travel ban stokes tensions with China

By Tom Peters, 6 February 2020

The Labour Party-led government’s decision to suspend inbound travel from China is a nationalist move that is stoking tensions with China.

New Zealand soldier linked to fascist groups arrested

By Tom Peters, 8 January 2020

The arrested soldier was initially questioned following the Christchurch terrorist attack in March 2019, in which a fascist gunman killed 51 people.

Australia: Surveys reveal majority of former car workers unable to find decent jobs

By Terry Cook, 7 January 2020

Former centres of car production, such as Elizabeth in Adelaide and Broadmeadows in Melbourne, have been left mired in social crisis.

After another weekend of devastation, Australia faces weeks more of unprecedented fires

By James Cogan, 6 January 2020

A discernable shift is underway in how masses of people view the political parties and institutions that have downplayed or denied the reality of climate change.

New Zealand union shuts down bus drivers’ strike, scapegoats migrants for low wages

By Tom Peters, 6 January 2020

FIRST Union called off a partial stoppage by around 800 low-paid Auckland bus drivers without any resolution, then denounced NZ Bus for employing migrants.

Australian police begin “foreign interference” raids

By Mike Head, 24 December 2019

The Weekend Australian’s “exclusive” story signals an offensive by the police and intelligence agencies to carry out the first prosecutions under draconian “foreign interference” laws.

Journalist Peter Hartcher and the anti-China campaign in Australia

By James Cogan, 24 December 2019

Hartcher’s essay in the Quarterly Essay is textbook propaganda for war. It seeks to cultivate nationalist fear and even paranoia about the intended enemy—China.

New Zealand Police fatally shoot man in rural town

By Chris Ross, 24 December 2019

Increased police shootings in New Zealand are occurring under conditions of increased militarisation of the police by the Labour-NZ First-Greens government.

Multiple deaths from New Zealand volcanic eruption

By Tom Peters, 10 December 2019

Tourism companies have carried out highly profitable operations on White Island, despite the known risk of a volcanic eruption.

New Zealand military’s unexploded bombs killed Afghan civilians

By Tom Peters, 22 November 2019

Seven children were among 17 civilians killed or injured from unexploded bombs at New Zealand’s firing ranges in Bamyan, Afghanistan.

New Zealand police introduce new armed units

By Tom Peters, 16 November 2019

The Labour Party-led government is exploiting the Christchurch terrorist attack to further arm the police and increase their anti-democratic powers.

Australian Labor Party review covers up causes of federal election debacle

By Oscar Grenfell, 11 November 2019

The real reason for Labor’s defeat is that it is incapable of making a credible appeal to workers and young people, after decades of having imposed the dictates of big business.

New Zealand military to expand Pacific presence

By John Braddock, 8 November 2019

The new Defence Paper extends the military’s engagement in the region in line with Washington’s war drive against China.

New Zealand defence chief admits Afghan civilian death

By John Braddock, 28 October 2019

The admission to the Operation Burnham inquiry was the first by the Defence Force, which has repeatedly covered up the truth about the 2010 SAS raid.

New Zealand: Fire engulfs $800 million Auckland construction site

By Tom Peters, 24 October 2019

A fire that has devastated Auckland’s $700 million SkyCity Convention Centre construction site will have a significant economic impact.

New Zealand government introduces class-based immigration restrictions

By Tom Peters, 22 October 2019

The Labour Party-led government has imposed draconian restrictions to prevent working class immigrants from bringing their parents to join them in 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

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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.