NZ: Labour’s fake opposition to the Iraq war

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...

New Zealand: The rise and fall of the Alliance

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...

A brief history of the Socialist Party

The Socialist Party began in Australia in the mid-1980s. We trace our roots through a group called Militant in Britain, which helped set up the Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI). The CWI is...

S11 protests September 2000

A report from the famous World Economic Forum protests in Melbourne from September 11-13th, 2000. The S11-S13 protests in Melbourne marked a sea change in Australian politics. Thousands of workers and even more youth came...

Obituary: Joe Ferguson

Joe Ferguson, former president of the Builders Labourers Federation, and one of the most pivotal figures in the turbulent NSW building industry over the last 50 years, died in mid-November (1997) following a stroke. A...

Vale Ted Bull

Ted Bull, long-time Communist and trade union militant died shortly before Christmas and was farewelled at a well-attended memorial meeting organised by the Victorian Trades Hall Council. Before his retirement Ted was a waterside...

Workers First election launch

Fighting back in the AMWU Melbourne: The gloves are off in the fight to knock over the current leadership of the Amalgamated Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) and turn the union back into a militant organisation...

Canberra – government for the rich

Workers need a new party The disarray of the Federal government reflects an even greater crisis within the leaders of the industrial and financial worlds; natural supporters of the government. If we care to look,...