Australia & NZ

Australia & NZ

The Failure of Compromise: An Analysis of the New Zealand Election

The Failure of Compromise: An Analysis of the New Zealand Election

Written by – Kate McIntyre (Socialist Voice New Zealand) When Jacinda Ardern became leader of the New Zealand Labour Party just months before the General Election, it was expected and overdue. After nine years of the National-led government being under contested by another neoliberal, centrist party led by middle aged […]

Articles, Australia & NZ

Oppose the new Bin Tax in Yarra!

Oppose the new Bin Tax in Yarra!

Text from Socialist Councillor Stephen Jolly’s Autumn 2017 newsletter, distributed to 35,000 homes in Melbourne. Oppose the new Bin Tax! Yarra Council is planning to introduce a new tax on residents to collect bins. I am opposed to this as providing core services like rubbish collection should be included in the […]

Australia & NZ

Who controls how our cities are built?

Who controls how our cities are built?

In almost every major city in Australia construction cranes are a visible presence across the skyline. The construction boom appears unstoppable as Australia’s population is set to reach 35 million by 2050. But housing industry analysts have predicted the country is heading towards an oversupply of housing as early as […]

Australia & NZ

Is a left renewal of the Greens possible?

Is a left renewal of the Greens possible?

In late 2016 an anonymous group of NSW Greens members launched an internal faction called “Left Renewal”. In their statement they said “our struggle for social justice brings us into irreconcilable conflict with the capitalist mode of production, and all other forms of class society…This means that we reject the […]

Australia & NZ

Our democracy is broken

Our democracy is broken

Editorial from the Summer 2017 edition of The Socialist  Growing wealth inequality has become the defining issue of 21st Century capitalism. Eight people now own and control the same wealth as the poorest half of the world’s population. The neoliberal consensus that has determined government policy over the last four […]

Australia & NZ

How our legal system entrenches inequality

How our legal system entrenches inequality

The incarceration rate in Australia is exploding with an 25% increase in the prison population over the last 5 years. Australians are now incarcerated at a higher rate than any European country. This is happening at a time when violent crime is on the decrease. So why is the prison […]

Australia & NZ, Racism

The political resurrection of Pauline Hanson

The political resurrection of Pauline Hanson

The political resurrection of Pauline Hanson seemed humorously unlikely just a few years ago. There is no denying that her first foray into politics ended in complete disaster. She incited mass protests, lost her seat, was expelled from the party she created and jailed for election fraud. Now, after almost two […]

Australia & NZ

How to vote socialist for Yarra Council

How to vote socialist for Yarra Council

The local council election is on Saturday October 22. with polling centres open 8am-6pm. You can also vote early at the Florence Peel Centre 9am-5pm on weekdays up until election day next to the Fitzroy Library on Moor St. On election day you can vote at the following venues: Langridge Ward: […]

Australia & NZ

Vote Socialist for Yarra on October 22!

Vote Socialist for Yarra on October 22!

Yarra is one of the few places in Australia where community activism still thrives. We have saved schools and kindergartens, stopped the sell-off of public housing, defeated the monstrous East West Link and become the first local government in Australia to divest from fossil fuels and refugee detention. These campaigns […]

Australia & NZ

Homeless people gatecrash CEO Sleepout

Homeless people gatecrash CEO Sleepout

Last night a fence was erected around the Melbourne Convention Centre. Under the awning, away from rain and freezing winds, rows of pristine and neatly laid out cardboard shelters and top-of-the-line sleeping bags stretched along the side of the building. A professional photographer was busy taking pictures of Australia’s top […]