New Zealand politics: Labour needs to remember who they’re fighting – ramblings of a #Māori socialist

National will win the 2014 elections, but it won’t be due to any politicking by the Right. Since David Cunliffe became the leader of the NZ Labour Party, the political Centre-Left has gravitated more towards creating factions and discord than a sense of political direction and unity against the capitalist National government. Labour needs to […]

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Tim Wilson, George Brandis and Section 18c – systemic racism in Australia stoops to a new low

Usually the end of the year is a season of festivity not right wing political reforms upholding systemic racism. The Australian attorney general, George Brandis, has appointed Tim Wilson as the country’s ‘Freedom’ Human Rights Commissioner. As one of many recent politicking schemes, the other being funding cuts to legal aid services, the Abbott government […]

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Tony Abbott would see the indigenous incarceration rate rise just to save $9m

Mass indigenous imprisonment seems to be a trend for colonial governments – Australia though, appears to pride itself on a whole new different meaning of systemic racism. Yesterday PM Tony Abbott announced funding cuts to the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services, in a bid to save the Government $9-13m over a period […]

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The irony of New Zealand and the Avatar Sequels: ramblings of a Maori socialist

Given the current political climate surrounding New Zealand’s growing chumminess with multinational corporations (as well as the country’s colonial history) one could unquestionably agree that Aotearoa is the right place for the filming of the Avatar sequels – for all the wrong reasons obviously. The first Avatar instalment was heavily drenched in themes of capitalism, […]

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