The Australian Labor Party won a landslide
victory in the recent elections. At the centre of the election campaign was
Howard’s hated anti-trade union legislation. The workers of Australia voted
massively against this. But as the new Labor leader, Rudd, is no different from
Blair, what are the tasks facing genuine socialists in Australia?
Earlier this month there was a very militant 48-hour strike of the New Zealand dockworkers over pay and conditions. As usual, the bosses, while getting fat salaries themselves, claim the dockworkers are already well paid!
Piero Barrachi was
a pioneering Australian Communist, who threw himself into the struggle for a
revolutionary party in Australia after the Russian revolution. Initially he did
not understand the Stalinist degeneration but eventually he saw through it and
joined the Trotskyists. Simon Williams reviews a book about his life.