Tūmanako*: New Zealand’s Labour-led government

October 30, 2017 at 4:52 pm (elections, New Zealand, posted by JD, reformism)

By Lesley Maher (this article also appears in the latest issue of Solidarity and on the Workers Liberty website)

Jacinda Adern
Above: Jacinda Ardern

Twenty-six days after a general election, and on the eve of the Labour Day holiday weekend, (21-23 October) Aotearoa (New Zealand) has a new Labour-led coalition government. New Zealand’s Labour Day public holiday was celebrated for the first time in 1900. The Liberal government of the day offered the new public holiday instead of acceding to labour movement demands for a lawful eight-hour working day. It is poignant that it was this weekend when we learned our wish to be rid of the outgoing National (Tory) government meant swallowing the rat of a coalition government with the nationalist New Zealand First party. Read the rest of this entry »

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Two powerful voices of decency on marriage equality

April 25, 2013 at 12:45 pm (civil rights, France, gay, good people, Human rights, Jim D, New Zealand)

Christiane Taubira, the French Minister for Justice on 29th January this year (click on “subtitles” icon for English translation):

…and, a few days ago in the New Zealand House of Representatives, the witty Maurice Williamson:

H/t (for Williamson): Serge Paul

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