[Marxism] New Zealand Labour Party

Philip Ferguson philipferguson8 at gmail.com
Tue Jan 20 18:48:22 MST 2015


These days Labour is very much the party of social liberalism (indeed,
National too is fairly socially liberal these days).

However, that wasn’t always the case. Labour was a strong supporter of the
White New Zealand policy in the years after World War 1; the second Labour
government went along with keeping Maori out of an All Blacks team to South
Africa; and the third Labour government, especially Kirk, were anti-gay
rights and anti women’s right to abortion. The first homosexual law reform
bill was actually put forward by a National MP, Venn Young.

An interesting piece on Labour’s socially illiberal past here:
https://rdln.wordpress.com/2015/01/20/labour-always-in-the-rearguard-never-the-vanguard/

Phil



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