Green Party leaders and radical unionists are not the only NZers with a past pattern of links to Ausralian Marxist-Leninists.
According to “Direct Action” (newspaper of the DSP, before it changed its name to Green Left Weekly) of 11.9.1990, Anderton had toured Australia in July. In Brisbane he met with “progressives” including the New Left Party, Socialist Party of Australia and the Democratic Socialist Party.
The New Left Party was the new name for the Communist Party of Australia. The Socialist Party of Australia, was a pro Soviet breakaway from the Communist Party, which confusingly, adopted the Communist Party name in 1996, after the demise of the New Left Party. The DSP (or Socialist Workers Party as it was then known) had attempted mergers with both parties in the late ’80s.
In July 1991 Anderton was a keynote speaker at a “Socialist Scholars Conference” in Melbourne . The conference was organised by the DSP and featured Marxist speakers from all over the world.
Anderton shared the closing plenary with Filipino Trotskyite academic, Francisco Nemenzo and Frank Stilwell, president of the Australian, New Left Party.
According to the Christchurc Press of 23.11.1992, Anderton was preparing to go to Australia for five days to meet financiers. “Basically we have to get in front of the business community“. In Melbourne, the Press reported that Anderton would also address a dinner given by the Rainbow Alliance-a coalition of minor parties including Greens and the Democratic Socialist Party.
The same month, Anderton wrote a letter to Green Left Weekly Number 80, offering condolences on death from cancer of DSP leader, Jim Percy. Writing on behalf of the National Council and members of the New Labour Party, Anderton had this to say.
“The NLP mourns the loss of Jim Percy. We have had the privilege of sharing political ideas with Jim and the DSP since our foundation. We have appreciated the support and the solidarity extended to us. Jim was committed to a world cleansed of war and oppression. we share his vision.”