13 July 2001. Thought for the Week: "Fear of The Machine is fear of Leisure. Fancy grown men and women being afraid of the machines they have invented and made! If it were not tragic, it would be enough to make a cat laugh! Why not master The Machine by taking your Leisure - and using it? Incidentally, there is no other way of mastering The Machine.
"Social Credit Clearly Explained" by John Hargrave, 1945
AUSTRALIANS ALL LET US REJOICE AND PRAISE THE GST
by Jeremy Lee
And the results are foreboding. Nobody,
including the politicians, claim that it has made taxation
'simpler'. The most creative spin-doctor can no longer get
away with that one. As far as the 'black' economy is concerned
it has, contrary to Costello's predictions, burgeoned. The
Weekend Australian (30/6-1/7/01) reported:
The latest polls show 58 percent of income
earners claim they are worse off since the GST was introduced.
The Australian Financial Review (4/7/01) reported an
Australia-wide survey by the National Association of Retail
Grocers showed that the cost-of-compliance for small retailers,
turning over up to $5 million, was 28.25 cents for every dollar
of GST collected, compared with only 1.25 cents per dollar
for the retail majors. The report went on:
Meanwhile, a major nation-wide research project, conducted in every one of Australia's 632 local government areas, has come up with a picture that is going to worry the major parties. The Australian Financial Review (4/7/01) said: ".... Its conclusions, if borne out by the federal election, will bring out worries for both major parties, since they suggest that the old assumptions about the basic stability of the two-party system may be under threat, if not under siege, from an increasingly volatile rural and regional electorate .... It is possible for independents, or representatives of minor parties, to grab the balance of power ...."
And so say all of us!
MORE TAX PAIN IN THE PIPELINE
As city costs burgeon, more and more Australians have opted for home-based businesses. The change has been made easier by the IT revolution, which allows a great deal of routine paper-work once done by roomfuls of secretaries and book-keepers to be carried out by computer. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australia now has 615,000 home-based businesses, many of them employing a small number of workers. This apparently is not to the liking of the Australian Tax Office, which has in the pipeline the Alienation of Personal Services Income. This has erected another series of hurdles for struggling small businesses.
Peter Switzer, writing in The Australian (5/7/01) described it thus: "The tax office crackdown on personal services contractors threatens home-based businesses, consultants, self-employed professionals and tradespeople. The approach is insensitive and anti-business .... The tax office has savaged small business with the Business Activity Statement and the Alienation of Personal Service Income legislation. ..... Small business woes started with the Ralph Committee, which made the recommendations that inspired A New Tax System or ANTS which produced the GST. But John Ralph, who headed up the review of business taxation is a classic big-business captain of industry. Not surprisingly, ANTS has the big end of town written all over it .... This tax change could have a devastating impact on young entrepreneurs wanting to have a go in business .... By letting the tax office off the leash, Mr. Howard is worrying more than 615,000 home-based businesses run by more than 811,000 owners...."
The implications of all this were spelled out in a special front-page box in The Australian (6/7/01), when veteran economic commentator Robert Gottliebsen said: "Prime Minister John Howard and Opposition leader Kim Beazley should unite to end the retrospective bastardisation of 1.4 million Australians by deferring the Business Tax (Personal Services Income) Act for one year....... Via unfair retrospective action, tens and possibly hundreds of thousands of businesses are facing the most severe punishment possible. For many it means the end of their businesses ....."
Which will weigh heavier with the Coalition? The ever-present desire to squeeze as much blood as possible from the mangled corpse of a once-free-enterprise Australia? Or the fact that a federal election looms ever closer?
PRIVATISATION RUNNING OUT OF PUFF?
According to an OECD report, over the last decade the world-wide figure for privatization deals was $US1 trillion ($A1.9 trillion). But this year the figure will drop to about $US100 billion. The Australian Financial Review (4/7/01) said: " ....The slowdown will continue, the OECD predicts in its 'Financial Trends' publication, released yesterday, because existing privatisation programs are maturing and the number of potential new privatisation candidates is shrinking. Governments have largely worked through highly competitive sectors such as banking and manufacturing and less competitive sectors like utilities and infrastructure are left with the assets most difficult to privatise for political and regulatory reasons ...."
Of Australia's position the OECD report said: " .... During the second half of the 1990s, revenues from the sale of assets by State and Federal Governments in Australia earned an average of $US11 billion ($A20 billion) per year, making Australia's one of the most active privatisation programs in the OECD .... Privatisation in Australia has basically affected a broad range of sectors, including banking, manufacturing, electric power, telecommunications, oil and gas...."
Only Hungary and Portugal had bigger proceeds from privatisation relative to GDP that Australia. What else could we sell? Well, there are six Parliament Houses, plus a Territory Assembly, as well as their canteen operations and "private members' bars". We could flog off the MCG, Sydney Cricket Ground and the 'Gabba. And what about the Australian Tax Office? But, it seems, we're beginning to scrape the bottom of the barrel!
THE ODD BIT OF SENSE IN THE MEDIA
We don't normally go along with much
of what Greg Sheridan writes. He's a strong advocate for globalism
and regionalism. But he has baulked at the proposal for an
International Criminal Court, writing in The Australian
(5/7/01) some eminent sense:
Meanwhile, Andrew Bolt wrote a scathing criticism of Victoria's new Racial and Religious Tolerance legislation in The Herald Sun (25/6/01), concluding: " .... These laws are unfair, elitist, unnecessary and damaging. They will please only activists and professional complainers out for cash ...."
HARASSMENT ALL THE WAY
Pauline Hanson of One Nation and Graeme
Campbell, former Labor and them independent for Kalgoorlie,
have reconciled their differences, and Mr. Campbell will lead
a Senate ticket for One Nation in Western Australia. Predictably,
within days of this announcement, Senator Ron Boswell (the
grim weeper) was quoted in The Australian Jewish News
(6/7/01) in these terms:
Senator Boswell's words - which the
League of Rights expects to survive, somehow - were echoed
by public affairs director of the B'nai B'rith Anti-Defamation
Commission, Mr. Benseon Apple.
AUSTRALIA'S GROWTH INDUSTRY: INSOLVENCY
by Antonia Feitz
A large proportion of those failed businesses were small unincorporated businesses, family businesses. They were ordinary men and women whose entrepreneurial urge to give it a go has resulted in their hopes and dreams deliberately destroyed by the Howard Government. Pre-GST many of them might have made it.
Though John Howard's father was a small businessman it seems his son has no loyalty to his origins. The Howard Government was advised the GST would destroy tens of thousands of small businesses but it didn't care. They care only for the big end of town. According to people in the insolvency 'industry' things are going to get a lot worse (but better for them!). They claim many small businesses struggling to survive are using their GST collections to pay bills because of the cash flow problem the loathed tax has created. But it's only staving off the inevitable. David Purcell, a partner with Walker Insolvency Lawyers, told the SMH that the only reason there have not been more business collapses is because the ATO hasn't yet cracked down on businesses not paying the GST. Clearly the government doesn't want to face the political fall-out of small businesses' distress - yet.
Purcell said, "There has been a rise in insolvencies already but we have not seen anywhere near the full impact. When the eruption occurs then we will have an economic calamity on our hands." Can't wait. According to the splendidly named Ms. Christine Christian, chief executive of Dun and Bradstreet, because small businesses are "at the end of the food chain" with regard to the GST they won't survive. Such is the true nature of Australia's 'prosperity': insolvency lawyers and accountants are enjoying a boom while the hardest-working biggest generator of jobs - small business - is being destroyed.
THE MEEK AND POOR WILL INHERIT THE EARTH
by Antonia Feitz
Stove rightly commented that suggesting such a policy would "elicit howls of rage from the chattering classes in Australia". Indeed it would from our child-hating, feminist-influenced governments and bureaucracies. Why? Because any allowance that approached a real income would give families a genuine choice about using child care or staying at home. And as survey after survey has shown, most mothers - not all but most - want to be at home with their babies. Fancy that.
Most interesting was the quotation of a very frank opinion expressed by a French Muslim spokesman, Mohammed Saboui, who was reported as saying: "Our well-functioning 'peaceful' invasion of Europe has not been completed yet. We want to act simultaneously in all host countries. Since you keep on making more and more room available for us [by not breeding and prohibiting racial discrimination in migration policies], we would be stupid not to fully profit by it. ... You have framed laws that penalise those who utter any racist expression against us. And you can't see how blinded you are... One only respects what one fears." (Catholic, December 1998-January 1999, quoted in News Weekly, 19/5/01)
It doesn't get clearer than that. Mohammed Saboui has clearly warned the once-Christian Europeans if/when Muslims are in power there won't be any decadent Western politically-correct rubbish about anti-discrimination and so-called human rights. No, the Muslims will abide by - and impose - their strict morality on the remnant Europeans. Christians might have won the battle of Lepanto in 1571, but without a miracle in the form of a religious renaissance it's looking like the Muslims might yet win the war for Europe. If they do, good on 'em because immoral societies deserve and get annihilation.
As Stove commented, "It is tempting for us as individuals to sympathise with Muslims' loathing for the West's moral decay." Yes, all sensible people know that throughout history civilisations have been destroyed through moral decay, typically expressed in the decline of the family unit, and it looks like our civilisation will be no different. The tragic thing is that the Christian West's decline was not organic but engineered against the will of the people by deliberate government policies introduced under the guise of protecting Fabian-defined, atheistic, spurious 'human rights' and promoting such nation and culture-destroying absurdities as 'valuing diversity' in formerly homogenous nation states.
Britain is perhaps the most tragic example. Enoch Powell warned what would happen. Thirty years on it cannot be denied that he's been proven correct and his critics have been proven wrong. Yet the madness continues. Goaded by powerful but extremely unrepresentative groups such as Jewish Anti-Defamation Leagues/Commissions and B'nai B'rith, Western governments worldwide have actually legislated to make objecting to the moral decline - because of 'intolerance' - a punishable offence! That's pretty clever, don't you think?
THE 10 POINTS OF THE MANIFESTO
Those interested in "the pedigree of
ideas" may recall the 10 points listed by Karl Marx in The
Communist Manifesto, as essential for the drive towards
Communism. In my copy (Progress Publishers, Moscow, 1966)
they were all listed on pages 73 and 74. Re-read in 2001,
they could well be the platform for modern western governments.
The 10 points are:
These points - especially No 4 - came to mind with the recent move by the Federal Government for the confiscation of property belonging to those suspected of crimes.
YOU COULD BE STRIPPED OF YOUR HOME, YOUR CAR AND EVERYTHING YOU OWN!
A news-letter from Ronald Bradley and Elaine Hollingsworth, of the Hippocrates Health Centre, Mudgeeraba, 4213 - (07) 5530 2860 E-mail: email@example.com Website: www.hippocrates.com.au/freedom - reads as follows:
A proposed Federal law - The Criminal Assets Recovery Bill 2001 (www.aph.gov.au) - would soon allow the Commonwealth Government to immediately confiscate ALL assets of anyone ACCUSED of a 'serious' offence. They wouldn't have to convict you, or even prosecute you. Government agents would be authorized to seize all your assets - your home, car, bank-account, jewellery, everything - at any time. And you and your family would be in the street, without funds to even hire a lawyer to defend yourself against false accusations.
Similar blatantly unconstitutional "asset forfeiture" laws have existed in the USA for more than 20 years. Thousands of innocent middle-class Americans have been instantly stripped of billions of dollars in cash and property, at the flash of a badge. For horrific details, visit www.fear.org
Politicians and the compliant media may tell you "We're only going to use this law to get those nasty drug dealers who are now slipping through the cracks". We suggest that - if draconian enforcement methods such as this could achieve their goal - American streets would NOT now be awash with more and better illegal drugs - at lower prices - than ever before.
You can stop this outrageously evil legislation in its tracks. Make copies of this letter. Share with your family, friends, neighbours, co-workers. 2001 is an election year and politicians want to keep their jobs. Tell John Howard, Kim Beazley, your local MP and the media what YOU think! We can only add our own concern.
Our system is ancient, and says NO-ONE should be penalized before a fair trial and proof of guilt. Many of our safeguards are being eroded by those who claim it is to DO GOOD. Members should be asked for a copy of this proposed Bill, and what they personally intend doing about it.
GENETICALLY-MODIFIED POSTPONEMENTThe Australian Conservation Foundation is launching a campaign to postpone the introduction of genetically-modified organisms into Australian agriculture for five years. In a special campaign newsletter prepared by Bob Phelps (who spoke at the League's national seminar in Melbourne in 1999) a well-documented and illustrated case outlining the dangers - and safe, organic alternatives - is available for those who want more information and/or an action mechanism, copies can be ordered by phone from (03) 9926 6732, or the GeneEthics Network on (03) 9416 2222. Bob Phelps is co-ordinator of the latter.
QUEENSLAND SEMINAR TAPES
The following tapes are available on
speeches made at the very successful Queensland seminar of
the Australian League of Rights:
COST: $5.00 per tape, including postage. Money, with order, from: CVA TAPES, PO Box 987, Inverell, NSW, 2360.
WEST AUSTRALIA'S STATE WEEKEND
Saturday, August 11th - 35th Annual Seminar
& Dinner for the Australian League of Rights. "Globalism or
Sunday, August 12th - Australian League of Rights "Action Day". Venue for both days: Perth - Rose and Crown Hotel - Guildford - Phone: 08 9574 6042 For further inquiries and information please contact Maureen Burton, State Secretary: Phone/Fax: 08 9574 6042. After hours: 08 9574 6260
SCHEDULE for Australian League of Rights
Tour July/August 2001 with speaker Mrs. Betty Luks, National
SOUTH AUSTRALIA'S STATE WEEKEND : August 18th & 19th
Seminar: Saturday, August 18th - 10am
to 5pm. "Centenary of the Federal Commonwealth". Venue: Christ
Church Parish Centre, O'Halloran Hill, South Australia. Admission
$12 per person.
Dinner: Saturday, August 18th, from 6.30pm "Frank Bawden Memorial Dinner" Cost: $22 per person, 3-Courses. Bar facilities are not available, please BYO alcoholic drinks.
Action Conference: Sunday, August 19th. Admission $12 - includes lunch.
Wendy Scurr & Andrew McGregor meetings
- "Deceit & Terrorism at Port Arthur" Victoria: Melbourne
- details to be finalised.
South Australia: Pt. Pirie: Wednesday, August 15th - details to be finalised.
"On Target" is published by the Australian League of Rights, Box 1052. G.P.O. Melbourne 3001.