6 August 2004. Thought for the Week: "My wife and I have just returned from the anti-war march held today here in Brisbane. Ten thousand were anticipated - ten times that turned up. The crowd had come downtown from across the board - mums and dads pushing strollers, old couples shading themselves under brollies, pimply and excitable teens, Vietnam vets sporting medals of service. Perhaps the best evidence of the broad base of the protest could be seen in the numerous protest banners and placards. The slick logos and professional print-work of those 'seasoned' campaigners such as the Greens, Democrats and various unions were there, sure. More noticeable, however, were the home-made jobs - a crayon and Texta message scribbled on the flip side of a cut-up removalist's box. A recycled primary school project. turned over, nailed to a piece of dowel from the shed, and inscribed with a kid's plea for peace. A series of anti-war messages done up on the home computer and taped to the outside of a golfing umbrella. Someone had even cut up an old banner promoting Ronricco (an 80s hypnotist) in order to flip it over and daub it with a clear message to John Howard - 'NOT IN MY NAME'.
Today's march made me proud to be a human again. It was a heartening indication that despite the torrent of empty 'Get Saddam' rhetoric from our leaders and the fatuous pro-war spin from the chicken-hawks in the press, we the ordinary folk are thinking with our heads and talking with our feet." Webdiarist Jim Forbes in Brisbane, 16 February 2003.
"Not Happy, John" by Margo Kingston, 2004.
'OUT OF CONTROL' CURRENT ACCOUNT DEFICIT
Taken from correspondence from Jeremy
But look at our own Current Account Deficit
and Foreign Debt: Imports exceed exports by an average $5
million an hour over the last quarter. Our foreign debt is
expected to reach $400 billion by Christmas -- $20,000 for
each living soul in Australia.
HAVE AUSTRALIA'S SHEEP HALVED?
Taken from an article by John Carter,
in The Land (NSW) 22 July 2004.
Negative assessments of its impact on Australia have come from the International Monetary Fund, ACIL Tasman and the National Institute of Economic and Industry Research, which calculated it would cost Australia up to $50 billion and 200,000 jobs. They are stating the obvious. Both US and Australian debt increases each month to unprecedented levels. If I was drowning, I wouldn't embrace a drowning gorilla.
Any perusal of the effects of the North
American Free Trade Agreement on Mexico (cheap labour used
by US has bankrupted domestic companies) and Canada (no US
access for their beef despite BSE being found in both countries)
should warn us. Subsidies make US farmers much more competitive
than ours but this agreement goes much further than trade.
The Bolivian Government watched helplessly
as a multinational charged Bolivians for their own water -
until a bootmaker triggered a revolution.
The New Zealanders are not only beating us at rugby this year, they are showing far superior moral fibre as they stare down France, the US and Israel. Our senators have the chance to do a "Helen Clarke" and hold the self respect that our founding fathers gave us, but they will have to ignore the media in a testing pre-election environment.
WA OPPOSITION TO INTRODUCE NEW 'ETHNIC VILIFICATION' LAWS
In a media release 21/7/04 the WA Coalition
announced they "will introduce new ethnic vilification
What's the purpose?
Let's look at some of the words the lady
I would have thought any acts of vandalism,
threats of inflicting harm, or slanderous defamation against
any citizen, no matter of what race or religion, was already
covered by the present criminal code.
Mrs. Walker says: "The new laws
that we are proposing will clarify what constitutes a racially
or religiously motivated offence and make it easier for police
and lawyers to prosecute people for religiously motivated
crimes as well as introduce tougher penalties."
So, what's the purpose?
ISRAEL WILL PROSECUTE HOLOCAUST DENIERS
Jerusalem Post, July 19, 2004
by Nina Gilbert
A more practical implication of the law
is that it would deter Holocaust deniers from visiting Israel.
A REIGN OF TERROR -- BY ANOTHER NAME?
by Ahmed Janabi
Media reports suggest that more than 3,000 Iraqi academics and high-profile professionals have left Iraq recently, not to mention the thousands of Iraqis who are travelling out of the country every day in search of work and safety. "Iraqis used to leave Iraq during the 13-year United Nations sanctions for better work opportunities, but they are leaving now to avoid being assassinated by unknown well-organised death squads," said political analyst and politics professor Dhafir Salman.
Usama al-Ani, Director of the Research
and Development Department in the Ministry of Higher Education
and Scientific Research said top Iraqi scientists have been
targeted by foreign parties. "I believe Iraqi scientists
are being targeted by foreign powers, most probably Israel".
Before the war on Iraq, United States and United Kingdom officials repeatedly accused the Iraqi government of triggering the exodus of four million educated Iraqis. But under the occupation the rate of emigration has increased. "Iraqi universities have lost 1,315 scientists who hold M.A. and Ph.D. degrees," al-Ani said. "This number constitutes eight per cent of the 15,500 Iraqi academics. Up until now, 30 per cent of those who were sacked as a result of the campaign have left Iraq."
Iraq is rich in intellectuals, largely
as a result of Saddam Hussein's policy of sending tens of
thousands of Iraqi students abroad to gain post graduate degrees
in a wide range of disciplines.
FURTHER ESCALATION OF WAR IN MIDDLE EAST?
Newsmax.com pushes propaganda for the Bush regime so the following 'news' release needs to be read based on that understanding.
"Too many Washington sources are
telling us this, so it may be imminent. Israel is set to attack
Iran's nuclear facilities, fearing that the Islamic regime
will use atomic weapons on the Jewish state. (Or maybe the
Iranians believe the Israelis have Iran in their sights as
they push for further control of the Middle East?
Before Sept. 11, 2001 there were scattered reports that Israel was preparing to strike Iranian targets. Clearly, Iran today is much more advanced in its weapons program. One source told NewsMax that Israel is not sure it can destroy Iran's nuclear facilities with aerial bombing alone and may need to use special ops forces on the ground. Others suggest that Israel will deploy one of its submarines to the Persian Gulf and fire cruise missiles at key targets.
The U.S. believes that Iran has pursued
a nuclear weapon for the past 18 years. In recent years, the
Iranians have given only lip service to the U.N.'s International
Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Israel does not believe that
oil-rich Iran is interested in building a peaceful atomic
program solely for domestic energy needs. And Israel has become
frustrated with the U.N.'s inability to get Iran to comply.
Last week, Israeli officials were miffed after the head of
the IAEA, Mohammed Elbaradei visited Israel and demanded that
Israel give up its nuclear arsenal.
MISSING FROM OUR ARCHIVES"THE NEW TIMES" Vol.19, No.5, March 20 1953.
We are hoping one of our older readers can help us with this matter.
As we come near to the finish of the mammoth task of scanning, proof reading and placing on website and CD the last forty years of the League's On Target, a much greater task has been commenced by our 'loyal slaves' of doing the same with the original "The New Times".
But, we find there are some numbers missing from our collection. At this stage we need a copy of Volume 19, No.5, March 20, 1953. Can anyone out there help us?
If so, please send the copy to: Betty Luks, P.O. Box 27, Happy Valley S.A. 5159.
BASIC FUNDWe are getting there! The figure this week has reached $47,191.60. Thank you one and all.
LETTERS TO THE EDITORWhose accountable?
The Editor, Traf News: Dear Sir,
Should the experts be accountable for their advice? We get a warranty on a car, a TV, and other things we buy. If a group of people have taken the advice of the experts of the day and the promised results don't happen, do the experts have an obligation to fix the problem?
The rural industry took the advice of the experts in the 1960's. Dr Henry Shapper was one and Doug Anthony, leader of the Country Party was another who told them that if 10% of them left the industry it would be OK for the rest of them. "Get big or get out" was the slogan.
In those days there were 300,000 farmers, today there are 80,000.
Farmers have been taking the advice of the experts for 40 years. This issue has been publicized by the "Future Farmers" group. They appealed to Mr. Howard and the reply through Mr. Truss was "get more efficient and do more research and development". These people have got more efficient, the production per man is enormous, and they are going backwards financially.
There used to be a saying "what's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander". Is it not time for the experts to take their own advice and "get more efficient and do more research and development". The ideas of economists affect every one of us so much. There used to be a word for people who give out advice that they are not willing to take themselves.
D.J. Auchterlonie, Trafalgar, Vic. 18/6/04
Not unique among those threatened
SYDNEY CONSERVATIVE SPEAKERS CLUBThursday, August 26th - Annual General Meeting & Roy Gustard's, "Books Worth Reading".
Thursday 30th September, 2004. Guest speaker will be Mr. David Hooper.
Subject: "Origins of the British Monarchy".
Books will be on display as usual by the Heritage Book Service. Should you want a certain book, it can be ordered through the Heritage Book Service, P.O. Box 6086, Lake Munmorah, 2259, or Phone: (02) 4358 3634.
SOUTH AUSTRALIA'S STATE WEEKENDThe 36th Annual Seminar, Dinner and Action Conference will be held over 21-22nd August 2004. The venue for both days will be The Public Schools' Club, 207 East Terrace, Adelaide.
Seminar: "A Realignment to the Real World". Admittance: $13.50 per person.
Saturday, 21st August, 2004. Registration from 12.30pm. Commence 1.30pm.
Speakers: Mr. David Brockschmidt, "What in the world is happening to the Welfare Groups?"-- Mr. Brian Waters, "Building Local Economies & Renewing Communities" -- and Mrs. Betty Luks, "Let's Start to get Our Priorities Right".
Frank Bawden Memorial Dinner: Saturday 21st, to be seated by 6.30pm.
Please note: The correct charge for the 3-course Dinner is $27.50 per person.
Bar facilities available.
Divine Service & Sunday Action Conference: From 10.00am. The Action Conference will commence with a Divine Service followed by individual reports. Come prepared to have some input.
Lunch can be provided -- please make your booking: $12.00 per person.
The messages will be taped by Mayo Tapes and available for sale. A wide selection of books, audios and videos will be available for sale. Come early and browse.
South Australians: Contact Doug and Jean Holmes for further details, phone: 08 8296 4704
NATIONAL WEEKEND COMING UPWe do hope there are many, many folk already making plans for attending the National Weekend in Albury, NSW. It will take place over the 8th, 9th and 10th October, 2004. We will have the pleasure of hearing such great speakers as Wally Klinck of Canada, Jeremy Lee of Queensland and Roy Gustard of New South Wales. National Director, Betty Luks will open the Seminar by welcoming everyone in attendance.
Make sure of your accommodation at the Hume Motor Inn by phoning and booking your rooms. Phone: 02 6021 2733.
All meetings will be held at the Hume Motor Inn in the Main Function Room, 406 Wodonga Place, Albury, NSW.
BOOKS, BOOKS FROM THE MAILING SERVICES
"NOT HAPPY, JOHN":
by Margo Kingston: Solicitor, lecturer in business law and
political commentator, Sydney Morning Herald journalist Margo
Kingston thinks its crunch time for Australia. She tells us
she isn't interested in the old, out-worn left-right rhetoric,
what she is interested in is the urgent need for Australians
to reassert the core values that once made this nation a humane,
egalitarian, liberal democracy -- the core values with which
MODERN PALESTINE: ONE LAND, TWO PEOPLE by Ilan Pappe: A teacher at Haifa University in Israel, Mr. Pappe is well known for his revisionist interpretation of Israel's history and as a critic of its policies towards the Palestinians. This story of Palestine takes the reader back to the Ottomans in the early 1800s, the reign of Muhammad Ali, traces the arrival of the early Zionists through the British mandate at the beginning of the 20th Century, the continues on to establishment of Israel in 1948 and the subsequent wars and conflicts. At centre stage are those who have lived through these times. It is a story of co-existence and co-operation as well as oppression, occupation and exile. Price: $45.50 includes postage.
TO PROTECT AND TO SERVE by Tim Priest and Richard Basham: Former policeman Tim Priest came to our attention through an article he wrote for Quadrant Jan.-Feb. 2004, "The Rise of Middle Eastern Crime in Australia". His wrote of his own experience 'on the beat' which confirmed that the rise of Middle Eastern organised crime in Sydney will have an impact on our society unlike anything yet seen. But the corruption and decay is much deeper than that and along with co-author Richard Basham he exposes the truth about the New South Wales Police Service in "To Protect and to Serve". The 'spin doctors' are not just working amongst politicians, they are in all institutions and systems, as this book helps to reveal. The authors claim that with crime spiralling out of control, plummeting morale among the rank and file, the police service in NSW is on the point of collapse. Truly a 'wake up call' for us all. Price: $40.00 posted.
"On Target" is published by the Australian League of Rights, Box 1052. G.P.O. Melbourne 3001.