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April 14 1978. Thought for the Week: "During the last few years the French Revolution has become less a subject for historical research than the theme of the popular journalist who sees in that lurid period material to be written up with a profit. This being so, accuracy plays no part in his scheme. For the art of successful journalism is not to illuminate the public mind but to reflect it, to tell it in even stronger terms what it thinks already, and therefore to confirm rather than to dispel popular illusions."
Mrs. Nesta Webster, in the Preface to her French Revolution (1919)
SOPHISTICATED CAMPAIGN AGAINST QUEENSLAND PREMIER
The barrage of invective, slander, and "holier-than-thou"
bigotry launched against Mr. Bjelke-Petersen is the intensification
of a growing campaign to eliminate the man who, more than anyone else,
is a thorn in the side of revolutionary politics. The Aurukun-Mornington
Island affair is the latest example of a situation where a smear barrage
is being used to cloud the real issues.
Latest to use this tack is Democrat Party leader Don Chipp, a political Don Quixote if ever there was one, who suggests that he has to question Mr. Petersen's sanity. Phillip Adams, writing in The Age (8/4/78) claimed that "Australia's smallest, noisiest and most irresponsible minority (one man with a handful of neanderthal henchmen) has kidnapped an entire State..." The Australian (9/4/78) reported a prayer vigil in Brisbane by the so-called "Concerned Christian Movement" during which 12 protesters were arrested; and so the propaganda barrage goes on.
The truth is that the Queensland Premier, and the State Minister for Aboriginal and Islander Affairs, Mr. Charles Porter, have forestalled by their resolute action, another completely unconstitutional intrusion by the Federal Government as part of a deadly exploitation of a race question. Although some starry-eyed federal politicians may not realise it, there is both national and international concentration on the aboriginal question as an issue with the potential to place Australia on the same rack on which Rhodesia and South Africa are now suffering.
The part played by the new cuckoo in the nest,
the Uniting Church, is significant. Claims have been made that this
body has been dealing with Aborigines for the last 70 years. Nothing
could be further from the truth. In fact, the Uniting Church is a very
recent merger between Methodists, Congregationalists and Presbyterians,
the terms of which forced many Presbyterians to form separate congregations.
There are at least four separate Presbyterian Churches as a direct result
of the merger.
While many sincere Australians have moved into the Uniting Church, there is no doubt that it has become a ready made vehicle for radical exploitation. The first prayer vigil against the Premier of Queensland two years ago was launched at a meeting in Brisbane so stacked with left wingers, radicals and Marxists that Mr. Porter was able to expose the real aims of the movement in a speech in Parliament. It is apparent that the Uniting Church has been able to exploit and confuse the Aborigines on Queensland Reserves who until quite recently were content with State Government administration.
It is hardly surprising that 750 Aborigines - basically simple and unsophisticated people - are prey to the intense propaganda methods now being used on the Aborigine question. Behind this propaganda is the long-term aim of creating black states in northern Australia, in which the last people to exercise real control, would be the Aborigines. From a defence angle such a step would be disastrous.
Although the 1967 Referendum gave the Commonwealth Government power to legislate on behalf of Aborigines, this never included the power to intrude on State sovereignty of land, nor to set up separate States. In fact a separate clause of the Constitution sets up provision for New States, such steps to be taken only in conjunction with existing States. No mention has been made of this clause in the Fraser Government's proposed legislation. The truth is that the Commonwealth is exploiting emotional arguments as an excuse to act illegally. If there were any justice on Mr. Fraser's side, he would be as eager as the Queensland Premier to take the matter to the Supreme Court.
It is now conceivable that the United Nations will begin to point its finger at Australia. The Age (22/3/78) reported moves by the ALP's Senator Keeffe, asking for a U.N. investigation of Australia's treatment of Aborigines. His letter included the question of Queensland Aborigines. Amongst his accusations was the statement that the Federal Government is ignoring Aborigines over uranium. He might have mentioned the appalling mess the Federal Government has made of the aboriginal question in the Northern Territory. However, those who have criticised the Federal Government's handling of uranium seem to have no compunction in urging the same government to impose their standards on aboriginal people in Queensland. They are trimming their moral arguments to their political objectives.
AUSTRALIAN FISHERMEN IN SOVIET NET
Not content with subsidising Australian beef to the Soviet Union, a new proposal for Soviet involvement in Australia's fishing industry is now under consideration. The Western Advertiser (30/3/78) said: "Russian interests have promised a $100 million per year industry based at Portland if a joint venture proposal is approved by the Federal and Victorian Governments. In addition, a $10 million cannery would be constructed at Portland to employ 200-300 people, providing a two year study drew the same conclusions the Russians have already about the potential of the area.
Some local trawler men are opposed to the Russian
scheme and consider it a trade off for Australian beef and wheat exports
to Russia...." Those involved in this proposal include the Russian State
Fishing Organisation, Sovrybflot, with a 45% interest, Commercial Bureau
(Aust) Pty. Ltd. with 28%, and a newly formed company, Australian Bight
Trawl Industries with 27%.
The same paper reported that Portland trawler
men are fighting to keep the Soviets out. They claim that there could
be a wholly Australian owned trawl fishing industry worth $35 million
within five years if the Communists are kept out. The SAFCOL group has
told Federal Minister for Primary Industry, Ian Sinclair, to whom the
submissions for the joint venture have been made, that it is actively
opposed to any joint venture with foreign interests in the waters of
In spite of the Commonwealth Government's economic
policies of "restrained" deflation the Budget Deficit, with which the
Treasury and its political marionettes are obsessed, is way up: over
$300 million above what it was this time last year. Figures published
in the dailies this week disclose that the Government's Social Security
Bill thus far this financial year (nine months) is $5,586 million. Recent
revelations of Social Security rackets indicate that unknown millions
of this amount has been poured down the drain at the taxpayers' expense;
and the medical profession is losing public respect as its members are
being accused of taking the "hypocritic" oath, rather than the Hippocratic
Common Law (contd.)
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