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13 October 1978. Thought for the Week: "Because something is new it is not necessarily bad, neither is it automatically good. Yet we have so blindly accepted the dogma that anything new is better than anything old, and that all change is good, that we have sacrificed on the altar of Progress, virtually all our moral, political, and social values. Further, we have accepted as definitions what are in fact equations: Modern=new=change=progress= improvement. And whatever is necessary to bring about change is accepted as right, or at least justifiable."
Prince Michel Sturdza, in the Foreword to his "Betrayal by Rulers" (1976)
THE NEW SOUTH WALES STATE ELECTIONS
"The lesson is for him (Mr. Fraser) to start taking more notice of public concern with unemployment levels and to stop pretending to give tax cuts with one hand then imposing tax surcharges with the other, Mr. Wran said." The Sun, Melbourne, October 9th.
If Mr. Fraser really does think that the sweeping
victory at the polls, gained by Mr. Neville Wran, the N.S.W. Premier,
last Saturday was merely a personal victory, then he is deceiving himself
cruelly. With consummate arrogance, or ignorance, or both, Mr. Fraser
further observed that Mr. Wran's victory was possible only because of
the financial policies of the Fraser Government. Yes, the mind boggles!
There is no doubt in our minds that the vote
was yet another rebuff to the Fraser Government particularly on the
issue of unemployment. Other issues are quite clear-cut, and have been
commented on by the political journalists of the media. Michelle Grattan,
of The Age (Melbourne) picked up the point about Mr. Fraser's
Achilles Heel, his massive backbench. We have often referred to this:
we agree with her that Mr. Fraser's massive backbench - already restive
- could become even more so. We think it will.
Those who oppose Fluoridation are not interested "inquiries" - they are interested in a referendum of local citizens on whether Fluoridation comes in, or stays out! An "inquiry" is a weak attempt to dodge the issue, as both the Liberals and the A.L.P. are committed to Fluoridation. We trust that our many Ballarat supporters will not be deceived by this "inquiry" ploy, and will insist on a referendum: "Yes" or "No" to Fluoridation!
We must agree, again, with Michelle Grattan, of The Age (Melbourne) who thinks that the Victorian Liberals will hit the panic button if there is a significant swing against them in Ballarat; and this in turn will rebound off Mr. Hamer onto Mr. Fraser - thus stirring the Fraser backbench up still further. We feel sorry for Mr. Peter Coleman, the former Leader of the N.S.W. Opposition, who has lost his seat in the N.S.W. Parliament. He's a decent fellow, but the victim of political forces are far too strong for him. The greatest overall effect of the N.S.W. Elections may well be the extra nails, which have been driven into Mr. Fraser's coffin.
FROM BRITISH 'ON TARGET' (23rd September '78)
Council on Foreign Relations
WHAT GOES ON IN NICARAGUA?
To most Australians Nicaragua is a little republic somewhere in the Americas; if they have heard of it at all. There has been news of some sort of fighting there - probably some little dictator trying to oust some other little dictator: you know what it's like in South America! But there's much more to it than that. Weekly Review (U.K. October 4th) gives quite a deal of inside information concerning the "trouble" there. Because of limitations of space we are able to quote only briefly from the article, but this should be enough to provide supporters with the general picture.
"Using the ... Sandinista National Liberation
Front as its armed spearhead against the Republic of Nicaragua, Havana
(Cuba) strategists expected to topple the Government of President Anasatasio
Somoza Debayle by the end of November and replace it with a coalition
front under firm Marxist control. Embattled Nicaragua has been fighting
for its life and the fate of Central America is hinged on the final
outcome of desperate fighting, much of which is yet to come following
the recent 12 day 'civil war' which cost approximately 1,500 lives...
Mrs. Barbara Treloar, the authoress of Fleeced ($2.45 posted from all League offices) recently had a letter published in a Queensland newspaper. She said in part:... "In particular, we (the Wool Owners Organisational Lobby) are concerned that the dominant and electorally immune Treasury influence is not conducive to retaining representative government in Australia. "In recent times, beginning with the Bolshevik Revolution, deliberate political policies to aggravate inflation, unemployment and high taxation have been employed to create pre-revolutionary conditions. There are alternative policies. "It is the essence of democracy that we ensure that our institutions serve us to increase our freedom and security...."
Mr. John Bennett, the Secretary of the Victorian
Civil Liberties Council says that Australia is slowly becoming a "snoopy"
society. He listed as evidence:
Mr. J. Bjelke-Petersen has been giving the World Council of Churches some well-deserved scrutiny. As quoted in the Toowoomba Chronicle (Sept.27th). The W.C.C. has just given a grant of $15,000 to the Nth. Queensland Land Council to combat racism. Mr. Bjelke-Petersen said the grant was an exercise in deception, as the Nth. Qld. Land Council was a self-elected group of extremists. He went on: .."The Council has no official standing and has been repudiated by the Aboriginal people, the Qld. Government, and the Federal Aboriginal Affairs Minister, Mr. Ian Viner."
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