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20 October 1978. Thought for the Week: "The cumulative effect of years of indoctrination along the lines of 'the poor are poor because the rich are rich' - patently untrue - and 'labour creates all wealth', has of course a profound psychological effect on the community. Just as the belief in magic can cause death from purely psychological causes in appropriate circumstances (pointing the bone, for example, amongst Australian aborigines), so tenacious, almost unconscious belief in various maxims acts as a mental block to any realistic approach to a genuine socio-economic science. So called social scientists really do talk and write a lot of nonsense, without being able to recognise that it is nonsense, because it arises from subconscious pre-conceptions: but of course this is reinforced by deliberately subversive instruction in schools and universities...."
B.W. Monahan, in Alternative to Disaster (1972)
MR. FRASER'S BACKBENCH FERMENTING LIKE YEAST
"The intense activity over the Budget is just the tip of the iceberg. The backbench has still not fully settled down after the crisis following the Withers sacking. And the 'twicers' who survived the 1977 election are already looking anxiously to 1980." Michelle Grattan, in The Age (Melbourne) October 16th.
We have stressed the vulnerability of Mr. Fraser with respect to his very large backbench many times in these pages. We did so in Dec. 1975, when the Whitlam cabal was hurled from office by a frightened and outraged electorate. The time is approaching when Malcolm Fraser will need every friend (if politicians really do have friends) he can muster: Reginald Withers took some "friends" with him when sacked by Mr. Fraser. Their attitude will be: "Fraser will keep!"
The Werriwa by-election for Mr. Whitlam's old
seat sent a chill through the Treasury benches in Canberra. Mr. Fraser
was obviously far astray in his political judgment to have intruded
into that campaign, and has suffered for it. The N.S.W. State election
was a drubbing for the Liberals, with eyen Peter Coleman, the former
State Parliamentary Liberal Leader, losing his seat. Another icy blast
for Mr. Fraser.
There is no doubt that the Liberals are in trouble in Victoria, after 23 years of continuous government. The Victorian Parliamentary A.L.P. smells victory; its leader, Frank Wilkes is looking confident: and his team is pressing hard on the heels of the Liberals like a pack of hounds after the fox. Ballarat will be the barometer!
MORE WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES AID TO TERRORISTS
The issue of Sept. 29th of South African Digest
reports that the W.C.C. is to give its largest allocation this year
- approx. $110,000 - to S.W.A.P.O. (South West Africa People's Organisation),
a tool of the Marxist terrorists. The report continues that W.C.C. sources
affirmed: "in a major way (S.W.A.P.O.) expresses and embodies the national
unity of a people of the country in their struggle for independence
and national unity."
A British Methodist (Uniting Church in Australia) Minister, Miss Pauline Webb, said in London that it was part of the trust between the W.C.C. and terrorist movements that the money was given only for humanitarian purposes. We suppose that this type of person is sincere in such beliefs - we find it difficult to comprehend such naivety; really criminal naivety. The South African Digest comments that there is no way in which the WCC is able to check how the grant is spent. The fact that S.W.A.P.O. has murdered and maimed black people and set fire to buildings does not worry the political priests. Nor will they worry because the blood of South African soldiers is being spilled in defending the inhabitants of South West Africa against S.W.A.P.O.'s incursions.
FROM BRITISH ON TARGET (Oct. 7th)
Behind the Common Market Scenes by Hilaire du Berrier.
Conspiracy in Europe
A Supranational Socialist State
THE MENACE OF OVER-GOVERNMENT
"Australians were vastly over governed and were paying dearly for that 'questionable privilege', South Australia's Opposition Leader, Mr. Tonkin, said last night..." The Sun (Melbourne) October 14th.
A Quarter of a century ago rank and file Liberals were giving a little more than lip service to such viewpoints as this. They were quoting from F.A. Hayek's The Road to Serfdom, and asserting the evils of political centralisation, Big Government, Socialism, and all the rest. C.H. Douglas once wrote words to the effect that, in a two party system of Government, when one party turned Socialist, elections thereon became a contest in progress to the Left. That is what has happened since the Menzies days of the early fifties: although bearing the name Liberal, and mouthing the occasional anti-Socialist sentiment, the modern Liberal Party Minister does preside over a Socialist, hence centralised bureaucracy.
Social Security now takes a major slice of the
Federal Budget, and has an enormous army of officials to run it, and
these do intrude into the private lives of citizens. Education should
not be a Federal matter at all, but should be handled by the States.
The situation now is that independent schools and universities are hooked
on Commonwealth funds. Even the various State education departments
like other State Government departments, exist by fact of the allocations
which are dealt out to the State governments at the Premiers' Conference
each year. This is mainly the result of the cession by the States, to
Canberra, of their taxing powers early in the World War 2 years.
Health is the same story - Canberra rules the roost. The ordinary citizen is kept so impecunious, and in debt, by means of inflation, high taxation, that he/she can't withstand the buffets brought on the family by ill health. Readers might be interested to add up the volume of money, which has passed through their hands over the last, say twenty years. How much of that money is at hand now? What proportion of that fortune do your current assets represent? We could go on.
Mr. Tonkin observed that in South Australia, under the Socialist Dunstan Administration, no less than 34% of workforce was on the public payroll: nationally it is something like 30%. In South Australia, Mr. Tonkin stated that more than half of the State budget went on wages and salaries. Socialism is very expensive.
BRIEF COMMENTSMr. Wilkes, the Leader of the Victorian State Opposition (A.L.P.) has fired a broadside at Mr. Fraser's "New Federalism". The official figures he quotes only serve to strengthen the force of the comment we have made above: The Victorian State Budget figures disclose that Victoria is depending more and more on Canberra for funds as its own revenue raising base is eroded. In 1974-75 the receipts of the Victorian Government consisted of 43.8% in Federal grants. In the financial year 1978-79, the figure is 46.8%. The answer to this is that the State(s) now pay for programmes previously based on Federal funds.
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