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16 March 1979. Thought for the Week: "Oswald Spengler, the great German historian and philosopher, wrote in 1934 in his book The Hour of Decision of 'a priest-rabble which drags the faith and dignity of the Church through the mud of party politics, allying itself with revolutionary forces and, by sentimental talk about loving one's neighbour, eggs on the underworld to set about destroying the social order."'.
NEW ZEALAND FACES THE CRUNCH
Mr. Eric Butler reports on his current visit
to New Zealand
However, the rest of the world is not going to go away, and therefore New Zealanders should be able to exchange with great benefit those surpluses they can so easily produce in exchange for surpluses from other countries. But instead of adopting this sensible policy, New Zealanders are now in the rapidly tightening vice of of escalating inflation, debt and crushing taxation. It is nearly 18 months since I visited New Zealand last, and comparisons graphically show me how rapidly New Zealand is sliding down a slope which ultimately must lead to an open revolutionary situation.
The Muldoon Government' s latest contribution towards finance economic madness is to increase the price of milk by 50% and the price of electric power by 42%. Not surprisingly, it is now estimated that the inflation rate in New Zealand will soar past 12 per cent in the next few months. Some believe the inflation rate will reach 17%. Rate increases are such that hard-pressed ratepayers are starting to talk in terms of direct revolt. Prime Minister Muldoon, an accountant by profession, adds fuel to the growing revolutionary spirit by urging wage earners to practise "restraint".
One result of the deteriorating situation is that New Zealand workers are leaving the country in growing numbers. The total population is declining. As with the Fraser Government in Australia, the Muldoon Government is being forced to provide an increasing budget deficit in order to prevent an immediate major economic collapse. It is also pawning the nation's natural assets to international financiers. Up until January, the Muldoon Government had borrowed $330 million since the elections late last year. It has been borrowing at the rate of $6 million dollars a day!
Not surprisingly, as the 1979 Budget approaches,
there is talk of further increases in the tax burden, with the dreaded
Value Added Tax being suggested by some. One can feel the growing uneasiness
wherever one moves. "We are facing a major national crunch" is a view
I have heard expressed by many. Those who know their New Zealand history
will recall that in the middle of the Great Depression, in 1935, New
Zealanders sent a thrill of hope around a desperate world when they
elected a Government pledged to make the credit system the servant of
the individual. As a youth I had a special interest in the man who headed
that Government, Mr. Michael Savige, as, like myself, he had been born
in the "Ned Kelly country, at Benalla, North-East Victoria. But the
Savige Government never fulfilled its promises, being subverted along
the path to a Social Welfare State while electors failed to exert the
necessary pressure to ensure that the power of the credit monopoly was
Where New Zealanders previously failed, they could now succeed, providing they learn the lessons of past mistakes. If they can escape the entanglements of the New International Economic Order, which Foreign Minister Talboys endorses, and grasp the opportunity of the deepening crisis, New Zealanders could send out a message of hope to the rest of the world. It is certain that the regeneration of a sick Civilisation is going to start in the smaller and more decentralisted political units.
THE R.S.L. FIRMS STAND ON SOUTHERN AFRICA
"The Returned Services League yesterday criticised Department of Foreign Affairs African policies." - The Age, (Melbourne) March 10th.
In these pages very recently we quoted from the
column of Mr. Douglas Wilkie, the eminent current affairs journalist
of The Sun (Melbourne). Mr. Wilkie observed that the foreign
policy of Mr. Andrew Peacock, and the Department of Foreign Affairs
towards Southern Africa was in tatters. Mr. Wilkie instanced the rebuff
to Australia by the Leader of S.W.A.P.O. (South West Africa People's
Organisation) - a Communist led terrorist movement, who stated that
Australian servicemen would be fired on by his forces if they did anything
to displease the leadership of S.W.A.P.O. Mr. Peacock has been foreshadowing
the despatch of some 300 - 400 personnel of Australian Army Engineers
to Namibia (South West Africa) to assist in a United Nations "peacekeeping"
The great Solzhenitsyn observed in his magnificent address at Harvard University (U.S.A.) last year (1978) that the truth is almost always bitter and unpleasant! Now Mr. Bill Keys, the National President of the R.S.L. is adding the weight of his most influential organisation to the opposition, which is slowly mounting to Australia's foolish policies towards Southern Africa. He told the Joint Foreign Affairs and Defence Sub-Committee on Southern Africa that the Department of Foreign Affairs was slavishly following United Nations policies, which were naive and simplistic. He added that the Department had double standards in its African policies and suggested that many African countries had less civil rights than South Africa. Mr. Keys stated that the Department of Foreign Affairs should be looking at what was in Australia's interests, but was not doing so: . . "they are trying to be good fellows in the eyes of the people who have the majority of the votes in the United Nations".
It appears that our Department has no other policy towards Southern Africa other than the present one which has palpably failed. The more we toady to the United Nations, and the Third World, the more we shall be kicked in the teeth. No one respects obsequiousness and servility, the more especially when these are unnecessary. These prompt the contempt they deserve. Neither the Kremlin nor Peking ever crawl. They have power and authority - and they use them. The Communists have a contempt for authorities who do not employ the power they possess in the pursuit of policy.
FROM BRITISH ON TARGET (Feb. 24th, 1979)
Vigilia Reports on the Looting of the West:
Recently a pro Third World magazine, I.C.D.A.
News, in its June 30th, 1978 issue, reported another of the Commission's
plans to loot us of 54 billion dollars to pay for Asian agricultural
development. What is of interest is that the magazine asks who benefits.
It comments: - 'There is no doubt that many of the multi-national companies
in the Trilateral Commission will reap benefits from supplying much
of the machinery, fertilizers, and agricultural machinery needed for
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