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3 April 1980. Thought for the Week: "It is hard to think of any period in the history of the Church in which its confessors and martyrs have been so obstinately and systematically neglected and passed over in silence, as have those of our own time."
Fr. W. van Straaten, O. Praem., in his Foreword to Cardinal Mindszenty (1979)
How to Oil Big Government in the 1980s
"The big dilemma facing Government in the
1980s will be how to bridge the gap between the necessity to maintain
and even extend the provision of Government services, while making some
concessions to taxpayer insistence on some easing of the tax burden."
The answer to the question posed above seems pretty obvious; a still greater squeeze on energy producers primarily oil producers, but increasingly coal producers. No less than 13% of Government revenue now flows from receipts from petroleum products, and this will increase with the escalating prices of oil.
Mr. Davidson makes the telling point that the
Fraser Government will not hesitate to further milk the oil companies
for revenue rather than face an electoral backlash from electors, resultant
from the imposition of heavier personal and indirect taxation. How many
votes do the oil companies have?
A point which seems to have escaped comment is the high likelyhood of industrial unrest in the coal industry when this is given further exploitation in the immediate years ahead. Coal-mining is undoubtedly more sophisticated and automated than that employed back in the late 1940s, when the (then) Prime Minister Ben Chifley, put in the troops to move the coal "at grass", a period of Communist-led industrial warfare in the coal mining industry. Nevertheless, it certainly has not escaped our attention that communists will have more scope for their "activities" as stocks are once more heavily mined; and they must welcome their extended opportunities. Furthermore, coal can not only be held up at the mine but can be "frozen" by the railway unions. We see trouble ahead in this area. There are already rumours that there will be some world-parity pricing on coal.
Jeremy Lee sends comments on Robert Mugabe and State Banking
The machine which "creates" world opinion
is busy on the emerging Rhodesia. Mr. Robert Mugabe is being transformed
from a thug who shot defenceless survivors of an air-crash, and mutilated
both blacks and whites in his prolonged terror-campaign, into a "moderate"
statesman who will stand with the West!
Meanwhile, behind his public face of moderation,
the "moderate" Mugabe is already dismembering the White community.
Whites have been warned that they cannot expect to retain their farming
land. Those running the Rhodesian Broadcasting service have been given
one week to resign. Mugabe 's propaganda machine will replace them.
Mugabe himself has taken the post of Minister for Defence. His first
task will be to draw the teeth of the crack Rhodesian armed forces under
With interest rates rising day by day (almost
19 percent in the U.S.A. and 20 percent in Britain), the monopoly of
credit the greatest monopoly of all, is being ruthlessly enforced. Money
is only available on the terms of the money masters. Small businesses
and farms only receive a few contemptuous drips from the tap on terms
which compromise their viability and ownership.
The Constitution provides a way out for the State
Government which dares to use it - Section 51, subsection xiii allows
the States to operate their own banks independent of central control.
Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen promised in his election policy six years
ago that he would resort to a State Bank. So far, nothing has happened.
Hill-Samuel Australia is, of course, an offshoot of one of the international banking firms, Hill-Samuel of London. The Australian (March 14th) reported: "The proposal, which is in its formative stages, envisages a syndicate of major Queensland banks each taking a stake in the Bank to create a "quasi"
It is true that the States could use their constitutional
bank powers to save themselves and their communities. But a "quasi"
bank controlled by Hill Samuel? Who would determine Bank policy, elected
State Government or private international bankers?
COMMENTSThe Australian Broadcasting Commission ("Auntie") in a report to the A.B.C. Committee of Review, set up by the Federal Government last year, has called for sponsorship from private enterprise for special A.B.C. programmes and projects as a source of much needed revenue. Apparently there are to be no commercial-type T.V. adverts, but credits given at the start and end of funded programs.
It sounds satisfactory to us for two reasons. One is, that the ABC will be able to improve its services if provided with more capital, secondly, private sponsorship will bring with it a measure of control and pressure, which will work against the influence of left-wing and Communist propagandists buried in, particularly, staff of the A.B.C. responsible for radio and T.V. programming. the comrades head straight for these areas, if they can.
A howl of anguish from the Left - the cry being... ."hands off our ABC". Nieces and nephews will be busy protesting and lobbying if this plan should be put into effect.
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