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29 February 1980. Thought for the Week: "In recent years the World Council of Churches has displayed a political bias recognisably Marxist in its preference for social revolution of a Leftward character over any spiritual initiative of Christian mission in the world".
Church Times (U.K.) November 21st, 1975. Quoted by Bernard Smith in his Introduction to The Fraudulent Gospel (Second edition, 1979)
The Government's performance concerning
trade with the Soviet has been a debacle of indecision and
contradiction. Fraser's early rhetoric has given way to abject
appeasement. To begin with, a list of strategic items to be
prohibited from export to the USSR was prepared. This included
rutile and wheat. Deputy Prime Minister Doug Anthony immediately
entered the fray on behalf of the exporters. With one eye,
no doubt, on the question of funds for the Federal election
that has to be held this year, Anthony emerged as the champion
of continued trade with the enemy. He even made the incredible
assertion on a television programme that it would stretch
the imagination to consider wool a strategic item.
Opposition leader Bill Hayden for once
hit the nail on the head when he pointed to the shabby hypocrisy
of this policy. He suggested that Fraser was cow towing to
his rural backers in allowing exports to continue. Although
swiping at Fraser, this was also a swipe at the integrity
of primary producers, which didn't go down too well. On Friday,
February 15th, President of the Maranoa Graziers Association,
Bill Bonthrone, issued a statement that was reported on the
A.B.C. news that evening. The statement said: "The Opposition
Leader, Mr. Hayden, was casting serious aspersions on the
integrity of Primary Producers, Mr. W. Bonthrone, President
of the Maranoa Graziers Association, said today. Mr. Hayden
had suggested that Prime Minister Fraser was continuing to
supply the USSR with exports in order to placate rural voters.
This suggested primary producers did not care about Australia's
security, but rather with "exports at any price".
The truth is, that by adopting realistic financial policies, there would be little burden if trade with the USSR were stopped. The Soviets have nothing of value with which to pay for our wheat, wool and minerals. The financial figures they send back have been borrowed in the West. The USSR's current debt overseas stands at $46 BILLION. This debt money, borrowed by the Soviets, is then transferred back into the income accounts of Australian producers. The Fraser Government has to work out another method of putting figures into the income accounts of Australia's producers, so as to safeguard the nation' s security.
In April of last year, Britain's top industrialist, Mr. Maurice Hodgeson, head of ICI, strongly attacked trade deals being fixed up with communist countries. The Australian, (20/4/79) reported Mr. Hodgeson as saying "...the proliferation of so-called compensation deals with COMECON countries (East European communist trading block) were often very much in favour of the communist country concerned, but not to the West...." When will we ever learn?
RENEWED PRESSURE FOR INTERNATIONAL MONEY CONTROL
On February 14 The Australian reported:
"A Commission of 18 prominent figures from developed and developing
countries called for far reaching reforms of the world's social
and economic structure. This was essential in order to avert
disaster, the commission said.
Apart from Willy Brandt, the Commission included former British P.M. Edward Heath, former French P.M. Pierre Mandes-France, Washington Post publisher Mrs. Katherine Graham, and former Chilean President Eduardo Frei Montalva." The day after this report, February 15th, the Financial Review reported a plan put forward by French President Giscard d'Estaing for reforming the world's monetary system. At the same time, French Prime Minister Raymond Barre advocated a proposal, which "called for nations' central banks to put their reserve assets in a special account at the I.M.F., combining gold, special drawing rights, (paper gold) dollars and other foreign exchange. Nations would use this reserve like a checking account and draw down their balances as needed to settle their deficits." (end of quote).
All these ideas are merely a re-hash of the programme for a New International Economic Order. The proposals by Willy Brandt's Commission were originally put forward at the UNCTAD conference last May by the Group of 77, a mish mash of Third World countries whose chief spokesman is Fidel Castro of Cuba. If the Australian Government is ever silly enough to put the nation's reserves in an International Monetary Fund account, it will have abandoned the last vestige of loyalty and integrity.
THE SABBATH WAS MADE FOR MAN
"The right of Prime Ministers to call early elections should be scrapped, the Deputy Leader of the Opposition Mr. Bowen, said yesterday." - The Australian, Feb. 25th Mr. Bowen is of the opinion that a fixed term of' Parliament would solve serious constitutional problems.
Mr. Gough Whitlam went one further, when speaking at a University of N.S.W. Conference on "constitutional reform" (the left-wing of Australian politics is obsessed with "constitutional reform") - he said that Federal and State Governments should hold elections simultaneously. The Socialist mentality is essentially one of immaturity.
C.H. Douglas somewhere made the observation
about the little girl, who, when displeased about one thing
or another, or thwarted in some way, blamed her dolly, and
told her that she shouldn't be naughty. What he was alluding
to is the weakness in human nature, essentially immature,
which causes men and women to lay the blame for all manner
of faults and imperfections elsewhere but where they should
lie. Naughty Dolly!
What the Socialist mentality requires is that Man be a servant of Parliament; for politicians to conform to a rigid parliamentary mould; for them to attempt to legislate in a parliamentary straight jacket. They can't: they must have the maximum freedom to carry out their parliamentary responsibilities on behalf of their superiors, their electors. Their activities are already far too circumscribed by the Party System. Politicians are not elected to be the servants of parliaments: parliaments exist for the real benefit and government of people, as represented by the politicians. The Sabbath was made for Man; not Man for the Sabbath.
RHODESIAN RIPPLES"The Federal Government has received a grim warning about the safety of the 150 Australian troops who are part of the peace-keeping force in Rhodesia." - The Sun-Herald (Sydney) Feb. 24th.
There are already rumours of a return to violence after the Rhodesian elections result is announced on March 4th. Informed opinion within Rhodesia claims that Robert Mugabe of one wing of the Patriotic Front (Marxist) will not accept an electoral defeat; nor will Joshua Nkomo (Marxist) of the other wing of the Patriotic front, and that civil war will be "on". This brings us to Malcolm Fraser, who played a leading role in the Lusaka Conference last year that lead to the holding of these impending Rhodesian elections. If any Australian lives are lost as a result of a return to guerrilla warfare in Rhodesia, or an escalated civil war, then Mr. Fraser could suffer an electoral backlash. Afghanistan will quickly be forgotten should Australian soldiers die in Rhodesia.
Health experts and dietitians have condemned many fruit juice companies for not only misleading in the content of their products but for causing possible harm to people's health." Sunday Press (Melbourne) Feb. 24th.
According to Professor M. Wahlquist,
of Deakin University (Geelong) "there is no effort being made
to help the people understand the difference between 'fruit
juice drink' and 'pure fruit juice".' He added that some fruit
juice and fruit juice drinks in bottles and cans often contained
so much sugar that the calorie intake was the same or possibly
higher than soft drink.
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