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3 April 1981. Thought for the Week: THE POWER OF ONE VOTE Remember that it was one vote that gave Oliver Cromwell control of England in 1656: It was one vote that gave America the English instead of the German language in 1776: It was one vote that changed France from a Monarchy into a Republic in 1875: It was one vote that gave the Presidency to Rutherford B. Hayes in 1876: And it was one vote that gave Adolf Hitler the leadership of the Nazi Party in 1923. Never underestimate the power of one vote or of one witness....
From Pulpit Helps, July 1977
THE VOLATILE NEW ZEALAND SCENE
Mr. Eric Butler filed the following report
immediately following a big Lower Hutt meeting when the police
had to move the audience out following a bomb threat:
Mr. Muldoon threatens that if the "Social
Credit" party holds the balance of power, which at present
looks highly probable, "we would just let the matter rest
for two or three months and have another election and they
(the public) could repair the damage and sought things out
again. This remarkable statement by Mr. Muldoon brought a
highly critical response from Dr. W.C. Hodge, a leading New
Zealand authority on constitutional law. Dr. Hodge charged
that the Prime Minister was "cheapening" the office of the
Governor General by inferring that he would automatically
act as a rubber stamp for the Prime Minister, and permit him
to have a second election if the results of the first did
not please him.
If the election does produce the result Mr. Muldoon fears, and persists with his views on a second election, New Zealand could be faced with a major political upheaval similar to that which Australia experienced at the time of Sir John Kerr's withdrawal of Mr. Whitlam' s commission.
Reflecting the state of the New Zealand nation, outspoken National Party Member Mr. W. H. Minogue says that unless the growing pressures on New Zealand can be dealt with, "society can expect continuing inflation, unemployment, lawlessness and no investment..." In an address to a Business and Professional Women's Club, Mr. Minogue said that internationally there was now an over supply situation along with unused industrial production. New Zealand was being subjected to competition from Third World countries, which were producing the goods they normally imported. Mr. Minogue did not offer any concrete solutions, but he has highlighted the reality of the deepening international crisis.
Most New Zealanders remain cool to the
suggestion of any type of an economic or political union with
Australia. They note that while Prime Minister Fraser preaches
greater international free trade, his Government is proposing
a steep increase in duty on New Zealand clothing sold in Australia.
The reality is, of course, that under the New International
Economic Order, the economies of all nations are to be "restructured",
with some being eliminated in favour of others.
JEREMY LEE REPORTS FROM ST. CATHERINE, ONTARIO
"I have now travelled over 2,000 miles across what must be the flattest and most productive wheat lands in the world outside the Soviet Union - Canada's prairies. The difference, however, between Canada and the U.S.S.R. is that the first produces over 20 million tonnes of wheat each year - a total which it aims to increase in the next decade; while the latter, which was in Tsarist times the "breadbasket of Europe" is facing real food shortages. Food rationing on some items is being introduced in both Poland and the U.S.S.R.
Also across the prairies - particularly Alberta - one can see hundreds of small oil pump jacks, bobbing up and down like iron storks or herons, lifting a few barrels each from depths of 5,000ft or more to the surface. The crude is then pooled and pumped to central refineries, almost completely run by the "big boys" - the hugh oil companies. The Trudeau government has used over 2 billion dollars of tax revenue to create a government owned oil company, with the excuse that this will be a means of retrieving Canadian ownership of its own resources. (He must have closely studied the speeches of Gough Whitlam and R.F.X. Connor in the 1972-75 period!) Strangely enough, however, Trudeau's policies have resulted (N.E.P.) in hundreds of small, Canadian oil companies and rigs pulling up stakes and heading over the border into the Unites States, where some incentives for the little man still remain.
Today, the President of the Independent Petroleum Association of Canada, which speaks for the genuine Canadian companies who are the backbone of the country, issued a statement calling Trudeau's National Energy Programme (N.E.P.) "So bad, so ill conceived, that it will founder because it is a disaster for the country..."
On the hydrogen scene, an old League supporter from Edmonton, having read the booklet "Three Rings", flew down to the United States to visit the Consumers Solar Electric Power Corporation in Culver City, California, whose chairman is Gerald Schaflander, mentioned in the book. He not only toured the city in a hydrogen powered car, but reported that the major obstacle to the widespread use of hydrogen - the problem of storage - has been overcome with the development of an ammonia based liquid hydride, capable of storing enormous quantities of hydrogen, and easily pumped into the petrol tank of a normal car. A conversion in the engine, currently costing about $350 (US) releases the hydrogen from the hydride so that it can be fired in the normal internal combustion cycle.
The Company has also developed a new type of photovoltaic cell, costing less than one tenth of those currently being produced and sold comercially. This now makes feasible the concept of solar collecting service stations, using solar electricity to produce hydrogen by electrolysis, stored in the new hydride, and pumped straight into the tanks of vehicles, like gasoline is currently operated. In a country like Australia, with its exceptional sunshine and hugh distances, such a development would be near miraculous! However, no news has yet reached me as to whether Energy Minister Senator Carrick has been to see the development which could finally put his country beyond energy blackmail..."
"The Federal Government's backbench is to be congratulated for its sensible stand on the bureaucratic madness which almost resulted in a nitpicking administration trying to force metrication down people's throats." - Editorial, The Australian, March 28th.
The measure referred to above was proposed legislation, which would have banned reference to imperial measures; abolished the Metric Conversion Board; and imposed fines on anyone using the old system. This is the type of childish immaturity, which does sometimes make us wonder whether or not we Australians have outgrown our colonial past. The Australian bureaucracy does from time to time, run riot. The Australian gives credit to Victorian Senator Austin Lewis, and Queensland M.P. Mr. Donald Cameron for curbing this further metrication idiocy.
ENOCH POWELL STILL WARNING
"A new warning of a racial civil war in Britain was made last night by Enoch Powell". - The Sun, (Melb.) March 30th.
There were two comments, made by Enoch Powell, which interest us. One is that the House of Commons were maintaining a "conspiracy of silence" over immigration. The other is that "the voters had one power over their politicians - they could make them debate and face the issue". We have suspicions that, in Australia, there is maintained the same "conspiracy of silence" in the political sphere: we go further. We suspect that the "conspiracy of silence" also extends to the media. With respect to the voters' power over politicians; they have more power than just forcing politicians to debate and face an issue. If there is enough will in the electorate an issue can be squashed, or a politician can be removed from the scene. Naturally, politicians don't like this power that still does reside in the electorate - some saying that it is undemocratic: quite unreal reasoning, as "democracy" means "government by the people". What such politicians mean, however, is that the electorate is wrong - if they, or some pet issue is rejected.
Gayndah ActionistThe following letter was published in the "Maryborough Chronicle" (15.12.80): "Australians with any degree of national pride must have been shocked to read an article in the 'Chronicle' (26.11.80) -"Asian Boost To Immigration". 'It said that a major review by the new head of the Immigration Department, Mr. Menadue, was likely to lead to increases in immigration, more skilled Asian migrants, and changes of Australia's immigration system. "More than 100,000 migrants are expected to enter Australia this financial year, the highest number for seven years. "Mr. Menadue was quoted as saying that Australia was keen to attract migrants, but said that traditional source countries such as Great Britain could be edged out by Asia. "That announcement must make Australians of British origin ask just when government leaders or Mr. Menadue were given a mandate to begin the sell out of our Christian country and its heritage.
"Asian population doubles every 25 years. Ours is static due to unrealistic economic policies. Why 'Asianise' Australia without giving the electors a direct say in such a vital issue?
"With almost 500,000 unemployed, plus
school leavers, and well over a million in poverty, it is
plain to see that chaos is likely to arise from this intake
of mixed cultural laws and languages. "Britain's problem with
multiculturalism provides sufficient evidence of that. "Australia
has a vast potential to assist our needy anti-communist neighbours
in their own countries with our enormous primary production,
if only our leaders adopted sane financial policies based
on the principle of 'physical possibilities can be made financial
"Multiculturalism is a proven recipe for revolution and it should be vigorously rejected by all loyal Australians. A.A. Pinwill, Gayndah.
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