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21 August 1981. Thought for the Week: "However, there are some differences between the Communists and the humanists. Communists blatantly admit that they are atheistic and use the word without apology. Humanists are more subtle. They refer to themselves as 'non-theists', and the word 'humanist' does not grate on the nerves of the dupes they are deceiving. It is true that many Communists have infiltrated our schools, churches, and government agencies, but the average, card carrying Communist lives a very frugal life. He puts in every possible hour working for the good of the party, and lives on as little as possible, turning most of his income over to the party. With the humanist it is different. He lives like a leech; drawing a fat salary off the system that he seeks to destroy".
Homer Duncan, in Secular Humanism (1979)
QUEENSLAND PREMIER WARNS ON ABORIGINAL LAND RIGHTS TRAP
"Mr. Bjelke-Petersen said it 'just too bad if the black nations decided not to attend the (Brisbane) games because of a World Council of Churches report which accused the Queensland Government of racism." - The Sun (Melbourne). August 12th.
After pointing out, in his press conference, that Aboriginals had advantages and benefits that white Australians did not, the Queensland Premier pinpointed the ominous implications for Australia in the mounting campaign for Aboriginal land rights: "Aboriginal claims to land rights were a ruse to secure majority rule and an independent Aboriginal nation within Australia. We remember giving this warning some twenty, or more, years ago. We are sure that this warning by the Premier was lost on the hearties of the print media who were present.
Our experience of media people in general is that they are rather superficial in their examination and understanding of current issues; and also are victims of the delusion that they are of incredible importance in the scheme of things. But there are a handful of columnists who are head and shoulders above the norm, and we respect their analyses and comments.
We have known for over thirty years that a Black State within Australia was one vital goal of the subversives within our ranks: we have not known a politician to draw attention to it before. What are the implications? Quite simply, subversion. An "independent" Black State of Australia would open this continent up to the Communist world, and the Third World, as never before. All manner of pacts and deals would ensue, mostly with dire consequences for Australia. Russian submarine base in Arnhem Land! A "Cuban" missile complex on the Gulf of Carpentaria! Quite on the cards if we allow a Black State to develop. It's not crazy at all, but probable rather than just possible. To drive home his point the Queensland Premier stated that: "Aboriginals had neutralised half of the Northern Territory with claims for land, mineral, and other rights."
WHAT PRICE POLITICIANS?The following letter from Jeremy Lee, National Secretary of the Institute of Economic Democracy, was published in The Land (July 16th):
"It was often claimed a few years ago that we could only get good men into Parliament by paying them enough. I was one of a minority, which felt that, if financial inducement was made the inducement for parliamentary service) we would get the wrong sort of representative. We now pay a modest backbencher a base salary of $36,000 annually. He receives a tax-free allowance of between $12,600 and $18,400, depending on the size of his electorate. He gets $10,000 for a personal secretary, and a like sum for a research officer'. He receives also unlimited free travel, first class by road, rail or air, within Australia. He gets two free telephones, and unlimited free postage. He can take his wife from his home to Canberra and back, free first class, six times a year. If he survives three years in Parliament he is eligible for a free round-the-world ticket, first-class of course, and from there on - a similar one every term of Parliament.
How does this compare with overseas politicians? A 1976 Oxford survey showed Australia's M.P. second only to the United States and Holland, and when the electoral allowance is added, second only to the U.S. congressmen. These huge salaries might be justified - if we were getting the sort of fearless, open, honest government we got many years ago. We have just seen the conclusion of a 60-day Parliamentary session where 189 Parliamentary bills we churned through like a sausage machine. Doubtless, they had all studiously read and studied the Bill, which recently increased their salaries. One can only wonder whether there was the slightest twinge of conscience from those brave souls who have been urging the rest of us to practise 'wage restraint' and 'moderation' in the national interest?"
AUSTRALIAN CONSTITUTION AGAIN UNDER ATTACK
"A new Constitution could be in force by the bicentenary in 1988, with sweeping changes to the role of the Governor General and reforms to the power of the Senate and the relations between the Commonwealth and the States." - The Australian, August 11th.
Senator Gareth Evans seems to be leading
the wolf pack, which is howling for the "reform" of the Australian
Constitution. He and his fellows do not want Communists who
would rip up our Constitution to turn us into the Australian
"People's Democracy". Most of those who want Constitution
"reforms" continually speak of the "Constitutional Crisis"
on November 1975, when the then Governor General, Sir John
Kerr, sacked the Whitlam Government because it would not call
an election to resolve the "political crisis" brought on by
the then Senate's refusal to pass Supply, denial of which
meant that the Whitlam Government was unable to govern.
We can understand the fury of the Labor
Party at the Governor General's intervention. We can understand
the doubts expressed from non-Labor quarters; but the Governor
General did act constitutionally to resolve a political crisis.
We believe that this was all that he could do, under the circumstances:
it was the political parties of the day, which put him in
We have commented in these pages recently
on the great drive for a 4-year parliamentary term, and we
won't go into that again. Naturally we do not want any weakening
of the powers of the Governor General (Crown) as our traditional
Parliament, developed most painfully over centuries is Tripartite
- Crown, Upper House, Lower House: a division of power. To
those who have a proper understanding of the deeper issues,
this accords with the Trinitarian nature of Reality.
A recent political party conference brought forward a resolution that the Governor General should be politically elected, as are many presidents of republics overseas. We are not enthusiastic about this concept, as the history of the stability of republics does not demonstrate the stability of our monarchy. Furthermore, an elected Head of State cannot be as free of political party affiliations and sympathies as a distinguished person appointed by the Crown, or the Crown itself.
We notice that Mr. Paul Rodan, Politics Lecturer at the Caulfield Institute of Technology, in a very good full page article in The Sun (Melbourne) August 12th draws attention to the fact that the Constitution is difficult to change: there must be strong support for an amendment to have it carried. He highlights the Simultaneous Elections proposal put to Australian electors in 1977: 37.8% of voters opposed the proposal, but because majorities in three "small" States voted "No", the proposal was defeated. We recall that Mr. Malcolm Fraser was furious according to a political rounds man of the day, that his Simultaneous Elections proposal was defeated.
The Australian League of Rights campaigned heavily for its defeat, because its passage would have quite definitely weakened the power of the Senate by placing Senators in the position that they could be forced to the polls at any strategic time by the Lower House (Government of the day) if they refused passage to any "important" Government bill (important to the Government: not necessarily to Australians). None of the media current affairs! political commentators of the day brought out these implications inherent in the Simultaneous Elections proposal: maybe they didn't understand what it was all about, but we did. We can safely say that we were largely instrumental in the defeat of it.
point in all this is that the Constitution should be difficult
to change, because there should be the certainty that a real
majority of Australian voters do grasp all the implications
of any proposal. Mr. Rodan rightly draws attention in his
article to another aspect of Constitutional change, which
many people do not understand. We quote from his article:
Commonwealth Secretary General, Sir Shridath Ramphal, makes some incredible assertions in an article of his, published in The Age (Melbourne) August 14th. He begins by describing Harold Macmillan (Britain), Lester Pearson (Canada), and Nehru (India) as "great statesmen". As subjects of the Anglo-Saxon part of the Commonwealth we regard Harold Macmillan and Lester Pearson more as disasters than "great statesmen". As for Nehru - that is for history and for Indians to decide. Writing of arms sales to South Africa (denial of), "the unhappy Rhodesian chapter", and Commonwealth membership for South Africa (squeezed out) - he asserts that the Commonwealth was right, and furthermore the Commonwealth grew stronger. The Southern African saga hasn't been fully written yet, merely the opening chapters. How does he know that the "Commonwealth" was right? We know that the "Commonwealth" was wrong, and that, by turning against South Africa, and Rhodesia, it played the game of International Communism's global strategy - thus weakening the Western world. The Kremlin is delighted.
From New Zealand On Target (August l4th.):
BREAKDOWN OF WESTERN INDUSTRY"While Poles are striking for more food, and bringing the Polish Communist state to a standstill, the same thing is happening in Western countries. Massive mail and transport strikes have been paralysing Australia; the Canadian mail strike has held up deliveries for two months so far, and the air traffic controllers in the United States are also making communications difficult, if not impossible. "Increasing technological advances have now resulted in a situation in which a relatively small number of technicians can force all governments to capitulate to demands for increased wages. A revolutionary situation is fast developing in every industrialised nation; the same basic factors prevail; and the same financial policies are imposed. "The financial solution to the increasing economic crises is basically simple. If millions of dollars of new credits can be created and distributed in such a way that they increase financial costs, as at present; the same credits could be used to lower financial costs, starting with the re-introduction of the policy of a price subsidy scheme on basic food items which was so successful during and after the Second World War ."
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