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28 August 1981. Thought for the Week: "We must realise that Christianity is challenged today as never before. The divorce of ethics from economics is causing hundreds of thousands of men and women to reject God because the very silence of our Church leaders on economic questions leads them to believe that Christianity is the bulwark of a system which appears to have a reverence for the rights of property rather than the rights of men and women."
L. H. Hollins, in Democracy at the Cross-Roads (1934)

CHIPPING AWAY AT THE BUDGET

"The simple fact is that having control of the Upper House can be politically more difficult for an opposition and minor parties than for a minority government." - The Australian (August 22nd).

We do not intend a re-run of all the Budget 1981 proposals. We shall highlight the politically explosive sales tax increases and extensions. We are as sure as we can be that both Mr. Fraser and Mr. Howard (Treasurer) know that they are on shaky ground when they insist that the sales tax proposals are "part and parcel of the Budget"; and that a rejection of these is a rejection of the Budget. The Liberal leaders are banking on previous assertions of both Labor and the Chippocrats that neither of these parties will block Supply, without which a Government cannot operate.

Would a Senate rejection of the sales tax proposals of the Budget really amount to a blocking of Supply? Mr. Russell Schneider, in The Australian of above date, draws attention to some "myths and shibboleths" surrounding political parties, governments and money bills.
Labor would not be departing from any traditional principles by voting against a money bill in the Senate, because it has done so in the past on more than one occasion: notably in 1967 when Labor was able to gather enough support (with the D.L.P.) to block proposed postal rate increases.
Neither is there anything holy about money bills. The Senate cannot originate money bills, but amendments can be suggested to the Lower House and then passed. Mr. Chipp's gnawing worry is that his Party is now hooked on a policy of not blocking Supply or money bills; but the Statutory Declaration which all members of the Australian Democrats (Chippocrats) signed, read - "would not use voting numbers in such a way as to cause the blocking of Supply of money bills in a manner which would prevent the majority party in the House of Representatives from governing."

Quite obviously, the Chippocrats and Labour can combine to knock out the Budget sales tax hikes and extensions without blocking Supply itself. None of the columnists we have read have come up with the probable real dilemma of Mr. Chipp, in our opinion. Mr. Schneider hints at it, when he remarks that the Australian Democrats are not enthused with the prospect of finding themselves forcing an election so soon after they have assumed the powerful role in which they now find themselves. We shall go further than this and state that Mr. Chipp is scared stiff that if the Prime Minister does bring on a double dissolution of the Parliament over the Budget issue, the Australian Democrats may well be thrown out of the Parliament as was the Democratic Labor Party in the 1974 Federal elections. Malcolm Fraser knows this, and can point to the demise of the D.L.P.
Labor is trying to force Mr. Chipp's hand, and Mr. Chipp is stalling; he doesn't want to face the electors again so soon; understandably.

Our opinion is that the Australian Democrats would be more likely to gain further support by taking a hard line against the sales tax proposals of the Budget, which really are punitive, and will hit the man in the street hard, besides further stoking the fires of inflation. Apart from this, Malcolm Fraser is probably bluffing when he hints at a double dissolution of Parliament: our opinion is that the Liberals would lose government now if the went to the people on the issue of the Budget. We find it difficult to imagine them being so naive. Mr. Chipp is always ranting about - "keeping the bastards honest" (his own words). Who is going to keep Senator Chipp honest?


WELL, WHAT ABOUT THE RESOURCES BOOM?

"The Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Anthony, yesterday strongly cautioned Australians not to expect too much from the resources boom." - The Australian (August 22nd)

We can remember the note of caution we sounded, ourselves, in these pages some few years ago, when politicians and business tycoons were trumpeting the coming wonders of the mineral resources boom in Australia, of the 80s. We knew that such a "boom" would be capital intensive, with those dollars flooding in from abroad. We knew that the equipment would be massive and sophisticated, an inevitable development of the industrial arts, but with a necessary spin off: the avoidance of labour difficulties in remote areas of Australia, and also avoidance (as a consequence) of union obstructions. less labour, the less union trouble.
Mr. Anthony's address (as reported in the press) to a seminar on resource development at the Australian National University at Canberra was very clever: he said absolutely nothing, really. All that came out of it was - "Don't count your chickens before they're hatched."

The man in the street won't get anything out of this mirage like "boom". The figures in the books are there. The balance of payments figures may be impressive. The profits of the international Big Boys are most certainly there. Even more so are the repayments of loans to the national and international banks by the Big Boys: they are there with knobs on! We still have our same unemployment (likely to rise further), and the same inflation. That will increase too. The 1981 Budget will ensure that; along with higher interest rates on homes; higher charges for this, that, and everything. As for Mr. Anthony's "chickens", the man in the street won't be hatching any of those.


AUSTRALIA BEING PREPARED FOR 'INTERNATIONAL TREATMENT' ON RACISM

"A spokesman for the Community Relations Office said in Canberra yesterday it would appear that the West Australian Government itself was now in breach of the Commonwealth's Racial Discrimination Act." The Australian (August 22nd)

Mr. Grassby is having a field day, and is in full cry, here, there and everywhere. Now the Government of Western Australia is allowing hotel bars to be segregated. This is a volatile issue (mainly manufactured by the media) these days, and we are sure a decision not taken lightly. The Government of W.A. must be quite sure of itself to have taken this action, as the orchestrated chorus of opposition that will be whipped up will be considerable. Our guess is that the majority of aborigines prefer it this way, themselves; but of course they won't say that.
The aboriginal "leaders" (mostly white blood dominant) will gain favourable and copious coverage from the media; and Mr. Grassby's voice (where would he be without "racism"?) will become more shrill. But trouble may be ahead for Mr. Malcolm Fraser.

The W.A. Aboriginal Service intends to bring the matter of the segregated bars in W.A. pubs to the attention of the black African "leaders" at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference in Melbourne in September. This was to be Malcolm Fraser's most glorious hour: to bask in the accolades of the Third World as the Hero of North-South Dialogue (we give - they take!). To be hailed as the International Statesman of the Decade. But it all could turn quite sour.

Not only are the W.A. aboriginal leaders likely to raise a storm; there is also that Report of the World Council of Churches condemning "Racism" in Australia (which Malcolm Fraser airily dismissed). Another guess of ours is that most of this Report was written before the W.C.C. team ever hit Australia. The links of the World Council of Churches with International Communism have been irrefutably documented by the Rev. Henry Pike in his "Religion, Red, and Rotten" (Price $3.00 posted from League offices).

Mr. Fraser will be hoping that the W.C.C. Report is not raised in Melbourne next month, and he will also be hoping that that troublesome Mr. Muldoon over there in New Zealand will not be so awkward as to raise the issue of civil rights in some black African countries if they in turn put the heat on New Zealand over the tour by the South African Springboks. It's more than a possibility that Malcolm Fraser's Big Moment may degenerate into his big shemozzle.

Behind all the sound and fury is a design; and that design, we are absolutely sure, is to move Australia into the world headlines as a "racist" country; condemned by the "international community", and "world opinion", a la South Africa, in order to pressure Canberra governments into obedience to the dictates of the One Worlders. The Black-State-Within-Australia issue will emerge sooner than later, as warned about significantly by the Queensland Premier recently. We shall be pressured to accept ever-larger numbers of Asian immigrants, hopelessly inassimilable.
The moment of truth for the Australian League of Rights is to come, along with the moment of truth for Australia. We must save ourselves, as governments will unfortunately demonstrate incompetence and ineffectualness against the One World power drive.


BRIEF COMMENTS

The Minister for Communications, Mr. Ian Sinclair, had better watch it. Mr. Grassby may well be after him. In a speech written for a meeting of public broadcasters (The Australian August 22nd) he warned that "ethnic" radio stations could be fostering "racial enclaves" and unwittingly causing' people to remain bound to the culture and languages of their former homelands. Mr. Grassby won't like this; he is always asserting that "the family of the nation" (a particularly stupid phrase) must retain its own customs and languages. Will he warn Mr. Sinclair that he (Mr. Sinclair) is in breach of the Racial Discrimination Act?
We are sure that the Government of Western Australia would be delighted to be "prosecuted" by the Office of Community Relations. Then it could take the matter to the High Court, where it would almost certainly be declared invalid, thus putting an end to the Office of Community Relations and Mr. Grassby. But even more importantly, perhaps, it would throw a large spanner in the works of legislation, based on United Nations Declarations and Resolutions, which we believe is in the pipeline. Such legislation will purport to make us all saints, and turn our country into a Utopia, whilst steadily circumscribing our freedoms.

The Alexandra Electors Association (S.A) has sent a précis of an address which ecologist, Mr. Peter Bennett, delivered to a meeting of the Conservative Speakers' Club in Adelaide recently: "The main topic was about the proposed legislation concerning Plant Variety Rights (P.V.R.), or as it is sometimes called, Plant Breeders' Rights (P.B.R.). Briefly, the legislation would grant to plant breeders a patent whereby any sales of subsequent seed produced from the parent crop would be liable for royalty payment. It is feared that this would soon lead to a spate of hybrid seeds developed by the multi-national corporations, which in turn would yield them control of food production on a global basis.
"Mr. Bennett firstly wished to speak about the Murray River problems. He agreed that salinity was a problem. However, a far greater problem was the threat of eutrophication - self destruction by over enrichment of phosphorus and nitrogen. Eutrophication occurs when algae, waterweeds etc., grow extensively, which does happen when too much phosphorus and nitrogen are present. Algae then prevent sunlight from reaching the depths of the river, cutting off oxygen. Then with an increase in temperature, the water becomes putrefied and the river dies. He warned the audience how quickly the final stages could occur.
Mr. Bennett explained that the two elements causing the trouble were mainly attributable to the use of water-soluble chemical fertilisers, which drained into the river and its tributaries.
"Turning to P.V.R., Mr. Bennett said that the scheme was just one part of a total picture involving chemicals, fertilisers and governments, which could see the world's food production ultimately controlled by a few organisations. "Many of the new seed varieties are hybrids which generally offer bigger yields, and perhaps resistance to certain diseases. However, they do not reproduce themselves. Growers have to obtain their future seed from outside. Poorer countries may be encouraged to consume all of their old seed and grow a new hybrid variety. Once the old stock is gone, they are dependent on the source of the hybrid seed for survival.
"Under P.V.R. in the U.K. authorities may fine anyone £400 for selling seeds which have been struck from the list. Trading is permitted only regarding those varieties specified under P.V.R. law. Depending on the Act and the Regulations, seeds involved could range from lucerne to lavender, barley to beetroot, or corn to cauliflowers.
"In Australia, the original P.V.R. Bill had, as a condition, unanimity among the States. Western Australia is solidly opposed to the scheme, so now, Mr. Bennett noted, the unanimity clause has been deleted. He urged everyone to become informed on P.V.R. matters and then to be vocal. "Mr. Bennett suggested breeders of special seeds deserved their reward and ways should be found to do that, but care must be taken not to lose control (private) to the monopolies. The abuse or misuse of power under P.V.R. could provide the quickest passage to total power, and all its associated corruption.
"In answer to the question - "what to do about P.V.R.?" - Mr. Bennett said that Canadians had rejected it, and Australians would, if electors expressed opposition to their Federal and State members of Parliament. 'Demand to see their effort in Hansard', he said."

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