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9 April 1982. Thought for the Week: "Everywhere in the West there are subversive minorities who, sheltered by our humanitarianism and sense of justice, hold the incendiary torches ready, with nothing to stop the spread of their ideas except the critical reason of a single, fairly intelligent, mentally stable stratum of the population."
Carl G. Jung, in "The Undiscovered Self."
THE VICTORIAN STATE ELECTION
"Malcolm Fraser is now staring at the prospect of defeat at the next election. Unless he can unite the Liberal Party and have the economy improving rather than deteriorating by late next year, the man who led his party triumphantly out of the wilderness is likely to march it right back there." - Michelle Grattan, in The Age (Melbourne), April 5th.
Michelle Grattan's forecast (above) may turn out to be the most important implication of the Victorian State election. We forecast in these pages early last year that the then Hamer Government of Victoria was in its last term of office; having barely survived the 1979 State election. We said then that the Hamer Liberal Government was stale had been in power for far too long, and further comments along the same lines. There were a variety of issues which did militate against the Thompson Liberal Government of Victoria, but we do think that, overall, Victorian electors did want a change: that after 27 years the Victorian Liberal Government was fearfully dull and just screaming for that "new broom", which it got.
When a government loses a bundle of its
Cabinet Ministers, that is proof positive that it has lost
the confidence of the electorate. One of the Ministers to
lose his seat is Mr. Norman Lacey, who suffered an anti-Government
swing of six percent plus. Mr. Lacy incurred the displeasure
of a great number of people who were most dissatisfied with
his performance in his portfolio of Educational Services.
Civic reform groups such as the Concerned Parents' Association,
and the Women Who Want to Be Women are of the opinion that
he did little or nothing to stem the tide of unsavory permissiveness,
which is engulfing Victorian schools (along with those of
other States). One such issue is Sex Education, and it is
interesting to note that a prominent Sydney gynecologist very
recently lays the blame on Sex Education for a sizable portion
of teenage and child pregnancies, which are escalating alarmingly.
RUNNING TOO FAST: FLYING TOO HIGH?
"The Prime Minister, Mr. Fraser, in a bid to end the crippling speculation about a leadership challenge, will effectively put his own job on the line at a Liberal Party meeting in Canberra on Thursday. - Russell Schneider, in The Australian, April 5th.
We do not intend to comment at length
on speculation. We have commented in these pages only recently
that both Mr. Andrew Peacock, and Mr. Bob Hawke (hopefuls
and close friends) would have to make their "runs" this year
to have any chance of leadership success. Our own opinion
is that we don't much like Mr. Peacock's chances in his bid
to topple Mr. Fraser. A large proportion of Mr. Peacock's
assumed "votes" would be from disgruntled backbenchers and
those few "victims" of Mr. Fraser, such as Senator Reg Withers.
As we have commented before, we do not consider that Mr. Peacock is leadership material. The playboy image, now being played down; the Shirley McLean episodes, although harmless enough stuff, does not inspire us to accept him as the nation's political leader. Malcolm Fraser, whilst taking himself, as us, down the nowhere road, is made of much tougher stuff, and does definitely have strong leadership qualities; now being called into question because he can't produce the results that the electorate wants. The Bill Hayden - Bob Hawke relationship is another issue upon which we shall avoid comment here.
BOMBSHELL IN QUEENSLAND PARLIAMENT
On Thursday of last week, April 1st, the Queensland Premier tabled a most disturbing document in the Queensland Parliament. The statement was not from some "rightwing extremist, but from a well known Victorian trade union official and a former member of the Australian Communist Party, Mr. Geoff McDonald. The essence of Mr. McDonald's statement is that the Aboriginal "land rights", movement is a manifestation of a long-term Communist strategy to provide the Communists with revolutionary bases inside Australia.
Mr. McDonald says he first gained some understanding of what was planned when he attended the famous secret Communist training school at Minto, N.S.W., where he painted Aboriginal murals on the lecture hall walls. Mr. McDonald says that while he was an industrial officer for the Royal Australian Nursing Federation from 1970-76, his work took him on to the Aboriginal Reserves and he saw there evidence of the Communist involvement in the "land rights" issue.
The McDonald statement confirmed what
many investigators have been warning about for some time.
Mr. McDonald says he has come forward because of his concern
about the defence implications of the "land rights" movements.
He believes that the planned demonstrations at the coming
Commonwealth Games are designed to build up to an international
programme with an eventual call for sanctions against Australia
at the United Nations. The statement is critical of the Fraser
Government for assisting the campaign against the Queensland
While the hysterical reaction of the Communists and their many dupes was understandable, it was significant that the media generally entered the campaign to pour abuse and ridicule upon Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen. But the media had a difficult task with Mr. McDonald, who said that anyone who had taken the trouble to study the Communist Press knew what had been planned over many years. The McDonald statement is of tremendous importance at this critical time and it is planned to produce most of it when it comes to hand from the Queensland "Hansard". It will appear in the April issue of the "Intelligence Survey", and copies may be ordered now (Price $1.00 posted from G.P.O. Box 1052 J, Melbourne. 10 copies for $5.00).
Our old critic, Mr. Barry Cohen, A.L.P. Federal
Member for Robertson (N.S.W.) is at it again. Some few years
ago Mr. Cohen was calling for the imprisonment of Australian
League of Rights officers. He was a strong supporter of the
Racial Discrimination Bill (1975), which was later enacted
into law, although with the vicious criminal provisions amended
by the Senate. We well recall the dismay of former Labor Industry
Minister, James McClelland, now a judge in N.S.W. "You've
gutted it", he bitterly complained to the Senate.
There are metaphysical issues associated
with the Falkland Islands confrontation between Britain and
Argentina. Britons are starting to feel more "British"; are
turning against that super flop, the Common Market; are sick
and tired of having the Lion's tail twisted (as in Africa
and the Middle East) and are in the mood to call a halt. Will
Britons suffer yet another humiliation several thousands of
miles (not kilometers) from home as a third-rate power, rent
with social and economic ills, walks into an old British colony,
fiercely loyal to the British Crown, which has no powers of
resistance? This is the type of unrehearsed event, which sometimes
releases all manner of unforeseen social and political currents.
Such could be the case with the Falklands.
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