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30 July 1982. Thought for the Week: "I have always voted at my party's call, And I never thought of thinking for myself at all."
HMS Pinafore, (Gilbert & Sullivan).
JEREMY LEE REPORTS FROM QUEENSLAND
"This morning, July 23rd, the State Conference of the National Party opens at Caloundra. A number of crucial issues, notably whether or not the Party will rescind its policy for a State Bank, are due for discussion. This conference will surely decide whether Premier Joh's leadership is waxing or waning. Two nights ago, the A.B.C.'s "Nationwide" featured a segment on a recently formed Queensland Association called "The Enterprise Queensland Association" led by a Darling Downs grain grower, Mr. W. Jauncey. The programme pointed out the Association had some prominent sponsors, including a former State President of the R.S.L., the Chairman of the State's biggest Dairy Co-op, and a Director of a Meat Processing Company. According to its leader, Mr. Jauncey, the organisation was concerned at the undermining within the National Party of the Premier's position on a number of issues.
As far as the public is concerned, the
claim seems obvious enough. The State President, Sir Robert
Sparkes, appears to have deliberately canvassed a number of
policy matters in public, and to many in the Party his actions
smack of washing dirty linen in public in a manner aimed at
embarrassing the Premier.
We cannot vouch for all Sir Robert's
claims, but if his remarks on the League are anything to go
by, he has not allowed the truth to qualify his remarks. He
knows very well that the League has never advocated the printing
of "unlimited debt-free credit". Of this there is no doubt,
for Sir Robert himself personally invited me to give evidence,
'along with economists H.W. Herbert and Mr. Jensen, at a special
meeting of the Party's management committee over ten years
I have appeared as a guest speaker on
Mr. Jauncey's platform in his battle to defend Section 92
of the Constitution, a year or two ago. Thus I have been a
guest for both Sir Robert and Mr. Jauncey in the past! None
of this has hindered Sir Robert from using an unfounded League
of Rights smear when it has suited his purpose. In fact, although
Sir Robert himself started a public controversy over National
Party policy, I wouldn't be surprised if Mr. Jauncey is expelled
from the National Party by the imperious Sir Robert for his
public response to Sir Robert's actions.
At the moment Joh Petersen appears to
be being led by the nose within his own Party, and rank-and-file
members, who are much closer to general opinion in Queensland
than a power hungry party executive, are becoming increasingly
concerned at the Premier's reluctance to "tell it like it
is" within the National Party.
THE DISAPPEARING BRITISH STOCKWe normally do not feature letters to the Editors of newspapers in the body of On Target, preferring to publish them in the On Target Bulletin. Occasionally, a letter of such signal worth is published in the newspapers as to have us relax our convention. The following is such an example: it was published in The Australian, July 23rd. The letter was published under the above heading, and featured in a box:
"I should like to know where Senator Gareth Evans gets his figures from when he states that 44% of Australians are not of British background. believe that despite the influx of immigrants from southern Europe and from Asia since World War 2, the most recent figures show that 85% are of British origin, and 15% of other origins.
"However, if for the sake of argument we accept Senator Evan's contention that 44% of Australians are not British and that therefore the Flag should be changed, it establishes the principle that the criterion for choice of a flag is the supposed wishes of a 44% minority. "In this case, surely Senator Evans will agree that when he and his 'multicultural' friends succeed in so flooding the country with the hordes of Asia that Australians of British descent become a minority of 44%, then the Flag should revert to its present form to please the 44% minority.
"When this point is reached, we Anglo-Celtic Australians, now toiling and battling to support our wives and families, can look forward to better times. "Having 'attained our minority', we will qualify for underdog status, with all the resources of the race relations industry at our command. Al Grassby may take an interest in us. We can agitate for 'positive discrimination', low interest housing loans, a special free Anglo-Celtic legal service, and even land rights. And perhaps the United Nations Organisation may proclaim an 'International Year of the White Anglo-Celtic Christian family man', on behalf of an endangered and disappearing species deserving protection."
This excellent letter was published over the name of a "J.R. Kennedy", of Coldstream, Vic.
The Age (Melbourne), July 24th,
ran a half page, semi smear article on Mr. Bruce Ruxton, President
of the Victorian Branch of the Returned Services League (R.S.L.).
What struck us was the old, old, old confusion technique of
advancing opinions as facts - e.g.: "But his (Ruxton's) unsolicited,
outrageous (our emphasis) views which flow freely across such
emotive issues as immigration, defence, Aboriginal land rights,
and many, many more, are true to form."
The inevitable political facts of life
are emerging more quickly now in Zimbabwe. The Editorial in
The Australian (July 26th) spells it out quite well.
As would be anticipated, the Editorial bewails the emergence
of the inevitable facts of life: politicians do this sort
of thing also. First the Editorial stresses, "until 1979,
Zimbabwe's political system was racist and repressive" (an
opinion advanced as fact). We wonder how many of the blacks
in Zimbabwe would prefer to return to those terrible days
under Mr. Ian Smith, or "enjoy" Mr. Mugabe's idea of democracy?!
Mr. John Howard, the Federal Treasurer,
is sweating tears of blood for us all! He loves us so much:
It is all like a "Mo letter" from The Children of God. He
reckons that the Federal Government expects to recover some
$450 Million from us of retrospective laws governing taxation.
("Bottom of the Harbour" swifties, which aren't so difficult
to follow) But how about this?! "I don't think any government
can stand idly by in the face of this (tax avoidance) and
allow the general public to suffer so much. The failure to
pay these taxes has represented an unfair increase in the
tax burden of the ordinary taxpayer, and particularly the
P.A.Y.E. (pay as you earn) taxpayer.
R.S.L. Speaks for the People on Migration
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