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20 August 1982. Thought for the Week: "There is an old saying that it is easy to be wise after events - particularly disastrous events. But I am predicting disastrous events BEFORE they happen. 'Give them time' is the plea always of the party faithful and the wishful thinkers after a new set of politicians has been elected. But it is as certain as the sunrise that the financial policies adopted by the Fraser Government will take Australia down a road of continuing inflation, major industrial conflict and increasing social friction. Communists are keenly anticipating coming events, the better informed amongst them recalling Lenin's famous statement that revolution was only possible when there was a nationwide crisis affecting BOTH employers and employees."
Mr. Eric D. Butler, National Director, The Australian League of Rights, in a Prediction on March 18th, 1976.
AN EARLY ELECTION BUDGET?
This comment is being written before the Fraser Government presents its 1982 Budget, but based upon the carefully contrived pre-Budget "leaks" by the Government, the electors are being presented with a type of three card trick in an attempt to prepare them for a possible early election. The basic feature of the three-card trick is to convince taxpayers that the Government is offering income tax relief measures totalling about $1,500 million. That sounds impressive if taxpayers can be "conned" into forgetting that they would have obtained at least the same benefit if Prime Minister Fraser had not broken his promise to abolish tax indexation.
Increases in indirect taxation, helping
to ensure that the inflation rate is maintained, and anticipated
increased taxation from wage increases geared to continuing
inflation, will ensure that TOTAL taxation obtained will be
It can be said without any fear of contradiction
by events, that there is little the Fraser government can
do to prevent the deepening recession within the framework
of current financial orthodoxy. The proposed deficit, a formal
acceptance of Keynesian economics, will have little stimulatory
effect and to the extent that it does, can only contribute
to continuing high inflation. Increasing debt, with high interest
rates, is like prescribing higher doses of a deadly drug,
which has already produced serious side effects.
Prime Minister Fraser's search for an early election gimmick is based upon the realisation that depression conditions are going to be much worse next year. Treasury officials are quoted as predicting that unemployment could reach nine percent by next year, a prediction endorsed by a number of senior business executives. One editorial writer, describing the 1982 Budget as the last chance for the Government, correctly said that the situation is now beyond party politics - it is a matter of national survival.
Australia has an abundance of resources, with adequate skills and technology to ensure that those resources are used to maintain a civilised standard of living for 15 million Australians. But national survival can only be ensured if destructive debt financial policies are challenged. As this challenge is not going to come from the political parties, only a non-party movement of united electors can halt the greatest threatened disaster in Australia's history.
MIDDLE EAST MADNESS
By Eric D. Butler
Those belatedly upset by Zionist wholesale
destructive terrorist activities, as they saw thousands of
innocents killed in the destruction of the city of Beruit,
should be reminded that there is nothing new about Zionist
terror, which started a long time ago. Zionist terror was
first unleashed against the British in Palestine because,
as the governing power, the British attempted to uphold the
rights of the overwhelming majority, the Palestinians, who
had lived here in peace with their relatively small number
of Jewish neighbours for over a thousand years.
It should be recorded that Sir Raphael
Cilento, working for the UN amongst Palestinian refugees at
the time, was originally to have travelled with Count Bernadotte
the day he was assassinated. Sir Raphael's deep sympathy for
the Palestinian refugees was at least partly responsible for
his premature retirement from the UN and the disgraceful refusal
by the Menzies Government to make use of his vast international
diplomatic experience; he was smeared with the old "anti-Semitic"
There have been smears from the superficial
observers, encouraged by the Zionists, about the failure of
the Soviet to provide the Palestinian Liberation Organisation
guerrillas with any realistic support during the Israeli drive
into Lebanon. It is conveniently forgotten that the Zionist
State of Israel, established by the use of wholesale terror
tactics, such as the Deir Yassim butchery of innocent villagers,
men, women and children, was aided by the Soviet Union, and
that the Soviet was the first to officially recognise the
Zionist victory. The Soviet strategists have never been pro-Palestinians
nor pro-Arab except to further their own strategy.
The situation in the Middle East has
been worsened; the ghastly problem of the long-standing Palestinian
refugee multiplied a hundred fold. Innocent Jews and others
are at risk as the Soviet encourages terrorist massacres in
Europe similar to that in Paris. With even that darling of
the Zionists, Prime Minister Fraser, being forced by Zionist
terror in Lebanon to at least do a little wrist tapping, and
President Reagan bluntly telling Begin that he had had enough,
it is not surprising that increasing numbers of Jews around
the world are starting to rebel against the Zionist intimidations,
are calling for a halt to Israeli mass killing and destruction.
Distinguished anti-Zionist Jews like Dr. Alfred Lilienthal must be given every support in their campaign to expose and oppose the madness of Political Zionism. Unless this is done, Middle East instability will increase to the point where it will be lost completely to the West, along with the vital oil supplies.
Most of the (double) talk concerning Tax evasion is purely for political propaganda purposes. A recent letter to the media summarised the reality: It was the duty of the taxpayer to provide the government with the minimum amount of taxation to curb government waste and extravagance. The individual taxpayer, large or small, can be relied upon to spend his money much better than a government bureaucracy. The letter writer might have pointed to the fact that Prime Minister Fraser, who claims to be able to "manage" the economy, allowed himself a very generous $12 million for his CHOGM circus last year. But now it has been revealed that at least $18 million was spent, $6 million in excess of the estimate. So far from publicly apologising for this profligate waste of the taxpayers' money Mr. Fraser says that CHOGM was worth every penny spent on it. We trust that all taxpayers remember this.
We have it through the grapevine that Mr. Fraser and Mr. Howard are meeting with increasing resistance from within the Government ranks, to the employment of "retrospectivity" in framing new legislation against the so-called "tax avoidance". A correspondent, in The Australian (August 14th), the founder of the Company Directors' Association of Australia, writes that the proposed tax avoidance legislation of the Government is contrary to a decision of the High Court. He claims that the Government has no mandate to set aside a decision made by the highest legal authority in Australia.
Senator Alan Simpson, of the United States Senate, has warned his nation on illegal immigration. He maintains that a continued high level of immigration could well lead to political, social, and economic languish which exist in the countries from whence they came. He made other suggestions to aid in the integration of those illegal immigrants who had already settled in the U.S.A.
We have always maintained that charity begins at home. There is a treasure house of wisdom in traditional maxims and aphorisms. Such aphorisms as - "good fences make good neighbours", "a stitch in time saves nine", "one man's meat is another man's poison", "empty vessels make the most noise", and a host of others, embrace often many centuries of wisdom which people have learned from living in communities. We agree with Mr. Russell Schneider (The Australian, August 14th) that charity, indeed, does begin at home. Mr. Schneider remarks that Malcolm Fraser's gift of $10 Million to help rebuild Beirut may help him strut the world stage as the Big International Statesman, dishing out Australians' cash; perhaps it could be better spent right down here, in Australia, say, in aid to our building industry. Politicians are particular types of people. One cynical commentator (we suspect he's right) says Malcolm Fraser abandoned tax indexation because there were no votes in it; much better to be the Big Fellow (with our cash) at election time.
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