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27 April 1984. Thought for the Week: "Marxism-Leninism blames those who defend themselves ... The spread of Communism in the world can be peaceful, to a considerable extent, provided those the Soviets want to conquer are made to feel guilty to the point that they refuse to defend themselves. As Clausewitz said, 'War is caused not necessarily by invasion, but by the fact that the people being invaded resist the invader'. "Marxist-Leninism claims that its conquest will be a peaceful one because it will be able to convince those being invaded that by defending themselves they will be responsible for the war"
Canadian Rheal Belisle as reported in the Canadian Hansard for January 31st, 1984
'ONE STEP BACKWARDS '
Students of Marxism-Leninist dialectics are familiar with Lenin's famous instruction that on occasions it is necessary to take one step backwards in order eventually to take many steps forward. Mr. Bernie Taft, a former joint national secretary of the Communist Party of Australia, and a member of its national executive, announced last week that the party was faced with disintegration in the near future. Mr. Taft described his resignation from the Victorian Executive of the Communist Party, along with 22 other members of the 32 strong executive, as "the end of an era". Taft said that the party was "a spent force in Australian politics with membership declining drastically in recent years".
The Communist Party of Australia is engaged in a dialectical step made necessary by a developing situation in which formal Communist parties are no longer deemed necessary for the advancement of Marxist-Leninist ideas. It is instructive to recall that when Mr. John Halfpenny, the influential Victorian Secretary of the Amalgamated Metals, Foundry and Shipwrights Union, resigned from the Communist Party, and not so long afterwards was permitted to join the Australian Labor Party, he jokingly said that he "really could not tell the difference anyhow".
Quite apart from the fact that Marxists,
not members of any Communist party, have infiltrated all the
political parties, not only the political parties, but the
Christian Churches, the Universities and much of the educational
system, have become infected with the collectivist with which
Marxism Leninism promotes. We doubt if there are many members
of any Marxist-Leninist party who work for the Australian
Broadcasting Commission. But Marxist influence has been consistently
strong in the ABC's political programmes.
No doubt Mr. Bernie Taft and his Marxist
associates will follow Mr. Halfpenny's lead and, at a suitable
time, join the Australian Labor Party. In Victoria there will
be few problems, considering the powerful influence of the
Socialist Left. We have consistently stressed that the declared
members of Communist parties in the English-speaking world
have been merely the shock troops of a revolution being advanced
in the main by the "moderate" Fabian Socialists. Not surprisingly,
there are now proposals for the establishment of an alternative
Socialist movement, not a political party.
Why have a Communist Party attempting to create a totalitarian State when the politicians of all parties have, for many years, been supporting programmes which lead inevitably to such a State. So far from the announcement of the break up of the Communist Party of Australia being good news, it is a red danger signal. Freedom loving Australians should carefully assess its far-reaching significance.
BILL OF RIGHTS FOR NEW ZEALAND
(Jeremy Lee reports from Taumarunui, N.Z.)
The Labor Party has discarded former leader Rowling in favour of the supposedly dynamic David Lange, who generally comes over like a lead balloon. But in anticipation of the election, the Labor Party has unveiled a package of proposed reforms for Parliament, which starts with a 23-member increase in the size of Parliament itself. The package was put together by the deputy leader, former Professor Geoffrey Palmer, who has written some sound criticism in past years concerning the abuse and corruption of the parliamentary system.
Some of his proposals are sound - the introduction of the Committee system into the N.Z. situation, and a provision that three months must elapse between the introduction of a Bill into Parliament and its final passage. Without an Upper House to review legislation, such a move is a partial step to providing the electorate with a little more time for appraisal than it has had in the past.
These reasonable proposals, however, are more than outweighed by the promise of a Bill of Rights, based on the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which New Zealand has ratified. It will therefore be much the same sort of monstrosity which Lionel Murphy, firstly, and now Senator Gareth Evans have been so eager to foist on Australia.
It will be interesting to see whether any of Labor's opponents have the courage to grasp the "internationalist nettle" in combating the socialist programme - or whether they will stifle any criticism of the United Nation sacred cow, which Muldoon himself has fed for so long.
THE FADING 'ECONOMIC RECOVERY'
Following the discovery that there is a wide
gap between Prime Minister Hawke's public relations performance
in Japan and realities concerning the Japanese attitude towards
Australian beef exports, it is not surprising to read "The
Australian" headline, "HAWKE'S CHINA TRADE PROSPECTS FADE".
We have warned that the "get bigger" philosophy is no solution for Australian primary producers caught in the cost price squeeze. Genuine solutions require a drastic reduction in financial costs, including interest payments, all determined by government financial policies. Primarily for the record, and for the benefit of those who wish to heed the type of realistic advice which has been proved consistently right over a long period of time, we state once again that the much-publicised international recovery starting with the U.S.A. is much like Mr. Hawke's rhetoric, empty of substance.
The increase in American economic activity during last year and early this year was primarily the result of an increase in the rate of credit creation. As we predicted, the inevitable result of this policy was rising inflation. And so the headline, "INFLATIONARY TIMES AHEAD FOR FLOURISHING GOLD FUNDS", merely reflects that with the return of what one correspondent terms "inflationary thinking", more Americans are investing in gold as a "hedge".
The only answer of the "experts" to inflation is to cut back the rate of credit creation and impose more restraints in the form of higher taxes and higher interest rates. And so, in the gobbledygook language of the witch doctors of financial black magic, "overheating" fears in the U.S.A. are easing as growth slows. So much for the American "recovery". But Mr. Hawke and his Minister for Finance, Mr. Paul Keating, still persist in painting a glowing picture of a "recovery" which makes 1985 look like the dawn of a new golden age. Those who believe such predictions are going to be shocked by realities.
While the prevailing "recovery" is depending to a great extent upon the debt drug in the form of a deficit that will certainly be higher than that projected by Mr. Keating, generally overlooked is the enormous international deficit of $40 billion. Interest payments on that astronomical debt are one-third the size of the national output. If the Hawke government is going to attempt to produce a recovery based upon an escalation of both internal and external debt, the end result is going to be greater disasters for the Australian people. If the debts are further expanded, then more high inflation with its destructive impact is as certain as the sunrise.
There is no genuine salvation for anyone inside the framework of present finance economic policies, which can only be changed when enough electors insist that changes take place. In the meantime, realists will dismiss the Hawke confidence trickery and adopt a most conservative attitude towards their own affairs.
BRIEF COMMENTWith friends like Mr. Bill Hartley of the Victorian Socialist Left, the Arab nations do not need any enemies. Commenting on the murderous behaviour of Gaddafi's Embassy in London, Hartley, who has described himself as the Australian representative of the Iraki News Agency, dismissed the affair with the comment, "One person is dead and others are injured, but it's only a handful of people".
SAVE VICTORIA COMMITTEE
The Honary Secretary of the "Save Victoria
Committee" (Mr.T.Rogers) sent the following letter to the
Editor of the "Weekly Times", and this was published
in a recent issue of this most influential rural journal,
which is published in Melbourne;
"According to the Department of Crown
Land and Survey (1981/82) Annual Report this amounts to 8,696,317
hectares; over one third of Victoria. The Bill allows any
group of seven or more aboriginals - or part descendants of
- to make a claim. The 1981 Census shows this group in Victoria
numbering 6,057 (Hansard, 1983; p.74). "All claims will be
heard by a one person Tribunal (clause 3 (2) who will be appointed
by the Governor in Council (Clause 3 (3a); and the Tribunal
in assessing claims shall not be bound by the rules of evidence
(Clause 11a) and may inform itself in a manner as it thinks
fit (Clause 11b).
"The Save Victoria Committee notes with concern, land rights legislation dovetailing in with long term Communist policy on aborigines as stated in the 'Workers Weekly' (24.9.31) which proposed: 'the handing over to aborigines of large tracts of watered and fertile country, with towns, seaports, railways, roads, etc., to become one or more independent states or republics. The handing back to aborigines of all Central, Northern, and North West Australia to enable aborigines to develop their native pursuits. These aboriginal republics to be independent of Australia or other foreign powers. To have the right to make treaties with foreign powers, including Australia; establish their own army, governments, industries, and in every way be independent of imperialism.' "Under the Bill, water catchment areas, fertile grazing leases, sections of towns, seaports, railways, roads, schools, as well as aerodromes, showgrounds, racecourses, churches, etc. will be available for claim; and the Senate last year (1983) accepted the concept of a treaty (Makarrata) between the aboriginal people and the Australian Government in a Report named '200 Years Later', complied by the Senate Standing Committee on Constitutional and Legal Affairs.
"Sovereign nation status does not rely only on Parliament's approval. International law can decide this. The concept of sovereignty for aboriginals as a nation was rejected in 1889 by the Privy Council in the case Cooper v. Stuart, and again in 1979 in Coe v. Commonwealth. "Both cases failed because the Courts accepted the Government's argument that under International Law, Australia was a 'settled colony' and the aborigines were not a 'conquered people', and did not constitute a sovereign nation with an identifiable government. "This ruling is open for challenge, as the present Commonwealth Government now states that Australia was taken by conquest - not by settlement (The Age, Melbourne, 23/11/ 83).
"The Save Victoria Committee believes a preview of coming events emerges with the actions of the Federal Minister of Aboriginal Affairs in notifying Northern Territory pastoralists to hand over some of their land to aboriginal communities, or the Government will resolve the matter itself.
N.T.News, (17.9.83) and The Bulletin (6.3. 84) reports on the secret 'National Aboriginal Land Rights Legislation: Discussion Paper, which proposes a total freeze on usage of land claimable by aborigines, fines and imprisonment for people who enter aboriginal land; and Regional Land Councils, protected by legislation from State Government jurisdiction.
"Land Rights subversion has been the
subject matter of two books, RED OVER BLACK, and THE
EVIDENCE, written by a former, highly trained, Communist,
Geoff McDonald. "The Save Victoria Committee believes that
the silence of Dr. Coghill concerning Mr. McDonald's documentation
contrasts strongly with Dr. Coghill's attacks on the Committee
who deny it is a 'front' for any organisation, including the
Australian League of Rights. However, the Committee acknowledges
and appreciates the support and research material this organisation
provided, when asked.
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