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24 August 1984. Thought for the Week: "...The landowners of England, provoked by indiscriminate and arbitrary seizure of their lands, rose up in revolt against King John and compelled him to sign the Magna Charta (1215), that was to be the guarantee that an Englishman's home was his own. "The old Kings of England were gentle folk compared to our enlightened politicians who use Parliament to impose laws on our people far worse than any Feudal King. And Federal and State Governments alike are provoking landowners to open revolt against these iniquitous laws. .."
Doug Jensen, in A Conspiracy Called Conservation
THE AUSTRALIAN CRISIS AND THE LEAGUE OF RIGHTS
The growing anti-League of Rights smear campaign is being progressively stepped up, with Mr. Phillip Adams using two pages of last week's "Bulletin", now associated with "Newsweek", to pour out his venom. There was a veiled threat that Liberal leader Andrew Peacock must do more than dissociate himself from a movement that has forced the Opposition parties to at least pay some lip service on issues that the League has been campaigning for.
Adams writes, "It's not good enough for Andrew to say that he'll have nothing whatever to do with the League while conceding that they might be 'on parallel paths'. He must oppose Butler's politics of hatred, racism and paranoia. Andrew Peacock is being told he must join in the anti-League witch-hunt or else! The strategists behind the orchestrated anti-League campaign are looking ahead, not only to the coming Federal Elections and the projected referendum, but to the crisis situation, which is certain next year.
A grassroots conservative movement is already starting to take shape. This movement will be looking for some type of political expression. If the League can be destroyed as a major influence between now and the elections, it will not be of sufficient importance to influence the thrust of the conservative movement. The appointment of K.D. Gott to "monitor" the League has been followed by the report from well-known journalist Laurie Oakes that ASIO has been instructed to infiltrate the League. Commenting on this report to one Melbourne paper, Mr. Eric Butler said he found the idea of ASIO infiltrating the League as rather hilarious - and a waste of public money, if true. It is probable that the report "leaked" to Oakes was designed as part of the psycho-political warfare being directed against the League.
There is no doubt that the League of Rights is now at the centre of the developing Australian crisis. For this and other reasons we are urging that all supporters should make every effort to attend this year's National Weekend, starting with "The New Times" Dinner on Friday, September 28th. Tickets are $17 each and must be paid for in advance. The Annual Seminar will be on Saturday. This will be a tremendous event. And then on to the all day Action Seminar for all accredited actionists.
THE WESTERN AUSTRALIAN TOUR
As briefly reported in last week's issue, Mr. Eric Butler's recent tour of Western Australia finished with an ugly demonstration outside the League Seminar held at a Hay Street Hotel. The major purpose of the Western Australia tour was to highlight the far reaching constitutional implications of the land rights question, and to help prepare the foundations for coping with the crisis which must develop next year if Mr. Clyde Holding attempts to impose his national land rights programme. Mr. Butler was accompanied during the latter part of his tour by an ABC journalist sent specially from Sydney. The journalist says an in depth study of the land rights question and the League's involvement is being prepared. We will be pleasantly surprised if the ABC programme is not part of the developing national anti-League campaign.
The Rev. Cedric Jacobs showed real courage in appearing on a League platform in the face of bitter opposition. He received messages from around Australia urging him not to appear. Only police protection ensured that he entered the League Seminar safely. His most constructive proposals received comparatively little mention, if any, from the media that sensationalised the protests against Mr. Jacobs.
Before delivering his Paper, Mr. Eric Butler launched a stinging attack on sections of the media for helping to incite the ugly protests in Hay Street. This attack was, of course, not publicised. As Mr. Butler reported on his way from WA to New Zealand, "it was genuine Orwellian to feel the hate and venom of those who charge the League with fostering hate." Organisers of the Seminar declined to allow TV cameras in, insisting that only journalists could come in. However, Mr. Butler agreed to be interviewed outside the hotel on the street before the Seminar started. This concluded with demonstrators from across the street loudly abusing Mr. Butler.
Mr. Butler says that the Perth Seminar was beyond doubt one of the best ever staged by the League in Western Australia. There was a full house and some had to be turned away. The Rev. Cedric Jacobs and his charming wife Margaret attended the League Dinner in the evening and were warmly applauded as they left to attend another function. At the conclusion of the W.A. tour Mr. Butler commented, "The dogs bark but the League caravan moves on."
CORRECTIONIn our last issue we incorrectly reported that the big land rights meeting in Bunbury, W.A. was a League of Rights function. National Director Mr. Eric Butler was one of a panel of four at a meeting arranged by a committee of Bunbury citizens, one of the Panel being the local Labor Party State MP. An Australian of Aboriginal background put a case for Aboriginal land rights. All major media, including the ABC, were present. The Labor MP subsequently charged that the League of Rights had "stacked" the meeting and had organised questions to Mr. Butler so that he had a platform to spread League propaganda". The truth is that all speakers received a fair share of questions. Mr. Butler made the most of the Opportunity to put the League point of view and was warmly applauded. Obviously the ALP did not like this.
We were not surprised to read only recently that the Soviet Union warned President Reagan that no one was entitled to question the outcome of the 1945 Yalta Agreement; the basis of the post war division of Europe. Des Griffin, writing in The Fourth Reich of the Rich (p.102) has this to say of Yalta: "The most important result of World War 2 was engineered at the infamous Yalta Conference which took place early in February, 1945. At this meeting the first step of Lenin's plan for the conquest of the world finally became a reality. All of Eastern Europe was handed over to the Communists. Eleven sovereign nations were delivered into slavery by the stroke of a pen - the pen of our President, Franklin D. Roosevelt, with the traitor Alger Hiss at his side "
The relevant experts in the field of
Education claim that one million Australians have literacy
problems. This comes from the Australian Council for Adult
Literacy. Our own assessment is this is not an exaggeration.
What did interest us is the assertion (which has the ring
of truth about it) that illiteracy (and no doubt lack of numeracy)
are connected with family problems and family breakdown. The
observation by Dr. Audrey Grant, of Melbourne's La Trobe University
impresses us: "Children with traumatic family backgrounds
became preoccupied with their problems and stopped learning
at school. They blocked everything off." However, the foregoing
is only part of the overall crisis in Education.
The dreaded League of Rights is now quite a talking point with the media political columnists. Now the League is indirectly responsible for the statement by the Queensland President of the National Party, Sir Robert Sparkes, that sporting contacts with South Africa be re-established. Mr. Peter Rees, the Canberra correspondent for The Sun (Melbourne) has it that: "It showed in brilliant clarity just how strongly the Nationals have lurched to the right and the influence which the extremist League of Rights is now exerting through the Party's branch structure which it has infiltrated." If Mr. Rees does his homework more carefully he will discover that Sir Robert Sparkes is on record, on more than one occasion, of berating the League of Rights. Even the Gippsland Times & Maffra Spectator is giving the League of Rights a good old shake. In its Editorial of 3/7/84 it goes on with the usual drivel about "what the League stands for". Whilst on this, we urge actionists to demand from these newspapers some specific examples of League policies.
ARCHBISHOP PENMAN MISQUOTEDFollowing his recent quoted media attack on the League of Rights, the new Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne, David Penman, granted an interview to a senior League member and Anglican. The Archbishop says he was grossly misreported in "The Sun" and expressed his pleasure at having the opportunity to discuss the matter with a League member and fellow Christian. We understand that the Archbishop has written in courteous terms to all those who wrote criticising him for his reported comments. We hope to report further on this matter later.
FREE SPEECH AT STAKE
The following letter, from Mr. John Bennett,
President, Australian Civil Liberties Union, was published
in The Australian, August 13th:
A Mareeba Actionist (Qld.) writes to
us on the matter of Cape Tribulation, Bloomfield Road, the
building of which is enraging the so-called environmentalists,
most of whom are phony: but there are some protestors who
are sincere and genuine.
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