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7 September 1984. Thought for the Week: "The disciples and heirs of the French egalitarians are the Marxists, Communists, Socialists, Liberals and political Churchmen of today, who, believing themselves to be missionaries and theorising themselves out of reality, are not prepared to concede that equal opportunities inevitably reveal unequal capabilities."
H.B.Isherwood, in Race and Politics (1978)
WHERE IS NEW ZEALAND HEADING?
Mr. Eric D. Butler reports from New Zealand
Just as the "conservative" Fraser Government paved the way for the Hawke Government, so the "conservative" Muldoon Government generated the electoral backlash that brought the Lange Government to office. Once again it was a case of disillusioned electors voting a government OUT, not voting a new government IN. There has been considerable speculation about the role of the New Zealand Party, headed by colourful millionaire Mr. Bob Jones, originally a supporter of Sir Robert Muldoon's National Party. Mr. Jones and his colleagues offered a strange mixture of policies including the same anti-nuclear stance of the Labor Party. Although the "Social Credit" Party, currently preparing to change its name, had its vote slashed by over 50 percent, it managed to finish with two seats in the present parliament, the same as in the last Parliament. The total New Zealand Party vote was greater than that of "Social Credit", but no representatives were elected.
As a close student of New Zealand politics
for many years I do not believe that the Bob Jones party was
the decisive factor in defeating the Muldoon Government; if
this party had not existed much of the vote that it obtained,
primarily a protest vote, would have gone to Labor, increasing
still further its present majority.
The new situation in New Zealand provides the New Zealand League of Rights with the opportunity to increase its support and influence as electors discover that the Lange Government's programme offers no solutions to basic problems, but threatens to take them further down the totalitarian road. The shape of things to come has been indicated by the severing of diplomatic links with South Africa while seeking closer links with "liberated" African nations. Although it was probable that the Muldoon Government would eventually have ratified the United Nation Convention concerning "Non Discrimination Against Women", it is certain that the Lange Government will, unless met with a massive wave of opposition, ratify the Convention as soon as possible.
As I write, considerable publicity is being given to a report by the New Zealand Human Rights Commission. The Commission's report states that New Zealand moved the United Nations General Assembly resolution in 1978 for the adoption of the draft Convention. Human Rights Commissioner Diana Shand is quoted as saying, "It evolved only after serious deliberations by all parties and New Zealand played a leading role in its final adoption by the United Nations for future ratification by individual countries." Needless to say, the Human Rights Commission sees no threats to individuals by the Convention. All those opposed to the Convention are spreading unnecessary fears. The hard-nosed Marxists at the United Nations must be laughing their heads off. Well may New Zealand realists be asking where New Zealand is heading? Turbulent developments are not far ahead, the same type of developments, which are going to shake Australia in 1985.
JEREMY LEE REPORTS
The growing concern over the land rights issue has continued to result in excellent meetings in my recent tour of central NSW, Victoria and South Australia. A feature of the meetings in NSW was the presence of considerable numbers of Aborigines who, to my surprise, expressed strong agreement with the addresses so much so that I returned to one area to have a private meeting with Aboriginal leaders. They were and are extremely concerned with the radical element, which has gained control in government agencies dealing with Aboriginal affairs. This concern has been reinforced by the view of Mr. Stewart Murray, Victorian Aboriginal leader.
Mr. Murray, an ex-Digger, was reported in The Sun (August 15, 1984) as saying; "....The State Government is listening to stupid people who do not have a real affinity with Victorian Aboriginals or any historic claim to any consideration in Victoria... I become impatient when I think of the problems our young people are facing while the bureaucrats and the scavengers haggle", said Mr. Murray, the father of eight and chairman of the Victorian Aboriginal Land Council. The young people are turning to drink and drugs in increasing numbers. In my Aboriginal dialect we call them 'boogani' or 'lost souls'. The bureaucrats, who are standing in our way, are 'cookinagi' or 'crocodiles'.... There are too many people from outside Victoria, too many people with too much money and too much authority. We don't need Commonwealth offices, which we can't even find when we go to Canberra, and where no one wants to know us? For that matter we don't need regional offices here in Melbourne either. We have no need of so much money being spent staffing so many Aboriginal departments. We have enough radicals here of our own to spoil things (including Mr. Murray's son, Gary, a member of the aggressive Aboriginal Task force). The radicals want land without responsibility, land without paying rates or taxes. They want mineral rights, special privileges they want, want, want!"
Mr. Murray is absolutely right. But he'd better watch out. Mr. Clyde Holding may well hire another journalist to "expose" him; or, even worse, the Human Rights Commission may well deal with him for alleged ''racist'' views. The Aboriginal Task Force, incidentally, took over the job originally started by Dr. Coombs and his Aboriginal Treaty Committee.
NATIONAL PARTY RESOLUTION
The Queensland State Conference of the
National Party, which met in Rockhampton towards the end of
August, had the following resolution passed unanimously:
This is an indication that the strong lead given by the Premier on this question, and vigorously championed by former Aboriginal Affairs Minister Charles Porter through his movement "People For A Free Australia" is bearing fruit. It seems, however, that there is something less than enthusiasm among certain sections of the Party hierarchy. The resolution, which was submitted to the Conference by the Cooroora branch on Queensland's north coast, did not appear on the agenda, and had to be submitted as an urgency motion from the floor. The Federal leader, Mr. Ian Sinclair, was not enthusiastic about the resolution. He has, on previous occasions, sought to forestall any definite commitment on this question by stating that his party "will not use the external affairs power" when in office, without reversing the legal position which has all but destroyed constitutional integrity. The resolution, of course, is not binding on parliamentarians, and will be ignored if possible. Only if faced with such a large national insistence that can no longer be ignored will federal politicians grasp the nettle. This has begun to happen on the land rights question. A vocal and articulate grassroots is the real key to Australia's future.
FEVERED IMAGINATION DEPARTMENT!
A letter, effectively brief, to The Australian (September 1st) over the name of a "Nigel Jackson", referred to a report in this national daily newspaper (24th August) that the Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Bill Hayden has made in the Federal Parliament, viz, that the League of Rights had "manufactured and disseminated" the rumour that "a band of 60 armed Vietnamese had been sighted on exercise in full military uniform near Bendigo". Mr. Hayden's assertion, apparently, was that this rumour was aired at a National Party conference held at Portland, Victoria.
The Australian's correspondent, Mr. Nigel Jackson, called on Mr. Hayden (in his letter) to put up or shut up, as he didn't believe the accusation. We have news for Mr. Bill Hayden. We don't believe a word of the report either, in the absence of hard undeniable evidence. What we do believe is that Mr. Hayden's outburst is just another "round" in the now fierce psychological warfare against the League of Rights; and we do expect this warfare to intensify as the federal "Labor" (Communist/Socialist/Humanist) Government at Canberra enters the era of fiscal/political difficulties. The "dream ride" is almost at an end, and Mr. Bob Hawke will reveal his true colours to the Australian electorate at large when he is going down. His eclipse is certain, quite possibly in the term of the next Federal Government.
THE BUDGET - KEATING' S THREE CARD CON
Government Treasurers in the Western World, working within the contrived guidelines of modern economics, are caught on the horns of a dilemma. The debt system forces them to do at least one of three things; either to raise taxes; or to increase the size of government deficits; or, finally, to introduce a brutal squeeze which depresses the economy. These three destructive alternatives are masked behind a battery of propaganda clichés aimed at confusing and disarming the populace. The ultimate in political achievements is to make the electorate believe the opposite to reality. Such an achievement would be impossible without the complicity of the media.
While it is true that one or two commentators have pointed to some of the more destructive anomalies in the Keating Budget, on the whole the galaxy of newspaper headlines proclaiming "Tax Cuts" - "Tax Relief" etc. could hardly have been better written by Keating himself. Put bluntly, this is one of the most savage Budgets in Australia's history, with a total increase in receipts of 17.7 per cent. The figures below tell the true story: Income tax on individuals has increased by $5.7 billion (+23%) Company Tax has increased by $997 million (+23%) Withholding tax has increased by $66 million (+21%) Sales Tax has increased by $539 million (+13%) Excise Duty has increased by $44million (oil & LPG) (+1.2%) Excise Duty on all other items, increased by $269 m. (+6.6%) Customs Duty has increased by $385 million (+16%) Total taxation has increased by $7.9 billion (+17.9%) or by over $500 for every man, woman and child in Australia - over $2,000 for the average family of a mother, father and two children. Total Federal taxation now averages over $3,800 for every living Australian, or $15,200 for the average family of four.
On to this figure must be added additional taxes levied by State Governments, and also Local Government rates. The figures are quite horrific. But to then describe these increases under headlines blazoned "Tax Cuts" is an exercise in word manipulation, which would have Dr. Goebbels and Uncle Joe Stalin gasping with admiration!
MORE ON THE BUDGET
Mr. Peacock's speech in criticism of the Budget was a classic case of the boy who cried "Wolf!" Although many of his points were correct, he lacked credibility for two reasons; firstly, politicians have reduced their parliamentary speeches to such a mixture of hogwash and sensationalism that nobody believes the occasional truth that slips in. Secondly, the Opposition has no credible alternative economic strategy.
Hawke has merely done on a grander scale what they themselves were doing before. The Fraser Government, which gained office on the promise of tax cuts, lifted Federal Government spending to 29.5 per cent of Australia's Gross Domestic Product in 1977-78 - the highest level in Australia's history. The Hawke Government, in the Keating Budget, has shattered the Economic Olympic record. "Higher than ever!" seems to be the goal. The current Budget has lifted Government outlays to 31.1 percent of GDP. With State and Local Government outlays added, the figure is now not far short of 50 percent. And with the perennial borrowings of Federal and State Government Statutory Authorities, the 50 percent mark has been passed. In other words, Australians one and all work over half the year for one type of government or another before they earn a penny for themselves. What a road to "recovery."
Tucked into this programme of fiscal deceit is a massive increase in the budgets of the Human Rights Commission and the Law, Reform Commission, both in essence bodies working for the United Nations rather than constitutional Australia. The Human Rights Commission now has a budget of $4.5 million - an 82.5% increase over last year; while the Law Reform Commission has a $700,000 increase up 37.4%.
OVERSEAS DEBTMr. Maxwell Newton, who writes from New York, has joined the small band of commentators expressing concern over Australia's foreign debt position. Writing in The Australian (August 22, 1984) he said; "I had not realised how deeply Australia's policies had mired the country in a bog of overseas debt.... Much of this rapidly growing external debt has been used to finance the expansion of government and of government agencies such as Qantas, TAA and State government power authorities. In this way, major debts are being piled up overseas to finance the socialisation of the Australian economy and to further undermine the already abysmal productivity growth record of Australia... Australia's debt service ratio has now reached the dangerously high level of 52 percent. In other words, 52 percent of our export income is required to be sent back overseas to service our growing level of foreign debt. This means that Australia now has less than one half of its export income to pay for imports of goods and services. Of course, these imports are then financed by further capital inflow.."
GOOD OLD GOTT!The Age (Melbourne), August 30th, reports that ex Communist (how "ex"???) journalist, Ken Gott, is being paid $40,000 by "us" (the taxpayers) for his 6 month contract as a "consultant" to the Department of Aboriginal Affairs, to "monitor" those strange activities of the dreaded League of Rights. Quite nice going: approx. $1,540 per week. Most of us could struggle along on that!
We understand that Ken Gott is concocting a little something to "refute" Geoff McDonald's damning indictments in both "Red Over Black" and "The Evidence" that the Aboriginal Land Rights Movement is both Communist inspired and manipulated. We would be most agog to see how Ken Gott "proves" that 2 x 2 = 17! He'll have to come up with some mighty convincing disinformation.
THOSE SACRED SIGHTSIn The Australian (August 25th from the pen of veteran journalist, Max Harris, comes a timely debunking of the "Sacred Sights" chimera. We select some passages more or less at random:
"I acknowledge that in Aboriginal, as in all animist cultures of the extremely ancient kind there are sites of interesting mythological significance. "But there is no such thing as a 'sacred site'. "There is a difference. And this is where the big con has been practised. "The analogy is to be found in taking Arthnrian mythology. At the centre of it is Camelot, and it would be nice if Camelot were to be found. If it were, Camelot would not be a sacred site, and if vandal bulldozers knocked it down it wouldn't have much effect on the heart of the matter, the mythology of the British dreamtime.
"This is even more true of Ayers Rock. It is part of the mythic theme of the storytellers of a miniscule number of the thousands of original tribes. But it is not 'sacred'. It hasn't even the dense spirit inhabitation of, say, a churinga. "The sacred site: that is, places of specific worship significance, only came into existence with the invention of structured and socially organised deistic religions. Mecca is a sacred site. Jerusalem is a sacred site. The Vatican is a sacred site. The religions common to nomadic and pre-institutionalised peoples were animistic... "It is the animist principle of spirit inhabitation of all things that gives Aborigines a relationship to the land quite different from our own "
THE DE-INDUSTRIALISATION OF OZ
A thought provoking article appeared
in The Australian (August 25th) from the pen of Joe
Thompson, M.L.C. (N.S.W.) on the decline of Australia's manufacturing
industries. Our own knowledge of intended policies in the
worlds of High Politics and High Finance lend us to accept
the virtual certainty that Australia is to be phased right
out of major industry in the Pacific Basin, and our intended
role is to be that of a major supplier of key resources. This
is to be in accord with the thrust of the New International
Economic Order, on which many politicians, including Malcolm
Fraser, heaped praise. Joe Thompson observes:
A Rochhampton Actionist (Qld.) has had
a most remarkable reply from Mr. Doug Everingham, M.H.R. for
Capricornia, with respect to the League of Rights' special
issue of "Intelligence Survey" on the Threatened Destruction
of the Federal Constitution. We can only pick out a couple
of "screamers" at random:
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