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24 February 1984. Thought for the Week: "What democracy needs is a blood transfusion in the form of reverence for moral and spiritual excellence. It requires leadership by superior and honourable individuals. These leaders must disdain the hooting of the mobs and arrest the rapid decline in standards and integrity, lifting the yoke of materialism from the shoulders of society. In short, a return by example to Christian values and rejections of Mammon and his foul religion of corruption."
Dr. Michael Hurry in "Who Hold the Balance?"
LOOKING AHEAD IN AUSTRALIA'S POLITICAL DRAMA
By Eric D. Butler
In his role as Foreign Minister, Mr.
Andrew Peacock played an active role in Australia's participation
in the infamous betrayal of the brave little nation once known
as Rhodesia, Peacock was the man, who tried to close down
the Rhodesian Information Centre at the behest of the United
Over 40 years ago the then Mr. Robert Menzies made the prophetic statement that he and his colleagues were the "practical Socialists"; that people would accept from them what they would not accept from what he called the "theoretical Socialists". It was Mr. Andrew Peacock who said something very similar when, perhaps rather significantly, addressing a Melbourne Jewish audience. Under the guise of conservationism, the Peacocks can impose policies, which a Labor Party, even today, would find difficult to advance. The whole multicultural revolution was set in motion by the Coalition Governments in which Mr. Peacock was prominent. Mr. Peacock has managed to avoid any firm stance on the Constitutional crisis, one whose outcome will play a major part in deciding the future of Australia.
There is little doubt that Australia has started to countdown to the next Federal Elections, to be held late this year or early next year. Probably Mr. Hawke will decide to attempt to have his postponed referenda carried during an election, which, in the absence of any major political or economic upheaval, Mr. Hawke will win easily in the House of Representatives.
While the three by-elections demonstrated once again that it is not possible for the high personal rating of a Prime Minister to be translated into votes for his party's candidates, they also demonstrated that there is little erosion of support for the Labor Party headed by Mr. Hawke. Ironically, the very factional struggle inside the Labor Party, with the "Socialist Left" in Victoria being the most aggressive, could actually assist Mr. Hawke, who is being projected by many who should know better, as the only political leader who can check the more extreme radicals in the Labor Party. As a result of this dialectical play, Mr. Hawke can advance an even more long-term radical programme for Australia.
As observed by a number of political commentators, the National Party was the real loser in the by-elections. Those who looked for a resurgent National Party to capture the support of that broad stream of Australians who are instinctively conservative, were completely misled by the last Queensland State election results, Mr. Ian Sinclair is no Joh Bjelke-Petersen and the Federal National Party is going to learn that whatever the truth may be concerning Mr. Sinclair, he is going to prove a political liability.
State Secretary of the Queensland National Party, Mr. Mile Evans, apparently about to be removed from his position, came down to Victoria and tried to create the impression that it was his brilliant campaign which was responsible for the National triumph. The truth is, of course, that there were virtually two campaigns being conducted during the Queensland Elections: one by the National Party machine, and the other by Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen backed by a broad non-party campaign which responded to the Premier's lead on basic issues like the constitution and associated issues. It is also important to note that the Queensland electorate is still more decentralised and basically homogeneous than other electorates throughout Australia.
There are good men and women in both the Liberal and National parties throughout Australia. But at the Federal level neither has anything to offer Australia at the present time. We cannot expect figs from thistles. Both are afflicted with a deep philosophical rot and to elect them without that rot being first removed, if this is at all possible, would be fatal.
Two major developments are essential for traditional Australia to survive: the development of a broadly based national movement which seeks to challenge at every level the betrayal of the nation's basic traditions and institutions, which demands that control of the Federal Constitution be returned to the Australian people; such a movement ensuring that Mr. Hawke's referenda are defeated and that more Independent Senators be elected to the Senate. Developments along the above lines could lay the ground for an Australian renaissance. The Peacocks and the Sinclairs have nothing to offer to such a renaissance.
Melbourne "Sun" columnist Mr. Tom Prior quotes Premier Brian Burke of Western Australia as saying that "Aboriginal land rights will be our biggest problem by far. Somehow, we have to change people's heads.... Fundamentally, we have to change the view Australians have of each other. Australia has always been a very racist country ... "(16/2) Like so many who use the term "racist" as a type of political swear word, never defining it, Premier Burke apparently does not understand that the basic concept of Aboriginal land rights is a form of unjust discrimination against the European.
Experts on the realities of the Middle East, men like Dr. Alfred Lilienthal, Jewish author of the basic work on the Middle East, "The Zionist Connection" (Price $18 posted) warned the American policy makers about the folly of American military intervention in Lebanon. No form of diplomatic table talk can alter the fact that President Reagan has suffered a major defeat in Lebanon, with a blow to American prestige throughout the Arab world. Following his meeting with President Reagan, President Mubarak of Egypt upset White House officials by stating that Israel was "the root and the cause" of the problems in Lebanon, insisting that America open negotiations with the Palestinians. There is no hope of peace in the Middle East until the Palestinian question is constructively resolved.
The Australian media paid little or no
attention to Mr. Enoch Powell's criticism of the Queen's last
Christmas message, in which her Majesty upset a wide range
of people in Britain by departing from the usual theme of
some type of seasonal and religious greetings. She spoke about
the duty of the affluent nations to help the Third World,
and was shown in the company of Mrs. Ghandi at last November's
Commonwealth Summit in Delhi. Enoch Powell said, "Ministers
have increasingly of late permitted themselves to place in
the Sovereign's mouth speeches which suggests she has the
interests and affairs of other countries as much or more at
heart than those of her own people."
The same Labor Government pledged to land rights for an Aboriginal minority, is in the Cocos Keeling Island attempting to strip land ownership from a white minority descended from the original occupants, allegedly for the benefit of the Asiatic immigrants brought to the islands by the white minority. Isn't that strange?
FOISTING LAND POLICIES
The following excellent letter appeared
in The Chronicle (Toowoomba) recently. The correspondent
is an "A.T. Leahy", of Toowoomba:
BIG BROTHER IS GRINNINGThe following letter from John Bennett, President Australian Civil Liberties Union, and Secretary of the Victorian Council for Civil Liberties, was published in The Australian (February 9th):
"The cumulative effect of some recent decisions by the Federal Government and various State governments is to make Australia a more over governed and 'Big Brother' society. "At the federal level, a force of 1,400 snoopers is being recruited to enforce the proposed assets test on pensions. The compulsory Medicare system involves the use of investigators with powers, in some instances, greater than the powers of the police; and the use of computers to keep a record of medical treatment given to each citizen. New compulsory quarterly surveys require citizens to give detailed information of their spending habits.
"Although citizens can be prosecuted for failing to co-operate with these 'Big Brother' agencies, members of federal agencies, such as A.S.I.S., seem to be able to commit crimes, withhold information from the State police, and avoid prosecution.
"Various State governments have introduced ID type photographs for car licences and some train tickets, have installed surveillance cameras to monitor traffic and detect traffic offenders, and have appointed royal commissions with the power to force people to incriminate themselves.
"Although State governments (like the Federal Government) force citizens to provide more and more information, they have been reluctant to provide information about their own activities such as payments to retiring M.P.s. So much for open government.
"Despite the theoretic commitment of State and Federal Governments to open government and human rights, there is an inexorable drift towards more surveillance and control of citizens, making Australia, in some respect, a quasi totalitarian society".
FROM HANSARD : SENATE (September 8th)
WHAT CAN ONE DO?
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