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16 March 1984. Thought for the Week: "The humanist would not merely remove all traces of Christianity from the curriculum, he would attack and denigrate all forms of religious teaching as unscientific, as mythology, as indoctrination. Yet, in its place, he would substitute the religion of humanism, which is another form of indoctrination."
Dr. Rupert Goodman in "Secular Humanism and Australian Education"
DESPERATE EVANS ATTACKS LEAGUE OF RIGHTS
Senator Gareth Evans had a hard time last week attempting to defend his friend and mentor, Mr. Justice Lionel Murphy. If the main objective of the Opposition's campaign on the tapes issue is to destabilize the government, then it appears to have had some success in upsetting Senator Evans, whom Prime Minister Hawke has had to criticise.
Senator Evans first showed his nature
by authorising the use of the nation's air force to take photos
of the Franklin River area, an incident that will long be
remembered by Tasmanians. Carpeted by Mr. Hawke, Senator Evans
weakly said later that "it seemed a good idea at the time".
But last week Senator Evans provided further evidence of his
irrationality by suggesting that the bombing of Family Court
Judge Mr. Justice Gee might have been encouraged by what he
claimed were parliamentary attacks on the judiciary.
Senator Evans responded to the bombing of Mr. Justice Gee's home by saying in part, "One can't help but think there might be some kind of connection with the kind of attacks made verbally in recent days on the judiciary. This could give aid and encouragement to those inclined to attack them in other ways". Irrespective of what Senator Evans claims he meant by his comments, he stands self-condemned as one who dealt in Orwell's double-talk.
Senator Evans will recall his association
with the long campaign of vilification of a former member
of the judiciary, later to become Australia's Governor General,
Sir John Kerr. Senator Evans is strong on civil liberties,
but is most selective concerning whose liberties and rights
are infringed. In his "ducking and weaving" on the tapes issue,
Senator Evans said that "there is nothing to be gained and
a great deal to be lost, by further smearing individuals who
have already suffered a good deal of humiliation and hurt..."
On Thursday of last week, Senator Evans
desperately used another tactic for attempting to divert attention
from the tapes affair, according to press reports, "provoked
an uproar from the Opposition yesterday when he accused it
of supporting the Australian League of Rights". Replying to
a question from Senator Crowley of South Australia, concerning
the report of the Calgary League of Rights international conference,
in which a message from Senator Flo Bjelke-Petersen was published,
Senator Evans said, "One trusts that Senator Bjelke-Petersen's
association with this organisation represents simply poor
judgment on her behalf and a failure to really appreciate
what the organisation does stand for, rather than support
for its anti-humanist principles. If this is the case, one
would hope that she might now be prepared to dissociate herself
publicly from this organisation and to repudiate the message
of support she has sent it". "The
Age" report of March 9th, states that in response to this
challenge, "Senator Bjelke-Petersen smiled and shook her head".
Senator Evans then commented, "I doubt
that more than a handful of members on the other side of this
chamber would in fact subscribe to the values I have here
described". And what are these values? Senator Evans charged
that the League of Rights was "dedicated to racial intolerance
political and religious ignorance, and voodoo economics".
The following report appeared in the
"Sydney Morning Herald" of May 7th, 1976: "At a recent
convention of the South Australian Council for Civil Liberties,
Mr. Gareth Evans, a lecturer in law at Melbourne University,
told the gathering that children wanted a right to sexual
freedom and education and 'protection from the influence of
There is an old saying to the effect that those who are smeared are the ones who are feared. Senator Evans fears the influence of the League of Rights. Senator Evans typifies the modern secular Socialists who are basically intolerant. They are brilliantly depicted in Orwell's "1984". Traditional rights and freedoms are threatened by the legislation of political commissars who never tire of proclaiming their dedication to rights.
Australia's Chief Justice of the High Court, Sir Harry Gibbs, told the international judges' conference in New Delhi last week "It would be naive to suppose that the existence of a Bill of Rights is any guarantee of human freedoms". A Bill of Rights is one of the most cherished goals of Senator Evans. Senator Evans has already confirmed that warning, threatening in his attack on the League of Rights last week that a "special human rights task force was considering legislation against racist literature". We can at least thank Senator Evans for so clearly indicating the shape of things to come. He has helped to draw the battle lines much more clearly. But if he thinks he is intimidating the League of Rights, he has much to learn.
A mid year review of Federal budget estimates reveals that there will be a "blow out" to a record $8.6 billion deficit, at least $300 million more than estimated by Treasurer Keating and his "experts". Significantly, the review released by late last week by Treasurer Keating and Finance Minister Dawkins, showed that the single biggest cause of the "blow out" was public debt interest, which was $238 million more than estimated. The Government could easily overcome this problem by having all deficit money created by the Reserve Bank for the cost of issue, the equivalent of perhaps 2 percent at the most, and issued as a credit instead of as a debt.
As anticipated, the Sex Discrimination Bill was passed easily in the House of Representatives last week, with "Opposition" leader Andrew Peacock, Mr. Ian Macphee, Mr. Bruce Lloyd, National Party, Victoria, and Mr. Tom McVeigh, National Party, Queensland, being listed amongst those from the Opposition who supported legislation which Prime Minister Hawke said is "one of our best achievements". The legislation coincided with the UN sponsored International Women's Day. It was fitting that a special issue of the Communist weekly, "Tribune", March 7th, was devoted to commemorating "International Women's Day". As pointed out by Professor Lauchlan Chipman, the Sex Discrimination Bill is one more attack on civil liberties. The Human Rights Commission will administer the legislation. A "Sex discrimination Commissioner" is to be appointed. Orwell's "1984" is here.
Following favourable reviews in "The Bulletin" is Mr. Geoff McDonald's "Red Over Black", by former Liberal Mr. Bert Kelly, Mr. James Porter, Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs wrote a letter to "The Bulletin" of March 13th, which once again provides an example of the appalling ignorance of politicians of all kinds concerning Marxism. Mr. Porter writes, "There is no doubt that people with diverse political persuasions are involved in the Aboriginal cause. However, to suggest that the Aboriginal movement is communist inspired is in my view an over reaction and does little to resolve the fundamental issues". Mr. Porter is concerned about a "public backlash against the Aboriginal community". The truth is that the great majority of full-blood Aboriginals are not involved in the land rights campaign. The Porter letter is merely further evidence of the fact that on the basic issues threatening Australia, the Opposition has nothing to offer, primarily because the Hawke Government is carrying on from where the Fraser Government left off.
Senate; October 4th, '83. Answers to
Questions. Senator Peter Rae asked the Minister representing
the Minister for Home Affairs and Environment, upon notice,
on September 7th, '83:
Senator Susan Ryan - The Minister for
Home Affairs and Environment has provided the following answer
to the honourable senator's question:
Constitution: External Affairs Power
Senator Gareth Evans (Attorney-General)
A Mt. Eliza (Vic.) actionist has sent
us a copy of a National Party Branch newsletter. We were particularly
interested in the commentary under the heading -
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