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22 March 1985. Thought for the Week: "Communism itself recognises the spiritual man as its most dangerous enemy. For his horizon stretches beyond material things to a higher reality, from which he derives power to rise above the worst that the world can do to him. He is resistant to pressure and a troublesome source of subversive thinking. The only solution is to eliminate him, and with him the message that made him what he is. He in turn is committed to resistance because his message is the most important thing in the world."
W.D.Chalmers, in The Conspiracy of Truth (1978)
LAND RIGHTS, A WARNING OF THINGS TO COME
Last year the League of Rights was hammered from pillar-to-post for exposing the subversion behind the land rights campaign. The left-wing reaction, however, was unable to stem a wide reaction in the community. The League showed how Australia would be divided into racial ghettoes, with disastrous consequences to the nation's defence and communications. We warned that 1985 would see the attempt to subject the States to a national and uniform land rights bill under the "external affairs" power. The League, despite the massive attack launched towards the end of the year, did enough to force the debate into the open. Our warning has now been picked up by others.
The Bulletin (March 12 '85) had
a cover headed "NEW LAND RIGHTS PLAN CREATES ......... AUSTRALIAN
APARTHEID". The leading article by David Barnett is hard-hitting
and deserves wide attention:
The Bulletin should be congratulated for its warning, late though it may be.
SEX-POLICE NOW IN ACTIONAustralia's Post Offices, amongst other institutions, now carry voluminous quantities of a glossy new publication "PUTTING THE SEXUAL DISCRIMINATION ACT INTO PRACTICE." Presumably, this is the first evidence of an Orwellian "thought invasion" by the Human Rights Commission, paid for by the millions of dollars allocated in the last Budget to this soviet-style instrumentality. The booklet has been very selective in the examples it gives; for example, it deftly omitted to mention the fact that homosexuals, lesbians, 'de factos', transvestites and others have the same rights and privileges as married couples in the employment market under its provisions.
An objective report would have listed the many rights eliminated under its provisions - the right of an employer, a school or a church to advertise and select the type of employee required; the right of men or women to form their own clubs or associations on their own terms etc. We wonder, for instance, whether the title and function of the C.W.A. is not an offence under the legislation?
The publication concludes with an invitation to any Australian to make complaints. Big Brother - or in this case, perhaps, "Big Sister" - will take the matter up for you, with the force of law if necessary.
THREAT TO THE NEW ZEALAND TOUR OF NATIONAL DIRECTORMr. Eric Butler opened a New Zealand tour in Auckland against the background of a threat of demonstrations against his Auckland meeting. Police presence ensured that the meeting proceeded without trouble.
"News Weekly" has featured the
information (N.W. 6/3/85) that the Soviet Union has conducted
no less than 24 missile tests in the Pacific Ocean area since
1978. Not a word from the Left-wing of politics. Not a word
from that self-righteous fellow, David Lange, of New Zealand,
but plenty of noise about an American missile test.
Those interested in matters of Education
will recall that there have been attempts to censor fairies,
and hobgoblins, and witches, elves, etc., out of children's
books. These, apparently, are a bad thing, and may cause some
sort of psychological damage to tender minds. The Little People
have been screened for evidence of sexism, chauvinism, racism,
and a few other "isms". Look out Enid Blyton; the multiculturalisms
are monitoring the Pipes of Pixieland! Before you go through
that Looking Glass, Alice, be sure that Al Grassby isn't on
the other side!
As we write these lines we have the astonishing situation in the Victorian Legislative Council (Upper House) election where the result has been decided by a Pick-a-Box draw! Democracy in action, Comrades! The Upper House deciding seat of Nunawading was a dead heat; as recount of the seat's 110,000 votes resulted in a tie. The local returning officer, under Victorian electoral law, chose to hold a lottery (Mrs. Leonard could have cast her personal vote) and Labor was the winner. It's all constitutional; but what a situation! It seems obvious to us that a By-election would now be the fitting way to resolve the issue if more than a mere lip service is to be given to democracy. There is no doubt that we shall see some political upheavals in Victoria, and further a field this year.
TAXED TO THE HILT
The following statement has been issued
by the N.S.W. Council of Australian League of Rights;
It is obvious that discussion on this issue will be the main feature of Mr. Hawke's public relations exercise projected as a Tax Summit for July. "The reasoning behind shifting the tax collection from income to more indirect taxes is obvious. The public is conscious of what is taken out of they packet, but oblivious to the tax percentage included in the price of goods. In other words, the level of personal tax has reached its limit and another source must be exploited. "We have yet to read of any suggestion in the media that our tax levels are already too high, and that our stagnant economy is due to an 'overkill' of private enterprise and individual initiative.
"Every government budget, irrespective of the party in power, has produced an overall increase in the amount of tax collected. "It doesn't take an expert to realise that a 10% loading on all goods will accelerate the rate of inflation and further limit the purchasing power of the consumer. Already indirect taxes of 7½%, 20%, 32%, are levied on many goods, which are collected and paid to the Taxation Department by the wholesaler. This cost of collection is already a sizeable cost burden on a section of the business community. As unpaid collectors for the Tax Department, they are liable to penalty if the tax is not paid monthly, irrespective of whether the customer's account has been settled or not. A tax on all goods would extend this burden to all engaged in the business of supplying goods or services.
"An explanation f or the increasing demand for 'more and more' by the Government is well summarised in an editorial which appeared in the National Farmer, Dec. 12, '84. 'Since 1973-74 Federal Government spending has soared to 375%, add that of State Governments by an average of 280%. Inflation during this period was 184%. Even more outrageous is the fact that accumulated debts and deficits of Australian governments have doubled in just 3 years from $45,000 Million to $90,000 Million. Such a burden may take generations to pay off. Even today it requires the entire export earnings of wool, wheat, and meat, simply to service the interest payments....'
"There will be no reversal of this foolhardy policy until the electors make it clear to their representatives in Parliament that 'enough is enough'.
WHAT IT DOESN'T SAYA recent issue of "Victorian Government Notes" a regular Cain Government self praise sheet, mentions The Education (Amendment) Act 1983 which, "expanded the powers of school councils to make them responsible for the educational policies of their schools within statewide guidelines and altered the registration provisions for non-government schools in accordance with national guidelines to ensure that new non-government schools have sufficient students to be viable."
Notice the illusion of decentralised policy conveyed in the words -"expanded the powers of school councils" - but negated by the phrase "within statewide guidelines". Notice, again, the masking of the true intent of the legislation by reference to "sufficient students to be viable". The real intent is to prevent non-government schools from opening at all.
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