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23 May 1986. Thought for the Week: "There is essentially no difference between the principles of modern government and those of the most oppressive of the tyrannies of history. The Mechanism is different, the results on the whole may be considerably more satisfactory, but in each case the essential consists in an infringement upon personal liberty."
C.H. Douglas, in The Monopoly of Credit
HAVE WE FALLEN OFF THE J-CURVE?
Treasurer Paul Keating, described by Wall Street as the world's best Treasurer, has for some time been talking about something called the J-curve, which allegedly was going to work, bringing great benefits to the Australian people, a result of Treasurer Keating's great expertise in the field of national economic management. It now appears that Australia has fallen off the J-curve, that in fact Australia might well become a "banana republic". Having grabbed the headlines with his dramatic statements last week, Mr. Keating, supported by other senior Cabinet colleagues, announced that the situation required a return to the Summit. The fact that Prime Minister Hawke only heard about the Summit after it had been announced has prompted some commentators to suggest that Mr. Keating is attempting to exploit the present situation to project himself as an alternative leader to Mr. Hawke.
Sir Peter Abeles has lost no time in affirming his faith in Keating, stating, "I don't think there is an economic downslide. We've been going through too strong a growth area. We all have to understand that it's not the Government, ACTU, or the system that makes the economy better for people. People simply have to work harder. I think this Treasurer has done an outstanding job and that his successor would be hard pressed to do better." It would be instructive to hear the views of the tens of thousands of unemployed Australians about the alleged necessity for harder work. Harder work and greater production would make sense if there were genuine shortages in the country. If there are shortages, for example houses, then adequate finance on reasonable terms would soon rectify the problem.
As we consistently predicted, events would overtake Treasurer Keating; they have been mathematically certain under a policy of escalating debt finance. But the reality of the current political situation is that the Federal Opposition offers no genuine alternatives. Opposition leader John Howard and his colleagues have been calling for a "mini-budget" and a policy of "restraint". Ironically, this is basically what Mr. Keating is proposing if he can persuade the Trade Unions to agree! Mr. Howard offers no relief from crippling interest rates or the oppressive tax burden. Mr. Howard's record as Federal Treasurer in the Fraser government offers no encouragement for the future.
No Treasurer can offer any constructive policies under debt finance. It is the policy of debt finance, which forces the nation to seek to solve its internal problems by more exporting. But every developed nation in the world is attempting to do the same thing, which is generating an escalating trade war. To tie Australia's internal economy to foreign markets over which Australia has no control, and which can slump badly, is a policy of madness.
Instead of accepting the growing programme of internationalisation Australia should be aiming at the maximum national economic sovereignty, becoming self-sufficient in every possible way, and using genuine surpluses to pay for imports. Those who have freed their minds from the deadliest superstitions of the Black Magic known as orthodox finance can readily see that there are genuine alternatives available to the current policy of national suicide. The best antidote to the Black Magic of debt finance is The Money Trick, $6.00 posted from all League addresses.
Our worst fears concerning the American
air attack on Libya are being realised. There is growing destabilising
right throughout the Middle East. The anti-Margaret Thatcher
feeling has intensified in Britain, bringing closer the threat
of a Socialist government. And terrorist acts continue. Iranian
backed terrorists in Lebanon have claimed to have executed
more American and French hostages. There has been a type of
feverish comment concerning possible war between Syria and
Israel. The Iranian backed terrorists operate out of Lebanon
with the tacit backing of Syria. But President Reagan has
not included Syria in his anti-terrorist rhetoric, which does
nothing for his credibility in the Middle East. And all the
time the running sore of the Palestinian refugee problem continues
to poison not only the Middle East but the rest of the world.
Israel's occupation of the West Bank, and the oppression of
the Arabs, continues.
Big Brother is active in the United States. The Federal Treasury is moving towards forcing the banks to report to the Internal Revenue Service on any cash withdrawals in excess of $3,000. This is happening under President Reagan, who is in favour of deregulating airlines and other industries. But the individual cannot be trusted with the freedom to draw his own money from the bank to spend as he thinks fit. We wait with interest to see the same move in Australia, where the "cash economy" continues to haunt the Taxation bureaucrats.
The original concept of taxation was that it was a contribution by the taxpayers towards financing those activities which government should direct, such as defence. The taxation department existed only to act as a public servant collecting the tax. There was even a time in England when a letter from the taxation department was concluded, "I remain your obedient servant." But how different is the situation today when the Commissioner of Taxation has wide discretionary powers. Australia's Commissioner for Taxation, Mr. Trevor Boucher, has taken it upon himself to send letters and booklets to employers concerning the government's "fringe benefits tax" legislation before it has been passed! The Commissioner for Taxation has acted prematurely by asking employers to provide details of their operations to allow the Taxation Office to begin calculating fringe benefits taxes from July 1st. Queensland Liberal Member Mr. Don Cameron concedes that if the fringe benefits tax legislation is seriously amended in the Senate the letters and brochures sent out could be partly obsolete.
Reflecting the totalitarian philosophy of the Victorian Socialist government, Health Minister White has rejected strong Geelong opposition to fluoridation of public water supplies and describes a proposal for a referendum as "technically incompetent, constitutionally incapable and abrogation of Parliament's responsibility." But where does Mr. Geoff Kennett's "freedom of choice" party stand? At the last State Conference it reaffirmed its policy of compulsory fluoridation. It is to the credit of the Victorian National party that at its recent Victorian State conference it reaffirmed its 1977 policy of opposition to compulsory mass medication known as fluoridation.
We must confess that we had never heard of Angry Anderson, lead singer of a rock band known as Rose Tattoo, until we read the report in The Sun, Melbourne, of May 19th, which reports Anderson as having blasted Australia's multicultural policy. In an interview with Playboy magazine, Anderson claimed that multiculturalism had never worked and that it never would. Anderson said he grew up in the Melbourne suburb of Coburg, where there were many migrants and he was called "chink" because he looked Oriental. He said, "My mother is a migrant, she is Mauritian - but I was born here and I'm totally Australian. It'd never occurred to me that I was anything else but Australian". Anderson said he agreed with Professor Blainey's views. Anderson, who appears regularly on Ray Martin's Midday Show on Channel Nine, says that Asians are very race conscious and do not wish to be assimilated. He said that most Australians did not believe that Australia had a race problem, and that they won't recognise it until the melting pot overflows and we all get burned ... We are preparing a meal that's indigestible and it's going to blow up in our faces." Needless to say, all the multiculturalists are deeply upset with Anderson.
SPECIAL MELBOURNE MEETING ON BILL OF RIGHTSMr. Phillip Butler's lectures on Canadian experiences under a Bill of Rights have made a valuable contribution to the Australian anti Bill of Rights campaign. Mr. Phillip Butler is an Australian who has lived in Canada for 17 years and, as a result of his close association with the Canadian political scene as Assistant National Director of The Canadian League of Rights, is able to present a vivid picture of the alarming developments in Canada: book banning on a scale never previously experienced in an English speaking country; dramatic trials with two men found guilty for presenting an alternative view of history; and Human Rights Commissions acting like Star Chambers.
Mr. Phillip Butler's last Australian lecture will be at the Loyal Orange Institute, 524 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, on Friday, May 30th, 8 p.m. Victorian readers should make every endeavour to be present. And to bring as many friends as possible. There will be a wide array of literature, including all latest publications. The vote of thanks will be proposed by Mr. Jeremy Lee Assistant National Director of The Australian League of Rights. The chair will be taken by National Director Eric Butler, who will report briefly on the state of the anti-Bill of Rights battle in Australia. Admittance free. Collection. Supper.
MELBOURNE SUBURBAN NEWSPAPER CHAIN SLAMMING BILL OF RIGHTS
The Melbourne metropolitan area is very well served, indeed, by many suburban newspaper chains. We have always insisted over the years that suburban newspapers are often read more closely than the metropolitan dailies, with large circulations. Many women in the home tend to peruse the local newspaper closely: they are more interested in local conditions - schools, shops, various social services, etc. The Regional Progress chain has had an excellent Editorial against the Bill of Rights. In the issue of May 14th, the editorialist has further comment on the matter under the heading "Bureaucrats Infringe Our Rights". This Editorial is worthy of full reproduction:
"In Rome they used to throw Christians
to the lions. In Australia, it seems we throw them to the
Equal Opportunity Tribunal. "Thinking Australians have had
their worst fears confirmed by the N.S.W. Equal Opportunity
Tribunal's decision to award damages against Dr. Peter Tralaggan,
a Sydney landlord, and his estate agent, John Spence Real
Estate, for refusing to let a unit to a couple living in a
de facto relationship. "The decision, succinct harbinger of
the dangers of the proposed Bill of Rights and its all powerful
Commission, is of grave portent not only for Christians but
also for anyone who has an ethic or principle of any kind
by which they choose to live. "Australians have, by this decision,
been put on notice that their basic right to live by what
they believe in can, and will, be taken from them if that
belief does not conform to the Commission's unstated beliefs.
(emphasis in original).
WHY NOT BE A GRIEVANCE OFFICER?Yes, the new "social" legislation, based on United Nations Covenants and Declarations, and tricked into law in Australia via the ABUSE of the Australian Constitution's External Affairs power; is beginning to upend Australian society as intended. We have been sent a photostat of a N.S.W, Department of Education "Memorandum to Principals" headed: "Establishment of Grievance Officer Position Department of Industrial Relations." The notice runs:
"This position has been filled by the secondment of Ms. Doris Owens, from Randwick Girls' High School. "The Grievance Officer will report directly to the Director of Industrial Relations, and will be responsible for the resolution of grievances regarding unfair treatment in the workplace, with particular emphasis on grievances pertaining to unlawful discrimination under the Anti-Discrimination Act of 1977 as amended namely, the grounds of sex, race, (Aboriginality and ethnicity), marital status, physical and intellectual impairment and homosexuality. "Ms. Owens may be contacted by any member of your staff on the extension above. "It should be stressed that the utmost confidentiality will be preserved at all times, and that there will be a destruction of records at the resolution of the problem. "In the case of the Grievance Officer receiving a complaint from a school, Principal and other Senior Staff may expect that she will make direct contact with them if necessary. "Could you please bring this memorandum to the attention of the Executive and Staff at the first opportunity."
GET BIG OR GET OUTDavid Thompson sends the following comment
"Dr. Henry Schapper was the agricultural economist who publicly attacked the League of Rights in May, 1970, over the publication of its booklet - 'They Want Your Land'. This booklet outlined the ideological programme of destruction that was being imposed on country people at the time: a programme of agricultural centralisation, property consolidation, and rural depopulation. Dr. Schapper himself was a part of this, advocating the 'get big or get out' approach, insisting that small, 'uneconomic' producers had to go.
"Since Dr. Schapper's attack on both the League's warnings and proposals of 1970, Australia has lost 80,000 farmers. The rural debt has risen from $1,224 million in 1970 to over $7,220 million in 1986. The rural media are now publicly acknowledging that the 'get big or get out' policy is a dismal failure. The West Australian (12.4.86) summed up the position in Australia as follows: "'Australian Farmers hit by extortionate interest rates on 'get big or get out' debt burdens, and poor international commodity prices "
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