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11 November 1988. Thought for the Week: "The most truly disadvantaged are those who are hated for their virtues, not their vices, who insist on playing the game of life with opponents who have long ago abandoned the rules, who stubbornly go on believing that a set of highly sophisticated institutions developed by and for a particular people at a particular point in time and space is operational for all peoples under all circumstances."
Wilmot Robertson, in the Foreword to The Dispossessed Majority (1972)
PARTY DICTATORSHIP IN CANADA
Butler reports from Canada
Some aspects of the Reform Party's platform are laudable, including defence of traditional values. But under the Canadian Electoral Act, no party candidate can stand unless the leader of that party signs his nomination papers. As yet the leaders of Australian political parties do not have this power.
"When well known Vancouver journalist, Doug Collins, offered to stand for the Reform Party, he felt that here was a party which might tackle some of Canada's basic problems, including immigration. Opinion polls show that over 70% of Canadians are opposed to a multiracial policy, which has produced appalling results. Doug Collins is author of a best selling work warning about the growing threat to English speaking Canada.
"A large and enthusiastic Reform Party virtually demanded that Collins stand as their candidate. No other candidate was even considered. But 12 hours after accepting the Reform Party nomination, Collins was bowing out with Reform Party leader, Manning, refusing to sign his nomination papers. Manning said that Collins was seen by some to be a 'racist'. Collins had bluntly refused to sign a Reform Party document rejecting 'racism'.
He revealed at the nomination meeting that Manning had first tried to persuade him not to stand as a Reform Party candidate, but he suggested he sign a document which he described as 'most remarkable ever sent to any candidate seeking political office, and that included the Soviet Union'. "Collins is a British ex-serviceman who suffered as a prisoner of war. A man of great moral courage, Collins appeared as a witness at the Keegstra and Zundel trials; claiming that the basic issue was freedom of speech.
"A journalist of the school which produced Malcolm Muggeridge and Douglas Reed, Doug Collins has always been prepared to change his views when he became convinced that the evidence demanded a change. He has come to doubt the accuracy of the Jewish Holocaust and has said so in his newspaper column. "Like his father, Ernest Manning, the Premier who sabotaged Social Credit in Alberta, Preston Manning is pro-Zionist. It was obvious that he did not want a man like Doug Collins in his party, irrespective of what Reform Party members wanted. "Holding up the Manning letter at the nomination meeting, Collins said, 'I've never groveled, never. And I'm not going to start now. This letter is an insult to this constituency.
"Doug Collins belongs to that breed who are not welcomed in the modern party system; which demands rubber stamps, not robust, free thinking members prepared to represent their electors. "But there are signs of a change coming in Canada as the concept of the Electors' Veto starts to become a political issue...."
N.S.W. LEAGUE STATE DIRECTOR WRITES TO 'THE AUSTRALIAN'
David Thompson sent this
letter to The Australian (published Nov. 7th) in response to the published
letter of Mr. Alan Griffiths, M.P., attacking the League of Rights.
"The all party parliamentary enquiry into the League demonstrates a growing anxiety within parties about their own performance. If the parties feel threatened by a small, non-party organisation with pathetically slim resources because we give expression to basic electoral frustrations, it is a poor reflection upon professional politicians. If the party professionals have not yet received the electoral message, allow me to interpret. Slick, identikit party hacks, who could readily belong to either party and who have their snouts firmly entrenched in the public gravy trough, but fail to deliver on fundamental issues, deserve electoral contempt. Neither Senator Boswell nor Mr. Griffiths should attempt to intimidate the League, or any other movement, for encouraging expression of such frustrations. If the cap fits, wear it.
"All sorts of political swear words have been used against the League, including 'racist', 'anti-semitic'; all without a shred of evidence but a determination never to actually discuss the issues. "If Alan Griffiths' objective in the enquiry is simply to expose the aims and objectives of the League, unravel its 'front organisation' and discover the source of its funds, then a simple phone call would save the taxpayers the expense of yet another bureaucratic 'enquiry'. I would be very happy to provide such information, as I often do for others.
"I draw tax payers'
attention to the fact that in 1984, former Communist, K.D.Gott, was engaged by
Aboriginal Affairs minister, Clyde Holding, to 'monitor' and report on the League:
for a $50,000 fee. Mr. Gott produced no report, and certainly nothing new about
the League. Hopefully, Mr. Griffiths can improve upon that performance. "For Editorial
scrutiny, I enclose a copy of our policy, clearly published in our journals..."
POLITICAL IMPRESSIONS OF NEW ZEALAND: JOHN LANE
Mr. John Lane, W.A. League representative,
has just returned to Melbourne, after a 3-week tour of New Zealand.
The reaction to the proposals for citizen initiated referendums (CIR) and citizens electoral councils (CEC's) were very revealing. These ideas represent the most constructive proposals yet suggested, and more importantly they have been tried and proven elsewhere. Already the mistakes have been made, the lessons learnt, and success tasted. The word 'inspiring' hardly does justice to the effect the news of the CEC victory in Barambah has had on the embattled Kiwis, who recognize the chance to regain the control they've lost. They also recognize the simple fact that there can be no democracy unless the will of the people is carried out, and in New Zealand, judging by this criteria, democracy is dead.
Douglas once said that petitions are a perversion of democracy, arguing that such a procedure assumes the electors must ask their representatives to do their will. This is a complete reversal of the correct relationship of elector and elected representative, which should be a master and servant relationship. The elector should demand his servant do his will, and have the sanction to enforce that demand. New Zealanders recently had a particularly offensive example of arrogant politicians ignoring their wishes, when over 800,000 Kiwis petitioned their government to protest against the Homosexual Law Reform Bill. This was a staggering percentage of the population (which is approx. 3,000,000) to have signed any petition, and the appropriate action for the government to take would have been to bold a referendum on the issue. But in typical Fabian fashion, while mouthing support for "democracy" and the government totally ignored obvious expression of the people's will, and passed the Bill anyway. The sole purpose of both CIR and CEC's is to give back to the electors their sanction upon their representatives, and that, say the Kiwis, is a bonzer idea!"
CITIZENS SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO PETITION FOR REFERENDUMSThis letter, from "Colin Gray", was published in The Age (Melbourne), Nov. 2nd. Colin Gray is Assistant Secretary of People's Law
"In his article Passion and Party Politics Blind the Grand Vision (The Age, 21/10), Rupert Hamer, like many commentators, fails to acknowledge that the basic reason for the lack of progressive constitutional reform is the general distrust by the populace of politicians and political parties. "This distrust is founded upon recent political history which reveals that, more often that not, constitutional change has been proposed in order to centralise and secure more power for governments in Canberra. Equally suspect is the willingness of politicians to obfuscate the real reasons for constitutional change.
"Whether the Constitutional Commission was a complete waste of public money depends on whether one views our Constitution as flawed or in need of updating. The paucity of political agreement from both sides of Parliament demonstrates that it is necessary to rethink our attitude to the Constitution. If we don't then the result is ideology over riding the needs and wishes of the majority. "Indeed the present Federal Government and the Constitutional Commission lack the vision to adopt the most popular submission to the Commission, that of citizen initiated referendums.
"Issues such as uniform defamation laws, a bill of rights, or any other issue of constitutional reform could be addressed via this most democratic method of consensus politics.
"The use of petition referendums for constitutional amendment has been used successfully in many countries, the most notable example being Switzerland. In Switzerland the people have control over their Constitution, whereas in Australia the Constitution is controlled by a governing elite. "The opportunity for constitutional reform will continue to be missed unless Australia takes steps to introduce this concept."
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