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6 October 1989. Thought for the Week: "The much vaunted freedom of the press is a strange one. Freedom of the press means to distort, freedom to lie, freedom to conceal facts, freedom to cast aspersion and innuendo, freedom to sow discord, freedom to intrude on grief and privacy, and freedom to confuse."
Dr. Michael J. Hurry in Who Hold The Balance?
LEAGUE NATIONAL WEEKEND SPIRITUAL FEAST
The 1989 National Weekend of The Australian League of Rights was a major watershed in the history of the League. It demonstrated beyond all doubt that not only had the massive national anti-League campaign, triggered by the notorious Senator Boswell attack early in 1988, completely failed, confirming the essence of Mr. David Thompson's brilliant address at The New Times Dinner in which the young N.S.W. League State Director said that the impact of a movement like the League could be measured by the quality of its opponents. We should welcome enemies of the ability of a Phillip Adams, said Mr. Thompson, and, as Christians we should also love them. "But how can you love your enemies unless you have enemies?" asked David Thompson.
Chairing his first New Times Dinner, David Thompson's response to the toast to The New Times was an example of the spiritual and intellectual content of the highest order. Its impact was electric as was the address of the Dinner Guest of Honour, the Rev. Cedric Jacobs, M.B.E., C.P., J.P., who was given a standing ovation at the conclusion of his address. A dinner guest was heard to comment that the Uniting Church had rendered Australia at least one outstanding service when they sought to deprive Cedric Jacobs of a parish and an income. This outstanding man of genuine Aboriginal background had responded to his Church's attitude that he saw this as a challenge to take his mission to a much bigger congregation - the Australian people. He praised the League of Rights for the role it was playing in making this possible.
In a type of personal testimony, Cedric Jacobs clearly revealed that he was a man who believed that his faith would sustain him. One of the highlights of his address was the revelation of how in 1981 he had led a delegation of Aborigines to a United Nations Committee in Geneva. Cedric Jacobs was scheduled to present papers concerning the alleged oppression of the Australian Aborigines. The material to be presented had been prepared by the radical activists dominating National Aboriginal Conference. As he left by air for Geneva Cedric Jacobs, accompanied by the Conference' s senior research officer, became disturbed by the nature of the paper he was to present. It contained allegations, which he knew were not true. He agonised about what he should do. As his plane flew over the Pacific he sat back to watch the film to be shown. It happened to be The Chariots of Fire, which is based on the Scottish runner Eric Little, later to die as a Christian missionary in China, who refused to run on a Sunday at the Paris Olympic Games in the early twenties. Even when personally appealed to put his nation's standing first by the then Prince of Wales, Little firmly declined, stating that his first loyalty was to his principles. Cedric Jacobs said this film made such an impact on him that he broke down in tears and resolved there and then to tear up the speech prepared for him. When he reached Geneva he re-wrote the speech and caused a tremendous stir among the radicals when he presented it.
There was loud applause when National Director Mr. Eric Butler announced at the Dinner that the young West Australian John Lane, who has not long become 21, was to join the League full time next year. John Lane is representative of the growing number of young people of ability who are joining the ranks of the League. John Lane delivered a short but inspiring Paper at the National Seminar on the Saturday. The Papers presented were of the highest quality, with the final Paper being given by the Rev. Cedric Jacobs. Book sales were massive.
The Action Seminar on the Sunday took the League to new heights the major highlight being the report by Mr. Jim Cronin, the man whose Action group on the West Coast coined a new term, "Bank Watch". This was a classic example of grassroots work of the highest standard. A full report on this campaign and "Bank Watch" is being prepared. Representatives were present from all States. Three of the Reports were given by young University students. David Thompson outlined the League's strategy concerning what is clearly emerging as a major issue, that of the environment. Once again the League is leading.
The Action Seminar covered all aspects of the League's work and ongoing programme. National Director Eric Butler said that in his opinion the Seminar was one of the most inspiring in the history of the League, and matched the great challenges now confronting the nation. It was imperative that adequate financial support be provided to finance the expansion. Numbered amongst those present at the Action Seminar was Mr. Barry Tattersall, another man moved by faith. His contribution was most stimulating. Over a hundred representatives of the League left at the conclusion of the weekend to take the good news back to their respective States and districts: The League is on the verge of new and greater offensives.
A GLOBAL GREEN AGENDA
by David Thompson
In January, Ramphal produced a Cambridge speech "A Global Green Agenda" in which he said: "Underlying the Brundtland Commissions message of a 'common future' was the premise that we must think of our planet not only as a world of many states, but also as the state of our one world. That we must be ready to nurture tomorrow's concepts of global governance, not have them stifled at birth by yesterday's notions of national sovereignty; that human survival may not be secured save by the reach of enforceable law across environmentally invisible frontiers." Ramphal, of course, serves as a member of the Brundtland Commission, the World Commission for Environment and Development.
GARETH EVANS AND GLOBAL LAW
GLOBAL GREEN POLICE
LABOR ATTACK ON FREE SPEECHFrom The Australian (September 25th) over the name of "Tony Eggleton", Federal Director, Liberal Party, Barton, A.C.T.:
"The Labor Party's plan to ban all party political advertising on radio and television is a totally unwarranted attack on freedom of expression in Australia. "In a democracy, there can be no justification for 'big brother' governments telling anybody how and when we can express political views. "The A.L.P's. stated reason is the high cost of television advertising - the real reason seems to be that the A.L.P. is incapable of running an election campaign to a budget. "There is no need for political parties to spend more than they can afford. They can make the most of their budgets with creative skills and effective, relevant messages.
"As well as wanting a ban on political party advertising, the Labor Party is saying it would still permit governments and public interest groups to run 'non-political' advertising outside of election periods. "This would be a farce. "We all know there is a fine line between what is political and what is not. The Hawke Labor Government is a past master at spending millions of taxpayers' dollars on P.R. and advertising campaigns with a thinly disguised political message.
"It is proposed that the Australian Electoral Commission should vet this advertising. This places the commission in the role of political censor. It has not proved very dependable in its judgment. The Commission approved government advertising in last year's referendum campaign, but it was ruled out of order by the High Court. "And why should public interest groups, like the environment lobby, have to submit their political messages to bureaucrats in Canberra?
"It is true that political advertising on television is expensive and may not be all that popular with the public at large. But thoughtful Australians will be concerned about freedom of speech - a much bigger issue than advertising rates. "If the Labor Party is worried about high campaign costs, I'd be happy to give them some assurances about our plans for prudent campaign budgeting. "Surely we don't need to legislate for commonsense - especially when the cost is a denial of one of our most fundamental freedoms "
WHY UNIONS ARE IN DECLINE
From The Australian, October 2nd:
"The A.C.T.U. is more concerned with
dominating the very government of the country than it is with
Joe Bloggs, humble financial member. Joe is never told how
far behind the cost of living is his wage. Nor is he consulted.
"He receives a pile of different coloured ballot papers at
the time of the annual elections of the union. He doesn't
know any of the candidates. It is a big corporate business
and he has to pay for it. "And whether he votes Labor or not,
part of his subs goes to the A.L.P. He has no say in that
"The move towards fewer and larger unions, a policy seemingly common to Labor and Liberal Parties (though for different reasons), is in fact only to make the union power brokers more powerful in their own right; awesomely so. Business will rue the day it happened. And Joe can go jump. "Were they genuinely interested in becoming more relevant they would go out into the field and do the job for which they are paid, just like Joe has to do." (Donald R. Gray, Collaroy Plateau, N.S.W.)
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