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7 December 1990. Thought for the Week: "Those things which differentiate one man from another are the things a man chooses to do of his own freewill. What one man chooses to do of his own free will is impossible to make some other man do under the severest form of compulsion, or, as the saying goes, what is one man's meat is another man's poison. The hallmark of a slave is not hard work, nor lack of food, nor brutal treatment; the hallmark of servitude is lack of freedom of choice.
James Guthrie, in Our Sham Democracy
CAN CANADA HOLD TOGETHER?
Mr. Eric D. Butler reports from Ottawa
"A glance at letters to the Canadian press reveals the deep and growing anti-Government anger of the Canadian people. One correspondent says that the Canadian situation is worse than the American situation at the time of Watergate, and that Prime Minister Mulroney should be impeached immediately. This, of course, is dangerous talk, but such must be expected when people become desperate.
"As the financial screws are further
tightened, and the bankruptcies and unemployment mount, and
with the latest figures revealing that inflation has increased
in spite of the conditions of depression, it is not surprising
that large numbers are having second thoughts about the much
vaunted Free Trade policy of the Mulroney Government. Canadian
industries are finding that they cannot compete with America
based industries. Originally supporters of the Free Trade
concept, Canada's airlines have done a complete about turn.
They have discovered that there is little scope for their
operations on American air routes already overcrowded with
American air services.
"In a move reminiscent of Prime Minister Bob Hawke's 'consensus' strategy, Mr. Mulroney has appointed a 'Citizens' Forum' which is going to invite Canadians to express their views concerning the future of Canada. The 'Forum' is to move across the country inviting submissions from 'grassroots Canadians', not so much from organisations. "The 'Forum' has got off to a stormy start, with reports of controversy among members of the 'Forum'. The Chairman has sought to get harmony by declaring that all members will be described as 'Commissioners'!
"It has already been made clear that the Forum will not, at least initially, be venturing into Quebec, where the official policy of bilingualism does not extend to the sizeable English-speaking minority. Business organisations displaying signs in the English language are liable to heavy fines.
"The evil that men do lives after them, wrote Shakespeare. It can now be seen that the imposition of bilingualism by the brilliant Fabian strategist, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, was the introduction of the major wedge, which eventually was to shatter any prospects of Canadian unity. The ground had to be prepared for Trudeau by the liberal internationalist, former Prime Minister Pearson, who started to tear down the symbols of a different kind of Canada. "The Red Ensign, which included the Union Jack, was the first to go. It was argued that a dead maple leaf would be a symbol to unite all Canadians. 'Pearson's Pennant', as it was described, is not even flown in French Canada.
"Already the Mulroney Forum is resulting in a hardening of attitude among Western Canadians and the peoples of the Maritimes. Genuine grassroots movements in both the West and the Maritimes are making it clear that the peoples have had enough of the manipulation by Quebec in the furtherance of centralist policies, which make Canadian unity impossible. These movements are openly turning to the Swiss concept as the only one that can hold Canada together.
"Symptomatic of what is happening is the publication of a new work, 'Keeping Canada Together', by the distinguished Canadian writer, Kenneth McDonald, who brilliantly analyses the deadly threat to Canada, and concludes that the Swiss concept, alone, offers hope of salvation. "Canada requires the type of programme which the great Solzhenitsyn is offering to the Soviet Union. As I move across Canada I sense that Canadians of many different backgrounds are beginning to realise that the near future is going to decide their destiny for centuries to come. "It is inspiring to report that the Canadian League of Rights is in the centre of developments which must be of the greatest significance for those concerned about the future of Western Christendom."
BANK DOMINATION (by Jeremy Lee)
At a time when trading banks are coming under increasing criticism for their ruthless disregard for the plight of small businessmen and farmers, it is disturbing to see how closely intertwined they are with the big monopolies. Increasingly, trading bank directors also sit on the boards of big companies, which, it could be argued, are set to benefit from the demise of smaller competition.
In a series of feature articles headed "The Levers Of Power", The Financial Review (November 22nd) dealt with the Banks. Some of the companies with trading bank directors on their boards are listed below:
B.H.P. - Directors include one from Westpac,
one from the National Australia Bank and one from the A.N.Z.
In a situation where the availability of credit is a matter of life or death to industry, can it honestly be said that a man who sits on the boards of both borrowers and lender have no conflict of interest? Meanwhile, Westpac's latest balance sheet showed a provision for bad debts of more than $1 billion; a further $2.46 billion in loans not accruing interest; and a further $2 billion where the bank has doubts about the eventual recovery of principal and interest. According to The Financial Review (November 16th) its pre-tax annual profit fell to $913.7 million. We can only hope it will stagger on somehow!
THE 'SAUSAGE MACHINE' SPEEDS UP
The Hawke Government is carrying on where its predecessors left off. The Australian (16/11) reported: "... In three hectic days this week it (i.e. the Government) rammed 39 Bills through the House of Representatives "sausage machine". The Bills were complex and important, ranging across reforms to the nations export industries, companies legislation, telephone, banking and airline industries. It is inconceivable that they were adequately scrutinised..."
Not scrutinised? There could not even have been one member who was able to read the legislation and regulations involved. But what matter? They wouldn't have been allowed to debate any of it if they had. The long-suffering public: will be presented with a 'fait accompli', which its representatives have not even seen. Never was there a stronger argument for the introduction of Citizens Initiated Referendum!
GREENHOUSE EFFECT MAY NOT EVEN EXIST
"The greenhouse effect is overdue, says Professor Fred Singer. Indeed, it may not even exist - The Age (Melbourne, December 3rd
It may not even exist, except in the mathematical imaginings of inadequate computer models of globular climate. Professor Singer is an accepted scientist, in his native country, the U.S.A., in the fields of energy, environment and space. He has been brought to Australia by the Institute of Public Affairs to lecture on the greenhouse effect and the ozone layer. He does not dispute that human activity is responsible for the increase in the levels of "greenhouse" gasses - he claims that "feedback mechanisms" will minimise any warming. His thrust appears to be that the global temperature increase should have occurred by now, if it were to occur: the "mathematical models" which have been prepared by "greenhouse" scientists are unreliable. Professor Singer says the ozone hole over Antarctica is only a transient phenomenon associated with the cooling of the stratosphere. It is a "threshold effect", by which he appears to mean a natural phenomenon, which may only occur rarely. He says that the fact that the ozone hole appeared so suddenly suggests that it was a threshold effect.
THE 'TRANS-NATIONAL' EPIDEMIC
from David Thompson
While his observation that the world is being driven by trans-nationalism is quite true, the inference that the trend is constructive, and not to be resisted, is suicidal. Not only must it be resisted vigorously, but the alternative must be forcefully promoted.
We have long believed that the "environmental crisis" - while genuine in many respects - has the smell of the old communist trick of creating a crisis, and then exploiting it. Reports continue to underline the view that serious scientists doubt the validity of ''greenhouse." But the programme towards internationalism continues, irrespective. Internationalism is not about solving specific problems like "greenhouse", internationalism is an end in itself.
The Reality of Nationalism
While the West flirts with trans-nationalism, nationalism is breaking out everywhere where the alternative has been tried with dreadful results. Any mistakes made on a local, or even national scale, cannot compare in magnitude for the destruction of mistakes made on an international scale. The break-up of the Soviet Union, which cannot even feed its enslaved nations, seems imminent. Can we learn from their mistakes, or must we repeat them?
Rural Australia in Trouble Again
The primary producer himself is an endangered species. In 1960, Australia had approximately 290,000 primary producers, but by 1970 the numbers were down to 250,000. By 1985 the number had dropped to 170,000, and there are now barely 160,000 farmers left. This means that in 30 years Australia has lost 130,000 primary producers, at a rate of 10 farmers per day. It is not over yet. Tens of thousands are poised to follow those who have swelled the ranks of the unemployed, and the lengthening housing queues. The tragedy is that neither Government nor Opposition has a vision for rural Australia. There is no policy to stop the financial massacre of the bush, so it will continue.
The Hawke Government has not even recognised that by taking the huge tax windfall that the Gulf crisis has allegedly caused, the resulting price blowout for fuel will be disastrous this harvest. This, in a country like Australia, which is nearly self-sufficient in oil, is complete madness.
The Foreign Treaty Problem
Why is this happening, during one of the greatest crises that rural Australia may ever face? Because we have foreign treaty obligations to third world countries and others, since we committed ourselves to the New International Economic Order, the G.A.T.T. (General Agreement on Trade & Tariffs), and many other agreements. It is urgent that we return to a policy of national economic self-sufficiency in order to save some of our traditional industries in both agriculture and manufacturing.
THE NATURE AND THE SOURCE OF POWER
from the Christian Alternative Movement
"Power does not vary quantitatively. It either belongs to the individual in the sufficiency needed, or is taken by others. When retained by the individual and not used to destroy the power of others, it will be used to both develop the resources and strengths of the individual, and to serve others. Conversely, if power is transferred from the individual by either force or deceit, then the individual is subject to power imposed externally and he loses control of his own destiny.
"The Christian faith accepts the premise that the individual should never be robbed of personal initiative. Association with others to achieve what cannot be achieved single handedly is an increment of the use of power within, but to retain its purity in enhancing the power within the association will be voluntary and withdrawable any time the individual so chooses. Thus a unique relationship is established between the individual of any part of the power within, and results in the erection of false gods and the worship of man usurping power not rightfully his.
The Individual and the Mass
"Those who sell their soul to the concept of a collective society inevitably reject Christ, the author of spiritual power residing within the individual. "Christ explained the spiritual basis which builds successful societies. When asked by the Pharisees to show them the Kingdom of God, Christ replied, 'The Kingdom of God cometh not by observation: Neither shall they say, Lo Here! or, lo there! for, behold the kingdom of God is within you'. Luke: 17:20:21.
The power within builds successful societies, but those who rob others of that power then use it to produce what they believe are wonderful concepts and say, 'Look here, and look there, this is what we plan for you', not understanding they are destroying the only power which can successfully satisfy man's every need.
Once genuine political democracy is returned to the people such problems as the excessive burden of oppressive government, the idolatrous worship of money resulting in excessive taxation and interest rates will be quickly dealt with. "'The light shines through the darkness - and the darkness can never extinguish it.' John l:5"
Supporters who wish to contact the Christian Alternative Movement may do so by writing to: "15 Simmons Court, GREENSBOROUGH, Vic., 3088".
FARMERS HOODWINKED?from The Chronicle (Toowoomba, 22/11) "If our farmers were to have a look at United Nations Conventions concerning commodities and trade signed by the Government, they would no doubt find the real reason for their present problems. "Under the New International Economic Order, Australia is not destined to be a major primary producing country. Why else would the Government give a huge amount of money to Kodak but give no help to our farmers? Why else would it say it cannot give relief to farmers when it can afford to give $15 Million to the Communist A.N.C.? "There is no doubt credit can easily be found for purposes which suit the Fabian socialist plan, but none is available for those which do not fit into its agenda." (Winsome Rusterholtz, Cambooya Street, Drayton, Qld.)
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