MORE UNITED NATIONS INTRUSION
by Jeremy Lee
Relegated to the back pages by the Hawke/Keating debacle,
another manifestation of international treaties intruding
into Australia's domestic affairs is being played out - this
time over voting arrangements. The Australian, June
7, 1991, reported: "An extraordinary row has broken out between
Queensland's Electoral and Administrative Review Commission
and the Commonwealth's Human Rights Commissioner over the
electoral weighting of the State's most distant electorates.
The E.A.R.C. has described an intervention by the Commissioner,
Mr. Brian Burdekin, as "an impermissible intrusion into Queensland
affairs" and says his particular criticisms "are either unfounded
or misconceived". Mr. Burdekin had described the E.A.R.C's.
scheme as "inconsistent with Australia's obligations under
the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights..."
The dispute concerns recommendations by the E.A.R.C. that
five electorates, each larger than 100,000 sq. km may have
fewer electors than required in the remainder of the State.
The E.A.R.C. has pointed out that its recommendations comply
with provisions of the Australian Constitution. That, apparently,
is not good enough for Mr. Burdekin, an unelected official
who believes he has the power to call State Governments to
account if they don't meet the requirements of the U.N. Queensland's
Premier, Wayne Goss, appears to be neither fish nor fowl on
this issue. He appointed the E.A.R.C. in the first place.
The article concluded: "... A spokesman for Mr. Goss said
that while the Premier believed the Government should abide
by the E.A.R.C's. recommendation, 'the Government will revise
its commitment in the context of future elections'." Once
again, the Constitution and the Australian people are being
betrayed by servile politicians and petty, unelected officials.
GORBACHEV PLAYING FOR HIGH STAKES
President Gorbachev has now been invited to attend, for the
first time, the mid-July meeting of the G.7 - the annual economic
summit of the industrialised nations. He is after an aid-package,
which makes the post-World War II Marshall Plan look like
peanuts. The Financial Review (June 7th, 1991) said:
".... Estimates being produced by the I.M.F. and World Bank
specify the Soviets need in a five year reform programme as
much as $US250 billion. After inflation, that would be four
times the size of the Marshall Plan the U.S. initiated to
reconstruct Western Europe after World War II ..." There is,
apparently, only one requirement for the granting of such
an aid package - the Kremlin's strict obedience to the dictates
of the world's financial masters.
BANKRUPTCIES SNOWBALLING IN THE U.S.
In the Great Depression period, 1930-39, there were 614,938
bankruptcies in the United States. In the period 1980-89 there
were 4,583,391 bankruptcies. In 1990 alone there were 725,484
- more in 12 months than in the ten years of the Great Depression!
SWISS CITIZENS INSTRUCT GOVERNMENT
There will probably be much head shaking and dismay in Europe
over the latest decision by the Swiss people - and probably
over the fact that they have a mechanism to say what they
want. The Financial Review (June 4th, 1991) reported:
"Voters in Switzerland, the only country whose people decide
on taxes, on Sunday rejected a government proposed financial
reform package that would have brought the fiscal system in
line with the rest of Western Europe. Early returns from a
national referendum showed that majorities in more than half
the 26 cantons, or states, voted against the proposed constitutional
The vote had been widely considered the first important popular
test of Switzerland's stance on European integration. The
Federal Government says that membership in the European Community
is the leading long-term option for neutral Switzerland if
present talks on a looser relationship collapse. Under the
Swiss system of direct democracy, the people would also have
the final say on whether the strictly federal country should
join the E.C. The main feature of the rejected financial reform
had been a new attempt - after two previous failures at the
polls - to introduce the value-added tax that is applied throughout
the 12-nation E.C. All four government parties, the trade
unions and the Swiss Bankers Association had backed the proposal
If Switzerland were to join the European Community it would
lose its sovereignty just as surely as Britain will, if the
people in the U.K. are not given a direct say before December
31st, 1992. The Value-added Tax rejected by the Swiss is almost
the same proposal as the General Services Tax proposed by
the Federal Opposition under John Hewson in Australia. Little
wonder there is a great deal of duck shoving amongst Liberals
and Nationals on the question of Citizens' Initiated Referendum.
What power seeker wants his ability to tax circumscribed in
IT PAYS TO OBEY
Egypt's compliance with George Bush's New World Order designs
in the Middle East has paid off handsomely. The Guardian
Weekly (June 2nd, 1991) reported: "The Paris Club of Western
creditors has agreed to write off $US10 billion of the $20.2
billion owed to club members in what is seen as an American
backed plan to compensate Cairo for its contribution to the
allied war effort against Iraq. The Paris Club write off,
added to the $7 billion military debt dropped by the U.S.
and the $7 billion forgiven by Gulf States earlier this year,
has reduced by 50 percent Egypt's debt which stood at an estimated
$50 billion before the conflict." Included in the 'largesse'
to Egypt is a considerable sum owing for Australian wheat.
In moments of respite from squabbling with his erstwhile Treasurer
Paul Keating, Prime Minister Bob Hawke has agreed to make
Australia's taxpayers foot the bill, instead of the Egyptians.
It is doubtful if this will deter Australia from extending
Egypt further credit for wheat. The same 'largesse'
- with suitable strings attached - is being dangled before
Gorbachev. The Financial Review (June 4th, 1991) reported:
"The Bush Administration plans to announce over the next few
weeks a package of economic measures to help the Soviet Union
if the latest Soviet economic reform plan is revised along
lines the U.S. has suggested...." The carrots, according to
the report are: "
status as one of the U.S's. most favoured
trading partners, and formal ties to the U.S. dominated International
Monetary Fund and the World Bank ..." The United States would
bump up technical assistance to Moscow for converting its
defence plants to civilian use, for vastly improving Soviet
oil drilling and for straightening out the tangled Soviet
END OF COMPULSORY VOTING?
Senator Warwick Parer, the Federal Opposition spokesman on
Administrative Services, has announced that the Liberal Party,
on its return to Government, will abolish compulsory voting
in Federal elections, first introduced in 1924. The South
Australian Liberal Party has stated that it is in favour of
the abolition of compulsory voting in S.A. State elections.
So it looks as though, once the "reform" starts, there will
be difficulty in stopping it. There could be some difficulty
in N.S.W. and Victoria; Mr. Hawke has remarked that all State
Governments, excepting N.S.W. and Victoria, have the power
to make voting voluntary. Mr. Hawke thinks that it is "the
Australian tradition" to have compulsory voting. It wasn't
the Australian tradition before 1924, and there have been
criticisms ever since concerning the way it was snuck through
the Parliament. The argumentation can go on till the cows
The Democrats are sticking with compulsory voting, so there
could be trouble having the appropriate "reform" legislation
pass through the Senate, in due course. What is the attitude
of the Nationals? The League of Rights favours voluntary voting.
We don't at all like compulsion over the individual as a principle.
We also favour the argument that compulsory voting forces
a more irresponsible vote.
Mr. Peter Smark, in his column in The Age (Melbourne),
May 24th, had some penetrating things to say on this issue.
Yes, we are well aware, as are most voters themselves, that
one is not actually forced to vote, at the polling booth at
election time. One is forced to attend and have one's name
ruled out, on pain of the risk of a fine. One can write anything
one likes on the ballot papers, and some people do! But the
majority do "vote". Many political party chieftains claim
that some voters are angered by being forced to the polling
booths, and vent their anger on the major political parties
by voting for the independents. There is some evidence for
this: not that we are against the election of good independents
who help to lessen the influence of the big Party machines.
Competition in the Senate, we believe, has helped to make
that House a real force to derail much contentious legislation.
In the present volatile electorate in Australia, we agree
that many Labor political gurus will favour the abolition
of compulsory voting, in spite of Mr. Hawke's remark about
some "Australian tradition"...
BANKERS FORGE NEW WORLD ORDER
by David Thompson
The International Monetary Conference held its annual meeting
in Osaka, Japan, last week, bringing together top executives
from 101 of the world's leading banks. The following comment
was leaked from a closed door session, and reported by United
Press International (The Australian, 4/6/91) "The press
for funds to create a new world order means the world must
look to Asia for capital, the United States Ambassador to
Japan, Michael Armacost said
" This report noted that in the
1980s, the U.S. went from being the world's largest lender
to its biggest borrower, while Japan rose to become the leading
global creditor. The U.S. is anticipated to remain a net borrower
for years to come, and the conference was told that the pool
of savings in Japan, Taiwan, and other East Asian countries
would be relied upon to reconstruct Eastern Europe, the Gulf,
and rehabilitate the Soviet Union. That is, finance the transition
to a New World Order. However, Mr. Armacost warned, the Asians,
particularly Japan, were nervous about the apparent formation
of regional trading blocs which could exclude them. These
blocs are now openly discussed, and include an Asian bloc
for Australia. It is clear that no "pool of savings" from
any part of the world can 'reconstruct' the globe. The bankers
at this conference have it in their power to issue the credits
to do the job, and will no doubt do so. Any nation that begins
to use its own sovereign banking powers to make itself independent
of such banking groups becomes a threat to this New World
AUSTRALIA'S CORPORATE CONSPIRACY
The astonishing revelations about the 1988 meeting at which
Mr. Hawke promised the Prime Ministership to Paul Keating
leaves many questions yet to be answered. Called the "Kirribilli
Conspiracy" this meeting has enormous implications for the
future conduct of Australian politics. Many Australians were
aghast at this 'horse trading' of the Prime Ministership,
but those involved are still unapologetic, and merely regard
it as 'par for the course'. The background of the Kirribilli
participants must be recalled. Apart from Hawke and Keating,
Sir Peter Abeles and Bill Kelty (A.C.T.U. Secretary) were
present. Have we forgotten that Kelty is a Member of the Board
of the Reserve Bank? So is Sir Peter Ables! Abeles is also
on the Economic Planning Advisory Council. So is Kelty! Kelty
is a Board Member of Qantas, while Abeles and Murdoch control
Ansett. As has been pointed out, rather lamely by the Opposition,
this left Hawke and Keating vulnerable during the pilots'
strike the year after the Kirribilli "deal". It is impossible
to accept that Abeles and even Kelty did not have Hawke over
a barrel while this strike was on. The R.A.A.F. was called
in. The Government gave Ansett (Abeles) millions of dollars
in compensation, while the Murdoch press savaged the pilots
and their leaders. And the wage cutting accord, Kelty's industrial
weapon, survived intact. Big unions, big business and big
government, with the secret deals in the background, imposed
their will, regardless of the interests of "small" Australians.
DICTATORSHIP OF FINANCE
Alex Mitchell, in The Sun-Herald (9/6/91) called it "corporatism"
defined as: "A political system which rests on the direct
involvement in government decision making institutions of
a limited number of corporations or groups which are functionally
necessary for the stability and growth of the economy. ...
Other less flattering definitions say corporatism seeks to
hide the "dictatorship of finance capital" by presenting the
appearance of "class partnership" and a "harmony of interests"
within the corporate framework..." The dictatorship of finance
capital becomes more and more thinly disguised as "consensus"
as the Hawke Government staggers on. The real governors of
Australia begin to come into the open.
MOMENT OF CHANCE? from The Australian,
"It was interesting to read the quotation of David Ben-Gurion
in the letter of E. Briskman (4/6) relating to the continuing
impasse in the Jewish-Arab situation. "I too would like to
quote Ben-Gurion in comment which is pertinent to the situation.
It appears in the book The Jewish Paradox by Nahum
Goldman, one time president of the World Jewish Council and
World Zionist organisation. It related to comments by Ben-Gurion
in a conversation with Goldman in 1956. "Ben-Gurion of course
had been Prime Minister of the first Israeli Government in
1949. "'I don't understand your optimism, Ben-Gurion said.
'Why should the Arabs make peace? If I were an Arab leader
I would never make terms with Israel. That is natural: we
have taken their country. Sure, God promised it to us, but
what does that matter to them? Our God is not theirs. We come
from Israel, its true, but 2000 years ago, and what is that
to them? There has been anti-Semitism, the Nazis, Hitler,
Auschwitz, but was that their fault? They only can see one
thing: we have come here and stolen their country. Why should
they accept that? They may perhaps forget in one or two generations
time, but for the moment there is no chance "His answer was,
of course, what we have seen: that Israel should maintain
a strong and powerful army. "However, it is appropriate that
we should also note his comment: 'For the moment there is
no chance'. Thirty-five years have passed, a whole generation,
since those remarks. Have we now a 'moment of chance' or does
another generation of Jews and Arabs have to face a 'life'
in the present climate?" (Gerald S. Tumman, Croydon, Vic.)
LABOR HIJACKED SPIRIT OF CENTRE from
Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton) May 13th
If the people of Barcaldine are feeling a little perplexed
after Heritage Week, it is perhaps no wonder. It is now patently
clear we have been stung by a political machine and our tourist
attraction turned into a Labor Party shrine. "Suspicions were
confirmed when Premier Goss, in his opening address at the
Shearers' Strike re-enactment, left us in no doubt as to whom
had taken charge. It was a Labor Party rally. Labor had come
to town by every available route to raise the Eureka flag
and celebrate its centenary. Our tourist venture had been
filched by a political party, and one that arrogantly thinks
it has a monopoly on the ideals of freedom and social justice.
Prime Minister Hawke continued in the same vein at the opening
ceremony the next day. "We think the people of Barcaldine
and the West, and indeed the whole country, would unanimously
support the ideals fought for by the shearers in 1891. They
do not, we suspect, support the hijacking of these ideals
for the exclusive use of a single political party. The Labor
Party is not the sole custodian of all high moral principles.
"The A.L.P. has politicised the Australian Workers' Heritage
Centre hereby jeopardising support from a large proportion
of the population. This is not only divisive politically,
but economically unsound when trying to attract patrons to
the centre. It is ironic that Mr. Goss, Mr. Hawke and the
A.L.P. have not heeded the call of the 1891 strikers, 'united
we stand, divided we fall'." (Denice & Ian Campbell, P.O.
Box 201, Barcaldine, Qld.)
AIMS OF AMNESTY from The Australian
"Justice Kirby's support for Amnesty International's efforts
(The Australian, 31/5) to free prisoners of conscience
is to be commended but he has opened a can of worms by also
suggesting that Amnesty should redirect its efforts and now
help people to find freedom through self-determination and
even separation from the oppressing majority! This is a vastly
different aim from that which initiated Amnesty! "As one who
has written many letters to governments about prisoners of
conscience, I always valued the unity of purpose we writers
had. People of quite differing views, such as Justice Kirby's
humanism and my Christian faith, could work together. Now
the good justice is advocating a magic, man made, cure-all,
for oppression (self determination) which will divide Amnesty
and free few prisoners! "Many Christians are involved in Amnesty
but one wonders just who is converting whom in this organisation?"
(Geoffrey Warrington, Toowoomba, Qld.)