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3 April 1992. Thought for the Week: "...the structure of the state is secondary to the spirit of human relations. Given human integrity, any honest system is acceptable, but given human rancour and selfishness, even the widest ranging of democracies would become unbearable. If the people themselves lack fairness and honesty, this will come to the surface under any system ... Politics must not swallow up all of a people's spiritual and creative energies. Beyond upholding its rights, mankind must defend its soul, freeing it for reflection and feeling"
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn in Rebuilding Russia
BEHIND THE KEATING STRATEGY
In a relatively short period Prime Minister Paul Keating has dramatically demonstrated the well-known truth that people's memories are notoriously short. Paul Keating managed to seize control of the Labor Party from Bob Hawke, by a small majority, because desperate Labor Members had come to the conclusion that a change of leadership offered that the threat of what was perceived to be an inevitable electorate defeat, would be limited. There was little prospect of a Labor survival. But today the latest Bulletin poll, generally regarded as one of the most reliable of public opinion polls, shows that the Labor Government leads the Opposition parties. Paul Keating's approval rating has continued to rise while that of Dr. John Hewson has fallen.
A Labor victory at the Wills by-election would demonstrate that Keating has managed to turn the Australian political scene around. What does this mean? First, and foremost, it means that a big section of the Australian people has no real confidence that a Hewson Government would solve the nation's basic problems. All that Hewson can offer is a General Services Tax policy, which has been a failure in every country it has been tried. Canada followed New Zealand in implementing this type of tax, with disastrous results.
Such are people's memories that relatively few
Australians recall that early in the history of the first Hawke Government
Treasurer Paul Keating was campaigning vigorously for the adoption of
a consumption tax. Now he is going to make political capital out of
Dr. Hewson's similar proposal. Keating's sheer effrontery is breathtaking,
as witnessed by his latest about turn concerning the destructive tariff
policies he helped to impose on the Australian people.
In the absence of a constructive national economic policy, Dr. Hewson and his colleagues find themselves in a most difficult situation. One of Keating's cleverest tactics was to get people's minds off economic issues by raising the Republican issue. Bob Hawke has given Keating his support, making the shrewd suggestion that a referendum should be held on the Republican issue as soon as possible, but conducted in such a way that there is no personal affront to the Queen. The suggestion is that the referendum would be for the purpose of indicating whether at the end of Queen Elizabeth's reign, Australia should then become a Republic.
As we have warned over the years, the steady erosion of any understanding of the nation's traditional constitutional institutions would, unless countered, ultimately pave the way for the destruction of traditional Australia. We are not surprised therefore to read that the public opinion polls show that the Republican feeling is gathering momentum throughout Australia, and that every age group except people over 55 years of age now supports a move to Republicanism. Voters between 18-39 are the strongest Republican supporters.
Keating and his advisers obviously felt that an open anti-Monarchy stand would gain widespread support among ethnic groups and the young. And they are also aware that the Opposition is not capable of mounting a positive campaign on the question. The responsibility of the League of Rights to conduct an in-depth campaign in support of the traditional Constitution was never greater. Some hard campaigning is ahead.
UN DRIVE TOWARDS WORLD GOVERNMENT
from David Thompson
UNITED NATIONS SOVEREIGNTY
"The United Nations is unquestionably sovereign
on matters of peace and security (chapters 5-8 of the U.N. Charter)
and on other matters of global significance such as health, cultural
and educational cooperation and human rights (chapters 9-11). Population,
the environment and development can, of course, only be handled at global
level. The U.N. will enforce law thirteen articles of the U.N. Charter
refer to preventive and enforcement action. ... National sovereignty
"In the declaration on the inadmissibility of Intervention in the Domestic Affairs of States and the protection of their Independence and Sovereignty 1965, the Law on Friendly Relations between States 1970 and the Charter of Economic Rights and Duties of States 1974, nation states list their duties, specifically acknowledging their submission to the United Nations. By the U.N. charter, nations surrendered the finality of their authority on certain major matters of global concern. In this way, we share in the larger sovereignty of the United Nations
"Read Article 13. Under it the General Assembly
is legislating apace, and its Resolutions are a triumph of law making.
... Recommendations of a global forum possess the great, inherent authority
of natural law. ... The United Nations is not a foreign affair; and
national policies now increasingly derive their legitimacy from the
This is right from the horse's mouth. It is a clear exposition of the proposed role of the U.N., and the most chilling aspect of such utter insanity is that the author obviously believes it completely. How many others such as Stanley Johnston are teaching university students, or even schoolchildren? If there are still Australians who regard the U.N. Conventions as harmless, or the prospect of a world government as remote, they should be shown Mr. Johnston's remarks. The need for referendums initiated by the voters has never been more urgent.
The initial estimate of $30 million being the cost to taxpayers for the War Crimes prosecutions were scorned as outrageous. Now new projections put the costs as high as $50 million. By June 30th, this farce will have already cost $15.7 million, according to Mr. Graham Blewett, head of the Special Investigations Unit, and a steeply mounting array of running costs are not included in that estimate. Other costs include hotel accommodation, airfares and living allowances for up to 30 overseas witnesses. Did the supporters of the War Crimes legislation realise that it involved free holidays for elderly foreigners, sponging off the Australian taxpayers?
While former Australian of the Year Professor Hollows is being condemned for his comments on the influence of the "gay" lobby in the fight against AIDS, it is revealed that in the United States, the latest figures show that one in every 100 men has tested HIV positive. The disease has reached epidemic proportions, and is sweeping through the heterosexuals, as well as homosexuals. The Centre for Disease Control estimates that 40,000 Americans will test HIV positive this year. Why is the AIDS epidemic being treated as such in Australia? Have the homosexuals captured the decision making process? When we had a tuberculosis epidemic, we took the necessary steps. Professor Hollows may well be vindicated.
BLACKS AGREE TO SEIZE FARMS FROM WHITES
The following articles of interest have been
sent to us from an actionist in W.A. All below from Sunday Times,
Perth, W.A. (21/3)
"Black lawmakers burst into applause and began ululating after the measure was approved unanimously. 'This is the most historic legislation in our history', said Simon Moyo of the Patriotic Front. "But white politician Peter Hewlett, who was not present for the vote, said the law would destroy Zimbabwe's agriculture based economy. "About 4,500 white farmers, who own one third of the nation's land, produce the most food, earn the bulk of export income, and collectively employ the highest labour force. "White farmers fear peasants resettled on the targeted land will reduce it to subsistence farming and transform Zimbabwe from one of Africa's few food exporters to an importer.
"The Government admits that few of the former white farms resettled by blacks in the past remained productive. But it said new settlers would be trained and supported by experts. "The Bill has soured the normally good relations between Mr. Mugabe and Zimbabwe's whites who make up one percent of the population but own more than 30% or the land."
WAR CRIME CASE BACKFIRES: OTTAWAA Canadian judge has ordered the government to pay $169,000 in legal costs to a man it tried unsuccessfully to put on trial for the murder of 100 Jews during World War II. "The Justice Department dropped the charges against Michael Pawloweki, a retired carpenter, last week, after the Supreme Court barred prosecutors from using videotaped evidence from elderly witnesses in the former Soviet Union. "Ontario judge James Chadwick ruled that Pawlowski should be compensated for his defence costs. "Pawlowski, 74, a naturalised Canadian and native of Belarus, was charged in 1989 with helping Nazis round up and execute Jews in 1942."
THE ODD BEDFELLOWS SHAPING TOMORROW
Who saw this article in The Australian (20/3) by R.W. Johnson, Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford? We can't republish the entire article, of course. However, a few snippets will give readers a more penetrating insight into the wheeling and dealing now going on inside, and yes, outside, South Africa
Since 1948 South African life has been composed
of three warring forces: the Afrikaner Nationalist State, English speaking
big business and African nationalism. "The struggle between Afrikaner
nationalism and big business raged for decades, never achieving more
than an uneasy truce, and both these two contenders warred in turn against
the third force, African nationalism. But the white Right cannot be
written off yet. Treurnicht and his men have been run off the field
by a quite brutal media blitz, a unanimously hostile press, a heavily
biased broadcast media and a yes' campaign that outspent them at least
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