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7 August 1992. Thought for the Week: "The road to Hell is paved with good intentions."
Old English maxim
THE 'AUSTRALIA FIRST' CAMPAIGN
by David Thompson
THE ASIAN EXAMPLE
BREAKING THE POLICY STRANGLEHOLD
AUSTRALIA FIRST STRATEGY
An audited campaign-fighting fund has been launched, with a target of $10 million to fight the campaign. It is expected to raise this among manufacturers, farmers, and the factory employees. In fact, a considerable number of unions have already given support for fund raising on the shop floor. Expressions of support have been received from many key sectors, including chambers of manufactures, trades hall councils, trades and labour councils, rural action groups, "Bankwatch", several farmers' unions, etc.
THE ROLE OF THE LEAGUE
The League's part in the Australia First Campaign is to recommend it to our supporters, and advise on strategy. We bear in mind that this is a limited objective campaign. Maximum energy from a range of diverse groups can be focused on the one important issue: to break the trade policy stranglehold exercised by the political parties.
After World War II, C.H. Douglas frequently remarked
that there was effectively only one political party - the party of finance.
Australian politics reflects this. Mr. Keating's A.L.P. has faithfully
followed the international financial programme from 1983. The Coalition,
under Dr. Hewson (educated by the "party of finance"), is quite willing
to do the same. The G.S.T. is a creature of the I.M.F.
CAMPAIGN ADDRESS: P.O. Box 372, Box Hill, Vic., 3128. Phone 008 815 741.
A NEW THREAT TO AUSTRALIAN SOVEREIGNTY
Eric D. Butler sends the following from W.A.
The Federal Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Mr. Tickner, has tended to try to "play down" the matter, suggesting that the chances of the High Court challenge being successful are "purely speculative", and that "Most people are just getting on with their lives", including the current landowners in the Kimberley.
But the West Australian Pastoralists and Graziers Association, representing the landowners, does not see the situation like this. The President of the Association, Mr. Tony Boulltbee, has strongly praised the W.A. Lawrence Government for not shirking the responsibility "to defend the sovereignty of the Kimberley". The Kimberley case is the result of the far-reaching decision by the High Court on June 3rd (the Mabo case) when it was ruled that the inhabitants of the Murray Islands in the Torres Strait had title to a land over which they had a long and indisputable historical association.
A key factor in the case was that the Crown had
at no time acted to terminate the Islanders' tenure. It is argued that
an enormous area of the north Kimberley, taking in 4,000 kilometres
of coastline, was not discovered by the British and that Captain James
Stirling had claimed sovereignty over the Swan River colony and adjacent
islands, not over the Kimberley.
One of the most disturbing features of the Kimberley case is that Prime Minister Paul Keating backed the Aboriginal groups application for legal aid funding. Rosemary O'Grady, an Adelaide solicitor representing the Kimberley groups, has been quoted as saying that she had been advised by Mr. Keating to apply to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islands Commission for money as it is estimated that costs will be up to $10 million. The Pastoralist and Graziers' Association President correctly points out that if the report concerning the Prime Minister is correct, Australian taxpayers will be paying the bill for both the challenge and the defence of their sovereignty.
A long drawn out case before the High Court must be regarded as the beginning of a campaign with international implications, with Australia challenged in the United Nations. Already there have been mini invasions of Australia's north by an assortment of boat people. An increasingly destabilised world has seen mass movements of large numbers of refugees. Highly populated Asian nations might well argue that Australia has the capacity to absorb these refugees. International pressure might well be increased through the United Nations.
The coming Kimberley case in the High Court is directly related to the question of Australian sovereignty. Only an economically strong well-defended nation can protect its sovereignty against all challenges. The treacherous policies emanating from Canberra must be strongly repudiated. A start can be made at the next Federal Elections.
The War Crimes trials continue to run into problems. Last week Adelaide magistrate David Gurry spent little time in dismissing the charges against Mikoday Berezovsky, an Adelaide pensioner, ruling that the prosecution had failed to provide adequate evidence to justify a committal for trials. It is high time that the disgraceful war crimes saga was brought to an end with a saving of millions of dollars for the Australian taxpayers.
There has been much ado about the latest low inflation figures, Prime Minister Keating is glowing with pride. What Keating and his advisers have demonstrated is what every student of debt finance has pointed out for years: under present financial rules the inflation rate can only be forced down by wrecking the economy, creating massive unemployment and furthering social disintegration. Any stimulation of the economy can only result in renewed inflation. What is required is an increase in the money supply without increasing financial costs. New financial credit direct to individuals without being paid through industry is the simple answer.
If bigger populations - "bigger markets" - are the answer to the problems destroying Australia, then why is the American economy in such a parlous plight? The latest information shows that in spite of all the talk about an economic recovery, the problems of the U.S.A. are even greater than those of Australia. Bigger is not necessarily better.
It is encouraging to note that the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne, Sir Frank Little, has joined in the growing volume of protest against the proposed anti-vilification legislation. Archbishop Little said that racial and religious vilification were better dealt with through discussion, conciliation and education. A law with heavy criminal penalties could drive racism and religious vilification underground or make martyrs of racists. In a Common Law country like Australia, there was adequate protection of the natural rights of all individuals. A healthy society requires free and open discussion.
THE U.S.A. POLITICAL CIRCUS
With prominent Jewish leaders now openly supporting
Democrat candidate Bill Clinton for the American Presidency, President
George Bush has every reason to be worried. It would appear that Zionist
strategists feel that George Bush has now served their purposes and
that Clinton offers better prospects for the future.
Unless George Bush can arrange some dramatic event, which will take the minds of Americans off their depressed economic conditions, the odds now strongly favour Bill Clinton becoming the next President of the United States. What might be anticipated from a Clinton administration? There will be an attempt to re-stimulate the American economy with bigger deficit budgets, this in turn increasing the inflation rate, while there will be enormous pressure for greater protection of American industries.
It has been the Bush Administration's failure to provide more protection for America's secondary industries, which has lost Bush considerable support among traditionally Republican electors. In a desperate attempt not to alienate the strong Republican support among American primary producers, the Bush Administration has gone out of its way to assure American farmers that it supports a continuation of the strong subsidy and other support policies.
In spite of all the misleading comments by National Farmer representatives, and others, the long drawn out Uruguay conference on General Trade and Tariffs, has ground almost to a halt. Isolation is a deeply rooted tradition in the U.S.A., one, which even the internationalist Roosevelt, had the greatest difficulty in shifting. He was only successful when he provoked the Japanese militarists into the attack on Pearl Harbour. His successors, both Republic and Democrat, were able to sustain internationalist policies, while the threat of International Communism was maintained. But the collapse of International Communism and depressed domestic economic conditions have seen a re-emergence of American isolationism, as witnessed by the dramatic support for Republican candidate Patrick Buchanan with his bold America First policy in early primaries he contested. Australians concerned about the future of their nation should take careful note of what is happening in the U.S.A. The only realistic policy for survival is Australia First.
OUR CHILDREN' S RIGHTS BEING TRAMPLED IN CULTURAL CRINGE
from The Age (Melbourne), July 24th
VILIFICATION LAWS A SIGN OF FAILUREfrom The Age (Melbourne), July 31st
The Federal and State Racial and Vilification Bills represent an encroachment on free speech and civil liberties to their detractors and provide their adherents with a false sense of security about the health of Australian society. They are, in fact, an indicator of social and educational failure in this country. "The fabric of any society rests on the willingness of its constituents to adhere to, and take part in, the existing social contract. There is a strong element of coercion in this involuntary pact. Good laws are those, which are enforceable. Just as it is impossible for the State to place a policeman on every street corner, so it is both unwise and impractical for the State to enact legislation, which cannot be enforced. It is impossible to legislate that citizens behave in a civilised manner to their fellows.
"As with most legislative cures, the laws are concerned with the superficiality of the effects rather than their etiology. "Minority leaders may applaud their lobbying skills or ephemeral influence, but they are deluding their constituencies. Creating such legislative hurdles merely cloaks the underlying problems to the point where they are presumed not to exist. This presents a thin veneer of social harmony, while the causes are permitted to remain ignored.
"If legislation is required to direct people to the limits of their social behaviour towards others it augurs for the beginning of a regressive historical cycle, where government legislates for all things, eventually leading to a national degradation and moral collapse. Such legislation is an admission of culture failure and should indicate warnings to the minorities and others who now foolishly applaud it." (John Reisner, Hawthorn, Vic.)
IMMIGRATION ISSUE IS ONE THAT NEEDS SCRUTINYfrom Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld.), July 21st
Recent disputation regarding the use of native born Japanese as tourist guides rather than employing Japanese speaking Australians raises the whole question of immigration. "I imagine that many Australians would have been somewhat bemused at the recent Federal Government decision to reduce immigration intake for the next financial year. I was not bemused that we were reducing, but that, with a million unemployed, our politicians still see fit to approve 80,000 immigration applications for next year.
"Immigration Minister Mr. Hand spoke of the Government's commitment to immigration: a commitment you may recall having heard previous governments speak of over the years. Just what is this 'commitment'? "In the long gone days of full employment when the cliché 'populate or perish' was coined, the commitment was made to build a strong Australia. A sound immigration policy was essential. But this is not the 'commitment' referred to by Mr. Hand. This one is not that made to the people of Australia. This one is only to a 'small minority.
"It is understandable that new arrivals in any country tend to form ethnic enclaves within the major cities. As these enclaves become more populated over the years it is perhaps understandable, though hardly desirable, that the ethnic groups involved use their voting numbers, often sufficient to tip an electorate, to greatly influence governments in various matters, one of which is immigration policy. It is a sad state of affairs when the Immigration Minister's office has to negotiate with ethnic communities regarding the number of Greeks, Croats, Vietnamese or whatever other nationality will be allowed into the country whether we need them or not. And this to retain or regain an electorate.
"Over the years immigration has done much for this country and there are still valid reasons for accepting a limited number of immigrants each year. Mr. Hand would, however, have to be a very smart talker to convince unemployed people such as myself that Australia needs another 80,000 migrants next year. "Australia's immigration policy requires close scrutiny and its 'commitment' a clear definition."
(Tony Bucknell, Meadow Street, Kepel Sands, Qld.)
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