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18 September 1992. Thought for the Week: ". . .Whether it be by accident or design, the world is moving from a financial tyranny which has both the elements of breakdown and has also been found out to another tyranny, a tyranny of administration the setting up of an entire State which can say, 'You shall do so and so'. 'You shall have such and such rations'. 'You shall live in such and such a house; you shall work such and such hours'. 'You shall be taught such and such things'. 'And any deviation from those laws which we lay down for you will be penalised by either starvation or by all the rigors of the law."'
C.H. Douglas (1934)
POLITICAL FERMENT IN NEW ZEALAND
Mr. Eric Butler reports from Auckland New Zealand
at the conclusion of a lecturing and fact finding tour of the South
Island. This week he is in the North Island
If Dr. Hewson and his colleagues had not confined themselves to the plush offices of Big Business and Government Ministers, and had gone out to meet with ordinary New Zealanders, they would, for example, have discovered that the pensioners have been so outraged by the Bolger Government policies that the Grey Power movement has developed into a powerful national protest movement led in some areas by former outstanding supporters of the National Party.
I shared a platform in Invercargill with a Grey Power leader, standing for Municipal Government on the Citizens' Initiative and Referendum (C.I.R.) policy, who had until his retirement been a widely respected businessman and strong supporter of the National Party. Like thousands of similar men throughout New Zealand, this man has left the National Party in disgust. He was critical of both Labour and National, observing that they were both following the same programme.
Also on the platform in Invercargill was Independent candidate Philip Jones, whose late father Norman Jones had represented Invercargill as a National Party member. Philip Jones was close to his father and grew up in the National party. But he has had enough of a party that is following in the footsteps of the Labour Party and "selling out" New Zealand.
The debt structure continues to escalate under the Bolger Government as it did with their Labour predecessors. As at July 24th, total debt stood at $62 billion, consisting of $22 billion government debt and $40 billion private debt. The official figures show that unemployment continues at over 11 percent, but the real figure is almost certainly higher.
Like their counterparts in Australia, sections of New Zealand business organisations are complaining that they cannot survive on the "level playing field" where they are threatened by a flood of cheap imports. During a survey of one supermarket in Richmond, I was struck with the large number of products from Communist China. The growing political ferment throughout New Zealand reflects the widespread dissatisfaction with the Bolger Government's programme. Support for the C.I.R. concept continues to grow, even inside the ranks of the National Party. Forced out of the Bolger ministry because he publicly criticised the Bolger Government's programme, high profile National Party Member Winston Peters, from Tauranga, enjoys a public opinion rating far in excess of Prime Minister Bolger, who currently cannot score even double figures. The next New Zealand elections will certainly see a major fracture of orthodox party politics.
WILL THE OPPOSITION DESTROY ITSELF?
In a week when the weakness of Opposition alternative
policies was further exposed, Malcolm Fraser made the telling point
that the Opposition had permitted itself to become the subject of political
controversy. The press is beginning to depict Hewson as a genuinely
radical economic reformer. But this means that Hewson, by proposing
radical change in a depression, is becoming increasingly regarded with
uncertainty, even fear, by a nervous electorate. This is a tremendous
dilemma for the Opposition. They have repeatedly committed themselves
totally to the G.S.T., but failed to convince the electors.
PRESSURE MOUNTS FOR CHANGE ON TARIFFS
CRACKS IN COALITION UNITY
The Queensland Nationals, while they did not have the courage to cross the floor and vote against Coalition policy on tariffs, are highly vocal. Dr. Hewson proposes to 'discipline' them in the Party room. Cane growers must be sacrificed for "unity" with the Liberal Party.
In the present highly volatile state of Australian politics, enormous opportunities open up for innovative grassroots campaigners. The result of the next Federal election is becoming more uncertain. Independents could yet have a key role in the next Parliament.
EUROPE AND A WORLD CENTRAL BANK
The French referendum this weekend could decide
the future of the European Community as a sovereign political and economic
entity. The French are being asked to support the Maastricht Treaty
- effectively a "constitution" for a united Europe. A "yes" vote leads
to European Monetary Union: the adoption of a common currency, and each
country submitting to European "co-ordination" of their budgets, debt,
exchange rates, bond yields, interest rates, etc.
The British are under European pressure to raise interest rates, as the value of the pound is weakening. According to Andrew Clark, reporting from Europe for the Sun-Herald (13/9/92), European financial markets were in chaos last week over doubts about monetary union. He reported, in addition, that "the $US-deutschmark interest rate differential is now more than 6 percent. Last week Euromarkets went crazy. Swedish interest rates catapulted to 7.5%, the Italian Government announced emergency measures, paving the way for a siege economy. Britain intervened to defend sterling, and Finland devalued its markka by more than 15 percent. All were reacting to the collapse of their currencies, and fears that the current structure, the German led European Monetary System might collapse".
THE I.M.F. MOVES IN
OBSERVATIONS ON SOUTH AFRICA
The revolutionary strategy unfolding in South
Africa will inevitably regard its own black supporters as so much cannon
fodder. Amid the uproar over the Ciskei shooting last week, some basic
considerations seem to have been lost. The Ciskei troops did not open
fire "unexpectedly". As Foreign Minister Pik Botha points out, the A.N.C.
knew that if demonstrators transgressed the cordons, armed clashes must
result. The Australian (9/9/92) reports:
The truth is that the A.N.C. leadership is heavily dominated by the South African Communist Party. As Mandela himself then warned, armed struggle was imminent. The Bisho shooting was a victory for the Communists and the A.N.C., although their own people were sacrificed to achieve it. This will not prevent them from doing the same thing again. The campaign is designed to destabilise the leaders of the black homelands, who stand in the way to A.N.C. power. It is also certain that reports of troop brutality are exaggerated. While 28 died, reports of troops emptying thousands of rounds into 50,000 people for over two minutes indicates that either the Ciskei troops are hopeless marksmen, or that only a minority of the panicking troops were actually deliberately shooting to kill demonstrators. As in the Sharpeville "massacre" so long ago, inexperienced, outnumbered and panicking troops were successfully provoked by the A.N.C.
CORRECT TO QUERY IMMIGRATION
from Malvern-Caulfield Progress (Melbourne
suburban newspaper), September 7th
"Barry Jones' statement that the Government will cut immigration from 120,000 to 80,000 this year merely reinforces the belief that the Government could not predict the disastrous results of high immigration in time to prevent the problems, and only now reacts too little and too late. "Mr. Jones does not inform his audience that as well as 80,000 migrants Australia also allows 100,000 ever renewable four-year visas per annum, extra refugees, change of status migrants, New Zealanders and thousands of illegal migrants - in all, the real number is more than 200,000 new arrivals in Australia per year.
"Israel is budgeting $55 billion for one million Russian immigrants; that is, $55,000 per migrant. To give recent arrivals an Australian standard of living is probably double that cost, and when you consider we have allowed in more than two million migrants in the past 10 years, you will understand better why Australia has a $150 billion foreign debt.
"Doubling the size of our cities and all their infrastructure may be great for the real estate agents, builders and banks, but it makes Australia poorer and lowers our quality of life. Sprawling cities, freeways, traffic jams and pollution, schools, hospitals, education facilities and social services cannot cope with more people. "The great brain power of Barry Jones does not acknowledge these problems and critics of immigration are no longer silenced by the overplayed abuse of being labeled as racists.
"It is our future and that of our children that is at stake. As long as the intellectuals have their blinkers on, and cannot see the environmental and economic consequences of continuing immigration then Australia will continue to deteriorate to a Third World standard of living. "It is not the migrants who are to blame but our own blind politicians who are unable to anticipate the very obvious consequences of bringing 200,000 people per year into Australia.
"The Liberal Party has allowed speakers from
Australians Against Further Immigration to speak to its branches and
debate the issue. What about the A.L.P. Mr. Jones? Why does it fear
to have its members consider this issue?"
BEWARE ANY BILL OF RIGHTS
from The Australian, September 7th
"To live in genuine freedom according to a constitution of liberty - Each of us is guaranteed: The right to life; freedom of speech, thought and belief and the right to own private property. "No person, group or government has the right to initiate the use of force, fraud or coercion against any person or group of people, and individuals accept responsibility for their own actions. "Clip these out and compare them to any 'rights' being proposed by your State or Federal Governments, as well as those being bandied about in the global arena. Check the fine print very carefully. There should not be any 'ifs, and, buts' or special privileges. Organisations or politicians that do not accept the above concepts as your natural birthright are being influenced by those pressure groups who want to dominate you by force of government. Any proposals should be clear and easy to understand. If there is any doubt - chuck em out." (Dr. Peter Brandson, Batehaven, N.S.W.)
MULTICULTURALISMfrom The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld.), 24/8
"Paul Keating claimed when kowtowing to the ethnic vote on Thursday, August 13th, that Multiculturalism had enriched Australia. "In what way has it? "It hasn't strengthened the old Yugoslavia where 'ethnic cleansing' is now taking place. It has not been a boon in Sri Lanka where the Tamils have their difficulties of existence. Ethnic Indians are not welcome in Fiji either. Violence on less racially distinct lines occurs in Ireland. Should we be so optimistic as to hope that old hatreds will be buried in Australia? We have seen that ethnicism in the sport of Soccer does not apply balm to old wounds; rather it keeps them festering. "Racial vilification laws, as proposed, will have no effect on the Keatings, but will inhibit our right to make opposing observations. People's thoughts cannot be changed by legislation. We are rapidly approaching a state of affairs where the midnight knock on the door will be a reality." (Ron Fischer, Capella, Qld.)
from The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton),
Qld., August 5th
"It is interesting to note that the figures for inflation released on July 29th were substantially influenced by lower mortgage rates. This is the opposite to what the economists were telling us when interest rates were being pushed up. High interest rates were supposed to bring inflation under control. "One purveyor of voodoo economics even commented that inflation was down because fresh fruit (prices) were down due to the good weather! Do I hear peals of laughter from primary producers?" (Ron Fischer, Capella, Qld.)
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