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25 September 1992. Thought for the Week: "By liberty I mean the assurance that every man shall be protected in doing what he believes his duty against the influence of authority and majorities, custom and opinion."
NEW ZEALAND ELECTORS IN GROWING REVOLT
Mr. Eric Butler returned to Australia from New Zealand last Sunday, having observed New Zealanders voting to let their politicians know at the referendum on Saturday, September 19th, that they want changes!
It is worth recording that the New Zealand referendum
on electoral reform took place on the exact date, 99 years ago, when
New Zealand became the first country in the world to give women the
vote. In what was obviously an exercise in attempted confusion, the
Bolger Government presented New Zealanders last Saturday with the opportunity
to vote, first, on whether they wanted change to their present electoral
system, and, secondly, on four alternative systems. There was widespread
confusion and clearly large numbers had difficulty in understanding
what was involved. It was not surprising, therefore, that some observers
felt that there could be a low turn out. (New Zealand does not have
Both the Government and Labour Opposition had indicated that they felt that the present first-past-the-post voting system should be sustained. 85 percent of those voting rejected this proposal. This vote was a massive rebuff to both the major parties. 70 percent of those who voted for change opted for an electoral system similar to that operating in Germany. Support for the Australian system of preferential voting was minimal. My own observations lead me to believe that relatively few of those supporting the German option understood its implications. But the option received the powerful support of all the smaller political groups, who dominated the propaganda battle, skillfully suggesting that minority groups would have a better chance of being represented. I found it significant that prominent Marxist strategists were backing the German option.
Relatively few voices were heard stressing that in the absence of some effective mechanism for controlling individual politicians, there is no guarantee that a change in electoral system automatically improves the position of the individual in relationship to the government. There is certainly no evidence that suggests that the German people have any more effective control of their governments than have New Zealanders.
The major political parties in New Zealand are united in their resistance to the growing concept of electors having the right, as in Switzerland, to veto the policies of their governments by demanding through petitions a binding referendum on their governments. This is the big issue now emerging from the grassroots in New Zealand.
The big protest last Saturday indicates that the mood of the people is moving towards a more ready acceptance of the concept of the Electors Veto. They are now faced with the opportunity at next year's general elections to insist that this concept be forced onto the ballot paper as a genuine electoral reform. I suggested before I left New Zealand that one of the most effective ways to do this would be by a massive write in at the elections. They must also send to Wellington a number of representatives, firmly pledged in writing, to work and vote for the introduction of the Electors' Veto. It can be predicted with absolute certainty that there are stirring times ahead in New Zealand as a growing electoral revolt gathers momentum.
BEHIND THE BOSNIA TRAGEDY
Brilliant South African born news analyst Ivor Benson has provided the answer to a question confusing many people: Why has Saddam Hussein been allowed to stay in power in Iraq and why do the Western powers seem unable to exert any influence against Serbia in the tragedy engulfing Bosnia? The answer concerns the rising tide of fundamentalism throughout the Islamic world, which the internationalists fear. Saddam Hussein was originally backed to restrain the threat of Islamic fundamentalism from Iran and is still needed to restrain the fundamentalist She'ites inside Iraq. Serbia's Slobodan Milosevic's "ethnic cleansing" programme is tolerated because it ensures that a Muslim dominated Bosnia does not emerge in the Balkans. The basic difference in the Balkans is not race or language - but religion. Islam is emerging as a major factor in the world drama.
BRITAIN AND THE "EUROPEAN MADNESS
WHAT IS "MAASTRICHT"?
THE EUROPEAN CURRENCY CRISIS
BRITAIN IS THE KEY
FROM 'BUSINESS AUSTRALIAN'September 18th 'Banks' Mystical Creative Power'
"According to your correspondent in London, in the article 'Battered Bankers Rethink the Business' (Business Australian, 25/8), 'For decades banks have attracted savings from individuals and lent them to cash hungry companies and benefited from the margin - a simple process that brought enormous profits'. "But according to the Federal Reserve Bank of the United States, banks differ from thrift institutions (building societies), credit unions, mutual savings banks and saving and loan associations. Unlike banks, these organisations take in savers' money and lend it out again. They loan out existing funds.
"Most people, including your correspondent, believe that commercial banks are money middlemen too. "This is not correct. "Banks do keep savings accounts, but they do not lend out the money from these accounts to borrowers. "When a customer comes into a commercial bank for the loan, the money he receives, when he signs the loan agreement, is money which the bank has created for him.
"Mr. R. Hawtrey, previously Assistant Under Secretary to the British Treasury, in his book "The Art of Central Banking" (writes): 'When a bank lends, it creates credit. Against the advance, which it enters amongst its assets, there is a deposit entered in its liabilities.' "But other lenders have not this mystical power of creating the means of payment out of nothing. "What they lend must be money they have acquired through their economic activities. "Lord Keynes, the economist, and wartime Governor of the Bank of England, states: 'There can be no doubt that all deposits are created by the banks.'" (John Horrocks, Seaforth, N.S.W.)
CANADIAN SUPREME COURT OVERTURNS ZUNDEL CONVICTION
from 'The Canadian Intelligence Service',
"The 7 judges were unanimous that Section 181 limits free speech, but 3 of them (Mr. Justice Peter Cory, Mr. Justice Frank Iacobucci, and Mr. Justice Charles Gonthier) dissented from the majority verdict overturning the Zundel conviction, arguing that the limit on free speech is justified by Parliament's objective of preventing social harm caused by the dissemination of 'false news'. "The 4 judges finding the 'false news' law unconstitutional were Madam Justice Beverley McLachlin, Madam Justice Claire L'Heureux-Dube, Mr. Justice John Sopinka and Mr. Justice Gerald LaForest.
"Our June 1988 Supplementary Section carried a report on the incredibly biased charge to the jury by Judge Ronald Thomas at Mr. Zundel's 1988 Toronto trial. It was, in our view, a demonstration of sophistry and non-sequiturs on such an outrageous scale as to itself amount to a classic example of 'false news'.
"It is significant to note that the Charter of
Rights, ostensibly designed to protect individual rights and freedoms,
has done no such thing. In fact, it has proved to be a handy instrument
for an attack upon individual rights and freedoms. "Surely we've noted
that it's only in this last decade, since the entrenchment of the Charter,
that our courts have been used by an aggressive special interest group
to waste countless millions of taxpayers' dollars harassing, prosecuting
and persecuting elderly citizens of European extraction for alleged
'crimes' committed half a century ago, under the stress and duress of
war and military occupation in distant war torn lands.
from New Zealand On Target, September
It was the Marxist strategist Lenin who said that one of the basic requirements for a completely socialised State was a centralised, State-controlled electricity grid, with all dependent on the one source for electric power. The monopolists claim that this leads to efficiency. In this sense 'efficiency' must mean that New Zealanders have no control over the cost they pay for electricity. If there is one fact shown by the recent electricity shortage crisis, it is that monopoly is not only not necessarily efficient, but when bad and short-sighted decisions are made by those controlling the monopoly, the effects will be very widespread.
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