A CALL FROM OUR KIN
A letter to the Editor, The Age, May 25
from Constance M. Savage Park Farm Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey,
Sir, - I appeal to Australians to help us in Britain to defeat the most
appalling attempt to betray us which has yet occurred in our history
- the determined efforts of certain politicians of both the Left and
the Right, to thrust us into the European Common Market.
The results, which would flow from a signing of the Treaty of Rome,
are so alarming that one can only conclude that those of our leaders
who are engineering this move are being bribed or threatened to get
If we join the misnamed Common market (which
is really a political set-up which, once in, there is no retreat,) we
should be exchanging our Common Law, the bulwark of our liberties for
centuries, for Roman law, on which many tyrannical dictatorships have
been built. We should lose every vestige of independence, having our
laws framed for us by nine alien civil servants in Brussels - laws,
which we did not make and could not alter. We could, no longer, either
declare war or bring it to an end.
Our Queen's status would be reduced to that of a cipher, and our Parliament
to a mere rubber stamp.
The whole thing is monstrous, and in a more virile age the architects
of such betrayal would have paid for it with their lives.
I dare say Australians have been brainwashed,
as also the rest of the world into believing that the British people
want to join Europe. This is simply not true. Our kinsman "down under"
matter to us, and it is heartbreaking to watch out leaders framing and
carrying out policies which have the effect of driving a wedge between
us and you - as for instance, not only this shameful Common Market,
which would oblige us to put up tariff barriers against your produce,
whilst goods from former enemy countries flooded into Britain duty free.
There is also the shameful withdrawal of troops east of Suez. It is
a betrayal of all that you and we have suffered and fought for during
the past 60 years.
You may wonder why we have not been more vocal
in our condemnation of the Common Market, but the fact is that the British
have been fed on alien propaganda designed to lull them into a false
sense of security. It is unthinkable that the bonds between us should
be severed by a handful of defeatist politicians.
I appeal to you, the sons and daughters of the
Anzacs, to come to our help in this desperate moment in our history,
The British people should be allowed to decide their own destiny through
the means of a referendum. This, the politicians are straining every
nerve to prevent.
Your Prime Minister (Mr. Holt) will be coming to Britain next month.
I hope he will tell the British people publicly what our own leaders
will not do - exactly what the results of signing the Treaty of Rome
will mean, and that he will ask, in Australia's interests as well as
in our own and those of New Zealand, to demand that a referendum be
With the world in a state of chaos, there is
need for the British nations to draw together to give a lead for righteousness,
justice and peace.
(End of letter.)
We agree with the writer. Australians have a
responsibility to help those Britons who seek to retain their parliamentary,
judicial, individual, political and economic rights. Without them their
freedom will be snuffed out.
MOUNTING WALLACE CAMPAIGN IN U.S.A.
Eric D. Butler reporting from America
"During the week before last I made a second
visit to the U.S.A. on my current tour for the purpose of meeting with
patriotic leaders and groups, addressing one meeting, and of further
investigating the situation in America concerning the Vietnam and Rhodesian
issues. American patriots are making a valiant effort to stimulate support
for complete victory in Vietnam in the face of a type of unwritten policy,
which prevents the manifestation of any real national patriotic fervour.
If this patriotic fervour could only be expressed, there is little doubt
that the present no-win policy in Vietnam would be swept aside and American
military leaders permitted to do what they know should be done.
In press, radio and TV interviews I have expressed
the opinion that the American fighting men in Vietnam are doing a splendid
job under the most frustrating conditions. Americans are certainly appreciative
to hear that Australians are standing with them on the Vietnam issue.
Since I last reported from America ex -Governor George Wallace of Alabama
continues to confirm prediction that he will cause a major political
upset in next year's Presidential contest. Wallace may well be the catalyst,
which will coalesce the many deep feelings of frustration amongst different
sections of the American people. He spoke in Pittsburg just before I
spoke here on May 9, and in spite of a type of official boycott, made
a tremendous impact on a record audience.
He declined to criticize the John Birch Society.
He has refused to criticize any anti-communist group, stating that 'any
individual or group who wants to support me has a perfect right to do
so.' He has observed that 'Lyndon Johnson was supported by the Communist
Party in this country in 1964 and his civil rights programme was supported
by the Communist Daily Worker.'
But this did not make President Johnson a Communist.
Wallace has said that there is a national
campaign to smear him as a bigot.
Wallace shook his enemies badly in Virginia the
week before last when political history was made with a turn-out of
10, 000 people to cheer Wallace wildly as he said that helping the nation's
enemies under the guise of academic freedom was 'pure and simple treason',
and that he would lose no time in giving notice to Moscow and Peking
that America was going to take the necessary military steps to win in
Vietnam in the shortest possible time.
A couple of well-dressed Negroes at the Virginia rally were asked by
the press, 'Are you for Wallace? You think he's pretty good, to which
one Negro replied, 'Man he's not good, he's the greatest.'
Wallace is appealing to all sections of the community.
Any more race riots during this summer will enhance his prospects.
Some American conservatives are criticising Wallace
because they claim he is a 'populist' and not a true conservative, that
he is going along with the Welfare State. I personally would not support
some of Wallace's domestic policies, but he does stand for State rights
and the Federal Constitution, while his foreign policy is toughly anti-Communist.
Politics is the art of the possible, and Wallace
obviously is an expert political operator who knows that in the present
situation he has got to seek issues on which he can expect to get the
maximum support. If Wallace can continue to gain support for his programme,
then this obviously must have a marked influence on next year's Congressional
Elections. Wallace may lose the Presidential contest and yet be responsible
for the election of a Congress much more conservative and anti-Communist
than the present one.
As I write he continues his successful
invasion of the Northern States.
On May 9 in Pittsburg I addressed the largest
and most enthusiastic meeting for many years, when nearly 800 people
gave me a prolonged standing ovation at the end of an address in which
I said the English-speaking peoples of the world had to stand together
and take the offensive against international Communism. One of those
who stood in this large audience and applauded was General Edwin Walker,
the man whom Lee Harvey Oswald attempted to shoot. During a number of
personal conversations with General Walker I learned a great deal of
'inside' information concerning the assassination of President John
Kennedy, who was undoubtedly sacrificed to halt the upsurge of the anti-Communist
movement in the U.S.A. I hope to report on this in some detail in the
DID YOU SEE?
The hub of the referendum question on the Aboriginals
provided in the comment by The Age political columnist, Bruce
Grant on May 26.
"In addition the Commonwealth because of foreign policy considerations,
is more sensitive than the States to the kind of international opinion
which is favourable to Aboriginal advancement."
Comment: Mr. Grant follows "the kind of international opinion" lauded
by his mentor at the Melbourne University. Professor McMahon Ball or
by his fellow scribe in international affairs Walter Lippman. Another
voice sounded a warning on this question, which was by far the more
important of the two at last week's referendum. This was Mr. Lewis the
Minister for Native Welfare in Western Australia. "It is possible that
international pressure might force the Commonwealth to take measures
which would be unpopular within States and could affect State services,"
Sunday Times May 14, (our emphasis)
The well-known Communist, Frank Hardy pressed
into service by The Australian May 23 with a 7 column, one third
of a page story The Aboriginal Breakout.
Comment: Bruce Grant entitled his article Shoulder to the Wheel. It
is most noticeable that most of the shoving came from the strange assortment
ranging from liberal socialists to communists, but not one commentator
found this phenomenon of interest.
Courier Mail, Brisbane report, May 17
South Africa has issued schoolbooks stating the World Council of Churches
is infiltrated with Communists.
Comment: The realism of the South Africans is refreshing. It would be
interpreted as prejudice in Australia, instead of determination to preserve
freedom into the future, which is what the South Africans are doing.
Report from American Electrical World May 17,
indicating the Americans have been thrown into a complete flap with
an application from the U.S.S.R. to bid for the supply of 600-Mw hydro
turbines and generators for Grand Coulee Dam in the U.S.A.
Comment: The "Building bridges to the East" policy of the Johnson administration
would appear to be backfiring with a vengeance. It was under the Roosevelt
administration that the U.S.A. sent engineers to design and help build
early generating plants in the U.S.S.R. Are the Communists now returning
the favour and at the same rime rubbing the noses of America's socialist
administration in the dirt?
Dr. Knox, the newly appointed Roman Catholic
Archbishop of Melbourne deprecates emerging racial discrimination in
India where he served for many years. Clergymen from Commonwealth countries
must now register with the police and entrance visas will be necessary.
How can I, or anybody explain to the people of Australia that this is
not discriminatory? Asked the Archbishop.
Comment: How indeed! An interesting aspect is that Christian missionaries
are running into increasing difficulties in Eastern countries. As the
image of the West declines with the acceptance of materialist dogmas
within our own borders, bringing resultant breakdowns, our Christianity
is being judged as suspect, if not worthless.