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1 July 1994. Thought for the Week: "Men know in their hearts, though few of them admit that the ordeal which began in 1914 is not over, but continues; it must continue until the ambition which has been pursued during these four decades succeeds or fails, until the Western nations are free agents or have been wholly enslaved, not through defeats in battle but by the alien conspirators at home to whom they have opened their gates."
Douglas Reed in Far and Wide
THE REAL ALEXANDER DOWNER EMERGES
by Eric D. Butler
Anyone who believes that Alexander Downer is his own man, and is going to provide a new independent type of leadership for the Liberal Party, is fooling himself, as witnessed by a revealing full page article on Alexander Downer in the June 24th issue of The Australian Jewish News, which quotes the Liberal leader in an exclusive interview with Australian Jewish News Canberra correspondent, Bernard Freedman. A subheading of the report reads, "Mr. Downer appears to be supportive on almost every issue of special interest to the Jewish community".
Alexander Downer comes out in favour of the proposed
anti-racial vilification legislation. He supports the concept of criminal
sanctions, although protesting that he does believe in free speech.
Alexander Downer finds the views of the Australian League of Rights
on "anti-Semitism and attitudes on race abhorrent". Downer does not
state what these views are. He says that he had some League of Rights
groups in his electorate "at one stage". But since re-distribution he
has not heard much from them.
One gets the impression that he is saying what he feels the Zionist-Jewish lobby wants to hear. Alexander Downer has, according to one media report, stated that he is not concerned about the possibility of Australia becoming a "Eurasian" nation. In his interview with The Jewish News he stresses that he is all for multiculturalism, making the misleading comment that his late father, Sir Alexander Downer, was the Minister for Immigration in the Menzies Government. But the immigration policy of the Menzies Government was completely different from that which the multiculturalists are attempting to implement. Non-British migrants were encouraged to become part of mainstream Australia. British migration was strongly encouraged.
It may interest Alexander Downer that my relations with him were friendly, that he read and appreciated my book, The Red Pattern of World Conquest, and that when visiting the United Kingdom to campaign against the proposed British entry into the European Economic Community, I found Sir Alexander Downer as Australian High Commissioner helpful. Needless to say, Alexander Downer "professes a great admiration for Israel", and told Bernard Freedman that "Some of my best friends are Jewish".
Just what are the real views of the new Federal leader I would not attempt to judge. But it is clear that as a "pragmatic" politician he is convinced that if he wishes to become Prime Minister, he must kowtow to the Zionist-Jewish lobby, which has emerged as one of the most influential groups in Australia. Predictions are always dangerous, but the election of a Downer Government, and its failure to solve the nation's basic problems, will help to trigger a fragmentation of the present party political structures.
BIDDING FOR THE FAMILY VOTE
New Federal Liberal leader Alexander Downer, the "pragmatic" politician, is making a bid for the family vote. He says he is "examining" ways to improve the family payment system. But much more than this is required. Mr. Tony Abbott, the new Liberal Member for Warringah, N.S.W., in his maiden speech in the Federal Parliament, was much more positive. He advocated a family wage, with the principle carer of children being paid a "substantial amount that acknowledges the real cost of raising children. He suggests $100 a week for the first child, and $30 a week for every further child."
While agreeing with the principle of Mr. Abbott's suggestion, we believe that a family wage should be higher. The benefits of such a wage would be enormous, socially and economically. It would encourage large numbers of working mothers to leave the work force to concentrate full time on looking after their children, making way for large numbers of the present unemployed. One result would be a reduction in juvenile delinquency with a big saving to the community. But instead of financing a "family wage" out of taxation, this hurting other sections of the community, it should be financed out of new financial credits, issued debt free. Such a policy would benefit the whole community, with greater social harmony.
LIVING WITH 'THE MARKET'
by David Thompson
Much has changed since Menzies and Fadden could determine the value of the currency, and directly influence interest rates in order to achieve political and economic initiatives. Once there was protracted debate concerning the value of the dollar, before an announcement was made that the Treasurer had revalued (or devalued) the currency by perhaps a fraction of a percentage point. Now, however, "the market" produces wild swings in currency values. It is not uncommon for the dollar to lose or gain one percent of its value overnight only for this to be reversed days later.CELEBRATED 'BACK-FLIP'
Those with longer political memories will recall that in 1982 the Shadow Treasurer, by the name of Keating, was adamant that the integrity of Australia's banking and financial industry should never be abandoned by surrendering national control of financial policy. Further, if elected, the A.L.P. would ensure that the "super-capitalists" in the shape of foreign banks, would never be permitted to lay waste the Australian economic landscape. This, however, was before the 1983 election, at which Mr. Fraser's Coalition was defeated. The new Treasurer Mr. Keating, soon embarked upon an international tour, to meet with Australia's financial creditors.
As Michelle Grattan reported at the time, upon his return only a matter of weeks later, Mr. Keating (and A.L.P. policy) had undergone one of the greatest "back-flips" in political history. Mr. Keating became an ardent 'de-regulator', and the following year he formally gave up sovereign control of the Australian economy to "the markets". It was not until several years later that Mr. Keating revealed the true purpose of his "back-flip". When addressing a Fabian Society meeting, he claimed that deregulation of the financial system has been essential in order to submit the Australian economy to the global market.
The now familiar chaos with interest rates, fluctuating bond markets, currency speculation, exchange rate variations, foreign investment, etc., simply mark the fact that Australia has become fully integrated with "the global market" as Mr. Keating and his international financial creditors intended in 1983. The few controls left to national treasurers consist of little more than an influence on interest rates, and the buying and selling of currency in an attempt to influence its value.
Last week the United States Federal Reserve Bank acted in concert with other reserve banks in other countries to buy massive volumes of United States dollars in order to prop up the value of the currency. They failed, and the Federal Reserve now proposes to increase interest rates in order to make the dollar more attractive to speculators. The seasoned columnist B .A. Santamaria, aware of this situation, has repeatedly warned of the domination of "markets" over governments. In his newspaper column last weekend, Santamaria summed it up with the comment: "The last word obviously lies not with the elected government, but with 'the markets'." The truth is that the small group of investment banks, who lend to multinational corporations and governments alike, now have a great deal more control over financial and economic conditions than treasurers.
Mr. Keating has brought his present frustrations upon himself, and in the process, has jeopardised the economic sovereignty of the nation. The only available alternative is to re-regulate some aspects of the financial system so that Australians control policy to their own advantage. Without such controls, it is impossible to provide an environment where, for example, families can plan to own their own property. If housing mortgage rates are determined from New York, or London, what is the point of Parliament meeting in Canberra? If interest rates for small business depend upon the activities of the bond market in Tokyo, or an army of avaricious currency speculators in darkened trading rooms around the world, no amount of political posturing by the likes of Keating (or Downer) has any relevance upon Australia's economic future.
ULTIMATE CULTURAL CRINGEThe celebrated reports of a conversation between Prime Minister Hawke and Mr. Keating, to be published in Mr. Hawke's forthcoming book, confirm the character of Mr. Keating. Most observers seem to believe Mr. Hawke's version of Mr. Keating's comments. His use of the crude and ugly phrase that Australia is the "arse end of the world" tells us nothing new about the man. But these comments further undermine the Prime Minister's pretence of "nationalism" in calling for a distinctly Australian Head of State and republican constitution. It simply confirms that Mr. Keating himself nurtures a yearning for European cultural pursuits, and that Australia is a temporary stage upon which to strut until he becomes bored with it all. It is sheer hypocrisy to accuse the monarchists of a form of cultural cringe in the desire to maintain a living, successful constitutional monarchy.
MULTICULTURAL PRESSURESAttorney General Lavarch has announced likely legislation to prohibit the genital mutilation of young girls in some Moslem traditions. This is now occurring in Australia with the influx of foreign cultures. The amazing richness of cultural diversity was once celebrated as the main benefit of multiculturalism, with taxpayer's funds liberally squandered on all sorts of ethnic cultural projects. But cultural diversity also means dealing with practices that are unacceptable even in a secular society like Australia. Naturally, the feminists are horrified by the practice of genital mutilation, which occurs in places like Africa, the Persian Gulf, India, Indonesia and Malaysia, and demand that it be prevented. Will a continuing stream of legislation be required to regulate other by-products of multiculturalism? Perhaps polygamy (multiple wives) will need to be dealt with? Such matters simply increase the social friction of racial and cultural pressures.
UNITED NATIONS LAYS DOWN THE LAW
by David Thompson
One journalist who is honest enough to admit the sinister nature of the U.N. conventions is Mr. Padraic McGuinness, who writes a column for The Australian. In the edition of June 24th, he writes: "The UN. report (condemning Australia) ... would be simply amusing if it did not reflect something more sinister ... At the time (of adopting the Convention) I like most people, saw nothing particularly wrong with this convention and assumed that it represented mainly good intentions. But of course, there is a U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child, and that body, like the Human Rights Committee of the UN., is now setting itself up as an undemocratic supranational legislature ... the point of the international convention is really about substituting the authority of government for that of the parent..."
Exactly. But now that the damage is done, what is required for Australia to withdraw from such insanity? Where does the Opposition, likely to be forming the next government, stand on the matter?
A CONSTITUTION BY AUSTRALIANS FOR AUSTRALIANS
from The Australian, June 20th
In La Nauze's study I specifically refer the Prime Minister to Chapter 3, Griffith's First Draft, and Chapter 17, The Framers of the Constitution. "In case his advisers prefer original authority to secondary sources, I can only recommend them to undertake the laborious task of reading the several volumes of the Official Records of the Convention Debates in the 1890s. "Were his advisers to consult these sources, then whatever else they may conclude, they could not possibly come to the view that 'Learning about the Constitution apprises people of the fact, that we've got a Constitution which was designed by the British Foreign Office to look over the Australian Government's shoulder'. "The simple fact is that the Australian Constitution was framed by Australians for Australians.
It is, of course, important to educate Australians about their Constitution. But it is profoundly important that those who would educate Australians must first educate themselves." (Rufus Davis, Emeritus Professor in Political Science, Monash University, Kew, Vie.)
From J.P. Parsons, Reid, A.C.T.
"The principal drafter was Samuel Griffith, who had lived in Australia since the age of nine. The other three members of the group, Kingston, Clark and Edmund Barton, were all native-born Australians. "All four would have been bemused if Mr. Keating had appeared on the deck of the yacht later that morning and derided their work as 'designed by the British Foreign Office'.
The more controversial aspects of the Constitution were hammered out in Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne in 1897 and 1898. "The British Colonial Office played no essential part in framing the Commonwealth Constitution, and the Foreign Office of course had nothing to do with the matter at all. "The document was drafted in Australia, by Australians, for Australians and on Australian initiative. It was voted for by Australians in referenda, and when the Colonial Secretary, Joseph Chamberlain, did try to insist in 1900 that the document be subject to legal interpretation in London, rather than by the High Court in Australia, his wishes were firmly and successfully resisted by Barton and others.
"It is a pity that the Prime Minister's Anglophobia has led him, yet again, to display his resentment of so much of the real history of this country, and to exact his revenge through a sneering travesty of what actually happened."
from The Australian, June 27th
RESPECTING ASIAN VALUESfrom The Australian, June 27th
On exchange of views between Mediawatch and Greg Sheridan's Editor-in-Chief on the subject of Mr. Sheridan's report of Indonesia (Letters, 2 1/6) I pass on this comment for what it's worth, told to me by an Indonesian acquaintance whose pedigree goes back a tad beyond the Majapajit Empire.
"We like Greg, he is so respectful of Asian values. "In the interests of harmonious Asian values, I forbore to point out that truth in reporting, not respect, should be a reporter's tour de force. "As an Asian-Australian, I, too, respect Asian values. But I also recognise other, less admirable, cultural traits and modes of conduct which I would deplore becoming part of the Australian way of life. "It is a reporter's obligation to readers to throw light in dark corners. "Want to borrow a candle Greg." (C. Faulk, Mawson, A.C.T.)
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