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7 April 1995. Thought for the Week: "Journalism is a false picture of the world, thrown upon a lighted screen in a darkened room so that the real world is not seen and the unreal world is seen....We live under secret government, conducted by a secret process called Publicity."
G.K. Chesterton in G.K. Weekly, November 3rd, 1932.
WHO IS CONTROLLING AUSTRALIA?
by Eric D. Butler
With the warm approval of Bernie Fraser, the increases in interest rates were applied because, according to the mumbo-jumbo of the economic witchdoctors, the economy was dangerously "overheating", in fact "boiling". One of the major causes of the "overheating" was the building industry.
Commonsense Australians who have managed to escape the brainwashing of the various types of "economic experts" can only ask in some astonishment, "Was there any physical problem with building an increasing number of houses to meet the requirements of the Australian people?" No one suggested that there was a shortage of building materials, blocks of land on which to build, or a shortage of skilled tradesmen. But as one read through the welter of comment, it was clear that Mr. Bernie Fraser and other "experts" were haunted by the fear of something called inflation.
In spite of all rhetoric concerning the "controlling" of inflation, the truth is that it is mathematically impossible to eliminate inflation. All that can be achieved is a slowing of the rate of inflation by the type of restrictive financial policies, which Treasurer Paul Keating introduced as a prelude to "the depression we had to have".
It will be recalled that the Keating policy has the approval of the Reserve Bank and the economic "experts". The only criticism was that he should have applied the "medicine" earlier. Although it takes a strong stomach to read through what "experts" and the politicians of all shades have been saying, one can only conclude that the Opposition worships the same god of finance economic orthodoxy, as does Paul Keating. Last year Shadow Minister for Finance, Mr. Peter Costello, was advocating the same increase in interest rates as that imposed by Paul Keating. But no one should be surprised about all this, as it was Paul Keating who in the first Hawke Government tried vigorously to persuade the Labor Party to adopt the same type of consumption tax later advocated by John Hewson.
As the author of Social Credit, C.H. Douglas, first demonstrated 75 years ago, there is no way that the present finance economic system, based on a continuous debt expansion, can operate without inflation. Inflation can only be temporarily slowed down by depressing the economy. But as a group of Victorian farmers have recently stressed, their biggest problem is not even drought but a continuous rise in their financial costs.
When John Howard was Federal Treasurer
in the Fraser Government, he did exactly what Keating is now
attempting to curb inflation: he raised taxes and interest
rates repeatedly. So-called conservative governments in Victoria,
New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Germany have done exactly
the same. They all bow down before the same god of orthodoxy.
Irrespective of their labels, the Party politicians are all working for the same debt masters. And how is Bernie Fraser in the position where he has more power and influence than the elected representatives of the people? Does he keep his ears tuned to the "advice" coming from the International Monetary Fund? And what say, if any, have members of the Reserve Bank Board? In particular, could the Australian wage earner hear from Australian Council of Trade Unions representative Kelty? They will not, of course, hear from Mr. Kelty who has never once raised his voice against the demands of debt finance.
The first essential step for the survival of free Australia is that the banking system be re-regulated with the elected representatives of the Australian people making it clear to the Reserve Bank that it exists primarily to implement government policies. As pointed out in the famous 1939 Royal Commission report on banking, the Reserve Bank can make financial credit available free of interest and free of debt. Such credits could be made available to ease the financial burden on Australian primary producers, and to finance their various organisations such as the wheat board.
And, as so clearly outlined by N.S.W.
Councillor Bevan O'Regan in his videotape, Councils at the
Cross Roads, the Reserve Bank could be instructed to make
interest free credits to Local Government. Cr. O'Regan quotes
several economists who have managed to free themselves from
the mesmerism of financial orthodoxy.
CURBING THE FLOOD OF IMPORTS
The proposal by ex-Liberal Federal Minister
W.C. Wentworth that Australia should take direct action via
a surcharge on all imports, to start to correct its balance-of-payments
problems, has not been warmly received by the internationalists
and their minions. Controlling imports by taxing imports will
not, of course, solve Australia's basic finance economic problems,
but would be an improvement on what is happening now under
the "level playing field" philosophy, which in practise has
seen a drastic reduction of economic activities in Australia.
In spite of all the brave talk about Australia exporting its way out of its problems, during the first eight months of 1994-95, the current account deficit was running a massive 66 percent up on the same period last year. Imports were 14 percent up but exports had slowed to just over two percent. But Prime Minister Keating insists that the nation's trade debt did not matter "because it revealed confidence in Australia's economic prospects".
The reality is that Australia cannot claim to be a sovereign nation while it cannot pay for imports with sufficient exports. It became increasingly vulnerable to international factors over which it has no control. It could reach the "banana republic" status, which Mr. Keating once mentioned himself. At that stage the International Monetary Fund moves in to impose the type of policies, which have helped to destroy the former, Jugoslavia and which are now reducing the former Soviet Union to chaos and social disintegration.
The Wentworth proposal would curb the flood of imports and provide sufficient tax revenue to make it possible to reduce the level of direct taxation inside Australia. Before the economic rationalists started dictating Australia's economic policies, in order to fit Australia into the "New World Order", Federal Governments did on occasions take direct measures to prevent a drastic imbalance between imports and exports.
We claim no expertise in the field of medicine, but in view of the League's long-term opposition to the totalitarian policy of mass medication via fluoridation of public water supplies, we are interested in the current controversy concerning the possible relationship between Alzheimer's disease and aluminium. The late Sir Stanton Hicks, one of Australia's most eminent medical scientists, opposed fluoridation primarily on the grounds that it was both unscientific and totalitarian to treat people as a mass; that they must be treated as individuals, pointing out that, for example, some people are allergic even to beneficial drugs like penicillin. The use of fluoridated water for kidney dialysis had to be halted following many disasters. Now only pure water is used. Freedom of choice, linked to personal responsibility, is essential in a genuinely free society.
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When the real history of Nelson Mandela is written (if it ever is) he will be seen as a creature of forces greater than himself. In the international campaign to present him as a saintly figure, no reference is made to his first wife and three children, whom he deserted. Zionist Jews are playing an increasingly important role in the Mandela Government. Violence continues with many first hand observers predicting greater violence as the majority of the African people find that they have been hoodwinked with lavish pre-election promises.
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The changing nature of modern governments is demonstrated by the Victorian Kennett Government: a third of the Kennett Government are lawyers. An increasing number of modern Australian politicians in both the Liberal and Labor Parties are lawyers. With business becoming increasingly corporatised, lawyers and tax experts are seen as being essential. Zionist Jewish leader Mark Leibler has been invited to join the board of Coles Myer, by company chairman Mr. Solomon Lew. The press describes Mark Leibler as "leading communal lawyer and tax expert". Mark Leibler was an adviser to the Commonwealth on taxation.
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Arguments about whether bank charges
are excessive, an argument in which some of the Christian
Churches have become involved tend to mask the fact that the
banks have been granted a charter to create the bulk of the
nation's money supply in the form of financial credit. Only
the nation's real credit, its productive capacity, makes the
financial credit of any value. The major factor in modern
production is one of the cultural heritage, "know-how" applied
to natural resources. This cultural heritage belongs to the
people and the correct role of the banks is to provide the
people with a service, which will enable them to make full
use of it. It has been conservatively estimated that the banks
could provide this service at a reasonable profit, of less
than the equivalent of two percent.
BRIEF COMMENTSFederal National Party leader Tim Fischer is basically a decent man, but he has several blind spots. Like a devotee of the Flat Earth Society, he continues to maintain that banks do not create financial credit. It is no use quoting what bank spokesmen, and standard text books have to say, or to point to official statistics showing how the nation's total money supply is constantly being increased; Tim Fischer clings tight to the attitude, "My mind's made up, please don't try to confuse me with facts". And, according to the man who might well become Deputy Prime Minister, the creation of credit is a story dreamt up by the "extreme" League of Rights.
Speaking against the Keating government's hate legislation (Hansard, November 15th, 1994) Tim Fischer made the following absurd comment: "Members of this House will know that over the years I have been involved in many battles against what we call the Far Right, the League of Rights and other organisations from the extreme Right, some members of whom hold the sort of odious racist views that this bill is intended to address. From that experience I have come to know that these people do not think rationally about such issues. They interpret the actions of others, governments in particular, in terms of the twisted international conspiracies they imagine."
As far as we know, Tim Fischer has never met personally with any officials of the League of Rights. It would be interesting to hear about the "odious racist views" allegedly being promoted by the League. Tim Fischer should either put up or shut up about the League of Rights, and stop making a fool of himself in the eyes of responsible people.
THIS MESSAGE TO RACISTS IS STRANGEfrom The Australian, March 29th
"Colin Tatz and Tamsin Solomon (Race Hate Bill Will Staunch The Flow Of Words That Kill, The Australian, 22/2) are right to point out that words, like sticks and stones, can hurt. But the old saying to the contrary implies that we must be careful to distinguish between the hurt caused by words and the hurt caused by sticks and stones.
"Our law reflects this distinction and prohibits speech only where it is a threat to social order. The Government's proposed racial hatred bill takes restrictions on free speech much further and would prescribe speech, which merely offends, or insults and pure 'hate speech' - i.e. expression of racial hatred unaccompanied by threats or incitement to criminal activity. There is no evidence that speech of this kind in Australia in 1995 is a threat to social order. The racial hatred bill is therefore exceptional in our law by prescribing behaviour which is merely socially unacceptable. It lays down what Tatz and Solomon call 'a minimum standard for expected behaviour'.
The Victorian Council for Civil Liberties does not recognise that the State has a role for legislating for acceptable behaviour as against punishing conduct, which is actually harmful rather than merely offensive. Of course, where racial abuse is more than merely socially unacceptable and is accompanied by threats or incitement to criminal activity, then it should be prescribed - as it is under current criminal law. The existing law deals comprehensively and harshly with racially motivated crime. The case of van Tongeren in Western Australia illustrates this - he is serving a sentence for 18 years for a series of racially motivated crimes.
"Apart from prescribing hate speech and offensive and insulting racial taunts, a racial hatred bill would merely re-enact existing common law and statutory offences but add to them the element of racist motivation. Ironically, by adding this element, the Racial Hatred Bill would make it harder to secure a conviction than under existing law. Furthermore, the maximum sentence of two years jail is much lighter than sentences under existing State and Federal law. If the purpose of the legislation is to send a message to racists, then the message is a strange one.
"Finally, it is said that legislation of this kind is necessary to ensure the success of multiculturalism. But multiculturalism can only flourish in a society where basic rights and liberties such as free speech are entrenched. A law which undermines these rights and liberties ultimately undermines multiculturalism."
(R. Richter, Q.C., President, Victorian Council for Civil Liberties, Melbourne)
REPUBLIC LOSSfrom The Australian, March 29th
"The Canberra by-election showed how little support there is for a republic. The Australian Republican Party candidate came last of the seven candidates, with only 858 votes, and lost his deposit. The Liberal Candidate (who supports the present Constitution and system of government) got 33,000 more votes and won the seat.
"Canberra voters even preferred two other minor independent candidates to the Republican Party. Dr. Jerzy Gray-Grzeszkiewicz got twice as many votes - 1,778 - and Ms. Joanne Clarke received 1,915.
"Paul Keating's arrogance, interest rates and the Government's performance are the priorities in voters' minds, not his specious republican agenda."
(Alan Fitzgerald, Isaacs, A.C.T.)
HIDDEN AGENDA BEHIND REPUBLICAN PUSHfrom Sunday Telegraph (Sydney), April 2nd
"I have no objection to Stephen Loosley (S.T., 19/3) trying to sell his master's message about an Australian republic (even though it will be seen as dead in the water). "But please, let's stick to the truth.
"First inaccuracy: 'The debate on whether there is to be a republic is long past'. "Nonsense! I don't recall any amendment to the Constitution along these lines having been passed by a referendum.
"Second inaccuracy: 'In the closing paragraphs, it is stated that Sir John Kerr politicised his office.' "In fact, the reverse was the case. I understand that Kerr had A.L.P. sympathies until he moved to Yarralumla. "Because he was appointed by the Queen, he became apolitical, because she is.
"Loosley has let the cat out of the bag by saying that 'we need to avoid a repetition of that'. "Here we have a hidden agenda exposed as a political dirty trick. "By whatever means the mythical president may be selected, you can bet the people would have no say in defining his powers. "The reserve powers which enabled Kerr to use the democratic process would, under Keating's plan, be scrapped and the president would become a rubber stamp for the prime minister. "So, despite Loosley's inaccurate recording of history, he has done us all a favour by exposing the real reason for Keating's bid to change the Constitution. "It's a grab for power that would put the Prime Minister in an unassailable position. Not in this country, mate."
(L. Davies, Pymble, N.S.W.)
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