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8 December 1995. Thought for the Week: "Graeme Campbell is a victim of multiculturalism - the intolerance that cunningly masquerades as tolerance."
Terry Lane, Sunday Age (Melbourne), December 3rd
THE GRAEME CAMPBELL EXPLOSION
by Eric D. Butler:
However, a close examination of Campbell's statements indicates that as yet it is far from certain that Campbell will, in fact, run as an Independent for Kalgoorlie. As a skilled grassroots politician he must be well aware that, assuming he were re-elected, his scope for effective national action would be limited as a private Member in a Parliament which he anticipates will see a John Howard Government. It can, however, be safely assumed that irrespective of whether he stays with the House of Representatives, or moves to the Senate, he has a national strategy planned. One thing is certain: he has dramatically changed the course of Australian politics.
No mature political observer denies the potent Zionist factor in Australian politics in recent years. For many years the Zionist propaganda machine has conducted a persistent campaign against the League of Rights, attempting to act whenever they feared the growth of League influence. It was Zionist influence, which prevented the Hawke Government from granting a visa to the British historian David Irving. It was Zionist influence, which was responsible for the threats, and ugly demonstrations, which prevented the showing in a number of centres of David Irving's video film, The Search for Truth in History. The Zionists were the driving force behind the campaign to have war crime trials conducted. They also exerted every possible influence to have the Race Hatred legislation passed.
When the news was announced in 1993 that Graeme Campbell had agreed to appear on a League of Rights platform, the Zionist machine went into immediate action with attempts to intimidate Campbell. Instead of retreating as many politicians have, Campbell went on the attack. From then on he was a marked man.
It was when he appeared once again on a League platform, at this year's Queensland State Seminar, along with Denis McCormack of the Australians Against Further Immigration Party, that the Zionist campaign against Campbell really exploded. Zionist leaders demanded that the A.L.P. expel Campbell. But the problem was could the A.L.P. afford such a drastic move in the run up to a Federal Election? It was Campbell alone who had won Kalgoorlie for Labor and then built it into one of the safest Labor electorates in Australia. Sacking Campbell could mean the loss of a vital seat.
Keating's hand was forced when maintaining his firm support for the Australians Against Further Immigration; Campbell appeared on the A.A.F.I. platform at what was described as a launch of the Party's Federal election campaign in Sydney. Campbell followed up with a scathing attack on the current immigration policy and multiculturalism in the Federal Parliament. It was at this stage that the Zionist hit men moved in and Keating obviously felt he had no other option than to call for Campbell's expulsion.
It is instructive to look at the reaction of all the well-known Zionist front men. Gerard Henderson of The Age and Sydney Morning Herald. League watcher David Greason raised the alarm concerning the possibility of Campbell and others obtaining a foothold in the Senate. The Age editorial of last Friday applauded the expulsion of Campbell, once again stressing his association with the League of Rights. The political commentators had a field day last weekend, scribbling away. A classic but not surprising article by the foreign editor of The Australian, Greg Sheridan, appeared in The Weekend Australian, December 2nd-3rd. The article was smugly entitled A.L.P. MOVE AN ACT OF DECENCY
Sheridan's view was that Campbell should have been removed five years earlier. Campbell's crime was that he had associated with the "odious, fringe dwellers", Australians Against Further Immigration and the "anti-Semitic", Racist League of Rights. But the central point made by Sheridan was that Campbell was challenging the policy of non-discrimination against Asians and Aborigines. Sheridan conveniently overlooks the fact that Campbell has widespread support among his Aboriginal electors and support from some Asian leaders.
As yet Campbell has not clearly defined his strategy for the future. But it is certain that the events of last week have dramatically changed the face of Australian politics. An historical development of the most far-reaching significance has taken place. The League of Rights is poised to play a major role in the unfolding drama.
Since Eric Butler wrote the foregoing assessment of the Campbell factor in Australian politics, Campbell has indicated the type of strategy he is going to pursue. Along with other commentators, we have reservations about the wisdom of attempting to get himself re-elected in Kalgoorlie. As former Democrat leader Don Chipp points out, to be completely certain of winning, he must poll at least 50 percent plus to be certain. If he has to rely on preferences, he would be struggling. It is difficult to visualise the Liberal and National Parties giving him their preferences in the present climate.
Campbell's strategy of concentrating on support for Senate candidates who support him is sound. We have persistently said that the future of Australia depends upon the Senate. It may prove, of course, that Graeme Campbell, a man well known for his deep sense of loyalty, could take sufficient of the Labor vote in Kalgoorlie to perform a political miracle. Perhaps Graeme Campbell's theme song for the elections should be Scotland the Brave. No one can dispute Graeme Campbell's courage.
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It is not surprising that John Howard
continues to slip in the polls concerning the electors' perception
of leadership qualities. John Howard continues to try to be
all things to all men. We do not belong to that school of
political thought which says that it is certain that the Coalition
will win the Federal elections, as long as John Howard maintains
his present bland approach and presents few concrete policies.
John Howard continues to urge Australians to trust him and
the Coalition. All the evidence indicates that the majority
of Australian people at present have no real faith in any
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Once again The Democrats have demonstrated that while they want to ensure that the system of Proportional Representation remains, purely for reasons of political survival, they want to seriously weaken the constitutional power of the Senate to stall or block Supply. John Howard has said that a Howard Coalition Government would never block Supply. In effect this means that a government could pursue whatever draconian policy it liked without any check. To their credit, the Greens, who played a vital role in preventing the imposition of the Zionist inspired hate bill, state that they reserve the right to block Supply in "exceptional circumstances". The Coalition is divided on the question. The safest policy for responsible electors is to vote against all the major political parties at the next Federal Elections, particularly in the Senate.
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Statements by Dame Leonie Kramer suggest
that she would make an admirable Senator. In a major address
the Chancellor of The University of Sydney has said that a
debate on the Republican issue is not a top priority at the
present time. She referred to a "deceptive ideological vocabulary"
of contemporary Australia, including the idea that certain
groups need to be "empowered". This was an affront to the
Australian character and a threat to democratic freedoms.
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A few of the more discerning political
commentators have come to the same conclusion that we came
to some time ago: That Prime Minister Paul Keating and Jeff
Kennett needed each other. One commentator asks, "Why should
Kennett want a Liberal Prime Minister - particularly when
it's Howard - when he can do business with Keating" (Paul
Daley in The Sunday Age, December 3rd).
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Premier Kennett has suddenly discovered that the privatisation of Melbourne's water supply might not be such a good idea. But re-elect him with a big majority and he will then claim to have a "mandate" to privatise.
COUNCIL: THE REAL BOTTOM LINEfrom The Age (Melbourne), 29/11
"Roger Hallam's (State Minister for Local Government Victoria .... O.T.) rose-spectacled picture of council amalgamations (28/11) cannot be allowed to go unanswered, for it conveniently overlooks the traumatic effects inflicted on community life and values. "Most residents, here in the former Camberwell municipality, would be oblivious to any change other than in name and, although Hawthorn and Kew residents may not share the same feeling, we still have our Civic Centre with all its departments and functions.
"It is in places like South Melbourne that amalgamation has had devastating consequences. Here was a vibrant community with a deep civic pride in its heritage and with a strong community spirit that was centred around their magnificent Town Hall - a home to most of their activities with its library, health centre, social services department, etc.
"To avail themselves of similar services, residents must now travel by peak-hour-only bus to the uninspiring, purely functional St.Kilda Town Hall. The long established relationships with their Town Hall staff have now gone, as has the atmosphere that spoke with dignity of its past, for South Melbourne, known initially as Emerald Hill, was one of Melbourne's first municipalities.
"The grandeur of South Melbourne is now dead and it has become a city without a soul. Its residents are more disillusioned than angry and the feeling of 'belonging' has disappeared. They no longer have a local mayor to preside over their functions and to mould them into a meaningful society eager to contribute to the well being of their local community; but instead an appointed 'foreign' commissioner, who can in no way be expected to appreciate their feelings and concerns. In short, the effect on the community has been devastating.
"This feeling of belonging also encompassed the business houses of South Melbourne, who, partly because of this, solidly supported the South Melbourne Community Chest for the past 50 years, during which period hundreds of thousands of dollars were raised for various charities.
"A very amicable relationship existed between the Community Chest and the South Melbourne Town Hall staff and councillors to their mutual advantage. Somehow, the 'City of Port Philip' does not seem to imbue the same sort of feeling amongst the business community, resulting in a dramatic falling off in donations. 'No, Mr. Hallam, you have destroyed something of inestimable value in our community; intangibles of far greater worth than the few dollars that will be saved in reduced rates. 'The bottom line is that, statewide, amalgamation has resulted in our unemployed being increased by 10,000 persons.
"Few will disagree that some amalgamations were necessary and that there was a need for elimination of duplication and a rationalisation of services, but surely these could have been achieved through normal accepted democratic processes.
"Democracy works best at local council level, but you have deprived ratepayers of their normal rights, without consultation and without any feelings of compassion or even a willingness to listen to their points of view."
(Kenneth Craven, North Balwyn, Victoria)
SHARING WISE WORDS
From U.K.S.A. Newsletter, Yule 1995
The Letter begins: "As you know, we
are often told by Republican apologists that the Australian
republic is 'inevitable'. We certainly do not accept that
anymore than the inevitability of the British and their descendants
being put down and denigrated without a fight-back! I will
enclose a copy of Lord Trevor-Roper's thoughts about 'inevitabilism'.
He has probably since regretted coining such a tongue twisting
word. I certainly agree with his thinking though. I hope it
will interest you all if you have not seen it before."
The extract from Lord Trevor-Roper's
Historical Imagination follows
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