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15 November 1996. Thought for the Week: "There is no surer indication of misdirection in the affairs of any country than a continuous rise in the cost of living which includes the involuntary losses of the individual in taxes, rates and extortions, as well as his direct expenditure. The idea that high taxation prevents inflation is ignorance or worse."
C.H. Douglas, 1946
THE BREAKDOWN OF THE EMPLOYMENT SYSTEM AND INFLATION
by Eric D. Butler
Early in October the message coming from the Reserve Bank was that there were no interest rate cuts in sight, one of the problems being that the "experts" at the Reserve Bank were concerned about "excessive" wage rises. The only evidence of "excessive" wage and salary increases is to be found by studying the astronomical increases which the directors of the multi-nationals are awarding themselves. As in Britain, the directors of privatised corporations are merely contributing to an international picture of the gap between the rich and the poor growing ever wider.
However, it is not the huge salaries, plus perks, which the monopolists everywhere (including the new Russia) are awarding themselves, which is the basic cause of the deepening crisis. The basic cause is the attempt to operate a finance economic system, which is basically flawed. It is flawed because the undergirding philosophy is completely false. Over 2,000 years ago it was clearly stated that the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.
To the extent that the basic Christian philosophy helped fashion the growth of Western Civilisation, political, constitutional and economic developments reflected the concept of systems serving the individual. If it is accepted that the true purpose of economic activity, production, is consumption, then every new labour-saving device should be seen as a means of providing required production with the expenditure of less human energy. The policy of "full employment", which turns means into ends, inevitably results of growing financial debt under the financial rules governing the attempt to achieve this objective, along with continuous monetary inflation.
It is now over 70 years since the author of Social Credit, C.H. Douglas, demonstrated that attempts to maintain a system of "full employment" must lead from one disaster to the next. Continuous inflation is mathematically certain under orthodox finance economic policies. When Paul Keating spoke of "the depression we had to have", he was merely echoing the views of his financial "advisers". Their view was that the economy was becoming "overheated" - remember the alarm about the "building boom"? - and that higher interest rates were the only way to deal with the situation. The result was a slowing of the economy - which then became "sluggish". Pages of the media financial columns were filled with speculation about when the "experts" judged it would be safe to reduce interest rates in an attempt to stimulate the economy.
A new version of Alice in Wonderland would be necessary to deal with all the comments and speculation concerning interest rates over the past few months. No where was there more contradictory and hilarious comment than in the U.S.A., where right up until the election Federal Reserve Governor Greenspan insisted in the face of widespread business pressure for an interest rate reduction, on keeping the rate steady. Australia's Treasurer Peter Costello got himself into trouble by revealing prematurely to the whole world what was the thinking of the Governor of the most influential central bank in the world! But eventually the Australian Reserve Bank, faced with high unemployment, decided that it was "safe" to fractionally reduce interest rates.
The Howard Government has immediately started to paint a glowing picture of the future. But Premier Jeff Kennett warned that the Reserve Bank's easing of interest rates was too small to provide the stimulus necessary for sufficient economic growth to affect the high unemployment figures. Senator Vanstone waxed eloquent, stating, "Coupled with the good news of an interest rate reduction, which will be good news for home buyers and small business, we think the signs are on the horizon for improvement."
While the small reduction in the interest
rates will provide a little relief for home owners, and may
encourage some increase in investments, it can be predicted
with certainty that following the coming Christmas holidays
unemployment will still be at a high level. Prime Minister
John Howard admits that unemployment was still "too high"
but, like a good party man, then blamed the Labor Government
for having been responsible. Clearly he is relying upon his
new Employment Committee, which includes the Government's
senior economics minister to provide some relief.
There is talk of "reforming" the taxation system. When analysed this talk is generally directed towards softening up the Australian people to accept the "inevitability" of some form of G.S.T. The G.S.T. is the International Monetary Fund's ideal type of taxation; it ensures that no one can escape the taxation net. Comments by John Howard and his senior Ministers indicate that there are signs of some uneasiness about the future. The central theme is that if the much publicised industrial reforms are set in place, this will result in substantial cost savings, these in turn leading to greater economic expansion and consequently a reduction in unemployment. Obviously John Howard and his friends have not studied what has happened in the U.S.A., where wage costs have been pushed down without any of the results John Howard and his colleagues envisage.
All the policies being attempted can only benefit, temporarily, one section of the community at the expense of others. Any reduction in interest rates has a detrimental effect on those who have invested their savings. Financial "experts" are coming forward to offer their services to those affected. Real estate agents are making the best of the situation while it lasts. But, overall, Australia continues on the same disaster road it was following under the Keating and Hawke Governments.
The seeds of social unrest continue to grow. Pauline Hanson's statement that Australia could finish with a civil war have been dismissed as manifestations of paranoia. But one of the authors of the whole deregulation campaign, Mr. Fred Argy, is now warning about the shape of things to come. He also warns of major social dislocations, he says it is time "to stop and rethink" before going any further down a disaster road.
'NOT OF GOOD CHARACTER'
by David Thompson
The truth is that Irving has been hounded out of a number of countries not because of his "character", or because he is a thief, a murderer, a terrorist, takes drugs, or indulges in sexual immorality. Irving has been hounded because some people dislike his views. Since his critics have no answer to those views, they have mounted an international campaign to destroy the man. In Australia, those who dislike Irving's views most intensely - the Jewish lobby - have identified themselves, and long ago claimed the "credit" for lobbying former Immigration Ministers to keep Irving out. If he cannot be denied a visa because of what he thinks, then other excuses have been found.
THE HYPOCRISY OF JOHN HOWARD
It is true that those who know Irving well, as I do, would agree that he has character flaws. But any honest person would be forced to admit that we all have character flaws. Much as we love them, so do our parents, or our children suffer from flaws of character. It may be pride, vanity, hypocrisy, laziness, insensitivity, rudeness, drunkenness, etc. Perhaps Irving suffers from some of these, but so do those who have excluded him. The Prime Minister, himself now struggles to defend himself against charges of hypocrisy, having declared that the "pall of censorship has now been lifted", only to descend again very quickly when David Irving appears.
Mr. Howard is on record as claiming that the Irving decision does not repudiate his "free speech" commitment. "This has nothing to do with free speech. He's got a criminal record. Anybody with a criminal record is routinely rejected" Is this true? The comparison with the fanfare with which Nelson Mandela was welcomed to Australia is instructive. Here is a man with a serious criminal record. The leader of a terrorist organisation, caught in the act of plotting sabotage, Mandela was imprisoned for 28 years. He has never renounced violence, and has never expressed a single regret of which we are aware for his conduct. But Nelson Mandela was welcomed with open arms.
Is Mr. Howard seriously asking us to believe that the steady stream of rock stars and actors who parade through Australia from time to time have never had a conviction for drug abuse? Is "defaming the memory of the dead" more serious than indicating to our children by example that taking drugs, abusing alcohol and smashing up hotel rooms is acceptable? Alongside such behaviour, Irving is a paragon of virtue.
Mr. Howard and his Minister, Ruddock, might also like to consider the case of the conference in Malaysia, at which the plight of the East Timorese was to be discussed, and the anniversary of the Dili massacre at the hands of Indonesian troops observed. Many foreign delegates attending were arrested, and deported, including nine Australians. Would an arrest and consequent expulsion of one of those delegates be sufficient to brand them forever as being "not of good character" by the Australian Government? Why were they arrested and deported? Because they insisted upon freedom of association and freedom of speech! As has David Irving.
IS THIS THE END OF IRVING?
The truth is that many of those who pontificate about David Irving would also fail similar tests of "good character". For example, is Senator Bob Brown, an admitted homosexual, "of good character"? Over the years, various Parliaments at State and Federal level have included homosexual members. Mr. Paul O'Grady, M.L.C. in N.S.W, died of AIDS only a few years ago. The morals and the standards of many of those working in the media would not bear close scrutiny, and yet they are quick to condemn Irving, and place him in the same category as Sinn Fein leader, Gerry Adams, leader of the Provisional Wing of the murderous I.R.A. It is a form of hypocrisy and humbug that cannot be permanently sustained.
In the end, no amount of mealy-mouthed obfuscation by Mr. Howard, Ruddock, etc., can disguise the fact that if a choice must be made between appeasing the Jewish lobby or appeasing David Irving, the Jewish lobby will prevail. Does Irving donate to Liberal Party campaign funds? No, he does not. Mr. Howard knows upon which side his political bread is buttered, and true to his own personal record over the last five years, John Howard will trade a principle for political advantage any time.
As for Irving, he is almost certain to resort to the courts yet again. He may even bring an action against Mr. Howard for libel, which would create tremendous interest. Either way, David Irving is not going away, and nor are his books. And John Howard will find that Irving is almost as much of a menace firing faxes from London, as he would be appearing in Sydney.
DOES HANSON FRIGHTEN THE TOURISTS?
Rather than deal with the issues raised by Pauline Hanson, particularly that thorniest of all issues - the Asianisation of Australia - her critics are attempting to silence her on other grounds. Much is made of the suggestion that unless Hanson shuts up, tourists will stop coming from Asia. The head of the Tourism Taskforce, Mr. John Brown, claims that there has already been "massive" cancellations by Asian tour groups. It has been suggested that the Commonwealth Government inject $25 million into boosting Australia as a friendly destination for Asians to counter the problem. However, the managing director of the Inbound Tourist Organisation of Australia (I.T.O.A.), Mr. Len Taylor, said John Brown had no figures to support his claim. "My information is that there have been no major cancellations," said Mr. Taylor. "Up until Wednesday afternoon, there were no major cancellations and they're just as busy as they would expect for this time of year."
If the Asian tourist tide is beginning
to ebb, it may well have nothing to do with Pauline Hanson,
or the Australian attitude to Asians. It may have more to
do with the Australian crime rate. Last weekend an Indonesian
student was alleged to have fired a handgun at British tourists
in Sydney, injuring one. The head of Tourism Council of Australia,
Mr. Bruce Baird, warns that such attacks do jeopardise our
tourist "image" abroad. There is increasing evidence that
much of the street violence in Sydney is generated by warfare
between ethnic gangs, whether Vietnamese, Indonesian, Laotian,
What is impossible to assess, is how deeply the development of multiculturalism has impacted on the crime rates. As a matter of policy, the press is now reluctant to report the racial or ethnic backgrounds of those involved in crime. For example, it was only a question to the Prime Minister by Pauline Hanson in Parliament that highlighted the suggestion that those responsible for attacking the Singaporean troops in Queensland may have been Aborigines. In other cases, street crime in Sydney is often the result of conflict between Asian gangs. It could well be that it is the policy of multiculturalism itself which contributes to the violence that may inhibit tourism.
'HANSON RATES A WORD OF THANKS'
In a feature article in the Sunday Herald Sun of November 10th, veteran journalist of the "old school", Michael Barnard, makes a valuable and thought provoking contribution to the current national discussions concerning immigration and associated subjects. Many will recall Michael Barnard's sane and commonsense articles in The Age, Melbourne, before it became even more liberal than it is now.
Michael Barnard opens his article with
the comment that, "One way or another Pauline Hanson has done
Australia a favour. Either she has given us a stark and necessary
reminder that a deep reservoir of racism exists in the community
That is if- and only if the spate of 'racist' incidents reported
in recent weeks checks out in all cases as genuinely and truly
racially inspired - which I doubt. Or she has shown how over-sensitive
we have become through prolonged encouragement of people to
cry foul against others at almost every turn.
Michael Barnard comments on the spectacle
of a Church leader - an archbishop no less - calling on the
Prime Minister to undertake what was once regarded as the
special role of the Churches - to give "moral leadership".
Michael Barnard recalls what happened to John Howard and Professor
Geoffrey Blainey when they raised the issue of immigration
in the 1980s. He says the so-called debate on "racism" has
been a "farce", quoting Senator Bill O'Chee's claim that "in
hundreds of schools throughout the country young Australians
watch the clock in fear as the minute-hand ticks closer to
Michael Barnard observes that Asian leaders must be laughing about how Pauline Hanson has allegedly upset trade and tourism, commenting, "Most of them run a much tighter ship than we do. They know that, comparatively, we have little of which to be ashamed. Most probably remember Australia taking boat people when other countries were pushing them away."
Michael Barnard concludes by saying, "Ms. Hanson has every right to question immigration levels. She has every right to be quoted correctly. For too much media coverage has been sloppy and sensationalising." Those genuinely interested in reading what Pauline Hanson actually said in her famous "maiden" speech should read it for themselves.
THE PROGRAMME TO ASIANISE AUSTRALIA
The following from Federal "Hansard" of October 23rd
Mr. CAMPBELL (Kalgoorlie) (10.29 p.m.)
- I ask every member of this House to read Denis McCormack's
research paper, which was presented under Victorian police
protection to the 20th anniversary conference of the prestigious
Asian Studies Association of Australia at the LaTrobe University,
Melbourne, on 10 July 1996. His paper was entitled "The grand
plan: Asianisation of Australia - race, place and power".
It was incidentally the same day that Mr. Ted Drane, the sporting
shooter, was firing blanks at Denis and A.A.F.I. during his
nationally televised Press Club address. The Press Club would
learn a lot more from Denis than they did from Ted, which
is why the media so fear his research, the obvious influence
and political activism of Denis.
Here is the most concrete of abstracts:
Quoting only mainstream press/academic sources, this paper
makes the case that a long-range 'grand plan' was nurtured
by elites for the Asianisation of Australia. Analysis of the
process, together with some of its prominent players, has
never before been drawn together for chronological exposition.
The diggers, the founders of the Labor Movement, the fathers
of Federation, Furphy Lawson and Patterson, along with countless
other true-blue Australians, from their day to ours, warned
about the future swamping, dispossession and eventual disappearance
of all things traditionally Australian should mass Asian immigration
ever be sanctioned. Those warnings of yesteryear are today
not only officially ignored and suppressed, but are being
systematically erased from our common national memory through
manipulation of Immigration Policy Multicultural Policy, Education,
Trade, Foreign Affairs, Defence, and Industrial Relations
as well as Finance and Economic Management Policy in relation
to globalization, privatisation, deregulation, foreign ownership
and foreign investment.
Although this paper was written in early
November '95, before the change to a Liberal/National Coalition
Government after the March '96 Federal Election, the author
has resisted the temptation to tinker with the text since
the incoming Government has made it clear that whilst the
faces have changed, the song remains the same. Apart from
some useful but minor administrative changes, overall direction
in vital policy areas outlined above will remain consistent
with the directional changes initiated over the last 30 years
- changes that simply became more obvious under the recent
13 years of Labor Government. Hence the paper's central thesis
of the existence of an anti-democratic Immigration/Asianisation
bi-partisan continuum remains intact, even bolstered.
FROM THE PRESSThe big questions - The Sunday Telegraph, November 10th, 1996
"It's obvious the average Australian is not a racist, but merely wants governments to tell us why we have imported more than one million extra people in the past decade while we have unemployment levels around 10 percent (and this figure is suspect).
"The self-righteous upper classes don't live with these new people, yet they call workers racist if we dare to ask what is the ultimate aim of this policy. Surely this is not too big an ask.
"And I don't know anyone who has been blaming Asians except the media, who label workers racists for asking legitimate questions. "Give us answers, and the politicians may gain some respect. Silence is suspect."
KEN O'LEARY, Padstow, N.S.W.
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