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18 April 1997. Thought for the Week: "There is no hope in a change of government. A new government inherits the excessive power of its predecessor, and in accordance with Lord Acton's law, is corrupted by that power. What is essential is a change in the distribution of power, of power between Government and citizens. Such a change will not be initiated by the Government: it must therefore be initiated by the citizens. We have not got democracy, we can only get it by being democratic - by limiting government."
Dr. Bryan Monahan in An Introduction to Social Credit
THE "REVELATIONS" OF DAVID GREASON
by Eric D. Butler
Zionist strategy over 30 years has been to try to minimise the influence of The League of Rights. We know this because Zionist leaders, like Isi Leibler, have on numerous occasions outlined their objective. At the appropriate time I will outline examples of how Leibler and associates have attempted to intimidate business and other public leaders whom they thought were sympathetic to the League or being influenced by it.
When Graeme Campbell, at the time a Labor M.P., agreed to present a Paper, "The Flight From Responsibility", at the 1992 League of Rights National Seminar, one of the first to suggest to Campbell that such a decision could be politically unwise was David Greason. The essence of Campbell's Paper, widely circulated by the League, was that the policies of Australian political parties were an abdication of their responsibilities to the nation. Immigration received special mention. The High Court was criticised for its MABO decision.
As a service movement, the League of Rights has over its long history provided platforms for those whom it believes have a significant contribution to make concerning important issues. Through the Conservative Speakers' Clubs in every State, as well as at State and National Seminars, the League continues to do this. In the March 27th issue of The Australia/Israel Review (the title of which is itself revealing) Greason contributes an article "Graeme's Little League", in which he "reveals" that a number of League of Rights supporters and members are supporting Graeme Campbell's "Australia First" movement. I would be disappointed if they were not supporting a movement, which, with all its limitations, offers a means through which Australia might be moved off what is a disaster course.
When former Queensland Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen started to advocate the establishment of a State Bank and the restoration of the system of consumer price discounts in order to reverse inflation, the League of Rights supported Sir Joh because it supported the policy he was advocating. The League reserved the right to disagree with Sir Joh on some questions. Greason mentions Campbell's "often expressed atheism and humanism" as an example of where the League is in conflict with Campbell. Greason's observation merely reflects his shallow and narrow thinking.
Dedicated and informed Christians have no difficulty in working with non-Christians on basic issues upon which there is agreement. As an ex-soldier I can assure David Greason that in times of defence of the nation, one does not refuse to co-operate with a fellow citizen because he does not completely agree with one's religious or political views. Although my anti-Communist views were well known, I had no difficulty in accepting the authority of an officer who held Communist views.
One of my closest friends and League supporters, the late Sir Raphael Cilento, honestly said that he had difficulty in accepting the Christian Faith, although his wife, Lady Cilento, did. I find the philosophy of Graeme Campbell, with its stress on individual freedom, the concept of service to his fellows, with government effectively controlled by the individual, much closer to practical Christianity than that of some professing Christians.
As the time of Anzac approaches, it might be appropriate to point out that that famous symbol of Anzac, Simpson, who sacrificed his life saving wounded comrades with his donkey, was a non-Christian believer. This was a practical example of that type of love described in sacred writ: "Greater love hath no man than the willingness to lay down his life for his friend."
As David Greason introduces the subject of Social Credit - which he has admitted he does not understand - in his article concerning Campbell, it is appropriate to point out that the League of Rights completely rejects the view that money, economic, political and social problems cannot be solved by a further increase in government power. We cannot get figs from thistles. The Australia First movement has made a start towards facing this question with its advocacy of a constitutional mechanism, which will give the individual effective control over his elected representatives.
Like many others, David Greason makes the major mistake of attempting to assess the League of Rights in terms of seeking power. Malcolm Fraser makes the same mistake in expressing his fear that the League of Rights - with its "brilliant tactics" - might exploit the Pauline Hanson phenomenon to gain power. Greason's assessment is but a reflection of the power philosophy of the Zionists, whom he serves.
No movement can be adequately assessed without reference to its philosophy. Social Credit is the policy of a philosophy, said C.H. Douglas, the founder of Social Credit. In this necessarily brief comment, it is sufficient to say that Social Credit is that type of revelation that the famous philosopher Descartes had concerning the relations between what were then the separate sciences of algebra and geometry. The techniques of algebra made it possible for even a young student to solve problems, which previously had been unsolvable. Social Credit puts a point of view, which makes it possible to comprehend relations between physical and economic problems.
Politics has to do with the subject of
power. With over 80 years of experiences, the Social Credit
movement, of which the League of Rights is part, has amassed
an enormous volume of knowledge and expertise concerning how
power can be placed at the service of the individual. It appears
that David Greason, like his fellow pro-Zionist Phillip Adams,
fears the League, not because of numbers, but because of its
unique concepts of how the individual might be progressively
freed from all artificial restraints.
BANKING REVOLUTION ROLLS ON
by David Thompson
That the Wallis recommendations further threaten Australian national sovereignty is nowhere even discussed, let alone disputed. This is merely taken for granted in an environment where the decision has already been taken to "globalise" the Australian economy. Longer-term On Target subscribers will recall that then Treasurer Keating's stated reason, to a Fabian Society meeting, for permitting competition from foreign banks in Australia, floating the dollar and generally deregulating the financial sector, was to internationalise the Australian economy. There is no evidence of which we are aware that Mr. Howard and his administration are uncomfortable with this objective, let alone consider policies to reverse it.
It is clear that the Wallis report is merely the next step in the globalising of Australia. The extent to which the report is implemented depends upon how far Mr. Costello thinks he can go without losing too many votes for the Coalition. But what will it mean for consumers? The effect of the Wallis report will be to reduce the service banks and other financial institutions offer clients. Whatever services remain will be much different, and more likely to be electronic than personal. In the future, financial affairs will be conducted by telephone, computer, or "smart cards".
Banking as we know it will be further centralised, with many more branch closures. There will, however, be many more institutions, which can perform normal banking functions, such as building societies, credit unions, insurance companies, and perhaps post offices, and other companies with many consumer outlets. The risk of consumers losing their money, however, will not be reduced. If anything, the risks will be substantially greater, as Wallis recommends that the Reserve Bank lose its "prudential powers".
At present, under the Banking Act, depositors have some protection from bank failure, in that a bank that may not be able to meet its obligations must inform the Reserve Bank. The Reserve can then step in and take control of the bank, and continue to run its business until the problem is solved, or the bank in trouble is merged with another. This protects depositors' funds without actually guaranteeing deposits. Wallis recommends that this protection be removed.
Other effects of the Wallis report can only emerge with time, such as the likely abolition of bank accounts without fees. However, it is certain that the report's recommendations were not shaped to respond to the needs of consumers, but to the requirements of The Market. In his Weekend Australian column last week, B.A. Santamaria reminds us that the former secretary of the Campbell Committee, which last inquired into the financial system, Mr. Fred Argy, has since warned that following deregulation the Australian economy is "dangerously exposed to world financial shocks and destabilising speculation... Argy warned that governments must defy the Market, where its expectations threaten social stability. "Our national sovereignty and way of life may well depend on it," he said.
In our view, there is no comfort from the Wallis report for concerns such as those of Fred Argy.
'ANTI-SEMITISM' IN SWITZERLAND
News reports indicate, with some horror, that the levels of "anti-Semitism" expressed in Switzerland have been rising alarmingly. This follows the Zionist demand that Swiss banks should compensate Jewish victims of German persecution, because much Jewish wealth eventually finished up in Swiss bank accounts, which the banks have kept. Originally a senior Swiss diplomat declared that this was akin to a public relations war between Switzerland and the World Jewish Congress, and should be treated as such. His career evaporated when the Swiss Government negotiated the establishment of a $300 million fund for Holocaust victims.
It is clear that the arrogance of the World Jewish Congress and its Chairman, Edgar Bronfman, has irritated the Swiss, and resentment is being expressed. This, of course, is defined as "anti-Semitism", and condemned. But it is clear that the World Jewish Congress tactics of extortion have rebounded badly on the Jewish rank and file, whose interests appear to be ignored by their leadership.
We also note that Deputy Prime Minister, Tim Fischer, has had his status of "anti-Semite" lifted. Fischer had irritated Zionists by condemning Israeli treatment of Arab groups in the Middle East, particularly the Israeli military bombing Lebanese villages. Who has decided that Fischer is not an "anti-Semite"? Mr. Isi Leibler. Such judgments appear to be the preserve of Jewish leaders, who alone will decide who is "anti-Semitic" and who is not.
DOUBLE STANDARDS ON FLAG
When Victorian R.S.L. President Bruce Ruxton criticised a Victorian local Council for handing out Aboriginal flags to new recipients of Australian citizenship, he was widely condemned. Was not the Aboriginal flag a widely recognised symbol of Australia's original inhabitants? But when it comes to flying the flag of a politically abandoned and not particularly fashionable cause, the authorities seem to sing a different tune.
When the Australia-Tibet Council asked
Australians to fly the Tibetan flag on March 10th, the Department
of Foreign Affairs and Trade (D.F.A.T.) discouraged those
who sought to do so. March 10th is a significant day for Tibetans;
it is an anniversary of the 1959 uprising against the Communist
invasion of Tibet, 10 years after the event. D.F.A.T. issued
a statement saying that, since Australia does not recognise
the State of Tibet, the Australian Government does not acknowledge
the Tibetan national flag.
If flags of states not recognised by Australia should not really be flown for fear of antagonising someone, where does this leave the Aboriginal flag? As yet, there is not a separate Aboriginal State, and some may argue that the Aboriginal flag should not be flown for fear of antagonising a large proportion of the Australian population!
'STOKER' UNDER STRONG SUSPICION
When the book purporting to be an account of Australian soldier Donald Watt's incarceration in Auschwitz during World War II was first published under the title "I Was There", we were extremely doubtful of its veracity. The book was subsequently published by Simon & Shuster under the new title of "Stoker" and some of the doubters doubted their own scepticism, while others were simply incredulous. Doug Collins, Canadian journalist and broadcaster, who was himself a German prisoner of war, and determined escapee, was scathing about the Watt story, and said so in a column for the Vancouver North Shore News.
Although the book "Stoker" was launched in the Sydney Jewish Museum in 1995, and tells the story of Watt being forced to stoke the crematorium furnaces in Auschwitz, even some of the "Holocaust scholars" are now extremely doubtful of his tale. Gideon Greif, of the education department of Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, one of the foremost "holocaust" research centres, is also scathing of Watt's account.
Watt's critics are many and various, and include many World War II scholars. Don Watt's defence seems to be that it was all a long time ago, and he no longer wants to talk about it. The final word goes to his publisher, Marnie Bates, who described Watt as a "gorgeous man". . . Why would he want to make it up?" Perhaps the answer is that at the time the yarn was spun, the Commonwealth Department of Veterans Affairs was handing out compensation for those who suffered in German concentration camps. Don Watt was paid $10,000. And anyone who doubted his story was probably an anti-Semite. By definition.
FROM THE PRESSN.F.F. has betrayed interests of its constituency from The Australian, 4/4/97
"The ignorant letter by Tony Rees (NFF Ad Says It All, 1/4), appropriately published in your newspaper on April 1, demonstrates the growing dichotomy between rural and urban Australia, a trend which, if not stopped, will divide the major culture of our country and threaten our national survival.
I have little but contempt for the National Farmers Federation as I believe it has not represented the interests of its constituency for a long time. Its original position when it, like Paul Keating and the then Opposition, thought that pastoral leases extinguished native title was to abandon the mining industry - the only group with the potential political clout to protect them.
The majority decision in Wik, as in Mabo, owes much more to social engineering than to law and simply adds more confusion to an already unworkable Act.
Yes, pastoralists numbers are small and this is precisely why they have little political clout. Their contribution to the community has been disproportionately significant. While it is true that there were land management mistakes in the past, aided by a Pastoral Act that specified minimum stocking rates, the modern pastoralists are good custodians of the land. The reality is that it is in our national parks and crown land that feral animals and noxious weeds proliferate.
Abraham Lincoln observed that if every city in America were destroyed, the country would rebuild them but if the country were destroyed, it would be taken over by grass. This was true of America then and it is true of Australia, this most urban of countries, today."
GRAEME CAMPBELL, Federal Member for Kalgoorlie, Parliamentary Leader of Australia First.
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