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2 May 1997. Thought for the Week: "If ever there was a Constitution which has been proved, on a vast scale, in its virtues, it is the British Constitution of balanced powers, ensuring that none of them become a tyrannous monopoly. Consider, for instance, what power it was, which united in a balanced peace and unity the diverse peoples, races and creeds of India and Nigeria and what has happened after it was removed. Compare the size of the armed forces, the police, and the bureaucracy, which was necessary to maintain the scattered British Empire with that of the great monolithic Empire of Socialist Peoples Republic whose inhabitants are kept from escaping by the armed guards, minefields and barbed wire of the iron curtain... The fatal weakness of this great association, in its later days, lay in its surrender of the Christian idea of equity.... denying the unique nature of every man, and reducing him to the status of a political and economic unit."
Dr. Geoffrey Dobbs in Responsible Government In A Free Society
CAN AUSTRALIA BE DEFENDED?
by Eric D. Butler
Like all big organisations, there is
little doubt that Australia's defence organisations suffer
from a degree of bureaucracy resulting in the argument that
there are too many "armchair generals". But unfortunately
most of the discussions concerning defence are conducted inside
a framework of finance economic orthodoxy. In times of military
conflict, Australia's military leaders generally have demonstrated
outstanding qualities. But preparation for military defence
measures, which require adequate lead-time, are invariably
dominated by financial considerations.
Every student of Australian military
history knows that Australia's military defence capacity was
badly depleted before the Second World War, primarily because
it was claimed that the nation "could not afford" what was
proved to be so essential. Much of the opposition to any form
of national military training is based on financial considerations.
This is one of the main arguments advanced against Pauline
Hanson's proposal for some type of national service training.
While nations are dominated by the orthodox economic dogma that a nation's internal economic well being is governed by its ability to gain export markets, it is as certain as the sunrise that there must be growing conflict between the Asian "tigers" as they attempt to drive their economies at a faster rate. Japanese car manufacturers are expressing their concerns that the relatively new Indonesian car industry threatens the Japanese car industry.
With yet another display of the double
standards which have dominated American foreign policy, the
Clinton administration manages to close its eyes to any abuses
of human rights in China or Indonesia, while calling for economic
sanctions against Burma and the banning of this relatively
small country from joining the South East Asian Nations. But
the Asian nations are bluntly defying the ban while indicating
that they will seek to benefit economically from the U.S.A.
As the world becomes progressively unstable,
a realistic defence strategy for Australia demands that every
effort be made to promote economic self-sufficiency in every
sphere. But the very "globalisation" which, with few exceptions,
most Australian politicians enthusiastically endorse, undermines
the nation's defence capacity. Assuming, for example, that
Communist China, now developing closer links with a Russia
still dominated by fellow Communists, becomes the major military
threat in Asia, and that the Australian economy is closely
linked with the Chinese economy, what does Australia do? Under
"globalisation" Australia could find itself cut off from vital
equipment being produced tens of thousands of miles away.
Nationalism versus internationalism is the basic issue now dominating the struggle for the world. As this column has persistently stressed, Australia can only give a lead towards global stability by first putting its own economy in order so that it is not in conflict with its Asian neighbours by attempting to force them to take Australian exports at the expense of their own economies. It should be stressed that a build up of Australian defence is only for the defence of Australia, not for aggression outside Australia.
Trading arrangements should be on the
basis of mutual advantage. But, in the last analysis, if one
day Australia is required to defend itself militarily, could
a nation fragmented by the divisive policy of multiculturalism
come together as a cohesive unit? In the afterglow of the
recent Anzac celebrations, it is appropriate to point out
that the Anzacs were not multiculturalists.
'SELLING' THE GLOBAL MARKET
by David Thompson
The Conservatives, contemplating a thorough rout at the ballot box, seem to have suddenly become the new champions of British sovereignty, presenting themselves as the party most opposed to the single currency in particular, and European integration in general. The Home Secretary, Mr. Howard, has now warned that the proposed unification treaty was "so far-reaching that it would indeed put our survival as a nation State at risk". This follows opinion polling showing that the British overwhelmingly oppose monetary union and any European federal union.
Why has it taken an election campaign for the political parties to concede that sentiment runs strongly against the erosion of British sovereignty? The truth is that those who manipulate the political process strongly favour every possible further centralisation of power. All the major banking groups support the single European currency (as well as European union). As a general consensus, all the major press organs, particularly those controlled by internationalists like the Murdochs, fully support the same process, not only in Europe, but around the world.
In Australia, it has become virtually an article of faith that we can only profit from "the global market" and our natural home now is "in Asia". Current affairs programmes parrot this "line", as do newspaper opinion columns. For example, The Weekend Australian (26/4/97) carried Terry McCrann's column headed "A globalised world is good for all of us". The International Monetary Fund is quoted with approval as helping to direct the transition to the brave new world, where Australians no longer produce their own shoes, clothes, etc., but rely upon Third World nations to do it for us. Those who doubt the wisdom of the new global order are dispatched with contempt.
One of the strongest reasons for the savage reaction to the publication of "Pauline Hanson: The Truth" is that the Member for Oxley not only opposes the new internationalism, but campaigns against it, and generates alarming support. Editorials in last weekend's press are scathing of her as "negative insular and divisive". The Weekend Australian self-righteously claims that "we are part of the global economy, and the economic nationalism Ms. Hanson preaches - with its end to overseas aid, withdrawal from the United Nations, recasting of immigration policy and ending tariff reductions - will hurt Australia.... Populist perhaps, but not a recipe for a modern, liberal Asia Pacific democracy". Such extraordinary paternalism from this Murdoch flagship almost defies reason.
Page 1 of the same edition carried the headline "Prepare for Asia threat, PM told", which warned of increasing military threats from our north. If Australia continues to merge with Asia, and export our manufacturing industry, we will find to our horror that we lack the military capacity to respond to any Asian military threat. An independent military requires a strong manufacturing base, without which no military defence can be sustained. If that military base is in "Asia", then Australia has no effective military defence.
Already much of that Australian manufacturing base has disappeared. While Hanson is lampooned by the press on the one hand for suggesting that in the future Australia may be dominated by a "United States of Asia", groups like the Murdoch press fully support Australia's integration with "Asia", with The Weekend Australian describing us as a "liberal, Asia-Pacific democracy".
The drive toward the World State continues, with the patronage of powerful groups. Ordinary people who question the wisdom of such madness are encouraged to accept it as inevitable, and those who purport to know what is best for us are scathing of those such as Hanson who defy their agenda. But as British political parties have discovered, sentiment is running strongly against further erosion of national identity. If Australians can find ways of expressing their views, the same sentiments will be reflected in no uncertain terms.
THE MULTICULTURAL GAME
As a result of an "open-door" immigration policy, the number of different racial groups playing sport obviously reflects the new racial diversity of Australia. The multiculturalists claim that such diversity is "good for us". It adds exotic flavour and cultural colour to an otherwise "boring" and bland Australian culture. But no one could describe the Victorian football scene as bland or boring. Australian rules football almost substitutes for religious belief in Melbourne, as in some other southern cities, with tens of thousands of devoted fans routinely attending weekend matches. Is it a surprise to the dogmatic multiculturalists that on-field friction sometimes finds expression in racial taunts as well as boots, fists and swearing?
The truth about the multicultural society is that, irrespective of whether it is described as "successful" or not, under pressure, the racial and cultural differences find expression. If a few relatively juvenile taunts on the football field, under the competitive pressure of a game of sport, disturb the multiculturalists, then they are in for a serious shock. Although described as a "successful" multicultural country, the cultural and racial friction will certainly appear under any serious pressure, economic or military. Why do Australians persist in the arrogant view that we are immune from such expressions of cultural friction, when the rest of the world clearly is not?
FOREIGN OWNERSHIP OF AUSTRALIAN INDUSTRY
We are aware of the research conducted by AUSTAND, under the direction of Mr. John Cumming (author of Lucky Be Damned) into the levels of foreign ownership of Australian businesses and industry. The following are extracts from a recent communication from AUSTAND concerning this matter. A full copy of the newsletter is available from AUSTAND, P.O. Box 173, Noosa Heads, Qld., 4567.
An artificial tax advantage has enabled multinationals to systematically take over Australian-owned companies, leaving us with insufficient tax to maintain essential services, forcing us to sell further assets, escalating unemployment. This is why we are in trouble. Since Federation, the Treasury has manipulated taxes to favour foreigners and to keep us poor by bestowing "naturalising status" (their code word) on foreigners, giving them tax holidays and other benefits.
Then in 1953 they recommended the double tax agreement, which allowed multinationals to pay little or no tax on their profit. This Bill was introduced to Parliament by Sir Arthur Fadden, which, at the time was vehemently opposed by the Hon. Clyde Cameron, A.O. It was never publicised, and is still held under tight security. It effectively wiped out Australian-owned companies leaving not enough tax volume to sustain our essential services and infrastructure. But more than this, it forced us to sell our assets to foreigners, making it impossible for us to finance our own future. This is being done by multi-nationals, who take the profit. We are lucky if we are getting wages, while they are taking $200 billion profit out of Australia - tax-free - annually.
For 44 years, "multinationals have paid
little or no tax" according to Jim Killally, Assistant Commissioner,
Australian Tax Office. He stated, "Australia had one of the
highest levels of foreign ownership in the industrialised
world" (Sydney Morning Herald, 28/1/97). The latest
available figures on foreign ownership in other countries
are U.K.: 10.5%; U.S.A.: 10.3%; Japan: 2.1%; E.U.: 3.5%; Australia:
90%. In 1990 AUSTAND's research produced a figure of 90% foreign
ownership in the corporate sector, and massively high percentages
of foreign ownership in all market segments. (We checked "90%"
with our informant at the Treasury who said, "you could be
quite safe with that figure".)
In 1986 the Treasury stopped the publication of foreign ownership figures in all market segments. It continued to publish an all-over figure of 32% not accounting for equity. Treasury was covering up the extent of the takeover. It is self-evident that their figure of 32% is far too low. You only need to look at supermarket shelves or observe brand names on transports... It must now be very clear that further selling of our assets is only going to make the situation worse.
We will only be destroying income that we desperately need. We have to go to the seat of the problem, which this report has outlined, and rescind the Double Tax Agreement Bill. The future of our country depends on this.... The International Monetary Fund and World Bank will threaten us on behalf of the moneylenders, but we will have sufficient money to enable us to build our own defence capability and employ our own people to achieve this.
Politicians have been told by Treasury that foreign investment is good for us because it provides jobs. There is no evidence to substantiate this. In fact, as foreign enterprises have entered Australia, unemployment has grown... Multinationals operating in Australia are branch offices, who must keep their numbers down. The work intensive operations are carried out in their home base, not in Australia.
Recommended reading: "The Story of the Commonwealth Bank" by D.J. Amos, ($5.00 posted), and "The Money Trick" ($8.00 posted).
A realistic assessment of Australia's wealth, and capacity for economic self-sufficiency is impossible without an understanding of the basics of money. Few politicians understand how money "works", and those who do so, often plead, "there isn't much I can do about it". Reliable information on how the money system works is scarce, but once obtained, it offers an entirely new perspective of the potential of sovereign nations like Australia.
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