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13 February 1999. Thought for the Week: "No true philosophy is possible where the fear of consequence inhibits the pursuit of truth."
John Stuart Mill


by Eric D. Butler
One of the early Zionists made the comment that the creation of the Zionist State of Israel was but a peg on which to hang a "far-reaching" programme. The ultimate objective of this programme is the establishment of a New World Order. This Messianic concept is a manifestation of madness, and therefore has no possible prospect of being successful.

The will to power is not exclusive to the Jewish people, most of whom in their private lives are models of good behaviour. But a collectivist philosophy, linked to a powerful Chosen Race myth, makes them extremely vulnerable to manipulation by their leaders.

Although the great majority of Jews have made it clear that they have no intention of living in the State of Israel, they faithfully support their Zionist leaders in their defence of Israel. And, of course they are also supported by those Christians who also accept the Chosen Race myth.

It is important that these facts are kept firmly in mind on the eve of what appears to be another American-led military attack on Iraq. In assessing the significance of such an attack, it is well to recall that during Iraq's long struggle with Iran, Iraq received massive military support from the Western nations, which took the view that Saddam Hussein was a barrier against the threat of Islamic extremism. Then came the Kuwait affair, triggered by the Iraqi leader being convinced that he had been given the green light by the USA to annex Kuwait. President George Bush managed to restore his declining popularity, claiming, amongst other objectives, that the conflict was about creating a New World Order. It was also allegedly essential to "restore democracy" in a Kuwait which had never had democracy. And there is still no democracy in Kuwait, but few remember this.

But to the amazement of superficial observers of Middle East affairs, the military campaign against Saddam Hussein was suddenly called off, leaving his most elite troops still intact. This was not a surprise to me. The reason for leaving Saddam Hussein in power was the fact that the destruction of his regime would leave a Middle East vacuum with the Islamic extremists and the long-suffering Kurds taking advantage of the situation.

Saddam Hussein has been an essential player on a giant chessboard, probably without knowing it. The central feature of American diplomacy, dictated by a Zionist controlled Clinton Administration, is to ensure that Israeli is preserved at all costs. A few courageous journalists like the British born Doug Collins, have pointed out the blatant double standards in the USA and other Western countries concerning Israel, where blatant acts of terrorism result in little more than a diplomatic slap on the wrist.

It is highly probable that Saddam Hussein is engaged in creating biological weapons of war, but Israel continues with its nuclear programme in complete defiance of United Nations resolutions. It continues to advance its programme for new settlers at the expense of the oppressed Palestinians. Like President Bill Clinton, Israel's current President has major internal problems, but these would disappear if another Middle East conflict breaks out.

There is a deadly cocktail of factors which could confirm the fears of Russia's Yeltsin that a Western attack on Iraq could explode into a world war. Yeltsin is well aware of the fact that Russia shares common borders with a number of Islamic States. If Saddam Hussein is provoked into any type of an attack threatening Israel, Israeli leaders may well respond by using their nuclear weapons. Israel has consistently refused to sign any non-proliferation agreements concerning nuclear weapons with its leaders convinced that it was their "Sacred Duty" to use nuclear weapons if it appeared that Israel's future was at risk.
Such an attack would see a worldwide uprising of the Islamic world.
Well might Australia look at what is happening in Indonesia.

What type of advice is the Howard Government offering Clinton in response to his request for Australian military support against Iraq? Although it is certain that the proposed Iraqi targets for attack have already been selected, even US Secretary of Defence William Cohen has warned that the strikes would neither destroy Iraq's capacity to manufacture arms, nor topple Saddam Hussein from power.

What, then, is the Big Idea behind an exercise, which Cohen says could last for days or weeks? There is little doubt that there are those in the Pentagon who would like to test out their new and updated military technology. Perhaps the most significant aspect of the current Middle East crisis is that, unlike in the Gulf War, the US policy makers have been unable to gain any Arab support. Saudi Arabia has made it clear that it will not be providing any bases for the Americans, who are now perceived throughout the Moslem world as being anti-Arab.

USA policy makers are clearly taking grave risks concerning the future. All Western nations are at risk. The probable outcome of an attack on Iraq would be to provide Saddam Hussein with more dead civilians which can be exploited in a continuing propaganda war against the West, left in a more destabilized situation than ever.

No doubt there will be further calls for still more centralised power to create "world peace and stability". But as I pointed out after returning from the United Kingdom late last year, the much-vaunted cornerstone of the proposed New World Order, the European Common Market, was already disintegrating.

Now comes the news that German unemployment has reached 11 million with riots breaking out. The French situation also deteriorates. Germany is haunted with the vision of a resurgence of Hitlerism.

Desperate situations create the climate for the emergence of the "strong leader". Australians should face the reality that the world situation has become dangerously explosive and that internationalism has made their future dependent upon striving for the maximum decentralisation and national self-reliance.


David Thompson reports on the Constitutional Convention, which he has attended as an observer in Old Parliament House, Canberra

If one is sufficiently motivated, it is possible to access proceedings of the Constitutional Convention on the Internet, under the heading of "ConCon". Having observed some of the proceedings, it is probably a most appropriate designation. The suggestion that those assembled will become the founding fathers of a new republic to launch Australia into the third millennium is positively frightening.

While there are a number of delegates with considerable grasp of the true nature of the Constitution, and also of great philosophical depth, there are some who might not exactly qualify as deep thinkers, or people of vision. Ms. Poppy King might well be a genius at marketing cosmetics, but she has yet to indicate that she has much to offer on reforming the Constitution. Another delegate, upon being elected, commented that he would "probably have to go and read the Constitution now".

With the press attempting to project the impression that a republic is inevitable, and that we are now all agreed that it is inevitable, much of the positive, constructive argument mounted by the monarchist delegates has gone unreported, or referred to only in passing. For example, Lloyd Waddy's brilliant opening address was passed off as "pedestrian" (read 'boring'), and Bruce Ruxton's plain speaking as rudeness. Others, like Bishop Hepworth, are ignored.

And it is assumed as a matter of course that all aborigines are 'republicans'. Even the extraordinary address by former Senator Neville Bonner was lightly passed over. In part, Bonner said: "You told my people that your system was best. We have come to accept that. We have come to believe that. The dispossessed, despised, adapted to your system. Now you say that you were wrong, and that we were wrong to believe you. Suddenly you are saying that what brought this country together, made it independent, ensured its defence, saw it through peace and war, and saw it through depression and prosperity, must all go. I cannot see the need for change. I cannot see that such a president, elected or appointed, would care one jot more for my people. From the bottom of my heart, I pray, stop this senseless division. . ."
Bonner concluded his address with a tribal "sorry chant", and thus a 'monarchist' was accorded the only standing ovation of the Convention.

Since the republicans have the numbers at the convention, it is assumed that a consensus will develop on what type of republic is recommended. But this is far from the case, as yet. The divisions between republicans are such that no single faction has the numbers to prevail. Although those lobbying for an elected president were outnumbered and seemed defeated early in the week, the monarchists ensured that their option remained in the debate.

Malcolm Turnbull's insistence that only an appointed president was acceptable has clearly made him plenty of republican enemies, who accuse him of derailing the convention. Senator Ron Boswell's motion to ask Treasurer Costello to cost a move to a republic was narrowly defeated, with republicans scathing that the spectre of filthy lucre should be raised. In reality, it is clear that even the republicans are sensitive about the costs, and what the public would think of it in tight economic times.

As a probing strategy, the monarchists raised the issue of the flag. Former National Party MP Wendy Machin claimed that the issue should be dropped for a decade, as it was not on the agenda, and republicans (such as she) had no plans for the flag. This is clearly not true, with people like Turnbull, Greiner, etc, pushing the Ausflag barrow in their other lives, as Bruce Ruxton reminded them in no uncertain terms.

It was moved that the prelude to the Constitution be changed to ensure that any change in the flag must pass a constitutional referendum, much to the fury of the republicans. This issue will be debated this week.

Perhaps one of the more pathetic spectacles of the convention so far, is the steady stream of Howard Ministers who have declared for a republic, leaving Prime Minister Howard a lonely figure prepared to support the Crown. While it is hard to feel sorry for Howard, who has brought this upon himself, it is possible to sympathise with his position, which can only improve his public standing. Perhaps he believes in something after all. But the contempt in the eyes of former Menzies Minister Sir James Killen across the convention chamber for the new breed of Liberal frontbenchers, who turn their coats according to the opinion polls, is perfectly clear.

It is also obvious that the immense detail that will have to be addressed, even in the event of some sort of "minimalist" republican model being preferred, is only now beginning to dawn on some delegates. The tedium, the precision and the legalities of the detail is mind-numbing even for constitutional authorities, and is clearly beyond the patience or scope of many delegates.

Early in the week, Bill Hayden warned that the convention risked becoming a complete fiasco. The remarks of Independent Alan Rocher (former Liberal, WA) on Friday evening might have summed up the views of a number present when he said: "I came to Canberra last Sunday convinced by polls and editorials that an Australian republic was inevitable and that only the form it was to take was to be decided. I was wrong, and I am embarrassed because I was wrong.
More than that, after listening to the arguments so far advanced, the weight of argument after hopefully open-minded consideration strongly favours the status quo as the only serious option. Certainly, logic expressed in this forum weighs heavily on the side of the constitutional monarchy. It is convincing enough to persuade me, Mr. Chairman, to back off from my preconceived notion that a republic was but a matter of course and that only the form it would take was to be canvassed at this Convention. The debate so far has converted me to the monarchists' camp-although I am not sure they really need me.
It should also be said that, with a few notable exceptions, there is more than just a trace of disdain, contempt and/or arrogance amongst some of those pro-republicans who ignore the substantive arguments of their adversaries."

The Convention's brief flashes of idealism, or of genuine vision for the future, have been few and far between. The republicans' motivation is still unclear, and certainly does not partake of vision. From the level of debate so far, the only clear motivation for a republic is merely to have a head of state that "is not English". The more I see of Hayden's 'fiasco', the safer the Australian monarchy appears to be.


The (former Australian) President of the World Bank, Mr. James Wolfensohn, was forced to admit last week that they were quite wrong in their perceptions of the Indonesian economy. "I was caught up in the enthusiasm of Indonesia. I am not alone in thinking 12 months ago that Indonesia was on a very good path. There is no doubt that this current change has taken us all by surprise and I guess that we got it wrong. . ." he said.

This is a major danger with transglobal authorities, which make decisions on behalf often or hundreds of millions of people. If one of those hundreds of millions makes mistake, which threatens his future, it's his own responsibility, and in the global context, remains a relatively small mistake. Such small mistakes are usually easier to rectify than that on a global scale by institutions like the World Bank.

How many other times has the World Bank "got it wrong"? In how many other Third World countries are millions of people suffering because of grandiose decisions made on their behalf by bureaucrats on the other side of the world? Even the most altruistic of motives cannot lessen the impact of disaster of central planning when it "goes wrong".

Although he admitted error, there is no record of Mr. Wolfensohn attempting restitution, or even uttering an apology. While Australians are obliged to apologise to aborigines, Americans to Negroes and Canadians to North American Indians for real or imagined injustices up to a couple of centuries ago, the World Bank bureaucrats blithely shrug off huge mistakes made 12 months ago with a shrug. Such is the spectre of the global government now becoming more visible, even to the sceptics.

It was Mr. Wolfensohn who was nominated by The Australian as "Australian of the Year" for 1997, an award for which Mr. Wolfensohn admitted he was very surprised. Surely, he said, there must be more deserving Australians? Yes, but not of the stamp supported by internationalist Mr. Rupert Murdoch's News Limited.


With the internal situation in Indonesia deteriorating by the hour, the subject of Australia's northern defences is one of the greatest importance. Once again Graeme Campbell, leader of the Australia First movement, demonstrates his outstanding qualities of statesmanship with the following statement issued to the media on February 4th. It is a national disgrace that such a vital statement is given the "silent treatment" by the mass media:

"There have been many articles in the press since November 97 covering the prospect of civil unrest and a backlash against the Chinese in Indonesia, who comprise about 5% of the population and control about 80% of the economy. A recent article in The Australian 27/1/98 dispelled any connection between prominent Sino-Indonesian business tycoon Safyan Wanandi, his brother Jusuf who is Director of the Indonesian Centre for Strategic and International Studies, and the bomb blast in Jakarta of 18 January.

In 1991 Josuf Wanandi attended the 25th Anniversary Strategic and Defence Studies School Conference in Canberra where he put the following scenario to Australian participants: If for whatever reason things become messy in Indo China or China proper, ensuing chaos may well be made manifest to the region in the form of continuous waves of boat people who would be given passage through the Indonesian archipelago, not permission to stop at it.
No response was offered by the Australian delegates at the Conference.

When Peter Reith was Shadow Minister for Defence a few years ago, he held a Defence seminar at the Libs Melbourne HQ where Denis McCormack outlined the above Wanandi scenario. Reith's answer was that 'the government of the day' would have to deal with the problem.

As Italy is presently seen by Holland, Germany and others to be Europe's weak link in the face of escalating middle Eastern, sub-Continental and African illegal immigration, so too has Northern Territory. Shane Stone (on Australian TV News, 11 .40pm 23/1/98, broadcast both here and to Asia) nervously recognised the vulnerability of Australia's northern shores to the potentially large-scale arrival of boat people/illegal migrants as fallout from Indonesia's financial/political (or future environmental?) woes. The rich Chinese will fly into their properties here.

In Jakarta on 9/12/97 Denis McCormack and l discussed this very scenario with Mr. Hadi Wayarabi, Director of Asia Pacific Affairs in Indonesia's Foreign Affairs Department. Charles Heyman who is editor of Janes, the most respected Defence journal in the world, said Australia had to start preparing now if it was to defend itself. 'It takes years to build up proper defence posture but I don't think you have it now' (Expert warns of invasion Sunday Herald Sun 24/11/96). 'We can only hope that our 'government of the day' in conjunction with our military are now taking this seriously."


We have been inundated by requests concerning Pauline Hanson. As a service primarily to students of Australian politics, and those who seek to become involved in political action, we obtained a supply of the first book on Hansonism, Pauline Hanson: The Truth, $23.00 posted. This book was apparently felt to be so explosive that after a short period, during which the media viciously smeared the book, Pauline Hanson's One Nation withdrew its support.

In her semi-official biography, Pauline The Hanson Phenomenon, Helen Dobbs provides some valuable background and other information. According to this book, it was David Oldfield and David Ettridge had who had helped her to consolidate her evolving view that she should form her own political party, but it appears that the seed concerning a new political party had been sown by her first adviser, John Pasquarelli, who had proposed a new party seeking to win the balance of power in the Senate. Pasquarelli was later sacked and we learn is about to launch his own book on Hansonism. We will review it when we have seen a copy.

Now comes the news that Mr. Bruce Whiteside, who had launched on the Gold Coast the Pauline Hanson Support Movement and later to fall out with Pauline Hanson, has also written a book, the manuscript of which has been reviewed by the Australia-Israel Review. Whiteside is extremely critical of Pauline Hanson. While charging that the One Nation Party had been hijacked by Ettridge and Oldfield, we learn little of substance about Ettridge from the Australia-Israel Review, except that Whiteside saw him as a "go-getter" trying to cash in on the Hanson Phenomenon.

After initially waxing eloquent about the first book on Hansonism, Ettridge expressed concern that the League of Rights was handling the book, stating that legal action would be taken against the League if it continued to sell the book. The League has never heard from Mr. Ettridge, but when asked about the League at the Geelong Dinner meeting for Pauline Hanson, Ettridge exploded and charged that the League was a "fascist" movement. He said that would be proved in a coming book issued by the David Syme University. The book, by former La Rouche supporter Veith, is such a mishmash that we decline to handle the book. But where does this leave Ettridge and Oldfield, who have given Pauline Hanson such appalling advice?
Have they deliberately set out to destroy Pauline Hanson as a political force?
In the absence of hard facts, which we can confirm, we can only speculate.

The Pauline Hanson phenomenon could finish as one of the most tragic sagas in Australian political history, which would be a pity for a movement, which might have made a valuable contribution to Australia's future as a sovereign nation.


The only economist who accurately predicted the Asian currency crisis, Peter Brain, was ignored by those who didn't want to think about it (which was everyone). Peter Brain is being ignored again just now, because he has some more bad news. Mr. Brain is now warning that the Australian economy will return to recession within two years, as a result of the instability, etc., in Asia.

Brain, chief executive of Institute for Industry and Economic Research, points to the largest current account deficit for two years announced last week. He forecasts three years of no economic growth in the region. Do we still want to be "a part of Asia"? He predicts a rise in interest rates in Australia to deal with the current account deficit, together with a collapse in export markets.

By orthodox rules, Brain is correct. In our view, those who must borrow could do much worse than lock themselves into present interest rates. And then tighten your belts.

OVERHEARD...(at the Convention)

"What a waste of time. . . If we need a new Queen, there are probably ten or a dozen queens in the ALP, and more than a few among the Liberals.


(The Australian, 5/2/98)
"The next time someone mentions Ireland or the United States in the context of republican models could we all take a deep breath, count to 10, and remember that in neither case were they driven by the simplistic head-of-state-must-be-one-of-us argument. Both countries fought wars of independence. The noises coming out of the convention gabfest sound to me like a curious cacophony of barrows being pushed, axes ground and bandwagons being leapt upon, but of more concern is the murmur of Malcolm Turnbull quietly trading away my aspirations in return for a few tacky new symbols. I hope he does well out of the book rights to the whole shebang. I've already seen the movie, thanks." Stuart Traill, Endeavour Hills, Victoria.

"I do not give a toss whether Costello and Abbott have defected to a republic view (Double Blow to Monarchy, 4/2). It doesn't change the fact that there are still millions of Australians loyal to the Crown and prepared to fight for their rights.
"After having seen Michael chip-on-the-shoulder Lavarch, Pat O'Shane and Robert McGarvie interviewed on ABC TV on Tuesday night it was enlightening to hear their discord and lack of direction. Not impressive at all." Diana Hill, Bellevue Heights, SA.

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