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14 May 1999. Thought for the Week: "The attempt to construct a system of human relations on the 'rights' of majority is not democracy. If it were, democracy would stand self-condemned."
PREMIER JEFF KENNETTS NEW VERSION OF ROBIN HOOD
by Eric D. Butler
As the Kennett Government is portrayed by the internationalist mass media as a model for the rest of Australia to follow, with suggestions that Jeff Kennett should be drafted by the Liberal Party to move to Canberra, Australian electors everywhere should carefully heed the lessons of what in essence has been a revolution.
The Liberal-National Party Coalition was swept into office as a result of the disastrous performances of the Cain and Kirner Labor Governments. One of the Labor Governments' major policies was forced amalgamations of Local Government. Jeff Kennett, as Liberal Opposition leader, promised that if elected there would be no compulsory Local Government amalgamations. Once elected with a complete monopoly of power in both the House of Assembly and the Legislative Council, the Kennett Government immediately proceeded with a ruthless policy of Local Government amalgamations, these part of a much wider strategy related to eventually abolishing State Governments and the programme of economic globalism.
Jeff Kennett and Treasurer Stockdale made it clear that Victoria's debt problem would be solved by a programme of massive selling of public assets, under the guise of "privatisation". Assets paid for by Victorian taxpayers over many years were progressively sold off to international investors. Premier Kennett has recently boasted that with the sell-off of the last remaining public assets, the State of Victoria is now out of debt. The Government now boasts of its huge surplus. Morally, of course, the surplus belongs to the Victorian taxpayers. Much of it has been the result of the sale of their assets. Jeff Kennett is telling the Victorian people that if they return him to office, he will let them have some of their own money back, to be spent on health, education and roads. The money is to be spent in those areas where it is believed the most votes can be obtained.
As most Victorian electors now live in the Greater Melbourne, which the Kennett Government has created, millions are to be paid in to try to make the Melbourne Monster work. During his recent visit to Victoria, Australia First leader Graeme Campbell referred to Jeff Kennett as "the Premier of Melbourne". Rural Victoria has been gutted by the Kennett Government. The social damage done to the State of Victoria will last for a long time to come.
If, as appears likely, the Kennett Government is re-elected, it will demonstrate once again that electors can be bribed with their own money to gain a little temporary benefit or what they believe will offer some slight relief from the pain they are feeling. The Labor Party offers nothing of substance. Hopefully, the two Independents of the present Parliament will be returned. If the One Nation Party, advised by the disastrous David Oldfield, want to make any serious contribution, my advice is that they should confine their activities to attempting to elect at least one candidate to a Legislative Council on the general theme that even one Member in the Upper House will tend to break the monopoly of power held by the Kennett Government.
Generally speaking, electors should record a protest vote by voting against every member of the Coalition Government. They are all guilty of the mass betrayal of Victoria and the sacrifice of its assets. A massive protest vote would indicate that there is sufficient health left in the Victorian electorate to build upon for the future. If the number of Independents could be increased by one or two, this could be regarded as a type of minor miracle. Australians deserve at least a few miracles if they are to survive as a free people. But miracles are only possible when sufficient effort has been made to defend freedom. Those who make no effort are guilty of a type of moral treachery.
PEA AND THIMBLE ECONOMICS IN VICTORIA
by Jeremy Lee
With savings like these, the real question remains to be answered. The assets sold were paid out of the taxes and hardships of the past. Will the money gained by the sell-offs now be passed back to Victorian men and women in reduced taxes? Premier Kennett has the option of changing Victoria from the highest to the lowest tax State in Australia. It would mean a new lease of life for tens of thousands of hard-pressed Victorians - particularly in rural areas, where conditions are very depressed. Or will Jeff Kennett continue to believe he will serve Victoria better by keeping taxes high, so that he will still have plenty of funds to put into "Government initiatives"? - more toll-highways, casinos, racetracks, etc.? And what will he sell in the future, once Victoria's asset base is totally gone?
Every Victorian should think out these things, making sure they receive widely publicised answers before the election is announced.
BEHIND THE BUBBLE
With a world now hypnotised by the global
stock-market bubble, the picture portrayed is almost exactly
opposite to the truth. For example, the big rises on Asian
stock markets are being interpreted as a sign that the Asian
crisis is over, and that the good times will roll again. Christopher
Lingle, writing in The Australian Financial Review
(5/5/99), gave another side to the story:
"If domestic conditions do not warrant
these increases in stock market valuation, what is behind
them all? The interest rate cuts by the US Federal Reserve
and the European Central Bank, its most recent in April 1999
from 3.0 to 2 .5 percent, created the additional liquidity
for investors to play the markets in the developing and developed
world... Could anything more graphically highlight the "Mad
Hatter's Tea Party" which is current global economics?
TOO FEW SEASONED JOURNALISTS
In the sensationalism that passes for
news these days, usually churned out by young, uneducated
and inexperienced reporters, it is with a sense of relief
that one comes across the odd journalist with some old fashioned
wisdom. Michael Barnard (The Sunday Herald, 25/4/99)
asked the obvious question: "When, oh when, will our politicians
be brave enough, sensible enough, to put an end to the nonsense
and perfidy of 'multiculturalism'? "After all, it was their
creation. They should destroy the monster before it destroys
Terry Lane, writing in The Sunday Age (25/4/99) drew attention to another facet: "... It was reported last week that the Americans had spent, up to that point, $4 billion bombing the tripe out of the Yugoslavs. Presumably the British have run up a similar bill. The thought occurs, as one lies awake in the dark of the night, what might that amount of money have achieved if it had been spent on carrots instead of sticks? Has this thought ever occurred to that murderously self-righteous duo, Clinton and Blair?..."
Veteran Lawrie Kavanagh, who writes for The Courier-Mail (24/4/99), deals with the question of the mass-shootings that led to the school tragedy in the US. He rightly argues that if you feed a youth population on a cultural diet of mass violence, the results are predictable: " Many of these new heroes in the world of make-believe - which has actually become the real world in some weak, persecuted minds - fight for self-expression by murdering people en masse. So what else would you expect an impressionable, persecuted mind to do but emulate its hero with a public massacre like this week's Colorado murders?
And how long before Australia emulates the USA? "It's in the pipeline, thanks to the garbage spewing out in film, video and now the Internet. Even before the Internet arrived, the average American (and Australian) primary-school child had seen 8,000 murders and 100,000 other violent acts on TV.
SENATOR HARRADINE AND THE GST
The Coalition leaders find themselves pandering to Independent Senator Brian Harradine (Tasmania) in order to push their legislative programme through the Senate. In private they regard this as an intolerable situation; that one man should "hold the government to ransom". But in reality, the party hacks have brought it on themselves over many years, by refusing to vote on conscience.
Harradine is free to vote according to conscience, the interests of Tasmanians, and the best interests of the country. The fact that his vote is so important is merely a reflection on Senators bound over to party servitude. There are 37 other Senators who could break ranks at any time and pass, block or force changes to legislation. The fact that they won't forces additional responsibility on Harradine, who appears to be a Christian, and a man of integrity.
Howard and Costello now appear to rely on Harradine (and perhaps Colston) to buckle under overwhelming pressure, and pass the government's GST legislation. It may well be that Costello has produced tougher GST legislation than he really wants, being prepared to appear to compromise to accommodate Harradine, and thus forcing the GST through the Senate. In our view, there is a chance that Harradine may vote against the GST. It is clear that he has many reservations about it.
Why not send a message to Senator Harradine,
encouraging him to reject the legislation completely? He formally
represents Tasmanians, but the dereliction of duty of other
Senators has thrust him into his present situation, with wider
responsibility. Voters from other States have no formal claim
on him, but should be free to appeal to him to reject Mr.
Howard's phony "mandate" for a GST.
Queenslanders should certainly not overlook Senator Colston. Despite the fact that he is too ill to stand trial, he may be well enough to represent his State. Does he know how you feel about the GST? Why not? His fax: (02) 6277 3694.
PUTTING THE SPIN ON GLOBALISM
by David Thompson
While the multinational talkfest was on, Sydney prepared for the arrival of the first planeload of victims of globalism in Europe. Refugees from NATO's brand of globalism were presumably not consulted before the bombers went in, just as we were not consulted before our domestic industries were destroyed by a similar process. It is conceded that there will be "losers".
No one at the Melbourne conference was able to explain, however, the point of "re-training" a workforce in Australia for jobs that have already been exported to the Third World. Or any new mechanism for financing those without jobs to continue their role as consumers.
DR. TOBEN AND FREEDOM OF SPEECH
The arrest and incarceration of Australian Dr. Frederick Toben, now being held in a prison in Mannheim, in Germany, should be ringing all sorts of alarm bells in Australia. He is likely to be charged under German law with "Defaming the dead" because of what he has published on the question of the Nazi holocaust of World War II.
Although Toben has published nothing in Germany, his Internet site is accessible from Germany. And in what David Irving describes as "naive and foolish in the extreme", it appears that Dr. Toben may have provoked his own arrest in order to highlight the issue. However, irrespective of the facts concerning "the Holocaust", Toben's arrest should be seen in the same light as the recent conviction in Canada of columnist Doug Collins (and his publisher, The North Shore News) for publishing "hate literature". What did Collins do? Wrote a number of newspaper columns, which the Canadian Human Rights Commission admitted, did not, singly, violate the Code. But taken together, the four columns do "expose certain groups to hatred or contempt".
What has this to do with Australia? The
issue is the freedom of speech, and it has everything to do
with Australia. Melbourne poet, and author of "The Case
for David Irving", Nigel Jackson, put his finger on it
in a letter to The Australian (5/5/99): "So far the
arrest of Holocaust revisionist Dr. Frederick Toben in Germany
has caused few ripples in Australian society, no doubt because
the cause he has espoused is exceptionally unpopular. Australian
intellectuals ought to consider more carefully the following
implications of that muted response.
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