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20 August 1999. Thought for the Week: "Parliament no longer considers that it derives its authority from the consent of free and responsible individuals, but from the right of a secret, anonymous, and therefore completely irresponsible statistical majority to over-ride the will of individuals or minorities. This departure from the Christian conceptions would be less serious if Christians were less confused about it. The prevailing idea of justice has become comparative; a matter of fairness' in the distribution of rewards and punishments between classes or individuals, rather than that which is based upon Natural Law and the sanctity of agreement between free and responsible men."
by Jeremy Lee
A classic example is the recent allocation of $300 million to the renewal of Perth's bus fleet. The new buses will be diesel, one of the worst polluting fuels, now shown to be carcinogenic. The State Opposition has correctly pointed out that the same money could have been allocated to a completely pollution-free transport fleet. Buses running on hydrogen are on trial in Germany and Canada. Hydrogen fuel-cell technology uses hydrogen produced from fuels such as natural gas to produce electricity, which then powers the engine. Water vapour is the only emission produced. Such advances could have been achieved years ago had governments done something more than pay lip service to the concept of conservation.
The current confrontation in West Australia's logging industry has produced some red-hot confrontations. There are good arguments on both sides. It is true there have been large areas of over-logging. Equally, it is an over-reaction to close down logging altogether, as many of the more extreme conservationists demand. Missing is reasoned debate.
A former Editor-in-Chief of the West Australian, Bob Cronin, had a penetrating article in The Australian on 8/7/99, in which he described the tactics used by the green activists, who have "followed the blueprint for such campaigns; start with modest demands and keep increasing them as success is achieved; keep the message simple and avoid any reasoned debate; excite the media and thus the public by exaggerating claims and throwing in a few celebrities; and move the issue as quickly as possible to the political arena, further exciting the media and removing any chance of reasoned debate being revived..."
Those who remember the old communist rules for revolution developed by the Trotskyists and teachers at the Lenin School for Political Warfare will recognise the same technique.
UK SOVEREIGNTY SLIDES AWAYby "Q.B."
Britain continues to discover the price of its compliance with the Treaty of Rome and its membership in the European Economic Community. At the time of joining the EEC it lost sovereignty over its trade, and could no longer give preference to Commonwealth countries. This has left the British Commonwealth looking rather like an anachronism. More recently, the Maastricht Treaty has involved Britain in undertaking to forego its sovereign power to create its national money supply. The "Euro" currency will be regulated from Brussels. Whoever exercises the real power German and French influence will be the decisive agency of imposing monetary policy in Britain. The question of "Who is British?" is now also lost to foreigners.
The UK Mail (27/7/99): THE GRAVY TRAIN
The French are laying on a free Eurostar gravy train for asylum-seekers to reach Britain in a bid to solve their growing refugee crisis. The exiles, from Eastern Europe and the Balkans, are being put on London-bound trains at Calais and, in some instances, being given free tickets, according to a confidential report from British immigration officers to the Home Office. French Police are said to have intervened when British railway staff attempted to turn away passengers who did not have tickets or passports. One Eurostar employee was threatened with arrest when he tried to turn off a number of would-be asylum-seekers trying to reach Britain illegally.
The revelations come at a time when official figures show that a record number of refugees are landing in Britain. More than 60,000 are anticipated this year. Last month 1,090 people entered Britain on the Eurostar service without proper documentation. In January there were only 400. The July total is expected to be more than 2,000.
The cost of state support for only 1,000
asylum-seekers is around £10 million a year. A spokesman for
Eurostar said: 'It is an immigration issue to sort out who
More details followed in the next week's issue (UK Mail, 3/8/99): "... senior judges said that because three refugees - from Somalia, Algeria and Sri Lanka - risked being sent straight back to their original homes from France or Germany, which have stricter rules than Britain, they were not safe countries for asylum-seekers to be returned to. The judges ruled that the Home Secretary acted unlawfully when he ordered the two men and one woman to be returned across the Channel."
When this is associated with the global
"refugee" situation, its implications for the future of nations
becomes apparent. The Australian (8/7/99) reports:
"An estimated 30 million 'undocumented migrants' are moving
around the world, feeding the booming people-smuggling rackets,
according to an Australian crime expert (Institute of Criminal
Technology director Adam Graycar) . . . Chinese triads, Japanese
yakuza, Korean gangs and the Russian mafia were all believed
to be involved in the rackets, generating revenue of up to
$7 billion for the crime gangs. People smuggling is, for the
most part, a relatively low-risk activity when compared to
gun - or drug -smuggling. . . . the maximum penalty for facilitating
immigration fraud - two years jail or a $10,000 fine - was
'little deterrent to an organiser who stands to make hundreds
of thousands of dollars out of a boatload of paying customers'..
. Mr. Graycar said little information was available on what
happened to illegals who made it into the community and workforce."
Whether one is a Turk, an American, a Pakistani or British is purely a matter of geography. If you sleep in France, you're French, if you can make it into Australia, you're Australian. Culture, language, race, history, religion or traditions are irrelevant to nationality?
Where does your mass bear down upon the
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE?
by Philip D. Butler
Today Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) is under the rule of the murderous Marxist thug Robert Mugabe, whom former Australian PM Malcolm Fraser helped foist on the Rhodesians. Notice Fraser never apologises for the destruction and misery he helped foist on the black population of a once very prosperous and civilised country! Now Mugabe has decided that farms run by the few remaining whites - lifeline for agricultural survival - should be "nationalised" - so that Africans, with little or no agricultural experience can take control. This will not create any more food - in fact, will guarantee the further erosion of food production and poverty. That is why the item by Andrew Holt, Herald-Sun (12/8/99) is so important because it really does reflect the basis that the individual does have to relate to their own actions - something politicians find it hard to deal with these days!
Giving "rights" and land of itself does not guarantee quality of life of the individual. Andrew Holt wrote: "The biggest threat to Aborigines may now be the whites who insist on treating them as children, denying them any responsibility for the lives they lead. "Take last Monday's Age. It uncritically reported how hotheads would shame the Howard Government by taking foreign journalists at the Sydney Olympics to see Aboriginal slum housing. "The Age helpfully showed TJ. Yanner, brother of the head of the Carpentaria Land Council posing in such a 'house of shame' in Doomadgee, west of Cairns. "To me the picture in fact proves that some shame belongs to the three women who share what could be a decent enough home. "Heavy cobwebs hang from the ceiling, filth coats the fridge, dirt mottles the walls, the glass is gone from the window, and spirits bottles are crammed on a cupboard. "Few of the 90-odd houses in Doomadgee are much better, although $6.6 million of taxpayers' money is being spent on renovations and building.
Mr. Yanner has said some black children deliberately break the law, because 'at least in jail it's clean and there are three meals a day'.
Increasingly, we must now look to Aborigines to feel a little shame themselves and tackle their own problems. More taxpayer cash will not clean their fridges or cook their food. It cannot in itself make their children study, or end the ruinous alcoholism or rampant wife bashing. Nor can we expect it to, if we care for Aboriginal self-respect.
HOW VERY UN-AUSTRALIAN
by Alfred King
So what do I find in the flagship of the Murdoch press? It's certainly a weighty tome, a broadsheet of five sections that lends it immediate credibility; but I am yet to find anyone who has the time to read it all daily. So much for the form, what about the substance? The front page offers me the promise of "select your dream AFL team and win a car", and an expose of the many backstage revenge 'knifings' in the world of opera. Hoo Rah!
I remember the Australian employing a lofty tone and language of reporting, which was produced mainly for an educated readership. Clearly it has shifted ground, and, like our loveable 'pollies' is trying to please everyone. It now mixes 'serious' news with trivia and sensationalism. My grandmother, the product of a non-existent Edwardian educational system, who couldn't read or write, advised us: "Anyone can live in the gutter, that doesn't take talent or effort. You should look upwards and always try to better yourselves and help those around you."
I've gone on to learn that indulging in the gutter aspects of life invariably involves the exploitation of someone else. Not the sort of thing the 'caring nineties' is supposed to be about.
Back to the front page
The other page one story backfires against the internationalists. It describes the "unpredictable and ailing Russian president" (for life?) abruptly firing yet another prime minister and appointing a former KGB spy as the new PM. He is the fifth PM in less than 18 months and the reporter explains, "Mr. Yeltsin is keen to ensure his successor is favorably disposed towards him (Yeltsin) and his inner circle, to guarantee immunity after Mr. Yeltsin leaves office."
All in all, things haven't changed that much since I last parted with my 'hard earnt' to read what makes news'; the tactics are clever, but also repetitive, and uncreative with new ways of deceiving us. Perhaps it should be called an 'oldspaper' or 'old tricks paper'. All is not wasted, however; at this time of year I need some kindling for my wood fire.
AUSTERITY MEASURES CONTINUE
In all cases of IMF interference in National economies, they have demanded austerity measures as part of the terms for financial help. The list is quite extensive and in many cases when the measures have been imposed the result has been a backlash; the abolition of bread subsidies in Jordan resulted in riots.
Australia's position is an unhappy one despite what the Prime Minister and Treasurer would have us believe. They quote figures but completely ignore the dilemma that almost everything in Australia is now a tradeable commodity - including the dollar. The current rate allows investors to acquire our assets at 'fire-sale' prices, but the rise and fall of our dollar is not our only worry. Almost no mention is made in the media of the workplace in which Australians are struggling to gain a living. The workers' jobs are also a 'tradeable commodity' via job tendering and other workplace schemes.
This country will not change directions until Australians force their parliamentary member to stand up for them. [T.C.]
JEREMY LEE REPORTS FROM WEST AUSTRALIAAnyone from the Eastern States who imagines a visit to Western Australia might be a nice relaxation from the confrontational politics is in for a rude awakening. The papers are screaming about the confrontation between loggers and 'greenies' in the State's southwest. After massive pressure from environmental groups, the West Australian Government produced a report suggesting selective harvesting from old-growth forests at a rate no faster than re-growth capacity. This policy has been used for over 100 years in most States, and has resulted in a balanced approach allowing Australians access to required timber without depleting the environment. The finding, however, did not suit the very environmentalists who asked for it in the first place. They have pressured the Government to renege on its own findings, closing down huge areas of the timber industry altogether. So dozens of timber workers are to be thrown out of a job, losing their homes and the security for their families. The mood is ugly and violent, and there has been physical confrontation between the two groups.
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