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12 November 1999. Thought for the Week: "Probably the greatest fallacy of our times is the notion that Reason in itself provides a proof; that because an argument is logical, its conclusion has any concrete embodiment...Reason is especially active in the construction of Utopias; and the most devastating demonstration of its nature lies in the fact that every Utopia we hear of differs from each of the others. As Zeno left motion out of (his) data so did the Planners ignore the organic: Life, the Living, and in particular, Human Nature - the thing-in-itself that produces the diversity in plans. The proof that this is so is not verbal; it is the experience we suffer of Planning."
"An Introduction to Social Credit", Bryan M. Monahan, 1966
A WELCOME RESPITE FROM THE MATERIAL DILEMMA
by Eric D. Butler
Roman law was an advance on previous systems, but it lacked the Christian concept made clear in the famous speech by Portia in the Shakespearean play. It is also true there are a number of honourable people who genuinely believe that a republican system of government is preferable to one based upon a constitutional monarch. But the feature of most exponents of the Republican system of government is the philosophy of power wielded by the self-appointed elitists. It is therefore not surprising that the ordinary people distrusted that which the rich and powerful were offering at the referendum.
In her message to the Australian people, referring to the constitutional debate, Her Majesty the Queen offered service. It is the type of service that Prince Charles also offers. He has made the pointed comment that he wishes to distance himself from those Chinese leaders who stress only the material values, such as are offered in 'more trade' with the brutal Communist empire.
The most important lesson of the referendum debate was that the majority of people completely rejected what the so-called 'best educated' or the rich and powerful had to say. The politicians - the Whitlams, Hawkes and Frasers of this world, did not sway the ordinary people. Although it is not without significance that the multiculturalists of Victoria swayed the Yes vote, led by the defeated Liberal leader Jeff Kennett.
The stage has now been set upon which traditional Australians can build to ensure that there is a deeper understanding of what Australia's national heritage really means.
THE PATH OF PELL
by Betty Luks
This last week Kennett resigned from politics after being so roundly defeated at the last Victorian elections. Also, one must ask, if the royal symbolism for kingship has ended, has the royal symbolism for the priesthood ended too?
D.M Beavan in "Why Catholics Should
Oppose the Republic" puts the matter in a nutshell: "The
Catholic Church at present is not a democracy, nor does it
follow republican principles. It has a hierarchical, monarchical
structure, based upon Papal Monarchy where the Pope is the
ultimate (human) source of governmental and jurisdictional
authority in the Church. This viewpoint was put strongly by
Guillaume De Pierre Godin (born around 1260) in his Tractatus
De Causa Immediata Ecclesiastice Potestatis and has been
defended by orthodox Catholic theologians ever since."
by Nigel Jackson
The republican movement has been exposed as largely dominated by the New Establishment, which is money-based and anti-traditional. Large masses of ordinary Australians have no love for this elite or its hangers-on. It is well understood that a noisome gulf has opened up between the minority of rich Australians and the great majority of those who are battling and those who have fallen into poverty. The flight of coalition politicians into the republican ranks has effectively exposed the incompetence of the two parties, Liberal and National, to defend the traditional cause in Australia.
It is difficult not to believe that many of those concerned have been jumping on to what they consider to be the bandwagon. Nationalist and royalist Australians thus have a clearer perception that the organisation of a new political movement is essential - something a great deal better than either One Nation or Australia First. It has also been demonstrated beyond doubt that the major media were unwilling to give a truly equitable coverage of the contest: and no doubt authoritative analyses of this partisan approach will appear in the next two or three years.
Monarchists will be in a strong position
to ask ordinary Australians why, if a republican model is
so much better than a monarchical one, the major media were
so unwilling to allow unfettered expression to all substantial
monarchist arguments and groups.
The republic just seems tawdry and boring, a meagre arena for the new elites and their hirelings to swan about in. Despite all this, there seems little doubt that the monarchy has lost the affection of the majority of Australians and that the approach of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy has assisted in that fatal dwindling of sentiment. If monarchists cannot revive a deep love of the Crown and loyalty to the Monarch, then the Australian Crown is doomed.
The kind of arguments advanced in the official NO case may stave off defeat now; they will not do so next time. What is needed is a scrupulous analysis of the whole ACM story, from its founding to the referendum result. We need to know clearly why its leadership was willing to see the Australian Monarchist League sidelined and why it also did not liaise with the Australian League of Rights. I am very doubtful that the ACM will retain sufficient credibility to lead the next campaign for the monarchy: but it must be admitted that the two leagues were also unable to make a sufficient public impact in 1999.
A number of important books in favour of the monarchy were released in the late stages of the referendum, including the NO Papers from the ACM, a book by RSL leader Bruce Ruxton and a collection of essays published by the Samuel Griffiths Society. These and other pro-monarchy writings of the 1998-99 period will need to be analysed and summed up; and it is hoped that the Veritas Publishing Company will publish at least one substantial book of that kind.
THE CONSTITUTIONAL MONARCHY IN AUSTRALIA
by Ken Grundy
The Queen is Queen of Australia - all references to England, Britain, etc., were "oranges". Similarly references to the queen not representing Australia on trade matters because she is committed to representing UK trade which at times may conflict with ours, is quite false. She is not the trade commissioner for either country - that is not her role.
Another frequent point made by the republicans was about the UK treating us as aliens when we visit them. A hurtful policy maybe but it clearly demonstrates our independence. Another tempting "orange"!
Head of State: Yes we do have a type of Head of State, but this "orange" has split in two because we are not sure whether it applies to our Governor General (an Australian) or is it Her Majesty? As the League points out this is purely a Republican term. It fits with our system like the "Bishop of the Uniting Church"!
Emphasis is needed on the Reserve Powers with a factual report of the Whitlam dismissal covered. Printed material, audio and videotapes could all be promoted on the Internet where the younger interest is centred.
The Referendum NO case
by Tom Fielder
"Men in full battle order"? Not so! A fact that has had little publicity came to the fore in Melbourne's "Herald Sun ", 21/9/99, "Up to 200 Australian women will be involved in the first wave of troops attempting to restore peace in the troubled region of East Timor..." Despite being banned from direct combat role, why is the female soldier (pictured on page 6 of the newspaper), equipped with exactly the same gear as the male soldier beside her - including a front-line rifle? Is the gun an ornament, or is it intended that she should use it should her partner be involved in an incident with the armed militia?
Where are the red-blooded Australians of this country? Home washing their babies' nappies? As a returned serviceman, I am ashamed that our girls are being used to defend the nation. It is bad enough that our young men should be brutalised, but that our young women should also be staggers the imagination. But then, perhaps many of our young females are already more brutalised than we have realised.
"Baby girl left to die after abortion..."
(The Australian, 3/11/99) "Kai man Henry Cho... told
the court he had interviewed the 20-year-old mother of Baby
J. He said she had a career in the defence forces and said
she could not cope with a child." So this unnamed girl-soldier
had her unborn child killed because it was a social inconvenience
to her career of learning to kill men in the field of battle.
Further information: "The Attack on Unborn Children" Book $10.00 by Malcolm Ross, MEA Tapes, Box 184, The Basin, Vic. 3154.
MONEY IN - MONEY OUT - "... The miracle of the revolving door money factory . . ."
Bank customers deposit their savings and the National Australia Bank and the Australia & New Zealand (International Banks) make profits of $2.8 billion and $1.3 billion respectively ("The Age", 5/11/99, p2). How can this be when there is nothing more behind the revolving doors than a well-trained staff and the necessary accounting equipment? No raw materials being converted into usable wealth such as in car manufacturing plait. Only figures being moved around the ledgers.
A young woman "Uni" student was asked recently: "Where does the bank obtain the funds loaned to those needing a mortgage?" "From Depositors," was the immediate reply. Not everyone has had the dubious benefit of being de-educated as this young lady who could not accept the truth even when presented with documented evidence that bank debt at interest is brought into existence by bookkeeping (computer) entry in the bank.
Out in the "bush" farmers repeat the "yarn" that the ANZ (International) Bank no longer has clients -only victims!
Not only is bank debt at interest or "money creation" very profitable, but this "debt stuff' has another magical ability. You see, as interest rates are reduced inflation is "controlled" and then, miracle of miracles, as interest rates are increased again, inflation is controlled!!
Prime Minister Howard and Treasurer Costello's hollow threat to the banks ("As banks profits rise, Canberra vows to monitor interest rate rises" - "The Age", 5/11/99, p.2) is merely trying to shut the stable door after the horse has bolted which raises the question - Who really governs this country? Howard, Costello and Co. or the Reserve Bank acting for the International Monetary Fund?
Further Information: TAPE $7.00 -How
a Money System Works" -Jeremy Lee;
AUSTRALIANS DO NOT TRUST BANKERS AND POLITICIANS
by Philip Butler
Up to the end of counting on Saturday night, sixty per cent of Canberrans voted for a republic and the only State still holding on to a majority Yes vote is Victoria. The State's party-political leaders and former Premiers Kennett and Hamer endorsed the Yes campaign. The figures to hand reveal that the Liberal 'chardonnay' electorates delivered the numbers for the Yes vote. But the regional and rural electors generally voted NO.
Bendigo, Corio (Geelong) and Ballarat (long held up as the 'foundation of the republican movement' - Eureka Stockade and ALP territory) registered an overwhelming NO vote. A by-election was held at the same time for Gareth Evans' former seat of Holt and although the Labor candidate obtained 66.7 per cent of the vote, the NO vote was 50.7%.
The majority of New South Wales, long thought the stronghold of the republican vote led by merchant banker Malcolm Turnbull and former Premiers Greiner and Fahey, clearly indicated by a 53.38% NO vote that they had made up their own minds. Altogether a great day for the People of Australia.
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