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26 February 1999. Thought for the Week: "... A general election costs a lot of money, and it was to the bankers' advantage not only to supply or control the funds for running the elections, but to finance at least two opposing parties, so as to maintain a semblance of political activity. The chief method was the central control of the nomination of candidates, as opposed to local control; and it is noteworthy that in no country with a strong central banking system have the people any local initiative in these.
HUMAN ECOLOGY - The Science of Social Adjustment. Thomas Robertson, 1948
THE KURDISH REVOLT AND MULTICULTURAL MADNESS
by Enc D. Butler
The state of the world has dramatically demonstrated that the ideal of a multicultural society is in conflict with reality. The periodic violent protests of the Basque people in Spain are the expression of a distinct group of people who reject the concept that they are part of a unified Spanish nation. They want their own sovereign state.
A feature of an Africa allegedly "liberated" from "oppressive European colonialism" has been constant tribal conflict accompanied by mass killings. A mass media, which constantly extols the ideal of multiculturalism, presents a picture of a benign Nelson Mandella presiding over a successful non-racial South Africa, which has allegedly replaced the evil "apartheid" regime of the past. But the South Africa of Nelson Mandella is one in which murder and violence is now an every day occurrence. Enmity between the Zulus and other tribes is deeper than ever. There has been a mass exodus of Europeans. Tens of thousands of other Europeans would leave if they could find some way to take their money with them.
The problem of the millions of Kurdish people in the Middle East has long been a source of friction between the Kurds and the nations in which they reside. In one of his thought-provoking addresses, Prince Charles has drawn attention to the broken promises made to the Kurds by the Western powers at the end of the First World War. It was during this period that the idealists of the Western nations attempted to re-draw the map of the Middle East, and the Balkans. Most of the problems of these areas, including the current conflict in Yugoslavia, are a legacy of this type of idealism.
Up until the time the Australian people were afflicted with the multicultural disease, a wise immigration policy had ensured a minimum of racial and cultural friction. But the devotees of multiculturalism have deliberately or unconsciously imported into Australia problems, which previously did not exist. Anyone with the most elementary knowledge of the Kurdish question knows that irrespective of where they live the Kurds see themselves as members of a nation denied the right to form their own State, and prone to resort to violent methods to publicise their goals. The worldwide violent protests by Kurdish people has demonstrated that they are organised internationally and their actions can be described as un-Australian.
"The guilty people" in Australia are the Australian politicians who have allowed into Australia people who have brought into Australia old feuds from other parts of the world. The recent arrests of migrant fruit pickers in the Goulburn Valley, Victoria, highlights the nature of the problems associated with multiculturalism. Instead of facing the truth that it is the policies of the Federal Government which make it difficult for Australian primary producers to recruit sufficient workers for work which is hard under trying conditions, multiculturalists like Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett advocate that even more migrants be brought into the country to do the work which allegedly native born Australians will not do.
The representatives of Big Business, always looking for ways of obtaining cheaper labor, join in the chorus of a demand for a greater flow of migrants, stressing this will result in a demand for housing. Electors should make it clear to their political representatives that while they may have the greatest sympathy with the problems of the Kurds or other people, they should not be permitted to bring to Australia the problems they have not been able to solve in their own countries.
Australia's best contribution to solving the problems of the world is to demonstrate in their own country how a prosperous and harmonious society can be created. This requires the rejection of multiculturalism as a national policy.
AN AIR OF UNREALITY
by Jeremy Lee
Those with access to credit keep spending as though debts never have to be repaid. Politicians preoccupy themselves with interminable arguments about technical forecasting, without ever addressing the philosophy behind their maneuvers. Nations sink deeper into debt - Australia's net foreign debt is now over $230 billion ($13,000 for each man, woman and child) and rising remorselessly.
The flood of cheap imports, from cars
to computers, continues to grow as the only outcome of "free
trade". And our Minister for Industrial Relations hints at
what he dare not spell out clearly - that there must be further
cuts in the standard of living, particularly in the form of
lower wages, if Australia is to become "more competitive".
Occasionally, someone steps back from
the euphoric inferno and catches a glimpse of the fact we
are not far short of crisis. The Editorial in The Australian
Financial Review (18/2/99) was sobering stuff. After acknowledging
the possibility that the experts may have got the worst dangers
of the Y2K Millennium Bug under control (a questionable assumption
to say the least), the editorial went on:
The writer went on to show that the appearance
of recovery was being driven by the frenetic gambling craze
on Wall Street, particularly on internet stocks (which are
just beginning to tumble):
The sobering editorial concluded: "Views like these will be categorised by many as unnecessarily gloomy, but they are still food for serious thought. Silicon Valley may have inadvertently given the world the millennium bug, but Wall Street could still dish up a far less digestible year 2000 problem
. As we have stated frequently over the last nine months, the assessment is realistic. Sooner or later the bubble will burst - no longer a "South Sea" but a "Global" bubble. What then? There may well be a short period in which the whole revolutionary machinery of the world government movement is thrown into paralysis. If and when this occurs, the long-term future will very much depend on the suppressed voices, which can present sane alternatives to the thousands upon thousands who have been violated, and who finally begin the search for truth and reality.
THE MILLENNIUM BUG MORE THAN A "BLIP"
The evidence (and we've now looked at
a lot of it) suggests that the Millennium 'bug" is far from
under control, as the more complacent believe. Nor do we think
that, behind the argument and counter-argument, the Government
is nearly as sanguine as they'd like us to imagine. A major
article in The Sunday Mail (Qld., 14/2/99) under the
heading ARMY PLAN FOR Y2K CHAOS, included the following:
Speculation that Australian defence forces would be placed on alert as 2000 arrives follows confirmation from the UK and Canada that their defence forces would be involved... Last week, the Defence Minister's parliamentary secretary, Senator Abetz, said telecommunications and utilities must be regarded as being at risk... Senator Abetz said the $225 million spent to ensure Australia's defence systems were Year 2000 compliant had found Fremantle Class patrol boats had 16 major systems potentially subject to Y2Kproblems, with four F/A -18 Hornet support systems non-compliant and one still under investigation.
Use of the military defence forces in a civilian-policing role in Australia is, of course, unconstitutional. A State of Emergency would have to be declared.
So far the Federal and State Governments have been non-committal and evasive on detailed information regarding the Millennium Bug. If 10 months before the anticipated event, Federal "sources" are releasing suggestions about the possible use of the armed forces, it is well past time that a much franker and more authoritative appraisal was made by the Parliament to the Australian people on the true position.
Meanwhile, an article in The Australian
Financial Review (18/2/99) revealed that a new coalition
of Australia's electricity suppliers has been formed to develop
a national plan in case of power-system failures caused by
the "bug". It is to be called the Power Systems Security Contingency
Planning Committee (PSSCPSP - heaven preserve us!) put together
by the industry's peak body, the National Electricity Market
Management Company (NEMMCO):
Our response? WTWMGSC - we think we might get some candles!
URGENT ACTION ON REFERENDUM FUNDING
We have always suspected (and feared) that the chances of an Australian republic were greater under a Coalition Government than even an ALP Government in Canberra. This suspicion appears to be borne out with the allocation of public funding to the two forces who will campaign for and against the republic. Our information is that the Prime Minister has appointed two committees to plan and run media campaigns in the final three to four weeks of the campaign and has allocated each $7.5 million.
The republican committee, understandably, consists exclusively of republicans. But the monarchist committee appears to include a number of republicans who have vowed to campaign against the model that was adopted by the Constitutional Convention. They are former Independent MP Ted Mack, and former Brisbane Mayor, Clem Jones, who favour a directly elected president and bitterly reject the president being chosen by a majority of Parliament.
It is bad enough that monarchists must share their campaign funds with republicans with whom they are forced to share a (temporary) alliance, but the greatest injustice is that the Monarchist League is left completely unrepresented on the 'monarchist' funding committee. The Australian Monarchist League, which has never compromised its position on The Crown, was the third largest group to be elected to the Constitutional Convention but have been totally excluded from the YES Committee although the Prime Minister has seen fit to include on it two (direct election) republicans. This would appear to be a complete travesty, and requires urgent action.
We suggest that actionists immediately contact as many Coalition MPs and Senators as possible, and take them to task for this oversight. Can this gross injustice be corrected? Those who wish to assist the Monarchist League with an E-mail protest. contact firstname.lastname@example.org
KNOCKOUT BLOW TO SOUTH AUSTRALIAN RATEPAYERS
The following are some of the proposed changes to be introduced to the Local Government Act and have been extracted from the Local Government Act Review 1998 by a Ratepayers' Group. Obtain a copy of the Act from The Office of Local Government, Level 1, Riverside Centre, North Terrace, Adelaide. Phone (08) 8207 0600.
According to the Ratepayers' Group the
following are just some of the proposed changes:
Chapter 4: The Council as a body corporate:
Chapter 5: Div. 2: Register of Interests:
The South Australian Minister for Local Government is The Honourable Mark Brindal MP, and he can be contacted through Parliament House, North Terrace, Adelaide, 5000.
We admit we were less than thrilled with
the following "brief', which appeared in The Australian
Financial Review on February 18th:
It's not just a question of shutting the stable door... We need a new stable, and a new horse!
BENDIGO BANK INCREASE PROFIT
The Bendigo Bank has successfully moved into a field the "gang-of-four" has vacated - the provision of banking services to small communities, particularly in rural areas. Interim profits have grown by 26 percent - from $6.69 million to $8.49 million. Deposits grew by 17 percent to $362 million.
The Australian (16/2/99) reported:
"...Bendigo Bank managing director Rob Hunt said the first
half results did not show the revenue effect of the new community
bank facilities, which would start to flow in this half....
The community bank concept involves townspeople putting up
$250,000 to start a branch, with the operation prudentially
backed by Bendigo. Mr. Hunt said the bank had established
six community banks and 20 were expected to be operating by
Which simply goes to show that the major banks have not vacated smaller communities because they were unprofitable. The "pickings" were simply not big enough, and the service too much trouble.
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