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17 March 2000. Thought for the Week: "In the true sense of the word, the 'public do not own any deposits at all', and the phrase 'bank deposits' is a legal euphemism. Seeing that all money comes into existence as a debt created in favour of the banking systems of the world, the plain truth is that bankers must always lend their own (created) money, however much it may be criss-crossed between private 'debtors' and 'creditors' subsequently. No one really has any money to 'lend' to bankers on 'deposit' because all money 'owned' by depositors derives from a loan made by the banks to somebody else."
Quoted in "Human Ecology" from "The Modern Idolatry" by Jeffrey Mark
HOWARD GOVERNMENT ON THE SLIDE
by Jeremy Lee
A breakdown of the figures showed the
reaction against the Coalition higher outside the capital
cities and biggest in the three smallest States, with only
29 percent supporting the Coalition in Tasmania.
Herr Goebells couldn't put it better! The Government will spend millions upon millions to propagandise the people into believing that black is white, and that more controls, regulations and surveillance are good for them!
HOWARD'S RESPONSE TO PAUL KELLY
Kelly's article "National Disgrace" (parts of which we quoted in last week's On Target) has obviously got under Prime Minister Howard's skin. While Howard is immune to the feelings of the majority of Australians when it comes to such things as foreign ownership and free trade, it obviously hurts when a journalist who is a fellow globalist launches a few criticisms. John Howard had a quarter-page reply in the following Weekend Australian, under the heading GLOBAL VISION. With as much charity as possible, it was appalling stuff. He didn't quite parrot the old paternalistic cliché "this hurts me more than it hurts you" - but you could read it between every line.
Included in the Prime Minister's remarks were: ".... It is precisely because the Coalition Government understood the benefits for Australia of globalisation that it pursued a reformist economic agenda after March 1996. If we had not done so, then the forces of globalisation would have ensured that the Asian economic downturn would have severely damaged Australia and left its people poorer and having fewer jobs. For some time now I have urged proponents of globalisation to be aware of possible dislocating effects. For example, in my 'Australia Unlimited' speech in May last year (well before the Victorian election) I said: 'But governments, business groups and the wider community need to recognise that these processes of globalisation can be disconcerting and unsettling for individuals who are adversely affected by the changes they inevitably cause. Such Australians can feel left behind, resentful and even envious Part of our task is to fully explain the practical benefits of globalisation for Australia....'"
What paternalistic - and inaccurate - claptrap! Those adversely affected by the Keating/Howard globalisation policies comprise more than half the nation, with poverty, bankruptcies and family breakdown increasing all the time. The latest 'globalisation requirement' - the GST - will eliminate another row of small Australian businesses, just as it did in Canada and New Zealand.
COSTELLO, THE GST AND THE 'BLACK' ECONOMY
The biggest job Prime Minister Howard
and his indefatigable Treasurer Peter Costello now have is
to hold together the jittery ranks of the Coalition. Backbenchers
are certainly feeling the anti-GST heat from the electorate.
The Australian Financial Review (8/3/2000) said:
It is not too much to say that it is the duty of every taxpayer who disagrees with the GST to increase the pressure on backbenchers. They must be made aware of their personal responsibility if they keep supporting an unwanted and hated new tax regime. Is their loyalty to their party whips? Or to their constituents? Such pressure is more than a mere gesture. At this stage, public opposition to the GST is more intense and better organised that was the case in either Canada or New Zealand. It is possible now to turn that opposition into a statement capable of showing the Government at complete odds with the governed.
The Editorial in The Weekend Australian
(26-27/2/2000) commented: "The two most important positive
aspects of the introduction of the goods and services tax,
Peter Costello said yesterday, were income tax cuts and control
of the black economy. Strange; we thought the main objective
was to simplify a tax system bloated by structural complexity
and creaking under the failure of previous reform measures,
with the aim of producing stronger and sustainable growth,
higher productivity, more jobs and rising living standards
is NO evidence that the GST has reduced the 'black economy'
in either Canada or New Zealand; the reverse is the case.
The only real answer to the 'black' economy is a return to
moderate levels of taxation.
IN FAVOUR OF ASIA
by Alfred King
In my schooldays, when the education
system was a little less corrupt than it is now, we were taught
the truth that the world comprises eight continents. These
are North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Arctica,
Australasia and Antarctica. Big brother has since decided
that this knowledge must disappear down the memory hole to
help recreate the world in their desired state. The world
is now to be viewed as comprising only three continents in
this, its transitional stage to the one 'global village'.
That is a warm and fuzzy euphemism for World Government.
Every post-war US president has lectured us, the ignorant masses, on how China is a most progressive nation with huge potential, and is imminently going to become the biggest player on the world stage. The inference being that we should therefore treat it with the highest regard. These predictions have never come to fruition. The reality of the state of this country is very different. Eric Butler has correctly described the present China as the most Judaised country on Earth. It is a society characterised by LEGALISM. The immensely wealthy, barbaric and corrupt elite lord it over an extremely poor and oppressed population with an ever-increasing number of laws intended to regulate every tiny aspect of life.
An insight into this kind of Asia that we can look forward to becoming Asianised into, was given in The Australian on 2/3/2000, which carried a report on the visit of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, to China. She expressed concern about the deteriorating human rights situation there. "Particularly in repression of freedom of expression, freedom of religion, severe sentences for activities related to political expression or religious expression."
Mrs. Robinson is expected to press the
Chinese government to honour its commitment to ratify two
UN conventions on human rights. Beijing signed the UN Covenant
on Civil and Political Rights during Mrs. Robinson s last
visit in August 1998 and the Covenant on Social Political
and Cultural Rights a year earlier. Tight security has surrounded
the latest annual meeting of the National Peoples' Congress
(NPC) as the leadership fears embarrassing protests from any
of the country's many disaffected citizens, repressed religions,
or even a repeat attempt by unemployed workers to stage a
suicide bomb-protest against the country's economic crisis.
Newspapers report sincere statements affirming China's great progress under the stewardship of the Communist Party. Ordinary citizens feel marginalised by the perception that most leaders are unable to resist the temptation of profiting from power. That perception is based on evidence before their eyes. One study found that local government authorities had siphoned off capital and assets from state controlled enterprises in the early 1990's at a rate of up to 19.8 billion per year. A former vice-governor of Jianngxi province is under sentence of death for taking more than US$650,000 in bribes. More than 200 officials including bankers and police have been implicated in a US$40 billion smuggling racket in XIAMEN, on the east coast, in what is billed as the biggest corruption scandal in Communist China's 50 year history.
Ironically, while Communist dogma does not allow the Chinese Prime Minister, Mr. Zhu, to recognise the suffering of his subjects, he has called for 'unremitting' efforts to fight corruption and build a clean and honest government. How may times have we heard such calls? The Chinese culture is very different to our own. China has never had a democratic government, and because history always repeats itself, we have no reason to believe that it ever will.
Who could imagine that the Australian people would ever want to become entwined in such a system? Of course they do not! But the Australian press, just like their Chinese counterparts, who are controlled by the same people, would have you believe that black is white. These hypocrites love to criticise extremists such as Geobbels, the Nazi propaganda minister for repeating the big lie over and over until the people believed it, and then do exactly that themselves!
Perhaps the most frightening point is
the great similarities the reader would have noted between
the situation in China and our own dear Australia. Even the
way that parliament is controlled is strikingly familiar.
According to the Chinese Constitution, the Congress is the
highest decision-making body. The Australian, 6/3/2000,
reports that Congress delegates are supposedly selected from
the village level up, but in practice the selection process
is carefully controlled to ensure the Communist Party's dominance.
Mr. Zhu has no chance whatsoever of reducing corruption by ordering his officials to desist. The fish rots from the head. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. This is a fact of human nature, and all the hand wringing in the world won't change it. We cannot legislate to order another person to be good and expect to be successful. In Australia, as in China, increasing freedom and human satisfaction, as well as harmonious relations between individuals, can only be achieved by creating the right conditions of limited, decentralised government, which honestly represents the views of the electorate.
FOREIGN TAXThe following letter appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, 29/2/2000: "I've just spent $25 buying the AUSBUY Kit and what a revelation. Among much else, page 6 of Ausbuy Connection tells readers: "'Company tax: maximum tax rate for Australian shareholders -48 percent, maximum tax rate for foreign shareholders -36 percent. "'Company interest: maximum tax rate for Australian investors -48.5 percent; maximum tax rate for foreign investors - 10 percent.' "With 85 percent of Australian companies being foreign-owned and plainly 'not paying their way', it is suddenly clear why Australians are being screwed with a GST. "A 12 percent poll rating for those favoring a GST shows that the nation is extremely unhappy. Isn't it time for 'cards on the table' Mr. Howard?" - Herb Bolles, Kurrajong Heights
TYRANNY OF DISTANCE
This letter to editor by Ron Fischer of Talbot, Vic., was published in country paper:
"A recent report commissioned by the
Municipal Association of Victoria revealed, not surprisingly,
that country councils spent more on roads than metropolitan
councils. The erroneous inference that will be drawn from
that is that some shires are too small and another round of
council amalgamations is needed. In fact, the comment by the
President of the MAV (Brad Matheson) put that thought on the
agenda, 'In ten years some of those small rural councils may
INTEREST RATES AND DEMAND
This letter to the editor, again by Ron Fischer of Talbot, Vic., was published in The Mail Times, 31/1/2000:
'We are being softened up again for an
increase in interest rates. 'Inflationary pressures' have
MY FATHER WAS STOLENAs a young boy he was torn from his family and relocated half way around the world, no family, no friends and in a land so foreign. Dad often relayed recurring nightmares that he experienced all his life, so real at times dad couldn't distinguish dream from reality. No, my father was not Aboriginal. Dad was one of the 40-50 thousand British children transported to Australia. The first time my dad was able to return home was half a century later; there were no parents to greet him, only relatives who tried to tell how it was and what dad had been deprived of his parents and family. Sadly Dad passed away 2 weeks ago. Where is his reconciliation? - Son of One of the Stolen Generation, Senator Len Harris, Parliament House, Canberra, ACT
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