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7 April 2000. Thought for the Week: "It must not be supposed, because we have no more royal tyranny, that we have disposed of the tyrant forever. The will-to-power still lurks in many breasts. I well remember that a very prominent Australian said in 1944 some words to the effect that people could not expect complete freedom after the War. It would be necessary for some individual to be given the right to say what was best for the community. Who was he? No less than Dr. Coombs, and now thirty years later he is one of the mentors of the present Prime Minister, Mr. Whitlam.
In 1942, the late Dr. H.V. Evatt, speaking in Federal Parliament on a proposed amendment to the Constitution (rejected at the polls in 1944) said: "'I desire to make it perfectly clear that the constitutional amendment I propose will give the decision to Parliament itself and no person will be able to challenge the validity of Parliament's decision.'"
"The Foundations of Liberty" by Rev. Arthur Fellows, Th.L.
GROWING GST WOES
by Jeremy Lee
The Australian Financial Review (29/3/2000) said of the charge revelations: " ... Tax experts said the system was inherently flawed and the Federal Opposition called for a major independent review of the ATO practice of issuing private rulings to taxpayers on its interpretation of the tax law ..... As the backlash intensified, it emerged that other tax officers, including high-ranking officers, signed off on similar rulings to those issued by Petroulias over many years ...."
With its reputation in tatters, and its attention diverted to dealing with the massive ramifications of the Petroulias affair, the ATO is hardly in a position to remedy the massive backlog of administration required for the coming GST.
DEAD FISH RISING
Under the heading "GST 'KNOWLEDGE GAP'
IS RISING" The Australian (27/3/2000) reported: "Anyone
making crucial GST decisions based on advice from their accountant
could be making a big mistake. "But it's not just accountants
who are at risk. Other advisers are under pressure because
of a GST knowledge gap. "Numerous accountants surveyed by
The Australian admitted they were unable to give clients
answers because the tax office had not given clear guidelines.
"Experts warn that many advisers are exposed to legal action
and potential big losses for giving wrong advice. Chartered
accountant firm Panel Kerr Forster is alerting everyone from
lawyers to accountants to real estate agents that they are
terribly exposed if they fail to advise their clients properly
on the GST.
If this is what Mr. Costello means by "making the tax-system simpler", then Heaven help us!
In another Australian article (27/3) Robert Gottliebsen pointed out that there will be a substantial fall in the number of taxis operating after June 30th, with surveys showing the number of drivers will fall by 20 to 25 percent. Taxis have been excluded from the "below $50,000" exemption on ABN numbers.
TRAVEL INDUSTRY DISASTER
We have received the following personal story from Phillip Butler - well known to us as Eric's son - another example of the vicious effects of the GST.
"The Howard Government has always stated
it was the 'friend' of small Australian businesses. You don't
have to be a mathematical genius to realise that John Howard
and Peter Costello march to the tune of the globalist economy.
" My wife and I operate an independent travel agency - just
fortunate that we are involved in the 'group and special interest'
areas of the industry - a 'niche' market. However, it is becoming
quite obvious to anyone in this industry that ultimately it
will be the independents who will be squeezed out.
Our family business, as our accountant
states, is currently simple regarding paper-work:
As my accountant says, 'Very simple accounting required.' In other words, our receipt book and our cheque book do the required accounting.
"Under the new regime we will have to:
Denmark commenced with a VAT (GST) of 10% - now 25%. Canada commenced with a Capital Gains Tax of 0.1% in the 70s - now 10%! "Certainly - businesses can hold onto the GST they collect for 3 months; however, it will be Big Business which reaps the reward because of its massive turnover, while small businesses will have the problems. "Little stores - such as milk-bars, fish-and-chip shops - and small specialist stores are going to have to comply with the regulations. Unless they have a bar-code reader-machine - at least $10,000 per pop - they will have no hope of complying with GST, regardless of 'cooked chook' or fresh chook.
Small business will be the lamb led to the slaughter. But the biggest slaughter will come when the next Federal election is held. Like Canada, it is a 'conservative' party pushing this hated tax through. The Canadian party which had a majority of over 100 seats was left with two in the Canadian House of Commons. Even the Prime Minister of the day lost her seat. Two elections later they have hardly improved.
Sadly, One Nation's self destruction, following that party's destruction of Graham Campbell's base in Kalgoorlie, suggests that Coalition madness will ensure a Labor Government for years to come. Labor is no more friendly to small business, and won't abolish the GST. Like the Liberals and Nationals, Labor is a creature of globalism. The GST is an international requirement, promulgated by the IMF. According to Howard and Costello it is going to be 'good' for us all.
Make the protest against the GST the biggest thing in Australia yet!
ANOTHER PITIFUL EXAMPLE
A letter-writer in The Courier-Mail Queensland (30/3/2000) gave another example of the idiocy: "It is evident that the system of withholding tax is unworkable even for the Australian Tax Office. "By introducing two numbers, as opposed to the rest of the world which generally has one, the variations when making a simple purchase have risen to three. You could purchase from someone who is not registered at all; you could purchase from someone who has an Australian Business Number but is not registered for GST; you could purchase from someone who has an ABN and is registered for GST. Imagine buying flowers for the office from a roadside flower seller for $60. 'Are you registered? Do you have an ABN number? Are you registered for GST? If so, please can I have a tax invoice? If not, I'll have to keep $29.10 (48.5 percent withholding tax) and you can get it back in 18 months when you are assessed.' This is taxation gone mad.
Most small businesses in such situations would not survive the year. They would be taxed at an upfront rate on revenue of 48.5 percent when, in reality, they would pay only 22.76 percent (the average rate on taxable income of $50,000). There would be a considerable difference between their revenue and their taxable income and the cashflow impact would put them out of business. The business that buys the flowers would have to record the name and address of the flower seller and pay the $29,10 over to the ATO. Remember, every transaction falls into the net, including all petty cash payments. Businesses make many such purchases ....
The only logical conclusion is that the end of small business (and particularly Australian-owned) is the whole idea!
What is required is a docile, servile population, totally in the hands of the corporate world, and dutifully policing one another under the controlling eye of the Government and the Australian Tax Office. If you haven't grasped that, and still put the whole thing down to bumbling foolishness, you are on a steep learning curve!
THOSE IN THE KNOWKerry Packer was one of the very few who escaped the 1987 stockmarket crash, having liquidated assets shortly before. He made a killing, snapping up bargains after prices had crashed. We offer the following without comment, from the Business section of The Australian (29/3/2000): "Kerry Packer believes there will be a share market crash - and it will happen soon. "That is why he is in such a hurry to raise as much cash as he can through his FXF Trust to be ready to swoop on the many bargains available to him when the dust clears ..... For Packer, to raise such a large quantity of cash is a smart move, particularly because he is using mostly other peoples' money. But CPH is chipping in $225 million, so he's backing his own judgement heavily too ..
KEATING AND HIS ILK JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND
The Canberra Times, 30/3/2000, tells us that Paul Keating predicts the future demise of the Monarchy in Australia citing the belief that, "Basically, monarchs are a bygone age. I think to live in a country where the head of state is born to rule the rest of us would just diminish all of the citizens." What gall from such a centralist, power-hungry ideologist. What does diminish our rights to live as a free people is the way cringing, wheeler-dealer politicians, have kow-towed to the international banking elite and have subjected us, more and more, to their control through their power of mammon (money).
Keating is one of the present 'elite' who rail against the idea that the Queen does not have to bow to the party line and cannot be manipulated by the backroom wheelers and dealers.
As Queen Elizabeth said to the Australian
people in her first official speech on this present visit:
"I respect and accept the outcome of the referendum. In the
light of the result last November, I shall continue faithfully
to serve as Queen of Australia under the Constitution to the
very best of my ability, as I have tried to do for these past
48 years. It is my duty to seek to remain true to the interests
of Australia and all Australians."
Let us be quite sure as to where and to whom the loyalty of the present elite in this country is directed - and it is not to Australia and the Australian people. To get a clearer picture of the contempt that these people have towards Australians and Australian culture you need to read the book, "The Republic of the Rich" available from League book services in your State.
PM CALLS ON PEOPLE TO 'DOB IN A DOLE CHEAT'
It has been reported that Mr. Howard has called on people to abandon their "Australian unwillingness to dob in dole cheats", but he was at great pains not to include the stay-at-home parents who receive parenting payments - Sydney Morning Herald, 25/3. Mr. Howard commits the 'sin' of 'swallowing the gnat', condemning the petty pilfering of the social security system but ignores the most stupendous steal in all history and the banks' monopoly of the public credit. Aaaarg! What humbug!
What about the fact that the banks create financial credit against the real credit created by Australian communities. What about the fact that he and his government are perpetrating the 'greater sin' by never challenging the banks' monopoly of the nation's money supply. Has it never occurred to him that the basic immorality is in the fact that practically all money begins its life as a debt to the banks, and it is upon this fact that most 'lesser sins' are based - including the 'sin' of 'dole bludging'?
Under the present pro-Marxist policy
of progressive taxation, the population is grouped into classes
- those struggling for gain or those trying to limit their
losses. The culmination will be some sort of tyranny, whether
described as 'socialist' or 'capitalist'. If there were no
alternative to taxation as a means of financing the nation's
affairs, then it would be a case of grin and bear it, but
there is an alternative.
WHAT SHOULD WE RENDER TO CAESAR?
by Betty Luks
The attack upon charities, education and other non-profit organisations through the GST and Entity taxation is another encroachment of Caesar into a domain that does not belong to him. The Sydney Morning Herald's economics' correspondent (25/3) reported the concern of Tax officials that so few of the charitable organisations have registered with the Tax Office. We are now told that: "Whether they fall in the GST net or not, all non-profit organisations have to register with the Tax Office to confirm their status as exempt from income tax and legal recipients of tax-deductible gifts and donations".
A little-known part of the new tax legislation
requires non-profit organisations - ranging through big charities,
Bible classes, surf-lifesaving clubs, schools and child-care
centres - to apply for an ABN (Australian Business Number)
and then go through an endorsement process to ratify their
tax exempt status.
Sadly, the organised Church has failed
to recognise what is happening, or she lacks the necessary
leadership, or she lacks the moral courage to speak out. It
was once understood a tax was a bargain between the ruler
and the taxpayers. The right of trial by jury instead of by
combat is but one example. An agreed rate was struck for a
specific purpose. The purpose of the tax was determined, the
amount was bargained for and upon agreement, consent was given.
The contrast could hardly be more marked than in the proposed
taxation reforms of this present government - of which the
GST is a part.
Further reading: "Social Credit and the Christian Philosophy" by E.D. Butler.
SALVATION ARMY - ANOTHER ARM OF GOVERNMENT?The Salvation Army is an example of a religious organisation in danger of becoming little more than an arm of a government department. "After being awarded a major contract to help the long-term unemployed, Employment Plus, the name of this new agency of the Salvation Army, is the nation's largest provider of intensive services for the long-term unemployed and it is estimated the Federal Government contract with the agency to find jobs for people is worth more than $270 million." Sydney Morning Herald, 27/3.
BASIC FUNDContributions received over the past three weeks, totalling $2,115.00, have brought the Basic Fund to $48,812.05 - less than $12,000.00 short of the $60,000.00 target.
SYDNEY CONSERVATIVE SPEAKERS' CLUBThe CSC requests the pleasure of your company at the next meeting to be held on Tuesday, April 18th. The Guest Speaker will be Mr. Alex McClelland. and the venue is the Estonian Club, 141 Campbell Street, Sydney. Please note this meeting falls one week earlier than usual due to Anzac Day. Alex will speak on his experiences as a POW during WW2. He was wounded and held prisoner in Germany for four years. He has written a book of his experiences and the book will be available for sale. Date for your diary: Tuesday, May 30th. Guest speaker will be Mr. Graeme Campbell, former MHR for Kalgoorlie and leader of the Australia First Party. His observations of the Australian political scene will be of immense interest.
SOUTH AUSTRALIA: ACTION-TRAINING MEETINGSWe are indeed fortunate to have Mr. Tom Fielder come over to conduct a number of action-training meetings. He has demonstrated his ability to train and motivate people into action. He and his small team are now servicing 5,000 responses to their letters to the newspapers on the GST campaign. For further information contact: (08) 8381 3909 or (08) 8322 8665
VICTORIA: THE MATT SINCLAIR CAMPAIGN
This campaign initiated by three pensioners
came out of Matt Sinclair's letter to the editor. They have
no resources other than a few, but very welcome donations
received by those concerned about the GST. They are now servicing
5,000 people who are collecting signatures as fast as possible.
While this would appear to be a large number of signatures,
they emphasise it is not enough to move government. This phase
of the campaign - the petition - must be increased and sustained.
There is a 'sifting process' going on to identify those who
are committed to taking the matter and action further.
Matt Sinclair Campaign, P.O. Box 184,
The Basin, Vic, 3154
The Hotel groups have awoken to the fact that they have been duped by this Government. Make approaches to them to have the petitions on the bars for patrons to sign. Petitions must be completed and returned by April 30th.
LONG-LIFE ANTI-GST BUMPER STICKERSThe distribution of these bumper stickers needs to be stepped up. Send for your supply now - if you haven't got them on hand opportunities are missed. Available from your State book services: Prices include postage:- 3 for $2.00; 10 for $6.50; 25 for $15.00; 25 for $15.00; 50 for $27.50; 100 for $50.00; 1,000 for $350.00. Wording is NO GST JOHNNY OR NO VOTE
TOOWOOMBA WEEKEND - DATES FOR YOUR DIARYThe League's Annual two-day Seminar and Dinner will be held this year on Saturday/Sunday, May 27th-28th, 2000. National Director, Betty Luks will be guest speaker at the dinner, plus an array of other talented speakers during the two-day seminar. Who said Queenslanders were 'rednecks'? Make sure you come along to hear the great range of speakers! For further information contact Co-ordinator Keith Fuss: Phone (07) 4632 9753.
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