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21 April 2000. Thought for the Week: "'Attempts
to review individual Social Credit proposals in the light
of orthodoxy are counterproductive; each theme exists
within a framework of an alternative economic theory and
social philosophy.' Douglas' empirical observations of
cost accounting and Orage's "Guild Socialism" created
a powerful and entirely new critique of both capitalism
and Marxist socialism. In orthodox economic theory, time
and money do not exist and no account is taken of the
'rate of flow' of prices and purchasing power. Therefore,
the Douglas/New Age analysis appeared incompatible with
the general assumption of underlying competitive equilibrium."
"It was inherent in Douglas' writings that he viewed society
as something partaking of the nature of an organism which
could 'have life and more abundant' to the extent that
it was God-centred and obedient to His canon..."
THE APPROACHING JULY 1 SHAMBLES
by Jeremy Lee
Under the heading "TAX OFFICE IN CRISIS AS GST RECRUITS WALK FOR MORE PAY" The Australian Financial Review (11/4/2000) told us: "The Australian Tax Office continues to lose GST recruits to headhunters, as pressure mounts on field officers to meet ever more demanding deadlines. "We are far behind with our work and it can only get worse,' a tax officer working in the GST line told The Australian Financial Review. "'They are ripping people off other projects to put them on ABN processing, and the demand from reply-in-five is just ridiculous. "Tax officers said 'reply-in-five', a promise by the ATO management to respond to GST queries in five days, had put extreme stress on already stretched staff.
The claims follow a recent organisational
psychologists report prepared for the ATO that found morale
was appalling, with staff at all levels 'deeply disillusioned'
with the organisations vision and direction....
Costello's new "simplified tax system"
is an absolute shambles. The AFR report went on to say that
the morale position was the worst in 15 years, with trust
between management and staff very low. The public service
was being scoured for new recruits, many of whom were walking
out as soon as they could. One said the new free market wage
philosophy espoused by the government should result in an
immediate wage rise: ".... For the first time we have the
whip hand - if the Government wants to talk about market forces,
I'm going to double my salary and work outside," a tax officer
"Just as we were starting to get up reply-in-five, the general manager of GST in NSW was headhunted, on an offer she couldn't refuse from a big five firm," the tax officer said. So where does it all end? Perhaps they could bus work-for-the-dole recipients in to man the ATO. They couldn't do any worse!
It looks like being an exciting new financial year! Meanwhile, a report in The Australian (11/4/2000) added "Almost 70 percent of companies admit they will not be ready for the GST in just over11 weeks. "Not only are businesses struggling to meet the July 1 deadline but the GST's impact on prices could also be much greater than officially anticipated, a survey of 870 executives by Dun & Bradstreet shows " The article added that Dun & Bradstreet's consultant, Dr. Duncan Ironmonger, predicted that, instead of a 1.9% increase in inflation, it would rise from 2 percent to 7 percent after July. Happy days!
THE APPROACHING TIDAL WAVEWe wonder whether the Liberal-National Coalition has any idea of the convulsions ahead? Stock markets round the world are plunging dramatically, the biggest falls recorded in the IT sections. With virtually no household savings, people have been borrowing to buy stocks that are now falling. With inevitable rising interest rates, the anguish is going to be tangible. All the fallacies of current economic thinking are going to be exposed for the madness they are. As things tighten, interest rates should come down to ease the burden. Instead they will be rising, proving the final straw for small businesses and farmers. Unemployment - where the figures have already been cooked - will rise dramatically. Many small businesses will close, rather than endure bureaucratic persecution. What are the Liberals and Nationals going to say when seeking votes? "No gain without pain?" They won't find too many takers, after 20 years of the same plaintive cry.
NEW ZEALAND SEES THE LIGHT
New Zealand's new Prime Minister, Helen Clark, looks as though she is turning her country aside from the 'free-trade-globalisation' path. Tariffs destined to be removed by 2005 are now to be retained. Helen Clarke announced this policy ".... in a signal to New Zealanders that jobs mattered more than "leading the pack" on international trade reform...."
The article continued: "'It is a signal to other countries that no longer can New Zealand be relied upon to be foolish,' said Acting Commerce Minister Mr. Trevor Mallard 'This sends a signal to New Zealanders that we think jobs in New Zealand are important and that we are no longer following a blind ideological approach,' Mr. Mallard said. 'In my opinion, we have lost tens, if not hundreds of thousands of jobs by trying to be world leaders in this area, rather than staying in the middle of the pack. Unilateral tariff reductions will not be the way of the future....'"
With a government whose first priority is retention of domestic industries and jobs, New Zealand has taken the first step to a turn-around. Now they need to re-capture control of their own money system and start the process of debt and tax reduction. If they do, they will be winners of the economic 'world cup'!
NOT SO SWEET
The next industry in the sights of the
economic rationalists is Australia's giant cane industry -
one of our biggest export earners. The wool industry is on
the floor, wheat at an all-time low, despite a harvest this
year of well over 20 million tonnes, and the dairy industry
reeling from de-regulation. In a hard-hitting article in The
Australian Sugar Digest (29/3/2000) The Australian Cane
Farmers Association Chairman Warren Martin did not mince his
words. After describing the farce at the Seattle WTO conference,
which he attended, Mr. Martin added:
"....Currently Australia is receiving less for the raw sugar it sells domestically than any other economy in the world. Australian refineries, at March 1st were able to purchase Queensland raw sugar for less than $200 per tonne (in fact for about $180/tonne -18 cents per kilogram). Brazilian producers this month are getting the equivalent of $315 per tonne for their domestic sugar, that is 60% more than Queensland is receiving. The story in Thailand is similar, raw sugar producers are receiving today the equivalent of $545 per tonne for sugar they sell to the domestic market....Of course the price in Australia doesn't really compare at all to what domestic producers in the USA and in Europe get for their production, $632 per tonne in the USA and $1,090 in Europe
"We are told we should be globally competitive.
We are told that if we cannot do that successfully we are
inefficient. This is economic rationalism in action
UN 'STATE-OF-THE-WORLD' FORUM
Those interested in keeping up with the UN's calendar can tap into the UN website - https://www.un.org/millennium/2000cal.htm - where they will be informed of upcoming events, culminating in another 'State-of the-World' forum, between September 2-10 at UN headquarters in New York. The agenda will be on 'global governance' - the politically correct way of describing world government.
Those who have read Martin & Schumann's "The Global Trap", or Jeremy Lee's "What Will We Tell Our Children?" will recall the descriptions of the 1985 "State-of-the-World" forum, under the chairmanship of Mikhail Gorbachev. At this it was agreed by the hundreds of multinational and political 'movers-and-shakers' who attended that the world economic system could be successfully run by 20 percent of the world work-force, and that the majority of tomorrow's humanity would live at peasant level off the hand-outs and the bread-and-circuses provided by the corporate elite. Gorbachev called for a "Council of Wise Men" to run the world.
Prior to the September 'State-of-the-World'
Forum, a preparatory Millennium Forum is to be held between
May 22-26, to discuss 'humanity's common future and particularly
the role of the UN in confronting the great global challenges
of the 21st century...."
WORLD BANK PLUNDERS THE PLANET"
by Betty Luks
"Speaking more in sorrow than in anger to the media" about "...the noise outside", Wolfensohn said, "It's a bit demoralising when you see that there is mobilisation for social justice, when you think that's what we are doing every day."
First we should define the term social justice! How could the little people of the world have got the IMF and World Bank so wrong? Are they not humanitarian benefactors whose only concern is the well-being of the people of the planet? Hmm... It might have something to do with the fact that these groups "feed on human poverty...and the destruction of the natural environment." The members are "a privileged social minority" who have "accumulated vast amounts of wealth at the expense of the large majority of the population," writes Michel Chossudovsky in his book The Globalisation of Poverty.
Just in case the reader should be under the misapprehension that the groups are arms of the national governments lets us be quite clear of the facts. "While the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank constitute a powerful international bureaucracy (a bureaucracy of 10,000...Ed) - formerly under an inter-governmental umbrella - the seat of political power does not rest with the international financial institutions and their major shareholders (i.e. the governments of the rich countries). The IMF, the World Bank and the World Trade Organisation (WTO) are administrative structures, they are regulatory bodies operating within a capitalist system and responding to dominant economic and financial interests."
At the same time as the preparations
(and protests), are taking place for these meetings World
Trade Organisation director-general Mike Moore is calling
for the foreign debt of the poorest countries to be written
off. "But" he says conditions should apply to "institution
reform, good governance, education, infrastructure, integrity
in government procurement." Michel Chossudovsky says that
"good governance" and other 'economic reforms' precludes a
genuine democratisation, and invariably requires the backing
of the military and the authoritarian state.
Further reading: The Globalisation of Poverty by Michel Chossudovsky $28.50 including postage from all League book services.
ON THE LIGHTER SIDEBarbara Walters filed a report on gender roles in Kuwait a few years prior to the Gulf War, and noted then that, in traditional Islamic fashion, women customarily walked about 10 feet behind their husbands. She returned to Kuwait recently and observed that the men now walked several yards behind their wives. Ms. Walters approached one of the women for an explanation. "This is marvellous," she said. 'What enabled women here to achieve this reversal of roles?" The Kuwaiti woman replied, "Land mines."
IRVING LOSES LIBEL CASE
The following is taken direct from Irving's
Who wants to be a Millionaire? From what The Guardian told us yesterday morning, the money to fund the Lipstadt libel defence came partly from Edgar J Bronfman's Seagram distillery company and two wealthy Atlanta businessmen. Money really can buy a clean conscience. Seagram's legal drug dealing operations (alcohol) have killed many more millions, and destroyed more families, than died in the Nazi Holocaust. Incidentally, Lipstadt's expert witnesses must have been hard-pressed to stay as neutral as they did, in the face of the inducements offered them.
Stand up Christopher Browning, the only real expert among them: He was paid £27,632 by Professor Lipstadt and Penguin Books Ltd. His fee was bettered however by team-leader Professor Richard Evans: £70,181 - what will your common room colleagues make of that, Richard!
Well then, they may say, what about Dr. Peter Longerich, who is somewhat junior to yourself: he drew £76,195: that should pay for a few English lessons, eh. Professor Hajo Funke, the Berlin University's glittering and totally objective expert on the German far right: £92,558 went his way - what's the German for "Now that's a lot of moolah"? And then there is Professor of Architecture Robert Jan Van Pelt, who was paid £109,244 despite only one flaw in his background - he never qualified as an architect.
Now how many newspapers reported that little detail emerging from his cross-examination by Mr. Irving?" David Irving has announced he will appeal the court ruling. Make up your own mind...read the court transcripts posted on his website.
AFRICAN AIDS EPIDEMICby Tom Fielder
It is estimated that "13% of South Africa's male population is infected with the AIDS virus," (The Truth at Last, 28/2/2000). The article reveals that even more frightening is the figure that 40% of all black males between the ages 19 to 29 carry the AIDS virus. "This is the 'rape age' and thus poses a great danger to the women of South Africa because there is a rape every 26 seconds. That comes to 64,000 reported rape victims (with some being raped more than once). "Rape victims must be tested for the AIDS virus for at least 12 months - while living in terror during this period. It is estimated that at least one-third of all women will eventually be raped and many will contract AIDS. "Tragically, AIDS has left 2 million orphans. Many AIDS suffers do not seek treatment because they are then condemned by their neighbours. It was reported that last year neighbours beat a young black woman from Natal to death - after she revealed at an awareness meeting that she was infected with AIDS."
DEFENCE MINISTER BATTLES TO MAINTAIN PRE-SELECTION
by Antonia Feitz
But the Liberals have told the challenger to pull his head in. Well, The Australian reports that he has been "counselled". He's not impressed. "If this is an attempt to silence me the repercussions may be significant to [sic] the Liberal Party", he said. Goody!
Public in fighting in the Liberal camp: enjoy it while it lasts. Branch stacking is yet another reason why party politics are on the nose. The sooner we make the major party politicians irrelevant the better.
IRATE READER'S LETTER TO EDITOR
The League has been accused of 'adding to the fragmentation of the conservative vote' by an irate One Nation supporter. We are publishing his letter but will take no further correspondence on the matter:
"Sir: I thought that one of the aims
of the League is to save the country, not to aid and abet
the fragmenting of the conservative vote, by misinformation
and emphasising differences, as appears to be the aim of other
papers and organisations. In the March 31st On Target Jeremy
Lee wrote of Scott Balson being expelled from One Nation.
Let me set the record straight.
"GST AND THE FORGOTTEN TENANTS"
SUPPORTER'S LETTER TO THE PM
"Sir, It is my understanding that the following quotation appeared in The Age, 6th October 1998, and was attributed to you whilst you were "Leader of the Opposition".
"'The Prime Minister (Bob Hawke) and
government members (should) not hide behind the argument that
there is some kind of mandate out of the last election. That
suggestion is invalid, not only in terms of the number of
votes cast, but also on the simple proposition that when people
vote at an election they do not vote only on one issue. The
mandate theory of politics from the point of view of proper
analysis has always been absolutely phony.' E.Q.
"Granting that you desired a referendum on the New Tax System (GST) and that you had profound knowledge of the use of mandates, why in the blazes did you not put a referendum on the GST before the Australian people at election time?" David Barton, New South Wales.
TRADITIONAL DEFENCE OUTMODED"Sir, (1) Traditional defence policies may well be outmoded...If Australia had the will it could easily produce bio-weapons, and that technology would render our traditional defence as obsolete as a penny-farthing bicycle.
(2) Petrol prices hit a dollar a litre in parts of Australia today, not by 'mid-year'.
(3) Illegal immigrants have been thoroughly covered in the 'mainstream' media. In comparison to 'legal' immigrants they scarcely count. The Australian Bureau of Statistics says that by 2090 Asians will be 66.7% of our population -and of course that will be mainly a result of 'legal' immigration, 43.7% of which was made up by Asians in 1997. I hope it's okay to give a bit of feed back." A. James, Vic." (Yes it is Mr. James...Ed)
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