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7 July 2000. Thought for the Week: "...Taking monopolist capitalism in a country where it is still in the vulgar sense successful, as in the United States, we only see more clearly, and on a more colossal scale, the long and descending perspectives that point down to Byzantium or Pekin.
It is perfectly obvious that the whole business is a machine for manufacturing tenth-rate things, and keeping people ignorant of first-rate things.
Most civilised systems have declined from a height; but this starts on a low level and in a flat place; and what it would be like when it had really crushed all its critics and rivals and made its monopoly watertight for two hundred years, the most morbid imagination will find it hard to imagine...."
"The Outline of Sanity", G.K. Chesterton, 1926
REPORT OF PETITIONS DELIVERED TO CANBERRA
by Ken Grundy
At a media conference held after the 'presentation' I made it clear that I considered the action contemptible. The content of the media release follows and you will see the reason why we need to RECLAIM THE CONSTITUTION.
HIS EXCELLENCY'S RESPONSE
G.S.T. LAWS VIOLATE THE CONSTITUTION
The next flaw
TAX COMMISSIONER HOLDS ALL THE ACES
It may be difficult to say or read the legal wording. What is clear, is that, if it suits the Commissioner, black is white and vice versa. The phrase "moving goal posts" does not even apply - there are no goal posts at all!
SUMMARY TO THIS POINT
RECLAIM THE CONSTITUTION
With the G.S.T. example before us, many have followed the illustration above, of the sporting club members going back to the Rule Book. My discovery of Section 59 gave me considerable inspiration to mobilise the community feeling into a form which would possibly impress the Governor to exercise powers granted to him. Once I sensed the support for the petition, I wrote to His Excellency seeking a brief audience with him when I presented the petitions. My intention at the meeting was simply to draw attention to the points mentioned earlier.
At this stage it is worth quoting Section 59
"The Queen may disallow any law within one year from the Governor-General's assent, and such disallowance on being made known by the Governor-General by speech or message to each of the Houses of Parliament, or by Proclamation, shall annul the law from the day when the disallowance is so made known."
Men much wiser than I have agreed that
reference to the Queen's power in these matters are transferred
to the Governor. I quote from Dr. David Mitchell's book 'Republic?
More power for politicians'. He writes:
Correspondence from the Governor's staff
is astounding, to say the least. I have been referred to authors
who claim "The power of disallowance, while used in relation
to Australian Colonial legislation in the nineteenth century
is now a dead letter and this section must therefore take
its place with other inoperative sections of the Constitution."
We have had several referenda over the years; it is a wonder
we have not been asked to approve the deletion of some of
these "inoperative sections of the Constitution"!!
A reply from the Attorney General's office claimed "Section 59 has never been used. It has long been regarded as obsolete." I wonder how these people would react if they were told similar things had occurred in their sporting club? That some rules had never been used so they were obsolete or were from a bygone era and no longer applied.
The Constitution forms the basis of our governmental structure, the relationship between the people and their government. It says the Parliament shall consist of the Queen, the Senate and the House of Representatives. To function properly, the public must have some sort of access to the three aspects in order for them to govern 'justly, mercifully and lawfully", to quote Dr. Mitchell again. It appears that some modem 'convention' has it that the Governor may only act on the advice of his Ministers. This would deny the Governor any discretion which is clearly granted to him in Section 58. His role is not to be a rubber stamp for the Government of the day.
One is able to accept clarification of a clause in the Constitution by way of a cross-reference. For example, where the Queen's powers are transferred to the Governor. However, it is completely unacceptable when interpretation or 'convention' over-rides, denies the existence of, or changes the meaning of the wording of the Constitution. Such changes may only occur when passed by referendum.
It may be a simple view, but I contend that the words of the Constitution explain everything. What it says, is what it means! How could it be different?
In honour of the founders and for the sake of those who will follow, Australians need to - RECLAIM THEIR CONSTITUTION.
My effort today is only the spark. For
ignition, I wish to hear from all interested people who share
these concerns. With their suggestions we may develop a way
to reclaim the Constitution.
SNAKEHEADS' AND ILLEGALS
by Jeremy Lee
A letter in The Australian (June
16th) is a case in point. The writer had personal experience
in dealing with illegals: " .... I spent 15 years in the Australian
Customs Service and was often the first person to deal with
Those who live in a fairy-land which says there are no such things as racial differences or people- smuggling would probably condemn such a view.
RUDDOCK FREES MORE BOATPEOPLE
Following hard on his "snakes-and-redbacks" video - designed to scare the wits out of potential illegals - Immigration Minister Ruddock has decided to release more than half the 3,100 boatpeople still in detention within the next six weeks: "Each state and territory, excepting N.S.W., will receive a quota of the refugees to avoid 'undue impact' on any one area. Mr. Ruddock told the partyroom that Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia would each take about 425 refugees, Victoria would take about 250 and the rest would be dispersed around Tasmania, the A.C.T. and the Northern Territory ...." (The Australian, 28/6/2000)
Ruddock acknowledged that the boatpeople would not necessarily stay where they were sent: "....While successful applicants were encouraged to go to capital cities or regional areas with smaller populations and enough job opportunities, they ultimately had freedom to settle where they wished ...."
At the 1996 Census, Australia had a total of 427,000 Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders. This is now outnumbered by the total of Buddhists, Hindus and Mahomedans. Currently, the great bulk of illegal immigrants come from Islamic countries, i.e. Iraq and Afghanistan. With the world's biggest Islamic nation on Australia's door-step - Indonesia - now self-destructing, Australia's indiscriminate and abject policy of accepting all and sundry does not bode well for the future.
The discovery of 58 illegal immigrants at Dover who had suffocated to death in the back of a truck highlighted the dimensions of the $11 billion global smuggling industry. A feature article in The Weekend Australian (24-25/6/2000) pointed out: "..... Some of those who died at the weekend are believed to have travelled overland through Russia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Belgium and on to the Netherlands ..... True, the [British] Government has cracked down on entitlements, replacing welfare payments with food vouchers, but the system is much more generous than those applying in most European countries and other popular destinations such as Australia. At the end of the day, there is a good chance an illegal can argue fear of persecution at home and get the official nod to stay ...."
As we reported recently, Australia is now paying Indonesia to house illegal immigrants. It seems only a matter of time before we make arrangements to pay the 'snakeheads' themselves to keep the boat people from embarking. In the meantime, perhaps we could lend the U.K. our new video?
DOUBLE-STANDARDSHuge pressure has been placed on both India and Pakistan over the development of nuclear weapons. But what about Israel? The following appeared in The Australian Financial Review (24/6/2000): "Israel has test-fired cruise missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads, fuelling fears of an escalation in the Middle East arms trade, the Sunday Times (London) reported yesterday. The tests took place in May off Sri Lanka and hit targets at sea at a range of about 1,500 km, the report said. Western experts say Israel has used its reactor at Dimona in the southern Negev desert to produce around 200 nuclear warheads. A cruise missile capability would increase the range of targets in the regional theatre that Israel could hit."
BRIMFUL OF CONFIDENCEThe National Tax and Accountants' Association has called on the Federal Government to defer the July 1st introduction of the G.S.T. for six months: "..... Consumers faced overcharging, small businesses faced bankruptcy and the Federal Government faced an electoral backlash because of a lack of preparation for the new tax .... President Mr. Ray Regan said. "Accountants responsible for small business activity statements were still waiting on answers for 30,000 queries from the Australian Tax Office (A.T.O.) he said ......"
It all sounds like a promising start to the new financial year!
SYDNEY CONSERVATIVE SPEAKERS' CLUBThe next meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 25th. Come along to hear guest speaker Mr. John Ambler. A retired architect, Mr. Ambler has for 30 years been a Sydney 'Domain' public orator. He will speak on "The Joy of Relationships". The cost of your attendance is $4.00, which includes an excellent supper provided at 9.30pm. Books and videos will be available for purchase.
The book "Vaccination: The Right Choice" by Maureen Hickman ($28.50 posted) is available from the Heritage Book Service, P.O. Box 6086, Lake Munmorah, N.S.W., 2259.
DIARY DATE FOR SYDNEY CONSERVATIVE SPEAKERS' CLUBThe Annual General Meeting is to be held on August 29th, 2000 - make every effort to attend! Guest speaker will be Mr. John Stafford and his subject will be "Ireland Today". No meeting in September: Due to the anticipated Sydney Olympics' congestion there will be no meeting in September.
SOUTH AUSTRALIA'S STATE WEEKENDSupporters are asked to mark the dates of Saturday, 19th, and Sunday, August 20th, in their diary
To - Mr. Neil Mitchell, Radio 3AW, Bank
Street, South Melbourne
The Editor, On Target
To Rt. Hon. John Howard, MHR. Parliament
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