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13 October 2000. Thought for the Week: "The social and political order is inevitably affected by the monetary system. Whoever creates a nation's money rules that nation, and, inversely, without the prerogative of issue, no government rules in fact as well as in name.
Kings ruled as well as reigned as long as they coined their subjects' money; with the loss of that right, surreptitiously wrested from them by the banks, they lost their independence, since when their policies and those of the presidents and parliaments that have succeeded them in executive authority have been dictated from the wings by bankers. The revolutionary effects of the change have become clearer with the years. A monarch is by definition a supreme authority whose function is to administer justice and promote the common good; a banker is a businessman out to make a profit."
"Money and the Modern World" by Andrei Krylienko, 1995
CORPORATISING THE SNOWY HYDRO SCHEME
by Betty Luks
Presented as a great achievement for all concerned - a win-win situation for us all - it is only when we read the fine print does it hit home at what cost to the Australian people is the 'flow' of the river to be achieved. The Snowy River Hydro-scheme is being set up to be corporatised! The next step in the process will more than likely be 'privatisation'. The States' $300 million rescue deal approved by Howard "will be administered by a joint venture company between the States... The new body, yet to be named, will dole out money on a range of water saving projects..."
In his book "Water's Fall" Christopher Sheil, visiting fellow in the school of history at the University of New South Wales, explains how the government version of 'corporatisation' works. "The theory of corporatisation has one objective around which all its other rationales are clustered, or from which all its justifications are derived. It aims to increase the commercial value of public assets... it seeks to increase the rate-of-return on public assets, as measured against, and in competition with, the returns available from other comparable market investment opportunities... In plain words, the idea is to convert water and other public services into valuable corporate commercial activities, which means subordinating public content to commercial imperatives."
Mr. Sheil tells us, "Since the 1990-91 special premiers' conferences, corporatisation has practically become universal." He goes on to list the corporatisation of government bodies once responsible for Australia's water supplies: Hunter, Sydney, Melbourne, West Australia, South Australia, Hobart and Northern Territory water authorities. It was attempted by the ACT government in 1999 but the move was defeated by the ACT's parliament.
PRIVATISATION NEXT STEP?
Judging by their track record, the Howard Government's next step will be to sell off the Snowy Hydro corporation - privatise - and examples of this likely scenario are many. In 1991 the NSW government approved the construction of four privately built, owned and operated water treatment plants and has since sold off its public irrigation schemes in the Murrumbidgee, Murray and Llachlan Valleys. South Australia is streaks ahead in the 'privatisation' of its water resources.
Professor Shiel writes, "In 1995 it contracted out the entire management, operation and maintenance of Adelaide's water and sewerage system, including its capital works programme... (the government) has also sold its corporation's manufacturing and fabrication division, and opted for building ten private water treatment plants." He reminds us that these utilities "have the most natural of geographic monopolies". Quite!
Corporatisation and then Privatisation of Australia's water resources is simply a sneaky way of 'globalising' our water. It is the surrender of our local and community assets and resources to the transnational corporations who are - usually - the buyers of these assets and resources. We have been warned of the grim state of Australia's environment by the State of the Environment Report released in 1996 by the Environment Advisory Committee. The Executive Summary released by the Minister of Environment, Senator Robert Hill, says that Australians are destroying their environment through population growth, land clearing and the overuse of water resources. Although Australia "has the highest per capita quantity of fresh water of any nation (primarily because of its low population density not because of its richness of water resources)...this is threatened by the pollution of its waterways by salts, sediments, sewage, agricultural and industrial pollution and algal blooms" warns Dr. Joseph Smith
Healing a Wounded World
"It has been said that the shape of global conflict in the twenty-first century may well be based on water. You can be sure that the frightening powers involved in the control of water has not escaped the notice of the One Worlders. Water is the first necessity of life, but is easily centralised; and yet one of the first conditions on which we live upon this earth is that it should be to a large extent, decentralised.
History records the control of water
was the basis upon which the first centralised State arose
on the banks of the Nile. We were told "God sends the rain
on the just and the unjust" but such an arrangement is not
what the One Worlders have in mind. They would prefer that
the rain should be gathered into one place - or under centralised
control - and then 'delegated' at their pleasure.
A DARK MOMENT FOR AUSTRALIA
by Nigel Jackson
Yesterday, the three main newspapers read in Melbourne (30/9/2000) announced that Latvia has pressed such charges against Konrads Kalejs and that his extradition to Latvia now appears likely. The Herald Sun quoted "prominent Jewish businessman Joseph Gutnick" as saying that Mr. Kalejs "must not be allowed to flee Australia and escape justice". Such a statement appears to equate justice with condemnation.
The Age quoted "Australia Israel Jewish Affairs Council executive director Dr. Colin Rubenstein" as welcoming the Latvian decision and urging the Australian Government "to act expeditiously to ensure that Mr. Kalejs is available for extradition to Latvia the moment a request is in hand from Latvian authorities."
The Australian also published Dr. Rubenstein's views. None of the three newspapers included any statements by Australians opposed to extraditions such as that proposed for Mr. Kalejs, nor any statements by Mr. Kalejs himself or by spokespeople for the Latvian and Lithuanian communities in Australia. Nor did these newspapers show any sign of concern at the possibility that the proposed treatment of men in their late eighties in such a context might not only be unjust and inhumane, but even likely to cause a deep blot of dishonour on the record of Australian justice.
The reports were characteristic. It is fair to claim that the whole issue of proceedings against so-called "Nazi war criminals" has not been adequately discussed in the Australian media and other intellectual forums during the past year or more. Many substantial reasons can be adduced to show that men like Mr. Kalejs should not be subject to such extraditions. They are too old and frail to be able to adequately defend themselves. The events concerned happened too long ago and in a context of war, in which ordinary human behaviour cannot be expected. Many of the witnesses that defendants might need are dead. Disquieting reports have occasionally appeared which suggest that Latvia and Lithuania may have been under improper pressure to proceed with actions against Mr. Kalejs and others. These matters have been brought to the attention of the Prime Minister and not satisfactorily answered.
Distinguished Melbourne barrister Dr. I.C.F. Spry has published a major argument against such extraditions, but it appears to have been ignored by the Government and the major media alike. Under the circumstances a prima facie case can be mounted that Australia is in the process of witnessing a bi-partisan acquiescence by Government and opposition (for ALP justice spokesman Mr. Duncan Kerr has also applauded the moves towards extradition, as reported in The Australian) in a campaign initiated for their own interests by the Jewish lobbies in Australia and overseas. In this case there is the possibility of very great corruption at the highest levels of government in Australia in a matter which could set precedents involving the civic rights of all Australians.
There is an old saying that justice must not only be done but must be seen to be done... These serious concerns cannot be lightly laid aside. Thus, I suggest that the Prime Minister should establish an independent Australian legal tribunal, chaired by someone of the calibre of, say, former High Court chief justice Sir Harry Gibbs, to assess the whole situation... I call upon the Prime Minister and the Australian Government to ensure that our nation creates no "Australian Demjanjuks".
THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST MR. KALEJSWhat a pity Mr. Kalejs does not have 'the ear of government' as does Michael Danby, Federal Member for Melbourne Ports, as he "unrelentingly pressures the government" to extradite Mr. Kalejs to Latvia. The following letter appeared in The Australian Jewish News, 22/9/2000.
"... With the support of the Opposition, I have unrelentingly pressured the government to expedite the treaty that would legally allow Australia to extradite Kalejs. This was recently approved by parliament with Labor Opposition support. We must not rest until Kalejs, an officer in the SS, who has been convicted to a criminal standard of evidence for war crimes in Canada and the United States, is forced to leave this lucky country... It is laughable to portray Kalejs as too infirm to face charges. He was pictured in Melbourne's Herald Sun just three Saturday's ago, ambling around the suburbs of Melbourne near his home...I urge the nearly 10,000 people who have signed the petition calling for the deportation of Kalejs, to join the wife of the President of the United States, Hillary Clinton, and write to Prime Minister John Howard..."
Michael Danby, Federal Member for Melbourne Ports.
JEWISH COMPOSER SPEAKS OUT ON GENOCIDE AGAINST IRAQMore Than One Million Dead in Iraq Because of USA "Sanctions"
The following article was written by a Jewish composer in Iceland, Elias Davidsson, and translated from Icelandic to English. The author indicates he wrote it in solidarity with the voiceless children of Iraq as a plea for understanding and for justice.
MASS MURDERERS IN DARK SUITS
Mass murderers are generally considered as mentally disturbed individuals who commit their heinous crimes in the shadow of the night. When they are found, such individuals are normally arrested, prosecuted and sentenced to lengthy imprisonment. Mass media usually follow-up such cases in detail, both as regards the acts committed and the persons involved.
Mass murderers in dark suits are a totally different sort of people. Even when found guilty, they are treated with great reverence. The most known among them is probably Adolf Eichmann, one of the top Nazi leaders who presided over the annihilation of Hungarian Jewry in World War II. In his trial in Jerusalem Eichmann declared that he never hated Jews. His participation in genocide was merely the accomplishment of orders given by superiors, which he attempted to fulfil as conscientiously as possible.
Most heinous crimes of our times are in fact committed by gentlemen in dark suits: National leaders and high-ranking public officials. Their weapon is the pen, not guns or napalm bombs. These people never see their victims cry for mercy and die slowly in agonizing pain. The act of murder is often committed thousands of miles away from the place of death. Is there any human act more abhorrent than to kill people without incurring oneself the slightest risk ?
From August 1990 until this day governments across the world have participated in the extermination of 750,000 Iraqi children. Why? It appears that these children's "Godfather" (Saddam Hussein) is threatening world peace, whatever that term means. As "world peace" is as elusive as ever, and as there are still children remaining in Iraq, the infernal machine continues to grind to death 6 Iraqi children an hour, day and night, seven days a week. The weapon inflicting death are the so-called "UN trade sanctions against Iraq", a misnomer for what is an "economic siege of the entire Iraqi population".
This collective punishment of an entire nation has led to large-scale food and medicine shortages, epidemics, permanent health damage and death, to name but a few of the dramatic consequences. God have mercy upon those, such as Madeleine Albright, US Secretary of State, who consider such human sacrifices as "worth it".
It is sometimes maintained that the aim of the "trade sanctions" is not to hurt Iraqi civilians but to force the Iraqi authorities to respect UN resolutions (by imposing "hardship" on the civilian population). The massive deaths of Iraqi children is thus claimed to be an unfortunate "collateral" in the accomplishment of a noble aim, a price which "we" must be ready to pay.
Trade sanctions is a weapon. When they are aimed at an entire nation, they become a weapon of mass annihilation. Those who wield this weapon are fully aware of the consequences ensuing from its use. That's why they push the trigger again, and again. But who are the people who wield this deadly weapon ? They are well groomed gentlemen, known as cabinet members. And known to each other as members of an international platoon. Among the members of this platoon you will probably identify your own Minister of Foreign Affairs, believing himself (herself?) to represent you in summarily executing Iraqi children.
And when an international platoon of ministers executes somebody, somewhere, none is responsible. Absolutely none of them. Because not one of them knows for sure who had inflicted the fatal signature. When somebody inadvertently asks what they have been doing in this platoon, these cowards wail: "It is not me who killed the innocent infant, it is not me." But they return next day to execute a new batch of infants.
Adolf Eichmann sent half a million human beings to death. He fulfilled his duty conscientiously in accordance with a superior order. For this he was rightfully hanged, his body burnt and the remaining ashes spread over the sea. The act was primarily symbolic for it is not humanly possible to punish one person for killing half a million people. What can, what should be done with the members of the international platoon who individually and collectively signed the death warrant of over one million Iraqi civilians, and cannot even claim that they were just following superior orders? Taken from MER website.
DEATH OF HITLER 'DIARIES' FORGER
David Irving has reported the death of Konrad Kujau, German forger of the fake Hitler 'Diaries'. In one of the biggest journalistic hoaxes ever attempted, Kujau, a Stuttgart dealer in military and Nazi memorabilia, collaborated with Gerd Heidemann, a Stern magazine writer, in the attempt to present the forged 'diaries' as authentic. They claimed the documents were salvaged from a crashed aircraft in East Germany which was carrying material from Hitler's personal archives to safety towards the end of the 1939-45 war.
Lord Dacre, better known as Sir Hugh Trevor-Roper, at first thought the Diaries were genuine, but then he changed his mind.
David Irving recalls: The press conference of Der Stern magazine on April 25, 1983, in Hamburg, at which they presented their "Hitler diaries find" to the world, was one of the most memorable points in my career so far; the scholars and academics crowded the podium, eager for the glory. From the floor I then took the microphone, whispered to the Bild editor standing next to me the words "Torpedo Running!" and produced the documents proving that the diaries were fake. There is now a History Channel TV programme on the scandal; originally, I was shown in the press conference demolishing the "diaries", although not identified by name. My image has now (2000) been discreetly edited out of the film as well, in the name of political correctness. From David Irving website.
OLGA SCULLY AND THE HREOC
The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commissioner, Anthony Cavanough, has found that Mrs. Olga Scully has distributed material around Launceston, Tasmania, which "was bound to offend, insult, humiliate and intimidate Jews". (The Australian, 28/9/2000).
The Executive Council of Australian Jewry, acting on behalf of the 60-strong Tasmanian Jewish community, last year took Mrs. Scully to the Human Rights Commission. Objecting to the fact that truth was not a defence, Olga walked out of the hearing. The Commissioner has now insisted that she has to apologise but Olga says she will not. The Commission cannot enforce its finding and the next step for the Jewish community would be to take the case to the Federal Court.
Bruce Montgomery of The Australian goes on to report that if the Jewish community was successful in the Federal Court and Olga continued to distribute her material she could be charged with contempt of court which could ultimately mean jail. Not deterred by this prospect, Olga insists she will continue to distribute the material as she is quite prepared to go to jail, "I've lived through worse horrors in my childhood, certainly my family did." Her grievance against the Jews is founded on the fact that both her grandfathers were killed by Jewish revolutionaries, one in the 1918 revolution and the other in a labour camp on the White Sea in 1938. When only a baby, Olga was taken by her parents, with her brothers, to Germany to escape the persecution; she said the German people were extraordinarily kind to them. They put the family up and fed them, and if she can do a little bit to repay that kindness then she will. "It's a whole lot of lies that they are all Nazis who gassed 6 million Jews. Most Jews who died at Auschwitz died of natural causes," says Olga.
The Executive Council of Jewry said Olga had distributed leaflets claiming, among other things, "the Port Arthur massacre was a Jewish conspiracy, Jews practised sodomy and had intercourse with babies, and that Russian Jews controlled pornography."
On the October 4th the following letter from Olga Scully appeared in the letters page of The Australian: HOLOCAUST DEATHS: "I refer to your article Anti-semite thumbs nose at judgement (28/10). In the caption under the photograph you quote me correctly as saying that most Jews at Auschwitz died of natural causes. "This is the conclusion reached by the Jewish Princeton professor Arno Mayer after many years of research. In his book, Why Did the Heavens Not Darken, he wrote that more Jews died at Auschwitz from natural causes than by gassing or shooting. "Forensic and documentary evidence is piling up to disprove the PC version of the Holocaust. There are two untrue statements in the article. I have never said that the Port Arthur massacre was a Jewish conspiracy and I did not say that Jews practise sodomy and intercourse with babies. Let's stick to the truth, not lies." - Olga Scully, Launceston, Tas.
WEST AUSTRALIA'S 34th ANNUAL SEMINAR & DINNERAdvance notice for the WA State Weekend Seminar & Dinner, Saturday, October 28th, 2000. National Director Betty Luks for the Seminar and Dinner. Speakers: Mrs. Emily Wallis: Genetically Engineered Food & Health; Mr. Thomas Lawson: The Most Precious Right of All; Mrs. Betty Luks: Paths to the Quality of Life. Registration for the Seminar: 12.30pm: Introduction Mr. Ed Wall: 1.15pm. Venue: The Terrace Hotel, 195 Adelaide Terrace, Perth. Annual Dinner: Cocktails at 7.00pm, Dinner served from 7.30pm. RSVP: Monday, October 23rd. Phone: (08) 9385 4439.
ADELAIDE CONSERVATIVE SPEAKERS' CLUB
The next CSC will be held on Monday,
November 6th, 2000. Guest speaker will be Mr. Kai Richmond.
He now lives in Macclesfield, but grew up in Warrawong. A
qualified accountant, Mr. Richmond has worked in Community
Aid Abroad, Trades Hall and also the Information Industry.
Added to this, he is Webmaster for the Adelaide Institute
and mentions he is willing to help anyone set up their own
website - especially a 'freedom of speech' site.
Come along to this Adelaide pre-Christmas CSC and enjoy the friendship and fellowship of like-minded people. Dinner to be served from 6.30pm and the public address commences at 7.30pm. Venue is the Public Schools' Club, 207 East Terrace, (Cnr. Carrington) Adelaide. For dinner bookings phone: 8395 9826. Bookings in by Thursday, 2nd November. After this meeting there will be a break until February 5th next year.
NATIONAL DIRECTOR FOR HORSHAM MEETINGMrs. Betty Luks will be the guest speaker at a meeting to be held in the CWA Hall, Cnr. Smith & McPherson Streets, Horsham, on Wednesday, October 25th, commencing at 8.00pm. Title of her address will be "Australia: What of Your Future?". It is not enough that we look only at the problems we face as a people, we must put more effort into exploring ways and means for the renewal and regeneration of families and communities. This is so necessary before any great change of direction will take place. It is the individual effort that is still going to make the difference. Further inquiries: (03) 5382 4720.
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