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27 October 2000. Thought for the Week: "On the surface America appears lost. But the animalisation of the body and the brutalisation of the spirit, the desecration of the environment, the venality of politics, the drug and homosexual plagues, the taste-destroying shock waves of pornography, the ghetto savagery, the degeneration of the military, the torrents of illegal immigrants, the apostasy of the professors and journalists, the mindlessness of the students, the phobic materialism and Babbittry of their parents - all these, perhaps, are not the irreversible regressions they seem but merely short-term roadblocks or detours on the Great Trek to a higher and more luminous life form. In the sequence of organic rebirth, what is to be done must be first undone. Unthinking must precede rethinking... Degeneration alternates with regeneration."
"The Dispossessed Majority" by Wilmot Robertson
BRIBING US WITH OUR OWN MONEY
by Jeremy Lee
Small business and farming continues to be crucified. The former is grappling with the first real impact of the GST - the Business Activity Statement, and the ensuing payment of accumulated GST "takings" to the ATO. It is hard to know what to say about farming. The loss of the wheat harvest in Queensland already has the banks foreclosing on dozens of farmers. The misery of dairy deregulation looks like handing control of the industry overseas. The prospect of higher interest rates - the result of a falling dollar - may well be the last straw for a viable agricultural industry in Australia. But so long as Howard and Costello have their huge Budget Surplus - an electoral treasure-chest for the election which must be held within a twelvemonth - the politicians may be nervous, but they are happy.
COSTELLO AND THE DONG
With the Australian dollar lurching from one record low to the next, Treasurer Costello was hard put to it to find another currency which had fallen to such levels. The Australian Financial Review (4/10/2000) reported on a question put to Costello by shadow-treasurer Simon Crean: "The question by ...Mr. Simon Crean was aimed at challenging the Government claim that the $A is only losing ground against the rocketing US dollar. " Mr. Crean said that in the past month the dollar had fallen against the Mexican peso, the Vietnamese dong, the Venezuelan bolivar, the Algerian dinar, the Bulgarian leva, the Bangladeshi take, the Mongolian tughrik, the Botswana pula and Swaziland's ligangeni ....."
Mr. Costello was able to find one currency which had fallen further - the New Zealand dollar!
ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF CORPORATE BULLYING
The issue of corporate control and political
manipulation of political parties has received an added twist
with the latest news from South Australia.
What does this mean? That 'other States'
are offering bigger inducements? What a pathetic and immoral
use of taxpayers' money! The new immorality of Australia's
corporate-business elite was well captured in a two-page essay
by John Carroll, Reader in Sociology at LaTrobe, and author
of the hard-hitting book Shutdown. Carroll's theme
is that the old service motive in business leaders of yesteryear
has been totally replaced by greed in the new corporate leadership
- Australian Financial Review (6/10/2000):
The cynicism produced by the gap between word and deed had, John Carroll said, spread throughout the community, particularly amongst the young, producing a "complete collapse of civic idealism among those entering adulthood ..." This had finally produced the eradication of values society needed for survival.
Carroll drew attention to the following
passage in The Communist Manifesto: " ....The bourgeoisie
... has left remaining no other nexus between man and man
than naked self-interest, than callous 'cash-payment'. It
has drowned the most heavenly ecstasies of religious fervour,
of chivalrous enthusiasm, of philistine sentimentalism, in
the icy waters of egotistical calculation. It has resolved
personal worth into exchange value, and in place of the numberless
indeafesible chartered freedoms, has set up a single, unconscionable
freedom - Free Trade. In one word, for exploitation, veiled
by political and religious illusions, it has substituted naked,
shameless, direct, brutal exploitation ...."
The fact that Marxism-Leninism offered an even worse alternative does not alter the fact that, in this case, Marx's analysis was apt. Without a regeneration of morality, which stems from a preliminary spiritual regeneration, Australia's society is now sliding into chaos.
FOREIGN DEBT OUT OF CONTROL
As if to reinforce the article by John
Carroll, the latest figures show Australia's gross foreign
liabilities approaching $700 billion. Net foreign debt is
now about $400 billion. Bill McConnell, writing in the AFR
John Howard and Peter Costello, so keen
on foreign investment, will only receive this in return for
asset sales and takeovers. Brenadan Pearson (AFR, 6/10/2000)
pointed out: "Global flows of foreign investment will top
$US1 trillion (A$1.8 trillion) this year, driven by a wave
of cross-border mergers and acquisitions, according to a new
report from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
CONTINUING DAIRY DISASTER
Developments are tragically unbelievable. A report in The Chronicle (Toowoomba, 4/10/2000) said that local milk was being dumped by the tonneful on the local rubbish tip. On October 5th, the same paper said the Calvert family of Nanango - dairy farmers for three generations - had started bottling their own milk under the label "Same Day Fresh Milk" and had been run off their feet by the demand. The milk was being sold across the Downs and into Toowoomba. The Parmelat/Pauls truck which previously collected milk from the Calvert's farm now no longer called. Some retail outlets were now refusing Pauls milk in favour of Same Day Fresh. Whether this local effort can match the huge monopolies forcing untenable prices on dairy farmers remains to be seen. It seems clear that if consumers are given the facts and the choice they will take the local product every time!
Meanwhile, the New Zealand Dairy Group has started buying heavily into Australia's National Foods, making it clear that the war between Parmelat (Italy) Dairy Group (New Zealand) and National Foods (currently Australian but for how long?) to control Australia's stricken Dairy Industry is gaining in intensity.
GLIMPSES OF OBJECTIVE REPORTING
It is heartening to see some objective reporting on the tragic events in the Middle East. Reporting has been so routinely slanted in favour of the US and Israel over the years that any change is welcome. Scott Burchill, lecturer in international relations at Deakin University, had a realistic article published in The Australian (12/10/2000) BETRAYAL OF A LOOTED PEOPLE. It presented a fair case for the Palestinians.
Burchill made the point: " ....The spin-doctors in Washington and Tel Aviv want us to see Arafat as a violent recalcitrant who cannot match Barak's generous concessions and compromises offered at Camp David recently. Palestinians on the ground live a different reality ...." He pointed out how similar current Israeli policy is to the old apartheid regime in South Africa.
Robert Fisk, who has always reported
on Middle East affairs without bias asked, in an AFR article
(20/10/2000) the obvious question:
(For a deeper look at events in the Middle East, see the October edition of The New Times Survey, obtainable from the Melbourne office, $3.00 posted).
by Antonia Feitz
Clinton also said the attack would not deter the US from its mission of "promoting peace and security in the Middle East" (Australian, 14-15/10/00). Hmm, so sending a naval destroyer armed with cruise missiles to join other US warships in the Gulf to stop Iraqi attempts to break the UN sanctions is "promoting peace and security".....?
As a recent SBS programme showed (13/10/2000), some nations including France and Russia have begun to ignore the US bullying and the "UN" embargo. Increasingly, decent people can no longer in conscience tolerate the fact that after nine years of the embargo, Iraqi hospitals have no antibiotics and that millions of people are malnourished. The sanctions are not hurting Saddam - once a US star protege - they are hurting ordinary people. True to form, the US defence secretary William Cohen managed to describe this growing concern and compassion as a "lack of international willpower" to maintain the embargo.
BITTER 'FRUITS' OF MULTICULTURALISM
by Betty Luks
Nachum Goldberg, with his wife and two sons, were found guilty of running a money laundering scheme to help businessmen avoid paying their taxes. Although this Jewish family have managed to funnel at least $42 million to bank accounts in Israel and Switzerland over a seven-year period only the father received a jail sentence - of five years.
Andrew Bolt tells his readers how the system works for 'ethnic' groups: "...Multiculturalists have insisted our institutions adapt to ethnic and cultural groups, rather than the other way around. So if jail doesn't suit ultra-Orthodox Jews, then jailed they may not be." He asks, "Want to know how it works? Go back to the Goldberg case. Here is an allegedly pious family, happy to help cheat our community of $20 million. Why? Did they feel it wasn't really their community they were helping to rob?" "Maybe - given how Melbourne's 1,200-strong Adass community rallied behind them, paying their $1 million legal bill, school fees and mortgage."
Letters of outrage at the blatant 'one law for them - another law for us' have appeared in the major daily papers. In the Sydney Morning Herald (17/10), under the heading 'Too religious to go to jail', letters to the editor protested at the outrageous preferential treatment meted out to Mr. Goldberg and his family in comparison with the treatment of Aboriginals, or the five-year sentence handed out to another man for defrauding investors of $628,000.
A former Long Bay prisoner, explained to readers the Jewish faith, like other faiths, prohibits stealing and fraud. He muses, "...it is peculiar that they should have been spared the ordinary consequence of their actions by the profession of those beliefs. Does this mean that they or others of a similar view can commit other crimes without threat of imprisonment? This could be information of use to many." It certainly could!
But Andrew Bolt goes to the crux of the matter when referring to Judge Strong's bewilderment at the level of Jewish community support in paying the Goldberg's legal and other expenses. "Attempts were made to explain it on religious and cultural grounds," he writes, "But such ethnic or religious solidarity isn't limited to the Adass. Not when Palestinians in Sydney and Canberra this week firebombed synagogues. Not when Kurds last year trashed a Greek consulate. Not when our main Aboriginal body, ATSIC, ...has backed demands that half our land be put under black rule where 'the laws of the white man would not apply.'"
At last, Australians such as Andrew Bolt are waking up to the fact that their country, their nation has been deliberately fragmented by multiculturalism! Hopefully he is right when he says, "But our tolerance may finally be snapped by the Goldbergs. If so, it may be the only good we get from the millions they helped steal from us."
THE SPIRIT OF THE LAW AND 'DISPENSATIONS'
Israeli-Jew Israel Shahak helps us to understand why an ultra-Orthodox Jewish family did not see it as wrong to resort to criminal activities in this country.. In his book, "Jewish History, Jewish Religion: The Weight of Three Thousand Years", in the section on 'dispensations' he tells us:
"...the talmudic system is most dogmatic and does not allow any relaxation of its rules even when they are reduced to absurdity by a change in circumstances. And in the case of the Talmud - contrary to that of the Bible - the literal sense of the text is binding (emphasis added) ... in the period of classical Judaism various talmudic laws became untenable for the Jewish ruling classes - the rabbis and the rich. In the interest of these ruling classes, a method of systematic deception was devised for keeping the letter of the law, while violating its spirit and intention..."
Social Aspects of Dispensations
The second dominant feature of the dispensations is that they are in large part obviously motivated by the spirit of profit..." (emphasis added).
Born in Poland, but now living in Israel, Shahak enlightens his readers, "The religious establishment - the rabbis and the religious parties - and, by association, to some extent the Orthodox community as a whole, are quite unpopular in Israel. One of the most important reasons for this is precisely their reputation for duplicity and venality..."
Reviewing Ehud Sprinzak's book, "Brother Against Brother: Violence and Extremism in Israeli Politics..." reviewer Ben Haneman admits to this division in Israel (Australian Jewish News, 29/9/2000): "We all know that there are at least two Israels, and the battle raging in the broadest terms concerns whether the land should be governed by the Torah and its interpretations, or by the Charter of the United Nations, and by implication, democracy."
One wonders how Israelis define the word 'democracy' and whether they are in agreement on the definition.
However, before we try to pry the splinters out of the eyes of the Jews, Australians need to come to grips with the corruption, duplicity and venality amongst, not only their own ruling elite, but within all levels of society. Whilst we would not agree with the underlying philosophies of Judaism or the United Nations, we can, and do, sympathise with those Israelis and Palestinians who want to find answers that will bring genuine peace to the Middle East.
An Australian Women On Line (AWOL) website.
No matter what the subject, family's health, vaccination, home-education, the wool industry, the sugar-cane industry, any individual initiatives; whatever it might be that concerns the women of Australia, we need to know about it, we will publicise it through the website. It will then be available to all who tune in. There will be links to other websites with relevant information. We want to hear from Australian women on this project. Write to Betty Luks, P.O. Box 27, Happy Valley S.A. 5159. Tell her what you want to see on the website.
In defence of Dr. Fred Toben, the following letter was sent to The Australian by Mr. Nigel Jackson.
"The finding of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission against the Adelaide Institute and its director, Dr. Fredrick Toben (The Australian, 11/10) represents a victory of interests over principles. "The HREOC can fairly be described as a pseudo-judicial body which was established and entrenched a few decades ago by servile and foolish governments to advance the interests of Jewish pressure groups and other minority ethnic bodies. Its 1991 report Racist Violence, compiled by two members of such groups, is scandalously prejudiced and was correctly denounced as such in the Parliament by the courageous and independent member for Kalgoorlie, Mr. Graeme Campbell.
Any fair-minded person who studies the
publications of the Adelaide Institute over recent years will
quickly realise that the HREOC's poorly articulated claim
that none of its 'Holocaust material' is 'of historical, intellectual
or scientific standard' is nonsense. During the last fifty
years a significant number of highly intelligent and academically
qualified people have cast profound doubt on the received
version of 'the Holocaust which was promoted after World War
Two and became prominent in the seventies.
It is probably tautologous, the definition of 'mainstream' being 'those who accept the received version'. Historical disagreement of this kind should be dealt with by free and open debate in the intellectual forums of the land and not by appeal from a financially powerful elite to biased commissions or the courts." - Nigel Jackson, Belgrave, Vic.
WEST AUSTRALIA'S 34th ANNUAL SEMINAR & DINNERThe WA State Weekend Seminar & Dinner will be held 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.
SYDNEY CONSERVATIVE SPEAKERS' CLUBThe next meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 31st, 2000. The meeting commences at 7.30pm.The guest speaker will be Dr. Mahmoud Ajjawi and the title of his address, Obstacles to Peace between the Palestinian People and Israel. Dr. Ajjawi will be accompanied by Mr. Abdul Abbas, both are from the Australian Palestinian Cultural League - Dr. Ajjawi is Secretary. Born in Palestine in 1946, he has lived and worked in Lebanon and the USA. Mr. Abbas was born in Lebanon and as an engineer runs his own construction company in Australia.
It is hoped the two gentlemen will throw some light on the turmoil and chaos within this unhappy part of the Middle East. The cost of attendance is $4.00 each person, this includes an excellent supper. Books and videos from the Heritage Book Service will be on display. The following meeting will be November 28th, 2000 - a general discussion night.
ADELAIDE CONSERVATIVE SPEAKERS' CLUBThe 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. He will touch on the Greenhouse, Deforestation, Species Decline and in passing will mention Whitlam's Shame, Keating's Betrayal, Ancient Egyptians in Australia and Myths of Whites in New Zealand. With such a 'smorgasbord' every one will go away well 'fed'! 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, November 2nd. After this meeting there will be a break until February 5th next year.
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