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24 November 2000. Thought for the Week: "It was the establishment of the 'Bank of England' in 1694AD that finally gave complete Holiness to the idea of a 'Bank' as something special; something untouchable! Previously, the idea that the word 'Bank' conveyed, was embodied in the expression as used by the Earl of Anglesea in his protest against this enactment ('An Act for the Encouragement of Trade' [1663 AD]) ... 'it is dangerous to the peace of the Kingdom when it shall be in the power of half a dozen or half a score, rich, discontented or factious persons 'to make a bank' of our coin or bullion beyond the seas'
The Bank of England is where we first see clearly and boldly this 'phenomenon' of private money creation sweeping the all-important Money Creative powers of the State, as it were, into the ash-can. For with the power to write money 'ad infinitum'... it merely did what any counterfeiter would suddenly do having been given the sanction of Sovereign power for his previously criminal activities."
"The Tallies: a Tangled Tale and The Beginning and the Ending" by David Astle, 1997
GST WOES INCREASE
by Jeremy Lee
Mr. Watson, the complainant, said: "'....They expect us to do their work for them, but if I'm to be a tax collector, I should be reimbursed,' Mr. Watson said. 'The Government is supposed to be in favour of the user-pays principle. In this case the Tax Office is the user' ...." (Australian Financial Review, 17/11/2000).
Meanwhile, investigations prompted by
the Nick Petroulias affair, conducted by former National Crime
Authority chairman Tom Sherman, show that 2,000 tax officials
have been issuing private rulings, totalling between them
millions of dollars
GROWING RESENTMENT AT BAS
It is quite clear that the GST is really
biting for the first time. The forms for the Business Activity
Statement are over-complicated and confusing, and the guidelines
complex. Brian Toohey (AFR Weekend. 11-12/11/2000) was quite
Heaven forbid! They'd be just as bad as the Coalition!
THE BUDGET SURPLUS
Adding to the anger over the GST is further fury at the surplus the Government has obtained from obscenely high levels of taxation, and its refusal to ease the pain in the community with the extra money received.
A spate of letters in The Australian
(17/11) made some thrusting points: "How does any Australian
government, let alone the Federal Government, accumulate a
budget surplus of $4 billion? By denying the taxpayers - us
- the infrastructures and facilities for which we pay our
taxes ...." said one.
In fact, the insistence on Budget Surpluses by orthodox economists and the bankers who met Howard in Sydney just after his party gained power has fudged any genuine discussion. There once was a policy that NO capital works should be paid from taxation - even in 'marginal National Party electorates'. Instead, all capital works should be funded by long-term loans at nominal rates of interest, paid over the life of the item. A road which lasted 50 years would be paid over 50 years. The key would be the use of the Reserve Bank to create and make available the necessary funds - as the Commonwealth Bank did in wartime - at a rate of issue no greater than the cost of administration - probably about half-a-percent. This would allow an immediate and considerable reduction in taxation, far bigger than the half-fulfilled promises by the Howard Government.
It would mean the Government telling the private banks to 'get nicked' if they objected - as they undoubtedly would.
BANK BRANCH CLOSURES CONTINUEThe 'bottom line' which has given the "gang-of-four" their biggest profits ever ($8.4 billion between them), is still depriving local communities of banking facilities. In the year to June 2000 the ANZ closed seven branches, the Commonwealth closed 86. Westpac closed 220 and NAB closed 24. Since then the four have between them closed a further 134 branches.
The whole sorry saga of privatised prisons, a running sore in America, is bursting into the open in Australia. Apart from owning several prisons a US company, Australasian Correctional Management (ACM), runs all six Immigration facilities in Australia. It now transpires that there have been reported cases of rape at the Woomera Detention Centre that have been hushed up because there are penalty clauses in the contract between the Government and the company if events at Woomera embarrass the Federal Government.
A lengthy report in The Australian (17/11/2000) said: "....Staff employed by ACM, a US company that runs several jails and all six Immigration facilities in Australia, were often prison guards with no training in sexual abuse issues. Wackenhut, ACM's parent company, is under fire over stabbings, riots, sexual assaults and prisoner abuse at its prisons in the US...."
TREATIES - ANOTHER SCANDAL
The Chief Minister of the Northern Territory
Denis Burke has called for the Commonwealth's treaty-making
powers to be subject to parliamentary scrutiny, and review
by the States and Territories. Campaigning for the 1996 election
when in opposition, John Howard promised that all future international
treaties would be subject to parliamentary examination and
At the end of October the parliamentary committee on treaties was preparing advertisements for a public inquiry into Australia's signing the Statute of the International Criminal Court. The Australian (6/11/2000) reported the wording of the advertisement, in part: "The task of the treaties committee is to report to the Parliament on whether it is in the national interest to bind Australia to the terms of the statute ...."
Before the advertisements had been published
or the treaty committee had reported, Foreign Minister Alexander
Downer and Attorney-General Darryl Williams issued a joint
press statement on October 25th that the Government intended
to legislate by the end of the year for the ratification of
the Statute. After an unholy row in the 'corridors of power'
the Treaty Committee forced Downer and Williams to back down.
Neither the UK nor the US have ratified the Statute of the International Criminal Court. US expert Gary Dempster told the US Congress: "The ICC's draft statute is replete with unresolved issues and alarming possibilities. Specifically, the court threatens to diminish America's sovereignty, produce arbitrary and highly politicised 'justice' and grow into a jurisdictional leviathan "
Why would Alexander Downer ("the terror of the South Seas") and Williams want to commit Australia to such a project?
SHED A TEAR FOR THE WTO
Elena Lonergan, writing in The Weekend Australian (11-12/11/2000), said: "Shock, horror; tragedy. The World Trade Organisation is in a quandary. It doesn't have anywhere to hold its next big bash (and we use the term advisedly). It seems that since Melbourne's jolly gathering, all the interesting cities of the world have taken a second look at the abundant, skull-cracking footage. They've added up the cleaning bills. They've done a quick estimate of dental expenses for all the broken front teeth. And they've said: 'Forget it' What a shame!
There must be an old disused gulag somewhere in Russia they could use - or perhaps President Mugabe of Zimbabwe would welcome an international conference?
There is a reported new bumper sticker being seen in the troubled electorally rorted State of Queensland
HAD ENOUGH? VOTE SITTING MEMBER LAST
from Neil Baird's website
We have known for some time that the big parties have fixed the electoral system, aided and abetted by the news media; this gives little or no chance to Independents or those who could raise a voice against them. These same politicians feel safe in the knowledge that they can destroy any usurper with cute labels and innuendo.
As you are aware, the "Preferred Party System" is a very fragile thing - where a few votes in the right place means the making or breaking of a candidate? This is the ONLY way to get the message to them.
Vote the Sitting Member Last!
Why? Voting for the opposition or voiding your vote tells them nothing. They will continue selling us out, because they know no better or choose to turn a blind eye. If 5% of all voters did this, then ALL current politicians would be looking for a new job after the next election. The political parties will be shattered and they will know that if they act without the support of those they represent, then they risk being sacked again.
Vote the Sitting Member Last!
WHEN TRUTH COULD BE STRANGER THAN FICTIONAustralians are learning more about the shady practices of the political-party machines during election campaigns, so why should we be surprised to read of shady practices by the American party-political-Mafia during their election campaigns? While the following article does seem a little 'hair-raising', who knows to what lengths these people are prepared to go? While this report is slanted in Bush's favour, why do I think there must be reports which will eventually come out about the Bush camp's own 'dirty tricks' campaign.
REAL VOTE FRAUD, COMMICRAT STYLE
from Hal Turner Radio Show
While Gore supporters are holding protests in the streets, Bush supporters are buying bullets at gun shops. In the three days since the US General Election, ammunition sales throughout the United States have jumped an astonishing nine hundred percent (900%). Americans are furious over massive, blatant and widespread vote fraud by supporters of Al Gore and many are openly talking about "blood in the streets". Voter fraud in Tuesday's general election has Radio Talk Shows throughout the United States burning up with callers who are openly speaking about civil insurrection, blood in the streets, state secession from the Union, and wondering aloud whether President Bill Clinton will use this election debacle as an excuse to remain in power after his term expires on January 20th, 2001.
Such talk is not limited to fanatics; US Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX), lent credibility to the prospects of violence when he was asked tonight on radio station WBCQ if President Clinton would use this situation to remain in power. Responding to that query, Rep. Paul stated "Six months ago, I thought the idea was preposterous. Now I'm not so sure. The people would come out and there would be total violence."
Here's a brief list of just some of the
The Media a Willing Participant
Just minutes after voting places on the east coast closed, major news networks began "calling' the race. But when the networks "called" Florida as being won by Al Gore, they did so despite the fact that a portion of that state is in the Central time zone and polling places in that time zone were still open. This premature "call" of Florida by the media caused tens-of-thousands of voters in the affluent Republican area of the Florida panhandle, to leave polling places without voting because they thought Gore had already won. Florida is now the key state in the Presidential race.
False Claims of Fraud in Palm Beach County
As a result of all this election fraud, Bush supporters are convinced that Gore, with Clinton's help, is stealing the US Presidential election. Bush supporters are going to gun stores and pistol ranges in large numbers. They are buying large amounts of ammunition for their guns and brushing-up on their aim. Many are openly saying they will not allow Al Gore to steal the election and are calling those who support Gore "the enemy".
Not since the early 1860's prior to
the Civil War has the US population been so divided and openly
talking about violent civil warfare. Radio callers are making
unprecedented open and public calls to employ the Second Amendment
(right to keep and bear arms) to protect the integrity of
the Constitution and of the Bush election. This election has
pitted brother against brother, parent against child, young
against old, white against black, Gentile against Jew. The
anger is palatable and the situation grows steadily worse.
Who's afraid of the Catholic Church? - The Age, November 17th, 2000
Michael McGirr's discussion of George Weigel's biography of Pope John Paul II (Features, 14/11) misses the point. Weigel is senior fellow at an American right-wing think-tank called the Ethics and Public Policy Centre. And why are right-wing think tanks interested in papal biography? Because the champions of global capital have realised that the social teachings of the Catholic Church are even more of a threat to their cause than passionate, but less focused, protests such as S11.
They are engaging in what McGirr's fellow Jesuit Thomas Massaro describes as an attempt to "steal Catholic social teaching for the purposes of the right-wing of American politics". The tactic is to loudly support conservative papal teachings that do not threaten the interests of global capital, such as on the ordination of women, and simultaneously undermine papal teachings on capital punishment, war and economics.
Witness to Hope is an important book - but readers should be alert to its context. This is a concerted strategy by supporters of global capital to neutralise the subversive potential of the largest organisation on Earth that remains opposed to the current world economic order. - Paul Mees, Fitzroy. Vic.
The above letter sparked this writer's
interest, not because we want to get embroiled in a debate
about the Catholic Church, but because we know many Catholics
relate to and promote Social Credit. Speaking at a Social
Credit Convention in Regina, Canada. (1946), Professor F.E.Gregoire,
French- Canadian philosopher and scholar, said:
During his address, Professor Gregoire
made it quite clear he was more concerned with the philosophy
of Social Credit than with the financial technique. He was
particularly concerned with the question of whether Social
Credit was tainted in any way with Communism or Socialism.
His opinion was that it was not.
The gifted Catholic (Social Credit) teacher
Louis Even, In This Age of Plenty, so aptly summed
up the core problem with the 'Men of the Right' (wing): "You
condemn any form of collectivism... You hate the intervention
of Governments... You proclaim that the function of governments
should be one of subsidiary. . . .You deplore the accelerated
concentration of wealth in a few hands," etc but as he so
rightly pointed out, "Mere vocal condemnations will not stop
political and economic centralisation, State socialism.
You men of the right, what do you have to present to the have-nots, to the homeless? What do you have to present? Nothing? Well then, you won't stop any... State control, ... any Welfare State any form of socialism or Communism."
"Can't you see, men of the right, that the evil in the economic and social organism lies in the submission to a financial system, of which the rules lead to all the conditions that you deplore...?"
Further reading: "Social Credit & the Christian Philosophy" by Eric D. Butler.
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