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27 April 2001. Thought for the Week: "Many crooks in a big way are Saviours, although through the ages, at long intervals, there have been Saviours who were not crooks. These latter can generally be identified by the fact that they are unpopular until a long time after their, in the main, violent death...
Al Capone saved both the whisky business and the American sufferers from the local urge to mind other people's business and provided the excuse for setting up the American Gestapo, Herr Schickelgruber-Hitler-Rothschild in saving Europe from Bolshevism and providing the opportunity for America to reconstruct Europe and Signor Mussolini disposed of plenty amidst poverty. The list is in no way exhaustive.
The technique of this saviour business is simple and was well understood by Robin Hood, who took all you had, and gave you back your car fare..."
"Programme for the Third World War" by C.H. Douglas, 1943

OUR DISAPPEARING DAIRY FARMERS

by Jeremy Lee
The Queensland Country Life (19/4/01) carried as its front cover the pictures of 28 dairy farmers who have beeen forced to abandon dairying since deregulation. The cover looked more like a Memorial Roll than an agricultural journal. Queensland is losing an average six farms a week. Since last July some 600 farm jobs have been lost, and the milk vats have gone dry on almost 240 farms across the State, with a fresh exodus expected once the new financial year arrives.
The National Party, self-proclaimed front-line fighters for the bush, have taken no stand, other than vague promises to try to do something about it if re-elected. One enterprising couple on the Atherton Tablelands have created a booming market for organic, bio-dynamic products such as yogurt and cottage cheeses. They now produce 800,000 litres of raw milk a year, selling through 100 outlets from far north Queensland to Townsville. Dispensing with chemicals, pesticides and antibiotics, they use a range of homeopathic remedies to treat animal diseases. In a chemical-laden, genetically-modified disaster world, their leadership is the wave of the future, for those who can survive the current onslaught.

TAMIL ILLEGALS

Following a call from Sri Lanka, Australian authorities have finally caught up with a boat-load of illegals at the seaside village of Coral Bay, south of Exmouth. The caller claimed they were Tamil guerillas, who had been involved in killing thousands during the 30-year uprising in Sri Lanka. Despite being forewarned and setting special surveillance operations, the landing of the boat people was not detected, and they were picked up wandering in the bush - after starting a major fire - next day. Had it not been for the warning, they would probably still be there (The Australian, 26/4/01).

AUSTRALIANS INCREASINGLY ANGRY

A special report on marketing trends by AustraliaScan researchers is available to banks, insurers, food and drink companies, car makers, media groups and government agencies for a cost of $20,000. Reporting on the findings, The Australian (Media Section, 25/4/01) said: "Certainly, multinational companies are spooked by the resurgence of public interest in Australian made and owned products with food and pharmaceuticals on the frontline. Kraft has taken to full-page print advertisements reminding peanut butter buyers that its brand is made from 100 percent Queensland peanuts and supports Australian farmers and families. . . . Sixty percent of the 2,000 annual respondents believe globalisation is dangerous and a threat to our way of life . . . public concerns about food poisoning were up 17 percent in a year (71 percent), genetically-modified foods up 12 percent (63 percent), electro-magnetic radiation up 10 percent (49 percent) and gambling addiction up 7 percent (34 percent) . . ." All of which goes to show that those who have been working so hard on these issues have made a considerable impact.

BANKER'S WARNING - A FATE WORSE THAN DEBT

In a major article (The Weekend Australian, 21-22/4/01), Robert Gottliebsen interviewed David Murray, CEO of the Commonwealth Bank. Murray's conclusions were bleak. The crisis is not over, and the dollar can be expected to fall as low as 40 cents:
" . . . Murray says there has been a long-term structural decline in the dollar because Australia has a big current account deficit and is no longer an attractive place for overseas business investment, and domestic savings are low . . ."

Murray's identification of the problem is getting close. A nation can't close much of its farming and manufacturing, driving its foreign debt into the stratosphere, without facing nemesis. But Murray's solutions are woeful - more productivity and higher immigration. It's the orthodox globalist mantra.

At the time of writing, another city is under siege of protests against globalism; this time Quebec City, where the leaders of 34 nations are assembled to try and expand NAFTA into "The Free Trade Area of the Americas", encompassing 800 million people in nations with a combined $US22 trillion in goods and services. The only trouble is, apparently, the people don't want it! However, as our beloved Treasurer in Australia keeps telling us with that portentious gravity of his, "there's no turning back from globalism". He'd have made a fitting leader for the Gadarene Swine!


CAN THE FABIAN TORTOISES REGATHER?

Brisbane City Councillor Terry Hampson is behind a move to re-constitute the Queensland Branch of the Fabian Society, according to an article by Tony Walker in The Australian Financial Review (20/4/01) ". . . It was at the Paddington Workers' Club in Brisbane on the evening of April 5, where a heterodox group of Labor Party activists and their fellow-travellers met to reconsitute the Queensland branch of the Fabian Society - after a 16 year break . . .There's only one problem, as the article ruefully recorded. The Fabian programme is now so mainstream that it raises a question over the need for a re-vamp of the Fabians. Perhaps it's merely kudos they want. ". . . They would be encouraged if they looked to Britain and saw the influence of the Fabians there . . ." Tony Blair is a long-standing Fabian, as is Gordon Brown, Chancellor of the Exchequer.

The Fabian Society is officially represented at the British Labour Party's National Conference. But here in Australia? With both major parties virtually the same on globalism and internationalism, and the Howard Government following a path that could have been honed on a Fabian anvil, what role can a revamped Society play? Perhaps they are simply positioning themselves for some perks should Beazley's Labor Party win the coming election?


THE STENCH OF CORPORATE POLITICAL FUNDING

We wrote last year of the ominous trend, descending from the international sphere to the local level, of multinational corporate funding of political conferences and party functions. We pointed out that 80 corporations had paid thousands of dollars to be "oberservers" at the Liberal National Conference. In a major two-page spread on April 20th, The Australian Financial Review had an in-depth look at the depth of the 'patronage' of political events by corporations. Many avenues for payment were hidden from the Australian Electoral Commission, which is to record and make public all political donations.

The article started: "Australia's leading companies are channelling millions of dollars to political parties in ways that ensure they do not have to disclose it to the Australian Electoral Commission as donations. An investigation by The Australian Financial Review has revealed that Australia's system for disclosing political donations is in disarray, with glaring discrepancies between the level of donations declared by political parties, the amounts that big corporates say they are donating and the level of donations reported by the Australian Electoral Commission. And a survey of Australia's top 50 public companies found significant gaps between the corporate political donations recorded by the AEC and the amounts of money that companies attest to donating . . ."

The article went on to point out that companies were making political donations by
. Paying large sums to intermediary companies and investment vehicles linked to political parties;
. Paying for unidentified services provided by political parties;
. Paying thousands of dollars to attend fundraising functions held by political parties;
. Hiding from shareholders the donations being made to political parties.

Payment for, say, meals at a fundraising function don't count as donations even though the AEC's handbook says "if the price charged is far beyond the value of the function ('value' includes gaining access to lobby government ministers, senior party officials etc.) then the payment is clearly a donation". One example given was Telstra's sponsorship, to the tune of $40,000, of the Prime Minister's breakfast at the Liberal Party's National Convention last year. Telstra swore it was not a donation, just a sponsorship for a "high-profile event". 500 delegates attended. At $40,000, that's $80 per head for breakfast - an awful lot of bacon and eggs!

Many companies admitted to those who had written the article that they had made considerable donations that had not been recorded by the Australian Electoral Commission. Only five out of 50 of those contacted had listed such donations in their annual reports. The government of 'squeaky-clean' John Howard is now emerging as one of the most corrupt. But all major 'establishment' parties - including the Democrats - have accepted funds through the same process. There's not much chance of change, until the people themselves have had enough.

The most innovative, and one of the smelliest schemes to avoid official disclosure is to run auctions, where "bidders" are able to bid "absurdly high" prices for mundane items: ". . . Markson Sparks, which will work for any political party, has used auctions that avoid formal disclosure requirements. Even when the amount paid to a political party for an item is absurdly high, organisers argue that the money is not a donation. The federal director of the Liberal Party, Lynton Crosby, said he knew 'from discussions with people who attend functions organised by Markson Sparks that they are invited to make donations which are masked by the nature of the function'. . ."


EU BUREAUCRAZIES

by Antonia Feitz
Glorying in their ignorance not only of the realities of farming life but also of the natural world itself, EU bureaucrats have decreed that farmers must not operate their tractors / harvesters / quad bikes for more than two hours a day. Why? Backache. This is not a joke. EU employment and social affairs officials have drafted a document called the Physical Agents Directive which will make operating certain machinery for more than a few hours illegal because of the health risk of "whole body vibration".

Lord Inglewood, a Conservative Member of the European Parliament and himself a farmer was outraged, "Brussels bureaucrats sitting in air-conditioned offices have no idea that farming in Britain is a game of hide and seek with the weather. Arbitrary rules of this kind simply sound the death knell for farming. The sun can't be made to shine according to an EC initiative." (Paul Stokes, EU move puts brake on tractor time, ISSUE 2114, Friday, March 9th, 2001)

Unfortunately bureaucratic parasites who've never done a decent day's work in their lives tend to think they are all powerful. Perhaps English and other European farmers affected by this idiotic directive should sue the EU for the ruination of their crops. The Directive doesn't just apply to farmers but to all industry. Well, mandating a two hour maximum for working with certain machinery would be a quick way to ruin farmers and export all manufacturing to the third world I suppose.


BASIC FUND

The latest figures for the Fund show we have reached the sum of $26,645:18. Once again, thank you to those who have contributed. It is not far to the half-way mark. We truly do believe 'all things are possible' to those who believe. And we believe we will fill the Fund! Please keep the momentum going.

ADEN RIDGEWAY

by Antonia Feitz
After a promising start, Democrat Senator Aden Ridgeway is fast becoming wearisome with his bagging of Australia. In an address to the UN he claimed Australians were only willing to embrace the "rhetoric of reconciliation". He's right there. For too many people, reconciliation is an exercise in moral vanity which involves nothing more taxing than strolling across bridges. It will be interesting to see how they react to Senator Ridgeway's criticism that they won't "take effective action to share the country's abundant resources and political power" (Australian, 27/3/01).

If their brains aren't completely mushed by political correctness, they will strongly reject this criticism knowing that Aborigines already control huge areas of Australia, that parts of Australia are off-limit to whites, and that Aborigines are not denied political power. Senator Ridgeway proves it, as did Neville Bonner. There's nothing to stop the Dodsons, Noel Pearson, Lowitja O'Donoghue or any other Aboriginal from standing for preselection, or as an Independent.

Senator Ridgeway claimed that while the Mabo decision "recognised the existence of cohesive indigenous societies and cultures and their relationships to land and territory ... it refused to recognise the legal status of the associated political institutions that provided for effective, fully-informed decision-making processes."
Now pull the other one, Senator. The Mabo decision related purely to the Murray Islanders who had a totally different cultural tradition of gardening, and it was mischievous of the Court and the Government to extend its findings to the mainland's myriad Aboriginal tribes who traditionally were nomadic hunter gatherers. The prevailing myth today is that there was a pan-Aboriginal culture. Not so. There was physical variation in the tribes themselves as well as differences in their languages, customs, musical instruments and weapons. Given that, with whom should Captain Arthur Phillip have realistically signed a treaty?

It's understandable that people of Aboriginal descent desire to cherish their ancestry the same as other people do. Promoting an Aboriginal identity, even using a mythical pan-Aboriginality, is unobjectionable. But it should not come at the expense of the truth or of the broader social cohesion. We're all Australians and a small minority shouldn't be legally privileged over the majority, especially on racial grounds!

Commenting on the inevitability of European dominance after contact the Berndts wrote, "Groups with differing languages and emphases, with no sense of common nationality or political machinery to help them in this respect, were not in a position to combine as a war-making unit to drive out the invader. Even if this had been possible, they had none of the material goods, the weapons, the political organization without which they could not hope to succeed." (RM & CH Berndt, The World of the First Australians, 2nd ed. Ure Smith, 1977, p.24)

Recently Senator Ridgeway tabled a private members bill that is based on the recommendations of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation (Australian, 6/4/01). The bill includes the process of negotiating a treaty with Aborigines, even though the majority of Australians are strongly opposed to any such treaty. This is a most provocative and divisive bill.


OLGA SCULLY'S PRELIMINARY HEARING IN FEDERAL COURT

by Betty Luks
The preliminary Federal Court hearing was between: "Jeremy Jones for himself and for the members for the time being of the Committee of Management of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry and Olga Scully". The complaint was that Mrs. Scully had "engaged in conduct unlawful by Part llA of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (C'th) by having distributed anti-Semitic literature" by letter-boxing and sale at a local market in Launceston, Tasmania. Mr. Jones wanted Olga to be "restrained from repeating or continuing such unlawful conduct" and deliver a written apology to the "Hobart Hebrew Congregation".
The judge rejected the application of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission to represent material formerly presented as evidence to the initial HREOC hearing.

Readers will remember, Mrs. Scully walked out of the initial HREOC hearing protesting that "truth was not a defence". This means the Committee of Management of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry will have to re-litigate the whole matter. The next scheduled hearing for Olga Scully is June 14th, 2001.


THIS IS CIVIL WAR

from Neil Baird's newsletter
No American newspaper covers the Middle East as does The Independent in Great Britain. With Robert Fisk, based out of Beirut and the longest serving Western journalist in the region, The Independent is usually heads above the English rest in both its coverage and analysis.

WHATEVER THE ISRAELIS AND AMERICANS MAY SAY, THIS IS CIVIL WAR

by Robert Fisk, The Independent - Ramallah, April 11th, 2001
It's strange how a war creeps up on you. First you have the warnings of an "explosion", then the first shootings. Then the first mortars, the first tank fire, the first rocket attacks. That's how it was in Lebanon. And now in 'Palestine'. No one calls it war, of course. The Americans ignore it, the Israelis just call it "terrorist violence" - they are talking about Arab violence, needless to say, not their own - while the US TV boys still rabbit on about the chances of 'peace' negotiations. But what is going on now between Israelis and Palestinians is a civil war, a growing and major conflict between semitic peoples in a tiny land whose cull of human lives looks ever more like the early casualty lists in Lebanon.

Driving from Jerusalem to Ramallah is like driving 25 years ago from Sidon to Beirut; the checkpoints, the detours, the cartridge cases lying on the road, the gutted buildings around the City Inn. The Palestinian barrages are as scruffy as they were in Lebanon; the Israeli jeeps as ramshackle as those of the Phalange militiamen who were once Israel's allies in Lebanon. Travel round Ramallah and the Palestinian security man reels off the local militia groups. "This old building belongs to the Tanzim," he says. Stop off to look at the wreckage of Force 17's ammunition headquarters - rocketed by Israeli helicopters two weeks ago - and a voice floats from a mosque's loudspeakers. "Palestiiiiiine, Palestiiiiiine, Palestiiiiiine," it yodels. "That's Hamas," the young man tells me. And we all know that Islamic Jihad's 'martyrs' are presented on those posters near Al-Bireh. And that's not counting the 'Al-Shuhad' Party and the 'Al-Quds' party militants.

And look at the nearest Jewish settlements and you see armed Israeli civilians, soldiers, border guards, tank crews. If Arafat is lectured by George W. Bush on the need to "control violence", who is controlling Israeli violence? It was the same in Lebanon. First they blamed each other for the war. Then they dehumanised each other. Through a spokesman in Amman, Saddam Hussein calls for God to "destroy the Jews". Then Rabbi Ovadia calls on God to "annihilate the Arabs".

In the centre of Ramallah stands the police station in which two Israeli soldiers were murdered last year. But the windows from which they were defenestrated were blasted away by Israeli missiles. Then came the Force 17 attack. Then came Monday's gun battle between Force 17 and the Israelis in which Israeli bullets smacked into a girls' school. First the police station, then the ammunition depot, then the school. The promiscuity of both Palestinian mortars in Gaza and Israeli tank-fire across the West Bank and Gaza is going soon to lead to another of Lebanon's grisly phenomena: the massacre.

In one rubbled building, a Palestinian gunman emerges to tell me that "it's getting like Hollywood around here". But he won't give his name. Another Palestinian tells me why. "Here's my Palestinian Authority ID card," he says, handing me a laminated paper with his photo, and the signature of Jamil Tarifi, the PA's minister of interior affairs. "These cards are co-ordinated with the Israelis. See the first computer number? It's a '4'. That means I came into Palestine with the PLO. If I was born in Ramallah, it would say '9'. But if you look at the back, there's a serial number. "If it's in large figures, it means I've been in an Israeli prison. So if the Israelis know my computer identity or number, they can work out at once if I'm what they call a 'terrorist'. And they can murder me."

Yes, Israel's death squads are a reflection of the Lebanon war. Killers. Killers of settler children. Killers of Palestinian boys. But there are differences. In Lebanon, death moved impartially through its people. Here death is administered by Israel on a far greater scale than by Palestine. Because Israel (and its settlers) are occupying Arab land. Palestine is not occupying Israel. But the rare 'security' talks between both sides are truly Lebanese. In Beirut, we used to call them cease fires. And they were always broken. Website: https://www.MiddleEast.Org


SYDNEY CONSERVATIVE SPEAKERS' CLUB

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 29th. Guest Speaker will be Mrs. Betty Luks, National Director, Australian League of Rights. Subject: "Implications of the Racial Vilification Legislation".Dates for your Diary: Tuesday, June 26th - Mr. Graeme Campbell, Founder of Australia First Party Inc. Subject - "Is There a Way Out for Australia?" Tuesday, July 31st - Mr. Ian Murphy. Subject: "The Question of Australia's Defence" Tuesday, August 28th - Annual General Meeting. Guest Speaker: Mr. Welf Herfurth Subject: "The Threat to Freedom and Democracy in Germany Today".

CANBERRA CONSERVATIVE SPEAKERS' CLUB

The next meeting is to be held on Wednesday, May 30th. The Guest Speaker for the evening will be Mrs. Betty Luks, National Director of the Australian League of Rights. The evening promises to be very informative and entertaining. The meeting will commence at 7.00 pm and a good variety of books will be available for sale on the night. All League supporters and their invited guests are welcome. For further details regarding the venue please contact Valdis Luks on (02) 6282 2243.

QUEENSLAND STATE WEEKEND

Coming up on May 26th and 27th is the League's Annual State Dinner and Seminar. An official notice will be included in the next issue of On Target for readers in Queensland and Northern New South Wales. The function will be held at the Highfield Cultural Centre, just outside Toowoomba. Included in the highlights will be papers by Wendy Scurr, a nurse from Tasmania who was present during the Port Arthur massacre, and Andrew Macgregor, a veteran police officer who will raise disturbing questions that point to suppression of evidence surrounding the Port Arthur affair. Other speakers will include National Director Betty Luks on the unsavoury racial vilification legislation, brilliant barrister Graeme Strachan whose book on the dangers of globalisation has had such a wide impact, and Jeremy Lee on The League of Rights, the National Party and the Rural Disaster. This will be an information and action-packed gathering. Make a note in your diary now. Formal details next week.

STATE WEEKENDS

Dates for your diary
WEST AUSTRALIA: August 11th-12th, 2001, to be held in Perth

SOUTH AUSTRALIA: August 18th-19th, 2001, to be held in Adelaide


BOOK

Available from all League Book Services. "The Black Book of Communism" - Consulting editor Mark Kramer plus six contributors. This 800 page book is a compendium of the crimes of communist regimes worldwide, recorded and analysed in ghastly detail by a team of scholars. Already famous throughout Europe, it plumbs the recently opened archives in the former Soviet Bloc, to reveal the actual practices of Communism, covering the terror, famine mass deportations and massacres. It is the first comprehensive attempt to catalogue the crimes of Communism over the seventy years. Price: $93.00 Posted: $100.00
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