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4 May 2001. Thought for the Week: "Brain-washers use a technique of conversion which does not depend only on the heightening of group suggestibility, but also on the fomenting in an individual of anxiety, of a sense of real or imaginary guilt, and a conflict of loyalties, strong and prolonged enough to bring about the desired collapse... The Chinese Communists know that everybody at one time or another has what can be branded as 'evil thoughts' and that if the doctrine can be accepted, that thought is as wicked in its way as action, they have the whip-hand over people. Where Russia set out to shape lives first and foremost, China is embarked on the task of shaping minds as well... It is something much more formidable..."
"Battle for the Mind" by William Sargant, 1957
WONDERS WILL NEVER CEASE
by Jeremy Lee
The FIRB is chaired by Sydney businessman Mr. John Phillips, and also includes former federal Liberal Chris Miles, and NSW Lotteries Corp director Ms. Lynn Wood. With such a handsome budget and research facilities the FIRB should be a shining light. But it is stymied by the lack of any definition of what is the "national interest" it is supposed to be reviewing.
Trevor Sykes, in The Australian Financial Review (24/4/01) commented: "FIRB has been a rubber stamp to foreign marauders for nearly a decade because there are no clear rules on what represents that foggy entity called "the national interest". Paul Cleary, writing in the same issue, said: "... the most damning assessment of the regime comes from a 1994 Senate inquiry chaired by the Minister for Communications, Senator Richard Alston, at the time an Opposition frontbencher. In the report, 'Percentage Players', the inquiry concluded that the system was opaque and open to corruption. "The committee believes that this system is fundamentally flawed. The problem is not that wrong decisions are made, but that the system detached itself from scrutiny .... "The possibility of corruption, deal-making, or political favouritism will always exist in such an environment. A general election is an inadequate redress for parties adversely affected by apparently unsound foreign investment decisions ...."
To say the least, it would be surprising if, with annual applications worth $78 billion, there were not a few lavish luncheons and other inducements involved. It has been obvious until now that foreign multinationals and investors regard Australia as their own tramping ground. So there is much "weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth" at Costello's decision. "Acting in the 'national interest' means never having to say 'sorry'. By blocking Shell's takeover of Woodside Petroleum on Monday, the Treasurer, Peter Costello, has made a shocking anti-market decision. Xenophobia and capital snobbery are unaffordable luxuries that Australians have long indulged ..." (Sinclair Davidson, AFR, 26/4/01)
COSTELLO 'SHOOTS INTERNATIONAL INVESTORS IN THE BACK'
Fund managers, stockbrokers and currency
traders based in the US said the decision had made Australia
less attractive for multinational companies ...." (Aaron Patrick
and Lenore Taylor, AFR, 26/4/01) Mike Nathan, executive director
of the Institute of Public Affairs, (which receives funding
from both Shell and Woodside Petroleum) said:
The Chanticleer column (AFR, 24/4/01) made a realistic point: "... The fact is, if Costello has any intellectual credibility he would admit that, had he been faced with the decision at this time last year, he would have imposed tight conditions on Shell and allowed it to table its bid to get control of Woodside ...."
Of course, Chanticleer is right; and the Editorial in the same issue explained why: ".... No matter how the Government attempts to justify its decision, the truth is that it has buckled under populist pressure ..... The Government must do more to confront the fears that fuel opposition to foreign investment. People who vote for politicians such as Pauline Hanson fear the country is being taken out of their control by the forces of globalisation ...." Which raises the question - isn't it the duty of government to represent the pressure and will of the people, rather than multinationals? The corporations may have funded the parties to the score of millions of dollars; but the people voted for the politicians and must come first when it comes to representation. And the people are speaking!
The letter-columns of The Australian
(26/4/01) following the decision were a true reflection of
what ordinary Australians feel: "All sides of the political
fence should applaud the Government's decision to keep Woodside
in Australian hands ....It is about time we not only kept
some of the paddocks but tried to buy back the farm" wrote
a Brisbane writer. " .... Only a series of wimpish Australian
governments has allowed one industry after another to be taken
over by overseas interests. Every time this happens, Australians
are thrown out of work and our balance of payments gets worse
because profits which had previously stayed in Australia are
sent overseas ...." wrote a South Australian correspondent.
While the feelings of ordinary Australians is increasingly obvious to politicians, very few journalists have supported national sovereignty as opposed to global control. One of the few was Ivor Ries, writing in The Australian Financial Review (24/4/01): "In rejecting the Shell bid, Mr. Costello clearly refused to be held hostage by speculators - many of whom had hired public relations spruikers to threaten the collapse of the $A - and to take a long-term view of the national interest. While Mr. Costello's decision may be brave, he is certainly not blazing a new path. The US and many European countries regularly block or impose severe conditions on foreign takeovers on the grounds of national interest....." All of which goes to show that the will of Australians CAN prevail once it is given focus.
The annual survey by Quantum Market Research - quoted last week - is very significant in an election year. The full report costs $20,000, and is studied by bankers, insurers, food and drink companies, car makers, media groups and government agencies. To be sure, with a federal election looming, many a politician in a marginal seat will be looking anxiously at the findings. The Quantum Market Research's annual AustraliaScan social values study states that Australians are angry and emotional at what has been happening to their country.
A review of the report (The Australian, Media section, 19-25/4/01) said: "'Companies should expect more volatility. Sixty per-cent of the 2000 annual respondents believe globalisation is dangerous and a threat to our way of life ..... Australians have decided in the past two years they don't like the reform and change agenda of the 90s .... AustraliaScan expects people to lash out at governments, big business and in their shopping styles ....' says Quantum's social researcher David Chalke: 'Those pressures have been building up and because they happen gradually, nobody really notices them and nobody really responds to them until something comes along externally. Another recession or downturn has knocked the top off the pressure cooker. It's not a nice picture at the moment. There's a sense of division and polarisation ....'"
Normally, arrogant politicians respond to such views by saying they have not explained the benefits of their programmes adequately to the people. They add that they are prepared to listen. Such tripe is now running out for globalisation-driven-and-funded parties. This applies as much to the ALP as to the Lib/Nats. Only a new direction will earn merit points for future representatives. It is a combination of all these factors that have forced the Howard government to make a decision over Woodside and Shell that it wouldn't have even considered a year or two ago.
This is a very good time for On Target readers to drop a line to their federal members saying that, for once, Treasurer Costello has made the right decision. Who knows? He might even make a second one!
PEOPLE SICK OF SLEAZE
Another finding by Quantum Research's AustraliaScan: "....There has also been a steady rise in the number who say sexually-explicit language on television is not acceptable. Of some concern for advertisers with a raunchy bent is the 20 percent increase in those who find sex themes in advertising on the nose (65 percent)....." So if you're sick of sleazy advertising material, drop a line to the company concerned, mentioning the AustraliaScan findings, also saying that you have been put off their products by the advertisement.
Yes, YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. As we've pointed out before, the letter that is NOT written affects no-one. Federal Members and Senators can be reached by simply writing to Parliament House, Canberra, ACT, 2600. We'd be interested in any startling replies.
THE 'PRIORITIES' OF WA's LABOR GOVERNMENT
by Betty Luks
You know what is of pressing concern for the Gallop Labor government? Lowering the age of consent for homosexual activity to the ripe old age of 16 years! And they intend to push ahead with plans to lower the age of consent despite community opposition! This further debauching of our young in the West (along with the North, South and East) is going to be pushed through 'anti-discrimination' legislation.
THE METAMORPHOSIS OF CHILD INTO ADULTAs a child goes through the special phase from childhood to adulthood there are many physiological and emotional changes taking place. A boy's body and mind is slowly changing from that of a child to that of a man. It is a special phase he is going through. He has not reached that level of development where he discovers he 'likes' girls, in fact he still prefers the company of his own same-sex friends. This is a very vulnerable phase and is open to all sorts of exploitation, including the idea, the suggestion that he has homosexual leanings (therefore he must have been born a homosexual). He has all these hormones racing around his body as he goes through puberty, and his life and emotions seem to be on a roller-coaster ride. It is like a caterpillar going into the cocoon phase and when all the wonderful mysterious natural things take place, it leaves the cocoon as a beautiful butterfly. So the boy-child goes through the wonderful metamorphosis (phase) of puberty and having come through that phase, has changed into the physical and emotional young-adult. He now 'discovers' girls and finds that he actually 'likes' them and as he matures finds he 'likes' one in particular. He has discovered some of the fixed immutables of human nature - of Natural Law.
DECADENCE DISPLAYED IN 'ART'
The decadence of culture in all aspects of Australian life is now so obvious. Andrew Bolt uses the announcement of the National Gallery Australia that it must purchase Lucian Freud's painting After Cezanne, to bring home this truth to his readership, Herald Sun, April 28th - "A crude, cold $8m." "How galling this will be to some people working hard and responsibly to keep their families, given the dis-order Freud has wrought so indiscriminately with genitals - in paint and in person..."
Andrew writes of Lucian Freud, reputed to be the father of as many as 40 children and grandson of Sigmund Freud the father of psychology, "The link between his profligate sex-life and his art seems clear. His bed-sheet and his canvasses are cut from the same bolt...Just how the politics of taste have changed - towards the ugly, the lovelessly sexual, the de-personalised, the shocking... "
On one thing he does agree with the National Gallery and that is that they must purchase this "crude, rude and cold painting". If only to have it stand next to Paul Cezanne's 19th century Afternoon in Naples allowing us to compare and contrast. It is, he reports, "a stark reminder of our cultural decay and death - it is perfect. Perfectly shocking, that is, to those who assume we're getting better and better in every way."
FREE TRADE FANTASIES
by Antonia Feitz
If free trade did deliver Zoellick's outcomes people would embrace it enthusiastically. The fact that they don't - that on the contrary all over the world people reject free trade policies and are deserting the major parties - proves free trade doesn't deliver the claimed benefits. So what's going on? In short, the statistics - while true - only measure aggregates. Wealth is being generated, but not distributed. The figures do not reflect reality as experienced by people. People know the much trumpeted 'growth' is a mirage of job-shedding mergers and acquisitions. They know current economic policies have unjustly and disgracefully divided people into winners and losers. They know the majority of families with children struggle to make ends meet.
Tax reform burden
This is the reality that people experience
and this is why the electorate is so volatile - though the
elites profess puzzlement, or pretend to. Stupidly, and showing
how out-of-touch they are, they dismiss the people's anger
and distress as "the politics of envy". Quoting from the same
globalist catechism that John Howard has learned off by heart,
Zoellick said governments "need to help people adapt to change
- whether it's due to trade, or whether it's due to technology
or other types of competition".
by Antonia Feitz
A sensible response would be to kick start our manufacturing industry so we don't have to import. But common sense is spurned by the free trade ideologues. Murray says we just have to make ourselves attractive again by raising the rate of return on business investment. And how do we do that? "Productivity improvement." In plain English, more of the same 'reforms' that are tearing the nation apart. Yes, Murray wants more labour flexibility (cut wages and conditions), more promotion of the online economy (close offices), more efficiency in the public sector (cut jobs and reduce services) and pressing on with more competition (destroy communities and small businesses).
Now everybody knows that these policies are as welcome in the electorate as a dead possum in the ceiling. Even politicians know it: would Howard and Costello have performed those amazing back-flips without the goad of electoral anger? Not bloody likely, as Eliza Doolittle once said. Nevertheless Murray has warned whomsoever wins the next election that if they head in the "wrong" direction, the world will harshly deal with us "because we are a debtor to the rest of the world".
Reflect on what Murray said: if whoever wins the next election is silly enough to listen to the people instead of the banks, they will be punished. Such is the sorry state of democracy in this country.
BASIC FUNDIt is most encouraging to see the figures for the Basic Fund near the half-way mark. Thank you to those who have given so generously over the last week or so, you have helped to bring the current figure up to $28,318:18. Why is it always the few who give so generously? We now appeal to the majority who have not made a contribution. Please consider the work of the League. Do you think the League makes a useful contribution to the life of the nation? Do you think the efforts and sacrifices of the writers and lecturers, and the volunteers who give so freely of their time, energy and money, and the small band of very hard workers are worthwhile in the battles for our freedoms? If so, make a little sacrifice yourselves. A contribution to the Basic Fund helps to keep the whole thing 'on track'. Please keep the momentum going.
A supporter rang to say she had heard a German-Australian recounting her experiences of Allied bombing during WW2 and the atrocious conditions imposed upon the German people after the 'peace-keepers' occupied Germany, on a SA talk-back programme. The supporter's comment was "I hope those leaders of the Allied Nations burn in hell for what they did to the people."
What did they do? Dropped phosphorous bombs on the civilian population; military men will tell you phosphorous continues to burn after the initial explosion and water does not extinguish it. The scene was described, It seemed the rivers boiled as the victims jumped into the rivers trying to stop the burning of their flesh." Hideous. The starving German people tore the wall-paper off the walls and boiled it to extract the glue to eat. Germany had to be brought down to such a level that it could then be 'built up', at a cost of course. The Marshall Plan was then implemented. Big 'bikkies' for the international gangster-bankers who financed the plan.
This is a glimpse of the 'humanitarianism' of the western leaders - you know, the ones who claim the high moral ground. To get a balanced view of WW2 you need to read David Irving's works, such as "The Apocalypse" would be a good beginning. It reveals what really happened to the civilian population - including the refugees who were fleeing the oncoming Soviets - of that undefended, ancient cultural city of Dresden. Send for a book catalogue from one of the League Book Services or get onto our website. The website has a complete list of books, prices and book service addresses. Website address: www.alor.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". There is a belief among the ruling elite that they know what is best for the people, even to telling them what they can think, believe, or say, on such issues as immigration, race and multiculturalism. That is an arrogant assumption and must be challenged. Although the legislation is claimed to be aimed at what is euphemistically called 'racial vilification', it will not end there. Betty Luks will challenge that belief. The meeting will be held at the Estonian Club, 141 Campbell Street, Sydney - commencing at 7.30pm. The cost of attendance is $4 per person (a steal at that price!). Books from the Heritage Book Service will be on display. For enquiries phone: (02) 9759 4450.
Next Month: Tuesday, June 26th - Mr. Graeme Campbell, Founder of Australia First Party Inc. Subject - "Is There a Way Out for Australia?"
Further Dates for your Diary: Tuesday,
July 31st - Mr. Ian Murphy. Subject: "The Question of Australia's
CANBERRA CONSERVATIVE SPEAKERS' CLUBThe 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 WEEKENDComing up on May 26th and 27th is the League's Annual State Dinner and Seminar. 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.
Dates for your diary
SOUTH AUSTRALIA: August 18th-19th, 2001, to be held in Adelaide National Director Betty Luks will be available in early June for meetings in central/northern Queensland. Those interested in having her speak on "The Arrogant Assumption Behind the Racial Vilification Legislation" please contact Mr. Gerry Patch, who is co-ordinating the tour, by phoning (07) 4635 7410.
NATIONAL WEEKENDA major shift is planned for the National Weekend. The event will be moved to the Victorian/New South Wales border to enable more of the country League supporters and those New South Welshmen - and women - to get to it. It will be held in Albury. The venue will be The Hume Inn Motel, and the theme will be on The Celebration of Federation. The Hume Inn Motel is situated opposite 17 acres of delightful parkland near the Murray River. At a later date we will circulate information on accommodation available, e.g., Motels (including the Hume Inn), Caravan Parks, Bed and Breakfasts. For those interstate visitors planning to fly in, there is an airport at Albury. Dates are: Friday, October 6th - New Times Dinner - commence 6.30pm, sit down to Dinner 7.00pm.Saturday, October 7th - Seminar The Celebration of Federation from 10.00am through to evening programme. Sunday, October 8th - Divine Service and Action Seminar from 9.00am: finishing at Noon for folk (who want to) to make their way back home.
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