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8 June 2001. Thought for the Week: "On behalf of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party, I extend my best wishes to the B'nai B'rith Anti-Defamation Commission Inc. and the Council of Christians and Jews Inc. on the occasion of their 2001 memorial Oration. I am sure that Rabbi David Rosen, Director of the Anti-Defamation League's Israel office and the International President of the Council of Christians and Jews, will deliver a first class Oration, and I am only sorry that I will be unable to attend. The work of the Commission deserves the highest praise and has the keen support of freedom-lovers worldwide."
Kim C. Beazley, MP Canberra, March 2001 "Oration 2001", published by B'nai B'rith Anti-Defamation Commission & Council of Christians & Jews.
THE MEDIA ART OF THE 'BEAT-UP'
by Jeremy Lee
Professor Flint's remarks could not be more timely as a prelude to the three-page 'beat-up' in The Weekend Australian (26-27/5/01) on the issue of Pauline Hanson, Graeme Campbell and the Australian League of Rights. The usual inaccuracies concerning the League were trotted out; for example: "....the League of Rights pursues ultra-nationalist causes, including anti-immigration, racial superiority and anti-Semitism .... Veritas produces so-called "race studies", and supports and distributes the work of controversial British historian David Irving, who disputes the extent of the Holocaust. Butler also wrote that Jesus Christ was not considered a Jew and the League of Rights disputed the authenticity of The Diary of Anne Frank. ...."
While it is true such issues have been included from time to time in the weekly newsletter On Target, and the monthly New Times Survey, the articles have always expressed the views of individual writers, and do not find their way into the objectives of the League, which are carried month-by-month on the front cover of the New Times Survey. As an association, there is no mention of Anne Frank or David Irving or of the Jews in its objectives. The League does present a platform, which exists nowhere else, for issues that are entitled to be heard, and which are screened out of the mainstream media. All of which is turned from a virtue into a crime by journalists who in Professor Flint's words, "should look to their own behaviour."
The present conflict within One Nation which, as far as we can tell, has been blown out of all proportion, must obviously be decided within that arena. Like others, League supporters will watch with interest to see whether the "guilt-by-association" tactics fostered by Senator Boswell will succeed.
It was a pleasure to turn from the nonsense above to Dennis Shanahan's article in the same issue of The Weekend Australian, which started: "There are clearly grounds to believe that a rort far bigger than Peter Reith's misuse of a telecard or Mal Colston's dodgy travel is going undetected during federal election campaigns. " There is also a systemic exploitation of our electoral machinery crying out for reform, which has far more practical impact on the lives of our citizens than consideration of a republic ...."
Shanahan went on to elaborate on the nauseating misuse of public funds by parties during election campaigns, and the erosion of the democratic process by corporate political patronage. As more mainstream journalists comment on the stench of money-politics, it must, sooner or later, become the subject of proper investigation.
PHARMACISTS AND DRUG COMPANIES
Another example of corruption-by-mammon
was included in an article by Sarah Bryden-Brown (same issue
of The Weekend Australian) headed DRUG GIANTS UNDERWRITE
CHEMISTS. She said:
The sin is compounded by the fact that many drugs are subsidised by the Government, whose medical benefits scheme is now in dire straits due to overspending.
ABOLISHING THE POUND STERLING
Opinion polls in Britain show the population
opposed, by two to one, to entry into European Monetary Union
and the loss of the British pound. The Conservative Party
should be on a winner, after the lead given by Baroness Margaret
Thatcher at the Party's annual conference. But the electorate
knows that the party is almost equally divided between supporters
and opponents of Europe. So the Conservatives are trailing
in the polls due to their apparent indecision. A red-blooded
opposition to Europe would warn Britishers by quoting the
words of Trotsky, one of Lenin's henchmen, made in 1917, the
year the Bolsheviks took over in Russia:
Tony Blair's "New Labour" and Trotsky's "Bolshevism" are on the same track.
ALEXANDER DOWNER'S TOAST
Under the heading DOWNER TOASTS THE DEATH
OF MORE THAN 1 MILLION TIBETANS, The Australian Financial
Review (25/5/01) carried a letter by Katherine Smith:
Ah! But we do more business with China, you see. They take $3.9 billion in exports, much more important than bloodshed and tyranny!
THE WAR ON BANKS
As if it didn't have enough troubles, the Coalition is going to be facing a campaign by the Financial Sector Union, targeted at marginal seats, during the federal election. The Australian Financial Review (28/5/01) reported: "The FSU has conducted polling and focus groups in marginal seats on banking issues, which will allow them to confront sitting members and candidates with comprehensive feedback from consti-tuents ..... The Union has formed a social coalition with other interest groups, including consumer, legal, pensioner, church and local council associations, to lobby against banks' flagging service standards ...."
Which should generally add to the cup of cheer of coalition candidates - particularly in the bush - come the election. How will they reply? Probably by using Ron's tactic of blaming the whole thing on that wretched League of Rights!
EAST TIMOR'S FINANCIAL WOES
There are three currencies in circulation in East Timor - the Australian and US dollars, and the Indonesian rupiah. But all that's about to change. The Australian (25/5/01) reported: " .... The UN-run government, keen to rationalise what is effectively a three-currency economy, has opted to base the economy exclusively on the US dollar .... Threatening heavy fines for those who break the rules, it has banned the use of the Indonesian rupiah and the Australian dollar ...."
The move threatens to escalate the unrest that already exists in East Timor. Surely, the best move would have been to establish a "peoples' bank" in the country, which issued its own independent currency. (See the League's New Times Survey for April , which gives many world-wide examples of how this could be done.)
GULAGS UP FOR TENDERThe shocking mess in refugee detention centres in Australia, which are currently run by the foreign multinational Wackenhut, are to be put up for tender. The Weekend Australian (May 26-27, 2001) commented: ".... The decision follows several riots, mass breakouts, allegations of mistreatment of refugees, management concerns raised by the commonwealth ombudsman and a government-appointed investigator and poor quarterly performance reports .....The contract is estimated to be worth about $90 million a year ...."
BANKRUPTCIES KEEP RISINGThe latest report from Dun and Bradstreet shows bankruptcies for the first quarter of 2001 up 22 percent on the previous quarter, and 33 percent on the same quarter last year. Is this what the government means by "growth"? Spokesman for the organization attributes the attrition to the GST.
LETTER TO THE ARCHBISHOP FROM PHILIP BENWELL
I have come under a great deal of criticism
for daring to oppose the nomination of and acceptance by Archbishop
Peter Hollingworth for the highest office under The Crown
of Governor-General. If I, as National Chairman of the Australian
Monarchist League, must be muted on these issues, then what
worth is our democracy. I believe that there is no transgression
in justified criticism, even against members of the Royal
Family. Rather, the fault is in slavishly paying obeisance.
For the edification of those interested I append below a copy
of a letter I had written to the Archbishop. I have had no
reply, not do I anticipate one.
The Most Rev'd Peter Hollingworth AO
OBE, Archbishop of Brisbane, Etc.
THE AUSTRALIAN POLITICAL CONVERGENCE
by Antonia Feitz
Another unforeseen spanner in the works is the convergence of the Left and the Right over globalisation. Who in their right minds would ever have imagined that Jeremy Lee would share speaking engagements with the green's (as opposed to the Green's) Dr. Liz Elliott. Here's proof from a leftist newsletter: "June 2 and 3 at Byron Surf Club; 9-5 daily, 2 day workshop on Globalisation with Dr. Liz Elliott, Mr. Jeremy Lee and others; featuring glorious beach views, music at night, and lots of time for debate and political strategy. Topics will be "What is Globalisation?' (Trade), Finance (Banks) and Australian Politics. $40/concession for helpers ..." (WTO Watch Qld bulletin 46)"
Isn't it wonderful! While Jeremy Lee is addressing greens at Byron Bay, Dr. Liz Elliott has already addressed this year's Inverell Forum which according to the mainstream media is the gathering of Australia's "far right extremist" leaders. Never in their wildest dreams did the globalists expect this convergence. Surely this proves that the good guys - us! - will win in the end. Whether right or left most of us want the same thing: a decent society. And though we differ about our visions of the decent society we are firmly united in the belief that globalisation will not deliver it.
by Antonia Feitz
The best way to test for PC (political correctness) is to reverse the races/sexes and if you blush at the result you've got PC. So let's do it with that ABC news sentence: "... overnight the black supremacists got the brawl they had been seeking..." As if anything remotely similar would ever be written, even if it were true.
Oldham has been simmering with racial tension for a long time. Recently an elderly white man was allegedly bashed by a gang of Asians. Somebody - most probably angry whites - threw bricks through the windows of two Asian homes. The disproportionate response was a full scale riot with five pubs fire bombed, cars set alight and hundreds of youths throwing bricks and petrol bombs at charging riot police. To top off the nightmarish scene, police helicopters flew overhead with search-lights looking for trouble makers. Whatever happened to Merry England?
If it was a myth it's undisputed that after Britain achieved a measure of social justice she was renowned for the civility, docility, and the patience in queues of her population. What's happened? Governments have enacted policies of multiracialism and multiculturalism against the wishes of their people. What's happened to Britain is all very depressing and many Englishmen must be hearing Enoch Powell's ghost saying, "I told you so".
I have no doubt that the majority of Asians and blacks in Britain are peaceful people who just want a better life. But as former Edinburgh University academic Chris Brand wrote in his newsletter, "White and Asian (i.e. Pakistani) youths last night provided a visual aid as to the impossibility of the kind of multiculturalism venerated by British politicians and media folk of the past generation." (27/5/)
He's right. All people want a homeland and a shared culture. Multiculturalism is a theoretical PC absurdity. It's interesting to note that only the white nations have been forced to accept multiculturalism. The Asians and Africans have too much respect for their own cultures to have any truck with such an absurd concept. They know their people would treat such an inane concept with the contempt it deserves.
Multiracialism only works among wealthy and educated people. By definition they are a minority. As multiracialism is invariably disastrous among the masses why in heaven's name have Western governments pursued it? Were they so arrogant (because wealthy and educated) that they thought the massive problems in such racially mixed areas as Malaysia, Indonesia, Fiji, Rwanda wouldn't happen in the West? It seems so.
According to Brand, "Government ministers responded by admitting the violence had been serious and warning British people not to talk about race." In other words, terrified by PC they've ostrich-like buried their heads in the sand: it's not really happening because I can't see it and I don't live there anyway. Great.
STATISTICS AND LIES
by Antonia Feitz
The reality is that small businesses
are buckling at the knees under the GST; families with children
are doing it hard; and single employed people are having a
ball. There was a snapshot of a low income working family
in The Australian (31/5/01). The father was a 38-year-old
truck driver whose annual income was a shamefully low $24,000
a year. They have five children aged 6-17, four at school.
Their income is topped up by the parenting allowance and the
family tax benefit. Their rent is $175 a week.
Here's her verdict in 2001: "We are definitely worse off, we are finding it really hard to get by. We have had to borrow money from our parents and we live from week to week. We don't have enough money for our needs, let alone our wants. It's probably the worst 12 months we have ever had. We pay $100 a week on a personal loan, but are resigned to the fact that we will never pay it off because the interest is just breaking us."
In contrast, a 37-year-old single woman flight attendant with Qantas who earns $63,000 commented, "I am definitely better off because I have had an income tax cut and I haven't purchased any luxury items."
The last three governments have a lot to answer for. It unconscionable that they are planning even more assaults on the standard of living of the low paid and unemployed and promising extra rewards to the comfortable and even well-off.
Recruitment crisis in the armed forces
The 2,000 defence White Paper revealed
the armed forces have a recruitment crisis. Despite doubling
the advertising budget, enlistments rose only 13 percent (Australian,
30/5/01)). But the forces can't hold the people they've got.
In his latest report, the Auditor-General found that in the
year 1999-2000 there were 4,043 enlistments and 6,467 departures.
What's wrong? Though the experts profess to be mystified blind
Freddy could tell them a few home truths. The army was once
a man's world. While women have served with distinction in
the armed forces, the sexes each had their own spheres. Now
the army has to conform to political correctness. The sexes
have to be regarded as 'equal' in the sense of 'identical'.
Put simply, service in the armed forces has lost its appeal
for many traditional men. The sexes have always enjoyed their
own company but these days only women are allowed to enjoy
the luxury of it.
The fact that people are leaving in droves proves something is very wrong. Unfortunately, political correctness will ensure nobody dares to speak the truth. At least we aren't as bad as the US. David Hackworth has written that "The U.S. military is filled with Flakes (a 'soldier' with purple fingernails, dreadlocks, three children by three fathers who referred to a bayonet as "a pointy sticky thing"). During Desert Storm, the equivalent of a light infantry division of women couldn't deploy with their units or had to return from the desert because their baby sitters went AWOL or they'd gotten pregnant."
"WHY THE TROOPS ARE HANGING IT UP"by David H. Hackworth, November 15th, 1999
"The purple fingernail polish and the dreadlocks covering her face and the hole in the side of her nose where she wears a diamond stud on weekends were bad enough," a command sergeant major says. "But then Specialist Flake asked me if she had to take that 'pointy sticky thing that goes on my gun' when she went to the M-16 rifle range."
He continued, "Some US Army infantry divisions have a battalion-equivalent of pregnant soldiers. Add this to the single moms who can't ship out, and you don't have a lean-and-mean fighting force, you have a Dr. Spock moment. The refusal of the top uniformed brass to tell the civilian leadership that the Flake problem is killing the force is just as criminal as their endorsing a defective weapon system or inoculating soldiers with an untested vaccine - both of which also occur too frequently. Instead, they should stand tall and shout: "The two-decade gender-blending experiment has only proven that force-feeding women into front-line units to satisfy the feminist movement kills combat readiness."
**STOP PRESS** - SYDNEY CONSERVATIVE SPEAKERS' CLUBDue to the National Director's decision to withdraw the invitation to Mr. Graeme Campbell to speak at the June 26th CSC, Mr. Jason Rafty has been invited to speak in his place. His subject will be "Democracy and the Decline of the Soviet Union". Our speaker has spent some time in Russia and is competent to analyse the political future of this nation. Our supporters were informed in last week's On Target that the National Director had withdrawn the invitation to Mr. Campbell, not because the League did not want him to speak, but, because of his integrity, he would have kept his word at considerable personal cost and at the expense of his political future.
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. Dates for your Diary: 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".
ADELAIDE CONSERVATIVE SPEAKERS' CLUBThe next speaker for the Adelaide CSC is Mr. Jack King, a well-known identity to the conservative movements. He will speak on his recent trip to the Middle East, where he accompanied a group of folk on a mercy mission to the peoples of Iraq. The Iraqi people are in dire straits because of the economic sanctions placed upon them by the United Nations. It will be a heart-rending story Jack King will have to tell. The meeting will be held at the Public Schools' Club, East Terrace (cnr. Carrington Street, Adelaide). Make your bookings for the dinner by phoning: 8395 9826.
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.
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