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15 June 2001. Thought for the Week: "All that is necessary for the triumph of Evil is that good men do NOTHING" - and how true this is this week as the Victorian Liberals - except for two - join Labor in the Legislative Assembly - in their attempt to impose totalitarian legislation on Victoria .....
Phillip D. Butler

DARKNESS CLOSES ON VICTORIA

by Jeremy Lee
In the late hours of Tuesday, June 5th, the Lower House in the Victorian Parliament passed its controversial Racial and Religious Tolerance Bill. Bracks Labor, which presented the Bill, naturally voted for it. So did the Liberals, with the exception of two members. The National Party, for once, stood up, and voted against the Bill, along with two of Victoria's three independents. Perhaps the most astonishing aspect of the whole sorry affair was the claim, made by more than one Labor member, that the Bill was 'unenforceable' and merely symbolic.

The Member for Forest Hill, Mr. Richardson, was one who used such 'logic', and his remarks were truly astonishing - more in keeping with "Alice-in-Wonderland" than a Parliament in Australia. He said, inter alia: ".... I speak in support of the Racial and Religious Tolerance Bill, and in doing so I say that I do not think it necessary. It is my view that there are sufficient safeguards existing in the federal and state statutes that already prevail .....The advice that I have received is that if the proposed legislation becomes law it will essentially be unenforceable. The path that has to be followed to obtain a conviction for an offence under the act, which the bill will become, is so tortuous and obscure that there will probably be no prosecutions based on the legislation ....."

If the confused Mr. Richardson believes that the legislation leaves no room for prosecutions, he is in for a shock. Similar legislation has been pursued by the same bodies in a number of countries, and has been used to threaten and intimidate advocates of free speech on a number of occasions.

There were some good speeches made against the Bill - notably from Mr. Russell Savage, Independent Member for Mildura. Illustrating his opposition, Mr. Savage said: " .... One of the things that we should remind ourselves of occasionally is what free speech is. In the British House of Commons during May of 1797 Charles Fox stated: Opinions become dangerous to a state only when persecution makes it necessary for the people to communicate their ideas under the bond of secrecy.
Another quote from Woodrow Wilson states: The wisest thing to do with a fool is to encourage him to hire a hall and discourse to his fellow citizens. Nothing chills nonsense like exposure to the air.

Mr. Savage continued: "Among other things, this Bill would take away the right of a parent to have full decision-making control over a child. According to the Bill, a five year old could be making a decision contrary to the wishes of the parent. Employers could become vicariously liable for the unreasonable actions of employees. On the basis that most employees are adults, there should be some form of self-discipline exercised so that people will not have to place the responsibility on others ...."
He then listed the considerable number of bodies which had made submissions, or spoken out against the Bill. They included the president of Liberty Victoria, Chris Maxwell, president of Free Speech Victoria Terry Lane, former Archbishop of Melbourne George Pell, current Bishop of Melbourne, Most Rev'd. Hart, the Presbyterian Church of Victoria, Australian Christian Churches and the Australia-India Society.
Mr. Savage concluded his outstanding speech with a quote from Byron's Don Juan: "I may stand alone, But would not change my free thoughts for a Throne."

Mr. Smith, Member for Glen Waverley, opened by saying: "If a government were setting out to try to divide the community, it could not do better than this government in introducing the Racial and Religious Tolerance Bill ...." He made the same point emphasized by others: " .... Earlier speakers have referred to the amount of correspondence they have received. I have never seen so many comments, particularly by E-mail. All the correspondence and comments have gone 5 to one against the legislation ...."

Mr. Ashley, the Member for Bayswater, gave an apt historical illustration of the futility of the State attempting to legislate for religious or civil truth: " .... I refer to a discussion between Sir Thomas More and Mr. Riche, the solicitor to King Henry VIII, over the issue of how the king could take over the role of the church and thus presume to stamp the religious dimensions on the civil law. I quote from a book about the Reformation and the political sphere of the 16th century:
'Admit there were, Sir, an Acte of Parliament, that all the Realme should take me for King, would you not take me for King?" 'Yes sir,' quoth Sir Thomas More, 'That I would'. 'I put the case further', quoth Mr Riche, 'that there weare an Acte of Parliament that all the Realme should take me for the Pope, would then not you, Mr. More, take me for the Pope?'
'To your first case', quoth Sir Thomas More, ' the Parliament may well meddle with the stat of temporall Princes; but to make aunsweare to your second case, I will put you this case; suppose the Parliament would make a law that God should not be God, would you then, Mr. Riche, saye God weare not God?'

What he was saying was that in matters of religious belief there could be no determination by an act of Parliament. This was Erastianism in practice; and he was reacting to that by saying, "Thus far and no further". This Bill will prove a matter of shame to the majority of members in the Victorian Assembly. It must be submitted to the Upper House within days, and those concerned should make every effort to contact Liberal Members of the Victorian Legislative Council (the upper house), urging them that the community , as shown by the 5,000-plus submissions, does not want this legislation, and that it is their duty to represent the community, not over-rule it.


THE VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT'S ARROGANCE

by Antonia Feitz
The Victorian Government was swamped with over 5,500 submissions after calling for public submissions on its proposed Racial and Religious Tolerance Bill. (News Weekly, 2/6/01). Almost all of them opposed the Bill. The opposition covered a wide range of issues:
. the lack of any good reason for the Bill;
. the threat to free speech;
. the threat to missionary activity;
. the subjectivity of the Bill (if a person "feels" offended ...)
. the fact that a third party could make a complaint;
. the refusal to consider motives;
. the refusal to allow truth as a defence;
. the draconian criminal penalties including fines and gaol sentences;
. the threat to freedom of association.

The Anti-Defamation Commission and B'nai B'rith who have led the charge for this Bill freely admit that peaceful groups such as the Citizens' Electoral Council and the Australian League of Rights are in their sights as needing attention. Seeing as the ADC and BB have such lobbying clout maybe they need attention too. In the face of such strong public opposition to the Bill did the Victorian Government do the decent thing and shelve it? No. It revised the Bill which remains as obnoxious as ever. Still, pity the poor Queenslanders: seeing as they don't have an upper house and the last election delivered the Labor Party a landslide, a similarly unwanted Bill was simply rammed through their parliament. No wonder the Labor Party federally wants to get rid of the Senate - "unrepresentative swill" as Keating once famously called the Upper House.

There's a constant in government: the framers of good constitutions always know that power corrupts and that there must be curbs on the exercise of power; and governments always try to centralise power by 'reforming' and even discrediting constitutions.


LAST WORD ON THE BUDGET

Max Walsh, writing in The Bulletin (8/6/01) said it all in describing the recent budget: "This budget has been widely praised by the commentariat as responsible and clever. It's neither. To read it in the context of history is to appreciate why in this country the expression "political leadership" has become an oxymoron .... the budget estimates exclude the GST from the revenue side and financial assistance grants to the states on the expenditure side ....On the evidence of the budget, the government is driven solely by personal ambition, the lust for power and the comforts and prestige of office ...."
And so, according to the post-budget Morgan poll, still say the majority of Australians.

VICTORIAN LIBERALS JOIN THE TOTALITARIANS

by Phillip D. Butler
This may be the last time that an individual can make a comment about anything to do with racial or ethnic affairs in the State of Victoria without the threat of six months gaol and/or $6,000 fine. It is quite obvious that the Liberal Party of Victoria has sunk to an all-time low by supporting the Racial and Religious Tolerance Bill - except for two members - Tony Plowman and Gordon Ashley, along with the Independents Russell Savage, Craig Ingram and the Nationals. This was a 'conscience' vote for all Liberals, according to Opposition leader Dr. Denis Napthine. He personally voted for the legislation - politically correct?

As The Herald Sun, in its editorial of June 6th, stated: "Despite widespread community criticism that the legislation will stifle free speech, Dr Napthine said: "The nett result is that the Bill will pass and I think that's a good thing." It is now up to the Victorian Upper House to knock this obscene legislation out. It goes to a vote this week - please see below the names of your Upper House Liberals, along with phone, fax and e-mail numbers. They are the last block to the totalitarians. Please make sure you contact them, to prevent minority lobby groups manipulating representatives for their own ends:
The Hon. G Ashman (Lib, Koonung) Unit 1, 426-430 Burwood Hwy. Wantirna Sth. 3152 (Ph: 9887 0255, Fax: 9887 1559. E-mail: gerald.ashman@parliament.vic.govt.au)
The Hon Bruce Atkinson, 347-49 Mitcham Rd. Mitcham, 3132, (Ph: 9874 6005. Fax 9872 3488; E-mail: bruce.atkinson@parliament.vic.gov.au
The Hon Mark Birrell, 173 Canterbury Rd. Canterbury 3126 (Ph: 9888 6244; Fax: 9888 6529 E-mail: mark birrell@parliament.vic.gov.au)
The Hon Cameron Boardman, 445 Nepean Hwy. Frankston 3199. (Ph:9783 1633. Fax: 9783 1191. E-mail: cameron.boardman@parliament.vic.gov.au)
The Hon Andrew Brideson, 4 Hamilton Pl. Mt. Waverley 3149 (Ph: 9888 1910. Fax:9807 4924. E-mail: andrew.brideson@parliament.vic.gov.au)
The Hon Bruce Chamberlain, 47 Brown St. Hamilton 3300 (Ph: 5572 3377; Fax: 5572 4945; E-mail: bruce.chamberlain@parliament.vic.gov.au)
The Hon Andrea Coote, 271 Glenferrie Rd. Malvern 3144. (Ph: 9576 1790; Fax: 9576 1730 E-mail: andrea.coote@parliament.vic.gov.au) The Hon Ian Cover, "La Cabine" 1 Yarra St. Geelong 3220 (Ph: 5224 2088; Fax: 5224 6254; E-mail: ian.cover@parliament.vic.gov.au)
The Hon. Geoffrey Craige, 5 Church St. Healesville, 3777 (Ph: 5962 6253; Fax: 5962 6254; E-mail: geoff.craige@parliament.vic.gov.au)
The Hon David Davis, 28A Cotham Rd. Kew 3101 (Ph: 9853 3955; Fax: 9853 3960)
The Hon Philip Davis, 60 Cunninghame St. Sale, 3850 (Ph: 5143 1038; Fax: 5143 1057; E-mail: philip.davis@parliament.vic.gov.au)
The Hon Bill Forwood, PO Box 199, Ivanhoe, 3079 (Ph: 9497 4300 Fax: 9497 4096; E-mail: bill.forwood@parliament.vic.gov.au)
The Hon Carlo Furletti, Shop 5 101 Burgundy St. Heidelberg, 3084 (Ph: 9457 6188; Fax: 9457 6037; E-mail: carlo.furletti@parliament.vic.gov.au)
The Hon Peter Katsambanis, 398 High St. Prahran, 3181 (Ph: 9529 8334; Fax: 9529 8144; E-mail: peter.katsambanis@parliament.vic.gov.au)
The Hon Neil Lucas, 1/5 Gloucester Ave. Berwick, 3806 (Ph: 9796 1987; Fax: 9796 1891; E-mail: neil.lucas@parliament vic.gov.au)
The Hon. Maree Luckins, 63 Murrumbeena Rd. Murrumbeena 3163 (Ph: 9569 4417; Fax: 9569 4069; E-mail: maree.luckins@parliament.vic.gov.au)
The Hon Andrew Olexander, Shops 5 and 6, 232 Ridge Rd. Olinda, 3788 (Ph:9751 2200; Fax: 9751 2600; E-mail: andrew.olexander@parliament.vic.gov.au)
The Hon Gordon Rich-Phillips, 1/31 Princes Hwy. Dandenong 3175 (Ph: 9794 7667 Fax: 9794 7856; E-mail: gordon.rich.phillips@parliament.vic.gov.au)
The Hon Dr John Ross, 40 Station St. Moorabbin 3189 (Ph: 9555 4101; Fax: 9555 3810; E-mail: john.ross@parliament.vic.gov.au)
The Hon Kenneth Smith, 26 McBride Ave. Wonthaggi, 3995 (Ph:5672 4755; Fax: 5672 4772; E-mail: ken.smith@parliament.vic.gov.au)
The Hon Wendy Smith, 13a Civic Pl. Ringwood 3134 (Ph: 9870 8284; Fax: 9870 8119; E-mail: wendy.smith@parliament,vic.gov.au)
The Hon Graeme Stoney, 42 High St. Mansfiend 3724 (Ph: 5775 1929; Fax: 5775 2923; E-mail: graeme.stoney@parliament.vic.gov.au)
The Hon Christopher Strong, 360 Hampton St. Hampton, 3070 (Ph: 9598 9188; Fax: 9598 9099; E-mail: chris.strong@parliament.vic.gov.au)


QUEENSLAND SEMINAR OUTSTANDING

"The best in years", was the comment of one veteran supporter who had travelled over 600 kilometres to attend. The Highfields Cultural Centre at Toowoomba was the venue for two days of outstanding papers, including Mrs. Wendy Scurr and Andrew MacGregor on the Port Arthur massacre, as well as barrister Graham Strachan, author of the excellent book "Globalisation - Demise of the Australian Nation". Mr. Strachan held his audience riveted in his passionate dinner address. Independent Member for Maryborough Dr. John Kingston spoke feelingly and with authority on the bureaucratic blunders which had contributed to the current rural disaster; and Selwyn Johnston gave an excellent paper on the foreign intrusion into Australian agriculture. The occasion was touched off with a classic speech from National Director Betty Luks, who moved her audience with some vintage thoughts on Social Credit.

SYDNEY CONSERVATIVE SPEAKERS' CLUB

Due 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' CLUB

The 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.

State Weekends

West Australia
August 11th-12th, to be held in Perth. Betty Luks and Jeremy Lee are two of the guest speakers. South Australia: August 18th-19th, to be held in Adelaide. Speakers for the SA seminar include Mr. Jeremy Lee and Mrs. Wendy Scurr, who will recall what she saw and experienced at the Port Arthur massacre. After having heard her and former policeman Andrew McGregor at the Inverell Forum we believe her story needs to be told. Keep these dates free.

SA
Wendy will be doing a series of meetings prior to the SA Weekend.

Victoria
At this stage meetings have been arranged for Melbourne, Horsham, Nhill and Apsley in Victoria. Further details as they come to hand.


NATIONAL WEEKEND

A 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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