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22 June 2001. Thought for the Week: "A whole nation is now huddled around one tribal bonfire to lament its bitter fate, mourn its dead and ignore the dead of the other side. As usual, it views itself as the victim, turns the enemy into Satan and waits, inactive and bravely unthinking, for the calamity that is about to befall it and for which it is in no small measure to blame."
Gideon Levy - Ha'aretz, 10th June, 2001
NEED FOR DISCLOSURE AND REFORM
by Jeremy Lee
The scandal of corporate donations -
some disclosed and others not - with funding of party conferences,
'auctions', $1,000-a-plate meals and so on, has been the subject
of critical articles in The Australian, The Sydney
Morning Herald and The Australian Financial Review
that we know of. 'Honest John',
however, is not impressed. The AFR (14/6/01) reported:
PRISON - THE BOOM INDUSTRY
A major review of Australia's prison industry by Geoffrey Barker in The Australian Financial Review (13/6/01) contained some disturbing statistics. Of Australia's 98 prisons 13 are privately-owned, all of which have been established in the past 10 years. The number of prisoners in all Australian gaols over the same period has increased by 52 percent. The imprisonment rate has jumped by 32 percent over the same period. The prison population is increasing at 4.2 percent a year - much faster than population growth. With a prison population of about 21,000 in Australia, average annual cost per prisoner is almost $56,000. Overall theft throughout Australia has increased at about the same rate as the prison population - 4.5 percent a year.
Australia's private prisons are managed by three companies: Corrections Corporation of Australia, Australasian Correctional Management and Group 4 Corrections Service. All of them are wholly-owned subsidiaries of foreign corporations. Sooner than simply building more prisons to house more criminals, sooner or later focus must be directed to the type of society which is producing increasing numbers of criminals. The sign of a healthy and happy society is ever-reducing rates of crime, accompanied with more security, responsibility and freedom for the individual. If ever there was a rebuttal of Costello's oft-repeated phrase: "Australia's fundamentals are sound" they can be seen in the prison figures, the growth in poverty, the reduction in debt-free home ownership, the diminishing opportunities for young people, the crime rate, the suicides and the family break-downs. Australia's record in the last 10 years is not a happy one.
THE POOR OLD NATS
That redoubtable figure Senator Ron Boswell,
self-appointed leader of the glorious rural renaissance, addressed
the Brisbane Institute on May 29th. An edited version of his
address was carried by The AFR (30/5/01) The article quoted
Boswell as saying:
Boswell's assessment was in stark contrast
with a full-page analysis of Queensland politics in The AFR
(12/6/01) headed BANANA POLITICS, which said of the Queensland
Wanna's view seems more realistic than
A 'HAWAIIAN SUPREME' VICTORYAn all-Australian fast-food chain, Eagle Boys pizzas, has gained a major victory over the foreign-owned Pizza Hut chain. Pizza Hut took Eagle Boys to court for daring to claim that Pizza Hut profits went overseas, while those of Eagle Boys stayed in Australia. The Eagle Boys advertisement to this effect apparently upset Pizza Hut.
In an interim judgement, Judge Murray Wilcox of the Federal Court in Sydney ruled that Eagle Boys could continue the advertisement over the next four weeks until a full hearing of the case.
Whatever the final verdict, by the time full judgement is given most Australians will know which is the Australian-owned-and-made pizza, and which is foreign-owned. There's no doubt that the fast-growing "Buy-Australian" campaign is hurting the multinationals, and they don't know what to do about it. Going to court is not going to help their case.
THE POSSIBLE DANGERS OF MEDIA MONOPOLYWe have no brief for Jodee Rich and Brad Keeling , directors of the collapsed One Tel. Both have had their assets frozen, and may only leave the country under strictly-controlled conditions. Their fellow-directors on the Board of One Tel include Lauchlan Murdoch of News Ltd. and James Packer of Consolidated Press. Each of these are empires far larger than the apparently shonky One Tel.
Is there any suggestion that the young Packer and Murdoch also have their assets frozen? And can we be sure that news articles in the papers controlled by each will present the full facts completely objectively?
As we said earlier, justice must be seen to be done, and both Rich and Keeling have copped plenty of flak in the Murdoch and Packer press, owned by their fellow directors.
UNKIND CUTMost unkindly, The Australian Financial Review (5/6/01) reminded us of Costello's remarks about Australia's foreign debt while Labor was still in power. The article said: "In February 1996, the then shadow treasurer, Peter Costello, claimed that the rise in Australia's net foreign debt to $180 billion, or 39 percent of GDP, was 'the final indictment of [then prime minister Paul] Keating's economic mismanagement.' ... The release yesterday of data showing Australia's net foreign debt at a record $317 billion, or 48 percent of GDP, either says something about the economic management skills of the Coalition over the past five years or an error of judgement by Costello in 1996. The foreign debt issue has assumed a low profile in recent years, despite the sharp deterioration in the debt position. But it is being reflected implicitly in the performance of the Australian dollar, which in recent weeks has reached a record low ......"
NO TO HOMOSEXUAL 'MARRIAGE'
by Antonia Feitz:
It's pretty clear: the state of being
a husband or wife - i.e. of being married - only exists in
the union of two sexes. A man can no more have a husband than
a woman can have a wife because the words, 'husband' and 'wife'
only have meaning in relation to the opposite sex.
Homosexuals and even the UN itself have no authority to unilaterally
change the commonly understood meanings of words. Nor does
the UN have any authority to proclaim that homosexuals have
a 'right' to marry. St. Thomas Aquinas, the 'angelic Doctor',
held that human laws bind from the fact that they aim for
the common good. Once laws don't have the common good as their
aim they lose their power to oblige.
PST, DON'T MENTION THE JAPANESE
by Antonia Feitz
Toohey is right. How utterly contemptible that our so-called leaders were so craven. As there weren't even any Japanese people present at the ceremony, why our leaders were all so inhibited and politically correct is a mystery. Nevertheless none of them dared mention the J-word. Deane spoke about un-named "foreign aggression"; Howard talked about the ANZUS alliance; Beazley said Darwin people knew that they had to defend themselves and bury the dead, but he didn't say against whom or who killed the dead they buried; and the US ambassador said that the military attack that day threatened the very existence of the Australian nation, but he didn't say who attacked Australia. The Asian nations must despise us for being so disrespectful about our own history. The Japanese especially, who honour their own ancestors, must be appalled.
UNDER THE VOLCANO
by Gideon Levy
Above all we are witnessing the evaporation of the left; but there is hardly anything left of the centre, either. "We are all settlers," say people who not long ago styled themselves leftists and centrists; it is not only writers' widows, such as Edna Shabtai, who are turning right. The thin shell of the peace camp broke apart in an instant, after its enlightened members found out that the Palestinians were not managing their affairs exactly according to the model the peaceniks had created for them. The Palestinians resorted to violence and dared to demand the right of return.
The conclusion: the left was wrong. The result: an almost wholesale drift to the right. The media, the leaders of the peace camp, together with Labor, the Likud and Rehavam Ze'evi - all are declaiming almost the same message. Can anyone seriously point today to substantial differences not only between Ariel Sharon and Shimon Peres, but even between Yossi Sarid and Limor Livnat? The right says, honestly, that it aspires to fighting a war, while the left says that war is inevitable because of Arafat. That is a very minor difference - too minor.
The lip service the left is paying in the form of calls for a freeze on construction in the settlements or for the establishment of a Palestinian state, is pathetic: too little and too late. It didn't have to be this way. The voice that has been muted is now more essential than ever. Israel needs another voice now, not just that of the brave but minuscule Gush Shalom (the Peace Bloc). Where are the intellectuals and the statesmen to assert that the Palestinians could never have accepted what Ehud Barak offered, that the way it was offered outraged them even more? Who will declare that a just solution to the conflict must include not only a fair territorial solution but also a just solution for the refugees, including recognition of their right of return?
Who will speak out in a loud voice to offer a truth different to the one now sweeping the country from end to end?
Who will state that the occupation is an act of violence, the most terrible of all, that terrorism is not only suicide bombers but also firing missiles at inhabited homes?
Who will assert the truth:
That depriving a whole nation of freedom of movement and placing that nation in a prison is an act of violence more cruel than any in the past, and stirs a people to fight using whatever means it has?
That the incitement in the Palestinian media is not that much worse than the incitement on Israeli radio and television?
That the present war is first and foremost a war over Netzarim and Yitzhar, and that if they or all the settlements did not exist our situation would be immeasurably better?
That the roots of Palestinian terrorism have to be sought in the Israeli occupation and not in the Palestinians' genes?
WESTERN CIVILISATION ACCORDING TO JATRAS
by Antonia Feitz
Incredibly, morally debased Western elites
labour under the delusion that their 'values' have prevailed.
Nothing could be further from the truth. As Jatras wrote,
"... man does not live by 'Big Mac' alone." That
people all over the world eat Western fast food and listen
to pop music is superficial flim flam. Healthy cultures don't
grovel for their history. Healthy cultures breed. So isn't
it amazing that Australian governments have deliberately made
breeding so financially difficult for the majority of young
couples that they defer it in many cases until it's too late.
And isn't it indicative of those governments' moral debasement
that they simultaneously uphold the 'right' of [well-off]
single women to artificial insemination when as most people
agree, the much-maligned family of mum and dad and their rels
is the basic unit of society and the best environment for
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. 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' CLUBMonday, July 2nd: 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.
Day/Date Venue Contact Telephone No.
Sunday, July 29th Cranbrook Murray & Jan Pope 08 9826 8055
Monday, July 30th Albany Murray & Jan Pope 08 9826 8055
Tuesday, July 31st Ravensthorpe Alan Burton 08 9839 6025
Wednesday, August 1st Collie Norm Wiese 08 9734 4066
Thursday, August 2nd Harvey Nigel Offer 08 9729 3325
Monday, August 6th Bullsbrook Helen McKenna 08 9571 3595
Tuesday, August 7th Moora John Broad 08 9654 9030
Wednesday, August 8th Morawa Ed Valentine 08 9971 1175
WEST AUSTRALIA'S STATE WEEKEND
Saturday, August 11th - 35th Annual Seminar & Dinner for the Australian League of Rights
Sunday, August 12th - Australian League of Rights "Action Day":
Venue for both days: Perth - Rose and Crown Hotel - Guildford - Phone: 08 9574 6042
For further inquiries and information please contact Maureen Burton, State Secretary:
Phone/Fax: 08 9574 6042. After hours: 08 9574 6260
SOUTH AUSTRALIA'S STATE WEEKENDAugust 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.
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.
QUEENSLAND SEMINAR TAPESThe following tapes are available on speeches made at the very successful Queensland seminar of the Australian League of Rights:
1. Welcome and Opening; An exercise in Social Credit - Terry Rogers.
2. The Victorian Racial Vilification Legislation - Betty Luks.
3. Port Arthur Revisited - Wendy Scurr.
4. Deceit or Terrorism - Andrew MacGregor.
5. The Strategy of Tactics - Sunday Session - Graham Strachan.
6. What is Social Credit? Betty Luks.
7. The Current State of Rural Queensland
- Selwyn Johnston.
8. The League of Rights, The National Party & the Rural Disaster - Jeremy Lee
9. The State of the Dairy Industry in Queensland - Dr. John Kingston MLA.
COST: $5.00 per tape, including postage. Money, with order, from: CVA TAPES, PO Box 987, Inverell, NSW, 2360.
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