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20 July 2001. Thought for the Week: "'Myth' history is the product of men's minds, whereby 'reality' is overlaid by fancies, imaginings and suppositions... True history is rooted in two factors - the common man and finance. The orthodox historian knows neither...History to be effective must be 'realistic'. To be effective it must start with the individual. 'Myth' history never does this, but deals in useless abstractions and accepts illusions which obscure the truth. It leaves out of account the factors which alone produce events, which are chiefly man operating through his mental mechanism and that pressure which derives from financial domination."
Human Ecology: The Science of Social Adjustment by Thomas Robertson, 1948
by Jeremy Lee
In the run-down to the federal election one factors stands out - the enormous increase in advertising by the Howard Government. Leading the Opposition in the run-up to the 1996 election where Keating was defeated, John Howard was quoted in September 1995 as saying: "This soiled government is to spend a massive $14m. of taxpayers' money over the next two months as part of its pre-election panic .... Keating is about to boost government promotion to a massive new high and it's time a brake was put on this fraud..... This propaganda blitz will make the electorate feel even more angry."
Well, it's Kim Beazley's turn to dust
off and trot out the same rhetoric. Last month he said: "The
government is trying to buy this election with your money
- $500,000 a night some nights .... being spent on the re-election
of this government. This is wholesale looting of the public
purse for the benefit of a political party .... it is actually
a disgrace...." (quotes from The Bulletin, 10/7/01)
Isn't it nice to know our money is in such safe and honest hands?
POLITICIANS WORTH MORE?Almost unnoticed in the current lavish spending spree was the latest pay-rise for federal politicians. Backbenchers' pay will move from $92,000 to $95,600 a year, before allowances. John Howard's salary will rise from $239,000 to just over $248,000 a year; Kim Beazley's from $170,000 to $176,000 a year. Peter Costello earns about as much as the Opposition leader. And worth every penny! Don't you agree?
PRIVATE COMPANY WITH STATUTORY POWERS
Australia is currently the second-largest wheat exporter in the world. Export of the crop is about to be vested in the hands of a private company, which cleverly has kept the same name as its predecessor, although the former was a semi-government statutory authority. The new company is about to list on the Stock Exchange, expecting to raise over $800 million in the float. So far, those who have done best out of the deal have been the brokers. A UBS Warburg team of advisers have reaped a $703,000 fee for their work in the past two year in changing the shape of the old Wheat Board into the new. They will gain another $300,000 once the float is completed, plus about $2 million for underwriting the float. Board directors fees have ranged as high as $400,000.
Under Australia's competition rules, how can a private company acquire statutory-monopoly-status over an export market? Will any of the expected advantages of this arrangement get as far as Australia's beset wheat farmers?
SNIPING AT FREE SPEECH
Executive director of the Australia/Israel
& Jewish Affairs Council Colin Rubenstein included another
stereo-typing snipe at the Australian League of Rights in
an article in The Australian (11/7/01). Under the heading
WHY WE NEED RACE HATRED LEGISLATION, Rubenstein included this
Pardon me, Colin Rubenstein, but is it not the right of all Australians to hold meetings and conduct action campaigns so long as it is done lawfully? The League has been doing so for over half-a-century, as well as hosting a wide and distinguished variety of guest speakers. The literature it offers for sale is not anti-semitic, although often strongly critical of Zionism - as are a considerable number of Jews. Rubenstien should note that the League has, more than once, defended Israel's right to exist. It is the right to disagree with and argue against policy matters that he should be defending rather than attacking.
PHONY TAX BACKDOWN
Following our lengthy report last week
on the draconian new tax measures, the Government has moved
hastily to diffuse the issue. It's wonderful how an impending
election smartens the political mind! But the changes are
cosmetic, and have hardly dinted the room for injustices.
Tony Walker (AFR, 10/7/01) made this clear:
There is no doubt that the Australian Tax Office is increasingly being transformed into the most feared and hated institution in the land. It has a massive armoury of powers which it can change and interpret itself. Its 19,000 staff are a mini-army. Tax reform we may have had, but it has not been reform for the better. Before anything else, there should now be firm barriers erected against ANY retrospectivity in tax matters. If the Tax Office has made a mistake, or been lax in making determinations so that people know where they stand, it should be forced to live with the results rather than penalizing people for matters once deemed legal.
GST AND 'THE RECOVERY'
The claim, parroted by election-anxious
politicians that Australia has turned the corner and is on
the way to a recovery is drawing a very long bow. For hundreds
of thousands of Australians the debt-burdened misery of existence,
even for those in employment at the lower wage levels, means
nothing has changed. During the last quarter of the financial
year, according to the Insolvency and Trustee Service, bankruptcies
blew out by 177 percent over the equivalent period a year
ago. The GST was the chief reason for this explosion.
Meanwhile, the Australian Tax Office itself has come under heavy fire from the Auditor General and the Australian National Audit Office. Apart from abysmal investigation in a number of tax-fraud cases, the department's records were so patchy that it could not even keep an accurate tally on GST revenue.
With yet another petrol price inquiry
under way - part of the election campaign no doubt - the comments
of the Editorial in The Australian Financial Review
(9/7/01) are worth consideration:
AN EYE FOR AN EYEIris recognition is the latest 'human ID card' and is expected to be in use in Australian airports within a year, as a result of an alliance between two technology firms, Unisys and EyeTicket. The system will be used for ticketing, check-in, baggage check, baggage identification and boarding for commercial aircraft passengers. Iris recognition examines more than 240 points in the human iris to create the patented IrisCode record, a 512-byte data template used to identify individuals and authenticate user privileges. Once the airports programme is in operation the idea is to move the system into other areas of government and industry.
TRUTH ABOUT 'THE INDEPENDENT NATION OF PALESTINE'
by Antonia Feitz:
They're right. It's beyond dispute that the Declaration totally disregarded the views of the resident semitic Jews who lived amicably with their Arab neighbours and overwhelmingly opposed the establishment of a Jewish state on religious grounds. The European Zionists were, are, mainly atheists. In 1919, Balfour himself acknowledged that while the 1918 Anglo-French Declaration had promised the Arabs of the former Ottoman colonies independence as a reward for supporting the Allies, he admitted that "in Palestine we do not propose even to go through the form of consulting the wishes of the present inhabitants of the country... The four powers are committed to Zionism and Zionism, be it right or wrong, good or bad, is rooted in age-long tradition, in present needs, in future hopes, of far profounder import than the desire and prejudices of the 700,000 Arabs who now inhabit that ancient land." (Edward Said, The Question of Palestine)
Though having promised independence for Arab support Her Majesty's Government didn't even plan to go through the form of consulting the wishes of the Palestinian people. "The desire and prejudices of the 700,000 Arabs" - isn't that incredible! For Balfour, the rights of almost a quarter of a million people who had continuously lived in Palestine for millennia counted for nothing against the wishes of a small cabal of Europeans. Talk about clout!
2. The British crackdown
WHY WE NEED A TAX REVOLT!
by Antonia Feitz
Rolling forward towards the inevitable Federal election, Stephen Koukoulas of The Australian Financial Review has performed a valuable service. He has looked across the tax landscape of the Aussie establishment's double party, the Liberal / Labor party. Even better, he has made note of the fact that in 1975, when they lost office, taxation by the Whitlam Labor government amounted to 28.5% of GDP. Now, in the sixth year of the Howard Liberal government, taxation stands at 37.7% of GDP. Only a politician would call that "progress". That same tax data shows conclusively that it doesn't matter which of the establishment's own(ed) parties Australians vote for - taxes ALWAYS go UP.
How much faster? Well, consider the rise
of the tax take as a percentage of GDP since 1975, up from
28.5% to 37.3%. That's a rise of 8.8%. In other words, government
taxes as a portion of Australia's GDP have risen by 30.9%
in the 26 years since 1975.
Once Upon A Time
As of March 2001 - the net external debt of the Australian economy stood at $A317 Billion. GROSS external debt stood at close to $A700 Billion. And it is that gross debt that Australians pay interest on.
In just over a quarter of a century, the Australian establishment's dual political party has managed to take Aussie net debt from 3% to 49.1% of GDP and taxes from 28.5% to 37.7% of GDP.
The Rock Bottom Fundamentals
QUEENSLAND SEMINAR TAPES
The following tapes are available on
speeches made at the very successful Queensland seminar of
the Australian League of Rights:
COST: $5.00 per tape, including postage. Money, with order, from: CVA TAPES, PO Box 987, Inverell, NSW, 2360.
GLOBALISM OR LOCALISM?
Jeremy Lee and Graham Strachan - Dalby, Queensland
Residents of Dalby, Queensland and surrounding districts are invited to hear two powerful speakers, Jeremy Lee and Graham Strachan, at a meeting to be held in the local RSL's Anzac Room, Drayton Street, Dalby. Saturday, July 21st, 2001, commencing at 1.30pm. Graham Strachan will speak on "22 Steps to Global Tyranny" and Jeremy Lee will speak about "The National Party and Demise of Rural Queensland". Perhaps one of the NP faithful should invite Senator Ron Boswell along? Admission $5.00. For further information - Tony Symonds, Phone 4667 4172
SYDNEY CONSERVATIVE SPEAKERS' CLUB
The next Sydney Conservative Speakers'
Club will be held on Tuesday, July 31st, 2001, commencing
at 7.30pm. It will be held as usual at the Estonian Club,
141 Campbell Street, Sydney.
Please note the following dates for your diary: August 28th - Annual General Meeting. Guest speaker Mr. Welf Herfurth - "The Threat to Freedom & Democracy in Germany Today". September 25th - Guest speaker Mr. Geoff Muirden - "The Decline & Fall of the White Race" October 30th - Guest speakers Wendy Scurr & Andrew McGregor - "The Massacre at Port Arthur".
WEST AUSTRALIA'S STATE WEEKEND
Saturday, August 11th - 35th Annual Seminar
& Dinner for the Australian League of Rights. "Globalism or
Sunday, August 12th - Australian League
of Rights "Action Day". Venue for both days: Perth - Rose
and Crown Hotel - Guildford - Phone: 08 9574 6042
SCHEDULE for Australian League of Rights
Tour July/August 2001 with speaker Mrs. Betty Luks, National
SOUTH AUSTRALIA'S STATE WEEKEND - August 18th & 19th
Seminar: Saturday, August 18th - 10am
to 5pm. "Centenary of the Federal Commonwealth". Venue: Christ
Church Parish Centre, O'Halloran Hill, South Australia. Admission
$12 per person.
Dinner: Saturday, August 18th, from 6.30pm "Frank Bawden Memorial Dinner" Cost: $22 per person, 3-Courses. Bar facilities are not available, please BYO alcoholic drinks.
Action Conference: Sunday, August 19th. Admission $12 - includes lunch.
Wendy Scurr & Andrew McGregor meetings
- "Deceit & Terrorism at Port Arthur". Please consider inviting
sporting shooter friends.
South Australia: Pt. Pirie: Wednesday, August 15th - details to be finalised.
"Moribund Medicine" by Dr. Pat O'Neill, MRCS, LRCP (Hons. Cambridge): Readers of the New Times Survey will be acquainted with the writings of Dr. Pat O'Neill. In this book he expands on certain conclusions he reached after retirement, i.e., modern medicines do not hold all the answers to healing. Hippocrates carried on the tradition of letting nature heal. Today we expect new chemicals to take over from nature. Healthy changes in life-style and diet, understanding the nature of stress and how to control it, he believes are the first steps to good health. Advances in medical knowledge have ensured a better understanding of the body mechanism, but the complexity of healing methods have created an industry that thrives on new disease. The complementary use of ancient skills, such as relaxation techniques acquired through meditation cannot be discounted. Price $12.00, Posted $14.50, from Heritage Book Service, P.O. Box 6086, Lake Munmorah, NSW, 2259.
"The Story of the Commonwealth Bank" by D.J. Amos. Leading politicians scoff at the idea that low-interest creation of money is not only possible, but is part of the answer to Australia's present woes. It is important to relearn how Australia made enormous progress when 'the peoples' bank' (the original Commonwealth Bank) controlled the creation of Australia's credit. The original Common-wealth Bank was able to fund the cost of the First World War without debt to the nation and resettle returned soldiers on land grants at extremely low rates of interest. Public works, such as the East-West Railway, were funded free of debt. The insignificant 0.625% interest charged was sufficient for the bank to make a profit! This book is immensely important for Australians to help in their search for a way of lifting the yolk of usurious international debt-finance. Price $5.00, Posted $6.00
"Here We Go Again" by Doug Collins. The author of this book and the newspaper he represented were the first in North America to be fined by the Human Rights Tribunal for having 'wrong opinions'. The author refused to pay a penny and has described the tribunal as a 'kangaroo court', where the adjudicators are the judge, jury and prosecutor and a complainant may never be named! Many people pay lip service to freedom of speech, but show little fight for it, Collins does. His humorous columns, included in the book, well worth reading. Price $20.00, Posted $24.00. From all League Book Services.
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