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26 October 2001. Thought for the Week: "It is in times of crisis that those in authority often seek to obtain more powers for themselves, which at other times they know would be totally unacceptable. The current crisis, following the dreadful events in the USA on the 11th of September, is no exception.
Fortunately, there has been an outcry against some of the proposals, such as the imposition of identity cards and the handing over of even more powers to the European Union. It remains to be seen whether the British Government will back down in the face of the opposition to these and other proposals.
The other encouraging signs are in the field of monetary reform, where the ferment of debate and revolt against the tyranny of debt finance is growing right across the political spectrum. What is needed is an effective break-through on the political front. Only time will tell as the pressure grows from ever more desperate people."
New Times Dinner message from Donald Martin, UK League of Rights, October 4th, 2001
HOWARD GOES TO WAR
by Jeremy Lee
There is no way to tell friend from foe - the case in all guerrilla wars. There will be no point at which victory is assured. Civilian casualties will increasingly enrage neighbouring Islamic countries, as is already happening in Pakistan; and any future terrorist strikes in western nations will serve to dishearten societies whose enthusiasm for war will wane as the body-bags are brought home.
While, obviously, every support should be given to Australians serving in action, together with their families, our politicians should be constantly reminded of the ill-considered ramifications of this war. For example, according to the 1998 census, we now have 200,000 Buddhists in Australia, 70,000 Hindus, and 200,000 Mahommedans. The figures are much higher now than then. Population-wise, we had 170,000 born in Vietnam, 205,000 born in China and Hong Kong, 111,000 born in the Philippines and 202,000 born in the former Yugoslav republics. It would be interesting to know how many of these new Australians are serving in the armed forces. Or is this task left to the much-maligned Anglo-Saxons? Do we have multicultural defence forces? Somehow, we doubt it.
OF WARS AND RUMOURS
The Sydney Daily Telegraph (12/10/01)
reported as follows: "About 100 members of four international
terrorist groups linked to Osama bin Laden have been identified
living in Sydney raising funds for the holy war against the
The days when Australia could present a united face against a common threat have long since gone.
FROM DAVID IRVING
The following comment from controversial
historian David Irving appeared on the Internet AR Action
Report Online on October 1st
As if to re-enforce Netanyahu's gaffe,
the following appeared in The Age (Victoria, 4/10/01)
by Gay Alcorn, United States correspondent in Washington:
"The Bush administration yesterday tried to shrug off the
significance of claims that, before September 11, it planned
a major Middle East peace initiative that called specifically
for a Palestinian state.
Cui Bono? What is one to say about the increasingly advantageous situation for Israel as a result of the tragedies in New York and Washington?
LABOR PARTY PLATFORM
We've just been flipping through the 1986 Australian Labor Party Platform and Rules. Page 147 and 148 contain the following:
MIDDLE EAST: Labor seeks a just, comprehensive and lasting peace in the Middle East. The attainment of such peace remains an urgent necessity. Labor thus affirms UN Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338 which seek such a peace; also UN Security Council Resolutions condemning acts contrary to such objectives, namely 388/73 (violation of Lebanese sovereignty); 508 and 509/82 (June 82 invasion of Lebanon); 501/82 (annexation of Golan Heights); 476/80 (annexation Arab section, Jerusalem); 465/80 (Israeli settlement in occupied territory).
We haven't noted aspiring Prime Minister Kim Beazley advocating any of these as part of a solution to the terrorism crisis. Perhaps he's forgotten?
Some 20 years ago I recall reading about the economic ethos that drove the Japanese economy. Workers sang hymns to the machines on which they were working. Any attempt to reduce working hours or production in times of recession was met by riots among workers at their factories, demanding to be allowed in to increase production. Japanese efficiency became legendary. They became the biggest producer of cars in the world. The electronics industry became the model which others attempted to follow. The Japanese 'balance-of-payments' surplus was bigger than many national economies. But the domestic economy, in keeping with other industrial nations, was debt-based. Public debt, and the cost of real estate, was astronomical.
The Australian Financial Review (12/10/01) gave the current picture of a crumbling colossus: ".... The banking system is riddled with 'bad' debts, estimated at between Y43 trillion and Y150 trillion (between $750 billion and $2.5 trillion). Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi insists magisterially but vaguely that he will solve the problem 'in two or three years'. However, his estimate of the sum involved, Y13 trillion, is well below the figure given by his own finance ministry (Y43.4 trillion) which in turn is far below independent estimates. Simply to write off the debts would constitute a 'shock therapy' that would deepen the recession and bring on a wave of bankruptcies and a tsunami of unemployment, adding between 500,000 and 1.5 million people or in the view of some foreign experts maybe three or four million - to the three and a half million already unemployed. ..... Japan's public debt, ranked No 1 in the OECD, soared in the 1990s from 58 per cent of GDP to .... 140 per cent in 2001, and is on track to reach 200 per cent in 2005. If the deficits of public corporations are included .... It now constitutes one fifth of global debt....."
To attempt to keep the masses consuming, Japan resorted to a 'public works' programme unprecedented in history: " .... Japan's public works sector grew to be three times that of Britain, the US or Germany. It employs 7 million people, spending each year between Y40 trillion and Y50 trillion, about two or three times that of other industrial companies. Japan came to have more dams and more roads per unit of land than the continental US, half its coastline and most of its rivers lined with concrete, 90 per cent of coastal wetlands drained, its groundwater drastically depleted, its bio-diversity threatened. Such works soaked up unemployment, fattening farmers as well as bureaucrats, but slowly the collusive structures at the system's core corrupted both politics and society ...."
This is George Orwell stuff! Japan's crisis is philosophical. Production is not a religion; neither is employment. As Douglas pointed out, production is simply to meet consumption, and once that has been achieved the individual can be freed from productive labour to pursue a range of different activities from fishing to music, from home-gardening to literature.
Nobody yet knows what the full potential of the individual, freed from "wage-slavery" really is. Japan has no shortage of production. Its productive machine is a marvel of technical ingenuity. But what it has done to the souls of its own people by turning production into a religion augurs catastrophe for the future. And, as a market for the "productive-religion" disciples in Australia's system, the collapse of our "biggest customer" will deeply hurt Australia. We should start treating the Australian people as customers, rather than "productive units". In the meanwhile, one wonders, does a fish swim near Japan's concrete coastline? Or a bird sing on the banks of its concrete rivers?
PALESTINIAN TERRORISTS COURTESY OF THE MOSSAD
from David Irving's website
Irving goes on to claim: "The evidence is hardening that the United Airlines flight 93 was shot down or met an end other than stated by the US Government in the skies above Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. Today The New York Times published the transcripts of all three other doomed planes, while they note that the transcript of the voice recordings relating to the United Airlines 757 which crashed at Shanksville has been withheld by the FBI."
PALAST ON 'THE PRIVATISATION JIHAD'
by Antonia Feitz
Palast alleged that the Bush Administration
was panicking because the WTO talks scheduled to be held in
three weeks at Qatar looked like collapsing, even before September
11th. But after the attacks, the 'war-spooked' Democrats look
likely to cave in. It gets worse. Zoellick is deliberately
linking anti-globalisation dissidents with terrorists. Palast
quoted Zoellick as saying, "It is inevitable that people will
wonder if there are intellectual connections with others who
have turned to violence to attack international finance, globalisation
and the United States."
To render national governments completely irrelevant the globalists want the "national treatment in services" and "investor-to-state dispute resolution." Under the first, governments will be required to put ALL services postal services, education, health, air traffic control up to tender. No government will be permitted to favour national businesses. And the "investor-to-state dispute resolution" will allow foreign corporations to receive compensation from governments i.e., taxpayers for violations of a trade pact.
According to Palast, corporations have used NAFTA to demolish local governments' environmental and consumer protections. He gave a now famous example: a state government in Mexico tried to stop US Metalclad from building a toxic waste dump in an ecological preservation zone in 1997. But a NAFTA disputes panel ordered Mexico to pay $15.6 million to Metalclad for delaying its polluting plan. Expanding the powers of the WTO will reproduce these anti-people, anti-nation rulings worldwide.
VACCINATIONS, MERCURY AND AUTISM
An announcement was made by the American
law firm of Waters & Kraus, that the firm is now in possession
of a previously unreleased confidential report authored by
"Centers for Disease Control" scientists which studied autism
as a potential neurological injury caused by mercury in children's
vaccines. Waters and Kraus is the firm that filed the first
known lawsuit alleging that a mercury preservative in children's
vaccines caused neurological damage to an infant ultimately
diagnosed with autism.
Those interested can view the material on https://www.vaccineinfo.net/autismHg.htm
WAR IS TERRORISM MAGNIFIED A HUNDRED TIMES
An American viewpoint by Randolph T. Holhut from The American Reporter
"An air war on Afghanistan is easy. The Taliban has little weaponry or infrastructure befitting a modern military power of the nations in the region save for Israel. The ground war, if it happens, promises to be much more difficult. The brutal weather and inhospitable terrain are the Taliban's greatest ally in this fight. Robert Fisk, who writes for the London paper, The Independent, has been covering the Middle East for decades and is one of the few Western reporters who have interviewed bin Laden. His take on the situation is simple. President Bush has walked into a trap the trap of retaliation. Fisk wrote on September 16th that the September 11th attacks were "a crime against humanity. We cannot understand America's need to retaliate unless we accept this bleak, awesome fact. But this crime was perpetrated it becomes ever clearer to provoke the United States into just the blind, arrogant punch that the US military is preparing."
America's failure to act with honour
Fisk said the US looked the other way
in 1982 when the Israeli Army, led by Ariel Sharon, invaded
Lebanon at the cost of nearly 18,000 lives. The US didn't
flinch when Israel's Phalangist militia allies massacred 1,800
people in a three-day orgy of rape and murder in the Palestinian
refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila. That massacre, which was
carried out with Sharon's blessings, began on September 16th,
1982, almost 19 years to the day of the World Trade Centre
and Pentagon attacks.
The battleship New Jersey shelled Lebanon in 1983 and we were shocked when suicide bombers retaliated by first blowing up our embassy and later the Marine barracks in Beirut. After the death of 241 Marines, the US quietly withdrew from Lebanon and let Israel do the rest of the dirty work.
United States world's top arms dealer
None of these facts excuses the attacks of September 11th, but this nation cannot ignore them in the conduct of this new war. Our conduct in the Middle East has indeed been less than honorable and has been more motivated by a desire to keep oil flowing to the industrialized world than a desire to help establish and maintain true freedom and democracy in these nations..."
LETTERMr. John Anderson, MP, Deputy Prime Minister, Parliament House, Canberra, ACT, 2600
Dear Mr Anderson, I acknowledge receipt of your letter in which you attempt to justify the Government's shoddy treatment of the Ansett collapse. As a long term opponent of "globalist" policies I was not surprised by either the Air New Zealand actions of collapsing Ansett nor the actions of your Government. But I did hope that the effects of "free trade" would by now have sunk in on you particularly, coming from a rural region. You had a unique opportunity to regain a national asset, give many thousands of people job security and show your Nation that the "sell off" of the Nation had ceased. Sooner or later you should learn that there is more to life than "market competition", "efficiency of the market place" and "the global village." That which our grandparents spent years building up, (Ansett is a good private example) you and your Liberal colleagues together with the Labor party have either sold off, leased out or torn out in little more than a decade... Telstra, Qantas, CBA, airports, ports, roads, rail, you name you quit it. And where is the National Debt and our currency relative to a few years ago when your Coalition took over from those "financial incompetents," the opposition Labor Party? You have dropped the currency by some 20 cents to the $US and put another $100 BILLION DEBT ON OUR CHILDREN'S SHOULDERS. You should be ashamed of your policies.
Yours sincerely, PETER DAVIS, Port Lincoln, SA.
The League has a truly great feast of
reading and information for its supporters
"Vigilance A Defence of British Liberty" In his review of the book, Anthony Cooney poses the question, "Why have we not specified the penalties of EU treason which will be exacted from both politicians and high-ranking officials when Great Britain is once more free? Those penalties ought to be plainly specified and it ought to be understood that they will be pursued against both the carcasses and estates of deceased traitors. There is plenty of room where Cromwell's skull stood on Tower Hill!" $45 posted direct from your State bookmailing centre.
"Heritage" Journal: The latest edition of the "Heritage" journal is a must have. In the third federation issue, editor Nancy Lee has lined up such people as Peter Davis, Mayor of Port Lincoln, "Ye Cannot Serve God and Mammon"; Larry Noye, author "A Lesson of Suppression; Ashley Mote, author "Petition to the Queen"; and Nigel Jackson, poet and teacher "State of the Nation". The front cover features a reproduction of the hand-painted tiles by David Byard displayed in the decades-old Commonwealth Bank, Griffiths, NSW. Peter Davis describes the beautiful tiles and the stories they depict, "A tile offers borrowers the following, 'Borrow up to £10,000 for up to 41 years @ 4,5% fixed with half-yearly payments... Another tile states, 'The bank you own reports to you'. Not any more Peter exclaims! Nigel Jackson warns Australians, "The coalition can no longer be relied on to defend traditional Australia or Australian independence. The questions arise as to whether or not One Nation can be developed into a viable conservative party... it cannot be too strongly asserted that no 'third party' of a conservative, nationalist kind is going to have any chance of rallying the Australian people in sufficient numbers if it funks the necessary open and frank rejection of current political taboos... Single copy $8 posted; two copies for $15 posted. Or subscribe now $30 pa. Send to The Australian Heritage Society, P.O. Box 163, Chidlow, WA, 6556.
MEA TAPES NEW ADDRESS: Please note the new address for ordering MEA Audio Tapes, PO Box 405, Ashburton, Vic., 3147.
SYDNEY CONSERVATIVE SPEAKERS' CLUBOctober 30th Guest speakers Wendy Scurr & Andrew McGregor "The Massacre at Port Arthur". The meeting will be held as usual in the Estonian Hall, 141 Campbell Street, Sydney, commencing at 7.30pm. The cost of attendance is $4 which includes an excellent supper. Books from the Heritage Bookmailing Service will be on display and for sale. November 27th The last meeting of the year will give you the rare opportunity to be a speaker. Open to all members of the audience with a time limit of five minutes. Be prepared to answer questions. A supper with some Christmas fare will conclude our evening. The first meeting for 2002 will be Tuesday, January 29th, 2002.
UNITED KINGDOM SETTLERS' ASSOCIATION INAUGURAL ANNUAL DINNERThe inaugural Annual Dinner of the UKSA will take place at the English Speaking Union House, 146 West Toorak Road, South Yarra, on Friday, November 2nd. The guest of honour and speaker will be Sir James Killen, a former Liberal MP and Minister of Defence. Sir James has spoken at the New Times Dinner and on other League platforms in his earlier years. He will be speaking on "Australian Federation and the British Heritage". Dinner and welcoming drinks $30 per person. Contact Mrs. Lena Filby, 9859 5901. Pre-booking is essential.
ADELAIDE CONSERVATIVE SPEAKERS' CLUBNovember 7th, 2001: The next meeting of the Adelaide CSC will be held on Monday, November 5th, 2001. Guest speaker will be Bishop John Hepworth and his topic will be "The Arrangement of Power in British History". This was the address he was to have given at our State weekend but he ended up in hospital instead! We are pleased to have him address the Adelaide CSC for the last meeting for the year. Make every effort to come to hear him. Venue will be The Public Schools' Club, 207 East Terrace Adelaide. Dinner charge is $16.50 for two-courses. Dinner commences around 6.30pm and Public Address commences at 7.30pm.
THE LEAGUE'S BOOK SERVICES
As well as the publication of journals for the dissemination of information, the League publishes and distributes a wide range of educational books, videos and cassette tapes. These are available at meetings, at our Melbourne bookshop or by mail order from the following addresses:
Victoria & Tasmania: Heritage Bookshop, 2nd Floor, 145 Russell Street, Melbourne, 3000. (GPO Box 1052J, Melbourne, 3001). Phone: (03) 9650 9749; Fax: (03) 9650 9368.
New South Wales: Heritage Book Service, PO Box 6086, Lake Munmorah, 2259. Phone/Fax: (02) 4358 3634.
Queensland: Conservative Book Mailing Service, P.O. Box 7108, Toowoomba Mail Centre, 4352. Phone (07) 4635 7435.
Western Australia: Heritage Book Mailing Service, PO Box 163, Chidlow, 6556. Phone/Fax: (08) 9574 6042.
South Australia: Heritage Book-Mailing Service, PO Box 208, Ingle Farm, 5098. Phone: (08) 8395 9826; Fax: (08) 8395 9827
Election comment authorised by Betty Luks, 145 Russell Street, Melbourne, 3000.
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