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3 May 2002. Thought for the Week: "Most people of necessity, and especially in these days of mass propaganda, form their opinions at second hand, and a great deal of opinion formed in this way is purely negative. Little or no critical faculty is applied to it, but on occasion, it is regurgitated as though it has been formed as a result of personal experience. This is always true, but when the opinion refers to a complex or subtle problem, it is a mathematical certainty that what is registered is either a minority opinion popularised, or has no intrinsic value. Legislative action based on proposals submitted to a large electorate must, from the very nature of the case, place the population at the mercy of a trained bureaucracy, and if, as in the case of the British Civil Service, this is irremovable and, to the public, irresponsible, the result is indistinguishable from a dictatorship of a most undesirable character."
C.H. Douglas "The Nature of Democracy"
COVERING UP THE JENIN HORROR
by Jeremy Lee
The Australian (23/4/02) reprinted
a full page article by Marie Colvin from Britain's Sunday
Times which does not make pleasant reading. She was one
of the first journalists on the scene:
What Israel needs now is another war somewhere anywhere which will replace the grim images leaking out through the media with a fresh sensation. In an interview with Maxine McKew on the 7.30 Report on Tuesday, April 23rd, one of Israel's top historians expressed the belief that it was Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's intention to expand the War across the Middle East.
HOUSEHOLD DEBT AND INTEREST RATES
The threat of future interest rate increases looms ahead. The theory is that, as inflationary pressures take off, increasing interest rates will put a brake on borrowing, slowing economic activity until inflation is curbed. It's a dreadful theory in which immense damage to Australians loaded with debts and mortgages results in an increase in bankruptcies at both industry and home levels. More homeless destitute become the tool of financial regulation.
We have quoted the household debt figures
recently, showing them to be at levels not experienced in
Australia before. The Australian (23/4/02) reported:
All that was during periods of record low interest rates. Rate increases will result in harrowing stories across Australia. And GATS, with imported 'rice-bowl' work forces, should top it off nicely!
WHAT IS A 'CONSCIENCE' VOTE?
About once in a blue moon a Bill comes before Parliament in which the Prime Minister allows a "conscience vote". Party members are unshackled from the Whip and allowed to make up their own minds on the merits (the rights or wrongs) of the Bill in question. Because he has announced a "conscience vote" the Government does not stand or fall on the Bill. What would happen if an enlightened Prime Minister announced that a "conscience vote" was required on every Bill? Surely, we'd get a much more intelligent and less fearful vote on all legislation? Members could become 'representatives' again, instead of mere party hacks. The Opposition would be able to abandon the current situation where they are duty-bound to oppose everything the Government proposes. The merits of Bills would rise above the "footy-team" approach. And, to cap it all, non-elected Party Whips would be out of a job.
Is there not something distasteful ( not to say illegal) in requiring a Member of Parliament to swallow his conscience and vote according to orders? Doesn't such a process automatically bring the worst type of representative to the top, while automatically disqualifying those who have some integrity?
Prime Minister Howard, after some deliberation, has decided there will be NO conscience vote on Stem Cell Research. What's he really saying? "I have decided that all members of the Coalition Government will vote as I tell them, whatever they believe to be right or wrong. And, if they don't, disciplinary action will be taken against them! That's democracy! That's the Westminster System! And that's the way its gonna be!"
Gilbert and Sullivan, the geniuses of
comic light opera, put it this way in The Mikado:
Another far greater Teacher said something to the effect that "No man can serve two masters ...."
THE SUMMIT CALLED FOR DOUBLING AUSTRALIA'S POPULATION
Those who missed feedback from the Melbourne "Population Summit: 2002" the "brainchild of the brainstorming bizoids"* from the 'top end of town' will find the extracts from an article (Ballarat Courier, 5/3/02) by student Alice Barnes of interest.
"I was one of the few Ballarat students
to represent regional Victorian youth at The Population Summit,"
wrote Alice. "I suffered through the economic debate, a debate
where everyone supported the notion (except One Nation's representative
Robyn Spencer .... Ed) that an increased population was part
of Australia's future, despite our decreased fertility rate
(of 1.7 percent).
*'Bizoid', the new word coined by Deidre Macken (AFR, 2-3/3/02) to describe those from the business end of town who want the 'doors to remain open' and Australia's population to double in number.
WHY DO WE COMMEMORATE THE ANZACS?
by Betty Luks
But we live in an age of incessant propaganda, and too few apply their 'critical faculties' to the examination of the question, why the war/s and should we, as a nation, enter into these conflicts is it 'right'? The same sentiments Australians express about their brave fighting men has been and is accepted by other peoples and cultures.
The Law of Magnanimity:
For what reasons would these men risk their lives? What values would stir these men to give all in the battles? Surely those self-same values which made us, once, a civilized people? Values which all civilized people would share. The love and protection of individual life, the right to be free, the law of mutual love and co-operation and much else.
The Law of General Beneficence:
The treatment of the Palestinian people
by the Israeli military is not civilized and should be condemned
by all decent people.
NEWS FROM THE TRENCHESFrom a Canadian On Target friend
"This was forwarded to me by a friend who is still in Ramallah, under continuous occupation and siege conditions, while the city is now being surrounded by barbed wire. It just keeps getting worse. Ramallah will be turned into the Warsaw Ghetto. Feel free to correspond with and reply to her and give her support. She is an American citizen and lawyer, on the Palestinian Negotiation Support Team of foreign consultants helping with the peace process. Things are tough in her corner of the world right now. I'm sure you're following the media on this, but you won't get the true facts from the mainstream. The IDF buried 500 people with bulldozers in Jenin and have detained over 4,000 to date. These are the facts. April 12th, 2002."
EGREGIOUS CRIME COMMITTED AGAINST PALESTINIAN PEOPLE
To Kofi Annan, Secretary General, United
It is a disgrace that the White House had called Ariel Sharon "a man of peace" on the same day that he commenced making mass graves to conceal the wicked massacre that he had ordered in Jenin. Entire families have been annihilated. At least half of the victims were killed as a direct result of the indiscriminate Israeli shelling and missile attacks against the shanty homes in the refugee camp. Moreover, at least fifty victims were summarily executed, some in front of their own families; some were men who had already been arrested, others were civilians rounded up and executed.
We call on you to dispatch an international investigation team to the refugee camp immediately in order to expose Ariel Sharon's, America's "man of peace", newest massacre. There are numerous survivors and witnesses who are ready to testify to the horrors they have witnessed in the camp. We regard silence as tantamount to collaboration.
Furthermore, it is shameful and indicative of immense racism that Israeli military sources have justified these mass graves by alleging that the army had buried the victims' bodies, including those of women and children, in order not to be used for the benefit of the Palestinians in the media. Worse yet, some of these sources even alleged that these mass graves were made for "health reasons"! These more than 500 women, children, and men are human beings with names and families. The least these victims deserve is a proper and dignified burial in addition to exposing those responsible for their slaughter.
We condemn all those who maintain silence
towards this massacre; a massacre that should and must be
exposed to the entire world. Your inaction will mean that
additional such heinous massacres will take place in the near
future. You are responsible for what has happened and what
may happen in the future for silence is only interpreted as
agreement. Let history judge you as having been part of exposing
this villainous crime and preventing others from happening,
rather than collaborating to cover them up.
DEEDS ARE WHAT COUNTMake the following issues your targets. Actionists must take up pen and paper, telephone and e-mail and write/call their parliamentary representatives, insisting they act as representatives of the people. Whether the matter is the Palestinian people, or the proposed treaty of GATS, it is only those, having taken action, who can honestly say, I have fought the good fight, I have run the race. Don't forget the local newspapers.
DON'T WEEP TEARS FOR ARGENTINA ALONE
What makes us think our situation is any better than Argentina's? The latest "New Times Survey" re-publishes Greg Palast's explanation of what happened to bring on Argentina's woes. Greg is an investigative journalist for the Observer, UK. Below are a few snippets from the article:
"Inside Corporate America"
The government sold much of the nation's water system in 1995 to Vivendi Universal. The French conglomerate promptly cut staff and raised prices, including 400 percent hikes in some areas. In his confidential memo, the World Bank's Wolfensohn sighs, "Almost all major utilities have been privatized," so now there's really nothing left to sell. The coup de grâce, spelled out in the "understanding," was the imposition of "an open trade policy." This pushed Argentina's exporters (with their products priced in U.S. dollars, via the peg) into a pathetic, losing competition against Brazilian goods priced in that nation's devalued currency....
Wolfensohn's memo summed up the program
To the dismay of Argentina's elite, however,
the worker bees proved inflexibly obstinate in agreeing to
No wonder one demonstrator was heard to shout on SBS television news, "We voted for these thieves without realizing they are the Mafia!"
Send for "New Times Survey" April
2002, $3.00 posted from the Australian League of Rights, Box
1052, GPO, Melbourne, 3001.
GENERAL AGREEMENT ON TRADE IN SERVICES - GATS
Don't forget the horrific General Agreement on Trade in Services, originally signed by Australia in 1994, with a ten-year implementation period. Australia is required to ratify the Treaty in November of this year. GATS will be part of a general package called the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Doha round of multilateral trade negotiations, launched in Doha last November. Trade Minister Mark Vaile in a Press Statement (Weekend Australian, 20/4/02) has called for the public to make submissions on the whole package, without specifically mentioning GATS. General information on the Doha package can be obtained from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website at www.dfat.gov.au/trade/negotiations/consultations australians.html, or by writing to: Trade Policy Section, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, R.G. Casey Building, John McEwen Crescent, Barton, ACT, 0221.
Submissions should be typed and either submitted electronically to: email@example.com, or to the postal address above. The deadline for submissions is May 31st, 2002.
Every possible effort must be made to expose and oppose the threat of GATS. One excellent e-mail newsletter which concentrates on the World Trade Organisation, and is in touch with a growing network opposed to GATS (The Alliance to Expose GATS is one) is firstname.lastname@example.org. The computer-literate should look it up. Then pass the word around and get into action themselves. Every individual or group submission will count!
Make quite sure you write to your federal representative and instruct him you do not want the Howard government to ratify this Agreement.
BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS
"September 11" by Noam Chomsky: In this timely book, Noam Chomsky uses his broad understanding of the United States' foreign policy in the Middle East and South Asia to shed light on the rapidly shifting balance of world power. His wide-ranging comments on 'the war on terrorism', Osama binLaden, the US involvement with Afghanistan and the long-term implications of America's military attacks are informed, provocative and perceptive. Price posted $23.00.
"Taliban" by Ahmed Rashid: The Taliban was a major player in the new 'Great Game' harking back to the late 19th century British and Russian confrontation in the region. Competition between Western Oil Companies was involved, manipulation from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Iran as well as covert operations by the CIA. The prize: access to the new oil fields and transit routes for oil pipelines, not to mention the allure of the narcotics trade. Price posted $25.00.
"Vigilance" by Ashley Mote: "Some people seem to think the United Kingdom has effectively been abolished. Not so. But we will cease to exist as a free and sovereign nation unless we reverse the erosion of our ancient rights, freedoms and customs by the endless interference in British affairs by the European Union," warns Ashley Mote. If you are concerned about the activities of the EU and its impact on the British way of life, then this book is for you. Price posted $45.00.
"In This Age of Plenty" by Louis Even: French-Canadian Louis Even had a wonderful gift, the gift of teaching, and in this compilation of his printed material into book form, is the essence of what he taught on Social Credit. "Old economics was ruled by the presence of gold or any other rare commodity, when production itself was scarce. But it is to go against progress and logic, to want to keep an instrument linked to scarcity, to confer claims on automated production. In This Age of Plenty clearly shows that we are now dealing with an economy of plenty, in which the access to the huge possibilities of modern production is made easier for all." Price is $28.00. Posted $32.50, from all League book services.
Contact your State League Book Service and order today.
AUDIO TAPE"Investing in the Present Climate": At the recent Conservative Speakers' Club in Adelaide, Mr. John Bligh gave his audience some wise suggestions for choosing investments and outlined the guidelines he uses for making decisions. Self-funded retirees could find much of benefit from what he has to say. He stresses it is not intended as professional advice, but as a former merchant banker who understands how the system works, this tape could prove quite valuable.
Available from Mayo Tapes, Box 6, Hahndorf , SA, 5245. Price posted $6.00.
TOOWOOMBA STATE WEEKEND PLEASE NOTE CORRECT DATESQueenslanders should be marking their diaries for their State Weekend which will take place Saturday, 25th, and Sunday, 26th May, 2002. (Sorry to have got the dates wrong in earlier editions of On Target ...ed) The theme for the seminar is "The Unnecessary Tragedy: Suicide". Guest speakers will be Mrs. Fanita Clark of the White Wreath Association; Mr. Derek Tuffield of Lifeline, Darling Downs; Pastor David Blair of Toowoomba City Care; and Mrs Betty Luks of the Australian League of Rights. We are pleased to have Mr. Phillip Butler of Melbourne as the guest speaker for the Dinner on the Saturday evening.
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