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25 January 2002. Thought for the Week: "Determining usury contracts: In a no-interest contract there is always the risk for both partners. If the risk factor is all on one side, the church determined whether it was a usury or non-usury contract. The usury contract makes one side risk-free and eventually ruins the borrower as it was designed to do. The non-interest contract shares the risk. Both parties rise or fall together. This is one of the oldest rules of Canon Law in determining whether a contract was a usury contract – 'equal risk'."
"War Cycles - Peace Cycles" by Richard Kelly Hoskins, 1985

HIDDEN DEBT

by Jeremy Lee
As the world watches the disintegration of Argentina, Australians are foolishly congratulating themselves that they have paid off large segments of public (government) debt through asset sales. But this does not explain how Australia has one of the largest per capita foreign debts in the world. What has happened is that as government enterprises together with private farms and businesses have been forced into foreign hands, Australia has had a brief respite in the form of lower government debt. This has not, as it should have, been translated into lower taxes. But the price will have to be paid.

As the "money-earners" – both public and private – have become foreign owned, the income stream has also gone overseas. Whether it's electricity, telephones, airport fees, harbour fees, manufacturing profits, food processing, etc., the profits end up in foreign pockets. True, the jobs still mainly go to Australians, although this may not last too long; witness Alexander Downer's advice to business enterprises to 'outsource' their labour needs to places like India.

Left with jobs less profits, and a new type of 'bracket creep' in unemployment rates which are deliberately minimized by the official figures, Australians are losing their bargaining power over wages. Companies now openly threaten to shut down unless their workforces accept wage-cuts. The Kilcoy Meat works in Queensland is a recent example. The offers made by Qantas and Ansett to employees bear the same hallmarks.

Unions do their best to maintain employee benefits without facing the real problem. As soon as you are unemployed the union takes no further interest in you. And who knows when it's your turn? Latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show a slide in job advertisements, with eight unemployed vying for each job vacancy, compared with six a year ago. Official figures show an unemployment rate of 7 percent, which is about half the real rate of those wanting work to gain an income. So Australia has exchanged lowered public debt for higher private debt.

These figures, given in The Weekend Australian (19-20/1/02) are frightening:
• Australian household debt (which includes mortgages) reached a record high of $387 billion in June 2001, having more than doubled in the past decade.
• Australian consumer debt reached a record high of $72.5 billion in September 2001.
• The amount Australians owed on their credit cards reached $19.2 billion in October 2001, a rise of 19 percent in 12 months, and more than twice the amount of outstanding advances in January 1998.
• Total credit limits on Australian credit cards have more than doubled in the past five years, from $22.8 billion to $53.8 billion.
• Personal bankruptcies jumped by 28 per cent in 2001, to 26,045 people.

The implications, said The Weekend Australian, were as follows:

"To put those statistics in context, 500 people a week became bankrupt last year, the average outstanding balance on bank-issued cards has risen to almost $2000, up 40 percent in two years; and the average credit card limit has crept above $5000 ...."

The implications for Australia, while never dealt with by a Treasurer who continually boasts of reduced government debt, are explosive. The Australian (11/1/01) made these points:
"The high level of household debt is threatening banks' credit quality despite their ability to withstand financial shocks, according to the ratings agency Fitch. "The debt – which equates to 105 percent of household income – is more dangerous than the threat of more corporate collapses, according to the agency's report on the sector. .... The agency notes that household debt has risen from 75 percent of household income in 1995. But lower interest rates have masked the increase, with household capacity to repay debt remaining steady ...."

The figures show that every man, woman and child in Australia has an average household debt of $19,250. It is hardly surprising that stress is showing up as the biggest health hazard both in the workforce, and amongst those who have been 'down-sized'.


HUNGER FOR MORE FOREIGN MONEY

The huge personal debt burden round Australia's neck has in no way diminished the Howard Government's hunger for more foreign money. The Australian (14/1/02) reported: "Foreigners own more than one-quarter of the equity in Australian companies, and control 15 percent of those enterprises, an Australian Bureau of Statistics study shows. "But the report suggests foreign ownership of the local economy has slowed down, underlining the urgency of the Howard Government's efforts to put out the welcome mat for foreign investors....."

In fact, hidden behind all the angst over the Tampa and Osama bib Laden, the Howard Government campaigned in the recent election on the promise of making Australia even more attractive to foreign investors. A new government agency, Invest Australia, will promote Australia as an ideal investment location for foreigners. The article concluded: "... Treasurer Peter Costello is conducting a public campaign aimed at convincing an often skeptical community of the benefits to the nation of economic globalisation ...."

Count us out as prospective supporters of such a grotesque idea, Peter!


NATIONAL PARTY FACING COLD HARD TRUTH

According to a number of reports, it's regenerate or perish for the National Party.
Paul Williams, writing in The Australian (17/1/02) put it this way: "Federally, over the past two federal elections the Nationals have reached their nadir, attracting just 5.3 and 5.6 of the vote in 1998 and 2001 respectively. State results have been little better .... There remains ample evidence that rural anger is yet to subside .... Clearly, the National Party's decline is universal and the root causes run deep .... The party can't continue in its present state and not risk extinction ...."

John Anderson, the good-looking but untalented 'barbie-doll' of the political world, imagines that administrative changes within the party will be a substitute for better policies. Steve Lewis, in The Australian Financial Review (11/1/02) had it this way: " .... Plagued by disappointing electoral results and poor preselection decisions, Mr. Anderson wants to centralize the party's organizational structure, and reduce the role of the State divisions and rank-and-file members in the selection of parliamentary candidates .... 'We have to operate as a focused, co-ordinated, federally oriented, federal team .... Crunch time has come,' he said ....." All of which is sad and too late.

Only defiant policies aimed at re-establishing Australian sovereignty, safe-guarding the constitution, bringing back genuine private ownership and the sanctity of titles and getting Australia and its citizens out of debt could do anything for the National Party. And even then few would believe them, for they've stumbled at the fence too often before.


THE ARGENTINE TRAGEDY

Argentina is discovering belatedly that to sup with the devil needs a long spoon. Among its many troubles, not least is the unwarranted advice and pressure of the International Monetary Fund. It has irked the ire of Mr. Jorge Todesca, vice economy minister.

"We're working on a very coherent plan," he said. "Frankly, we don't need the IMF to be telling us every two minutes what course we should take when we've only been at this for seven days (The Australian, 14/1/02). They're doing it from 10,000km way, without much knowledge of the situatio ...."

The first thing to recognise is that the Argentinian government and the IMF both represent completely different interests. The government is trying to restore the lives of real people – the men, women and children of the country. The IMF, on the other hand, is representing an international group of money-lenders whose interests come before the well-being of the people. The real questions now facing Argentina are whether it has the resources to feed, clothe and house its own people, rather than exporting into a glutted world market to earn enough to pay the money-lenders. Exports can come later, and be limited to the goods and services Argentina really needs from abroad. The global export game has simply become an instrument for extracting more tribute for lenders. This will be the test of sovereignty for a once great nation.


ZIMBABWE DESCENDS INTO CHAOS

The megolomaniac Robert Mugabe seems bent on taking his country and its people into the charnel house. Having deliberately destroyed the once-adequate production of food under murderous circumstances, he is denying his people any chance of existence. The diminishing number of farmers are running up huge debts, with their farms and crops as collateral, and stashing whatever they can off-shore for the inevitable collapse. At least $54 million in urgent food aid is required to stave off starvation. The only currency with any viability is foreign currency. Government price controls on much-needed staples such as maize and cooking oil are completely ignored because of drastic shortages. The Zimbabwe dollar is running at about 350 to the American dollar, although the government has officially pegged it at 50:1. Unemployment is running at 50 percent. And the people are expected to vote intelligently in the presidential elections due in about eight weeks! Mugabe's murderous thugs will make sure that they do.

For some reason we haven't heard any comments from former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser, who was largely instrumental in ridding Rhodesia of its Ian Smith government, and installing Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe.


RACE ISSUES POLARISE BRITAIN

"Whites and ethnic minorities in Britain have become deeply divided and are leading separate lives with no social or cultural contact and little sense of belonging to the same nation, according to a government report. The report, a study of race riots last summer, says that Britons tiptoe around the subject of discrimination and need to engage in an honest debate to forestall further unrest.
"The authors of the study, which was commissioned by the home secretary, David Blunkett, said that they had been dismayed and shocked by their findings. Whilst the physical segregation of housing estates and inner-city areas came as no surprise, the team was particularly struck by the depth of polarisation of our towns and cities and the extent to which these physical divisions were compounded by so many other aspects of our daily lives."
The rioters caused $15 million worth of damage and injured 300 police officers. Whilst admitting the outbreaks of violence emanated from deep distrust between white and non-white communities it was the 'far-right' and 'racist' groups who got the blame for 'exploiting the differences' (International Herald Tribune, 13/12/01).

Anyone who dares to challenge the 'politically correct' policies of these utopians are blamed for 'exploiting the differences'. Can't these utopians see and admit there are differences, and if the differences are too great, there will be conflict!


LEADERS' REPUBLICAN BETRAYAL

Australians need to be reminded of the story behind Rhodesia becoming a republic. The Rhodesians were presented with the 'myth of material gain and security' as the enticement for destroying their own heritage. The Australian, 3/3/70, reported "Without ceremony or celebration, the birth certificate of the new Republic of Rhodesia was signed and sealed in four minutes flat in Salisbury yesterday."

How prophetic was the 1970 On Target comment: "Four minutes was all that was needed to destroy a heritage much more precious than the gains made... Those who have led Rhodesia through the most critical years of her history have shown strength... and have defeated the petty schemes of Harold Wilson and his fellow world socialists at every turn. Now they have handed him his greatest victory, the destruction of Rhodesia's heritage in exchange for a mess of pottage..."
"Mr. Smith (Prime Minister at the time) revealed that the Republican issue was reached by the desire to placate Rhodesia's new friends who made it clear that their faith in Rhodesia would strengthen if they assumed republican status. Mr. Smith made it equally clear that Rhodesia was dependent upon such 'friends' for trade and economic support."

Comment: With 'friends' like these, who needs enemies? The British Monarchy is still the greatest bulwark against world tyranny. It will have to be destroyed before the one-worlders can claim ultimate success!


'OILS' AND 'WARS' AIN'T WHAT THEY SEEM TO BE

by Betty Luks
The bombing of Afghanistan is not (really) about Osama bin Laden and his 'terrorist' network. It is about oil – and who is going to control the vast resources that are in the Caspian Sea region. The reports coming in tell us the oil deposits around the Caspian Sea are huge, but the problems are many, not least the distances involved in transporting the product to the markets. Oil rigs, tankers, refineries and pipelines are necessary to produce, transport and deliver to the seemingly insatiable consumers. If the oil reserves are located in inaccessible terrain or has to be carried over long distances, other factors come into account. And this is where nations, governments, business, agreements, royalties, fees, policies, etc., enter the picture.

The multinationals, with headquarters in America, would align with the devil if there was profit and power in it.

Khazahk TV
In early December, 2001, Kazakh TV informed its viewers Turkey was going to introduce restrictions on tankers wanting passage through the Bosporus and the Dardanelles (The Globe, 11/12/01, a Kazakhstan newspaper). This, the Turkish authorities explained, was to protect its own interests and also the interests of other aligned countries who do not have direct outlets to the sea. The decision was taken, it was alleged, in response to a dispute with Khazakstan and the transportation of the oil. This was later denied by an official spokesman on behalf of Turkey, but obviously there is much 'bargaining' and 'pushing and shoving' going on behind closed doors.

The 'smeagols' of this world are squabbling over the future spoils of the Caspian Sea region. (You don't know this 'Smeagol' character? Go and see Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings".) The Globe article mentions that if Turkey goes ahead with its threat to restrict shipping in its waters the "first victim will be just 'born' CPC".


CPC – CASPIAN PIPELINE CONSORTIUM

Who is CPC? CPC is the Caspian Pipeline Consortium. CPC is the United States-based oil multinational consortium.

British OT (8&22/9/01) revealed that, "... Project Underground in its journal Drillbits and Tailings wrote:
"less than a decade after the final diplomatic skirmishes of the Cold War, the men who led the battle on both sides have joined forces to exploit the oil reserves of the Caspian Sea... Today British petroleum (now BP Amoco), Chevron, Exxon, Mobil and Unocal are leading a multi-billion dollar frenzy to extract these reserves from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, the three countries that surround the Caspian together with Russia and Iran..."

The Times of Central Asia, 3/1/02, gives more details: "A new pipeline which will pump around 600,000 barrels of oil to the west from central Asia each day was officially opened on November 27th 2001. The $2.6 billion Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) project runs from the Tengiz oilfield in western Kazakhstan to Russia. US companies have invested around $700 million in the pipeline... David O'Reilly, chairman and CEO of Chevron/Texaco, which has a 15 percent interest in the project said it was world class..." Those countries surrounding the Caspian Sea "have more than six percent of the world's proven oil reserves and almost forty percent of its natural gas reserves."

The proposed future routes for piping this 'liquid gold' to consumers are:
• Through Iran to a port on the Arabian Sea. (Americans would have to 'court' Iran for this plan. "Some American hard-liners on Iraq suggest that cultivating closer ties with Iran might be important, if in fact, Iraq becomes the next phase of President Bush's anti-terror-campaign.").
• Through Turkey to the Mediterranean port of Ceyhan. (Americans favour this route – at the moment).
• Russia favours a pipeline to a Russian port on the Black Sea. (America wants to skirt Russia).


WHAT A VERY NEAT ARRANGEMENT

• Bomb Iraq to smithereens. Place sanctions on the people and keep them in their pitiful conditions. Don't let them get on their feet - keep bombing them. The 'mouthpieces' in the media will continue to portray Hussein as another Hitler. With the imposed sanctions Iraq has trouble trading its oil.
• The bombing of the twin towers played into the power-elite's hands. 'America' can now 'take umbrage' and take her revenge. Declare 'war on the terrorists', bomb Afghanistan into oblivion and kill or subdue the rest of the 'recalcitrants'. The lives of the Americans killed at the WTC were of more worth than her 'enemies' lives.
• Don't give a second thought "to the many times more innocent people who have perished in Palestine at the hands of Israeli governments, largely under the protection of the dominant Zionist lobby in the USA" (Israel may have its eyes on Iraq's oil), don't give a second thought to "the same number of equally innocent Iraqi children who have been dying each month over the last decade as a consequence of the draconian, strategic, United States-driven "United Nations" sanctions against Iraq, and the calculated destruction of the domestic infrastructure during the Gulf War of 1991." (British On Target, 3&17/11/01).
• Keep Iraq on its knees. Don't worry about the blind, the maimed, the dead. Although, it does make one feel a little squeamish when looking at the photo of the newly born Iraqi babe published in the British OT. The two-hour-old babe was born without eyes, nose, mouth, genitalia or anus and the legs are twisted and joined. Tell the public

"Don't give a second thought – there's always 'collateral damage' in these wars." Probably something to do with the depleted uranium bombs used by America and her allies.
• Set up a regime in Afghanistan subservient to the 'occupiers'. Use the Armed Services to 'police' the occupied territory but call them 'peace keepers'.
• Arms manufacturers will demand payment for their 'products'. Send the bill to the governments of USA, Britain, Australia, etc.
• Guess who then 'picks up the tab'? The taxpayers of course! With threats of more 'war' taxes on the way.
• Bombard the good-hearted in the 'first world' with images of the war-torn, inhospitable land, the dead (collateral damage of course), and the refugees. Swamp them with appeals for funds from the different 'aid' groups. The taxpayers will not only pay for the 'war against terrorism' but for the 'restructuring' as well!
• Call in the International Monetary Fund to finance the subservient government's 'expenditure'. To be sure, the multinationals will be demanding 'the government' pay for the infrastructure; roads, water supplies, etc. Later on, these public utilities will be 'privatised', of course!
• All the while the multinationals go in for the 'kill' sucking the economic life-force out of the nation and anticipate the billions of dollars profit.

What a parasitic system.


US OIL AND BUSINESS LEADERS TO INVEST IN KAZAKHSTAN

The Times of Central Asia, 3/1/02, spells it out: "US oil and business leaders who met with (Colin) Powell when he was in Kazakhstan, told him they were prepared to invest up to $200 billion in the country over the next five to ten years because of its energy-producing potential."

DWIGHT EISENHOWER'S FAREWELL ADDRESS

In his 1961 farewell address to the American people, US president Dwight Eisenhower warned against the 'military-industrial complex' – Adelaide Advertiser, 17/1/02. They didn't heed his warning!

OSAMA BIN LADEN DEAD?
Reports from on-line Drudge Report and CNN, 18/1/02, are that Pakistan's president, Pervez Musharraf, believes Osama bin Laden is dead, the victim of kidney failure.


HO HUM – LIBERALS ANNOUNCE ELECTION FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA

It can be predicted with complete certainty that South Australia will continue down the same track unless the financial policies change. This will only happen when the people take up the challenge, exercise their own freedom and insist their political representatives give them what they want – and not what the 'money masters' want. One possible ray of light in the gloom is the news that Sir Thomas Playford's son is standing as an Independent in the seat of Kavel. Where there is no suitable candidate, we suggest the same tactics as used in the last Federal election. Put the sitting member last on the ballot paper – and save your own taxes, and at the same time register your protest at the compulsory voting and lack of choice. You will at least stop some of the payment of taxpayer's funds for each primary vote received! More on the SA election next week.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR MISSING "NEW TIMES" JOURNALS

Our readers will be aware the League has initiated the project of placing the printed journals on compact discs for easier access and research and for preservation of the historical information. It is important that 'the written word' of the League journals and Social Credit material is widely available for future generations and does not go 'down the memory hole'. All the issues of On Target are now being placed on computer and then copied to disc, thus making them ready to be placed on disc. After On Target comes The New Times. Our dedicated Melbourne team have found the following editions of the NEW TIMES are missing. Can any of our older readers help please?

The following are the missing numbers:- All of' the early years are missing commencing from:- Jan. 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944. 1945, Vol 11. Nos. 10, 25, 35 missing. 1946, Vol. 12. All complete.
1947, Vol. 13. No 39 missing. 1948, Vol. 14. No.39 missing. 1958, Vol. 24. No. 14 missing. 1960, Vol. 26. Nos. 1, 2, 8. missing. 1961, Vol. 27 Nos. 4 & 9. missing. 1963, Vol. 29. No. 12 missing. 1964, Vol. 30 No. 16. missing 1969, Vol. 35. Nos. 1, 2, 8 missing. 1978, Vol. 43. No. 6. missing. 1982, Vol. 47. No. 10. missing.

If you can help please send the material direct to our Melbourne Book Shop, clearly marking them as some of the missing numbers.


SYDNEY CONSERVATIVE SPEAKERS' CLUB

The next meeting is on Tuesday, January 29th, and commences at 7.30pm. Please note the NEW VENUE: The Denistone Room, The Heritage Function Centre, 1st Floor, The Ryde-Eastwood League's Club, Ryedale Road, West Ryde (close to West Ryde Station). The guest speaker for the first meeting will be Dr. Jim Saleam and the title of his address is "Red-Brown Politics in Eastern Europe". The speaker will examine the strange alliance of forces which span the divides of Left and Right, directed against the New World Order in the old Eastern bloc. Will a pro-nationalist revolution occur in Russia? A short period for questions follows the speaker's address. The cost of attendance is still $4 per person which includes tea or coffee at the conclusion of the meeting. Please note the following dates in your diary: February 26th – Guest speaker: Mr. Don Woodlands, "The Salvation Army" March 26th – Guest speaker: Mr. Jeremy Lee, "Reaping What We Have Sown".

WEST AUSTRALIA TO CELEBRATE GOLDEN JUBILEE IN NEW YEAR

The Australian Heritage Society takes great pleasure in announcing a 2002 Dinner to celebrate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee. It will be held at The Victoria League Club – Victoria League House – 276 Onslow Road, Shenton Park on Tuesday, February 5th. Please mark your diaries. The guest speaker will be Mr. Phillip Benwell of the Australian Monarchist League. This special dinner is for all those who hold our Queen and our Constitutional Heritage loyal and dear in their hearts. So, please come and celebrate together the 50 years of a glorious reign by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. For further information please contact Maureen Burton, Secretary: Tel/Fax: (08) 9574 6042 or (08) 9574 6260.


CONSERVATIVE SPEAKERS' CLUB – SOUTH AUSTRALIA

SA supporters – Please note the CSC has been put back one week and will now be on Monday, February 11th. Guest speaker will be Mr. Grant Bird of Griffith, NSW, and the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II will be celebrated. Venue is the Public Schools' Club, East Terrace (cnr. Carrington), Adelaide. Dinner from 6.30pm and Public Address 7.30pm. Bookings to be made by phoning: 8395 9826.

SPECIAL 'GOLDEN JUBILEE' CHURCH SERVICE

Christ Church, 1708 Main South Road, O'Halloran Hill will hold a special service for the Queen's Golden Jubilee on Sunday, February 3rd. All League folk are invited to attend the service. Services times are 8.00am and 9.30am.

QUEENSLAND JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS

The Australian Heritage Society invites all supporters around the Toowoomba district to a celebration of the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. The celebration will be held on Saturday, February 23rd, commencing with Divine Service. It will be held in St. James' Hall, corner Russell and Mort Streets, Toowoomba. The Service will be followed by a two-course luncheon with guest speakers. More details to follow.
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