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23 August 2002. Thought for the Week: The Judaism of Hitler: "Then came the more modern and much more mortally dangerous idea of Race, which the Germans borrowed from a Frenchman named Gobineau. And on top of that idea of Race, came the grand, imperial idea of a Chosen Race, of a sacred seed that is, as the Kaiser said, the salt of the earth; of a people that is God's favourite and guided by Him, in a sense in which He does not guide other and lesser peoples.
And if anybody asks where anybody got that idea, there is only one possible or conceivable answer. He got it from the Jews... By concentrating on the ancient story of the Covenant with Israel, and losing the counterweight of the idea of the universal Church of Christendom, they grew more and more into the mood of seeing their religion as a mystical religion of Race..."
"The End of the Armistice" by G. K. Chesterton, 1940

LATIN AMERICA BLOWS UP

by Jeremy Lee
While Argentineans continue to riot and starve, battering the banks and politicians in daily protests, the currency has devalued to such an extent that exports have burgeoned. They are now expected to increase by 16 percent in the second half of the year. The Australian Financial Review (13/8/02) reported:
"The export boom could affect Australian primary producers as the crisis-hit South American nation ships out a big grain harvest, and beef sales begin to recover with the phasing out of foot-and-mouth disease bans. The Argentine peso has lost 70 percent of its value since January, and exporters are so competitive there are fears there could be domestic shortages as they shun the devastated local market..... Argentina traditionally exports to its neighbours Brazil and Uruguay but these economies have slumped with the regional economic crisis ...."

In other words, there is enough for all in Argentina. Nobody need starve. But the currency has devalued to such an extent that exporters will send much-needed goods overseas while their countrymen and women go without. Truly, modern economics is a marvellous thing! Especially when Argentinean exports are going to make it tougher for exporters in other nations. The money that Argentina receives, of course, will go to foreign bankers.


URUGUAY NEXT IN LINE

The same violent protests are now occurring in Uruguay, where the Government has been forced to close the banks to prevent a run on the peso. So great is concern in the US about the spreading crisis in Latin America that it is not waiting for the vultures in the International Monetary Fund to arrive, but is sending its own Treasury official Paul O'Neill, to hand out emergency bridging loans. The Guardian Weekly (8-14/8/02) gave this report:
"It is the first time the Bush administration has offered direct support for an economy under fire from speculators ....Discontent over Uruguay's imploding financial system and grinding four-year recession spilled onto the streets last week with labour protests and scattered supermarket lootings. The financial system has been hit by the economic collapse in neighbouring Argentina, whose better-off citizens traditionally used Uruguayan banks as a safe haven. With Argentina's economic paralysis now entering its tenth month, Argentineans have been forced to draw on their savings. Nearly $6 billion has been withdrawn from the banking system so far this year, 40% of all deposits. Fearing a run on the banking system and running short of foreign reserves to prop up the peso, Uruguay closed all its banks on Tuesday last week. With the increasing threat of a cash crunch, Uruguay's currency, the peso, has lost about half of its value since it was floated in June ...."

But, of course, it's not only Uruguay. The article continued: "Speaking in Brasilia on Monday on the first day of his visit to the region, Mr O'Neill indicated that he would also back an IMF bailout for Brazil, Latin America's largest economy. .... Brazil is reportedly seeking some $10 billion to prop up the real, which tumbled sharply last week amid investor fears that the two leftwing candidates leading in October's presidential race could default on the country's $250 billion foreign debt ..."

So by far the biggest debtor nation in the world, the US, is lending to much smaller nations to keep them out of trouble. It's a crazy world!


THE PRESIDENT'S CREDIBILITY

George 'Dubya' Bush's credibility goes from bad to worse. As secrets of corporate scandals are revealed, it now transpires that, during the final period of the presidential election, Bush's campaign workers rushed about trying to push the recount of votes in his direction. The corporate jets made available for this purpose came from Enron, Halliburton and Reliant Energy – all now under investigation.. Also, Larry Lindsay, chief economic adviser to the President, was a financial consultant and advisory board member for Enron before moving to the White House, while Harvey Pitt, who is supposed to be heading the crackdown on the corporate crooks and their balance sheets, was formerly a lobbyist for the very accountants he is supposed to be investigating. Larry Thompson, heading the federal task force on corporate fraud, was found to have sold off $5 million in stock in Providian Financial Corporation, his former credit card company, a few weeks before it was revealed that some of its loans were suspect. Vice President Dick Chaney is, of course, under a cloud for his activities in Halliburton. And Bush himself is not so 'squeaky-clean' in his own dealings in Harken Energy Corp. All this is widely known now among the US investing public, which has lost $8 trillion in savings over the last few months - and looks like losing more. Every time Bush makes a speech about "corporate morality", the stock market tumbles again. How many may end up seeking asylum in Uruguay???

PRINCE CHARLES A STUMBLING BLOCK TO GLOBALISM

Prince Charles plans to launch a "country casual" range of garments made from British wool and spun and manufactured in rural workshops in Britain. The Australian (12/8/02) said: "... An informed source said Charles's latest venture was motivated by a 'deep sense of obligation' to tackle the crisis in agriculture. According to figures from the National Farmers' Union, the average British farmer earned about 10,000 pounds ($28,000) in the year to February. Although Charles is a substantial donor in his own right to charity, and raises many millions more, he wants to provide practical leadership,' the source said. The source said rising profits at the Prince's organic food firm Duchy Originals, had convinced him he should test the potential of other rural enterprises. The company announced profits for the year March 2001 of 572,000 pounds, all of which was donated to the Prince of Wales' Charitable Foundation...."

We have heard vague rumours that National Party leader, and Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson, together with National Party leader in the Senate, Ron Boswell, are flying to England for urgent talks as to how the same campaign could be adapted to Australia, home of the biggest wool industry in the world, which also has a number of startling innovations in the processing and manufacture of wool products. We have been unable to verify the rumours. Could any reader help out if they hear anything?


TREASURER'S GENIUS

Treasurer Peter Costello comes up with some gems. The latest, announced at The Australian Financial Review's Leader Luncheon, was that Australians should stay in the workforce longer. To make this happen, the Government might have to review the age at which Australians could access their superannuation. Obviously, the many Australians who erroneously believed their superannuation belonged to them, and not the government, stand to be corrected. At the same time, the Unions want a 36-hour week because there aren't enough jobs to go round. Every worker who stays in his job longer denies entry into the workforce of a young Australian coming through. But perhaps Costello believes Australia's declining fertility rate will take care of that!

JOURNALISTS' NEGATIVITY

The Media section of The Australian (August 8-14/02) accuses the financial journalists of "thriving on bad news". They are guilty, according to the report, of accentuating the bad side of the economic recession. On the other hand, we feel that there has not been enough coverage of the reality of the world's parlous financial crisis. It would be nice to see ONE article which gave us a picture of the combined debts of the world's nations, compared to the world's GDP. This could be followed by a picture of the property portfolios of, say, the 500 biggest companies in the world. This would give us the means for much more intelligent analysis than currently available from the world's main financial columns.

WAR BUILD-UP IN THE GULF

There is now a build-up of American military muscle in the Persian Gulf. But Bush keeps denying that he has any plans or dates for the anticipated war on Saddam Hussein. Detecting in Australia the same reaction to the war that is obvious in Europe, John Howard is backing off his "All the Way with the USA" approach. Why on earth Australian troops should be sent to a re-run of "Desert Storm", with its consequent "Gulf War Syndrome", which has stricken thousands of American troops is a question we should be asking ourselves – and Mr Howard.

AUSTRALIA'S PROSPERITY

by Antonia Feitz
The worst part about this latest market collapse is that any criticism of the economic system that allowed the abuses to flourish was dismissed as ill-informed and even ignorant. But reasonable people kept asking: if Australia is so prosperous why are people working longer and longer hours when leisure is surely the hallmark of genuine prosperity? John Howard says older Australians must be 'encouraged' to stay in the workforce, even into their seventies! Since when has working till you drop dead been a mark of prosperity? Why have low-paid Ukrainians replaced well-paid Australian crews on ships that ply Australia's coastal waters? Why are public hospitals stretched to their limits? Why does tertiary education increasingly look like being reserved for the rich?

In a genuinely prosperous society people don't ask these sorts of questions. The average wage in Australia may very well be well over $40,000 but what comfort is that figure to the majority who don't earn anywhere near it? For a truer picture of what people actually earn consider that Treasury estimates suggest that the employer super contributions "will not be enough to support in retirement the 70 percent of workers now earning less than $33,560 a year." (Australian, 2217102). Yes, you read it right: 70 percent of Australian workers earn less than $33,560 a year. That's a miserable sort of 'prosperity', isn't it? In any case the results are in on the Washington Consensus and they're dismal. According to Teese, an independent research group examining 116 countries, found that 113 (including Australia) enjoyed better growth performances from 1950 to 1970 than they did in 1970 to 1990-the decades of economic 'reform'. Certainly ordinary people lived far happier lives in the earlier period when one income sufficed to keep a family and workers enjoyed job security.


THE SHAMEFUL SILENCE TO WHITE 'ETHNIC CLEANSING'

"The plan is becoming clearer with every passing day: the whites are to be driven out of Zimbabwe. A despotic regime has targeted an ethnic minority and used all the powers of state to marginalize and demonise them. It has changed the law so that it can steal their property, unleashed militias to enforce its will, and turned a blind eye to murder and mayhem... To be white is to be a target of state hatred. It is to be told that your life and livelihood have no value. In any other context we would denounce this as racism and ethnic cleansing, but when it comes to Zimbabwe there is the curious failure to call things by their proper name..." –Taken from The Spectator 10th August 2002.

CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION AND PETER LEWIS COMPACT

by Betty Luks
What started out as a move on the part of Independent MP Peter Lewis (State Parliament) to bring about "essential changes which will be capable of restoring a greater measure of trust and faith in our Parliament and its ability to function in our best interests" (The Advertiser 16/02/02) has now blossomed out to include a discussion on a Bill of Rights for South Australia! The notice advertising a Conference convened by the Rann Government and the University of Adelaide says: "As a precursor to the State Constitutional Convention (agreed as part of the negations (sic) between the new Speaker of the South Australian Parliament, Hon. Peter Lewis and the Rann government) the University of Adelaide will host a two day conference dealing with several of the key issues that arise during the State Convention." These include: Constitutional Reform: Ways & Means; South Africa: An International Experience; The Size of the Parliament & Location of Ministers; The Role of the Speaker; The Role of the Governor; A Bill of Rights – The New Zealand Perspective; Community Cabinets & Participatory Democracy; The State of the States. I do hope South Australian readers are closely watching just what is developing. Have you contacted your Local State MP asking him to keep you informed?

A RARE BUT DESERVED BOUQUET TO MR. HOWARD

by Antonia Feitz
Regular readers (of Neil Baird's News Report) will recall that Neil has published occasional articles about Dr. Catherine Hakim's research which shows that when it comes to work preferences, women aren't the homogenous career-focussed group that feminists insist they are. It stands to reason that childless women and mothers who put their careers first are very different to the overwhelming majority of mothers who put their families first. Hakim's research has quantified the proportions. In January 2001 News Report published the following:
"Catherine Hakim from the London School of Economics claims that only a minority of women – between 10 percent and 30 percent – are work-centred and many of them are childless anyway. A similar minority of women are home centred, preferring not to work. The majority favour structuring some work – preferably part-time work – around their family responsibilities. Whether feminists like Eva Cox accept it or not, that is the reality. It follows that any government which tries to 'encourage' – ie force – mothers into the workforce is perpetrating an injustice on the majority of them." So it's welcome news indeed that John Howard is so impressed by Catherine Hakim's research he's seriously considering a homemaker's allowance to be paid to mothers of children under five. (Sun-Herald, 28/7/02).

Howard's social policy adviser, John Perrin, has gone to London to meet Dr. Hakim and discuss her work. What Howard finds particularly attractive is that Hakim's recommendation of a homemaker's allowance is ideologically neutral because it would allow individual families to use the money as they see fit. They could use it to pay for childcare or to supplement the mother's lost income. Consequently the government wouldn't be in the social engineering business of forcing mothers to work, or discouraging them from working. Needless to say Australian feminists loathe Dr. Catherine Hakim's ideas as much as they do John Howard.

Though not in response to Hakim, prominent feminist Eva Cox is on record as saying, "I question any form of payment that rewards women for choosing to stay home." (Bettina Arndt, The Age, 23/12/00). But why? Most mothers are loath to leave their babies. What is Cox's problem with allowing mothers the financial choice to be with their infants or to work? Does the feminist mantra of 'choice' refer only to abortion?

Male feminists are even worse than female ones. The Professor of Demography at the Australian National University, Peter McDonald, is on record as deploring the introduction of what he called the "lucrative" Family Tax Benefit Part B because it was a disincentive for women to re-enter the workforce. He was horrified that the benefit promoted the traditional family model "where the father absents himself more and more from the family home while the wife is always there" (Sydney Morning Herald, 20/6/01). Er, excuse me, Peter, but what's wrong with mum looking after the baby while dad brings home the bacon? This traditional model is still the one that most couples aspire to when they have babies – even after decades of brainwashing in schools and the media, especially the TV media. The nitty-gritty is that we're a mammalian species and only mothers – not gender-neutral 'parents' – produce milk. Wouldn't it be nice if academic Peter McDonald had a chat with fellow academic Catherine Hakim – if ideology met reality, say over a coffee. And wouldn't it be nice if demographers just measured and analysed the vital statistics of populations as in the deaths, births, marriages, divorces, etc. Demographers provide the tools for policy-making. It's not their job to make policy.


ALTERNATIVE BADGE FOR MUSLIMS

BBC, United Kingdom, Sunday, August 11th, 2002
A tiny cross rests on top of the crown on the badge. The Metropolitan Police Force is to drop the crown and cross from its insignia for non-Christian officers because of objections from a Muslim recruit. A Muslim traffic warden resigned because he complained he was unable to wear the symbol from any other faith. The Sunday Times reports that the force has come under pressure from a threatened employment tribunal resulting from the case. Currently all officers in Britain's 51 police areas wear the badge which incorporates the St. Edward's crown, topped with a Christian cross.

CHOICE
Now the Met is proposing to develop an alternative badge for people who do not want to sport the traditional one. In a statement, the Met said it had long 'cherished' its association with the Crown. However, its future depended on its "ability to attract and maintain the most talented people and cater for their individual needs and requirements".

"Uniform should be exactly what the word means – it should apply to everyone," said Glenn Smyth, Metropolitan Police Federation. It proposes that all employees will still be issued with the traditional badges "as a matter of course" but if they object – with supportable reasons – they will be offered a badge without the crown. The initiative could be adopted nationwide after the Met's deputy commissioner Ian Blair discusses the issue with the Association of Chief Police Officers. Traditionalists have rejected the idea. Inspector Glenn Smyth, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, told The Sunday Times: "Uniform should be exactly what the word means – it should apply to everyone. We swear an oath of allegiance to the Queen. The crown is the symbol of that oath and this move attacks its meaning." Tony Arbour, a Conservative member of the Greater London Authority, said it was political correctness "going mad".


BASIC FUND

We know that contrary to the Howard Government's 'spin-doctoring' many Australians are experiencing hard times. In which case, we are most grateful for the support On Target readers continue to give to the work of the League of Rights. Below are some of the comments received from supporters when they have sent in their donations ...... "I'd like you to accept this Money Order, a gift to me for a recent birthday. What better way to use it?" BB. "Even out of nothing I am determined to support the cause. We appreciate so much the information..." OB. "Being on the pension, the attached is all I can afford. Wish it was more, keep up the good work." RC. Thank you to all those who have given so generously to the Fund.

REPORT – WESTERN AUSTRALIA 36th ANNUAL SEMINAR & DINNER

The Western Australia Annual League Seminar "A Legacy of Terror", which was held at the Rose & Crown Heritage Hotel, was very well attended, with many new faces in the audience, as well as loyal supporters of many years. The two speakers, Mr. Bill Daly and Mayor Peter Davis, were very well received and the quality of their speeches reached many new ears. The book sales were excellent, with a wide range of information being in demand. Our sincere thanks go to the lovely young ladies who manned the bookshop on the day. The Dinner was well attended, and many League guests were able to catch up with those they had not seen for some time. We are looking forward to the next twelve months as we prepare for the year ahead ...... Maureen E. Burton, State Secretary.

SYDNEY CONSERVATIVE SPEAKERS' CLUB

Wednesday, August 28th, 2002. An open night, with your turn to have a say; 5 minutes for each speaker. It is also the Annual General Meeting which will only concern members (who will receive an annual report during August). The meeting will be held at the Lithuanian Club, 16 East Terrace, Bankstown. There is ample parking at the Club, situated only 600 metres from the Bankstown Railway Station. The cost of your attendance is $4 per person. Date for your diary. Wednesday, September 25th, 2002. Guest speaker will be Mr. Leon Grigor and his subject will be "The Establishment's Fake Nazi-KKK Brigade".

LATE CALL TO HEAR BILL DALY AT THE TRARALGON REGIONAL DINNER

Thursday, August 22nd – to be seated by 6.30pm. RING 03 5633 1969.

THE SYDNEY FORUM

The organisers of the Sydney Forum have asked if we would give their meetings a 'plug'. The Sydney Forum will be held in Sydney, September 7th-8th, 2002. Speakers include, Bob Doring, Reg Smedley, Jim Saleam, Joe Bryant, Neil Baird, Bevan O'Regan. There are 10 speakers. Themes include GATS, the 'War on Terror' and the NWO, Defence, and the Crisis of the Multinationals. There is also an Open Forum time. Tickets are $35.00 (two days) with $25.00 concession or $20.00 (one day) with $12.50 concession. Club Venue. Enquiries (free brochure) to PO Box N291 Grosvenor Place 1220, or phone 0421 310 514.

CAMP TOOWOOMBA

Readers will want to know more about 'Camp Toowoomba". It is a two-and-a-half day get-together for 'movers and shakers'. Dates: September 13th, 14th and 15th. Cost: $75.00 per head. Jeremy Lee, Robert Balgarnie and Ray Smyth want to see you at the weekend get-together! For obvious catering reasons you will need to book ahead. To secure your booking a $20.00 deposit is required. Send your name, address, phone number and $20.00 to: Ray Smyth, Box 642, Nanango, Qld., 4615, Phone: 4163 2160, E-mail: raysmyth@burcom.com.au

NEW BOOK... 'FASCIST EUROPE RISING'

Author Rodney Atkinson's latest book "Fascist Europe Rising: the Repression and Resurgence of Democratic Nations" is a reading must for those interested and concerned with what is happening in Britain and Europe. There are many lessons for Australians to learn. As the constitution of the Danish people rightly asserts, "It is by law you build the land" and no other regime in world history has achieved so much imperial conquest by merely generating the law to build their land as has the so-called 'European Union' (EU). Eastern Europe wants only to trade freely with the countries of Western Europe but the EU forcefully prevents that, offering to remove trade barriers only when those nations surrender their hard-won constitutional nationhood. In the modern era of the universal franchise each parliament only represents (for its statutory term) the true sovereigns, the People. The end of sovereignty is the end of democracy. During the 1930s and 1940s, as today, there were few terms with which European Fascism was more happy than The New World Order reflecting as it does notions of power, global ambition, order (ie control) and contempt for democratic nationhood. Price: $46.00 posted from League Book Services.

YOUR RIGHTS 2002

'Your Rights' has been published every year since 1974 and is the most commonly used laymen's guide to the law in Australia. It has chapters on wills and estates, rights of victims of crime and pension payments. The rights of taxpayers, investors, consumers, motorists and mental health are also discussed. The 2002 edition also discusses anti-terrorism laws, Tampa, September 11th, Falun Gong, ASIO and DSD. A review in the Law Institute Journal said: "Your Rights 1999 is an extraordinary publication - a must have for just about everyone. Price: $7.50 posted from all League Book Services.

AUDIO TAPE

IS THE EUROPEAN UNION THE NEW SOVIET UNION? In an address to an audience in Committee Room 14 of the House of Commons, Vladimir Bukovsky the Soviet dissident, answers this question from his own personal experiences. Audio tape: $6.00 posted.

VIDEO TAPE
BRITAIN THE EUROPEAN UNION – THE FACTS: This 50 minute video explains the whole basis of the European union, its basic documents, laws and institutions. It outlines what difference the EU makes to the traditional laws and institutions of the United Kingdom. Video Tape: $15.00 posted. Both from Heritage Book Mailing, PO Box 208, Ingle Farm, SA, 5098.

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