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6 September 2002. Thought for the Week: "Wilfred Owen, a young poet who died in the First World War, expressed, as a poet should, the thoughts and feelings which have driven to despair many of the finest not only of his own generation, but of all those that have followed:
'Was it for this the clay grew tall? O What made fatuous
sunbeams toil To break earth's peace at all?' What then
is it that is driving us to despair? Not the real world:
the sunlight or the starlight, the plants in our garden
or the sheep on the hill.
"The Local World" by Geoffrey Dobbs in Home Quarterly, August 1995
by Jeremy Lee
What is really happening is the eradication
of traditional beliefs, and their resultant legal provisions,
by a new religion, Humanism. Humanism has been described as
a religion by the US Supreme Court. But it denies the Supernatural.
The Humanist Manifesto II, published in 1973, made
this quite clear:
All policies come from philosophies, as Douglas so accurately pointed out. How does a society survive when different faiths advocate different norms? One faith, for instance. may urge polygamy, while another espouses monogamy. One may see vengeance as justice, while another believes in mercy. Even the clothes we wear are signs of cultural difference. In Britain, for instance, there have been heated arguments as to whether Islamic policemen should be allowed to keep their turbans instead of helmets. Now we have an Islamic movement within the British police which see wearing the Crown - to whom they are supposed to give their allegiance - as against their religion.
One cannot even play a game of cricket
unless there is agreement on the rules and acceptance of the
umpire. Britain is now facing an invasion, not only of other
races, but an explosion of cultures which endanger Common
Law and the traditional way of life. A special article in
The Times (UK), August 7th, 2002, said:
AUSTRALIA'S BACK DOOR
While, through the efforts of Immigration
Minister Ruddock, the flow of illegal boat people has been
staunched for the moment, there seems to be a mass of unguarded
entry points yet to be addressed. An article from a New Zealand
paper, The Ashburton Guardian (2/8/02), headed CONCERNS
RAISED NZ IS 'BACK DOOR ENTRY' TO AUSTRALIA FOR REFUGEES,
The trend is not new but appears to have
been spurred by recent legislative change in Australia. The
Australian Government last year cut permanent residency rights
for New Zealanders, putting them on the same footing as other
migrants. The change was made partly to address concerns that
New Zealand was a 'back-door' entry to Australia after it
was revealed that one in three New Zealanders emigrating to
Australia was not born here. Ms. Jardine confirmed that there
was a 'significant exodus' of refugees from Christchurch and
other New Zealand main centres last year, just before the
GROWING BACKLASHAs more and more experience first hand the pain that oozes from forced multiculturalism, the muted grumbling grows louder and finally breaks into the open. A new movement in Britain, Migration Watch UK, has caused heated debate in the UK. Its leader, Dr. Coleman, recently claimed Australia's asylum policy was the best way to handle mass people movements within the terms of the Geneva Convention.
The Australian Financial Review (26/8/02) reported: " ... Dr. Coleman, who is a reader in demography at Oxford University, said Australia's asylum-seeker stance 'seems by far the best way to do it ..' ...and described Australia's policy of mandatory detention as 'utterly unobjectionable'. "...'If you permit people to claim residency simply by uttering the magic word 'asylum', you will become a magnet [to illegal immigrants] and the idea that you can then sort them out is just a mirage.,' he said....."
Dr. Coleman recently addressed a closed-door seminar on the subject, attended by Mr Ruddock.
JUSTICE IS A TRIAL
A little bit of our robust Foreign Affairs
Minister Alexander ("Eiderdown") Downer seems to have rubbed
off on President George Bush. According to The Australian
(28/8/02): "The US is pressuring Australia to sign an agreement
promising it would never hand over Americans to the new International
Criminal Court. "The proposed bilateral pact is part of an
aggressive global push by the US - backed by threats of sanctions
- to prevent its troops being hauled in front of the court
for war crimes without Washington's approval.
It was Downer who suggested, during debate on the Treaty in Parliament, that Australia would add a rider excluding Australian troops from prosecution in the Court he was advocating. "Liability for other nations, but not for ourselves" seemed to be his illogical argument. The US hasn't even signed the Treaty, but obviously fears that past or future actions could be interpreted as "war-crimes". So it proposes "sanctions" against those who might contemplate arraigning Americans - Bush, Cheney, Wolfowitz, Perle, Rumsvelt, or the startling Condoleeza Rice - before such a court.
What sanctions might the US take? Stopping our lamb-sales to the Americans? Banning Australian steel? Or even accusing Alexander Eiderdown with war crimes himself? We can think of a few who might join George Bush in his quest for exemption - Robert Mugabe, Ariel Sharon, Idi Amin (who is still living in Saudi Arabia, by the way) as well as Yasser Arafat and Osama bin Lauden. If only Gilbert and Sullivan were still alive!
DEATH BY GM?There are now 14 million starving people in Africa, as a result of the combination of drought and disastrous government. The worst is in Zimbabwe, where Mugabe seems prepared to halve his population by starvation in order to eject the hated white farmers who would otherwise save many of the doomed. Now Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique are rejecting US food relief, on the grounds that the grain offered is genetically modified. Three others, Lesotho, Malawi and Swaziland, are swallowing their pride and GM food. It seems to be a case of shot or boiled in oil. But, if your kids are starving to death, it seems a futile choice anyway.
PETER LEWIS SAYS THREE CONVENTIONS ARE NEEDED
by Betty Luks
The Conference certainly lined up some
of the legal and constitutional 'big guns', but the man-in-the-street
doesn't seem to be having too much of an input. It is good
to know Peter Lewis is emphasizing the fact "The first priority
of the convention should be to look at citizen-initiated referenda".
He thinks the second priority is the question of the size
and the role of Parliament. It would seem the Labor Government
tried to take greater control over the convention but Peter
stuck to his guns and refused to take a back seat.
Pleased to see Professor Geoffrey de Q. Walker (author of "Initiative & Referendum: The People's Law") of the Queensland University was one of the speakers. He argued strongly for 'direct democracy' (CIR) for the people, "This system would give back to the people the real power to decide the laws under which they live, free from the interference of lobby groups and party machines." He insisted voters were better educated and informed than in the past and were "no longer willing to assume that politicians know best".
Professor Gerard Carney of Bond University said reforms to parliamentary free speech were needed to discourage politicians from using immunity from prosecution to unfairly defame individuals. "There are no effective safeguards to prevent this occurring when a member is determined, with impunity, to destroy another's reputation at all cost," said Professor Carney. He called for a parliamentary ethics committee to be established to investigate complaints and advise appropriate sanctions for the "more serious abuses".
Hard pressed to find 'men of honour'! There was a time when a man of honour would not have abused such a privilege! These days we are hard pressed to find such 'men of honour'! Liberal opposition justice spokesman, Robert Lawson, thought bi-partisan agreement on convention topics was critical to the success of the event. National Party MP Karlene Maywald thought it necessary to first identify what was wrong with the Parliament before considering reforms.
US GENERAL CLAIMS 'VICTORY' WAS FIXED
The Guardian (UK) newspaper, August
21st, 2002, reveals:
When General Van Riper agreed to command the forces of an unnamed Middle Eastern state - which bore a strong resemblance to Iraq, but could have been Iran - he thought he would be given a free rein to probe US weaknesses. But when the game began, he was told to deploy his forces to make life easier for US forces. "We were directed... to move air defences so that the army and marine units could successfully land," he said. "We were simply directed to turn [air defence systems] off or move them... So it was scripted to be whatever the control group wanted it to be."
The Army Times reported that, as commander of a low-tech, third-world army, General Van Riper appeared to have repeatedly outwitted US forces. He sent orders with motorcycle couriers to evade sophisticated electronic eavesdropping equipment. When the US fleet sailed into the Gulf, he instructed his small boats and planes to move around in apparently aimless circles before launching a surprise attack which sank a substantial part of the US navy. The war game had to be stopped and the American ships 'refloated' so that the US forces stood a chance.
"Instead of a free-play, two-sided game as the joint forces commander advertised it was going to be, it simply became a scripted exercise. They had a predetermined end, and they scripted the exercise to that end," General Van Riper said. He said he quit when he found out his orders were being over-ruled by the military co-ordinators of the game.
Vice-Admiral Marty Mayer, one of the co-ordinators, denied claims of fixing. "I want to disabuse anybody of any notion that somehow the books were cooked," he said. The games were designed to test experimental new tactics and doctrines advocated by the defence secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, and were referred to in Pentagon-speak as 'military transformation'.
The transformation is aimed at making US forces more mobile and daring, but General Van Riper said that "the 'concepts' the game were supposed to test, with names such as 'effects-based operations' and 'rapid, decisive operations', were little more than 'slogans', which had not been properly put to the test by the exercise."
AUSTRADE DOMINATED BY 'OLD BOYS' CLUB OF BUREAUCRATS
Trade Minister Mark Vaile wants to make
big changes to "Austrade", the $350 million government body
charged with Australia's export promotion. He admits "there
was some evidence" the government body was "dominated by an
'old boys' club of bureaucrats..."
OH! GOODY! This means within four years we will be exporting our REAL wealth at double the rate than at present! But look at what Mr. Vaile is proposing we should be exporting: "Mr. Vaile will seek new partnerships with individual industries beginning with electrical goods." Electrical goods! This land is awash with electrical goods from Asian countries! To which countries are we going to export? As one reader sensibly commented: "Perhaps reviewing a policy of 'coals to Newcastle' is even intelligent?"
NOW IT'S OFFICIAL: GST POSITION WAS OFFICIAL PARTY POLICY
The following letter was sent by (former Democrat leader) Senator Meg Lees to the Adelaide Advertiser defending her crucial vote for introducing the Howard GST. I do hope South Australians will remember what she has written when the Federal elections come round again.
"I write to correct a misconception in an opinion piece on the Telstra sale issue (The Advertiser, 16/8/02)" she says. "At no time prior to the GST agreement in May, 1999, did I, or the Australian Democrats, rule out supporting a GST. Before the 1998 election, a policy ballot of all Democrat members supported tax reform that included a tax on services. We went to that election with a clear statement saying we would support the tax initiatives of whichever party won government provided they were environmentally, socially and economically sound. This was a position supported by all 176 Democrat candidates, including all sitting Democrat senators. As the then leader of the Australian Democrats, I went into tax reform to fix a tax system that was broken, that was too easy for smart operators to avoid and that disadvantaged exports and therefore impeded job growth. The Government supported our call to exempt fresh foods and a range of other items and put in place an environmental package, so the Democrats supported the new tax system. The new tax system is fairer and greener than the previous one. It ensures that the states have additional money to fund hospitals, schools and environmental initiatives. MEG LEES, Independent Senator for South Australia, Adelaide, August 21st, 2002
WE NEED EXPORT GROWTH: LACK OF IT IS
IMPEDING JOB GROWTH
CAMP TOOWOOMBAReaders 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
NOW'S THE TIME TO MAKE PLANS FOR THE NATIONAL WEEKEND
From Friday, October 11th (New Times Dinner) through to and including Sunday, October 13th, 2002. It promises to be an outstanding event... make every effort to be there!
"NEW TIMES" DINNER - "Celebrating the Year of Jubilee": Friday, October 11th, 2002. Dinner Guest Speaker is Mr. Phillip Benwell, MBE, and his address is entitled: "The Queen on her Jubilee". Venue is Main Function Room, The Hume Motor Inn, 406 Wodonga Place, Albury, NSW, 2640. Dinner price: $27.00 per person for a buffet style 3-course meal; bar facilities available. Dinner bookings no later than Friday, October 4th, 2002.
SEMINAR - "Heralding the Year of Jubilee": Registration from 12.30pm. Commences, 1.15pm, Saturday, October 12th. Admission to Seminar: $15.00 per person. Four excellent speakers have been invited for the weekend. Seminar speakers: Nigel Jackson, Melbourne writer, schoolteacher and author of "The Case for David Irving". Nigel will focus on, "The Queen's Justice and the International Criminal Court". Michael Lane, editor of American social credit publication "Triumph of the Past", "One Successful Experiment Would Do More Than $Millions in Advertising". Phillip Benwell, MBE, National Chairman, Australian Monarchist League. He observed "we have gone from despotic rule to an elective dictatorship!" The title of his paper is, "Our Developing Democracy". Jeremy Lee, authority on the New World Order, writer, author and lecturer will be speaking on "The Crunch and the Critical Moment". 2002 is also the fiftieth year since the death of C.H. Douglas, which we will also commemorate - another 'jubilee' event. Whilst the situation looks grim, Jeremy Lee reminds us of Douglas' observation, "Every aspect of evil appears to be in the ascendancy ..." His implication is that when every hope of a breakthrough is lost, the momentum of evil exhausts even itself. At that moment a lever applied in the right place by an absurdly small number can help change things!
DIVINE SERVICE & ACTION CONFERENCE - Sunday 13th October: It is planned the Sunday will be a full day for those who can stay on. Make every effort to do so. Plan to travel back home on the Monday. Michael Lane is making a special effort to be at the weekend - all the way from the USA! We will give him extra time on the Sunday to further develop the ideas he is keen to present. New books to be launched: Another League initiative! A number of 'hot off the press' books will be launched at the weekend, including two of Michael Lane's. Venue is the same as last year: The Hume Inn, 406 Wodonga Place, Albury, NSW. No more time-wasting and frustration trying to find parking spots in busy, hectic Melbourne. Good reports were received from those who attended last year. A wide choice of accommodation is available in Albury, plenty of service clubs for good meals, and the food, facilities and accommodation at the motel very satisfactory. We have 'block booked' a number of rooms for League people at the motel - The Hume Inn in Albury, NSW. Phone early and make your bookings: Phone (02) 6021 2733 or Fax (02) 6041 2239.
AUDIO TAPES OF SEMINAR SPEAKERS NOW AVAILABLE
West Australia's Seminar: "A Legacy of Terror! Terrorism-Globalisation-Servitude". Reports coming in tell us both speakers received a standing ovation at the conclusion of the seminar. Speakers: Mr. Bill Daly, National Director, New Zealand League of Rights; Mr. Peter Davis, Mayor of Port Lincoln, South Australia. To order tapes, Phone: (08) 9574 6042.
South Australia's Seminar: "We the people can yet make a difference". Mr. Bill Daly, National Director, New Zealand League of Rights: "Following the Axis of Evil Trail". Bill's paper was excellent. A truly comprehensive summary of 'the axis of evil trail'. Mrs. Kathy Scarborough, B.Sc., "Vaccination: the Right to Choose or Refuse". Kathy insists every young mother should ensure she has weighed up the evidence before deciding to vaccinate her child. Bishop John Hepworth, Traditional Anglican Communion in Australia. "A Christian Man's Goods are not Common... What does this mean?" Bishop Hepworth tells us there is a life and death battle going on between the liberals and traditional Christians in the organised Church, and yes, traditional Christianity teaches we do have a right to possess property, that which is proper to each of us. Of course we are responsible for what we do with it. His paper was brilliant, you must hear it. We recommend you purchase the set of 3 seminar tapes - $15.00 posted. Single tapes $6.00 posted. Order from: Mayo Tapes, Box 6, Hahndorf, South Australia.
BOOK"Pawns in the Game" by Commander William Guy Carr. This book is regarded as a classic exposure of the international conspiracy. Upon retirement from the Canadian navy Carr toured Canada warning the public of the dangers of this conspiracy which if left unchecked would result in WWII. In 1944-45 he was sent on another lecture tour of Canada by the naval authorities. His book remains in the category of essential reading. ........ $22.00 posted.
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