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29 November 2002. Thought for the Week: "The Marxists' game was being played by Christian Churches. Rhodesia's political leaders were entitled to expect Christian guidance and a Christian stand from the Churches: instead they found themselves ceaselessly berated for their imperfect efforts to maintain order and peace. But, of course, the Churches were no longer their true selves. From the time of Lenin onwards, the Marxists have made no secret of their plan to use Christianity for the destruction of Christianity. Hence the Marxist infiltration of the Churches... The World Council of Churches' 'Programme to Combat Racism' is, in fact, simply a programme to promote Communism, and finance black nationalist and terror movements to that end. It has nothing to do with Christianity or race or with genuine African aspirations..."
Father Arthur Lewis from "Rhodesia Undefeated", 1976
THE ISRAELI LOBBY CRACKS THE WHIP
by Jeremy Lee
The motion read: "That this House (1) notes the continued occupation by the state of Israel of the West Bank and Gaza Strip in contravention of UN Resolution 242 passed on November 22, 1967; (2) supports the right of Israel to exist within secure borders; (3) Calls on the UN to insert a peacekeeping force into the occupied territories of the West Bank and Gaza and the unconditional withdrawal of Israeli forces; (4) Calls for the recognition of the state of Palestine based on the pre-1967 borders of the West Bank and Gaza; and (5) calls on the international community to encourage and support the resolution of outstanding differences between Israel and Palestine based on the Oslo and Camp David agreements"
At a time when Islamic nations round the world cite the Israeli/Palestinian issue as their biggest concern; and at a time when Australia is on tenterhooks about possible terrorist attacks in the next two months, one might have thought that such a motion deserved the most careful debate and attention. Even President Bush has stated his belief in a future Palestinian State. But the big guns of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry came out firing.
Milne (The Australian, 11/11/02) wrote: " ....The Jewish community is a
substantial lobby, well-organised, financially powerful and politically influential.
Due principally to Hawke's passionate defence of Israel and friendship with the
likes of Peter Abeles and Frank Lowry, and despite constant courtship by Howard,
it has generally supported Labor .... The Executive Council of Australian Jewry,
the elected representative organization of Australia's Jewish community, is outraged
at Crean's failure to quash Irwin's motion, so outraged it has now written privately
to every member of the federal parliament in the following terms:
All of which must be balm to Mr. Howard and his Coalition, but bad news for Mr. Crean, and any prospects of peace in the Middle East. And it won't diminish Islamic hostility towards Australia. It's a sad day when our elected representatives have their agenda decided for them by outside lobbies particularly by one that puts large sums into party coffers and carries big influence in the media.
REPUBLICANS RISING FROM THE ASHESAll of a sudden the small republican movement is on the rise again. A major Newspoll in The Australian (15/11/02) canvassed the idea of Australia becoming a republic, also showing that 79 percent of those polled wanted a Direct Election President. Once again the paper is publishing regularly a series of "constitutional future" papers with a republican bent. It was the "direct election" issue which bitterly divided republicans before the last referendum on the issue. The idea of a "big-money" campaign to decide the nation's head of state, along the lines of the recent debacle in the United States, does not sit well with thinking Australians. It may offer an alternative career path to Solomon Lew, who has spent millions in a failed bid to stay on the Coles-Myer board!
The world's armament industry works full-time on discovering new methods of killing, maiming and destroying. The Pentagon can't wait to try out a new range of weapons, and would appear to be licking its lips for stepping up the war against Iraq. Although seldom reported, there are continual air raids on that unfortunate country, with expressed American outrage that invading planes are fired upon. The Iraqis, apparently, are simply there for target practice and have no right to defend themselves.
The Australian (18/11/02) told us:
" ....Weapons ready for battlefield deployment include a microwave bomb that emits
powerful pulses of energy to destroy enemy electronics, disable communications
and even block vehicle ignitions without hurting bystanders.
I wouldn't put my money on the safety of bystanders in the case of the second. The complacent self-justification of those developing such inhuman weapons is hardly believable. Heat-intense bombs create fireballs which suck all the oxygen out of the atmosphere, as well as possible contaminants. Anyone in the vicinity which covers large areas is choked to death in agony.
PRIVATE SECTOR DEBT CONTINUES TO ESCALATE
latest report by the Financial Counsellors' Association of New South Wales tries
to have a bet each way. More and more Australians are locked into debt, living
day-to-day on their credit cards, with no way out. Their problem, the report says,
is that most don't know how to use debt properly, and should be educated:
This is a classic example of dealing with the symptom while avoiding the underlying cause. All Western economies run their money systems in a way which increases debt faster than the means to repay it. Those with the muscle to keep up with the system grow stronger, at the expense of a growing number who slip into poverty and can survive no other way that further borrowing with all the penalties involved. Until debt is turned into real credit by the issuing of Australia's new money requirements as a financial credit to the people, there is no solution beyond ever-increasing casualties and bankruptcies. Education on how to survive the rapids is no overall solution.
SHIFTING JOBS TO CUT-PRICE COUNTRIES
A British financial company, Prudential, is caught in a strike because of its intention to cut 1,000 British jobs and 'outsource' to India. How Alexander 'Eiderdown' would applaud! There are about 10,000 workers in India who are servicing companies in other parts of the world. By 2005, it is estimated, 50,000 Indians will be servicing call-centre businesses in England from their home soil. Australian institutions are moving the same way.
The reason? According to The Weekend Financial Review (9-10/11/02) ".... A move to India cuts labour costs by about 80 percent, and call centers are a labour-intensive business .... There's something revolutionary about the global labour market being created by Prudential and others in moving call centers to Bombay. They're moving the job to the low-wage economy, rather than the other way round. This eliminates government migration restrictions and gives the market the potential to be genuinely free...."
We have seen the same trend in Australia, where foreign crews, who earn lower wages and pay no tax in Australia, are being imported to replace Australians in the maritime service. As we've said before, why don't we use Indians in Bombay to do the job of our high-wage politicians? They could vote electronically in Parliament, could they not? And think of all the travel costs, superannuation and other benefits that could be saved! As far as my existing federal member is concerned, an Indian in Calcutta or Delhi couldn't do any worse!
LAW, LAW, LAW
The following is from the recently published article Taxing Times, Is Self-Assessment Working? by Michael Ingles, in Policy, the journal of the Centre for Independent Studies (AFR, 20/11/02):
"To collect an income tax, a government must wage a continual war on its own people. This metaphor bears elaboration in contemporary Australia. By far the bulk of income tax is collected by the Australian Government from occupied territories: the lands of the employers who have been press-ganged into deducting income tax at source from the earnings of millions of Australian employees, and their like. The rest of the income is raised from hostile territory, from lands where war is literally waged. How has the Australian government waged war on its own people in the field of income tax? The approach of the past 20 years has been law, law, law. This has failed consistently and yet the government and its agencies have not deviated from this approach of ever more income tax law. When challenged to do something new in the face of long, proven failure of familiar methods, a common human response is to continue to adopt those same discredited methods, only harder. Nothing could sum up more aptly the route taken by those responsible for the decline of the Australian tax system."
The ridiculous thing is that the introduction of something like the Debit Tax, extracted daily from the total bank turnover at a rate much lower than one percent, would raise more than all the revenue the government currently needs, while abolishing every other tax in the land. The day of the tax return would be over. The GST and Sales Tax would quietly disappear. Fuel prices would drop drastically. The massive army in the Australian Tax Department would be released into much more creative pastimes. And a national celebration, complete with fireworks, could be held as the Tax Act with its 8,000 pages was consigned to ashes. Oh, for an Oz version of Bilbo Baggins!
RATTING ON THE ROYALS
Andrew Bolt (Herald Sun,
14/11/02) summed up the despicable characters involved in the latest republican
attack on the Queen and the Royal Family in their push for an Australian 'republic'.
We know the butler sold his loyalty for a big sum of money, one wonders how a Minister of the Crown rationalises the breaking of her Oath of Loyalty to the Queen. At a recent Australian Constitutional Futures conference held in Brisbane (Herald Sun, 18/11/02) Senator Amanda Vanstone, the Family and Community Services Minister (of the Crown) publicly lamented the failed campaigns of the republican movement. There was a time when a man's (and a woman's) word was their bond.
DEAR FELLOW-AUSTRALIAN GERHARDT PEARSON
I should think most Australians would be pleased for you and your people. But my question is: just how is the programme set up? Viewers were told, "Over the last two years, a group of high powered corporate backers, philanthropists and politicians have been rallying behind Noel Pearson, his brother Gerhardt and other indigenous leaders and invested millions of dollars in cash and resources in a revolutionary attempt to reverse Aboriginal fortunes".
I have to say Gerhardt, my warning antennae went 'ping'!!! Let me explain: Your brother Noel is on record as having criticised Carmen Lawrence and the Labor Left for lack of any genuine response to the community's problems whilst at the same time he praised Liberal politician Tony Abbott for putting "commitment and money into helping us in Cape York Peninsula to develop a family income management scheme that is aimed at attacking the destructive force inherent in passive welfare and transforming the passive welfare resource into something constructive".
Please don't get me wrong Gerhardt, as a fellow Australian, I don't begrudge you and your people one cent of the money, in fact, I think all Australians should be receiving a "National Dividend" as a birthright. But what interests me is how the scheme is set up and who benefits the most? Is the scheme anything like the schemes now being set up within other Charitable and Non-Profit Organizations? The structure set up for your community is listed as a 'charitable organisation', am I right in thinking that one of the reasons for this is because it cannot be set up as a business venture? If no one person owns the land outright and freehold, no one person is responsible before the law?
Set-up of Charitable and Non-Profit Organisations
New South Wales Service Clubs
The 'Union' of Governments,
Corporate World and Non-Profit Organisations
Gerhardt, the Managerial Caste's purpose is to ensure the stabilisation of Monopoly-Capitalism's takeover and sadly, I think you and your people are once more being used for purposes other than you understand or realise. In terms of "Animal Farm", we could say Mr. Whimper, is now gaining all control. What the Animals on the Farm didn't understand was that The Pigs (Socialism/Communism) were the weapon Mr. Whimper used to destabilise Farmer Brown's system (Private Property, Free Enterprise). Mr.Whimper is now setting up a Managerial Caste to further his purposes.
For your interest Gerhardt, the Australian League of Rights was set up as a Non-Profit
Organisation and has functioned that way ever since. I can assure you there are
no 'managers' on Corporate-level salaries and after our very small overheads are
covered, everything goes into the work of the League.
SIR WALTER CROCKER DIES
It is with a note of sadness On Target reports the recent death of Sir Walter Crocker at the grand age of 100. Sir Walter worked for the League of Nations in the International Labour Organisation in Geneva, from 1934 to 1940 and from 1946 to 1949, in the UN's Secretariat in New York, where he worked with Sir Raphael Cilento, the first Patron of The Australian Heritage Society, a Division of the League. A highly respected former Lieutenant-Governor of South Australia, Sir Walter joined the Australian League of Rights' protest at the first War Crimes trials held in Australia.
Walter said in a press release November 10th, 1991: "I am much concerned about
the way the trial has been brought about... our Federal Government ... has agreed
to the trial through giving into pressures of a lobby which represents very few
Australians and no Australian interests, but which is buttressed with great wealth,
with exceptional self-centred persistence, and with ruthless cleverness... This
and related trials are not driven by justice but by hatred and revenge."
Sir Walter was kind enough to write the foreword to the Australian Heritage Society's 1992 publication of a collection of major speeches by Prince Charles: "The People's Prince".
WAR BENEFITS THE FEW AT EXPENSE OF THE MASSES
by Betty Luks
"War is just a racket. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses. I believe in adequate defense at the coastline and nothing else. If a nation comes over here to fight, then we'll fight. The trouble with America is that when the dollar only earns 6 percent over here, then it gets restless and goes overseas to get 100 percent. Then the flag follows the dollar and the soldiers follow the flag. I wouldn't go to war again as I have done to protect some lousy investment of the bankers. There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket.
There isn't a trick in the racketeering bag that the military gang is blind to. It has its 'finger men' to point out enemies, its 'muscle men' to destroy enemies, its 'brain men' to plan war preparations, and a 'Big Boss' Super-Nationalistic-Capitalism. It may seem odd for me, a military man to adopt such a comparison. Truthfulness compels me to. I spent thirty-three years and four months in active military service as a member of this country's most agile military force, the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major-General. And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high-class muscle-man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.
I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time. Now I am sure of it. Like all the members of the military profession, I never had a thought of my own until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military service. I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912 (where have I heard that name before?). I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil (now Exxon-Mobil), went its way unmolested.
During those years, I had, as the boys in the back room would say, a swell racket. Looking back on it, I feel that I could have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents."
BASIC FUNDThe Basic Fund Appeal has been launched for the year of 2002-2003. Supporters during this last week contributed $731.00 bringing the total to $5120.00. This is the beginning of a long haul and we do ask our supporters to get behind the appeal and help make the hauling easier! We ask our supporters to give generously towards the Fund. Post your generous donation today towards the work of the League. Never before has the League material reached such a wide audience. Don't let us falter now! Make it a commitment to put aside a contribution for the League in your Christmas giving.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
The letter writers are busy with their pens (computers?). Letters have been sent out on various subjects and issues and published in a wide range of newspapers: Tariff Cuts, Attracting Overseas Capital; the Middle East, Farm Appeal, Gun Control; Bloody Hands, etc., etc. Good on you letter-writers, you are doing a great job.
the following letter was published in September it is worth reprinting for our
To Editor, "Ballarat Courier": "Predictably, the shooting at Monash University has elicited calls for tightening gun controls. The fact that the gunman concerned had his licence and had passed scrutiny illustrates that misfits can slip through the system. Legislation is not the answer. Steve Bracks said that Victoria has the tightest gun laws in Australia so an objective look at the whole situation, not a knee-jerk reaction is indicated. John Howard, who told the Channel Seven Sunrise program on June 13th that "We will find any means we can to further restrict them because I hate guns", has thrown his support behind further control as he did at Port Arthur. Anything that has a physical existence can be bought for money. There are people who make a living flouting the law. Make no mistake, "when guns are outlawed only outlaws will have guns." Ron Fischer, Ballarat, Vic.
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