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15 February 2002. Thought for the Week: "For The Lord of the Rings is a parable of power and its corrupting influence, a veritable dramatisation of Lord Acton's famous axiom that 'power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely', as he put it in a letter to Mandell Creighton, bishop of London, sometime in the nineteenth century. In that same letter he also said, less famously: 'Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority" - an observation that echoes the way Tolkien's characters embody this theme of the inherent evil of power.'"
"Sauron in Washington", Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com December 27th, 2001
"PEOPLES' BANK" TAKES SHAPE
by Jeremy Lee
The move has already resulted in responses from the private trading banks: " ....In December, Australian-owned ANZ extended its opening hours to the two Saturdays before Christmas in 33 of its New Zealand branches and this month introduced a no-frills bank account for existing customers. An ANZ spokesman said Kiwibank was not the main motivation for the new account .... But this cut little ice with Kiwibank's political champion, Mr. Jim Anderton, New Zealand's Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the left-wing government coalition partner, Alliance. 'The Australian banks should be explaining why they can afford to reduce their fees now, when they couldn't afford to do it until the prospect of competition from Kiwibank arrived,' he said ...." (The Australian Financial Review, 1/2/02)
In a way current moves in New Zealand are a modern re-play of the moves in Australia for a "peoples' bank" 100 years earlier. The move in Australia was described by its main champion, King O'Malley, in the Federal Parliament in September 1909 in these words: "We have before us the greatest question that has yet been submitted for our consideration. It involves Australia's national supremacy in finance, and the peace, good government and prosperity of generations yet unborn. I have laid down my scheme because I am a banker. If I did not understand it, and if I had not had experience among some of the cleverest financial men that America has ever produced, I should not have presumed to submit it to the house. This is no party matter. I am not speaking as a Labor man, or as a Government man, but as an Australian for the whole Commonwealth in order to see if we cannot devise some scheme that will overcome the complexity of modern finance with benefit to the people......"
It seems clear that today's ALP is a rudderless wreck. Either it is going to get back to its own roots, or it will die. If Simon Crean was to issue a genuine challenge to the increasing foreign domination of Australia the popularity of his party would surge. If he simply reminded people of the great achievements of the Labor Party in starting the Commonwealth Bank, and why it was done, we'd get somewhere. Anything, one would think, would be better than being a "lame-duck" leader who dares not articulate the real issues.
ARM-TWISTING THROUGH TAXES
With 60 percent unemployment, its few industries in tatters and its infrastructure decimated, the Palestinians are in an invidious position in the West Bank and Gaza, as what they see as an occupying force continues to pulverize them. Much has been made of the so-called illicit arms from Iran, intercepted on their way to the Palestinians by the Israelis. But nobody mentions the massive arms-supply to Israel from the US, once with the caveat that they should not be used against the Palestinians. Nobody even bothers to mention this fact any more.
Under an agreement made in the early
1990s, Israel collected taxes paid by Palestinians in the
territories on goods bought in Israel, which were transferred
to the Palestinian Authority. Israel currently holds $US400
million in such taxes, which it has withheld from the Authority
for 18 months. It is now proposing to divert such taxes, paid
by the Palestinians, to compensation for damage and security
to itself, incurred during the escalating war. The Australian
Financial Review (1/2/02) concluded:
PAYING REFUGEES TO GO HOME
We would be foolish to suggest that Prime
Minister Howard reads On Target. But it is true that events
are pushing the Government in the way we have suggested in
the last couple of issues. The Australian Financial Review
Meanwhile, former Labor Federal Minister Peter Walsh has hit out lustily at the "soft-labor" elitists who are trying to exploit the detention-centre issue. After hitting out at the likes of Malcolm Fraser, Carmen Lawrence, Robert Manne and Duncan Kerr, Walsh pointed out that "mandatory detention" was introduced not by the Liberals but by Labor in the early 1990s. Mandatory detention laws were introduced in Western Australia when Carmen Lawrence was Premier.
Peter Walsh went on: " .... The self righteous seem to believe that Australia should take more refugees and not worry about the few (about 3,500 annually in recent years) who enter the country illegally. There are two gaping holes in the proposition. If the illegal entrants were welcomed and allowed to melt into the general community without even testing their refugee claim the 3,500 would increase dramatically. The problem would become unmanageable as it already has in the UK and much of Western Europe. "To my knowledge none of the righteous has declared they want a borderless immigration policy. They are therefore obliged to specify the refugee intake they believe to be acceptable and how they would lock the gate when that number has been reached. ...." Which of course, while they play on our heart-strings, they cannot and will not do.
WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM ENDS
The 2,700 delegates to the WEF in Manhattan paid $US25,000 to attend left at the end with little achieved. Jenni Russell (AFR, 1/2/02) described it thus: " .... It's the sheer concentration of individuals in possession of power, wealth or knowledge that makes the privately run forum so desirable to its participants. The thousand chief executives who attend its annual meeting control, between them, more than 70 percent of international trade. Every year they are joined by a couple of dozen presidents and prime ministers, by senior journalists, a changing selection of leading thinkers, academics and diplomats, and by rising stars of the business world. Access is by invitation only, costs quite a few thousand dollars a time for business participants, and is ruthlessly controlled ....."
Paul Kelly in The Australian (6/2/02,who has never hidden his globalist preferences, wrote: "The business hubris often displayed at the World Economic Forum is dead, a victim of terror, recession and scandal .... In New York last weekend there was a conviction that the global system needs renovation but few solutions were on offer .....New York's meeting was dominated by vulnerability, fragility and uncertainty. Israel's political genius Shimon Peres said: 'Confusion is part of our liberty; if everything was clear then we wouldn't know what freedom was.' Bill Clinton was typically superficial: 'You can't have the benefits of globalisation without the vulnerabilities.'"
Kelly reported economist Paul Krugman
as one of the most specific: "Krugman told the business audience
to end its patronizing complaints about poor governance in
developing nations given Enron's exposure of the flaws of
US capitalism. .... Morgan Stanley's chief economist, Stephen
Roach, said the US contributed 40 percent of world gross domestic
product growth in the five years to 2001 and there was no
replacement locomotive. The US was taking the world down;
a double-dip recession in 2002 was a real risk ...."
President Bush's "State-of-the-Union" address, and his subsequent war-budget were, to any objective listener, appalling. The "axis-of-evil" was enlarged to include North Korea, Iraq and Iran. His eyes shone, and his audience cheered at the thought of an enlarged war. Shares in armament industries defied the recession in the rest of the world and rocketed up.
The Australian Financial Review (6/2/02) said: "The US President, Mr. George Bush, formally launched a new era of deficit spending, sending a $US2.13 trillion ($A4.17 trillion) Budget that requires tens of millions of dollars of federal borrowing to pay for vast increases in the military and homeland security spending .... A year ago, the Administration said it could cut the amount of federal debt outstanding by $US1.6 trillion by 2007. Instead, the figure goes up by $58 billion. ....Administration officials defended their changed stance with a simple answer: 'This is war'....." The Budget has allocated $US379 billion to defence - the biggest arms build-up for decades.
The Australian (6/2/02) commented:
" .... On Wall Street, defence stocks made strong gains, led
by fighter jet manufacturers Boeing and Lockheed Martin and
warship and submarine builder Northropp Grumman ...."
A QUEEN SPEAKS TO HER PEOPLE
by Betty Luks
The Queen's Silver Jubilee message -
points to ponder
British columnist Hugo Young has described the Queen as "the rock of stability round which the forces of every kind of experiment in radical change may safely rage." - Listener, February 2nd, 2002.
Sadly, we acknowledge the death of Princess Margaret on Saturday, February 9th, Her Majesty's younger sister. Our hearts go out also to Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, at the loss of her daughter.
SOCIETY CENTRED UPON THE PERSON
It is the objective of the Australian League of Rights to help extend that right of free and voluntary association. It is not just a right of heads of governments, it is a right which belongs to all men and women - to all Australians. It is the objective, the putting into practice, in all aspects of human association, of the Golden Rule: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
Anthony Cooney, discussed just such a concept, developed by C.H. Douglas in Social Credit teaching, as viewing "Society as a set of dynamic relationships centred upon the person".
The individual, that is you, me, each individual, considered collectively as 'Society', is more important than the group. Just as each nation, who form the group of nations called the Commonwealth, is part of the free and voluntary association, so the same principle applies to each individual who forms the group, whether the group is the family, the community or the nation.
STATE ELECTIONS - SOUTH AUSTRALIA
At the time of writing, the election has resulted in a 'hung' parliament'. The fate of both Liberal and Labor parties hinge on the final results of two electorates, Hartley and Norwood. Although, counting is so close for other electorates the final results could drag out for a couple of weeks. Interestingly, the complaint was made the counting was slow (inferring the fault was that of the booths' staff), but could it have been the voters chose their own order of preference? We will have to wait a while to find that out.
Major parties are losing their support
SURPRISE! SURPRISE! NASA SCIENTIST 'HOSES DOWN' GLOBAL WARMING
The following is taken from an internet-posted article by Patrick Michaels. February 3rd, 2002. Mr. Michaels is a senior fellow in environmental studies at the Cato Institute USA. NASA extinguishes global-warming fire:
"The NASA scientist who lit the bonfire of the global warming vanities with his flamboyant testimony 14 years ago, has turned the hose on its dying embers." And well, well, (not) more surprisingly still, "There is now no reason for the Bush administration to give an inch on Kyoto." George Bush and his cronies can now go 'full steam ahead' with his 'anti-terrorism offence campaign' which will at the same time take up the slack in the US economy.
The about-turn by this flamboyant NASA
scientist means Mr. Bush was able to lead "the world by being
the first to walk away from Kyoto, and science has proven
him correct. NASA's James Hansen now predicts precisely the
same, small amount of warming for the next 50 years that the
much derided 'climate skeptics' predicted all along," says
Mr. Michaels. "How did Mr. Hansen, once the darling of the
green apocalyptics, come to adopt the scientific position
they detest? According to Mr. Michaels, the answer to that
question is quite simple: "Nature compelled, and NASA disposed."
PRIVATISATION IS A 'LIVE WIRE' WARNS SENATOR HARRIS
In a media release January 30th, 2001,
Senator Len Harris has warned Australians they had better
look at what is happening to another one of Australia's high-flying
corporations. He has warned us, we can't say we weren't told.
Senator Harris has slammed the government's 1998 decision
to privatise the National Transmission Network, (NTN) reiterating
One Nation's policy that important communications networks
should remain wholly Australian owned.
He has told us, "Our National Transmission
Network will be up for grabs in this shake out and it is likely
to be sold to another offshore parent. Although there are
safeguards to ensure continuity of transmissions and access
for broadcasters, the bottom line is that network is at the
mercy of market forces and a cartel of international banks
Privatisation supposed to be more 'efficient'
BUSH EAGER TO ESCAPE THE STENCH OF ENRON SCANDAL
"Houston and Texas have always been more business-oriented than the rest of the country," said Stephen Klineberg, a Rice University sociology professor and author of an annual survey that 'takes the pulse of Houstonians'. "The belief here is that the role of government is to facilitate private enterprise. Texas is America writ large. It's an exaggeration of that concept."
As hard as he tries, Mr. Bush can't shake the image that he was Enron's man - closer to one particular company than any of the previous 42 presidents were, to any one company.
How can Australians insist on changes when they do not know what is fundamentally wrong? We recommend Eric Butler's and Jeremy Lee's books and videos on the subject. Inquire at your State Book Service, details are on the back of On Target.
DOES THIS SOUND FAMILIAR?
"Like Houston itself, which rose from
a steaming bayou to become the fourth-largest city in the
United States, Enron was built on a simple concept: governments
in Austin and Washington should stand back and let business
do its thing. To ensure it got its way (with deregulated energy
markets and little government oversight) Enron gave handsomely
to politicians of all stripes - but mostly to those who shared
"Now the former Texas governor is struggling to escape the stench that is wafting up from the inquiries into the largest bankruptcy in US history - a tale filled with dark deeds, ruined lives and fortunes lost. But not the fortunes of the elite who ran it - just the savings and funds of the employees and investors. (www.globeandmail.com)
Enron a broking business
Meanwhile, the FBI and securities regulators
are investigating allegations of fraud and obstruction of
justice at Enron. As Bush prepared for one of his speeches
on the issue, Barrie McKenna says, "he refused to meet with
laid-off Enron employees who travelled from Houston to Washington
by bus to plead for financial aid."
BASIC FUNDThe Basic Fund has received a further $1965.80 from our loyal supporters, bringing the total to $22,049.79. A big thank you to those who gave so generously. But now we must earnestly appeal to those who have not yet contributed. We are now over a third of the way towards the target of $60,000.00. Over the years the League has managed on a very modest basic fund - and will continue to do so. But it is vital the basic fund be filled. Please keep the momentum going, commit yourself to supporting the work of the League through your donations.
MAYOR OF PORT LINCOLN WRITES TO RUDDOCK4/2/2002 The Hon. Phillip Ruddock, Minister for Immigration, Parliament House, Canberra, ACT, 2600
Dear Mr. Ruddock, I write to convey my support for the relatively tough line that Government is holding with refugees at Woomera. I think that you are doing a good job in very difficult circumstances. Personally, the lip sowing antics and hunger striking activities wash over me. I would leave them to it, indeed offer them two alternatives: Death or a free trip home... Australia is no longer a refugee haven. If we genuinely desire to help victims of brutal regimes we should adopt more liberal trade policies... for example, lift the trade sanctions on Iraq, adopt more unbiased policies towards dispossessed people of Palestine and require Israel to behave in a civilised manner.
The two issues of oil and the history of modern Israel are the causes of virtually all of current refugee problems worldwide. Fooling about with the EFFECTS of previous injustices will never cure the PROBLEM. UNTIL THE BASIC PROBLEM IS ADDRESSED WE WILL NEVER FIX THE EFFECTS... the dispossessed refugees.
I enclose a recent paper written by my friend Graeme Campbell, former Member for Kalgoorlie that should be of interest. In particular, I draw your attention to the red highlighted sections on pages 6 and 7. Until very firm action is taken with the immigrants and the policy of multiculturalism is rejected there is no doubt that our nation faces a most uncertain CULTURAL future.
Yours sincerely, Peter Davis. Mayor's Parlor, PO Box 1787, Port Lincoln, SA, 5606.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA'S GOLDEN JUBILEE DINNERThe Golden Jubilee Dinner, which was held on the February 5th, 2002, in Perth, Western Australia, in celebration of the fifty years of reign and service by our Queen, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, was a very well attended and magical evening for all. The Guest Speaker Mr. Phillip Benwell MBE, National Chairman of the Australian Monarchist League, gave the dinner guests a memorable evening with an in-depth talk on the back-ground of the Monarchy, our Constitutional Heritage and the role our Constitutional Monarch still plays in the 21st century. Guests were urged to write to their local newspapers regarding the lack of commitment by the Federal Government in highlighting this historical event in Australia. The Audio Tape of the Golden Jubilee Dinner is available from Conservative Tapes, PO Box 11, Hamilton Hill, Western Australia. 6963, at a cost of $5.00 posted. A tape not to be missed!
QUEENSLAND JUBILEE CELEBRATIONSThe Australian Heritage Society invites all supporters around the Toowoomba district to a celebration of the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II to the throne. The celebration will be held on Saturday, February 23rd, commencing with Divine Service conducted by Rev. Fred Ailwood. It will be held in St. James' Hall, Cnr. Russell and Mort Streets, Toowoomba. The Service will be followed by a two-course luncheon after which Mr. Bob Sellars will speak on "Gallipoli Dawn". National Director Betty Luks and Mr. John Brett will also speak. Cost is $22.00 per person, punch-drink included. Those wishing to bring along something stronger may do so. Mr. Arthur Tuck will conclude the day with a presentation of the video "The Service of Freedom". Limited seating is available, therefore all RSVPs must be in by Wednesday, February 20th. Please contact John Brett, (07) 4698 7505, or Tony Symonds, (07) 4667 4172, for further details.
BETTY LUKS FOR NORTH QUEENSLANDBetty Luks will be speaking at a number of meetings around the Nebo-Mackay region from Tuesday, February 26th, through to early March. The theme will be "Australian Women on Line and our Constitutional Monarchy". Those who would like to know more about the meetings, please contact Mr. Ken McFadzen of Nebo. Phone: (07) 4950 5164.
INVERELL FORUMThe annual Inverell Forum will take place once again - March 8th to 11th. As usual, there is a great line-up of speakers including Dr. Viera Scheibner: the connection between vaccination and deaths in infants known as 'shaking baby syndrome'; Jeremy Lee will introduce the 'new' Freedom Potentials; and Betty Luks will speak on another League initiative, Australian Women on Line. For those who would like more information, contact: Inverell Forum, P.O. Box 987, Inverell, NSW, 2360, or visit the Inverell Forum website: northnet.net.au/~rub
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