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22 February 2002. Thought for the Week: "The process of weighing the precious metals in each transaction was indeed a nuisance for everyone concerned, but these ancient arrangements had one great advantage that would vanish once coinage arrived upon the scene. When money was just pieces of metal of varying weights, it had no nationality... "
Thus, while our ancient forbears functioned with the one form of money that was acceptable everywhere, modern experts - having experienced the original sin of national monies - dream of a supranational currency but have no idea how to implement it."
"The Power of Gold: the History of an Obsession" by Peter L. Bernstein, 2000
THE QUEEN'S MESSAGE TO THE AUSTRALIAN HERITAGE SOCIETY"Prince Phillip and I have been deeply touched by the many kind messages about the Golden Jubilee. This anniversary is for us an occasion to acknowledge with gratitude the loyalty and support which we have received from so many people since I came to the Throne in 1952. It is especially an opportunity to thank all those of you who help others in your own local communities through public or voluntary service. I would like to think that your work will be particularly recognised during this Jubilee year. I hope also that this time of celebration in the United Kingdom and across the Commonwealth will not simply be an occasion to be nostalgic about the past. I believe that, young or old, we have much to look forward to with confidence and hope as we have to look back on with pride.
I send my warmest good wishes to you all." Elizabeth R.
PLEDGES OF LOYALTY
It was with much pleasure Mrs. Maureen
Burton, loyal and hardworking Secretary of the Australian
Heritage Society passed on to us the above message from Her
Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. The message was in response to
the many Pledges of Loyalty already received at Buckingham
Palace, the first of which went out with the Christmas/New
Year edition of the Heritage journal. We also include
the note from Mrs. Deborah Bean, Chief Correspondence Officer
at Buckingham Palace, for your interest.
To The Secretary of the Australian Heritage
INSURING THE NEW WORLD ORDER
by Jeremy Lee
Nothing is more certain than the fact that, as financial debt and economic conflagration escalate round the world, the demand for insurance of all sorts will burgeon and premium costs will put insurance beyond the reach of a growing number. This is merely a repeat of events in the Roman Empire, where the State argued it could protect citizens against every hazard, until it became so burdensome that it broke down. The old saying Caveat Emptor (Let the buyer beware) came out of the breakdown. Each person had to take responsibility for himself, and bear the consequences of failure. The huge litigation industry, where everyone sues for every real or imagined injury, cannot be sustained much longer. It's all part of the breakdown of civilisation.
CENSORSHIP AND SUSPENSION OF FREE SPEECH
Like his counterparts in the US, Britain and the European Union, Attorney-General Daryl Williams is introducing more draconian legislation in which tradition rights are eliminated. One or two journalists are speaking up. The Australian Financial Review (7/2/01) carried a full-page report by Brian Toohey, giving a history of Security legislation from August 1914, when Billy Hughes introduced the Crimes Act into Parliament. The legislation remained essentially unchanged through World War II, until 1995, when the then Attorney-General Gareth Evans tried to toughen up the Act.
Toohey wrote: " ...The then Opposition leader, John Howard, vigorously condemned the proposals as authoritarian. When it was clear that Howard would not let the changes through the Senate, the proposal lapsed. Nothing further happened during the first five years of the Howard Government. Then an about-turn occurred on the last parliamentary sitting day before the 2001 election, when the Attorney-General, Daryl Williams, introduced the Criminal Code Amendment (Espionage and Related Offences) Bill .... It covers all official information, whether or not it has anything to do with national security.
"Williams now acknowledges this is the case, but denies it will be used to plug politically embarrassing leaks on topics such as the misuse of ministerial entitlements. If there is no intention to use it in this manner, however, he has not explained why he did not ensure the bill's contents more accurately reflect its title, which only refers to espionage and 'related offences'.....Despite his less frenetic manner, there is no doubt that Williams is following in Evan's footsteps in trying to toughen up the 1914 Act. The question is whether Howard will step in and stop him, as he stopped Evans in 1995."
In the same issue of the AFR, veteran
journalist and former editor-in-chief of that paper, Peter
Robinson, under the heading MUZZLE MEDIA, KILL TRUTH, commented:
"The excessive attempts to muzzle disclosure
of material that the Government wishes to be kept secret have
been dressed up as a natural strengthening of anti-espionage
measures in an uncertain world and a tightening of controls
over so-called whistleblowers. This is flummery of the most
self-seeking kind. Yet it is being implemented under the cover
of the 'war on terrorism', an emotional term which is steadily
being escalated by governments to the status of a 'war on
Like the current leaders in the United States, the unsmiling Attorney-General, Daryl Williams appears to believe that he and his colleagues are competent to decide what the rest of us should or should not know; "in the national interest", of course.
WHEN IS CONSPIRACY NOT CONSPIRACY?
A few years ago anyone who suggested
that the European Economic Community was an embryonic super-state,
designed to remove national sovereignty from its members was
laughed off as a 'conspiratorialist'. Now it's openly touted
as fact. Stephen Hall, from the Faculty of Law at the University
of NSW gave details of the secret planning behind Monetary
Union in The Australian Financial Review (Weekend,
To see such sentiments expressed in a mainstream newspaper shows how far we have come along 'conspiracy road'.
EVEN THE RANKS OF TUSCANY
Commenting on Her Majesty the Queen's Golden Jubilee the Editorial in The Australian (7/2/02), unashamedly committed to the republican cause, nevertheless paid some personal compliments to the Queen.
"During her reign, the Queen has seen nine British prime ministers come and go and a succession of 30 corgis. She has outlived all other monarchs reigning at the time. At the age of 75 she is still going strong ... The fact that after 50 years she still holds the respect of many people and remains a symbol of their faith in the monarchy says a great deal about her charm and determination not to mention her ability to remain above politics".
It might be added that she has also seen 10 Australian prime ministers come and go. The office she holds has never been subjected to the tawdry and corrupt struggle for power that typifies republican elections in the US or anywhere else for that matter. What is more, the institution of the Crown does not depend on the quality of the individual who temporarily holds it.
The coronation and the oath taken on that occasion symbolise a value system largely spiritual in content, whose passing represents a step backward rather than forward. It is a value system still supported by countless people in Canada, New Zealand and Australia and envied, without necessarily knowing why, by detractors of the Monarchy. Included among such detractors is the young generation which has never been introduced to the real reasons for keeping the head of nations beyond the reach of politicians or popular and money-directed elections.
How fortunate Australia is to forego the distasteful farrago seen in the year-long "Bush v. Gore" scramble for power, which cost billions of dollars and divided the nation. The crowning of a monarch is infinitely more seemly than the election process. The monarchy may shine more, rather than less, brightly as the corruption of the republican arrangement becomes evermore self-evident. When this happens, the personal dignity of Queen Elizabeth II will have had something to do with it.
Like Australia, Britain is moving towards its own final moment of destiny. The majority, according to the polls, appear to reject monetary union and the European super-state. But whither will Britain go if she can resist the financial allure of Europe? To the values of her own history, enshrined in her parliamentary system, symbolised by the Coronation oath? Back to her old alliances in the Commonwealth? There is nowhere else to go. Pray that Britain and Australia stand firm!
SOUTH AUSTRALIA'S ELECTION RESULTS
by Betty Luks
The five-page "Compact for Good Government"
Peter Lewis got both major parties to sign include:
Issues he wants discussed are:
LEWIS QUOTED AS SAYING
"They (Labor) either do the job or the Liberals will be back in power. If they don't perform according to the terms of the agreement then they lose my confidence." (Adelaide Advertiser, 14/02/02)
The Member for Hammond admitted the decision to support the Labor Party had not been an easy one. "Nonetheless, I have given my support to the Labor Party because it will have to deliver on the agreement it has signed." He said he had more faith in Labor sticking to their word than he did in the Liberals doing so. He has warned he will withdraw support if Labor "demonstrates mismanagement or misuse of public funds, is found to be corrupt or abuses the spirit of democratic parliamentary practice and procedure".
He agrees that to provide stability
he will vote with the government on:
It is early days yet, but what a change in the political environment. It is now up to South Australians to make sure the Labor Party delivers on the important reforms. The League has been pushing for Citizens' Initiative and Referendum for many, many years. A good lesson here never, ever, ever, give up! One wonders what the power-brokers of both parties and their backers think of the situation. You can be sure they will be looking for ways to ensure it is 'business as usual' for them and their agenda.
Greg Kelton laments "The electoral system in South Australia is now a shambles and the damage done to its credibility may never be fully recovered". Oh really? Sounds more like the 'sheep' did not vote as tweedledumb and tweedledumber intended they should. To me, it seems more like the 'sheep' have out-foxed those sly old foxes!
WHAT OF THE SA UPPER HOUSE RESULTS? 1500 SEPARATE COUNTS?Political analyst Dean Jaensch says the Upper House "is even more a hung parliament" than the Lower House. Greg Kelton, Adelaide Advertiser, 14/02/02, writes, "The final result for the Legislative Council might need more than 1,500 separate counts to decide" and "will not be known for up to two weeks."
PRIMARY-VOTE-PERKS AND PUBLIC-MONEY-TROUGHSWhilst we have yet to see the final tallies, the oppressed taxpayer should take heart at the election-night news that Liberals in South Australia gained only around 39 percent of the primary vote and Labor around 36-37 percent. Remember? They set up the perk of paying themselves a certain amount of taxpayers' money for every primary vote received. The good news is, this means less snouts in the public-money-trough. While each individual vote is not worth much, political parties stand to receive a sizeable sum when the votes are tallied in both Upper and Lower Houses. The Electoral Commission's handbook reveals this amount is increased in line with movements in the consumer price index! In the 1993 federal election, the Labor Party collected $7.1 million and the Liberals $5.7 million. The details are kept for public inspection in the Electoral Commission offices for anyone wanting to look at them.
CITIZENS INITIATIVE AND REFERENDA : Democrats
Skimming through my files on CIR, I am reminded that for some years the federal Democrats introduced Bills into the Senate for the adoption of this system. Democrat Senator Michael Macklin, produced a 1983 paper titled, "Popular Initiative: Let the People Decide" and he stated then, the Democrats have had legislation proposing a system of popular initiative before the federal parliament since 1980.
If the South Australian Democrats got right behind Peter Lewis on this issue they may 'redeem' themselves in the eyes of their disaffected supporters. They lost a huge support base in the recent state election. South Australians should put it to Mike Elliott the leader of the Democrats in the State's Upper House.
Alarm bells ringing in halls of power
Historically it can be shown real social changes start at the grass-roots and move upwards. And the present power structure needs to be broken up. Politicians need to be made our servants once again not our masters! This is one of the ways in which it can be done. Peter Lewis is to be commended for setting in motion a means for us to break the shackles that bind us. We must rise to the occasion. Get your paper and pens out, get on to your political representatives now is the time for resolution and action.
A DOWNER FOR DOWNER AND THE ICC
In correspondence to a supporter, Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer extols the virtues of the International Criminal Court and sets out his reasons why Australia should be a party to this Rome Statute. Mr. Downer is obviously unaware many Australians are expressing grave misgivings about the ICC and its proposed powers which could and would over-ride the Commonwealth Constitution.
We mention just a few of the concerns
raised by Charles Francis QC and Dr. Ian Spry QC in the Endevour
Forum Newsletter, November 2001:
Mr. Downer needs to be told he has overstepped the line. He was elected to serve the people of his electorate, and, in his function as Minister for Foreign Affairs, the overall interests of the Australian people. He was not elected to undermine our constitutional safeguards and impose a foreign legal jurisdiction over us. It is the People only who have the power to change the Commonwealth Constitution not the hired help, the caretakers.
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.
CANBERRA CSCBetty Luks will be addressing the Canberra CSC on Thursday, March 14th. The title of the address will be "Australian Women on Line and our Constitutional Monarchy". For further details phone (02) 6282 2243.
SYDNEY CSCThe next meeting of the Sydney Conservative Speakers' Club will be held on Tuesday, February 28th. Guest speaker will be Mr. Don Woodland, OAM (Lt. Col. Salvation Army Ret'd.). The title of his address is "Coping with Life's Experiences". Don was a commissioned officer for the Salvation Army for 38 years. His chaplaincy included service with the Fire Brigade, ACT Police Force and the Royal Australian Army. He served in Vietnam with the 8th Army. Notices will be sent out to all supporters for this meeting. Phone: (02) 4358 3634 for further details.
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: www.northnet.net.au/~rub
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