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5 September 2003. Thought for the Week: It has been said that conservatives neither write nor read books. If this is true then the domination of the printed word in book form lies with the scribblers of the left and those pseudo-conservatives whose chief value is political correctness. The republican issue has seen a clear domination of the field of popular books by globalists, multiculturalists, feminists and other nasties. Often conservatives can seemingly collapse, perhaps from mental strain.
Tony Abbott got off to a good start with The Minimal Monarchy (1995) but by the time of his book How to Win the Constitutional War and Give Both Sides What They Want (1997) Abbott had compromised with republicanism: Republicanism in the past was based upon nationalism and a desire for independence. Republicans today are globalists and internationalists, who wish to be "swallowed" up by the world "
"The Republic of the Rich" by Bruce Ruxton 1999
THE ABBOT, THE LAW AND THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS
How many dictators, dressed in the cloak of democracy, have believed they knew best? And what of the law itself? A number of senior politicians have argued with a modicum of self-righteousness that the charge and sentence against Pauline Hanson was none of their making. It was simply the law running its course, and the law is there to be obeyed. The argument becomes increasingly flimsy, and it is the law itself that should come under scrutiny. More and more regulations have been piled on top of each other when it comes to voting, and it is time to ask whether the whole process is beginning to interfere with genuine choice.
But it is hardly likely the major parties are going to review a series of stumbling blocks designed to herd the voting electorate in a predetermined direction. The only part that comes under insufficient scrutiny is the registration and counting of votes - a process with so many loopholes that there is little belief among voters that the system is above board.
The following article is by Antony Green, an election analyst with the Australian Broadcasting Commission, deals with some important issues in this connection and can be found on: https://www.smh.com.au/2003/08/21/1061434983325.html
Perils of Pauline: her breach of 'club' rules was technical rather than deceit
AnthonyGreen August 22, 2003
Legislation governing political parties did not exist until the 1980s, and even now provides only a bare framework. Registration was introduced to facilitate the inclusion of party names on ballot papers, to allow the central nomination of candidates, and to regulate the payment of public funding and associated donation disclosure laws. There are no rules on preselection, on the process of forming party policy, or indeed any requirement for internal democracy.
Before the case that de-registered One Nation, the view was that almost any structure was valid for the registration of a political party. Hanson's criminal charges came about as a result of a civil action by an ex-One Nation candidate, Terry Sharples. In August 1999 the courts backed his claim that One Nation had not had the required 500 members when registered, merely the triumvirate of Hanson, Ettridge and David Oldfield as members. The members' names put forward had been part of a Hanson support group. After the civil finding of fraud, a criminal case on who perpetrated the fraud was always bound to follow. The Sharples case had been defended by the Commissioner Des O'Shea for the Electoral Commission Queensland (ECQ).
One Nation had submitted 1000 members for registration. The ECQ verified 530 as being on the electoral roll, wrote to 250 of them to verify they were members of the party, and 217 replied that they were. On that basis, the commissioner ruled the party had the required number of members. The finding in the Sharples case acknowledges that the constitution put forward for registration was in fact the one used earlier to obtain federal registration from the Australian Electoral Commission. As Hanson was a federal MP then, the federal registration was valid even though the members had no say in the party. Indeed, had either Hanson or Ettridge been state MPs, the registration in Queensland would also have been valid. In other words, the rules greatly favour parties with MPs in Parliament, but make it harder for outsiders to gain entry to the club.
So this case has nothing to do with any requirement in legislation for internal democracy in political parties. One Nation's party structure was Byzantine, but perfectly acceptable for anyone who is an MP. True, Hanson and Ettridge should have known the structure they were putting forward was suspect. But their breach of the rules does tend to look technical rather than deceit, and there is no doubt One Nation existed as a structure seeking to achieve political office.
At the 1998 Queensland election One Nation polled 439,121 votes or 22.7 per cent, more than either the Liberal or National parties, with 11 MPs elected, several of whom were unknown in their electorates. They were elected entirely on the back of endorsement by Hanson. Whatever the structure of the party, there is no doubt that One Nation existed, there is no doubt those involved thought they were members, and it is equally clear that votes were won by the association of One Nation candidates with the name Pauline Hanson.
In the end, Hanson and Ettridge received little financial benefit from claiming public funding. Perhaps they received inflated public standing, thanks to being satraps of their own political party. But if self-aggrandisement is to be a crime in Australian politics, then there are many more politicians than just Hanson likely to find themselves in jail." (end of article)
Which raises a few questions. It seems logical that a candidate who wants to stand for either State or Federal election should pay some sort of application fee, simply to curtail frivolous nominations. Provided each pays such a fee, why should not those who wish to band together in a party or with a common policy, and be listed on the ballot paper, without the tenuous business of having to prove 500 members? It's just an added complication - which we never had for 80 years - to help the major parties. It is a misuse of the law. And it is time the use of millions of dollars of tax-funds to pay some candidates was stopped.
CURRENT ACCOUNT DEFICIT BLOWS OUT TO A RECORD
Australia's trade balance blew out in the June quarter to the highest level in Australia's history - $12.6 billion. During that three month period the amount Australia imported exceeded exports by $140 million a day, or nearly $6 million an hour. As has been pointed out, this takes us back to the level where former Treasurer Paul Keating declared Australia "a banana republic". But this time, declared Treasurer Costello with portentous gravity, it wasn't his fault. The drought and the global crisis is to blame. Now that the drought is ended and America is recovering, Costello assures us, we'll soon be back on top. All of which would be nice if it were true.
Australia's economy is in an even weaker state than when Keating was treasurer. More farmers have left their industry, our manufacturing is weaker, there is a greater degree of overseas ownership, more profits and dividends leave Australia. We have major defence and immigration costs that were not there when Keating's hand was on the tiller. The degree of poverty in Australia has increased as the divide between rich and poor has widened. Taxation is at the highest level in Australia's history. Household debt has more than doubled as a percentage of income.
All the slings and arrows cast by Costello at Keating while in Opposition have turned into boomerangs. Socially, we are in mess, with health, education and defence in trouble. We've cooked the employment figures to make things look better. But many more Australians are awake to what is really going on. Each quarter's Current Account Deficit is added on to Australia's foreign debt, which now represents some $18,000 for each man, woman and child in the country.
"Ah! But America's economy is recovering," we are assured. Pardon me? With total debts now rising towards $50 TRILLION, half its States broke, mass poverty and unemployment, and an estimated expenditure of over $1 billion a week trying to stave off chaos in Iraq, America's position is disastrous. All of a sudden, Bush's popularity polls show a large drop. Half the population of the US want America to pull out of Iraq. About the same number no longer believe they were told the truth about the reasons for war. Afghanistan looms large among Bush's problems.
The Democrats, who were largely silent in the build up to the Iraq war, are now demanding answers. The knives are out for Bush. If he has to campaign for re-election while GIs are still dying in Iraq and Afghanistan , he will soon join Bill Clinton on the benches. We are now entering one of the most turbulent and convulsive stages internationally for decades. It is in such a period that establishments begin to lose their grip on the reins of power, and ordinary people, if they work together with some faith, can make breakthroughs.
THE COSY CLUB OF THE MAINLINE PARTIES
seen at first-hand the way mainstream political parties 'close
ranks' when their power-base is threatened, the news did not
surprise me that the Liberals thought they had the God-given
right to set out to destroy Pauline Hanson and One Nation
and deprive the more than one million voters of representation
in Parliament. Tony Abbot said it all when he admitted on
a TV programme that the grassroot's support for Pauline Hanson
and One Nation could have destabilised politics in this country.
What he really meant was, the grassroots groundswell could
upset the cosy arrangements of the elite political club to
which he belonged; a cosy club the members had built up over
A lot of water has passed under the bridge since Pauline Hanson first set out to take on the establishment elite and delivered her 1996 Maiden Speech 'whammy' in the House of Representatives. In 1997 the release of "Pauline Hanson: the Truth" by George Merritt caused much fury and "gnashing of teeth" by these "trendoid" ideologists. If an example could be made of this woman, no one else would raise their heads above the trenches and try to 'take them on'. Ordinary Australians have no right to 'rise above their station' and insist on more control of their own destinies. A scapegoat was what was needed, for a very public 'execution,' and Pauline Hanson was just the one. Such a 'sacrifice' would send out a very clear message to any who had ideas above their 'station'; hence the media and political vilification of Pauline Hanson and One Nation.
"Pauline Hanson: the Truth," is available from all League Book Services.
NEW ZEALAND'S MOST EMBARRASSING TAXby Bill Daly
New Zealand can't claim to have been the first to introduce a Goods and Service Tax, Canada beat us to that. But we can now claim a real first, though few would want to shout it from the roof tops. The Clark Labour Government is introducing a Flatulence Tax. No, this is not a joke. We wish! Some people with a better edumacation than myself say - and they claim to have science on their side - that the flatulence of cows is contributing to the atmospheric loss of ozone. New Zealand is the second largest milk producer in the world which means we have lots of cows which means our farmers are going to be up for a few more hundred dollars a year in tax. Somehow this tax is going to help stop the world from getting too warm. In the meantime a few heroic farmers have been posting small parcels of another matter emitted by cows to members of Parliament.
NEW ZEALAND LAND RIGHTS' CHICKENS COMING HOME TO ROOST
"Back in the mid-1970s the then New Zealand Labour Government established a body called the Waitangi Tribunal. Its supposed function was to investigate any outstanding injustices over land taken from Maori tribes unjustly or illegally in earlier times - and there were some injustices. But the number and extent of injustices has over the intervening years been grossly exaggerated, and instead of the Tribunal being a temporary body, it is now well and truly established as part of the permanent bureaucracy. And, as can be guessed, the claims for compensation or return of land has become a never-ending business, and big business at that.
Very few ordinary Maoris have received any benefits from the
hundreds of millions of dollars that have been transferred
from taxpayers to a handful of Maori trusts. The real beneficiaries
have been the little elite coterie of lawyers and 'negotiators',
Maori and European. All this is public knowledge.
the Waitangi Tribunal was established, one of the finest criticisms
of where it might lead, and the future problems that would
result, was made by a youngish member of Parliament in the
National Party Opposition. He was Doug Graham, a lawyer with
a sharp mind. Later Graham was to serve as a Minister of Justice,
and Minister of Treaty Settlements, and in those roles seemed
determined to do as much as he possibly could to take us into
the very quagmire he had earlier warned against. As an aside,
it is interesting that a couple of years ago Graham spent
some time in Italy at an expensive resort provided by the
Rockefeller family while he worked on some paper concerning
the rights of indigenous peoples. All of which demonstrates
that no politician, irrespective of his label, can be trusted
with unchecked power.
One third of all coastline in New Zealand now in 'private' hands: But even the sillier do-gooder liberals and power-crazed politicians have had 'lumpy throats' over the latest round of land claims. The most publicised of these is the return of all shoreline to the variety of trusts that claim to represent Maoris. There was a time when 'the Queen's Chain' ensured that most coastline and most river edges were common property. The shoreline claim has brought to public attention that almost one third of all coastline is now in private hands, some of it foreign owned. The Helen Clark Labour Government now finds itself squeezed between its long established support for 'Maori rights' and knowing full well that appeasement over this issue will cost the party dearly, would probably be impossible to implement, and could result in compensation claims amounting to billions of dollars.
Other claims before the permanent bureaucrats at the Tribunal include the foreshore of our Capital city, Wellington; large parts of Auckland city; un-mined minerals throughout the country, hundreds of miles of coastal fishing waters and even claims to the sea out to the 200-mile limit. This may sound astonishing but it has been taken seriously for years by the more liberal of the politicians, bureaucrats, lawyers, journalists and the rest of the chattering class. Whether most of these care at all about Maoris is a debatable point, but it certainly serves as a useful battering ram against what remains of the Western European Christian culture and the old system of private ownership of property and personal responsibility. What happens next is almost anybody's guess.
Most Maoris never have and never will see a cent from the big claim settlements; many Maori profess Christianity, some leaders of the mining industry have said they would rather negotiate with Maori tribal leaders than wade through the never-ending paper trail set by environmental and government planners. And, believe it or not, there is no official definition of who is a Maori. Almost anyone can claim the title and city Maoris aren't counted as belonging to any of the tribal trusts receiving the massive compensation payments.
Far from providing solutions the approach of the last 30 years has led to chaos and anger."
Recommended Reading: "Red Over Black" by Geoff McDonald; "It's not the Money, it's the Land," by Bill Bunbury - from all League Book Services.
MARKETING THE INVASION OF IRAQ
Bill Berkowitz: WorkingForChange.com
Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber's new book ("Weapons of Mass Deception") will not sell as many copies as Hillary Clinton's memoir, the latest Harry Potter book or Ann Coulter's most recent bestselling work of fiction, "Treason." There won't be a major motion picture deal and there's no made-for-TV flick in the works They haven't even been invited to discuss their timely book on the Today Show, Good Morning America or any of the nightly cable news channel talk-fests. And most mainstream dailies haven't seen fit to review it If there is one work of non-fiction you read this summer, make it Stauber and Rampton's "Weapons of Mass Deception: The Uses of Propaganda in Bush's War on Iraq."
Rampton and Stauber are veteran PR industry watchers. Co-authoring such books as "Toxic Sludge Is Good For You: Lies, Damn Lies and the Public Relations Industry" (1995); "Mad Cow U.S.A.: Could the Nightmare Happen Here?" (1997); and "Trust Us, We're Experts: How Industry Manipulates Science and Gambles With Your Future" (2001), they've relentlessly focused on decoding the manipulative monkeyshines of the PR industry "Weapons of Mass Deception," drops the veil on a number of stories that have not been covered adequately, or not reported at all, by the mainstream media. Of particular interest is the book's focus on the critical role of public relations companies hired by the government to sell the war.
Rendon Group's information war
A Rendon 1992 Protégé
TV cameraman involved
planning was obviously not nearly as attentive to details
Among the lessons gleaned from "Weapons of Mass Deception" is how this administration readily pulls together a dream team of spinmeisters and story tellers - government agencies, highly paid public relations firms, political hacks, and a willing media - to market its message.
likely for September
"Weapons of Mass Deception" available from all League Book Services.
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