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14 November 2003. Thought for the Week: "Judas- He has lost his air as of a competent undergraduate organizing a mission service; he has matured into a very intelligent young man indeed. He can answer Jesus in His own allusive and parabolic style, and can understand without explanations. Let the actor get out of his head any notion that Judas is insincere. He is passionately sincere. He means to be faithful - and he will be faithful - to the light which he sees so brilliantly. What he sees is the true light - only he does not see it directly, but only its reflection in the mirror of his own brain; and in the end that mirror will twist and distort the reflection and send it dancing away over the bog like a will o' the wisp. He has all the gifts - both the practical and the imaginative; and his calculating friend the Zealot is quite right in saying that he will fall, like Adam, by the sin of spiritual pride. He could have been the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven, but he will be the worst - the worst that is the corruption of the best."
"The Man Born to be King," play by Dorothy L. Sayers BBC 1941-42.
SELLING OFF THE LAST REMAINING ICONSby Jeremy Lee
The Howard Government is now bent on selling the remaining 51 per cent of Telstra. It needs quick money to fund its programme if re-elected, The urgency has been increases with the first interest rate rise for a long while. Any more - and they're expected in the New Year - will impact heavily on the Coalition's election image.
A number of polls held over the last year show a big majority of Australians opposed to the sale. But that doesn't count with the Government, any more than the massive majority who opposed the introduction of the Goods-and-Services-Tax.
A large part of public opposition is due to fear that ownership and control will end up in foreign hands. The European Union has already publicly stated that the full sale of Telstra is a requirement to agreement of GATS (General Agreement on Trade and Services).
A Toowoomba resident wrote on this issue to Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson, receiving this reply:
" Under the existing Telstra Corporation Act, foreign ownership of the company is limited to 35 per cent of total shareholding, and no one foreign investor can control more than 5 per cent of the shares. The company is also required to have an Australian chairman, and have its company headquarters in Australia. None of these provisions will be changed by the Telstra sale legislation. In other words, Telstra, which is already a company, will stay an Australian company "
Mr. Anderson is extremely naïve. As long ago as 1974 The Australian Financial Review (1/8/74) in a major survey of US corporations and multinationals, headed WHO CONTROLS WHAT, made this point:
" . Control of only one or two percent of the shares of a major widely-held corporation is usually enough to influence its decisions, and holding 5 per cent of its stock is usually enough to control the entire corporation ."
So 35 per cent? It would make Telstra the plaything of a handful of foreign giants, while the little Australian shareholders would continue to get burnt.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT COULD SAVE TELSTRAWith the above in mind, a proposition is being set before the imminent Provincial Cities Association in South Australia by the Mayor of Port Lincoln Peter Davies. It deserves the widest attention, and is set out verbatim:
RECOMMENDATION: THAT THE PROVINCIAL CITIES ASSOCIATION REQUEST THE S.A. LOCAL GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION TO CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE INTENDED SALE OF THE COMMONWEALTH GOVERNMENT 50.1 SHAREHOLDING OF TELSTRA
There are12,866 million shares issued in Telstra of which the Government owns 6,466 million.
At $5.00 per share the Commonwealth Government share holding is worth approx. $32,230 million.
Last financial year TELSTRA:
1. paid out some $1,400 million of long and short term debt. $1.4 billion
2. wrote off some $770 million in bad debts due to its failed Asian REACH offshore investment: $770 million
3. PAID A DIVIDEND OF $1,740 MILLION TO THE COMMONWEALTH GOVERNMENT: $1.740 billion
4. PAID INCOME TAX OF $1,536 MILLION TO THE COMMONWEALTH: $1.536 billion
THUS, TELSTRA REVENUE TO THE COMMONWEALTH
is now some $3,250 million annually. It is obvious that if
Telstra is sold total taxation MUST rise by at least $3,000
MILLION ANNUALLY to replace the current TELSTRA revenue stream
THE USE OF THE NATIONAL CREDITA few further thoughts on TELSTRA. During the three decades from 1970 the amount of taxation revenue poured into the capital development of TELSTRA was prodigious. The result is a huge monopoly that sits astride Australia's tele-communications. A few private companies have been allowed to compete, but are forced to rent TELSTRA's lines. This has resulted in a reduction in charges. But we are still left with a tax-built giant now providing the Commonwealth with a 10 per cent return which can continue in perpetuity. To sell it seems suicidal.
The reduction in the Commonwealth debt, about which Treasurer Costello so often boasts, has been achieved by asset sales - in other words, selling bits of Australia to foreigners to pay money owed to foreigners. The long-term result of such a policy must be to create for future Australians a land in which they have no equity.
During the financial twelve month June 2002 to June 2003 Australia's money supply grew by $50 billion.
All this increase was created by the banks and lent at interest into existence. It now lies on the backs of ordinary Australian men and women in household debt, which is over 130 per cent of income - twice the percentage of ten years ago. Much of it is foreign debt.
There was a time when the Government understood that it was not a good idea to have a large foreign debt. The Government at least had a share in money-creation, thus keeping ownership and control in Australian hands.
This can be seen in the difference between the Transcontinental East-West railway, built between 1912 and 1917, and the recently-completed Alice to Darwin railway. The first was built with Australian-issued money, gradually written off over a number of years. It was an Australian railway from Day One.
The Alice to Darwin railway, built in a fraction of the time, will be foreign-owned for half a century; and then the infrastructure developed during its life will have to be paid for before it becomes Australian.
The use of the National Credit in the form of cheap loans for essential works is, according to our politically-correct times, not to be discussed. It is a monopoly claimed and operated by a foreign cartel which is grabbing power and changing our world. It wants a border-free world in which to operate, with a "free market" not only in goods and services, but wages and salaries. The lowest wins. The idea of sovereign national states owning their own industries and assets is anathema to such globalists. They are offended that they do not yet control TELSTRA. They will apply pressure to both Coalition and Labor politicians until they do.
The real question is at what point Australians are prepared to say "enough". Could TELSTRA become the catalyst? There is considerable feeling in Australia about this issue. If local Government took it up, it just might change things.
THE TRUTH HAS SET ME FREEPauline Hanson has walked free from a Queensland gaol after appeals' judges overturned her conviction on electoral fraud. It has been reported the former One Nation leader has already told supporters she will consider resurrecting her political career on the back of the not unexpected decision by the Queensland Court of Appeal. (The Australian 7th November, 2003).
Acquittals were entered on behalf of Pauline Hanson and former One Nation director David Ettridge. The Appeals Court judges quashed their convictions and set aside the controversial three-year prison sentences imposed 11 weeks ago. This means that neither can face retrial for electoral fraud.
Mrs. Hanson embraced her one-time lieutenant outside the prison gates, prompting him to say: "You said the truth would set us free and it has."
While Mrs Hanson insisted that a political comeback was "the furthest thing from my mind", One Nation's Queensland Senator Len Harris, revealed that ahead of her release from gaol they had discussed her running again for federal parliament. "If the party were to nominate Pauline, I would support it fully," he has informed The Australian.
Pauline Hanson described her time behind bars as daunting and distressing but said it had made her wiser. She said the failure of the system in her case had caused her to question how many other women, and men, are actually behind bars that shouldn't be there.
Money talks for those who have it:
She remarked she would like to enlist the help of retired solicitors and judges, etc., to speak to those claiming they were wrongly imprisoned. She claimed people with a healthy bank balance could pay for their freedom, but many were there because they couldn't afford the legal help they needed.
Brisbane District Court judge Patsy Wolfe sentenced both Mrs Hanson and Mr Ettridge to three years' gaol on 20th August of this year, after a jury found them guilty of fraudulently registering the Queensland branch of One Nation in 1997.
Pauline had some harsh words for the prison strip-searches inflicted upon herself and her visiting friends and relatives, but said her first priority on release was to see her father, whom she had been unable to hug during a recent prison visit, and she wanted to celebrate her release with her family members.
PRINCE CHARLES NAMED HIMSELF AS THE ONE AT CENTRE OF STORMPrince Charles has taken the unusual step of intervening in a media censorship row, naming himself as the senior royal who is at the centre of rumours of an allegedly scandalous incident and has denied that it ever took place.
A Clarence House statement said that it was not the first time that the servant who made the allegations had made unsubstantiated charges about the royal family.
"In recent days, there have been media reports concerning an allegation that a former Royal Household employee witnessed an incident some years ago involving a senior member of the Royal Family," the statement said. "The speculation needs to be brought to an end. The allegation was that The Prince of Wales was involved in the incident. This allegation is untrue." " The incident which the former employee claims to have witnessed did not take place," it added.
"There is a particular sadness about this allegation because it was made by a former Royal Household employee who, unfortunately, has suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and has previously suffered from alcoholism following active service in the Falklands," the statement said. "He has, in the past, made other unrelated allegations, which the police have fully investigated and found to be unsubstantiated."
COMMONWEALTH BANK'S OUTRAGEOUS 'NAME'Monarchists throughout Australia have been expressing their outrage to the Commonwealth Bank at its naming of its Customer Relationship Marketing System as the "Republic Customer Relationship Marketing System" or the 'Republic CRM'.
Many, who are shareholders or customers of the Bank, are so incensed that they are threatening to take their business elsewhere. Correspondence to Mr David Murray, the Bank's CEO remains, as yet, unanswered.
Philip Benwell, National Chairman of the Australian Monarchist League and author of the U S published text book 'In Defence of Australia's Constitutional Monarchy' has said "The Debate on the Constitution has divided Australia as nothing else has in recent times and whatever reasons and excuses the Bank may give, the naming of its system as the 'Republic CRM', is as inappropriate as if it had named it the 'Monarchist CRM'!
"Obviously the Board of the Bank has failed to take into account that not one State voted to accept a Republic and with just under 63% of people in Queensland, 59% in Western Australia, 57% in South Australia, 60% in Tasmania and over 50% in Victoria and New South Wales, voting to retain our Constitutional Monarchy, it really makes no marketing sense to use such a divisive term, particularly for a marketing exercise!"
HANAN ASHRAWI - STRONG WOMAN OF PEACEIn a moving ceremony Palestinian peace advocate, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, received the Sydney Peace Prize from the Labor Premier of New South Wales, Bob Carr (Sydney Morning Herald [SMH] 7/11/03).
Dr Ashrawi was greeted with a standing ovation by an audience of politicians, corporate high-flyers and celebrities in the Strangers Dining Room at State Parliament House. In his welcoming address, the Premier traced the unhappy history of the Middle East back to the Koran and the Book of Genesis to honour the woman whom he observed, "has made difficult choices and taken mortal risks."
Mr. Carr welcomed Dr Ashrawi as someone who condemned delusions that feed violence and who had made enemies on all sides in the quest for the long-awaited peace. She had argued with Yasser Arafat and Benjamin Netanyahu, the murderers of Hamas, Bill Clinton and Madeleine Albright, Dick Cheney, Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice. She had seen Palestinian children born without citizenship, Jewish families setting off to synagogue uncertain they would survive the journey, camps filled with refugees.
"The Palestinians have no homeland," Mr Carr said. "Israel has no peace. In one fact, Hanan Ashrawi knows, lies the solution to the other."
Not all agreed with the choice:
The SMH reported, "Mark Liebler, chairman of the Australia/Israel Jewish Affairs Council, accused Dr Ashrawi of failing to deliver a clear condemnation of Palestinian terrorism."
Views treated with willful distortion:
Dr Ashrawi had already said her views had been treated not only with wilful distortion but received with wilful deafness. "I will condemn violence against civilians," she said. "I will condemn violence by any groups that think they have a mandate to kill."
A certain degree of negative response and hatred as well:
Of the Australian response to her visit, she said: "I was amazed at the degree of, not just negative response, but a certain degree of hatred, which I don't find even with my discussions with Israelis."
It was reported "she blinked away tears and called for the recognition of the humanity of both Palestinians and Israelis, and said the two-state solution was possible. 'We have always lamented that there has been a global crisis in leadership but being here tonight I think we are debunking that myth once and for all. I still maintain that an individual can make a difference.'"
PEACE IS NOT A QUESTION OF LEGITIMACY BUT OF HUMANITY
Taken from Dr Hanan Ashrawi's Sydney Peace Prize address, 6th November, 2003.
Peace in the Middle East - A Global Challenge
and a Human Imperative:
A MANICHAEAN UNIVERSE
by Betty Luks:
Of ideological fundamentalism and absolutist
Keith Whitlam, in The Invention of
Ancient Israel argues that 'ancient Israel' has been invented
by scholars in the image of a modern European nation state.
He explores the theological and political assumptions which
have shaped research into ancient Israel by biblical scholars.
Further reading on Manichaean Dualism, in the "Australian Heritage Series" available from all League Book Services.
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A 'MUST' READ"Health Betrayal" by Eve Hillary. It is said: "what we eat today walks and talks tomorrow". Eve Hillary graphically describes what our food eats - chickens, pigs, and cattle in modern production facilities. Corporate farming is pressured on producers by deliberate government policies. Many factory-farm animals don't see a blade of grass during their lifetime. (The rest of the gory details you can read in the book).
A most revealing and important book, worthy of careful study by every person even mildly interested in staying healthy. Price: $30 including postage from all League Book Services.
'THE NEW DAY' DINNER & SEMINAR - ALBURYThe speakers presented their papers with wit and humour; Eve Hillary's account of how "They are Stealing Our Children" here in Australia left her audience aghast. Donald Martin posed (and answered) the question: "Is the European Union Faltering?" and Bill Daly also asked (and answered) the question: "Is a Revolt Against Globalism Happening?" Betty Luks opened the Seminar with a vision for "The New Day". You must hear and be encouraged and inspired by the full range of speakers.
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