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28 November 2003. Thought for the Week: "In the last analysis there are but two possible forms of social order - there are these two opposite and contradictory conceptions of the sanction of social law. The sanction, the force of law, is either outside of mankind or it is within The idea that the will of the people could be the source of social law was born into the world with great travail. It was for ages difficult, even impossible, to conceive such an idea But Christianity is the discovery of the infinite depth of the human will The Church of the Middle Ages stood as a provisional plan of such a social system. In the midst of a world-order based upon an opposite principle - the principle of the external law - the Church wrought into concrete forms and the solid structure of institutions the democratic ideal The Church had poured out its vital store into the lap of the nations. It had breathed out its very soul of liberty in the breath of the modern spirit."
Charles Ferguson in "The Affirmative Intellect, " 1901
JUSTICE FOR ALL, BUT AT A PRICE
The controversy over the jailing of Pauline Hanson continues. There is now an inquiry into the role of the Director of Public Prosecutions in Queensland. The politicians are pointing fingers ate the judges, as can be expected. But it is the law itself, for which the politicians are responsible, that deserves scrutiny.
We made the point in a recent New
Times Survey that political parties have ganged up on
the basic principles of elections, to safeguard their own
positions, and make life difficult for minor parties and independents.
The Electoral Commission and the judiciary have to make sense
of the convoluted mess made by the politicians. The following
article by John Carter in the New South Wales rural paper
The Land (13/11/03) deserves thought and attention:
Ms Hanson was hounded by Terry Sharple's challenges (reportedly made with promises of funding from some politicians) before five different magistrates. All dismissed the charges but a sixth took it up. How could a vendetta like this be allowed to continue in a civilized society? She was then pursued under criminal law with claims that she and Mr Ettridge (David Oldfield, the third One Nation Director was not charged) had defrauded the Queensland Electoral Commission. After District Court Judge, Justice Patsy Wolf, handed down her sentence, an official from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) was overheard saying, "We should never have pursued this".
Justice Wolf's sentencing makes extraordinary reading. She spoke of sympathy for Pauline Hanson working hard to return the money (she put her little farm up as security). The judge acknowledged that neither had received personal gain from "the offence" and that the taxpayer lost nothing. She then sentenced both to three years jail without parole. Queensland's Chief Justice, Paul de Jersey, ruled that One Nation was eligible yet the Queensland Electoral Commission is now saying that it won't pay the $500,000 back to One Nation!
There is inconsistency between electoral commissions. The Australian Electoral Commission paid One Nation more than $3 million of the $33 million "payout" to all parties but is still to announce the results of its inquiry into federal Coalition heavyweight, Tony Abbott, and his $100,000 Honesty in Politics Fund. Justice de Jersey and Justice Margaret McNurdo, president of the Queensland Court of appeal, were critical of the QDPP and the caliber of defence that the pair could afford. The Law Council president is quoted as saying that an outcome should be a commitment by governments to reach better legal and funding agreements. Justice McMurdo launched a strong attack on political pressure on the judiciary, attacking everybody from the Prime Minister down. She was correct but omitted the chief culprit (Queensland Premier Peter Beattie).
There are calls for a Royal Commission and for compensation but what Government will move to help its enemy? The late Bob Santamaria predicted that Pauline Hanson would change Australian politics for better or worse. Her 1996 maiden speech woke up Australia. The Government has implemented much of its content. A Bill was sneaked through Federal Parliament in June, 1998, changing our electoral procedure to one of compulsory preferential voting, making it almost impossible for a party to win a seat if the Libs and ALP combined against it. Destiny may yet ensure that Pauline Hanson changes our judicial as well as our political procedure."
THE WORLD OF UPSIDE-DOWN ECONOMICS
The Weekend Australian (15-16/11/03) said all. First there was news of the latest push by the ACTU for a national wage incease of $26.6 per week. It was aimed a lifting the position of 1.6 million award workers. If it was granted, this would increase pay packets by $42.5 million a week, or $2.3 billion for the year. There is little doubt that lower paid workers in Australia could do with a wage increase. But Greg Combet made a startling claim which, in the current financial context is sheer nonsense. "Increasing the minimum weekly wage by $26.60 would not cost new jobs, fan inflation or fuel interest rate rises, the ACTU claimed as it staked out its industrial course for 2004 ."
Of course, employers disagreed
It's becoming a very tired and stereotyped play. One wonders whether the case presented before the Commission will simply repeat the lines that have been argued at every case for the last eighty years. Of course workers need an increase in purchasing power. So do farmers, manufacturers and businesses. But Greg Combet, while defining the problem accurately, will if anything make things worse.
Consider the sequence
The key is that Australia's money supply increased by $2.3 billion, as the banks created fresh credit to loan to employers in order to finance the wage increases! It's a never-ending, vicious cycle that has been played long enough. The solution is for the Reserve Bank to create the precise amount - $2.3 billion - and credit it into the economy in the form of tax cuts or work bonuses, that do not have to be paid back in price rises. If a money-creation of $2.3 billion can be costed into the economy which must raise prices, why cannot it be created as a cost-reduction? The short answer is that it COULD be done; but the banks wouldn't like it. They don't want to relinquish their monopoly on debt and money-creation.
Almost in competition with Greg Combet, Shadow Treasurer Mark Latham is advocating tax cuts as part of the ALP's election policy. At least that would be a better way of helping the worker than granting a wage increase that is simply snatched back in higher taxation and prices. But how does government fund the requirements of a welfare state if it reduces taxes? It cannot fund the many demands now.
Until Mark Latham and Greg Combet direct their attention to the money supply - which increased in the last financial year by $50 billion - they have no real answers. And employers? They are almost forced to reduce their workforce wherever possible. Where a machine or a computer can do the job, a worker is down-sized. Finally, they are forced to 'out-source' to low-paid overseas work forces, or move offshore themselves.
LONGER TERM EFFECTS
One woman has emerged as a strong, vibrant, clear-headed spokesperson for the enormous danger to Australia's future. Professor Fiona Stanley, Australian of the Year, has spoken fearlessly of the enormous damage being done to young Australians without a traditional, loving family upbringing, and deprived of opportunities in the Australia of tomorrow. Quoted in the same edition of The Weekend Australian, she pointed out that a huge surge in welfare-dependent young people was threatening any future budget stability. The number of young people on the dole had doubled in the last three decades. The result of a dearth of opportunities for young people was producing a blowout in attitudinal, behavioural and learning problems.
Professor Fiona Stanley is right. This week we have "schoolies' week" on the Gold Coast, where thousands of young school leavers gather to celebrate the end of their school careers. Underneath the joie de vivre, there is a hint of desperation. How many will get employment and a secure long-term future? The implicit message they are receiving from the politicians and trade unionists of this world is that most cannot expect anything more than "work-for-the-dole". No robust young person would accept such a proposal - as a life choice.
Refusal to tackle the debt system will carry us into an even bigger crisis that the present one. This is an abundant world. It doesn't need so many human producers. The technological world is replacing work forces. Instead of welcoming what is really a major achievement, we are morally, intellectually and physically starving those who can't get a job; even though there is enough for everyone, whether they are employed or not.
A FAMILY'S WORST NIGHTMARE
The League first heard of the plight
of 'Lisa' and her parents at the national weekend in Albury
NSW. Brilliant health researcher and writer, Eve Hillary,
presented the facts of this Australian family's on-going battle
to regain their rights after being caught up in a bureaucratic-court
nightmare. Eve spoke of the part played by the Department
of Community Services (DoCS) and its drastic action in forcing
an 11-year-old girl, "Lisa", to undergo chemotherapy against
her will and against the wishes of her loving parents.
For the full story of 'Lisa' send for Eve Hillary's audio-taped presentation at the national weekend.
"They Are Stealing Our Children": Single Tape $6 posted; Five Tapes - $25 posted. Order from: MEA Tapes and Books, PO Box 248, East Caulfield, Vic. 3145
ANOTHER IMPORTANT AUDIO TAPE
"Are You Sick & Tired of being Tired & Sick?" Dr. Alec Burton's address to the Adelaide Conservative Speakers' is filled with commonsense advice. He outlined what is a sensible approach to health and well-being for us all. Dr. Burton runs the Arcadia Health Clinic and the Australian College of Hygiene in Arcadia N.S.W. Single audio tape: $6 posted. Available from the MAYO TAPE LIBRARY, Box 6, Hahndorf, S.A. 5245
WE'RE ALL FABIANS NOW
by Phillip D. Butler
Liberal member for South-West Coastal
in the House of Assembly - and former Opposition Leader -
Dr Denis Naphine called for the abolition of the Legislative
Council, Victoria's Upper House. Sunday Herald Sun,"
9/11/03. He said
Who can forget the last Federal Election
and the collusion between all major political parities to
place all One Nation and Australia First candidates last on
their own "How to Vote" tickets? Denis Naphine continued
Dr Napthine then went on to say - and
thereby exposed the fact (as if we didn't already know) that
the real agenda for the Liberals is to FURTHER CENTRALISE
Government by party dictatorship is the
name of the game: The most telling was this
It was the Liberal and Country (now Nationals) parties using their numbers, who rammed through the legislation giving Parliament, not the People, the POWER to amend the State Constitution. The people were not given any say - not even by referenda. The Lib/Nats reasoning was: Don't let the peasants have a say - they just may say NO!
Every sporting club or association I have ever belonged to has a constitution - and it is the members of the club or association who have the final say.
WHY IS THIS NOT THE CASE FOR OUR STATE'S CONSTITUTION?
Who remembers Jeff Kennett?
What about the Cain government and Kennett's
words? In case memories are fading, it was in 1986 that the
Cain Labor Government promoted the same program. It was stopped
in the Upper House by a one-vote majority by the Lib/Nats
opposition. At the time, the front page story in the Bendigo
Advertiser (22/07/86) reported a stormy hearing of the
Cain Government's Local Commission in the Eaglehawk Town Hall.
Jeff Kennett and other Liberal and National party colleagues
attended that meeting and on the same front page of the Bendigo
Advertiser a headline ran: "NO ALGAMATION WHILE I'M LEADER,
KENNETT PROMISES". He stated
*This whole seedy story was published in a special 4-page brochure published by the ALOR. Obtain your copy @ $2.00 per copy posted from the Heritage Bookshop, Box 1052, GPO, Melbourne 3001.
Another proposed step by this coalition of power-hungry centralisers is for the Upper House representative-members being stripped of their power to block supply, that is, their right (or power) to vote for or against Money Bills. Victorians must exercise their own freedom: A suggestion is they send a letter of instruction to their own representative, freeing him from the rather erroneous belief he has been elected to Parliament to do just what the Party Whip wants. At the same time, the voter should insist he wants the retention of the Upper House of the Parliament of Victoria and yes, he does want to keep the powerful check on the power-hungry parties by retaining the right of his representative in the Upper House to vote for or against Money Bills.
It's a funny thing about this thing called 'freedom'- there are other aspects to it, they are called 'accountability' and 'responsibility'. Use it or lose it!
by Philip Benwell, Australian Monarchist
However, we are in no way placated by
this excuse and we still question what on earth caused them
to use such a divisive term in the first place and what else
they may have done should we not have organised a campaign
of protest? We also dispute Mr. Fitzgerald's assertion that
the Bank received only "around a dozen letters of complaint".
Several hundred at least would be more factual let alone the
hundred of phone calls to the Customer Complaint line that
we are aware of!
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