THE PEDIGREE OF AN IDEA
by Betty Luks:
By rights I should be commenting on the Costello Federal Budget
just released, and examine the minute and critical analyses
the 'talking heads' have carried out for us. But I am moved
to write on another matter in the light of the present ghastly
world events; events that will have far more bearing on our
future than the carrots-to-tempt, and the sticks-to-chastise
policies running through Costello's Budget. You can be sure,
not unlike the Soviet gulags, where the slaves were kept weak
enough not to revolt but strong enough to carry on working,
we will be allowed to keep enough of our own that we remain
subservient and don't revolt.
The Idea I refer to is that held by the
Zionists and the gullible Judaeo-Christians; who, through
their church leaders have swallowed it, hook, line and sinker.
You may say to me, this subject is not suitable for On Target;
you may say I will tread on too many toes; we have our own
ideas of 'prophecy' and what that entails.
I take the risk because the Idea which has taken root and
grown by way of patient political intrigue over centuries,
is now a force within the most powerful military-industrial
nation on earth. It is having world-wide Consequences, and
it must be examined and brought to the light of day.
An Idea can lie dormant for long periods of time and suddenly,
when circumstances prove favourable, develop and take on forms
never intended, nor foreseen by the originators.
Ideas can have a latent explosive force and may have successive
outbreaks in varying forms.
Briefly the Idea is this
As reported from the 1996 Third Christian Zionist Congress.
The Israel and Christian Zionists made the Idea quite clear.
· Messiah will return to Jerusalem. (Judaeo-Christians
believe this Messiah and Jesus Christ are one and the same...ed).
· God gave the land of Israel to the Jewish people.
(Even though 90% of modern Jews are of Eastern European descent
· This includes Gaza, the Golan Heights, Judea, and
· Jerusalem is to remain undivided and Messiah will
rule from there.
· The Palestinian people are to be denied a state to
The Idea has taken root in the United
Several million people have succumbed to the Idea in the United
The Idea has taken root in churches within Australia as well.
I first heard this Idea thirty years ago, but like anyone
else who had some background knowledge, knew that one of the
reasons the leaders of ancient Judaea rejected Jesus Christ
as their Messiah was because He taught a way of peace and
love. He rejected the concept of a world political dictator.
As for anyone who saw himself as a 'great leader', Jesus said:
"He who would be greatest among you must be a servant
of all." The chief priests and the Pharisees didn't want
to hear that. Therefore, at the time I dismissed the Idea
as quite alien to the Christian Faith, never thinking it would
grow into the powerful force, as it has, behind the powers
of the White House.
the Idea appealing to the Judaeo-Christians is they are going
to be 'raptured' and head off to heaven where they will watch
the Great Conflict, the final showdown in the valley of Armageddon
whilst seated at the right hand of God. A very cosy and comfortable
Idea, not too many martyrs for the Faith among this lot. American
pollsters believe 15-18% of U.S. voters belong to churches
or movements that subscribe to these teachings. As only about
15% of the population attend church on a regular basis in
Australia, the numbers subscribing to this Idea would be smaller.
But it would be valuable to know how many of these people
have the ear of politicians such as John Howard, and furthermore,
did this Idea influence his push to get Australia embroiled
in the war against Iraq?
One thing you can be quite sure, in their
plans, these people don't intend to do the fighting themselves.
Oh no! It will be our sons and daughters doing it for them.
"Controversy of Zion" by Douglas Reed. It
is so illuminating to read his review of the long history
of Talmudic Zionism and re-examine that history against the
background of what is happening in the Middle East in the
21st century. Price: 25.00 posted.
"Culture of Critique" by Prof. Kevin McDonald.
Boasian Anthropology, Psychoanalysis, Leftist political ideology
and the Frankfurt School of Social Research, his thesis is
that all of these movements may be seen as attempts to alter
Western societies, cultures and values. Price: $65.00 posted.
"Prophecy & Politics" by Grace Halsell.
Militant Evangelists on the Road to Nuclear War. Published
in 1987, this book is prophetic. Grace Halsey correctly assessed
the significance of the growing powerful alliances between
the state of Israel and the militant TV evangelists.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Our letter-writers are to be commended
on the prolific numbers going out to newspapers, politicians,
etc. And the battle for our Monarchy is going on in all sorts
of unexpected places.
Cost to keep Monarchy not a factor: To
the Editor, Chronicle Toowoomba 1/5/04.
'In response to The Chronicle poll on whether the people
were in favour of a republic or the monarchy, one of those
polled expressed concern at the cost of maintaining the monarchy.
With this in view, it is interesting to peruse the story in
the Australian Aviation magazine of April 1992, in
which a comparison is made between the cost to Australia of
security for the US President compared to the cost of security
for the Queen - the US President and the Queen having both
visited Australia in 1992.
Security of the Queen cost $90,000, while security for President
Bush Snr. cost $596,000 (6½ times that of the cost
of security for the Queen).
The report also states that two giant Galaxy transports preceded
the presidential aircraft, carrying everything from secret
service firearms to motor vehicles. The motor vehicles included
seven stretch limousines with bulletproof glass and bomb-proof
armour, and a special secret service electronics van. One
hundred and twenty-five American media representatives were
also ferried in to cover the President's visit on a specially
chartered TWA Boeing 747 which cost $50 million; and then
there was Air Force 2, fitted out exactly the same as Air
Force 1, just in case of a malfunction, following the presidential
aircraft wherever it travelled.
The Queen landed in Australia aboard a Qantas flight.
Prior to President Bush's trip from the airport into Canberra,
the entire route was cleared of everything which posed the
slightest risk to the President's safety -- and there were
no spectators. The Queen travelled along a route lined by
thousands of cheering Australians.
G. Patch, Toowoomba, Queensland.
Ariel Sharon true to his past: To the
Editor: Chronicle Toowoomba 11/5/04.
According to George W. Bush, we owe Ariel Sharon a "thank-you".
Sharon's first documented sortie was in 1953 against the refugee
camp of El-Bureig, south of Gaza. Thirty years have elapsed
since he was head of the IDF's southern command, given the
task of "pacifying" the recalcitrant Gaza Strip
after the 1967 war.
Israeli complacency leading to their initial defeat by the
Egyptians in the 1973 war was in part nurtured by the impregnability
of the "Bar Lev Line" constructed by Sharon on the
east bank of the Suez Canal. The Egyptians pierced the line
without too much difficulty.
Sharon was the commander in the 1982 assault on Lebanon, with
the express aim of destroying the PLO, driving as many Palestinians
as possible to Jordan and making Lebanon a client state of
Israel. He also oversaw the infamous massacres at Sabra and
In 1985, he voted against withdrawal of Israeli troops to
the so-called security zone in Southern Lebanon. In 1991,
he opposed Israel's participation in the Madrid peace conference.
Well, Sharon is now the "elected" Prime Minister,
and true to his ghoulish blood-soaked history, he continues
to slaughter, destroy, and torment the Palestinian people.
His policy of death, murder, and oppression has earned him
the title of "A Man of Peace". In fact, our "wise
and noble" President G.W. Bush says we all should be
very thankful to Ariel, The Butcher of Beirut, Sharon.
Deena Semilich, Toowoomba, Queensland.
Financial-economic rules need updating: Editor, Advertiser
Geelong is not alone in wanting major road projects like its
ring road undertaken. Frankston and Mitcham have been promised
a Freeway but have been fobbed off with a tollway. Bendigo
and points north want the Calder Highway duplicated. Ballarat
and points west want the suburb of Deer Park bypassed because
of severe congestion on the outdated Western Highway in that
If you asked the people of Mt. Isa what was on their wish-list
they would be all in favour of upgrading the 935 km of the
Flinders Highway to Townsville.
The problem is much bigger than Geelong, bigger than Frankston,
bigger than Bendigo, Ballarat and Mt. Isa. If you move out
of the centres of population into the rural areas you will
find bridges that were built in the nineteenth century still
required to do service but with load limits on them that force
even the local fire brigade truck to detour (Ullina north
of Clunes for example).
While all the above interests are being played against each
other in the battle for funding their energy is being dissipated
in the in-fighting.
In all this I have not yet even touched upon the crisis in
the health system or the aged care system. Any activity that
is dependent on the public purse for funding is cash strapped.
Money is no longer our servant but has become our master.
It is no longer the lubricant in the economy, but has become
a hindrance to getting things done.
Until we as a people recognise that we are being played for
suckers and pull together to get the economic rules updated
our infrastructure will fall further and further behind our
Yours truly, Ron Fischer Ballarat, Victoria.
In defence of the Jewish community: Editor,
Herald Sun, Melbourne 7/5/04.
Andrew Bolt makes several good points in defence of the Jewish
community and against excessive claims about their political
influence in Australia ("Plain, misguided hatred",
7/5), but he ignores too much other relevant information.
The extraordinary degree of Jewish influence has been commented
on by many authoritative figures, including Peter Ryan, Terry
Lane, Phillip Adams, Cameron Forbes, Professor Geoffrey Blainey
and the late Bob Santamaria. In Australia that influence has
been wielded to the detriment of the nation as a whole in
contexts including the pursuit of alleged "Nazi war criminals",
the enactment of racial vilification legislation, the suppression
of revisionist historians and the defamation and marginalising
of critics brave enough to question it.
There is a notable logical slide in Bolt's article from "unduly
influential fraction of our multicultural community"
(true) to "sinister, too-powerful cabal" whose members
are "always getting their way" (false).
And the name of Adolf Hitler (the most slandered public figure
of last century) is dragged in to warn off critics of Mr.
Bolt's rather shoddy demagoguery.
It's a big issue; and it needs to be publicly discussed with
compassion and complete integrity.
Nigel Jackson, Belgrave, Victoria.
"Employment for the Aged";
To the Federal Treasurer Peter Costello.
Dear Mr. Costello:
I was very interested in your interview with Kerry O'Brien
on "7-3O Report ABC" Wednesday night, 25 February,
2004 on the subject of encouraging older members of the Australian
work force to remain active and in employment longer. I believe
there are possibilities that it could be a good idea.
I have several questions on the subject:
(1) Did you consider the health and welfare of the older generation
when you made your suggestion, or was there some specific
task you had in mind, that would require an expanded work
force; perhaps some engineering work, such as, just for the
sake of illustration, a railway from Port Headland to Brisbane,
that urgently require an increase in the overall Australian
(2) I have classified "Employment" into three categories:
(a) Constructive,or creative employment.
(b) Nonconstructive employment.
(c) Counterproductive, or destructive employment.
I find examples of all three categories within the overall
Australian economy at the present time. I find indications
that (b) and (c) may be increasing at the expense of (a)!
Have you taken into consideration these categories prior to
proceeding with your objective to extend employment for the
(3) In considering the above three categories, have you given
any consideration to percentage adjustment of these categories;
i.e., do you think there should be a percentage increase,
or a percentage decrease, in the number of people employed
in any one of these categories?
I consider this matter of vital importance at the present
time, so I am looking forward to your early reply.
Yours sincerely, John D.S. Barton, Collarenebri, NSW
To which a bureaucrat in Costello's office
Dear Mr Barton
Thank you for your letter of 26 February 2004 to the Treasurer
concerning the employment of mature age workers and Australia's
Demographic Challenges. The Treasurer has asked me to respond
Mature age people form an important component of the Australian
workforce and the Government is committed to supporting their
choice to participate. The trend towards early retirement
coupled with population ageing means that Australia is facing
much reduced growth in the working age population in the future.
As a consequence, labour force participation by mature aged
workers will become increasingly important for both the individual
and the nation.
We will need to firmly establish a culture of employers judging
workers on their merits and people seeing themselves as having
ongoing work opportunities, rather than being locked into
a fixed date of retirement. This will require a labour market
that is flexible and can generate jobs for all those who want
them. and support the diverse employment needs of mature aged
people, such as part time work, job sharing or changing the
nature of their responsibilities whilst still remaining in
the workforce. To assist mature age people back into the workforce,
the Government provides a range of workforce information,
education, training and employment services through the Job
Network, education institutions, Centrelink and other government
agencies. In these programmes, the Government encourages employers
to match job vacancies with suitably qualified mature aged
Business groups are also taking action. The Business Council
of Australia recently issued guidelines aimed at encouraging
businesses to keep mature aged Australians in the workforce.
The Prime Minister's Community Business Partnership has also
been asked to investigate practical ways to encourage the
private sector to employ more mature age workers. During our
working life, good health is an important factor in labour
force participation and productivity. Poor health often leads
to early retirement, spells out of work, and lost productivity
through sickness or injury. Thirty per cent of 50 to 65 year
olds who retire in Australia do so because of illness or disability.
Due to the physical nature of some jobs, it may not be possible
for some mature aged workers to remain in some occupations.
When this occurs, education and skills can be developed through
mainstream programmes in higher education, vocational education
and training and the New Apprenticeships programme. Recent
reforms will make higher education more accessible for older
workers, with no Australian student required to pay their
fees up front when they enrol at an institution. Some education
and training programmes arc specifically targeted to assist
mature age workers, such as the Basic IT Enabling Skills for
Older Workers initiative. Further information is available
at: https://www.dest. gov.au.
The Government recognises that the ageing of the population
will present our society with a number of challenges over
coming years. To encourage community debate on these issues
and to promote the need for change, the Treasurer released
the discussion paper Australia 's Demographic Challenges on
25 February 2004. The discussion paper is available at http://demo~raohics.treasurv.gov.au.
(The bureaucrat recommends the discussion paper and trusts
the information will be of assistance to Mr. Barton
Note: So there you have it seniors
you will be kept working as long as your good health hangs
Would some of our letter writers get busy with pen and paper
and ask some of the 'moral authorities', the non-government
social services, as well as the politicians:
· What is the true purpose of work?
· Is it a means to an end?
· Or is it an end in itself?
If this nation can produce enough to feed, clothe and house
its population with less and less human labour and more and
more with the aid of the marvelous industrial tools, technology
and automation now available, ask them why does the ageing
population have to continue 'work'?
The problem is not production, the problem is the distribution
of production, and in a 'money' economy it is tied up with
the issue of making money reflect and serve our needs - not
the other way round.
Tie your letter in with Mr. Barton's reference to the three
categories of 'employment'.