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16 July 2004. Thought for the Week: "As peace comes to the world again, I recall that many years ago Count Keyserling kindly sent me a copy of his La Révolution Mondiale. In thanking him I said that the "English-speaking nations, which are not an insignificant part of the world, are not aware of world revolution." He replied that there may be so such person as Dean Inge, but that there certainly is the world revolution. After that there was obviously no more to be said Subversive movements come of fixed ideas and the delusion of infallibility. Convictions become so strong that doubt or criticism is disloyalty. They are civil wars - wars of extermination. Their leaders think themselves men of destiny, in a kind of historical pageant. Their minds are melodramatic; we may call such movements romanticism. They idealise abstractions like the nation or the proletariat, or like Rousseau, the founder of modern revolution, they declare that human nature is always good, governments always bad. Those who begin by proclaiming the brotherhood of man, says Anatole France, always end by wishing to murder all those who do not agree with them. Idealism ends in homicidal mania. Emotion is exalted above reason. Truth is what we wish to believe. Dissent is treason. Toleration is bourgeois prejudice."
The Very Rev. W.R. Inge, D.D., June 1945.
AUSTRALIA STILL A COLONY? I THINK NOT!
by Don Auchterlonie
There are two issues here
To return to the debit tax
The Social Credit solution
PRIMARY PRODUCERS VOTE 'NO CONFIDENCE' IN TRUSS
"Beef , dairy, pork, egg, sugarcane and small crop industries were represented among the 1,200 producers who packed into Roma's, (Queensland) Bassett Park for the Beef Forum", according to Queensland's Rural Weekly, 2/7/04. Coming from as far afield as the Northern Territory and the southern state of Victoria, the producers wanted "to voice one primary concern. State and federal governments are not supporting Australia's primary industries."
As a result of their concerns, a motion of 'no confidence' was carried against the Howard government's Agriculture Minister Warren Truss. Also under the spotlight was Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson, Trade Minister Mark Vale and Member for Warrego Howard Hobbs over a range of issues affecting primary industries.
The 'sly characters' making up the bulk of political parties these days was demonstrated by what happened before and during the public meeting. It seems prior to the forum, the Member for Warrego Howard Hobbs actively discouraged producers from attending the forum, claiming it would be "a political rally run by a small dissident group of people", and yet he went on "to congratulate" Mrs Hewitt "in front of everyone". But said the Australian Beef Association director, Linda Hewitt, "the forum was very positive and had the potential to sway both government and Meat and Livestock Australia."
We do hope Linda Hewitt and the other producers realise their battle involves far more effort than 'passing motions' at public forums. They are going to have to impress upon these slippery, oleaginous characters that "with the amount of votes" they have been promised from the forum, and votes from amongst other producers around Australia, it will be more than enough to disturb their 'comfort zone' as a member of a political party that promises to take care of their every need while their vote, along party lines, is guaranteed.
The real battle is about the producers'
own (and our) survival
Jeremy Lee warned them in the 1970s
When those producers remaining decide they really want to fight to retain their freedoms and their livelihoods, they should put up their own candidate for the coming federal election in Warren Truss's electorate.
EDUCATION IS ESSENTIAL
UNSHACKLE MPs FROM PARTY VOTE
Well, well, will wonders never cease?
A move to force all MPs to vote according to their consciences
and not be dictated to by political parties or other interest
groups has been made in the South Australian Parliament by
Liberal MP Graham Gunn.
Mr. Gunn told the Legislative Assembly that his move was "the hallmark and basis of democracy." He continued, "People are elected to this place by the broad community and therefore answerable on a regular basis to their constituents. They should be free from intimidation, threats of disendorsement or other sanctions in relation to how they exercise their vote in this chamber." He believes the legislation, if passed, will "free the people from being stood over by those who do little deals in back rooms," and "the people of SA will know that their members cannot be intimidated, hindered or harassed by these bully boys and that democracy can prevail."
How naïve. What simple souls we are. And all the time we thought the political party members really did want to 're-present' our will in parliament For all these years, because the League of Rights tried to warn the Australian people of what was really happening to their nation, and that their so-called political representatives were obeying orders from elsewhere and were, in fact, betraying the Australian people, the League has been demonized and marginalized. We can only hope that at last the people have taken their blinkers off. Mr. Gunn should be supported in what he is attempting.
EXOTIC DISEASE HAS HIT CITRUS CROP IN QUEENSLANDIt is coming across the airwaves that an exotic disease, citrus canker, has broken out on a farm in the Emerald district of Queensland resulting in the farm being quarantined. One of our supporters has reported the local TV News was showing air-shots of a certain farm in that district without naming it. If it is the same huge conglomerate that I was told about whilst on tour up that way a few years ago, then the stories about it went something like this:
It is a huge multinational-owned conglomerate which takes in a large number of reasonably sized farms for the area. It has its own huge water storage. Visitors are definitely not welcome; in fact there are security guards employed to ensure you don't just 'pop in' for a visit.
The overseas' workforce is flown in and out on a six-month work-visa roster and the production is for international markets. One question which immediately springs to mind - if the stories are true - "What quarantine controls are in place?"
Queensland banana growers are worried about the importation of exotic diseases as a consequence of the quarantine controls being dismantled through the Free Trade Agreements! We will report on the matter as more information comes to hand.
CLAIMS 'ISRAELI INTERROGATOR AT IRAQI PRISON'Israeli Interrogator at Abu Ghraib Prison Claim on BBC--News.Scotsman.com 3/7/04.
Brig Gen Janis Karpinski, who was suspended in May over allegations of prisoner abuse, said she met a man claiming to be Israeli during a visit to a Baghdad intelligence centre with a senior coalition general. The American general formerly in charge of Abu Ghraib prison has told the BBC that she has evidence that the Israelis were involved in interrogating Iraqi detainees at another facility.
"I saw an individual there that I hadn't had the opportunity to meet before, and I asked him what did he do there, was he an interpreter - he was clearly from the Middle East," Karpinski told BBC radio in an interview broadcast today.
"He said, 'Well I do some of the interrogation here. I speak Arabic but I'm not an Arab I'm from Israel.' "I was really kind of surprised by that ... He didn't elaborate any more than to say he was working with them and there were people from lots of different places that were involved in the operation," Karpinski added.
Israel's Foreign Ministry told the BBC that reports of Israeli troops or interrogators in Iraq were "completely untrue." Israeli officials could not immediately be reached.
The presence of Israeli forces in Iraq would inflame opinion in the Muslim world, where many compare the abuse of prisoners by US forces to Israel's treatment of Palestinian detainees.
Until a 1999 ruling by the Israeli Supreme Court, Israeli secret service interrogators were allowed to use "moderate physical pressure" - a euphemism, critics said, for torture.
Among the practices allowed prior to 1999 were sleep deprivation, keeping prisoners in uncomfortable positions for long periods and covering their heads with filthy sacks. Former prisoners say those techniques also were used by US forces in Iraq.
Karpinski was suspended from command of the 800th Military Police Brigade after the publication in April of photos showing soldiers abusing and humiliating naked Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib.
She has said she did not know about the abuse and is being made a scapegoat in the scandal.
THE PRECIOUS NATURE OF FREEDOM
by Wallace Klinck
"The problem, as I see it, is that
when a particular order becomes entrenched, it almost always
uses its influence and power to serve first its own perceived
interests rather than those of the larger society. The old
adage: "Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely"
is something real and embedded in reality.
Buttressing political democracy with
economic democracy: The Left-Right 'debate' wholly false
Some people, fundamentally insecure, I believe, seem to cling to, and support, those who hold the reins of autocratic power for reasons of perceived security even at the expense of freedom. When this strategy predictably fails to deliver the innate needs of the human body and personality, some will seek a new source of security through mob action to form a new locus of power. The latter is probably no less frightening than the former.
Centralized power - in any form -
does not work
I am not an "establishment" person but concerned rather with objective reality as this pertains to the real needs of the individual human person as I perceive them to be. I would be either "pro" or "anti" any dispensation depending upon whether or not I considered that entity to be fulfilling these needs.
"The Truth will make you free"--and nothing but a dedicated pursuit of Truth will do! Assured intellectual freedom, which depends upon free access to, and unrestricted exchange of all available knowledge, is essential to this process."
HASCO PEOPLES' POLL No. 13 - JUNE 2004
The HASCO Peoples' Poll is conducted
by volunteer teams every 30 days in a growing number of city
and country centres. Results are received and collated centrally
and made available to producers, consumers, political representatives
and the media as a service. There is no copyright on poll
(2) "Half the price of petrol is
made up of Excise Tax and GST. The GST component increases
with the price of oil. Do you believe this is a fair and just
(3) "Do you agree with the Reserve
Bank raising and lowering interest rates to control the economy?"
"Should farmers be allowed to build
dams on their own properties and access the water conserved
without cost or regulation?"
"Increasingly, Australian agriculture
is in the hands of large-scale business. Would you prefer
to return to small-scale family farming?"
"If it is cheaper, should we import
sugar, bananas, citrus and vegetables?"
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Actionists have been very busy letter writing and attending Senate Enquiries, etc. The following letters have been published elsewhere and/or sent to MPs.
INFLATION 'DEFLATES' PENSION
WHO ARE THE TERRORISTS?
THE DEMISE OF ATSIC
SENATE INQUIRY INTO REPUBLIC
Editor's note: Please send any correspondence for the editor of On Target to P.O. Box 27, Happy Valley, South Australia 5159. It will reach the editor sooner than if it goes via the Melbourne address.
SYDNEY CONSERVATIVE SPEAKERS' CLUBDates for your diary: Thursday, July 29th - Dr. Edmund Dafesh, "Iraq Today".
Thursday, August 26th - Annual General Meeting & Roy Gustard's, "Books Worth Reading".
Books will be on display as usual by the Heritage Book Service. Should you want a certain book, it can be ordered through the Heritage Book Service, P.O. Box 6086, Lake Munmorah, 2259, or Phone: (02) 4358 3634.
SOUTH AUSTRALIA'S STATE WEEKEND
The 36th Annual Seminar, Dinner and Action Conference will be held over 21-22nd August 2004. The venue for both days will be The Public Schools' Club, 207 East Terrace, Adelaide. Seminar: "A Realignment to the Real World".
Saturday, 21st August, 2004. Registration from 12.30pm. Commence 1.30pm. Speakers: Mr. David Brockschmidt, "What in the world is happening to the Welfare Groups?", Mr. Brian Waters, "Building Local Economies & Renewing Communities", and Mrs. Betty Luks, "Let's Start to get Our Priorities Right".
Frank Bawden Memorial Dinner: Saturday 21st, to be seated by 6.30pm. $23.50 for a 3-course Dinner. Bar facilities available.
Divine Service & Sunday Action Conference: 10.00am. The Conference will commence with a Divine Service followed by individual reports. Come prepared to have some input.
The messages will be taped by Mayo Tapes and available for sale. A wide selection of books, audios and videos will be available for sale. Come early and browse. South Australians: Contact Doug and Jean Holmes for further details, phone: 08 8296 4704
BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS
"WHY OUR SCHOOLS ARE FAILING" by Kevin Donnelly. Mr. Donnelly's book is a good read, as long as the reader is aware he approaches the subject from a neo-'conservative' Left-Right position. There is the Left, there is the Right and then there is Truth. $25.00 posted.
"THE DISASTER ROAD" by Jean Wallis. Mrs Wallis exposed the deliberate and sustained assaults on the traditional values-system that was once at the core of Australian education. Copies of this little masterpiece are still available. (Read it along with Donnelly's book.) $18.00 posted.
"TO PROTECT AND TO SERVE" by Tim Priest and Richard Basham: Former policeman Tim Priest came to our attention through an article he wrote for Quadrant Jan.-Feb. 2004, "The Rise of Middle Eastern Crime in Australia". His wrote of his own experience 'on the beat' which confirmed that the rise of Middle Eastern organised crime in Sydney will have an impact on our society unlike anything yet seen. But the corruption and decay is much deeper than that and along with co-author Richard Basham he exposes the truth about the New South Wales Police Service in "To Protect and to Serve". The 'spin doctors' are not just working amongst politicians, they are in all institutions and systems, as this book helps to reveal. The authors claim that with crime spiralling out of control, plummeting morale among the rank and file, the police service in NSW is on the point of collapse. Truly a 'wake up call' for us all. Price: $40.00 posted.
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