12 March 2004. Thought for the Week: "There are only
two Great Policies in the world today - Domination and Freedom.
As between these two policies, there could be no greater mistake
made than to assume that all would-be reformers are aiming
The fanatical Labour theorist, who would deny the
right to live to any person not engaged in orthodox toil,
quite irrespective of the facts of wealth production; the
Trust magnate who
corners an essential article under the
pretext of efficient production, are, no less than the mediaeval
ecclesiastics who burned men's bodies that their souls might
live, practical exponents of salvation by compulsion. It may
be worthwhile, therefore, to see whether the industrial and
social machine, as now operated, may not be equally the instrument
of either policy."
C.H. Douglas in "These Present Discontents & The Labour Party
& Social Credit," 1922.
COSTELLO - THE MODERN KING CANUTE
by Jeremy Lee
The latest statement from Treasurer Peter Costello, with the
endorsement of Prime Minister Howard, on policies to tackle
an aging population are bizarre. Costello has told us that
because the average age of Australians is rising, the future
will reveal fewer tax-payers supporting more welfare recipients.
As this will become increasingly difficult, people will have
to work longer, and retirement from work will become a thing
of the past.
He went on to urge Australian retirees to return to the workforce,
at least part-time, and added that employers would have to
be 'educated' to provide jobs for older people. All this is
the irrational conclusion of a tax-obsessed ideologue. It
flies in the face of natural law, true justice and the peace,
good order and happiness of Australians.
As mentioned before, the State of the
World Forum, held in San Francisco in 1995, dealt almost exclusively
with the question of work and production. It was far more
realistic than Howard and Costello in acknowledging that modern
technology was replacing human workers at an astounding rate.
The Forum concluded that within a short time the global economy
would require no more than 20 per cent of the workforce to
produce and distribute enough for everybody. This is already
evident in Australia. Our primary industries and manufacturing
take well under 20 per cent of the workforce. Allowing another
10 to 15 percent for transport and distribution, Australia
could cope with an unemployment rate of 60 per cent without
any reduction in current production.
The whole game in western industrial
economies now is to give the illusion of full employment.
This blind policy is aided by the fact that under the present
system everybody needs a job to live. Taxes are at the highest
rate in human history to cater for the casualties caused by
this way of doing things. But they're never enough to meet
the dislocation being caused in the process.
Costello tells us that unemployment is at about six per cent.
Nobody believes this is the true figure. Polls run in Queensland
show over 80 per cent do not believe the official unemployment
statistics. Unemployment is closer to 20 per cent. Many so-called
jobs are part time. We have over two million people on disability
pensions. This is, in most cases, a disguised form of unemployment.
Rather than honestly face this breakdown
in the social order, Costello simply looks into the future
and compares the number of tax payers with the number of tax
receivers. The balance is swinging away from tax payers. What
to do? Force more people back into a glutted workforce so
that the figures will look better! No matter that the real
position will become worse. All this before Costello has solved
the problem of youth unemployment, which is catastrophic in
some areas. Perhaps he intends to deal with this by extending
'work-for-the-dole'. In fact, why not put former retirees
and pensioners into the same programme. Don't call work-for-the-dole
what it really is - slave-for-the-government!
Persisted with, this Costello madness
has the potential to escalate the crisis in Australian society
to breakdown. We need a different approach and a new vision.
Why not classify all Australians as "share-holders",
entitled to a dividend depending on the nation's performance
each year? The first thing would be for Peter Costello to
produce a properly-audited balance sheet for the nation -
Australia Inc. This should be sent to every adult Australian,
just as Telstra has to make its balance sheet available to
Any true growth in Australia would result in a dividend to
be paid to all share-holders - even if they're old age pensioners!
In modern economies, where we don't need
everyone working as a result of the continual improvement
in automated productive capacity, sooner or later the policy
of "full employment" will have to be abandoned,
in favour of a share-holders' society. It will take a lot
for politicians to accept this. Only a constructive awakening
among ordinary people will finally force the change.
Meanwhile, all you old geriatrics, retired gardeners, volunteers
and wheel-chair operators, get down to CentreLink immediately
and demand the job that Costello and Howard say you must have!
They'll welcome you with open arms! They have so many vacancies
that need filling.
ARE SENATORS DOING WHAT SENATORS ARE
THERE TO DO -- AT LAST?
We were pleased to receive copies of
media and postal communiqués from two Senators during
the week. One was from Senator Len Harris carrying out his
duty as a duly elected Senator of the State of Queensland
to protect his constituents' interests; the other was from
Senator Meg Lees asking South Australians what did they want
to happen to Telstra.
Senator Len Harris of Queensland
AUSTRALIA'S BANANA, PORK & APPLE INDUSTRIES 'DONE LIKE
Senator Len Harris is warning Australian
banana, pork and apple industries producers of the dangers
to their livelihoods if the Federal Government gives the green
light to import Philippine bananas, New Zealand apples and
pork from the United States and the European Union.
The Agriculture Department's Biosecurity Australia, is proposing
to allow the imports following the release of a new draft
Import Risk Analyses (IRA).
Senator Harris, whose Mareeba Electorate Office is in the
heart of the tropical North Queensland banana growing belt,
said he has been inundated with phone calls. "Growers
are absolutely devastated by the import proposal. The $400
million dollar a year banana industry will be wiped out if
present quarantine restrictions are weakened. It will (also)
be impossible for Australian banana growers to compete with
cheap third world labor and input prices."
"The Philippines Agriculture
Minister has a financial interest in that country's largest
banana exporter which sends around 22 million cartons per
year offshore. This is more than Australia's total banana
production of 19 million cartons a year," insists the
"The Philippines Agriculture
Minister also has interests in that country's largest live
cattle import industry. This begs the question of whether
it is appropriate for a Minister of any country to have the
potential to use their statutory position as a means of industry
influence or personal gain?
One Nation does not want to jeopardise
Australia's live cattle export industry, however, their gain
must not be at the expense of our banana producers."
Senator Harris said Australia
had so far remained free from many exotic pests and diseases
that had devastated agricultural industries in other nations.
Australian homemakers take note
"The new draft IRA says the standard treatment for imported
bananas and apples will be to gas them with chlorine and then
put them in cold storage for weeks or even months. Australian's
don't want their food blasted with chemicals and then cold
stored. Consumers want fresh clean and green produce grown
here in Australia. Furthermore, it is unclear whether the
new draft proposals allowed imported foods to be irradiated.
With the globalisation of trade in food, there is an increasing
push for fruit and meat to be irradiated (treated with radiation)
to delay ripening and as a quarantine measure to eliminate
pests and diseases."
Industry stakeholders and consumers
The good Senator insists the only hope to stop the imports
was for the industry and consumers to unite and clearly make
their voices heard, and they have just 60 days to lodge objections
to the import proposals for bananas and apples.
Objections to imported pork must be
lodged within 30 days
Australians need to take action by lobbing their federal MPs
and state Senators. In particular, constituents should contact
Agriculture Minister Warren Truss; Fisheries, Forestry and
Conservation Minister Ian Macdonal and the Parliamentary Secretary
to the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Judith Troeth.
The Draft Import Risk Assessments are full of bureaucratic
jargon and gobbledygook. Phew! The IRA for apples is 565 pages
long. The banana IRA is 441 pages and the pork report is 779
Senator Harris tells us who is responsible
and just who we should target
"The Liberal Party's Agriculture Minister, Warren Truss
whose Department oversees Biosecurity Australia, must take
direct responsibility for the disastrous import proposals.
I am appalled by the blind hypocrisy of Mr. Truss. His own
department is proposing to let foreign produce flood our domestic
market but yesterday he encouraged Australian consumers to
support Australian farmers at the shops. What insincere, two-faced
nonsense," charged Senator Harris.
For those affected by such legislation,
read the Draft IRA's
Visit Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Biosecurity
information page at:
How to comment on the proposal: You will need to register
as a Stakeholder in order to contribute your views about the
Download the relevant forms from: https://www.affa.gov.au/content/output.cfm?ObjectID=D2C48F86-BA1A-11A1-A2200060B0A03927&contType=outputs
If you do not have access to the Internet: Contact Biosecurity
Australia, (02) 6272 4146 or local call to Senator Harris
on 1300 301 918. For further details: Senator Harris 07 4092
THREE OUT OF FOUR FARMERS TO GO
Tony Pitt of Qld. writes
Deputy PM, John Anderson, said at a public meeting in Mareeba
that they only needed 25,000 farmers. In other words 60,000 farmers
are to get the chop. Destruction by obfuscation is the game plan.
Impossible regulations, horrendous fines and punitive legal costs
are planned to force farmers from their land.
Read how to beat them in Senate Sentinel No 32. Free sample
available from Tony Pitt (07 4122 1412) or email him at email@example.com.
by Thomas Dolling
"Blix says war leaders acted like salesmen." Guardian
U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix accused Tony Blair and George
Bush (and John Howard
ed) of behaving like insincere
salesmen who "exaggerated" intelligence in an attempt
to win support for war. He thought the public should be able
to expect a bit more sincerity than that.
Robin Cook, the former leader of the House of Commons attacked
Blair's credibility, insisting he made it quite plain to Blair,
"It was obvious from the briefings that Saddam had no
weapons of mass destruction - only battle field weapons."
Israeli MP Yossi Sarid was also quoted: "It was known
in Israel that the story that weapons of mass destruction
could be activated in 45 minutes was an old wive's tale."
Passion of Gibson's film on Christ is
in the conflict it generates says Age reporter Chris McGillion:
The Age 20/2/04
The movie represents another shot in the culture war being
waged in the Catholic Church (and Christianity more generally).
Ultra-conservative Catholics like Gibson oppose the liberalising
reforms of the Second Vatican Council and Christians generally
are divided between liberals and conservatives. It was claimed,
"If the state's new religious hatred laws intended to
fetter the teaching of Christian doctrine, it was invalid.
By preaching violence Islam was disqualified." The Choudhary
case in England was cited -- involving the Salman Rushdie
book, The Satanic Verses -- which protected only Christianity,
not Islam." The case is continuing.
Australia's blasphemy law - still in
force if little used - took precedence over the State Act.
Between the rocks and a hard place: Sydney Morning Herald
According to reporter Miranda Devine police have bent over
backwards to build good relations with the inhabitants of
Redfern. Examples are:
· Police youth liaison officer rides in school buses
ready to help out any child not ready.
· On Sunday mornings, police take three children to
Nippers, at South Maroubra Surf Club.
· The Police & Community Youth Club serve breakfast
to children before school.
· Twenty children taken on a four-day Lake Macquarie
camp. Similar camps have taken place beforehand.
· Children taken to: meet Rugby League players; a naval
ship; Australia's Wonderland; Homebush Aquatic Centre; NSW
Gymnastic Academy; mini golf; movies, lunch, theatre and swims.
This is all 'above and beyond their duties'; the police officers
get paid for an eight-hour day. It is reported they have "had
a gutful of being the political footballs." One officer
is quoted as saying: "We have to do it because no else
SENATOR MEG LEES
Remember the good lady? It was her casting
vote which gave Howard the green light to impose the horrendous
Goods and Service Tax upon us all. Whether she regrets voting
the way she did I do not know, or whether she thinks she better
try to redeem herself, I do not know, but she circulated by
householder mail, a questionnaire asking South Australians
what they want her to do when the Telstra issue comes up again
before the Senate.
The options, according to Meg Lees
come down to
· The Howard regime NOT to sell off remaining 50.1%
Government ownership of Telstra.
OR sell it off to:
· Retire Public Debt - Secure stronger customer service
guarantee - Restore Murray-Darling Basin - Or bargain for
both stronger customer service guarantees and environmental
Australia's financial woes will not suddenly
be solved by the sale or no sale of Telstra
going to take a fundamental change in financial policies,
but we must put a stop to the traitorous Howard regime's selling
off of our assets!
Let's list just a few that have been sold off:
Infrastructure: roads, ferries, bridges, airports,
Transport: buses, trams, airlines, railways and coastal
Minerals: Oil, gas, coal, shale, uranium.
Electricity: distribution, installation, generation,
Telstra, 49.9%, Snowy Mountain Hydro, Commonwealth Bank, Qantas,
Defence Housing, Department of Administrative Services, Port
Our thanks to Tony Pitt, Queensland for producing a CD list
of the traitorous sell-offs. Those who would like to purchase
copies from him ring for details: (07 4122 1412).
Please let Senator Meg Lees know in no uncertain terms WE
DO NOT WANT THE REMAINING 50.1% OF TELSTRA SOLD OFF - NOT
UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.
Her postal address is: 322A The Parade, Kensington S.A. 5068
-- a Freecall number is: 1300 301 642 and her Office number
is: 08 8331 8111. Other States' actionists to target their
LETTER TO THE EDITOR ON TELSTRA
To the Editor, L.V. Express, Morwell, Vic.
"The financial advisors on radio tell us that a return of
9% offered on some investments sounds good in today's conditions,
but is too risky. Now if you had a sound investment that returned
you 10% per year would you want to sell it? Ten per cent is a
very good return on your money.
The Federal Government gets a 10% return per year from Telstra
and yet they seem determined to sell it. It doesn't make sense.
If the return they get from Telstra goes out of their income,
it will have to be replaced by more taxation. We work until June
each year now to pay the taxman, we don't want to work any longer
D.J. Auchterlonie, Traralgon Vic.
AUSTRALIA WINS THE FTA WOODEN SPOON
Taken from The Land, NSW by John
The signing of a Free Trade Agreement
with the US was an act of treason against Australians.
Agriculture is only a minor problem in the agreement but the
backflip on sugar would have former Deputy Prime Minister,
John McEwen, turning in his grave. Ignoring subsidies to US
agriculture was a "sell out" of the Cairns group
in World Trade Organisation (WTO) negotiations and we should
now be absent from future multilateral trade rounds.
Federal Trade Minister, Mark Vaile, was shafted by his leader.
John Howard phoned George W. Bush, and the joint perpetrators
of the worst diplomatic and economic disasters of the past
50 years, played re election politics.
The decision by the National Farmers Federation (NFF) not
to totally reject the FTA is also a concern. Its former deputy
director, David Trebeck calculated Australia would be worse
off even before agriculture was excluded.
As with the GST introduction, the NFF has defended Government
against the interests of farmers. The Federal Government is
silent about the multinational agreement on investment (MAI)
that the US had on the negotiating table.
Mr Howard is seen as the great defender of our borders against
small boat refugees who may be Bill Sykes level pickpockets
at worst. He has now opened our whole country to the Al Capones
of the US.
An FTA with the country with which we have our largest trade
deficit can do nothing but accelerate our indebtedness.
I think of the NFF and former Democrat leader, Meg Lees, every
time I fill in my business activity statement. The GST was
sold as a boost for exports. Since its introduction our Government
has presided over a record 24 consecutive months of trade
deficits averaging $2 billion a month.
This performance has seen Paul Keating's 1996 "debt cart"
of $180 billion blow out to $365 billion and Australia placed
in a similar position to Indonesia before the International
Monetary Fund (IMF) moved in.
The supposed robust economies of the
US (bankrolled by China and on IMF debt warning) and Australia
remind me of Alan Bond's reputation before Rowlands turned
on the searchlight. Perception is everything until reality
The great advocates of free trade are going broke while the
wise old civilisations of Europe, China and Japan protect
their own industries and sell to the free trade ideologues.
This FTA is a "play off" for the wooden spoon in
the world trade surplus contest. Free trade with a floating
exchange rate can't work.
The US dollar is collapsing and our exporters lose more every
day that it falls. It is time for change in Canberra. The
Murdoch/Bush/Howard partnership must end.
Labor, Meg Lees and the Nationals must stop Mr Howard's terrible
FTA "sell out" by blocking its ratification in the
WAR FOR SOULS IN IRAQ
From Bill Berkowitz - WorkingForChange,
Last March, in anticipation of a quick U.S. victory, several
U.S. Christian evangelical organisations set their sights
on delivering band-aids and Bibles to Iraq. Now, more than
eleven months later, concerned that the window of opportunity
will soon be slammed shut, evangelical groups are hustling
about the country. Ironically, while these U.S.-based Christian
missionaries are struggling to convert Muslims, the country's
Christian community -- numbering less than one million out
of a population of 23-25 million and made up of mostly Assyrian
Catholics -- is under attack.
Most Iraqi Christians "are Assyrian Catholics, known
as Chaldeans, although there are also followers of other Catholic
rites, Orthodox believers, and smaller numbers of Protestants"
the Boston Globe recently pointed out. (Shi'ite Muslims
make up some 60 percent of the country's population.)
In the face of the increasing persecution
of Iraqi Christians, conservative U.S. evangelicals have been
silent, columnist Glen Chancy pointed out in September of
last year. In a piece entitled "Christians in Iraq"
(LewRockwell.com) Chancy said that evangelicals have not vigorously
protested "the inability/unwillingness of U.S. forces
to protect Iraqi Christians... .[and] their cause has not
been championed by any of the televangelists."
Evangelicals have not made "Christian persecution in
post-Saddam Iraq... a centerpiece article in any of the Evangelical
magazines," Chancy added.
"American Christian missionaries
have declared a 'war for souls' in Iraq... [and] are pouring
into the country, which is 97 per cent Muslim, bearing Arabic
Bibles, videos and religious tracts designed to 'save' Muslims
from their 'false' religion," the London Telegraph
reported in late December. Evangelical groups were organising
"in secrecy, and emphasizing their humanitarian aid work."
Leading the evangelical onslaught is the International Mission
Board, the missionary arm of the Southern Baptists.
In a December appeal, John Brady, the
IMB's head for the Middle East and North Africa, pointed out
that "Southern Baptists have prayed for years that Iraq
would somehow be opened to the gospel," but he expressed
concern that the "open door" for Christians may
soon be shut. "Southern Baptists must understand that
there is a war for souls under way in Iraq," his bulletin
added, listing Islamic leaders and "pseudo-Christian"
groups also flooding Iraq as his chief rivals.
"In public," the London Telegraph report
noted, "the largest groups put the emphasis on their
delivery of food parcels and their medical work. However,
their internal fund-raising materials emphasize mission work.
One IMB bulletin reported aid workers handing out copies of
the New Testament and praying with Muslim recipients. Another
bulletin said Iraqis understood 'who was bringing the food
. . . it was the Christians from America.'"
On December 9, the IMB announced that
it wanted to send more missionaries to Iraq but it lacked
financial resources and volunteers to do so, the ASSIST News
.Glen Chancy elaborated on his charges
that US evangelicals were not interested in the plight of
Iraqi Christians in a mid-January e-mail exchange with TomPaine.com:
While "I am happy anytime anyone is willing to give food,
blankets, and medicines to the victims of war....I do have
concerns about the presence of Evangelicals in Iraq,"
"Evangelizing Muslims is difficult work, not the least
because convincing a Muslim to change his religion can get
missionaries killed....Historically, Evangelical missionaries
operating in situations such as Iraq focused on a far safer
mission field. That is -- converting Christians to Christianity.
No one gets violent if a Roman Catholic Assyrian becomes a
If the current situation runs true to
historical form (Lebanon, Syria, Israel, Egypt, etc), then
the Evangelicals will end up making a fair number of converts
among the indigenous Christians, and almost none among the
Ironically, as Chancy points out, converting
Assyrian Catholics could have a deleterious effect on that
community because "Evangelical missionaries sow dissension
and form rifts. It is its unity and community spirit that
have allowed the Assyrian community to survive in a hostile
environment; by making converts among them, Evangelicals make
them more vulnerable."
As in his September article, Chancy pointed out that from
the beginning "the announcements of relief efforts in
Iraq did not focus on Iraqi Christians. Rather, they played
up the opportunity to help Muslims. In fact, there is a major
dearth of conservative media/Christian media coverage of the
plight of Iraqi Christians... .there just aren't many people
talking about the Assyrians.
"If the Evangelical power structure
truly cared about Assyrians, then they would be busy demanding
that the U.S. administration under Paul Bremer do something
to protect them, or at least clamor for our withdrawal before
we radicalize the place to the point that we get them [Assyrians]
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