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5 August 2005. Thought for the Week: O God of earth and altar, bow down and hear our cry; our earthly rulers falter, our people drift and die. The walls of gold entomb us, the swords of scorn divide. Take not Thy thunder from us, but take away our pride.
From all that terror teaches, from lies of tongue and pen. From all the easy speeches that comfort cruel men, from sale and profanation of honour and the sword. From sleep and from damnation, deliver us good Lord.
Tie in a living tether, the prince and priest and thrall, bind all our lives together, smite us and save us all. In ire and exultation, aflame with faith, and free; lift up a living nation, a single sword to Thee.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton, 1874-1936.
THE AUSTRALIAN STORYby Edward Rock
Watching the "Australian Story' recently on ABC - TV just added to the depression of realising that the transformation of Australia from a Christian country to one corrupted by power is almost complete. Colonel Collins was pursuing the only course an Australian patriot can pursue. He put Australia's interests first and incurred the wrath of the Jakarta lobby implementing the Howard policy of world centralism; a policy which begins and ends in the corruption of power. I have correspondence on file from John Howard going back to 1981, charting the course he has travelled from decentralised responsible government, to a continuation of replicas charted by Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, Mao tse Tung, and other political despots. When power is centralised, even with saintly intentions it results in corrupt, degenerate and violent government. The Christian position, as follows, cannot be compromised:
· Social and international violence is the fruit of political violence.
· Political violence results from the breakdown of Christian authority.
· Christian authority can only be exercised in a climate of decentralised power.
· The Law of Love, Love of neighbour, and decentralised power are inseparable.
To reiterate. The social and political violence we are witnessing today results from centralised political, economic and financial power. Lieut. Colonel Collins, Paul Toohey and the officer who committed suicide were the victims of the pursuit of centralised world power by John Howard and the coalition parties. Whether John Howard and the coalition are the pawns of the powerful bureaucracy remains a moot point. If the present government was replaced by a coalition of political Christian saints, unless they implemented the points listed above, the present policy would continue, and in no time the saints would become sinners.
A letter I received from John Howard on 24th April, 1995 contained the following: "As a practicing Christian my beliefs do have a real and practical influence on my approach to politics and particular policy issues." I immediately responded putting the case for his incoming government (it was patently clear the days of Paul Keating were numbered) to reverse previous coalition failures to restore decentralised government in Australia and reclaim Australia's national sovereignty sold out by the misuse of the Foreign Affairs clause in the Constitution. John Howard's reply amazed me. He said to follow that course of action would constitute "a return to parochialism."
He made it clear then, and has followed the course, without deviating, that would take Australia into the world global state in which worship of the beast of Revelation displaces worship of God. Ever since, Australia has become a player in world violence, and Australian Defence Forces have been used as mercenaries towards that end. It was this policy which Colonel Collins and his fellow Australian patriots reacted against, even if they did not see it in the terms I have used. John Howard almost daily affirms he cannot guarantee Australia's immunity from similar acts of terrorism and violence, such as was experienced in London 7.7.05. Precisely. He has provoked those now reacting against the political and physical violence of the centralised world-state, endangering Australia as no other Prime Minister in our history has done. The time will come when his name will be reviled in our nation, yet he had the potential and the opportunity to take the opposite initiative which would have cast Australia in the role of restoring Christian leadership in the world.
In conversations with fellow returned men at reunions, Anzac Day marches etc, the role of our present Defence Forces reduced from defenders of Christian civilisation to mercenaries serving a world dicatorship is a matter of great concern. The pattern of betrayal is becoming clearer every day, and if it is any consolation to Colonel Collins and Paul Toohey, their contribution will clarify the thinking of many more concerned Australians. There is nothing so repulsive as the betrayal of a people and a nation by those of their own kind.
It may take many years for the full truth to seep through, but history will record the governments of the coalition parties since W.W.2 as the most treacherous in our history. There was a time I looked on some within the Liberal Party who may react against the betrayal of our national sovereignty, but it now appears the power that corrupts absolutely is so powerful as to make that hope unrealisable. It appears we have to descend into the depths of a new dark age in which the Christian Australia I knew as a youth is sacrificed on the altar of political treachery and the violence that flows from it.
MONARCH, REPUBLICANISM & PROFESSOR ANDREW FRASER
by James Reed
by James Reed
We haven't heard much about the treatment of Palestinian children held in detention by Israeli authorities. A recent book by Catherine Cook, Adam Hanieh and Adah Kay entitled: Stolen Youth: The Politics of Israel's detention of Palestinian Children published in 2004 by Pluto Press attempts to correct the lack of treatment of this issue by the mainstream pro-Zionist press.
The authors were staff members or volunteers with the human rights organisation Children International/Palestine section. This is a thoroughly researched book by people who have first hand experience of the human rights abuses committed by Israel against Palestinian children. The first paragraph of text describes a beating which Isma'il Sabatin received while blindfolded - first being beaten with a piece of plastic pipe and then being left "hanging in the air, with my handcuffed hands holding onto the pipe and the weight of my body, hanging in the air, drawing my hands downwards". (p.3) Beating combined with the application of alternately very hot and icy-cold water are common methods of child torture the authors say. One child even died of gunshot wounds while being held in detention. Presumably he did not receive any medical attention after being shot be Israeli soldiers.(p.5)
The Israeli Prison Service also has a policy of locking some Palestinian children up with Israeli juvenile prisoners. The Palestinian children are exposed to serious violations such as rape and physical abuse "in which the prison authorities typically refuse to intervene". (p.6) The authors have no difficulty in showing in chapter 4 of the book, that this child torture violates a wide array of international human rights laws. The authors also detail some interesting discriminatory judgements in Israeli law. A stone-throwing child received ten months in a military prison, and a fine of 3,000 NIS (about US $690). A Jewish Rabbi who started firing his gun in Hebron Centre killing one Palestinian and wounding another served only three of a five-month sentence. This book is recommended reading on a neglected aspect of Zionism.
SAYING "SORRY"Israel sold US military technology to China, including Harpy Killer unmanned attack drones designed to destroy radar systems. Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom publicly apologized to the US saying, "If things were done that were not acceptable to the Americans then we are sorry but these things were done with the utmost innocence".
So selling weapons for profit is "innocence"? I would have to see what "guilt" was.
THE CORRUPTION FROM WITHIN
by James Reed
KILLER FLU: COMING OUR WAY?
by James Reed
MAYOR URGES NATIONAL PARTY TO BLOCK SALE OF TELSTRAIn a clear message to the National Party Annual Conferences of S.A. and Qld., held 21st-24th July, 2005, Port Lincoln's Mayor Peter Davis, called on "the only political Party representing rural Australia to stand up and defend country people from poor Telstra services in the bush."
Peter also reported that at Elliston, South Australia (7/6/05) Senator Helen Coonan met Mr. Creagh McGlasson owner of www.eyreonline.com, a small Internet Service Provider, based at Lock, S.A.
The following is a summary of the matters Creagh
McGlasson raised with Senator Coonan, giving specific examples of Telstra's:
In the Lock area of South Australia, and on Eyre
Peninsula as a whole, Telstra's LAND LINE infrastructure, stretching
for hundreds of kilometres, is in poor condition, even laying on top
of the ground surface, unburied, some for 30 years. Mobile services
are also unsatisfactory. As for isolated communities and businesses
using email and internet services, speeds of less than 20 kbps are neither
satisfactory nor fair.
Telstra delivers revenues to the Federal Government
in excess of $10 millions - DAILY.
I have at least 200 clients that DO NOT have
a reliable enough phone service for internet access, are not in a mobile-phone
range, and are outraged at having to spend $90/mth, or more, for Satellite
Internet Service, when City/Urban subscribers get ADSL for $29.95/mth.
For those still needing to rely on copper terrestrial
services, ISDN is very efficient, but they find Telstra most unwilling
to improve and/or provide for this service where Land Lines are suspect
and Telstra funds are required for upgrading and/or repair.
Ninety per cent of country folks' phone calls
are STD. So they are in a catch 22 situation and it is unjust for country
I am finding it very hard to support all the
claims being made about wireless, mobile and faster digital services
in the pipeline (for those in range, and alongside newer infrastructure).
I spend a lot of funds providing the necessary
technology to enable many internet users in the less favoured areas
to achieve connections at rates as low as 19.9kbs or even lower, just
so they can function with necessary internet connections.
For this fundamental reason of fair service provision to ALL AUSTRALIANS now and into the future Pt. Lincoln Mayor Davis asks Dinkum Australian National Party Senators to BLOCK the sale of Telstra in the Senate.
SAVE TELSTRA - SELL JOHN!Don't forget Hasco has launched a great "message-card campaign" against the sale of Telstra. The theme is "Save Telstra Sell John!" with the following message:
"A government which persistently and deliberately defies the considered will of the people on a single issue destroys the democracy which gave it office in the first place."
The cards are aimed at all sections of the community (appealing to them to join in the battle) - Radio, TV, business leaders, community organizations, your political representative - the receiver limited only by your imagination. Send for your supply, with cheque/money order to: Hasco, Box 642, Nanango, Qld. 4615. Prices range from 10 for $4, 20 for $6, 50 for $12 and 100 for $17 and prices include postage.
HUH? HOW'S THIS FOR BEFUDDLED OBFUSCATION?The following letter was sent in reply to three queries Mr. Tom Dolling of Pt Lincoln, S.A asked John Anderson, at the time he was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services and Leader of the Nationals.
Is this why John Anderson resigned as Deputy PM? Was the world of 'double- speak' gobbledygook; i.e., incomprehensible or pompous jargon of so-called specialists, just too much even for him?
Dear Mr Dolling, 9th June 2005.
Poor Lamb. Such a confused state of mind. Let's take just a few of his statements.
Dismissing the very notion that "Banks create
money out of nothing," he states "money has no intrinsic value".
Does Mr. Kelly mean a money system is simply
a means by which human beings deal with real things?
The day will come when most people will grasp
the truth they have been sold an illusion, an abstraction. While Douglas
referred to the black magic of the moneylenders as an abstraction, I
think the word theologians use would also be appropriate - the word
is idolatry. And the idol is Mammon.
Isn't it time Australians looked at why the financial
system doesn't reflect or represent the truth of our abundance and why
we the people, that is you, me, us, are not enjoying the fruits of it?
BASIC FUNDWe are well and truly in the home stretch - thank you one and all. The figure now stands at $48, 923: 65. The Annual Appeal closes at the end of August. Now is the time to make that contribution you were planning to make and help fill the target of $60,000.
DR. DAVID MITCHELL FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIAN STATE WEEKENDDecide now to join us for a two-day 'school' on "The Spirit of Australia's Constitution and History". Dr. David Mitchell, B.A., LL.B., LL.M., Ph.D. has graciously consented to present this two-day seminar outlining the foundations of our Constitution and History.
The dates are: Saturday and Sunday 10th-11th, September, 2005, and the venue is The Public Schools' Club, 207 East Terrace, Adelaide.
The Frank Bawden Memorial Dinner will be held on Saturday evening, 10th September, 2005.
NATIONAL WEEKENDNow is the time to mark in your diaries the dates for the National Weekend's "New Times Dinner", Seminar and Divine Service and Conference. Mr. Paul Fromm from Canada will be one of the guest speakers. Dates are: New Times Dinner: Friday, 7th October. Seminar: Saturday, 8th October and Divine Service and Conference: Sunday, 9th October, 2005.
IMPORTANT BOOKS"Confessions of an Economic Hit Man," by John Perkins:
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"The Church and Farming," by
Rev. Denis Fahey, C.S.S.p, D.D., D.Ph., BA.
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