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11 February 2005. Thought for the Week: What does the following remind you of? "Under the Saite kings, foreigners poured into Egypt and formed a growing number of permanent colonies. Many of these groups were no longer poor men - economic refugees - forming a category of second-class citizens who could be used for unskilled labour, as in the past. These immigrant colonies were often richer and more skilled than the native Egyptians: the proud kingdom of the 'Two Lands' was now technically backward compared to the rising cultures of the first millennium B.C. Indeed, the Saite kings, to raise taxes, even awarded privileges - forerunners of later 'capitulations' - to foreigners. At Naucratis, Greek traders were allowed a city of their own; a Greek-style polis, where Greek law, customs and religion flourished: not essentially unlike the older colonies of Magna Graecia now scattered about the Mediterranean coasts. Thus trade, once a royal monopoly, fell into alien hands. It was only a matter of time before the rest of the country became booty."
"The Civilisation of Ancient Egypt: Decline and Fall of the Pharaohs", by Paul Johnson, 1978.

THE PRINCE OF WALES TO VISIT US

The Prince of Wales will visit Australia from the 28th February to the 5th March 2005. He will be travelling to Perth, Alice Springs, Melbourne, Sydney, and Canberra. The visit by His Royal Highness will focus on three major themes: environmental sustainability; excellence in public service; and community integration. He will use his visit to support environmental initiatives, sustainable fishing policies and urban regeneration projects.
The Prince will have the opportunity to meet a cross-section of Australians involved in a variety of projects of interest including medical staff, school teachers, sporting coaches, farmers and indigenous Australians. In addition, the Prince will also attend a number of formal and informal receptions. There will also be a number of opportunities for the public to meet His Royal Highness.
Further details of the visit will be released closer to the time. His Royal Highness will travel on to New Zealand and Fiji from Australia. This will be the Prince of Wales's thirteenth visit to our great land.
According to constitutional convention The Prince of Wales nor Her Majesty The Queen can visit Australia unless invited to do so by the Government; which in itself is testimony that we are a totally independent and sovereign nation subject only to the will of the Australian people.


DEMOCRACY ON ITS DEATH BED?

by James Reed
John Fonte in an interesting article "A World of Difference," published in The Weekend Australian 15-16th January, 2005, has isolated the activities of a group of global elites as more dangerous to the survival of democracy than Islamic terrorists. Fonte is director of the Centre for American Common Culture and a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington. His full paper "Democracy's Trojan Horse," is at the Hudson website: www.Hudson.org/files/publications/fonte-national-interest-summer-04.pdf.

Democracy, he argues, is slowly but surely being replaced by a form of global governance by a trans-national bureaucracy. Common to this bureaucracy is the ideology of human rights which is determined by international law. International institutions such as the UN and the International Criminal Court administer the international agreements and laws.
International non-government organisations (NGOs) represent "global civil society" and work with international institutions to develop new norms for global governance. The whole unholy system is run by trans-national elites including international lawyers and judges, NGO activists, UN officials and global corporate leaders. These elites have a common "progressive" ideology of supporting "the other" minorities, the "oppressed" and those of like ilk.

The system does not technically constitute world government, but is effectively world government by the back door. The authority of nation states are "increasingly circumscribed by the growing strength of the global institutions, laws, rules, networks and ideological norms."
The same message has been delivered previously by numerous other conservative writers, who have been branded as "extremist" for their insight. In any case, the enemy is now clearly in sight - it is the "post democracy" elites who are attempting to bring about a rule of the international elites. Therein lies our struggle!


THE EMERGENCE OF A SOCIAL DYNAMIC

by Betty Luks
Early in the 20th century the idea of 'democracy' was just 'there'; all were content to accept the then current usage of the term. But if asked to define the term the enquirer would get as many definitions and there were people asked.
It took the genius of Clifford Hugh Douglas to subject this thing called 'democracy' to analysis, to take it apart and analyse its constituent parts, and then reconstruct it again into a coherent and understandable 'whole'. He saw that it was in the 'social credit' of the community that the solution was to be found.

He grasped that there is such a power, but it is based on knowledge and understanding - and the exercising of that power. And it was hoped the revelation and understanding of this truth would lead to a rebirth of those spiritual realities which underlay the greatest achievements of our race, our people, our culture. If only they could realise the fact, the truth, that inherent in any association of people coming together for an agreed purpose (if its individual members pool their individual resources and power) the increments, the benefits, deriving from that association are far greater than any member could ever achieve individually.

"Of course," I can hear you say, "anybody knows that! That's as plain as the nose on your face! That's not a new concept!"
It was a new concept for politics
Yes, people had discovered the benefits, the increments resulting from the division of labour in the production system, but in the early 20th century it hadn't quite sunk in that the same principle could be applied in and through the political institutions and systems, which had evolved over the centuries into a parliamentary system. Yes, the people had fought for their rights and liberties, but the democratic principle had been perverted and twisted 'out of truth'; the elector in the 1930s had no opportunity of stating what he wanted, and had less hope of seeing his wishes put into effect. The people who lived in what were described as 'democracies', in fact, lived in elected dictatorships!

Douglas wrote on democracy and the policies of the people - not parties.
"I am convinced (it) is the truth, that dictatorships representing the power of millions of people must be disastrous if the dictators are in charge of policy.
It is quite possible to have all the power of a unified dictatorship and yet to have control over it in such a manner that its policy can be rapidly changed, if it is recognised that the dictatorship is merely functional, and not one of initiative," wrote Clifford Hugh Douglas in "The Fig Tree" No.2 Sept. 1936. (emphasis added…ed)
He explained that freedom is a real thing. It is the most important thing at stake in the world today and it is absolutely essential that we understand its nature.

"It is the power, he continued, "to choose or refuse one thing at a time. It is the power to choose whether you will play cricket or whether you will play golf, or whether you will play neither. Quite emphatically it is not the power of the non-player to change the rules of cricket or golf; that is not freedom, that it tyranny."
Many Australians watched the brilliant tennis matches played out during the recent Australian Open Championships. Those who followed Lleyton Hewett's matches know he was penalised for breaching the tennis code of ethics -- he breached the rules. He didn't set out to change the rules but was penalised for breaching them.

In the above article, James Reed highlights the way our parliamentary representatives have changed the rules. IT IS NOT THEIR PLACE TO CHANGE THE RULES! IT IS ONLY ON THE CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY OF THE PEOPLE OF AUSTRALIA CAN THE RULES BE CHANGED!!! But nothing is going to happen, the direction of this nation is not going to be turned around UNTIL the people of Australia take their representatives to task AND INSIST ON THEM KNOWING WHAT IS THEIR WILL…AND MAKING THEIR PAID REPRESENTATIVES ACT UPON IT AND GET RESULTS.

THIS DEMOCRACY AND THE TELSTRA CAMPAIGN

This real democracy is concerned with the root of power, and it is the power drawn from the elector's will! It is the common ground where we meet our fellow Australian. It is in our aspirations, our objectives, our ruling policy that we find unity.
Just verbalising 'freedom and democracy' is not the real thing. The words are only the symbols for the dynamics which must be applied, through the right channels, which demonstrates an aspect of that real thing we call freedom and its democratic process. It is only when the elector's will is applied to get the results wanted does democracy become real!

It is in the application of the real dynamic - the instruction of the parliamentary representative what is the will of the elector on a certain issue, with the insistence he represent the elector's interests in the matter that real democracy can be claimed to exist. If this demand for what people do, in fact, want, can be demonstrated, if the desire can be acted upon sufficiently urgently and forcefully, through the right channel which has been built, over many centuries, for the true and proper demand to be acted upon then does freedom and democracy become real! That is real democracy!

Although your parliamentary representative now thinks he is there to represent the will of his political Party Whip, he needs to be disabused, i.e., freed from such an erroneous belief of such a false notion! And the Telstra issue, if acted upon by enough electors, is one issue which will demonstrate the above truths more than mere words ever can!

Telstra must remain an asset of the Australian people! But for this to happen, each and every elector reading this article must exercise his own authority and power and inform his Local, State and Federal government Representative, especially his own State Senators, it is his will they come against any moves to sell off the remaining shares, which are in fact the assets of the Australian people!

Thanks to one of our most prolific letter writers, Ron Fischer now of Sebastapool, Victoria we know 75 per cent of the people surveyed by the Herald Sun newspaper 21st January, 2005, are opposed to the sale. Ron immediately wrote to Senator J.M. Troeth informing the good senator, not only did 75 per cent of the Victorians surveyed oppose the sale of Telstra, but so did he, and reminded him of his constitutional duty.

NOW'S THE TIME TO EXERCISE YOUR FREEDOM

Included with this week's On Target is a list of the Federal Senators; parliamentarians who are responsible to the people of their own States. If you believe that Telstra belongs to the Australian people and that the current government has no right to sell it off to a foreign company, then you must exercise you constitutional authority and inform your state senators of what you want!
We cannot exercise your freedom for you! You must do that! The alternative is that someone else will do it for you… and that is servitude.

ENDLESS WAR

by James Reed
Neo-con intellectuals are divided about the meaning of president Bush's January 20th inaugural speech. Bush said: "The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands."
William Kristol, neocon editor of the "Weekly Standard" saw the speech as historic as if "actions follow words and success greets his efforts, then President Bush will have ushered in a new era in American foreign policy." And what is that new era? With some White house sources pointing to Iran as the U.S.'s next terrorist nation to be "taken out," and with threats that Israel will do this anyway and allow the U.S. to sort out the mess, the words of Pat Buchanan in "The New York Times" are prophetic: Bush has claimed "a right to intervene in the internal affairs of every nation on earth, and that is, quite simply, a recipe for endless war."

During the inaugural parade Bush flashed a "hook 'em horns" sign. The hand sign is the traditional Horns football salute. In Norway, the sign is considered that of the devil; in Russia a sign of the "New Russians" - the newly rich and poorly educated and in Mediterranean countries the sign implies that a man is a cuckold. Which description best fits Bush?


PROFESSOR'S 'IN YOUR FACE' COMMENTS TO AMERICAN PEOPLE

Once in a while there comes along an article or report which 'hits you between the eyes' because it causes such an emotional and/or mental shock. The following article by one Michelle York of the New York Times is just one such report. While it is directed to the American people, because of John Howard toadying to the Bush regime, we cannot ignore what he is saying.

"University of Colorado at Boulder professor who became the target of widespread outrage after he called the Sept. 11 victims "little Eichmanns" has resigned as chairman of that school's ethnic studies department, though he will continue to teach there. The professor, Ward Churchill, is still invited to take part in a discussion Thursday at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., despite widespread protest that has been building since news of his visit became public. "We have a real test of freedom of expression here," said Hamilton's president, Joan Hinde Stewart, who has maintained that she finds the comparison "personally repugnant."

Take the beam out of our own eyes first
In an essay published after the Sept. 11 attacks, Mr. Churchill wrote that those killed in the trade centre were ignoring their role in American foreign policy. "They were too busy braying, incessantly and self-importantly, into their cellphones, arranging power lunches and stock transactions, each of which translated, conveniently out of sight, mind and smelling distance, into the starved and rotting flesh of infants," he wrote, referring to American sanctions on Iraq.
"If there was a better, more effective, or in fact any other way of visiting some penalty befitting their participation upon the little Eichmanns inhabiting the sterile sanctuary of the twin towers, I'd really be interested in hearing about it," he added.

Yesterday, Mr. Churchill said by phone he had received many death threats and plans to spend today having an updated will notarised.
"This proves my thesis absolutely," he said of the death threats. "That is terrorism. The families of Sept. 11 feel dehumanized and devalued and that leads to violence. It's not different for the Arabs."

Comment: The self-righteous are out in force protesting at what the college professor has said. At a dinner banquet of New York State Conservative Party members, Governor Pataki said, "There's a difference between freedom of speech and inviting a bigoted terrorist supporter."
Presumably the good governor has no qualms about the American regime's support for Israel and their actions in Iraq and so many other countries around the world.


SCOTT RITTER - CRIMINALS THE LOT OF US

There is no doubt in Scott Ritter's mind that "The invasion of Iraq was a crime of gigantic proportions, for which politicians, the media and the public share responsibility." The Guardian (UK) 27/1/2005.

He writes: "The White House's acknowledgement last month that the United States has formally ended its search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq brought to a close the most calamitous international deception of modern times. This decision was taken a month after a contentious presidential election in which the issue of WMD and the war in Iraq played a central role. In the lead-up to the invasion, and throughout its aftermath, President Bush was unwavering in his conviction that Iraq had WMD, and that this posed a threat to the US and the world. The failure to find WMD should have been his Achilles heel, but the Democratic contender, John Kerry, floundered, changing his position on WMD and Iraq many times.

When one looks at the situation in Iraq today, the only way that it would be possible to justify the current state of affairs - a once secular society now the centre of a global anti-American Islamist jihad, tens of thousands of civilians killed, an unending war that costs almost £3.2bn a month, and the basic principles of democracy mocked through an election process that has generated extensive violence - is if the invasion of Iraq was for a cause worthy of the price.

The threat to international peace and security represented by Iraqi WMD seemed to be such a cause. We now know there were no WMD, and thus no justification for the war. And yet there are no repercussions. The culpability for the war can be traced to those same Senate hearings in 2002, when Colin Powell said: "We can have debates about the size of the stockpile ... but no one can doubt two things.
· One, they [Iraq] are in violation of these resolutions ...
· And second, they have not lost the intent to develop these weapons of mass destruction."

Politicians, the mainstream media and the public alike accepted this line of argument, without debate, thus setting the stage for an illegal war.
UN weapons inspections were never given a chance. Ever since the Clinton administration ordered them out of Iraq in 1998, the US has denigrated the efficacy of the inspection process. This was a policy begun by Clinton, but perfected by Bush in the build-up to war. In October 2002, a month after Saddam Hussein agreed to the unfettered return of weapons inspectors, the US defence department postulated the existence of secret production facilities, protected by a "concealment mechanism" designed to defeat inspectors. Thus, even if they returned, a finding of no WMD was meaningless.

There was never any serious effort undertaken by the Bush administration to find Iraqi WMD. Prior to the invasion, the US military re-designated an artillery brigade as an "exploitation task force" designed to search for WMD as the coalition advanced into Iraq. It did little more than serve as a vehicle for its embedded reporter, Judith Miller of the New York Times, to recycle fabricated information provided by Ahmed Chalabi and the Iraqi National Congress, creating dramatic headlines that had no substance. Once Iraq was occupied, Miller was sent home, and the taskforce disbanded.

A new organisation was created, the CIA-led Iraq survey group (ISG), led by David Kay. His job was not to find WMD but to spin the data for the political benefit of the White House. He hinted at dramatic findings, only to suddenly reverse course once Saddam Hussein was captured. Kay told us that everyone had got it wrong on WMD, that it was no one's fault. He was replaced by Charles Duelfer, whose task was to extend the WMD cover-up for as long as possible. Duelfer was very adept at this, having done similar work while serving as the deputy executive chairman of the UN weapons inspection effort. I witnessed him manipulate reports to the security council, rejecting all that didn't sustain his (and the US government's) foregone conclusion that Iraq had WMD.

As the head of the ISG, he was called upon to again manipulate the data. As it was virtually impossible to conjure up WMD stockpiles where none existed, he did the next best thing - he re-certified Colin Powell's pre-war assertion that Saddam Hussein had the "intent" to re-acquire WMD. Duelfer provided no evidence to support this supposition. In fact, the available data seems to reject the notion of "intent". But once again, politicians, the mainstream media and the public at large failed to let facts get in the way of assertions.

A 'viable' alibi
The ISG had accomplished its mission - not the search for WMD, but the establishment of a viable alibi. Its job done, the ISG slipped quietly away, its passing barely noticed by politicians, media and a public all too willing to pretend that no crime has been committed. But, through the invasion of Iraq, a crime of gigantic proportions has been perpetrated. If history has taught us anything, it is that it will condemn both the individuals and respective societies who not only perpetrated the crime, but also remained blind and mute while it was being committed."

Scott Ritter was a senior UN weapons inspector in Iraq between 1991 and 1998.


THEIR GOVERNMENT AT WORK? FOR WHOM?

According to the WorldNetDaily.com: 30/1/2005.
"German law forces out-of-work females to take sex jobs or lose unemployment. Women are being told: 'Work in brothel, or else'.
"A provision in the German welfare system is forcing out-of-work women to choose between taking jobs in the sex industry or losing their unemployment benefits.

Once one of the most generous systems in Europe, Germany's unemployment program has been reformed to require those out of work to take jobs for which they are qualified, or lose benefits. In the case of women, females below the age of 55 who have been out of work for a year or more must take any available job offered.
The full legalization of prostitution two years ago - with brothel owners now paying taxes and employee health insurance - has created an awkward situation at German job centres where employers can access the official government database of those seeking work, reports the London Telegraph.

One 25-year-old waitress, an unemployed information technology professional, had indicated a willingness to work in a bar at night and had past experience working in a cafe. A potential employer, finding her profile promising, contacted the job centre about hiring her. Only after the young woman called to inquire about the job did she learn the employer was a brothel. When she refused the position, she was threatened with cuts to her unemployment benefits.

Centres that do not penalize job seekers who refuse offered positions are subject to lawsuits by the employers.
"There is now nothing in the law to stop women from being sent into the sex industry," says Merchthild Garweg, a Hamburg lawyer. "The new regulations say that working in the sex industry is not immoral any more, and so jobs cannot be turned down without a risk to benefits." Garweg notes that women who have past experience as telemarketers or call service workers have been offered positions with telephone-sex services.

New laws permit sex-oriented employers to advertise in the job centres and provide for the suing of job centres that refuse to accept their ads.
When the German government crafted the recent welfare reforms, brothels were initially considered for exclusion, but they were believed too difficult to distinguish from bars. Their inquiries for potential workers are treated no differently than those from grocery stores or schools.
"Why shouldn't I look for employees through the job centre when I pay my taxes just like anybody else?" asked one central Berlin brothel owner who has been using the local database to find prospective workers.

The German experience closely follows that of the Netherlands, according to the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women. Following the 2000 legalization of prostitution by the Dutch and the registration of prostitutes, brothels began using official job centres to find new employees.
Garwig believes pressure on job centres to meet employment targets is only going to make the current situation worse. "They are already prepared to push women into jobs related to sexual services, but which don't count as prostitution," she says.
"Now that prostitution is no longer considered by the law to be immoral, there is really nothing but the goodwill of the job centres to stop them from pushing women into jobs they don't want to do."

Last year, the German federal government announced that it would be fining employers that failed to hire trainees - a measure to be applied to brothels as well as other employers. Brothels failing to hire one apprentice for every 15 employees will be fined for failing to promote the sex industry. Germany legalized prostitution in 2002 in the belief it would slow down the trafficking in women and reduce the role of organized crime in the profession. Instead, government is expanding the sex industry by guaranteeing a steady stream of new recruits, some willing and some not."


BASIC FUND

The Fund is beginning to take shape, the figure now reaching $13,844: 60. The need was never greater for the continuing work of the League, and it is encouraging that our supporters recognise the need and support us through their financial contributions. Thank you! Keep it up!

STOP PRESS!!! CANADIAN SOCIAL CREDITERS COMING TO ADELAIDE

Representatives from the French-Canadian social credit "Michael" movement will be in Adelaide early March and we have organised a meeting for them. We want to hear what developments have come from their Convention which was held late last year. Representatives from many, many countries attended to learn more about Social Credit. After all, all that most of these people can lose is their abject poverty!

Pierre Marchildon will give us a report on the developments that have since taken place. We heard one report that 80, yes 80, bishops of the Church had come together in one of the Latin countries to look at Social Credit. It is a very exciting development. The meeting will take place at the Public Schools' Club, 207 East Terrace (Cnr. Carrington) Adelaide. The date for the meeting is: Thursday, 3rd March, 2005. We will have the usual dinner with the speaker later addressing the audience. Bookings made by phoning: 8296 4704


ADVANCE NOTICE FOR VICTORIA'S 2005 STATE LUNCH AND SEMINAR

Victorian supporters make note in your diary of the coming Victorian State Lunch/Seminar. It will be held on Saturday, 19th March, 2005. The venue will be The Central Hotel, No 1 Princes Highway, Beaconsfield Vic. The charge will be $28.00 per person and RSVP's will be requested to be in by 10/3/05. The Hotel is on the old Princes Highway, just 5 minutes walk from the Beaconsfield Railway Station. Full details of the program will be announced in later editions of "On Target".

HELP SAVE TELSTRA - WHAT HAS TO BE DONE

· Inform your federal politicians, both Representatives and Senators, you do not want him/her to vote for sale of Telstra.
· Insist Senators represent their State on this matter not a political party.
· Contact all Local Government and State Government representatives, including the Premier, and ask them to support the campaign to retain Telstra for the people.
· Write to as many media outlets as possible informing the readers of what is happening and asking readers to join in the campaign.
· Write to local business leaders and community groups seeking their involvement in the campaign.
Send for your supply of "Telstra" flyers. Addresses on back page of Bulletin.
Prices include postage & handling: 5 copies $3.00; 10 copies $5.00; 50 copies $15.00

IMPORTANT NEW BOOKS

"The Money Trick": Veritas Publishing Co. is to be commended for bringing out an updated version of this valuable Australian publication. This new edition needs to go out in its thousands to people who still believe banks only lend out other people's deposits!
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"How to Kill a Country" by Linda Weiss, Elizabeth Thurbon & John Mathews.
Australians have been sold out by their so-called political representatives for far too long. The Australia-US Free Trade Agreement with the United States of America must be the last straw. This book by three Australian academics discloses the devastating trade deal our so-called political representatives and bureaucrats have made with the Americans.
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Price: $29.95 posted.

"1215: The Year of Magna Carta" by Danny Danziger & John Gillingham.
For one who had the sheer joy of visiting the Church/Cathedral at Bury-St-Edmunds and revelling in the historical display which included replicas of the shields of the Barons of Magna Carta/Runnymede fame, I found this book such a delight. It opens an historical window revealing the life and times of the people of Magna Carta and what this all means for western man today.
The mediaeval design of the cover which features the baron's shields is just delightful and gives the right 'feel' and fixes the right time-frame for the contents of the book. Price: $29.95 posted.

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