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4 March 2005. Thought for the Week: "If any would be greatest among you let him be your servant," was not sentimentalism, but a brilliant maxim of social and political organisation."
C.H. Douglas in "The Fig Tree," June, 1938.
WATCH MY LIPS - ANOTHER 'CORE' PROMISE
by Betty Luks
Decision to commit our troops to war
THE LAW AND THE WAR
If Mr Sands is right, the advice was even more finely balanced than has previously been acknowledged and the use to which it was put more dubious.
The attorney's legal advice was pivotal in
the decision to make war
During his speech, the prime minister could
not have been clearer
In his full 13-page advice to the prime minister,
dated March 7 - a document that has never been published and which was
not shown to the cabinet either - Lord Goldsmith apparently said that
the use of force on the basis of resolution 1441 "could be found
to be illegal".
"I spent a good deal of time recently in the Balkans making sure that Milosevic was put behind bars," the head of the army Sir Michael Jackson is alleged to have said. "I have no intention of ending up in the next cell to him in the Hague." The service chiefs got what they wanted - a summary that was also given to ministers and MPs. But this summary, though issued in Lord Goldsmith's name, was the work of other hands - names in the frame include Lord Falconer, then a home office minister, and Baroness Morgan, Mr Blair's senior political adviser.
These are very serious claims about a piece of advice which caused the foreign office's deputy legal adviser to resign on the grounds that it sanctioned an unlawful use of force amounting to a "crime of aggression". They cannot be allowed to go unanswered.
Three things should therefore be done
It is one thing to move on. It is quite another to do so without a full public accounting for one of the murkiest and most dubious decisions ever taken by a modern British government." (emphasis added ed)
THE GREAT NEO 'CON'
by James Reed
The monitoring agency Election Protection Coalition
received over 200,000 phone calls reporting electoral irregularities
on 2nd November 2004 and an additional 200,000 calls were made to a
hotline run by Common Cause. Machine malfunctions were common and the
optical scanning machines were subject to computer errors. Some of the
errors were detected but civil libertarians have doubts that all were.
NOW THAT'S GRATITUDE FOR YOU
Dr. Singh stayed at Wudinna only six days and 23 hours before returning to India. He was to be paid $100,000 a year, but said that on an hourly basis this was less than a waiter would get. A public sector job in India would pay better.
Dr. Singh has returned to India. With that attitude India is welcome to him. It is time to solve our economic problems without the use of the cargo cult ideology of importing migrants. Let us train more local doctors who have agreed and contracted to do country service.
Douglas' warning was: A faulty philosophy lies at the core of the problem confronting Western civilisation.
Douglas grasped that with the advent of the machine,
industry became essentially co-operative, and policy became a matter
of public concern.
FOOD VOUCHERS FOR THE UNEMPLOYED
by Ken Grundy
"The suggestion by some elements within the Liberal party, that welfare recipients be given vouchers or stamps to access basic living requirements, has received a mixed reaction. Some publicity suggests the level of welfare will be reduced and the stay-at-home-mums will be thrust back into the workforce. But need that occur if the level of welfare is maintained? In any case, society is prepared to acknowledge the contribution of mothers who stay at home and is willing to support them. Similarly with the aged and disabled, whose welfare is not questioned.
Australia has a vast pool of unemployed people, many of whom are young and fit. Australia also has many manual labour jobs, for which few people apply. Many of these are in the primary industry scene with fruit picking being the most noteworthy. Is it more desirable to get "fly-in fly-out" workers from overseas to pick the fruit or to get Aussies to do the work? The question does not deserve an answer.
But how will we motivate our own people to
work? Is the dole too generous? Would vouchers or stamps rather than
Does anyone have total freedom of choice?
Imagine how welfare would be distributed if we did not have a money system. It would be similar to circumstances after a bushfire - the needy would be given clothes, food and shelter, not cash. In our modern society we have found it more convenient to pay cash. The system has been abused by some and many would claim it has destroyed for many, the incentive to work. How will we get the fruit picked?"
IN THE SHORT TERM - AS A BROAD POLICY
IN THIS THE MACHINE AGE
In many cases, machines, mechanical helps, have taken the place of the primary producers' workers - and the workers are only required when the shearing is to be done or the harvest gathered. That is, when the workload is too great for the small amount of human labour now regularly used on most farms. Another problem could be that with the diminished population, there are not enough neighbours to 'help one another' - to call on for assistance!
It was C.H. Douglas who recognised what was happening
eighty years ago and he said we must study "the new economics",
the changed circumstances, and adjust our social policies accordingly.
His analyses and proposals are now known as that
body of knowledge called Social Credit. It was, he insisted, the responsibility
of the political representatives to make the changes for the common
good. It was a matter of social policy. But, he wrote: "The first
strategy has many times been emphasized - it is to insist that Members
of Parliament are representatives not delegates
the same principle
can be carried into every official quarter
get the mental attitude
well established in oneself that institutions exist only legitimately
to serve individuals
DOCTORS AND SERVICE AND 'RATIONALISATION'
Surely the doctor will ask some of the following
questions before making any moves?
We know of one South Australian country town
which has had a steady stream of imported foreign doctors coming and
going - but none staying, not in their town anyhow. The 'rot set in'
some time back. Over a lifetime Eric Butler warned his fellow Australians:
** The League has an "Introductory Course on Social Dynamics" for those willing to become part of the answer rather than being part of the problem. It is conducted by correspondence and is done at the individual's own pace. The Introductory Course was originally compiled by Eric D. Butler. The charge is $30.00 to cover the cost of postage and handling. Send for more details to P.O. Box 27, Happy Valley 5159
WHO REMEMBERS DANNY JOHNSON?
by Betty Luks
The grim lesson Australians are learning is that all our decisions and actions, our indecisions and inactions, individually and nationally, have a 'ripple on' effect. We are now reaping the fruits, or experiencing the long-term effects, of decisions taken many, many, years ago.
The "Danny Johnson Protest March"
On 4th, January 1992 over 50,000 Australians
converged on the city of Melbourne to peacefully protest what was happening.
At the time, the League commended Danny for his initiative but stressed
"unless the movement gave rise to some type of a cohesive structure
with a constructive programme of action, it would be but one more example
of what C.H. Douglas described as "the tragedy of human effort".
"The first strategy has many times been emphasized - it is to insist that Members of Parliament are representatives not delegates But the same principle can be carried into every official quarter. Once get the mental attitude well established in oneself that institutions exist only legitimately to serve individuals." ("The Big Idea", 1942).
Constitutional Property Rights Committee
COUNCILS ASKED TO BAIL OUT NSW GOVERNMENT
I suppose DIPNR thought they had a win when no one checked them when they tried and are still trying to separate "vegetation from land via the 1997 Vegetation Act. They are wrong with separating vegetation from the land via the Vegetation act, as they are wrong in attempting to separate Water from land via the new Water Act. Local Government recognises through its Planning and Assessment Act that the make up of "land" as a unit is made up of soil and air as well as water and vegetation.
Fifteen months ago a Constitutional Property Rights Committee of which I am a member asked the Narrabri Council to write to the L.G. Dept seeking information how our rates clerk will rate irrigation land which has water physically attached to it but no entitlement to water because someone in Macquarie Street transferred the water. The answer has come back twice, "we don't know".
Every council must resist the temptation to
sort out the mess.
* Those primary producers worried about the threats to their water rights should make contact with Councillor Bevan O'Regan by writing to him at Narrabri, NSW 2390.
CONSTRUCTIVE PROGRAMMES OF ACTION
It can easily be demonstrated Australians are most successful in so many ways, individually and in associations. There is an increment, a benefit, of and from that association. We can all draw on the 'social credit' of our communities when we come together on an issue or a task. What about you becoming involved at your own local level? There are many matters that need our attention, but they also need constructive policies.
HELP SAVE TELSTRA - WHAT HAS TO BE DONE
The TELSTRA CAMPAIGN is an effective means of
demonstrating the latent social dynamic of each and every Australian
elector. Target those Senators
in your own state who would put Australia before their party - if they
had enough support from the Australian people! (There is more ammunition
in the pipeline.)
Hasco's Peoples' Poll
VICTORIA'S 2005 STATE LUNCH AND SEMINARTo be held on Saturday, 19th March, 2005. Assembly is from 12.00noon. Guests for Lunch to be seated by 12.30pm through to 1.30pm. The Seminar will then commence at 1.35pm going through to 4.45pm. The venue will be The Central Hotel, No 1 Princes Highway, Beaconsfield Vic. The Hotel is on the old Princes Highway, just 5 minutes walk from the Beaconsfield Railway Station.
The speakers: Donald Auchterlonie, "Bridging the (purchasing power) Gap"; Kurt Bauer, "Party Politics in the EU". Mr. Bauer toured Europe in 2004. And Betty Luks will speak on "Aspects of Social Credit in the Gospels".
The charge will be $28.00 per person and RSVP's to be in by 10/3/05. Make cheques out to Australian League of Rights, indicate what they are for, then send to G.P.O Box 1052, Melbourne 3001. (Evening meals will be available in the bistro for anyone wishing to stay later.
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!
"How to Kill a Country" by Linda
Weiss, Elizabeth Thurbon & John Mathews.
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