August 2006 Thought for the Week:
"There is a law of life;
and I think that Christ has plainly demonstrated for us that the primary fact
of existence is that we are here and conscious, for the purpose of learning to
- Norman F. Webb in "Social Credit and the Christian
"It is a delusion to think that men will love 'mankind'
more if they love their countrymen less. Indeed the internationalists one meets,
who have risen above love of country, seem to have shed a good deal of love in
the process; they do not strike one as especially loving, often one gets the impression
that they are more devoted to 'mankind' than to men, and more devoted to their
system than to mankind."
- F.J. Sheed in "Society and Sanity".
TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER
by Jeremy Lee:
leaders such as Bush, Blair and Howard insist on the virtues of "democracy" -
for everyone else! But they're outraged if people disagree - let alone vote -
against their ideas. There is widespread bitterness and chagrin at the result
of the recent referendum on re-cycling sewage in Toowoomba. Despite enormous expenditure
and pressure, 62 per cent of voters said "NO" to the proposal.
that's not good enough. They were scared and ignorant. They must be 'educated'.
There is disagreement as to whether they should be asked again.
Premier Peter Beattie, while describing drinking re-cycled sewage as the "Armageddon
Option", nevertheless wants to widen the referendum to the whole of S.E. Queensland
to coincide with the next Local Government elections - scheduled for 2008.
and control of water is the aim:
But that's not good enough for our "democratic"
Prime Minister. Under the heading "Howard Calls For Water Recycling," The Australian
Financial Review (3/8/06) reported:
"Prime Minister John Howard has rejected
Queensland Premier Peter Beattie's proposed 2008 referendum on recycled water.
Mr Howard, who conceded that a scare campaign was responsible for the failed vote
on recycled effluent in Toowoomba, said recycled water should be considered by
large metropolitan cities across Australia.
When asked whether he had any
regrets about his government asking Toowoomba to have a referendum before it approved
$23 million in funding for a $68 million recycling project, Mr Howard replied,
"I think we all learn from experience."
"The "No" campaign, led by local businessman
Clive Berghofer, was well funded, and drowned out attempts by Toowoomba Mayor
Di Thorley to sell the merits of indirect potable- water re-use. Significantly,
Mr Howard yesterday pledged to lead the water re-cycling debate in Australia.
"I support re-cycling, full stop. If I had been a resident of Toowoomba, I would
have voted yes," he said."
report could hardly be described as 'objective!
Why would a "No" vote
be considered a "failed" vote? It quite successfully described the wishes and
desires of a big majority in a City of over 100,000 people. Surely, that was the
And to suggest that a well-funded scare campaign "drowned out" Mayor
Thorley's attempts to promote the idea of re-cycling sewage is one-eyed in the
She had a total of over $1 million in direct and indirect funding
at her disposal.
She made full use of it in a welter of meetings and advertising
that went on for day after day.
If anything, her campaign was one of over-kill.
If scare tactics were used at all, her portrayed scenario of perpetual drought
and thirst qualified.
Kept well hidden in the whole debate was the whole issue of "control".
Nowhere was it spelled out that this proposal was part of a world-wide
globalist programme in which a government/ transnational-corporation partnership
will take over control of all water in questionable and highly expensive grid-systems.
The proposal is unconstitutional - but the people won't be asked about that! And,
once in place, accountability is permanently removed from elected governments.
basic engineering principle is that new concepts should always be modelled on
a small scale before being expanded at major cost. There are other proposals which
urgently need consideration. They could be tried on a small scale, and expanded
if successful. But they preclude central control - and that's what offends the
planners and do-gooders.
In a recent press
statement Premier Beattie timidly suggested that praying for rain might be a good
idea. This would require a resolute lead from a national leader, calling all people
and churches together. It would be strongly attacked. The last to do so was the
much-maligned Sir Joh Bjelke Petersen - and there was widespread rain almost immediately.
Even the scoffers were silent. A little repentance and faith in Australia
would do more than all the trans-national corporations put together.
RETIRED DIPLOMATS TAKE BLAIR TO TASKAlready
facing a backlash from within the cabinet and the Labour party over the Middle
East, Prime Minister Tony Blair was also publicly attacked by two former British
ambassadors over his backing for George Bush's stance on the Israel-Lebanon conflict.
Comments by Sir Rodric Braithwaite, a retired former ambassador to Moscow
who also served as chairman of the joint intelligence committee, and Sir Oliver
Miles, a former ambassador to Libya, revealed the depth of division between the
prime minister and the Foreign Office establishment.
WIFE IS ENOUGH!
by James Reed:
"theatre of the absurd file" - two recent stories about the dangers of multiple
wives, especially across cultures.
At cinemas recently was a movie called
"The White Masai". It is about a blonder than blonde Swiss woman who goes to Kenya
and falls in love with a Masai warrior. This true story is about the clash of
cultures at a personal level, an issue perhaps even more agonising than race.
The Swiss woman Corinna Hofmann left her business and her boyfriend after
falling in love at first sight with the Masai warrior Lketinga. She goes to live
in a cow dung hut. But she has entered a culture of polygamy and female circumcision
- a culture which she immediately rebels against by trying to change the tribe
and break down gender barriers.
In short, she tries to bring Western feminism
to Africa. But woman have a "beast of burden" status in Masai society. Her behaviour
does not go down well with Lketinga's other wives.
Lketinga gets jealous of
Hofmann and accuses her of having affairs. The poor lad starts hitting the bottle
- or the African equivalent.
and takes the infant back to Switzerland and writes a best seller. (See Australian
17/7/06 p.7) Such are the ways of straddling two worlds and only really belonging
If Hofmann really wanted to reject the West, and not have it as a
safety net in case her experimenting cultural imperialism went wrong, she should
have attempted to completely integrate into Masai culture by following its full
rituals, right or wrong, of female circumcision and not owning property. She should
have torn up her return ticket home. But of course, when the going gets tough,
Western civilisation is always there as a safety net.
book "White Masai" was one of the top selling books in Europe in the past decade,
but if the West was not gripped by a cultural war, producing a dark night of the
soul, such stories should be dismissed as casually as the antics of "Big Brother"
are dismissed by those still capable of cognitive discrimination.
Aboriginal activist Galarruy Yunupingu has troubles. ("Fallout
Over Four Wives," The Australian, 12/7/06, p.11). Yunupingu, a champion of Aboriginal
causes, including land rights, took his fourth wife when she was twenty, a few
years younger than his eldest daughter. His father, Munggurowuy had 11 wives and
24 children. Things are not going well for the activist, who now faces a domestic
violence order against him by his fourth wife.
Yanupingu had his firearms
licence suspended. He had 18 firearms registered but could only hand back six
to police because he couldn't find the other guns. Any comments, Gun Control
The Australian states
that in 2003 Yunupingu "clashed with the Northern Territory Labor Government after
it passed laws that removed traditional marriage as a defence against having sex
with underage children
Yunupingu accused the Clare Martin government of interfering
in Aboriginal law."
I toss this over to our politically correct opponents
for comment - if they dare.
by Jeremy Lee
Few will forget
the horror days of 1989, when interest rates reached 17%, and much higher for
high-risk industries such as farming. That period was the final straw that broke
the farmer's back and decimated rural communities. It was the beginning of the
end for manufacturing.
Now the government that made hay out of Paul Keating's
financial disasters is set to repeat them. The excuse is to "curb inflation.".
- First-year economic students know
that there are two major causes of inflation:
Firstly, "demand inflation",
where demand outstrips supply, and competition for a scarcity of goods intensifies.
Secondly, "cost-push inflation" where extra indirect costs, i.e. tax and
rate increases, higher electricity and fuel costs, higher costs for raw materials
and interest rate increases etc. can only be met by higher prices.
Treasury Departments and Central Bankers all behave as though the first is the
only one that matters! We were recently told that
fuel prices and the price of bananas were examples that necessitated an interest-rate
Yes, we have no bananas:
it is true, are a classic - and rare -example of "demand inflation".
Larry wiped out much of Australia's banana crop, and demand outstripped supply.
A classic - and common
- example of "cost-push inflation".
was not increased demand by Australians that pushed oil prices into the stratosphere.
In fact, in an emergency, Australia has enough oil reserves to get along without
any oil imports at all. And if we switched our car-fleet to LPG (instead of selling
it to China for three cents a litre delivered we'd have no fuel problems at all!
So we have voluntarily reduced Reserve Bank
policy to ONE and only one course of action. Whenever there is inflation, whether
demand or cost-push, to increasing interest rates. The only beneficiaries are
banks and money-lenders. The price ordinary Australians pay is a splurge of bankruptcies,
homelessness, poverty and dispossession. This is the exact opposite of what we
should be doing. In periods of cost-push inflation we should reduce interest rates,
and if this is still not enough, reduce taxes, fees, fines and energy charges.
Bigger debts than ever:
Financial Review (8/8/06) under the heading DEBT-SERVICING BURDEN EQUALS HORROR
DAYS PF 17pc, pointed out that community debt levels are now so high, and servicing
takes such a high percentage of the household budget, that current interest levels
are hurting as much as those of the Keating 1989 era.
More and more families
are being forced to depend on credit-card debt for petrol and groceries. Without
debt there is no life; but the ultimate price socially will be heavy indeed.
farming and manufacturing are mere shadows of their former glory. About 80% of
the economy is now in "services" - much of which is swollen bureaucracy. Without
our huge mineral exports Australia would be a cot-case. We have now had 50 straight
months of trade deficits, which we simply tack on to our gargantuan foreign debt.
Our massive exports of coal, iron ore, natural gas and other minerals, going 24
hours a day, are not enough to pay for our imports!
the grim picture emerges, John Howard and his rag-tag Coalition will have some
explaining to do. They've had a dream run so far. It looks like becoming a nightmare.
AN ABJECT FAILURE: REPORT
migration system has been branded an "abject failure in public policy" for importing
thousands of foreign IT workers while Australian graduates struggle to find jobs,"
reports the Ballarat Courier 24/7/06.
migration scheme may have been the stated intention of the present government,
but not necessarily the true purpose.
Are these skilled foreign migrants
going to be given a one-way ticket back to their homelands? Methinks not.
I DON'T FEEL SAFER JOHN
We have now to experience the latest 'terrorist threat',
with governments around the world issuing 'red alerts' and causing major disruptions
to passengers and air traffic, etc. But lets look back to an article which appeared
in The Australian late last year.
to ASIO up to 800 Muslim 'extremists' capable of carrying out a London-style attack
(as was reported late last year: "800 Motivated for Terror Attack Here, Says ASIO,"
The Australian, 28/9/05,p.1).
Don't ask how they got here. Simply
look below this article to see another in the same newspaper:
Casting Their Nets". Illegal foreign fishermen are setting up camp along Australia's
northern coastline, digging wells and bringing into Australia potentially diseased
pets such as monkeys.
The Australian reports that "sightings of illegal
vessels close to the coast soared over the past four years," despite "tens of
millions of extra dollars being poured into border surveillance."
were spotted last financial year. Any one of these boats could be smuggling a
nuclear device into Australia.
The federal government's energies have
been directed towards putting on the law books new incitement and sedition laws
designed to target "words of hate" which allegedly incite violence on racial or
religious grounds. The new sedition act will give a penalty of seven years in
It will work like this.
Someone says that people of
a particular race should fight (in some way) people of another race/races until
they leave Australia. Although these laws are marketed as being about controlling
terrorists, they are really about controlling seditious thought.
bomber would care about a curb on 'words of hate'?
GEOFFREY MUIRDEN by
John Bennett, President Australian Civil Liberties Union:
Geoff Muirden who
died on the 31st July, was a courageous and tenacious fighter for freedom of speech,
truth in history, and a sensible approach to multiculturalism and the threat of
terrorism. He often argued that the threat of terrorism had been overstated and
that many anti terror laws were a threat to our democracy.
He was an original
thinker who was not afraid to express unpopular views on matters such as 9/11,the
Port Arthur massacre, and the alleged holocaust of Jews in World War two.
was also an accomplished book reviewer for the Education Department, and later
for the Herald Sun. He was an excellent writer and researcher for both
the Australian Civil Liberties Union of which he was the research secretary for
14 years, and The Adelaide Institute.
He was widely published in newspapers,
especially the Herald Sun, and in magazines such as The Barnes Review,
The Independant Australian, and the Adelaide Institute newsletter.
He contributed useful material for the ACLU publication "Your Rights," and
did a lot of the "hack" work of the organization. Some of the many useful law
reform submissions he prepared for the ACLU are on the ACLU website.
of his interests, and the tenacity with which he pursued them can be seen by typing
his name into "google". In the last few years of his life he wrote articles on
"The decline and fall of the white race", on the Eureka Stockade incident and
on Florence Nightingale - to mention a few among many.
His article on Florence
Nightingale was used as the basis for a talk at the Unitarian Church in Melbourne,
and was published in The Barnes Review. He often gave carefully prepared
speeches to a variety of organisations and was stoical about over the top attacks
on him in the media, especially by the Jewish lobby.
Geoff addressed many
League of Rights meetings and often travelled interstate to give a talk. He will
be badly missed.
MEN ARE EQUAL - ONLY SOME MORE SO
read on NewsMax.com "Castro Was Close to Death," and continued:
dictator Fidel Castro nearly died from intestinal bleeding, and doctors had to
work for hours to save his life. According to London's Sunday Telegraph
newspaper, Castro was at the exclusive Cimeq hospital in western Havana last weekend
when physicians were unable to stem intestinal bleeding with drugs. That forced
them to perform an emergency operation. Castro, who is 79, has not been seen in
public since the operation, but Cuba's health minister has claimed that the communist
strongman "will be back with us soon".
hospital is where top communist officials on the island are treated -- a facility
far off-limits to the average Cuban. According to the Telegraph, Castro
received treatment on a par with the best in the world.
But most Cubans, reliant
on the supposedly universal health system, have to pay for even basic drugs such
as aspirin and "extras" such as X-rays."
Ah! Who still longs for that
great Marxist/Leninist dream? Or should we say nightmare?
David Flint's ACM Opinion Column:
of this column [Professor Flint's] know that royal broadcasts rate very well.
From the wedding of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall to the recent programmes
on The Queen, we Australians have demonstrated by our viewing that we are very
interested in matters royal. It is only the political correctness of broadcasting
executives that stops even more programmes reaching the public, particularly the
service at St Paul's Cathedral for The Queen's eightieth birthday, and this year's
Trooping the Colour ceremony.
So how does
republicanism rate? The strongest proponents of the republic in the nation's largest
commercial radio talkback market today are undoubtedly Mike Carlton and Peter
FitzSimons. Indeed, Mr Carlton, both on radio and in print, regularly takes the
opportunity to denigrate monarchists, particularly this National Convenor of ACM.
As with too many republicans, Mr Carlton's republicanism is driven principally,
indeed almost wholly, by a visceral hatred of monarchy and monarchists, and not
by the slightest interest in any particular form of republic. I recall particularly
his gloating prediction that the funeral of the greatly loved Queen Mother would
attract little interest in the streets of London, other than from confused Japanese
tourists. As we said then, Mr. Carlton once again had to wipe a large amount of
egg from his face.
If there was any interest
in a republic among Australians, we would expect that to be reflected in the ratings
of such an ultra republican. Mr. Carlton has a sharp, perhaps cruel sense of humour.
As with most capital city breakfast talkback programmes, he has been able to attract
leading politicians to his programme, a trend established by the Prime Minister
when he decided not to allow journalists to mediate between him and the public.
As a result, very big stories can break on talkback. For example, it was on Mr.
Carlton's programme that Mr Mark Latham announced his policy before the last federal
elections to bring back the troops from Iraq before Christmas. We could expect
then that Mr Carlton's programme would rate, and rate well. But now, The Sydney
Morning Herald's supplement, The Guide, of 24-30 July, 2006, reports that
Sydney's listeners much prefer Alan Jones on rival station 2GB. So much so, Mr.
Carlton's station is now engaged in a vigorous cost cutting exercise. When the
unfortunate overnight telephone operator was declared redundant, bemused listeners
heard several callers to the overnight programme attempting to book a taxi. Apparently
the station's number closely resembles that of a Western Australian.
Ms Sue Javes reports ("Axe misses talk poppies"), this "penny pinching" contrasts
with the "crippling" salary bill that has to be paid to the station's presenters.
Apparently Mr. Carlton receives $1 million each year and his contact runs until
She reports that staff are not impressed that more money was recently
thrown at the problem. To improve Mr.Carlton's rating challenged programme, the
station decided first to hire Fairfax journalist Peter FitzSimons to join Mr.
Carlton, and pay him about half a million. To use the adjective the republican
journalists use to describe fellow republicans, Mr Fitzsimons is a "passionate"
republican, although, curiously, he has famously declared that he dreams of lying
in a puddle of corgi urine.
He was the brains behind the republicans' 2006
disaster - the "mate for Head of State" campaign. The addition of Mr. FitzSimons
did little to improve ratings.
Then a major television advertising campaign
was launched to attract listeners for the republican duo. This is believed to
have had little effect.
This confirms, if nothing else, that republicanism
does not rate."
ANGER AT TERROR CELEBRATION
by Ned Parker and Stephen Farrell:
The following report is another example
of the way news is reported these days. It depends on whether you are on the 'giving'
or 'receiving' end of the terrorist act being meted out. It is surely "the philosophy
of the one-way street":
of Israeli bombings that killing 92 people has caused offence.
Israel wages war against Hezbollah "terrorists" in Lebanon, Britain has protested
about the celebration by right-wing Israelis of a Jewish "act of terrorism" against
British rule 60 years ago.
The rightwingers, including Binyamin Netanyahu
the former prime minister, commemorated the bombing of the King David Hotel in
Jerusalem, the headquarters of British rule, that killed 92 people and helped
to drive the British from Palestine.
They erected a plaque outside the restored
building, and held a two-day seminar with speeches and a tour of the hotel by
one of the Jewish resistance fighters involved in the attack. Simon McDonald,
the British Ambassador in Tel Aviv, and John Jenkins, the Consul-General in Jerusalem,
have written to the municipality, stating:
"We do not think that it is right
for an act of terrorism, which led to the loss of many lives, to be commemorated."
The lie presented as fact:
they demanded the removal of the plaque that pays tribute to the Irgun, the Jewish
resistance branch headed by Menachem Begin, the future prime minister, which carried
out the attack on July 22, 1946.
The plaque presents as fact the Irgun's claim
that people died because the British ignored warning calls. "For reasons known
only to the British, the hotel was not evacuated," it states.
McDonald and Dr Jenkins denied that the British had been warned, adding that even
if they had "this does not absolve those who planted the bomb from responsibility
for the deaths".
City officials agreed to remove the language deemed offensive
from the blue sign hanging on the hotel's gates, though that had not been done
shortly before it was unveiled.
over the plaque and the two-day celebration of the bombing, sponsored by Irgun
veterans and the right-wing Menachem Begin Heritage Centre, goes to the heart
of the debate over the use of political violence in the Middle East. Yesterday
Mr Netanyahu argued in a speech celebrating the attack that the Irgun were governed
by morals, unlike fighters from groups such as Hamas.
"It's very important
to make the distinction between terror groups and freedom fighters, and between
terror action and legitimate military action," he said. "Imagine that Hamas or
Hezbollah would call the military headquarters in Tel Aviv and say, 'We have placed
a bomb and we are asking you to evacuate the area'."
the view of the attack was very different in 1946 when The Times branded
the Irgun "terrorists in disguise".
Decades later, Irgun veterans are
unrepentant. Sarah Agassi, 80, remembers spying in the King David Hotel. She and
a fellow agent posed as a couple. They danced tangos and waltzes, sipped whisky
and wine while they cased out the hotel.
On the day her brother and his fellow
fighters posed as Arabs delivering milk and brought seven milk churns, each containing
50kg of explosives, into the building. Ms Agassi waited across the street until
her brother rushed out. She said that she then made the warning call to the British
command in the hotel. Sitting in the luxurious hotel lobby, she expressed no regret.
'We fought for our independence. We thought it was the right way . . . If I had
to fight for Israel, I swear even now I would do anything.'