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29 September 2006 Thought for the Week:
"You have two alternatives; you can drift passively through concealed stages to an absolute dictatorship of finance as suggested in the New Deal where you have a cabinet, a dictatorship of three or four who will do exactly what the big financiers and manufacturers want them to do, and will subordinate the ends of the common man to the social interests of this or that industry.
This insistence upon production all over the world, as though the problem were one of production, is a matter that is hypnotising people into assuming that they must be regimented in industry... If you allow this thing to go passively you will be regimented through various stages until we arrive at an effective dictatorship in which nothing can be done, and we shall be hurried by the inevitable results into either another world war, which is looming up very fast at the present time, or one long series of revolts and ultimate chaos. That is one of the paths, which you can follow...
The other path is take a hand in your destiny and say, no, I can say quite fearlessly that the world is faced with a succession of dictatorships, and I am willing to take the risk of trying a real democracy as a very much preferable alternative. The game is in your hands, as they say at Monte Carlo. Make your play faites vos jeux. The game will not wait. It will take one direction or another at the very longest, within the next five years."
- - Major C.H. Douglas, 1st February 1935.
WHAT ABOUT THE FREEEDOM OF JIHAD JACK THOMAS?
Sheridan is right to be concerned that those like Jihad Jack are a threat to us and that such individuals should be watched. Control orders though step over the line of civil liberties and erode the judicial checks and balances that have separated free societies from tyrannies. These orders are a cop-out for poor policing or under-staffing of security monitors. Good police work should make terrorist cases stick and not require the patch-up job that control orders deliver.
Jurisprudentially, there is good reason to suppose that control orders would be held by the High Court as being unconstitutional, violating the Constitutional separation of powers. Even if this is not the case, if the presumption of innocence is removed from the law then we are on the road to abandoning the fundamental tenet of our legal system.
THE HEART OF MULTICULTURALISM
by James Reed
course it would be good if Muslim migrants learned to speak English, just as it
would be for the hundreds of thousands of migrants from the other diverse ethnic
and religious backgrounds who speak very little English. I have relatives who
migrated to Australia from Greece decades ago and still possess a poor grasp of
the English language.
THE HOLLOW POLITICAL MANTRA
The current political mantra that Australia is a 'multi-ethnic', 'multi-cultural' and/or a 'multi-faith' society is in fact a political claim that Australia is no longer a society with Christian values. But this means more than the current mantra that we can't impose 'Australian' values or mores on newcomers to this country. In fact, it means that the metaphysical character of our society has, in effect been radically altered.
In a recent survey, a high percentage
of Australians indicated they felt less secure in this globalised world than they
once did. Of course they do, their nation doesn't any longer strongly reflect
their culture, their history and their heritage, they are experiencing powerful
feelings of alienation with the changes around them.
societies have a metaphysical foundation or basis:
THE PERILS OF ISLAMIC CULTUREby Peter Ewer
Former treasury secretary John Stone recently spoke at a Quadrant dinner on the topic of the "perils of Islamic culture". (The Australian 30/6/06, p.17).
"So far as I can see, however, Muslims do not so much move out as move in. In communities where large numbers of Muslims gather, non-Muslims are gradually driven out. It is then not long before there are established no-go areas where Muslim gangs flourish on the proceeds of drugs, extortion, armed robbery and so on.
In turn, as the host country's own laws are set aside in these no-go areas, there develop demands for the recognition of these areas as small states within the state, to be governed by sharia law, administered not by national courts but by sharia-type courts overseen by local imams.
In France, we have begun to see the ultimate expression of such developments.
There, a public official is reported to have agreed to meet an imam outside the predominantly Muslim district of Roubaix which, according to the imam, was Islamic territory and closed to non-Muslims. Similar demands can already be heard in Britain. To a more limited extent (so far) we have begun to hear them in Australia."
Writers in this journal have said much the same thing, before Stone.
ON BEING A MANNE
Manne, according to Bolt could not do this. The "stolen generation" incident was a weird debate: well intending missionaries and state officials sought to help mixed race children who may have been harmed, abandoned or killed by other Aborigines (who did not approve of mixed races). The Whites, not the Aborigines who abandoned the mixed-race children are the racists.
Never in this debate did the politically correct ever consider the moral position of those who threatened these children. You see, only Whites can be racist, or so the cultural Left assumes. It takes only a moment's clear logic to see that this debate was conceptually rotten to the core.
TRAVELLING BY DONKEYSby Brian Simpson
South Africa today has a murder rate just below Columbia and the highest reported number of rape cases in the world. Charles Nqakula, the Minister for Safety and Security has advised new police recruits, in response to public criticisms, that police officers were typically slow to reach crime scenes "If you don't have a car, ride a bicycle or a donkey." (The Australian, 31/8/06, p.9)
This is sound advice for a country that is descending into darkness.
EUROPEANS REFUSE LANDINGS FOR ISRAELI ARMS PLANES
Source: European Jewish
press: http://w ww.ejpress.org/article/10657
Free Europe reports:
full extent of the costs of reconstruction still remains unknown. Thus, the European
Commission has earmarked 10 million euros ($12.8 million) of its 42 million-euro
pledge to go toward helping the Lebanese authorities to undertake a comprehensive
WORLD ELITE GATHER - AGAIN. YOUNG TO PROTEST - AGAIN
The internet is abuzz with the news protesters are promising a huge presence in Melbourne for the G-2 0 gathering of the world's most powerful finance leaders - one week before the state election. The state poll is to be held on Saturday, November 25.
We are informed:
apt, a 'Make Poverty History' concert: U2 Band to perform:
the push is for the 'nations' to provide the relief for the world's poverty stricken
- there is no mention nor push to change the grinding debt-poverty money system
did Anthony Cooney observe in Social Credit - Politics:
BRING BACK THE OATH OF ALLEGIANCE - ACM
In the context of the national debate over Australian values and Australian citizenship, the Australians for Constitutional Monarchy has issued the following call:
1986, on the recommendation of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission,
the requirement for new citizens to renounce all other allegiance was abolished.
In addition, they no longer had to state their names.
without a religion were allowed to make an affirmation. This was replaced by a
watered down pledge, read by large groups in unison. It is surely time to restore
the formal Oath of Allegiance, which should be sworn separately by each new citizen
before a delegate of the Commonwealth, with of course, the option of making an
CONVERSION OF A REPUBLICAN
- from David Flint's Opinion Column:
Now I still have strong reservations about "faction", the portrayal of current events in a democratic community as if they were factual, when indeed they are fiction and not based on anything of any evidentiary value. This is so even if there is an admission of this in the fine print. However Hugh Davies, writing in the same paper on 4 September 2006, says the film has been very well received. Yes as a film. But who, apart from those who were involved, and in particular our Queen, can say whether it was an accurate record of a contemporary event?
You can just imagine how the defamation writs would fly if any Australian or British media, or political figure, including republicans, were the subject of similar treatment. Simon Heffer observes that there is probably a sizeable constituency of people like Dame Helen, "people for whom scepticism about the monarchy, or downright hostility to it, was for a long time the default position. They gleefully lapped up the latest stories about the alleged humiliations of the Prince of Wales, or the frequent assaults on utterly harmless individuals such as Prince Michael of Kent, attacks launched for no better reason than that His Royal Highness continues to live and breathe. When some newspapers stated that the Royal Family was "dysfunctional", and implied that this was the obvious fault of the head of that family, they all nodded sagely."
"And then," he writes "one such person says, hang on a minute, isn't this a little unfair? Hasn't the Queen done her arduous and remorseless job now non-stop for nearly 55 years, with no sign of letting up? Hasn't she kept going in a straight line, despite all the horrors, traumas and provocations? Hasn't she always refused even to blink at the welter of usually unfair and inevitably vacuous criticism chucked at her for the past 20 years or so? Hasn't she, in short, turned out to be exactly the sort of person we all wish we could be?".
reason, these days, why people are drawn to love the Queen," says Mr. Heffer is
that "she is not part of an increasingly contemptible political class. It rarely
has a sense of duty before self: it has long been clear to the public that its
members are often in it, irrespective of party, for what they can get out of it.
'PEAK OIL' A BIG 'CON'?
Domin in the Ballarat Courier, 16/9/06 reports from an energy conference
held in Adelaide South Australia recently:
Taking aim at proponents of peak oil, which suggests world oil supplies have peaked or are close to peaking and will dwindle over the next 20 years, the oil company boss says such theories have no merit. In a bid to debunk the peak oil predictions, Mr Nolan told the Asia Pacific Oil and Gas Conference this week that peak oil theories had been around since the 1920's, particularly at times of high oil prices.
"The fact is that the world has an abundance of oil and there is little question, scientifically, that abundant energy resources exist," Mr Nolan said. "According to the US Geological Survey, the earth currently has more than three trillion barrels of conventional, recoverable oil resources."
Mr Nolan said
the oil industry had always underestimated the extent of global resources and
the ability of technology to both extend the life of existing oil and gas fields
and find new ones.
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