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16 November 2007 Thought for the Week:
While serving in
the R.A.A.F. during WWII, Horton underwent a deep flirtation with the dominant
religion of the day, International Communism, which had penetrated and undermined
the Christian Church
Horton's squadron leader was responsible for recruiting
him to the Communist cause, and on Horton's own testimony he succeeded in making
Horton a fanatical follower. However, one day Horton asked his squadron leader:
if he had any disagreement with The Party line, what was his course of action?
The reaction of the squadron leader was violent and vehement: "The Party
is always right, you never question The Party line, it comes direct from Moscow
and is always right."
A RUINOUS GRAIN TRADING DEBACLE AND DUTY OF CARE
The first question that must be asked is: Is there such a thing as "duty of care" at all in the business world today? For instance, when a farmer signs a contract to sell grain and a trader arranges a sale - the trader considers he has now done his part. But is it as simple as that when so much can happen from that moment on?
The very complexity of this entire proposition needs explaining and the naïve sellers are certainly entering dangerous territory they do not adequately understand. Gambling with their crops is another way of looking at it - if there are not strict rules to follow and adhere to with what is referred to as 'washing out'.
single desk pooling system allowed to be dismantled:
Things can start going the wrong way in a very short time for the grain-growing-now-trader farmer. In such circumstances, a farmer would need access to a 'red alert' warning every day to enable him to successfully negotiate the hurdles and monitor his position for his own benefit. The farmer entered into 'forward selling' believing he was protecting his next year's income (a type of 'insurance'). Some 'forward sold' their anticipated crop even before the seed was sown.
rules run somewhat along these lines:
drought conditions brought farmers to their knees:
It could be said 'duty of care' is but a one-way street - for the Grain Traders and the Banks. Not only did the farmer have to face the 'washout' of his contract but additional fees over and above his contract suddenly materialised.
either come for the grain - or the money:
there another way for the future selling of our grain? Can the traders and the
banks be made accountable under a "duty of care"?
What can Australian grain growers expect at
Federal Government level? Only silence I am afraid - and continued nonsense.
Senator Kerry O'Brien Shadow Minister for Agriculture has stated that the Labor Party has a plan regarding single desk and export arrangements having multiple traders. Now that is an inspired idea isn't it? He is not going to listen to farmers' arguments whom overwhelmingly wanted to retain the single desk pooling system. But, he said his party has a better plan which they will bring in if elected on the 24th November.
what about the Coalition?
But then according to the economic rationalist no one will be blamed because 'free' trade must rule - so the graffiti on the 'free trade' says. It should have dawned on the farmers of this nation by now: the single desk marketing system has been destroyed as has been the objective all along. Why? To pander to the free trade protagonists of a one world corporate plan.
to the running of the 2007 federal cup.
Wearing the red colours with the purple and white V is Labor, riding "Krudd", a fresh young stud from the breeding stalls of Bankers and Toilers. Krudd was trained in international circles of fine china and high living.
Wearing the blue shirt
and cap with brown markings is Little Johnny Libnat on "Hope out of Turmoil".
Hope out of Turmoil is from the well known stables of Bankers and Law.
But we have told you about both of them, over and over and over, so you should have no trouble picking our winner.
As they approach the barrier, we notice other starters are moving in to take their places in the stalls. Barrier position one, closest to the rails has been drawn by some CEC bloke; I can't quite see who has drawn other barriers; looks like Independent colours there; but no matter, we'll continue to cover the movements of our favourites Krudd and Hope out of Turmoil, those others are just to make up the numbers anyway.
They're Racing:------------ and the first to jump is Krudd, closely followed by Midnight Oil and Slick Jenny. Around the first turn with a thousand to go and it's still Krudd from Coward, sorry, Hope out of Turmoil.
Hope out of Turmoil is trying very hard to out-pace Krudd; Little Johnny is distributing as much weight from his bags as possible; hang on, that's money he's throwing --- c'mon Johnny, c'mon. By crikey, he just might make it.
At the half-way now and it's still Krudd by a neck. Midnight Oil has stumbled a couple more times; Rabbit has made some slow moves which he is sorry for and Lab, on Krudd, keeps shouting "Me too -- me too -- We'll match you anytime -- me too!"
Still not sure who those other contenders are; some appear to be making a nuisance of themselves; should be more restrictive rules on such entrants I reckon; don't know anything about them.
Into the home stretch and the punters are sluggish. More weight from Little Johnny's bag. More "Me too" from Lab; and now it's starting to get nasty, whips are drawn, the Jockeys are beating each other severely about the person, oh, I cannot imagine such a dirty, meaningless effort from these two, oh!, oh!, oh!
And there goes the winner ----------------------------- Beatle Bomb! (Good one Lynn!)
OUR SOLDIERS' PROUD HISTORY - PALESTINE'S SAD ONE
After fifty years of following the situation
Jewish-American author Alfred Lilienthal recently wrote:
On 31 October, The Australian carried the story of "seventy Australians, including several descendants of the Australian light horsemen, wearing uniforms of the time, with emu plumes in their slouch hats, armed with Lee Enfield 303 rifles and led by the Flag of the Commonwealth of Australia, who rode proudly into the centre of Beersheva (formerly Beersheba) to a rapturous welcome from hundreds of Israeli children waving the Star of David along with Australian flags."
Under the overall command of British Field Marshal Allenby, the plan was to break the Turkish line of defence which came up from Beersheba and the Australian 4th Light Horse Brigade was finally chosen to mount the attack. According to Marin Chulov, in The Australian: "Beersheva in 2007 embraced the visiting Australians and the legend of their ancestors remains very much alive here. He says the rapport the light-horsemen struck up with the children of Beersheba will be marked by the unveiling of a life-sized bust of a Digger on horseback, to be erected at the new Park of the Australian Soldier. This is a $3 million project funded by that great Australian, Richard Pratt."
need to be quick
fine of $36 million is not enough: Pratt donated over $14 million to charities
and other causes in 2006. A fine of $36 million is just a slap on the wrist for
ARE THEFT - USUALLY BY WELL-DRESSED THIEVES
Mr Samuel's comment came just hours after billionaire Richard Pratt, and his Visy group of companies, were fined a record $36 million for a price-fixing deal with arch-rival Amcor. He called for Australian law to fall in line with other jurisdictions by imposing criminal sanctions that include goal terms for executives who engage in cartel activities. He also thought that nothing concentrates the mind of an executive contemplating creating or participating in a cartel more than the prospect of a criminal conviction and a stretch in goal.
Mr Samuel refused to comment directly on whether he thought Mr Pratt, or any of the Visy executives, should have been been sent to prison, as no criminal sanctions currently existed. But he did describe the penalties handed out as a "highwater mark" in the enforcement of competition law in Australia.
The competition watchdog boss said the impact on the economy of a cartel, such as the Visy-Amcor deal, would have been immense: "Anyone who has in the past, bought a chocolate bar, or a piece of fruit originally packed in a box, made by Visy or Amcor has probably been ripped off," Mr Samuel said."
THE CHAMELEON CROWN
from Phillip Benwell
"The Twomey arguments that the Australian States were British colonial dependencies until the 1986 passage of the Australia Act and that, until that time, the United Kingdom government advised the Crown on the States' matters. It is a fallacy that, simply because the Colonial Acts had not been repealed following Federation, somehow the British Government retained control over the Governance of Australia. This is the height of absurdity. On Federation the Commonwealth of Australia and each of the Colonies became totally independent of Britain and subservient only to their electors.
It is true that until the Australia Acts of 1986, such instruments as the Colonial Laws Validity Act 1865, remained, but this was at the behest of the States who preferred to retain direct contact with Britain as they felt that that process gave them a measure of independence from the Federal Government. As did eventually occur in 1986, the States could have rescinded the application to them of any Colonial law.
The period up until the Imperial Conferences on the 1920's and the resultant Statute of Westminster 1931, was a time of learning and adjustment. The Statute itself came into being only because the then Dominions and particularly Australia, refused to accept the continuing involvement of the British Government in their affairs. No new laws had previously been passed so there was nothing to prevent such a Statute being enacted at a much earlier date. It was not because the Dominion Governments preferred in the main to continue on much as they had before independence. It was their decision, not that of the King.
Similar arguments apply
to the Appeals to the Privy Council and to Imperial Honours. It was the decision
of Australians to retain these links and it was the decision of Australians to
sever these links.
James Reed wrote in his review of Twomey's book: "
The book contains interesting material, but has a republican slant, that this advisory role was somehow bad. On the contrary, in my opinion, it resisted the slide to centralism. Republicans, of course, are Canberra centralists, and an Australian republic will ultimately see the elimination of the States.
"The Chameleon Crown" is for advanced readers, but is worth dipping into as its material will be used against us by republicans. Price: $60.00 posted from all Heritage Book Services and Veritas Pub.(W.A.).
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