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Thought for the Week:
"In the case of money, we are dealing with something which is handled in our generation by
methods that are extremely different from those in vogue a century or half century ago. When
there was a multitude of private banks, the system by which credit was issued may have perhaps
been appropriate, but with the amalgamation of the banks we have now reached a stage where
something universally needed - namely money, or credit which does duty for money - has
become in effect a monopoly
- - William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury, 26 September, 1942
"My contention is that it is not an accident that we have lost touch with the roots of one of
the most important metaphors that have been used about the person and work of Christ. For by
seeing our debt to God and Christ and repayment of that debt as spiritual truth (by which we easily
mean, strangely for Christian believers, a truth that is not based in the material world) we are
allowed to leave the financial world to look after itself and go its own way.
- Peter Selby “Grace and Mortgage: The Language of Faith and the Debt of the World”
A PARLIAMENT OF SPIVS...
David Flint in his Opinion Column article (below) headlines his commentary with the above heading. Professor Flint is referring to the scandalous behaviour of certain British MPs who got caught with their sticky fingers inside the national ‘Bikky Tin’.
The Times, UK 16/5/09 reported:
He is likely to receive the same treatment as Elliot Morley, a former minister, who has been suspended from the Parliamentary Labour Party after admitting claiming £16,000 for a non-existent mortgage. Lawyers have said that there is a good case for a criminal investigation. Mr Chaytor is also alleged to have changed his designation of his second home four times since 2004, allowing him to claim expenses on five properties. He blamed “changing and complex family circumstances” for the multiple moves, and said that “family stress” had prevented him from paying attention to his financial affairs.
Sir Gerald Kaufman, a former Labour minister, was reported to have charged £1,851 for an antique rug imported from New York. The MP for Manchester Gorton allegedly submitted a claim for £8,865 for a television, and was paid £15,329 of a £28,834 bill for improvements to a London flat after telling Commons authorities he was “living in a slum”.
Gordon Brown required his Justice Minister to step down yesterday after an investigation of his expenses disclosed he may have breached the ministerial code. Shahid Malik became the latest casualty of the week-long revelations after it appeared that he had failed to declare that he was benefiting from a subsidised rent.
Mr Brown’s spokesman emphasised that Mr Malik was expected to return to office if he was cleared and said that no replacement was being appointed. There is no suggestion that Mr Malik broke parliamentary rules on expenses but it is his conduct as a minister that is under scrutiny. He was alleged to have claimed the maximum amount allowable - £66,827 over three years - on his second home in London but obtained a discounted rent of £100 a week on his main family home in his Dewsbury constituency, which he paid out of his own pocket.
Mr Malik has described the claim about his rent as a “fabrication”.
DAVID FLINT in the Opinion Column wrote:
A fortune is being spent in Africa to acquire votes for a temporary Security Council seat, and massive funds spent on overseas travel, with some say the ultimate aim of making our leader the UN Secretary General. (Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun, 15/5/2009)
In addition the vast sums extracted from the taxpayers to pay for campaigns to secure the re-election of our politicians have been increased.
And although the Treasurer has decreed that our children will now have to work until they are 67, our politicians remain eligible for their generous, mainly taxpayer funded pensions even before middle age.
Contempt for politicians unrivalled in living memory...
Not every part of our constitution is faltering...
As The Spectator observes:
The constitutional monarchy in good health...
This was a spirited and sensible intervention by the Prince, observed The Spectator.
Further reading: “The People’s Prince” with a foreword by Sir Walter Crocker. It is a compilation of a number of Prince Charles’ major speeches. Price $12.00 plus postage. Would make a delightful gift for that young person who wants to further understand our future king.
CHINESE TAKEAWAY - BRAVO SENATORS XENOPHON AND JOYCE!
According to The Sunday Mail 10/5/09, Senator Nick Xenophon and Nationals’ Senator Barnaby Joyce have joined forces to mount a campaign to block Chinese investment in the mining giant Rio Tinto.
WHAT IF DICK PRATT WAS AN ANGLO-AUSTRALIAN?
by Betty Luks
And then there was the funeral, attended by a glum looking Bob Hawke and John Howard. Howard looked the part in his Jewish skullcap. Yes, John Howard supported the move to have the billionaire renominated to Australia’s highest honour - The Order of Australia. Howard said: ‘There was never a good reason for him to have lost it in the first place’. (The Advertiser, 1/5/09, p.1)
Now let me see if I follow this. Pratt handed back the AO last year, because he feared that he would have been stripped of it after criminal charges were made against him for giving false and misleading evidence to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).
The answer seems to be, according to the papers, that Pratt and the ACCC’s Graeme Samuel had a personal dispute (The Australian, 30/4/09, p.6). But so what? Public prosecutions are controlled by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, not the ACCC, and they are not pressed lightly, without at least a prima facie case.
Dick Pratt should not be given another Order of Australia. The civil price-fixing case alone indicates that he is not worthy of posthumously holding this award. He should be treated just like any other rich Australian who blotted his copy-book. Otherwise… that would be discrimination - wouldn’t it?
THE IMMIGRATION SCAM CONTINUES
by Brian Simpson
The article does not explore why the skilled visa scene is such a sham and a scam. Clearly it is not about meeting skills shortfalls in Australia – which should in any case be met by training young Australians. My view is that it is a racist project to Asianise Australia at a more rapid rate than the public, the dispossessed majority, might tolerate.
THE WORLD 'S TROUBLES HAVE MADE THEIR WAY TO AUSTRALIA
The world's troubles have made their way to Australia ... again says radio personality Alan Jones. Radio 2GB May 2009:
“Well, questions will be raised again about the age-old chestnut, Australia's immigration policy. Two young Sri Lankan men have been hospitalised after an attack at their Westmead home. The thought of anyone being treated after an attack for acid burns, broken limbs and possible stab wounds is beyond the comprehension of most civilised people. These are two young men well known within the Sri Lankan community. Their attackers are believed to be Tamils.
But the attack was part of what police described as an unprecedented 24 hours of violence starting with brawls at Parramatta Park, Westmead railway station and a Wentworthville supermarket.
Now all of this derives from the proclaimed ending of the 37-year war in Sri Lanka between the Tamil Tigers and successive Sri Lankan Governments. The Tamil Tigers are a militant organisation based in northern Sri Lanka, and since 1976 they've waged a violent secessionist campaign that seeks to create an independent Tamil state in the north and east of Sri Lanka.
But by all reports following long and fierce confrontations and a concerted military offensive by the Sri Lankan Government, the President of Sri Lanka declared a military victory over the Tamil Tigers three days ago after 26 years of conflict… So back to Parramatta and Sri Lankan supporters began celebrating the victory at Parramatta Park.
They were apparently approached by Tamil supporters and violence followed. They moved on to the Westmead railway station and there are reports by Tamil supporters that they saw Sri Lankan supporters or Sinhalese as they're called, waiting near Westmead railway station brandishing baseball bats and golf clubs. The Tamils say they called for support and all hell broke loose.
Now the Tamil Tigers are widely regarded around the world as having committed atrocities against civilians, carrying out the assassinations of several high-ranking Sri Lankan and Indian politicians like Rajiv Gandhi, pioneering the use of suicide bombing and the use of women in suicide attacks.
The Daily Telegraph is right today when it says the world's troubles have made their way to Australia ... again. Which prompts the question, how slack are our immigration policies? Australians are sick of their country becoming a dumping ground for the troubles of others.”
IS INTER-RACIAL MARRIAGE REALLY P.C.?
by Ian Wilson LL.B.
Let’s get to the point: early 19th and 20th century eugenic policies were based on the idea that the Aboriginal race would be ‘bred out’. The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity report Bringing Them Home held that the ‘Stolen Generation’ of generally mixed race white/Aboriginal children were subjected to ‘genocide’ because of an implicit eugenicist attempt to blend them into the white population.
Generally speaking, theorists from the right have rejected this idea but here I will run with it. I think there is some merit in this idea. It is said that because of inter-racial couplings that the Aboriginal population is growing. But is it really?
Thus it has been shown that political correctivism can lead to racial genocide by the “Bringing Them Home” definition. Aboriginals as we know them will disappear just as effectively from this leftist method of racial dissolution as they would from deliberate eugenic policies.
THERE GOES NEW ZEALAND! THERE GOES AUSTRALIA!
by James Reed
The Mayor of the North Island City of Wanganui said: “These people on the Geographic Board are cultural zealots. It is political correctness of the worst kind. Unthinking, unfeeling and completely immune from any heritage that is not Maori.”
Refugees continue to enter Australia in “Camp of the Straights”* style because of our policy of Asianisation. Lip service is given to the issue of border control whilst the immigration tap floods Australia with migrants. Decades of political correctness from both the cultural left and economic rationalist right has ended Anglo-Australia’s capacity to resist its own demographic displacement.
Leigh Dayton (“Move Over, It’s Getting Crowded” The Australian 22/4/09, p.36) tells us that “unchecked population growth threatens the planet and humanity itself.” But then she goes on to say that if we end policies like baby bonuses we won’t have to close the door to refugees and migrants. Yet if we are facing an environmental crisis caused by unchecked population growth, then that’s precisely what we need to do. It means that we need to adopt lifeboat ethics. Only the chains of political correctness prevent one from reaching such a conclusion.
* A few copies of ‘The Camp of the Saints’ by Jean Raspail are still available at $28.00 plus postage. It is a haunting and prophetic vision of Western Civilisation overrun by burgeoning Third World populations.
ISRAEL 'S NUCLEAR 'AMBIGUITY
by Peter Ewer
Now the Obama administration is taking seriously Iran’s complaint that there is a nuclear double-standard towards Israel. If all this comes to pass, will American Jewry still support Barrack Hussein Obama? Or will it be time for a fundamental rethink?
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