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25 July 1969. Thought for the Week: "The great German poet Heinrich Heine, wrote one day: "The Devil's best ally is the liberal intellectual who doesn't believe in the Devil." This could be well paraphrased: "The principal ally of the Communist conspiracy is the liberal intellectual who doesn't believe in the Communist conspiracy."
It is to capitalise on this skepticism that half the apparatus of Communist political warfare has the mission of convincing the free world that there is no apparatus of Communist political warfare."
Madame Suzanne Labin, in The Techniques of Soviet Propaganda, a study presented by a subcommittee of the Committee of the Judiciary, United States Senate, July 12, 1967.
MR. BREZHNEV ON THE IMPORTANCE OF INDUSTRIAL STRIKES
The Weekly Review July 18, commenting
on the Communist World Federation of Trade Unions' drive to take over
control of automobile unions throughout the great world centres of the
car industry, quoted Mr. Brezhnev's speech on the importance of strikes
in non-Communist countries as part of the "anti-imperialist struggle"
in which he said: " One decisive sector of the anti imperialist struggle
naturally runs through the capitalist countries themselves. The blows,
which the revolutionary forces are dealing imperialism in its very citadel,
are highly important for world development. The 1960's have introduced
many new elements in this front of the struggle as well. A sharpening
of the class struggle in the capitalist world is an inexorable fact.
Suffice it to say that from 1960 to 1968 a total of over 300,000,000
persons took part in strikes as compared with 150, 000,000 in the preceding
years." Mr. Brezhnev continued:
It should be reflected that Mr. Brezhnev bases his confidence on financial policies, which automatically ensure dissatisfaction, whether it be the worker, the producer or the businessman in "imperialist" society who is dissatisfied. The bookkeeping technique of ensuring continued inflation and erosion of purchasing power places the communist union agitator in an almost impregnable position from which to advance his case against "capitalist." and "imperialist" exploitation.
MR. ANTHONY DEFENDS THE GOVERNMENT
"The Federal Minister for Primary Industry (Mr. Anthony) yesterday denied that the Government was responsible for the marketing difficulties facing the wheat industry. He appealed to Australia's 60,000 growers to support "an industry -proposed, Government backed" delivery quota scheme. The alternative was "chaos." - The Age, July 22.
Mr. Anthony said he was "sick and tired" of references to "the Government's delivery quotas scheme." it is not a Government scheme, but an industry scheme," he said, "and to my mind, is a responsible reasonable and necessary industry reaction to a situation that cannot be blamed on anyone but must be faced up to." Mr. Anthony's endeavour to pass the buck and have the wheat industry leaders accept the blame for the quota system will fool no one. The quota system is the result of economic policies for which the Government and no other body is directly responsible. Mr. Anthony tacitly admitted this when he went on to say that the Commonwealth support had made the scheme possible, because the Government had agreed to arrange loans totaling $440 million so that the first advance on all quota wheat could be maintained at $1.10 per bushel.
Then Mr. Anthony went on to ask a question to
which we would be glad to supply an answer. He said, "Now of course
growers do not like the scheme, but I hope they will ask themselves
what the alternatives are."
Professor Brian Tew, formerly of the University
of Adelaide is quoted from his standard a reference work Wealth and
Income used at the Melbourne University. This makes it clear that,
It is by such means the Government makes available to industry credit to finance every expansion of costs. e. g. when the arbitration court grants an overall wage increase, the banking system is directed by the Government to grant increased overdrafts to accommodate the demand for the additional money needed by industry. The result is cost inflation and a rising cost structure. The tremendous increase in production of wheat is due to the struggle of primary producers to maintain their income in the face of rising costs. Consequently increased acreages of wheat have been sown over the years. From 1958-9 the acreage sown, 10,399,168, exploded to 22,440,979 acres in 1967-68. A steady increase to reach those figures took place each year.
If Mr. Anthony's Government - and he is a responsible
Minister, whether he likes to accept responsibility or not - had instituted
policies which directed the Arbitration Court when recommending an increase
in purchasing power, to direct that such increases be paid in the form
of price discounts paid at the counter for all Australian produce, a
genuine increase in purchasing power would have been admitted into the
economic life stream of the nation which would not have resulted in
the increased costs which have brought about over-production of wheat
and many other commodities.
SOUTH AFRICA "GIBRALTAR OF THE SOUTH"
Mr. Eric Butler provides the following report after two weeks tour of South Africa:
The Commandant-General of the South African Defence Force, General R. C. Hiemstra, recently stated in an address in Pretoria while I was there, that South Africa had now become the "Gibraltar of the South." The South African General's brilliant survey of strategic developments in the struggle for the world should be carefully studied by Australian and New Zealand politicians in particular. General Hiemstra observed that much had changed since the West's Atlantic Alliance was formed. At that time the Soviet constellation was limited to its own area and South Africa's strategic importance to the West was not rated a high priority. But the position had changed substantially with the Soviet overflowing into Africa, and its surrounding oceans, the Mediterranean, the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.
Calling for an urgent re-appraisal of Western strategy, General Hiemstra said that from such a re-appraisal "it would appear that South Africa is in a key position for the Western sea powers in the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans against a Soviet threat from West Africa and the Middle East."
At least one British political leader, Sir Alec
Douglas-Home, former British Conservative Prime-Minister, has openly
stressed the growing strategic importance of South Africa. His recent
statement that a Conservative Government would rescind the ban on Soviet
arms sales to South Africa has been warmly received in South Africa.
Sir Alec, speaking as Shadow Foreign Secretary for the British Conservative
Party, said that the provision of British arms to South Africa would
be undertaken "in the light of Southern Africa's role in the security
of Europe." He observed that with the closing of the Suez Canal and
the permanent routing of the oil of the Persian Gulf around the shores
of Africa, together with the appearance of the Soviet navy in the Indian
Ocean, South Africa's strategic importance had been given a new significance.
It is to be hoped that Sir Alec's considered views will be carefully
studied in both Canberra and Wellington.
Evidence produced at the trial of terrorists in Windhoek, South-West Africa, has left no doubt about the importance the Communist strategists attach to maintaining increasing pressure on South Africa. Terrorists admitted that they had received training for guerrilla warfare in Tanzania under instructors who told recruits from South-West Africa that they had received their training in Russia, Algeria, China and Egypt. Some of the recruits from South-West Africa had later received further training in Egypt.
Although the terrorist organisations north of
the Zambesi are having many internal problems, all the evidence suggests
that overall terrorist build up for action against the Rhodesians, South
Africans and Portuguese will continue. In this situation, it is criminally
irresponsible for Western Governments to be attacking in any way the
internal policies of the three Southern African countries maintaining
stability in an area of such strategic importance. Solving race problems
is not the easiest under the best of conditions.
Inside South Africa there are big changes taking place, and perhaps the biggest problem is that the policy of separate development becomes increasingly difficult to operate as originally envisaged because economic development is making it essential for more and more Bantu labour to be used for trades previously not available to the Bantu. There is some serious re-thinking on how best to pursue a policy of separate development. It is engendering considerable political controversy in the ranks of the Nationalist Party. Prime Minister Vorster has come under heavy criticism from many Nationalists. But my assessment is that unless something completely unexpected happens, Mr. Vorster will have no difficulty in maintaining his leadership.
MR. ST. JOHN POINTS OUT A TRUISM
"For most practical purposes the backbencher has practically nothing to do except vote. He is not really wanted as a person of independent judgment. He is wanted as one of the blokes to keep up the numbers." - The Age, July 22.
The above was the only piece of sense in a tirade
of nonsense in which Mr. St. John suggested we have 400 M.P's in the
House of Representatives. Justifying the need for such an army of M.P.'s
Mr. St. John said, "We need a lot more members because the range and
complexity of matters before Parliament are such that staff and facilities
are inadequate to handle them." Mr. St. John called for more members
of independent thought who would bring the necessary reforms. We would
hope that such people would see clearly the reason why the present parliament
cannot handle the "complexity of matters" before it. Obviously it has
intruded into fields, which are not the responsibility of the Federal
A NAVAL BASE AT COCKBURN SOUND?
"Development of a naval base in Western Australia would be very valuable for the Western world, the Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet (Admiral J. Hyland) said yesterday. - The Age, July 22.
The subject of a naval base at the deep-sea port of Cockburn Sound has been a topic of controversy for some years. The Government has consistently denied the need for such a base.
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