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7 November 1969. Thought for the Week: "Not all socialists are Communists, but all Communists are socialists, and thus they work for socialism in non-Communist countries even before they take such countries over."
Dr James D.Bales. American expert on Communism.
SOVIET PENETRATION OF SOUTH-EAST ASIA
"The flag of the Soviet Union has never loomed larger over anti-Communist Malaysia than it did this month for Russia's biggest show in south Asia. " - Max Vanzi from Kuala Lumpur in The Herald, Melbourne, October 30.
It is time for Australians and New Zealanders
to have a hard look at the increasing rate of the Soviet drive into
South-East Asia. It is only 17 months since the Soviet established itself
diplomatically in Kuala Lumpur. For the first 11 of its 12 years of
independence Malaysia had no contact whatever with Communist countries.
The Soviet's "First Trade and Industrial Exhibit" was the biggest trade
fair the Russians have yet presented in South-East Asia. It is generally
agreed that it has been extremely successful - from the Soviet 's point
of view in opening the fair, deputy Foreign Trade Minister Michail Kumin
insisted that the motive for the fair was purely trade. Those who understand
Communism know differently.
20 per cent of Malaysia's rubber and much of its tin is being bought by the Soviet Union. For approximately a decade now there has been an increasing flow of Malaysian production to the Soviet Union and very little Soviet production to Malaysia. The Soviet is now shrewdly suggesting that the time has come to correct the imbalance. It is significant that most of the equipment on display at the Trade Fair could only be obtained by government purchases. There is no need for a Trade Fair to sell to the Malaysian Government. It is clear therefore that the main purpose of the Fair is political.
While stepping up its trading activities in South-East
Asia, the Soviet is also increasing the intensity of its diplomatic
offensive, trailing the carrot of "collective security". While the U.S.A.
and its allies are being bled in the no win war in Vietnam, while experiencing
increasing anti-Vietnam demonstrations domestically, the Soviet is making
major gains. The dramatic change towards Communism in Asia is dramatised
by the statement by President Marcos of the Philippines that if elected
at the coming elections he will consider the possibility of legalising
the Communist Party if it renounces violently. It is a tribute to the
effectiveness of Communist propaganda that in spite of acts of blatant
aggression in Czechoslovakia and elsewhere, the Soviet's image has been
CONVULSION INSIDE LIBERAL PARTY
"The Minister for National Development, Mr. Fairbairn, yesterday destroyed the prospect of the Liberal Party reuniting peacefully under the leadership of Mr. Gorton when he announced he would not serve as a minister in any future government headed by the Prime Minister." - The Australian, October 31.
Unfortunately the convulsion inside the Liberal
Party is primarily concerned with personalities and not with policies.
No change of leadership, now or in the future, can save the Coalition
while it pursues current policies. Prime Minister Gorton is now living
on borrowed time. Even many of Liberal Party Members supporting him
are only doing so because they feel they have no other alternative at
present. Is there one Government Member at Canberra prepared to come
out openly to draw attention to the fact that what the Government must
do is to make an honest attempt to implement the underlying principles
enunciated before 1949?
DESTROYING THE STATES
"Queensland was becoming more a 'branch office State' with diminishing control of its own destiny, the retiring president of the Queensland Chamber of Manufacturers (Mr. A.S. Gehrmann) said last night. Mr. Gehrmann said this resulted from a trend away from federation towards centralism." - The Courier - Mail, Brisbane, October 29.
Irrespective of the label on the politicians, the centralisation of power always produces the same disastrous results. The more far-sighted Socialists have always maintained that once power was centralised, no Government would de-centralise it. "You cannot unscramble the broken eggs."
Before the 1949 Federal Elections there was real concern amongst Liberal and Country Party Members about the advance to Socialism. But most of the Government Members at Canberra are now much more interested in the plums of office than they are in handing power back to the people. In his press conference at Canberra on October 17, Mr. John Gorton clearly revealed once again his centralist - i.e. Socialist - philosophy with his approving reference to "economics management" by the Federal Government.
The salvation of Australia depends to a great
extent upon whether Canberra can be stripped of the excessive powers
it has arrogated to itself. Mr. Gehrmann correctly observed in his address
that a common policy on matters external to Australia is essential but
in matters it is not necessary. It can lead to lack of enterprise and
mediocrity. Mr. Gehrmann also said that if the States were to preserve
their autonomy and survive as governing bodies, they must get a more
substantial proportion of their revenue.
REVOLT AGAINST NATIONAL SERVICE ACT
"About 2000 known 20 year-olds were refusing to comply with national service, the A.L.P. Member for Wills (Mr. Gordon Bryant) said yesterday. All 200 faced possible goal sentences by the end of the year, he said." - The Age, October 31.
The Government's passive support of the American
no-win policy in Vietnam is producing a backlash which could have far
reaching social as well as political results in Australia. We support
the basic principle of national service, primarily to ensure that every
able-bodied man at least has a basic understanding of how to help defend
militarily the society of which he is a member. But individuals only
support legislation when the Government pursues policies which make
sense and are adequately explained.
Unless the Government takes a firm stand before long it could have thousands of young Australians refusing to register for national service. It would then become physically impossible to put them all in goal for two years.
FINANCIAL FUND LAGGINGAfter the encouraging initial beginning progress towards filling the $25,000 for 1969-70 has started to lag. Since our last issue 22 have contributed and/or pledged $629.00 making the total now $4584.80 - Yes, we know you intend to do something about it. But please do it NOW.
Queensland and Northern N.S.W. donations to go to Mr. Don Martin, P.O. Box 3, Paddington, Brisbane,Qld.
WEST GERMANY MOVES TOWARDS COMMUNISTS
"The new West German Chancellor Mr. Brandt won his first parliamentary test vote yesterday with a comfortable 23 vote margin...the former Chancellor Dr. Kiesenger, making his first appearance as leader of the Opposition, said that Mr. Brandt's avowed aim of seeking contractual relations with communist East Germany, inevitably will one day lead to the landslide we fought against for the past 20 years." - The Australian, October 31.
The weakening of West German will to withstand long term Soviet strategy stems, to a very great extent, from the shock of the Soviet thrust into Czechoslovakia last year, demonstrating in the starkest manner the apparent inability of the NATO nations to meet the situation. The Soviet thrust shifted the balance of power in Western Europe and had a major impact in West Germany. Brandt's policy of moving towards closer relations with both East Germany and the Soviet Union is the outcome. West Germany is being drawn closer to both the Soviet Union and Red China through massive exports to both Communist powers.
CRICKETERS IGNORE LIBERAL CATHOLIC PRIEST'S APPEAL
"A NSW Catholic priest, Father R. Buchhorn of Narrabri, last week appealed to the Australian cricketers to cancel their tour of South Africa Father Buchhorn's appeal apparently fell on deaf ears." - The Communist weekly Tribune October 22.
Father Buchhorn is associated with CARIS (Campaign Against Racialism in Sport) and has been a strong critic of The Australian League of Rights. Father Buchhorn is one of those many Christian dupes who unconsciously lend their support to so many Communist tactics. It is significant than the Father Buchhorns do not appear to demonstrate against sport with the Soviet.
It is pleasing to report that the manager of the Australian cricket team, Mr. Bennett, said: "We are going to play cricket and that is all we are concerned with. On the last tour there was no trouble and we don't expect any this time.
Tribune had to admit that a number of the cricketers interviewed on TV at the practice nets before leaving for overseas, "didn't reveal any qualms about the fact that they were to play in South Africa. But Tribune urges Father Buchhorn "and other campaigners" not to "lose heart over their recent campaign." An old Communist tactic states: "Let our friends do the work."
THOUGHTS ON VOTING REFORMS
"Whether or not Australia needs to change its electoral system it would certainly benefit from some mind-searching. Why are we the almost only Parliamentary democracy in the world to have preference voting?" - Douglas Wilkie in The Sun, Melbourne, Oct. 21.
It is not often that we can quote Mr. Wilkie with approval, but we could not agree more with his contention that Australians would do well to look objectively at its electoral system. But we doubt whether Mr. Wilkie would agree with our view that no changes in the present electoral system would produce any more responsible government unless these changes were in the direction of more responsible voting. There is no particular virtue in people putting marks on pieces of paper when this procedure has little effect upon the use of power. Even in Communist countries voting takes place - admittedly under carefully controlled conditions. But then this is exactly what is happening in the "democracies."
An electoral mandate is used to justify the use
of more centralised power against the individual. Presumably the more
people the better the mandate. Mr. Gorton says that he hopes that the
voting age will be reduced to 18 before the next Federal Elections.
Can anyone advance a rational reason why the voting age should be reduced?
It is extremely shallow thinking to argue that the 18 year-old of today
is better informed than his father was at 21. Large numbers of boys
of 15 today would know a lot about motorcars. Lord Acton never saw a
motorcar in his life. But he had something, which to most people only
comes with age and experience, wisdom.
It is often claimed that the vote is a most
prized right. A test could easily be conducted as to how much the individual
valued the political vote by making a small charge of, say, only 50
cents, for the right to vote. How many would think the vote worth 50
cents? Advocate of proportional representation often write letters to
the press, which suggest that their system produces better government.
Where is the evidence? By their fruits ye shall know them. Proportional
representation produced Hitler! This
It is an axiom that if democracy means self-governments the only effective democracy can be in decentralised government close to the people. Government is directly related to the problem of how to prevent power being used against the individual. With increasing centralisation of power by the Federal Government, it is a manifest absurdity that over 6 million Australian electors can use their votes to get what they want through the central government. They all have different problems. Why should Federal candidates be concerned about questions like suburban roads? If they confined themselves to genuinely national matters like defence and foreign policy, perhaps they would be much better informed.
One final thought: A test is required for every
person before he or she can drive a motorcar. Why not some test before
a vote is given?
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