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13 November 1970. Thought for the Week: "The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence... power always follows property. This I believe to be as infallible a maxim in politics, as that action and reaction are equal in mechanics."
HISTORIC QUEENSLAND DEBATE ON LEAGUE OF RIGHTS
The biggest and most representative meeting in living memory took place at Dalby, Queensland, on Wednesday, November 4, when National Director Mr. Eric Butler scored the greatest victory yet gained by the League as he debated an allegation that the League was subversive. The repercussions of this historic debate will be nation-wide. The extent of the League's rapidly growing influence in Southern Queensland, and the intensity of interest generated by a vicious smear campaign was graphically demonstrated by the huge audience, which overflowed the large RSL hall. Many of those present came from up to 200 miles away. In the audience were Federal Country Party Member Mr. Jim Corbett, Mr. R. Sparkes President of the Queensland Country Party, and many other prominent public figures.
The depth of the desperate attempt to
halt the League's advance was revealed early in the debate
when Mr. R. Bahnisch, who had precipitated the debate with
the allegation of subversion, read a signed statement by Mr.
Edward St. John, former Liberal Member at Canberra. Mr. St.
John charged that the League's activities "have no rightful
place in a democratic society such as ours." Anyone opposing
the League publicly had his full support and admiration.
The meeting exploded into what the Toowoomba daily paper, The Chronicle, described as boisterous applause, when Mr. Butler produced Mr. Snedden's letter, read it out, walked across the stage, placed it in front of Mr. Bahnisch and asked him" to now stand up like a man and apologise." Mr. Bahnisch looked at the document with disbelief, made a few desperate attempts to comment, and sat down. But he destroyed himself by refusing to apologise.
Other highlights of the debate were: Toowoomba Liberal Party official, and candidate at the last Queensland State elections, Dr. Leigh Wallman, attempted to smear the League in a series of questions designed to show that the Australian League of Rights was similar to Hitler's movement. One similarity was that, like Hitler, Mr. Butler was a "spell-binding" speaker! In the comment of one member of the audience, Mr. Butler's reply "hit Dr. Wallman for six". Queensland Country Party President R. Sparkes, while praising the League's anti-Communism, appealed to Mr. Butler to do what he could to stop people from leaving the Country Party or voting for the Labor Party. This public appeal was seen by many as a desperate effort by the Country Party President to stem the tide so strongly now running against the Government.
Mr. Butler rejected the contention that the League's programme was destroying the Government. He insisted that the League was urging that the Liberal-Country Party coalition to stop destroying itself by progressively departing from its own stated principles. One Country Party leader has been quoted as saying that a sufficiently widespread distribution of the League's special Survey "Australia's Liberal-Socialist Road To Serfdom" would definitely destroy the Government. If this is true, then the Government has only itself to blame for its blatant dishonouring of its own principles.
* A questioner asked Mr. Butler was there any truth in a rumour being circulated that he had been in interned by the Labor Government for pro-Nazi activities during the Second World War. Mr. Butler said that this was ridiculous. He had previously informed the audience that the three male members of his family had all served in the Second AIF. He gave his army number, pointed out that he had served for twenty months without leave in the islands north of Australia, had been sent back to the mainland and appointed as an instructor for six months at the Canungra jungle training school. He was then posted as an instructor at the Officers' Training School, Seymour, Victoria. We are informed that the question asked at the Dalby debate is related to an ugly rumour circulating in Queensland Country party circles following a recent Central Council meeting. The Country Party would be well advised to stop this type of smearing, and to check on the background of those initiating it.
One League supporter has commented as follows on the Dalby debate: "Mr. Bahnisch and those backing him should actually be thanked for providing the League with such a splendid platform. Mr. Eric Butler was devastating. The widespread publicity was magnificent. The critics have been crushed, the waverers are getting off the fence in increasing numbers to join the League, and the committed have been given a shot of increased enthusiasm and dedication. The truth is now advancing rapidly."
NOW OR NEVERThe League's 1970-71 fighting fund of $25,000 is filling. At the moment the National Director is too busy "in the front line" to provide a report. This will come shortly. But it is now or never. All donations and/or pledges to Box 1052J. G.P.O., Melbourne, 3001, or to Box 17 Alderley Queensland 4051.
LEAGUE"S RURAL PROGRAMME PRODUCING POLITICAL RESPONSE
"The Commonwealth Government will establish a finance insurance corporation to ensure long-term loans to the ailing rural industry. The Prime Minister (Mr. Gorton), announcing this last night, said the corporation would be run on similar lines to the Housing Finance Insurance Corporation. This Senate election promise appears to be on similar lines to the Rural Finance Corporation expounded by the Democratic Labour Party." - The Chronicle, Toowoomba Queensland, November 5.
The Prime Minister's Senate election promise, for what it is worth, is at least striking evidence of the growing effectiveness of the hard League of Rights campaigning, particularly the work of its specialist division, The Institute of Economic Democracy, in the rural areas of Australia over the past two years. There is little doubt that the Government's rural election promise was greatly stimulated by the bold announcement of Senator Gair in his Senate policy speech on November 1.
A comparison of DLP statements and Mr. Gorton's statements clearly indicate the DLP programme is much more adequate. Senator Gair has not only stressed the need for long-term loans, but the necessity for low-interest rates. He also specifically referred to the small farmers, who "had to be kept going."
Mr. Gorton made no reference to low-interest
rates, and also hedged on which primary producers were to
be provided with some type of financial stability. While in
one breath dissociated himself from the slogan of "Get big
or get out", he went on to say, "But I do mean that harsh
realities of the world will require a policy of 'get to a
stage where you can produce at a cost that meets the market
prices - or accept a lower income or leave the industry"'.
The "harsh realities" Mr. Gorton refers to are the inflationary
Marxist financial policies which are destroying the basis
of the free enterprise system by forcing economic centralism
as producers desperately attempt to meet rising financial
The National Policy of the Australian Country Party contains the following: "The provision of term loans for long-term at a low rate of interest to facilitate the development and rehabilitation of rural industries." The Federal Country has for years done nothing to have this policy implemented. It has officially shown a strong resentment to the League of Rights' insistence that it honour its own policy. And contrary to the assurances of Country Party leader John McEwen that his party can get more results as a member of the Coalition, the Prime Minister's election policy still ignores the necessity of low-interest rates.
If the DLP gains electoral support in the rural areas at the expense of the Country and Liberal parties it will be because it has advanced a more realistic policy. The DLP proposals will not go far enough for some people. But they are a welcome step in the right direction and should encourage all League actionists to continue their activities, confident that the politicians are starting to respond.
ACQUISITION OF LAND THROUGH DEBT CONTROL
"In effect this negative income tax would be part payment by the Government in advance of purchase of the farm at market rates by the Land Authority." - Dr. H. Schapper, reported in The Weekly Times, October 28.
The Weekly Times report in full was an explanation of Dr. Schapper's concept for solving the rapidly deteriorating financial position of the farming community. What it amounts to is a plan to utilise the present financial policies, basically unchanged, to ensure continued and increasing rural debt. As the debt increases, control over property ownership passes from the individual to the moneylender. As Dr. Schapper envisages the process, the transition is brought about by a system of "refinancing mortgages." Dr. Schapper admits something must be done about the debt situation of the farmers, but nothing should be done to get them off the financial hook by which control over their property can eventually be obtained.
Although extension of the period to pay
back loans is conceded, it is stressed that no reduction in
interest or writing off of the debt should be accepted. As
farmers are driven down the economic scale of existence they
will need to borrow money to live... assistance payment could
be made direct to the farmers from the Treasury, in the form
of a negative, or reverse income tax." That is, the state
returns some small portion of what it has already taken.
As the economic screw is tightened more
farmers and their land would be swallowed up. Such are the
economic theories taught in our universities. Revealing the
full extent of his socialist philosophy Dr. Schapper comments,
"such a method would break the self perpetuating unviable,
family farm cycle."
CHURCHMAN WARNS AGAINST "ANT-HEAP OF ANONYMITY"
"People should be on the alert against everything in society which debased the individual." - The Dean of Melbourne, Rev. T. Thomas, The Sun, November 2.
The Dean went on, "we should be on the
alert against everything tending towards mass control, all
which exalts the machine and the system above the human being,
the worship of know-how at the expense of know-why, the cult
of passivity and conformity."
The Dean said the greatest bulwark on earth against the creeping cult of anonymity was the Christian faith. We have only one question. Every faith has a policy (works), What is the policy of the Christian faith in regard to the monolithic state?
ON TARGET BULLETIN
SUBJECT FOR DISCUSSION
GUIDELINES FOR ECONOMIC ACTIONISTS
Interest rates are extortionate, to put
the matter mildly. It has been noticed in the reports coming
in to us that the question of how much it costs to create
the nation's credit supply is being dodged by the Treasurer.
As much as possible it should be taken up with your own M.P.
Tell him you will not be satisfied until a correct estimates
based on services rendered and materials used and other overhead
expenses, is supplied.
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