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27 September 1991. Thought for the Week: "Mankind does not begin with liberty. Mankind acquires liberty through civilisation."
John W. Burgess
CANADIANS TO WEAR SOVIET CHAINS?
Mr. Ron Gostick, National Director of The Canadian League of Rights, reports the incredible news that the New Brunswick Human Rights Tribunal has stripped schoolteacher Malcolm Ross of his teaching position after a long battle against Ross initiated by the Zionist Mafia. And what was Ross's crime? He had written several books defending his Christian heritage. These books enjoyed a wide sale throughout Canada and the United States. There was no suggestion at any time that Ross had expressed his views in the classroom. He was regarded as an outstanding teacher by the local school board. Parents of the children taught by Ross were loud in their praises.
The Zionist who was primarily responsible for the long campaign against Ross admitted that none of their children had ever been taught by Ross. But in essence it was charged that a teacher like Ross was not entitled outside his professional activities to write books, which dealt with questions like the alleged Jewish Holocaust. Ross has not only lost his teaching position, which means, of course, his income, but has been gagged indefinitely by the "Human Rights" Commission. Ross has a young family.
Malcolm Ross has been defended by Mr. Doug Christie, who will no doubt be commenting on this matter during his coming Australian visit. Canada is held up to Australians as a successful multicultural nation with a Bill of Rights, which guarantees the rights of all Canadians. Malcolm Ross has not found his rights protected. And the disturbing thing is that Canada is supposed to be a Common Law country like Australia. Ron Gostick comments, " there's not much sense cheering the attempt of the Soviet people to shake off their chains, if we're going to have them slipped on to our own people". Malcolm Ross's great book, The Spectre of Power ($15.00 posted), is essential reading at present.
THE SUPERANNUATION TIME BOMB
Addressing the Australian Council of Trades Unions Congress in 1981, the then A.C.T.U. President Simon Crean said, "What we must recognise at this early stage of union involvement in the Superannuation issue is that control over the funds will provide unions and governments with considerable financial leverage to advance the cause of Socialism in Australia."
Irrespective of how they are described, compulsory superannuation schemes are a form of forced saving, with the employers' contributions adding to their costs which, if possible, can only be recovered by higher prices, these passed on to consumers. Employers have complained that the compulsory superannuation levy introduced by the Hawke Government will result in further bankruptcies and discourage investment in new industries. The policy will further economic centralism.
Older Australians will recall how before the Second World War an attempt was made to implement what was called a National Insurance scheme, with contributions from government, industry and individuals. There was a massive national revolt with a flood of protest letters, forcing the Federal Government to drop the issue. The whole concept is straight out of the totalitarian textbooks and has the enthusiastic support of the Fabians and some sections of Big Business.
While there have seen varying estimates of the amount of money the compulsory superannuation scheme will provide, it is certain that within a few years it will run into billions. Some estimates project a total of up to $600 billion by the end of the century. Control of this amount of money, and its investment, will certainly provide the controllers with enormous power.
Under a realistic financial policy, individuals would be able to make provisions for their own future. And a wealthy nation like Australia could easily implement a retiring pension scheme for every Australian that would ensure both security and freedom. Take no thought for the future advised Christ, who clearly had a very different vision from that of those who see finance as an instrument of power. Compulsory superannuation schemes should be rejected before they become a monster.
DR. HENRY KISSINGER'S AUSTRALIAN VISIT
It is extremely unlikely that Dr. Henry Kissinger's
recent visit to Australia was for health reasons. He had a long talk
with Prime Minister Hawke. There are good reasons for believing that
Dr. Kissinger discussed with Hawke the question of the role of Mr. Kerry
Packer in the bid by the Canadian based Conrad Black consortium for
control of the Fairfax publishing empire, including The Age,
While there has recently been considerable publicity concerning the activities of Mr. Kerry Packer, Australia's wealthiest man, and how with the aid of his advisers, he manages to use his international links to keep his taxation in Australia as low as 10 percent, there is little discussion concerning the identity of Kerry Packer's advisers. One of the most prominent is a Rothschild. Could it be that Packer got a useful "inside tip" before the stock market crash of 1987? Packer was one of those who emerged from this event in a stronger financial position than ever. He can still lose tens of millions in one night's gambling and not turn a hair. Should Kerry Packer - a "great Australian and one of my closest personal friends", says Prime Minister Hawke - and his international colleagues gain control of the Fairfax Empire, this will have two men, Rupert Murdoch and Kerry Packer, almost completely monopolising the Australian media.
THE RECOVERY MIRAGE
"The Finance Minister, Mr. Willis, yesterday conceded there would not be any substantial economic recovery this year." Herald-Sun (Melbourne), September 23rd.
We could have told him that many months ago. At least it appears that Ralph Willis doesn't like humbug. He talks of "signs of recovery". We have referred to these elusive figments previously in these pages. We do strongly suspect that the residential housing market slight upswing is deceiving many people: naturally the estate agents and the politicians will grasp at any straw to "talk up" the economy.
It is true, of course that in general people will not spend confidently if they are worried about their economic future. Indeed, it would be irresponsible of them to do so. But if men and women are retrenched, on social security, with little or no prospect of alternative employment in sight, then they can't spend what they don't have by way of cash. Very many have financial commitments they can't meet. The house, the car, the school fees for the children, that credit card, etc., etc. Most people just don't have the money: a few are holding back from spending, now.
We suspect that the housing mini-recovery, presently in progress, is being financed by the banks to highly approved customers from bank credit, which is not being advanced to the commercial property "players". The commercial property market is stone dead right now (September '91). If the Australian economy further deteriorates, then a return to higher interest rates is likely, in our view. The scenario of a still deeper plunge in the commercial and residential housing markets is quite possible.
We are studying financial movements and markets
overseas, where the real action is - relentlessly; and the views of
real experts whose views we respect. These pronouncements don't even
make the print media in Australia: the news is not good for the local
pundits who are frantic to "talk up" the local financial scene. They
are whistling in the dark, and hoping for the best. Well, what about
job vacancies? What about polls to determine consumer confidence? What
about the waffling of economists? What about the prattle of party politicians?
What do they all mean? Not much, in our view.
A recent dinner party for former Liberal Prime Minister, Sir John Gorton, shed some light on the philosophy of the new breed of Liberal leaders. Sir John Gorton was a strong centralist who met with strong resistance to his centralist philosophy inside his own party. But times have changed. Dr. John Hewson was at the dinner for Sir John, and according to a report in The Bulletin, was most laudatory in his remarks about Sir John, suggesting he was a man ahead of his time. Also present and warmly supporting Sir John was N.S.W. Premier Nick Griener.
If anyone can snatch political defeat out of the jaws of political victory, it is Dr. John Hewson. His fixation with a consumption tax has handed Bob Hawke the type of issue he needs for the next Federal Election. Hawke is indicating that he is willing to ease the financial pressure a little, and to do a little Keynsian "pump-priming" in an attempt to lower the unemployment level. Senator Graeme Richardson, a strong Keating man, now says that the Keating challenge is likely to be put "on hold". The polls are indicating that Hawke could still go close to winning an early election next year. But his biggest asset continues to be Dr. John Hewson, whose rating has not been increased by the revelation that he walked out on his first wife and three children, the youngest only a baby, charging that she could not cope with his political career. His second wife is described as an international banker.
ARE WE READY TO DEMAND FREEDOM?from Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld.), (September 15th)
"Ron Fischer suggests (M.B. 22/8) that alternative candidates seem imperative in the next Federal Election in view of unpopular policies of the two major parties: Consumption Tax and Republic. It would be great if we could get some more independents into Parliament to break the party stranglehold and give the people some real choices.
"In the Editorial of the same day, an even more important imperative was outlined: Citizens Initiated Referenda. Implementation of this practice would mean that the people could have a say on particular issues without having to have an election or change governments. "The appearance of both independent Members of Parliament and Citizens Initiated Referenda would restore democracy in Australia.
"Are we, the people, prepared to do anything to demand our freedom and sovereignty from our political dictators. "Previous generations have had to fight wars to retain our freedom. Our battle is more insidious, undeclared and from within, and depends on our apathy for victory. "So, fellow Australians, take up your pens and let your politicians know what we want. Recent events show what can be achieved through thousands of people en masse demanding their political rights." (N. Lawrence, Rockhampton, Qld.)
SOCIALIST CREED TOLERATES NO POSITIVE BENEFITS
from The Australian, (18/9)
"We should not be too surprised about its widespread
acceptance as we have heard it preached from our teachers and our ministers,
in every newspaper, television news programme and in the speeches of
public officials. We have been constantly told it is a creed of righteousness
and social justice.
"Look at what is happening in this country as the means of hard working and talented people are plundered to provide for the needs of every loafer and moocher who considers someone else owes them a living. The first priority of the workingman in this country is not the maintenance of his own life and that of his spouse and children but somebody else's. "Year after year the number of others he has to support increases. He delays having more children as the burden of supporting people's children weighs down upon him.
"The currency of life in such a system is the
capacity to demonstrate 'need'. Productive work is a burden only sustained
as a virtue by a moral case, which states that this is the only honest
means by which men can live with one another. Such a moral code slowly
disintegrates under socialism. "Under the socialist system those who
determine whose or what needs have priority are those who hold power.
They wield power by force. The extent to which they practise their creed
is the extent of their tyranny. In such a system the productive capacity
of the economy is eventually destroyed. This has been the state of Eastern
Europe for decades. It is not socialism gone wrong. It is its inevitable
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