19 August 1983. Thought for the Week: "Almost the highest attribute of man is 'judgment', the exercise of choice. Far more than learning, it moulds the character and shapes the abilities, and there is no more conclusive proof of the essentially Satanic origin and nature of Socialism than its insidious and all pervasive attack on the powers of judgment and choice "
C.H.Douglas, in The Development of World Dominion.
Report from Queensland
Mr. Charles Pinwill, League State Director
for Queensland, sends this assessment of the current political
situation in his own State:
"Mr. Terry White is a mixed bag from our point of view. On the plus side, he made the best statement of them all on the question of the High Court decision on the Franklin Dam, and its threat to Federalism. On the minus side, he had made a deal with the worst elements among the 'trendies' in the Liberal Party to achieve leadership and in that sense 'has the devil to pay'. "Whatever Premier Bjelke-Petersen may do, he faces an election in the next 4 months. His Government will almost certainly survive it. His National Party will have a much greater representation, as against the Liberals, but the Coalition will lose a degree of its numbers advantage over the A.L.P., with its new Leader, Mr. Keith Wright, at the helm.
"The greatest danger to conservatism is that the Queensland Premier may lose much of his present authority in Queensland. However, a more likely result is that the Liberals will take the fall, responsibility, and recriminations. They will be little more than a 'cricket team' of 11 to 13 members. "On the optimistic side, with the Coalition surviving with a workable majority, and the Liberals in galloping retreat, the State Treasury may well go to the Nationals.
With an A.L.P. Federal Government, especially once it goes on the back foot over a faltering economy, and Joh Bjelke-Petersen, in, hopefully, a 'go-for-broke' determined mood, it may well be his best opportunity yet for his State Bank, and pressure on the Federal Opposition for flat rate taxes, a referendum on Constitutional reform to protect the States, and similar measures.
"The relationship between the Premier and Mr. Terry White, anything but clear at the time of writing, and occasioning much speculation, is not as significant as it might seem. It can only alter the date of the election, and even then by only a couple of months. Mr. Keith Wright is much the most able exponent whom the Premier has had to face. He is regarded as the next Premier in Queensland, but Joh isn't going anywhere for the moment. Only an outright defeat, or a very close thing, which destroys his authority, can change this.
All Queensland supporters must work hard
against this. "If the result is better than this the National/Liberal
numbers ratio will move from under 2:1 to close to 3:1. Under
the Coalition agreement the Liberals will have to surrender
portfolios ... The Treasury?? "Ironically, Mr. Keith Wright
made his first speech in the House on the need for a State
Bank, and has firmly committed his Opposition A.L.P. to introducing
one (of some sort) if victorious in the coming State election.
BUNFIGHT ON BANKING
The State Bank of New South Wales has issued
a writ for payment and damages against the Commonwealth Savings
Bank. The State Bank, whose manager is Mr. Nicholas Whitlam
- son of Gough - is complaining because the Commonwealth Savings
Bank has refused to hand over a half share of the profits
made in NSW. This it is bound to do under a Savings Bank Agreement
provided the Government of New South Wales does not enter
the savings bank field. A similar agreement exists between
the Commonwealth Savings Bank and the Queensland Government.
Mr. Whitlam, in an extraordinary maneuver, which started in 1981, appears to have been trying to get Savings Bank facilities for the State Bank without breaching the agreement with the Commonwealth Savings Bank. This was done when the State Bank bought up the fixed capital of the Rural and Building Investment Society, based in Tamworth, NSW, which, oddly enough, operated under an Act of 1903 which does not make provision for public examination of accounts. The State Bank then contrived to have the R & BIS 'swallow up' the State Building Society, which operates under a 1967 Act, requiring public inspection of accounts.
"I don't believe there is any b----y
difference at all between many of the operations of a building
society and a savings bank", says Vern Christie truculently
(National Times, August 5-11, 1983). Mr. Vern Christie
is the managing director of the Commonwealth Banking Corporation,
who is responsible for "the controversial decision by the
Commonwealth Savings Bank to refuse to pay to the State Bank
of NSW a half share of its NSW profits for 1981-82 due in
September last year under an agreement which stretches back
to the early thirties.
Meanwhile, there is a mounting groundswell
for the establishment of a State Bank in Queensland. There
is increasing interest in the recently published "Case
for a Queensland State Bank", by Jeremy Lee, written in
answer to the National Party State President Sir Robert Sparkes,
whose opposition to the establishment of a State Bank is widely
known. In his booklet Mr. Lee answers a statement of Sir Robert's
point by point, and also gives the background to the current
controversy between the Commonwealth Savings Bank and the
State Bank in NSW.
A Commonwealth Government Advertisement (National Times 5-11/8/83) announces a review of the operation and administration of the Australian Institute of Multicultural Affairs (AlMA). Quite apart from its unfortunate name - 'Multicultural Affairs' sounds as if it could just as easily be 'Inter-Racial Adultery' -the personnel and terms of reference of this august body is mind boggling. Chairman is Moss Cass. Other Committee Members are Eva Cox, Professor D.L. Jayasuriya from the University of W.A. and Alan Matheson, Ethnic Liason Officer with the ACTU and Chairman of the Australian Council of Churches Commission on Community Relations.
Both the Government and AlMA start off
from the following accepted premises:
The review will examine the statutory
functions of AlMA, and see whether any changes in function
or administration are required. Submissions are being solicited,
and a questionnaire "to assist people and organisations wishing
to make written submissions" is available, from the Secretary,
Committee of Review of the AlMA, GPO Box 236E, Melbourne,
Professor Lauchlin Chipman is an academic who has impressed us with his corrosive criticism of the multicultural society, and "modern" education. We are disappointed to learn that he is an atheist, as reported in The Sun (Melbourne) August 15th. Professor Chipman is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Woolongong, N.S.W. He spoke at a recent "Right to Life" Conference at Xavier College, Kew (Melbourne suburb), here attacking the concept of euthanasia (mercy killing). He stated that to alter the law to allow those, whose life has become an intolerable burden, to prescribe their own death is not the answer.
Professor Chipman pointed out that if voluntary euthanasia were legalised it would not be possible to determine if the consent were genuinely voluntary and not the result of pressure from callous relatives ("Nothing splits a family like a fiver!"). Again, many elderly people could exaggerate, in their own minds, the notion that they were a burden on their children, etc. Professor Chipman mentioned other issues, but the foregoing should suffice.
We accept the Christian view that man does not have the right to take his own life, which was given to him by God, who will end that life in His own good time.
Dame Leonie Kramer, former Chairman of the A.B.C. let a few good volleys go at her address to the Royal Commonwealth Society. She is now Professor of Australian Literature at the University of Sydney. Dame Leonie (rightly, in our own view ... On Target) remarked that it is essentially immature for a nation to disparage its origins. The current disparagement of the term "Anglo-Saxon" is an example of such immaturity. ("If we want to think of ourselves as grown up, ... learn to live with our past".) Australians are the inheritors of British cultures and institutions and, most important, of the English language. "There is one thing, and one thing only, which determines a country's cultural identity, and that is its language". (Mr. Grassby please note).
HUMANISTS ON OFFENSIVE
Mr. Jeremy Lee Reports
In view of the above, we urge your association to act democratically to protect the rights of others, just as you would wish your rights to be protected, and you can do this by writing letters to the Premier, the Minister for Education and your own local State Member requesting them to proceed no further with the plans for One religion religious instruction and Bible readings in any of our State schools...."
The point to be noted is that, if Senator Gareth Evan's Bill of Rights is imposed on Australia, the instruction of children in the Christian faith will be declared a violation, in accord with the parent document - the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights. It must be hoped that concerned Christians will do a little letter writing of their own, to parliamentarians in all States, and also to their own church leaders, so that Christian forces can be mobilized before it is too late.
"On Target" is published by the Australian League of Rights, Box 1052. G.P.O. Melbourne 3001.