8 August 2003. Thought for the Week: "The invasion of Iraq was not about oil. Of course not! So why did the Financial Times of 10th July, 2003 slip in a little note that "U.S., U.K. groups win Iraq oil contacts"? 'The second auction of Iraqi oil since the ousting of Saddam Hussein has seen the U.S. and U.K. companies winning most of the contracts ' Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher inspired a British stake in the other dominating activity, the Military-Industrial Complex, hence the double standards of sanctimonious, so-called 'ethical' foreign policy of the British "New" Labour Government, economically 'hooked' on the 'killing' industries. But even now these look like being sucked into the voracious vacuum of much larger American corporations as takeover proposals are mooted in the business pages This spiralling vortex must be sustained by more war, so the talk-up has already begun against Iran this ploy was invoked by then Foreign Secretary Malcolm Rifkind in the 1980s, and we are now witnessing a replay, significantly by the Zionist Daily Telegraph of 5th July 2003, with the heading "Israel 'in the range of Iranian missiles'."
British On Target Vol.33 July 2003.
THE PARLIAMENTARY IDEA IN TATTERS
Without anyone quite realizing it, parliamentary decision-making has shifted out of the House of Representatives and the Senate. The real debate takes place outside, in the party rooms, without the public scrutiny which is an integral part of our system. There may or may not be some real debate about policy in the party rooms. We'll never know. But when members reassemble on the benches of their respective chambers, the decision as to how each member will vote has already been taken - and woe betide any member who breaks party solidarity.
The traditional view always was that each member was duty-bound to vote in public on the floor of the house on his conscience, and nobody could lawfully interfere with that duty. The public could know what his conscience said by reading in Hansard how he voted. The result of this disastrous change is that backbenchers are now 'faceless men and women', and the only media attention is focused on the leaders and the cabinet.
What does this mean for the public? Simply,
that only a very small percentage even know who their state
and federal members are. A large bulk of the population sees
no connection between their 'faceless' representatives and
the issues that concern them. Many interpret this as ignorance
and apathy in the electorate. Such a view is wrong. Ask people
their views on one thing at a time, and they express firmly-held,
strongly-expressed opinions. Ask them whether their member
of parliament can fix those issues and they laugh derisively.
And because they don't know of any other mechanism to take
note of their views and solve pressing problems, they 'turn
off' from politics.
PUBLIC POLLING TAKING OVER
Without a reliable one-to-one 'touchstone' with their own electorates, politicians are increasingly obsessed by opinion polls. Apart from national polls, each party runs its own internal polls from time to time, concerned with but one thing - how popular they are, and what their chances are in the next election. Even the big polls show something of the cynicism in the electorate.
Recent polls on the Iraq war show that nearly 70 per cent of Australians believe they were deceived by the Howard Government in its reasons for going to war - but don't care! Why? My own view is that they are so used to being deceived and disappointed that it has become a universal expectation.
Polls run in February, before the war started, amidst the biggest demonstrations ever seen in Australia, showed the majority against a possible war, although 75 per cent accepted that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. Once the war started, and scenes of young Australians in uniform were portrayed in emotional farewells as they left for the Gulf, the polls showed Australians swinging behind the war. This was to be expected. Supporting the home team is an Australian tradition. But now 67 per cent believe the reasons for the war were untrue. You might expect a national sense of outrage. It might yet come if we suffer Australian casualties. But at this stage the general feeling is that deception is an integral part of the electoral process. And that's sad.
RUNNING LOCAL POLLS
Where local polls are being run on an electorate-by-electorate basis, some interesting insights emerge. Ask people who their state or federal member is, and less than ten per cent have any idea. But ask their views on topical issues, and the majority have firm, often well thought-out views. Questions such as "Should the remaining 51% of Telstra be sold?" "Should an elected member of parliament represent his party or his electorate?" "Should people have the right to defend their homes and property from unlawful invasion with a firearm?" "Should the first home-owner's grant be extended?" and a host of others receive clear answers from the great majority, in both rural and metropolitan areas.
There are a whole host of things people want. They simply don't believe that our political system, as it presently operates, is designed to give it to them. These, of course, are the questions every member of parliament should be regularly asking his voters, and committing himself to "re-presenting" those views in parliament. But he'd have to buck his party to do so. So he never asks, thus choosing to remain silent and faceless and anonymous as far as his electorate is concerned.
Meanwhile, the national polls concentrate
on the popularity or otherwise of the elected leaders, never
realizing that most voters are turned off by the process and,
if they have to choose, wonder cynically which one will do
the least damage.
THAT GROTESQUE ISRAELI WALL
Started in 2002, the Great Wall of Israel already stretches 150 kilometres, with 500 bulldozers working franticly to extend it further and make it impregnable. President George Bush has already declared it a stumbling-block in the "road map" for peace; but Ariel Sharon is turning a blind eye to its extension and the injustices it is causing.
According to a summary of editorial opinion round the world, The Weekend Australian (26-27/7/03) said: "The West Bank wall being built by Israel was portrayed by Le Monde diplomatique as a land grab and a device that would strike at Palestinian economic infrastructure, creating enclaves and ghettoes . Gadi Algazi wrote that prime farming land under Palestinian ownership had been hived off in the north, none of the promised gates had materialized and, under Ottoman law still in force, Palestinians with land on the Israeli side stood to lose it after three years if left untended. But more than 'annexation', the wall was part of a 'bigger project', "Refusing the Palestinians access to their fields and wells causes long-term changes to their economic system and breaks their links with the land," wrote Agazi, "if all these plans are realized, the creation of a viable Palestinian state will be inconceivable." This would lead to the dispersement of the Palestinian people as a "gradual process, steady and silent". Palestinian society would be stripped of its human resources and its dreams of independence".
Surely, that's Sharon's real intent - isn't it? What chances of Bush taking a stand? Eight feet of concrete wall, razor-wire, regular guard-posts, mined approaches and electronic sensors - some "road-map"!
THE DANGERS OF THE NEW EUROPEAN CONSTITUTION
Details emerging on the proposed European
Constitution, signed on June 20 and due for ratification next
year, show the full horrors of what is proposed. A few random
clauses make it clear:
The proposed Constitution also ensures shared jurisdiction in such varied areas as internal markets, justice, agriculture, transport, energy, the environment and consumer protection (Article 1-13) The National veto is to be abolished in 47 areas. A full-time European President is to be appointed, along with a full-time European Prosecutor.
Commenting on this the latest arrival of the bi-monthly English magazine Right Now said: "This combined document is clearly intended, as the preface puts it, to make the EU "united ever more closely" in order "to forge a common destiny". There can be no doubt that it succeeds in both aims. By transferring even more powers from national parliaments to Brussels, by force feeding us yet more antidemocratic political correctness, by forcing us all into a common mould, the Constitution, if passed, will indeed succeed in uniting all of us who live on this continent in a common destiny - a common destiny of drabness, neuroticism and mediocrity - a common destiny so restrictive that eventually it will almost certainly breed radical reaction ."
The same disease - which is essentially religious - runs through all western countries. It could well be termed "Bureaucoercion" - an attempt to mould, direct and control all human beings, eradicating any excellence, privilege, merit and distinction, to be replaced with "common man" in the likeness of Huxley's "Brave New World". The directors of this programme know exactly what they are doing. They see themselves as gods.
The technicians for the programme, the
legions of faceless bureaucrats already indoctrinated in the
new religion, believe themselves part of a righteous blueprint,
whose responsibility it is to ignore and if possible correct
the primitive and outmoded claims to individuality and diversity.
To them "the good of mankind" does not equate with the good
of individual men, women and children, but the cohesion of
an amorphous mass - the lemmings or the gadrene swine of a
HOWARD'S WELFARE WEDGE
by Betty Luks
According to Mr. Shanahan the Howard-Liberals have "committed $50,000 to develop the idea that a "Not-for-Profit Council" be set up to act as a lobby group, co-ordinator and single voice for all community groups, not just welfare bodies and charities " In other words, the 'majority' (the numbers game again) will have the 'ear of Caesar'. "John Howard has personally put the idea to leading charity and church groups, arising from a submission to his "Community Business Partnership" body in April.
The idea is that not-for-profit organisations, which may include sporting and social groups, could use the proposed council to provide assistance with tax matters, help with insurance costs, provide management guidance and lobby for them But some charity leaders are wary of the proposal because they fear it will be used to silence critics, isolate the existing "Australian Council of Services" - the peak body for charities - divide welfare groups and build in extra costs," writes Mr. Shanahan.
The problem is more deep-seated than that: The situation is now such that it is only financially-powerful Caesar who determines those worthy to receive the 'handouts' for humanitarian and charitable needs. The Christian churches, having forgotten their own teaching on both Caesar and Mammon, give no leadership nor direction for the people. They don't have another 'Stephen Langton' in their midst for this day of troubles, therefore, King John - in the form of John Howard - is tightening the financial nooses around their charitable necks. If the Church had a present-day Archbishop Stephen Langton to lead her against the tyranny of 'King John' Howard, the humanitarian and charitable organisations wouldn't be going, begging-bowl and cap in hand, to the financial masters for handouts.
It was Eric Butler who warned his
1949 Liberal Party Statement of beliefs
Jeremy Lee exposes (once again) Howard's economic rationalist belief, and it is certain he does not believe "national and economic power and policy are not to be designed to control men's lives."
On Target 10th July, 2003: "The latest Federal Budget raised the total of direct and indirect taxation to approximately $10,000 per head of population, or $40,000 for the average family of four. On top of this the States raise their own taxes The per capita average State tax across Australia is $1,892 between them, Federal and State direct and indirect taxes now levy $11,890 for each man, woman and child, or about $47,000 for each four Australians. And they still have to pay their household rates, telephone charges and electricity on top, before beginning to earn a dollar for themselves."
Reader, sit down and work out how long you have to work for Caesar before you start to work for yourself and your own family's needs. There can't be too much spare change left in the pockets of the ordinary Australian, if any, for humanitarian and charitable causes. No wonder these groups go with begging-bowl and cap-in-hand for a handout from Caesar!
MONEY MORE IMPORTANT THAN PEOPLE
An article by the Rev'd Janice Hughes in Anglican newspaper, "Focus" (date unknown), highlights the impact Howard's economic rationalist policies have had on this country.
"'Economic rationalism', writes Rev'd
Hghes, "places money at the head of all considerations
is no place for God and certainly no place for our neighbour
rationalism is 'a false god'."
As Senior Corrections Chaplain and member of the Social Responsibilities Committee in Brisbane, the cleric would have concern for those, in one way or another, in need of help. But to put Mammon back where it belongs, in its rightful place, is going to take more than complaints in a church newspaper. It will mean another battle with the Caesar and Mammon of the day - and the Church once more insisting that money is simply a means by which we should deal with the abundance God provides.
We were told how we were to prioritise our personal and social life aright: "Life is more than food and the body more than raiment Where your treasure is, there will be your heart "
C.H. Douglas wrote
Gentle reader, you need to do some serious
reading. You need to be 'deprogrammed'.
For the beginner the "Introducing Social Credit" series.
Details and prices for all books are available on request from all League Book Services.
N.Z. 'BOOK BURNING' AND CENSORSHIP SCANDAL ERUPTS
The New Zealand Herald is keeping
its readers informed of a Canterbury University 'book burning'
scandal which has 'erupted and is spilling over' into the
public arena. The recent 'eruption' can be traced to a controversy
that surrounded the 1993 masters thesis of former Canterbury
student Joel Hayward, which questioned the validity of Holocaust
history. The story thus far ...
An article by Canterbury University historian Dr Thomas Fudge in the May 2003 issue of History Now examined Dr Hayward's treatment over his 1993 masters thesis, which questioned the validity of Holocaust history. Dr Fudge, who lectures on medieval religious dissent and witch-hunting, explored what for Dr Hayward became a career-ending controversy. He revealed in the article that Dr Hayward had been harassed, received death threats against his children, and suffered an emotional breakdown. He left his teaching post at Massey University in June last year and is unable to get another job. Dr. Fudge's article which appeared on 6th May, The Fate of Jews in German Hands: From Holocaust Historian to Holocaust? played on the title of Hayward's thesis, "The Fate of Jews in German Hands."
Dismissal and resignation
Vice-chancellor Professor Roy Sharp and history department head Professor Peter Hempenstall in defence of their decisions said while a university should not prevent an academic publishing controversial or unpopular opinions, it was not obliged to publish such an article itself. There had been no attempt to stop publication elsewhere. "Indeed, Dr Fudge was offered suggestions as to other media in which he could publish."
In the article, Dr Fudge asked if Dr Hayward had been the victim of a modern-day witch-hunt. He stressed the importance of academic freedom and said it was the duty of universities to challenge conventional beliefs.
The New Zealand Herald quoted the national president of the Association of University Staff, Bill Rosenberg, as saying "he had taken calls from academics around the country worried about the censorship."
BASIC FUNDThanks to the on-going contributions of League supporters the Basic Fund's figure has reached $46,086.50. The end of August is the 'cut off' date for this financial year's appeal. The target is $60,000, which means we still have quite a way to go; please give generously and help us fill the fund.
WEST AUSTRALIAN STATE WEEKENDThe West Australian State Weekend will be held Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th August 2003. The venue for the Seminar and Dinner is the Goodearth Hotel (formerly The Terrace), 195 Adelaide Terrace, Perth. The seminar commences at 1.45pm, with an introduction by Mr. Murray Pope, State Director of the League. The theme for the seminar is summed up in its title: "Insanity Fair!" Guest speakers will be Mr. Tom Lawson, speaking on crime and punishment in Western Australia - "The Injustice of Justice". Tom Lawson has been concerned about the breakdown of law and order for a number of years and wrote about the underlying problems in "Justice on the Edge". The second speaker is Mr. Geoff Muirden, who will deal with the dismantling of our ancient rights and freedoms, "Where To From Here? - Iraq and Beyond".
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SYDNEY CONSERVATIVE SPEAKERS' CLUB28th August is the Annual General Meeting, followed by two brief talks. To celebrate the 30th year of the SCSC, Roy Gustard will present a short history of the Club followed by Maurice Shaya on Afghanistan. Sydney Forum: For those interested in attending the 2003 Sydney Forum (convened by the Inverell Forum) contact our NSW Book Services for further details.
UNITED SETTLERS ASSOCIATION (UKSA)The 3rd Annual Dinner of the UKSA will be held on Friday 22nd August and the retiring president of the Victorian RSL, Bruce Ruxton, will be the guest of honour. The Dinner will celebrate the Coronation Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll. League folk will remember the memorable occasion when Bruce presented our own Eric Butler with his war service medals. It is hoped Eric and Elma Butler will be at the dinner. Venue is English Speaking Union House, 146 West Toorak Road, South Yarra - 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start. Cost is $38 per person for a 3-course meal and welcoming cocktails. For further details phone Lena Philby, Office: 9866 1722 or Home: 9859 5901.
WEBSITE - www.bankwatch.infoOne of the latest initiatives of the League is the website, www.bankwatch.info. It was named after the movement set up by activists Bill Carey and Jim Cronin from the west coast of South Australia. In the late 1980s at an 18th Birthday celebration, an idea started to ferment and led Jim Cronin and Bill Carey to attempt the impossible -- to get some desperate farmers out of trouble with the banks. The story of what happened after that was set out in detail in a book "Operation Bankwatch". The book is the first introduction to the visitor to the site. An audio copy of their address to the Conservative Speakers' Club is available from the:- Mayo Tape Library, P.O. Box 6, Hahndorf, S.A. Speakers: Mr. Jim Cronin & Mr. Bill Carey of "Bankwatch". The title of their joint address is "An Update on Bankwatch".
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