21 November 2003. Thought for the Week: "The talk of the capitalist as a necessary saver and tool-keeper is the tale of the infant class in economics. It is not in any important sense, true. Most of the world's capital is renewed every year or two. The simple account of the power of the capitalist is this: a highly complicated material civilisation entails a high degree of industrial co-operation; and large corporations - with their postponed results - require credit. This credit can be secured in either of two ways: the people must believe in each other's strength and sanity, or else they must believe in the power of a common master. There is no middle course The only possible remedy for the tyranny of capitalism consists in making our humanity match the size of our civilisation, either by reducing the complexity of the latter or increasing the energy of the former."
Charles Ferguson, "The Affirmative Intellect" 1901
by Jeremy Lee
Another report in the same paper highlighted the politics: "Ministers are expected to delay any decision on commercializing genetically modified crops until after the next election, following Government trials which found two out of three GM crops harmed the environment ."
A report in The Weekend Australian Financial Review (28-29/6/03) pointed out: " Monsanto is the global leader in GM seed. 91 per cent of all GM hectares are planted with its product. What happens to this company will determine the future for GM food worldwide .. While the GM industry points to its new line in pharma crops (seeds that have been genetically engineered to carry vaccines and other health benefits) as its hope for future profits, Innovest warns: "Contamination of food products by Monsanto GE (genetically engineered) pharma crops could bankrupt the firm and cause substantial investor losses ."
The author, Julie Macken, concluded: " At present the world has 58.7 million hectares under GM crops, or a little more than 4 per cent of market share. But two-thirds of that, or 39 million hectares, is in the United States. If the world decides it wants its food labeled, the US can say goodbye to nearly 40 million hectares of GM food, because it segregates only 1 to 2 per cent of its crops. So supplying verification that a seed is GM-free will be a prohibitively expensive option ." (emphasis added)
So what happens if Monsanto and its ilk cannot ride roughshod over the millions of consumers worldwide who don't want their food genetically modified? Presumably, it will be foisted on Third World disaster cases, where drought or politics has produced famine. Then it will be a case of "eat GM or die".
THE COSTS OF A REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT
The republican gaggle in Australia make much of the cost of the Monarchy to Australia on occasional visits. Such costs pale into insignificance when a republican president arrives! The Australian Aviation magazine (November 2003) gave us some idea: "Canberra airport and surrounding roads face shutdown due to security precautions for the visit of US president George W Bush and Chinese president Hu Jintao later this month.
Roads between Fairbairn air force base the airport and the parliamentary triangle will be closed both ways for the convoys of armour-plated limousines and up to 50 other vehicles that will ferry the large presidential parties .. Bush will be accompanied by about 600 people and several aircraft. Hotel accommodation will be stretched because the presidential visit coincides with the Rugby world cup. An official involved in the planning said yesterday security would be much tighter than for President Clinton's 1996 visit to Canberra.
No other business will be conducted by Parliament when it is recalled at a cost of $2m for the two presidential addresses. While Bush will travel in Air Force One, an identical back up aircraft will be stationed in Australia, probably at RAAF Richmond .. Included will be a USAF C-5 Galaxy aircraft which will carry the armour-plated limousine (and an identical back up) and various black-windowed long wheelbase vehicles for the Secret Service agents.
An arcane requirement of the President's travel is that he must have access to a secure telephone landline at all times. During Mr Clinton's visit, US technicians ran cables along corridors in Parliament House where the President was due to talk, to provide instant access to the Pentagon for any national or international crisis ." It might be a little cheaper to send an E-mail!
COSTELLO'S BUDGET SURPLUS
Suddenly and, of course, completely unexpectedly, Access Economics has discovered that the Budget surplus has risen to just on $7 billion - well over $1000 for each family of four. So we're now set for an election campaign between Mark Latham and Treasurer Costello on the best way of bribing us with our own money! John Anderson will chip in with his views on how to spend the money expected from the (unwanted) sale of Telstra. The National Party in Queensland claims it is, unlike its federal counterpart, opposed to selling Telstra. But it can be expected to 'sit on its hands' rather than embarrass the struggling federal Nationals trying to hold their seats.
It seems not to have occurred to any politician that, if they have received taxes over and above their estimates, and have a surplus, they should return it to ALL long-suffering taxpayers. A cheque for $2,800 for the eight members of my household to share over Christmas would warm me towards the government more than all the expensive propaganda I expect to receive.
THE COST OF EDUCATION
Latest news shows the monumental debt of our university students.The Australian Financial Review, (29/10/03) told us: "Accumulated HECS debts continue to rise steadily, hitting $9.8 billion half way through the 2003 academic year, according to new figures from the Australian Taxation Office. The data, released yesterday as part of the ATO's annual report, revealed a total of 1.2 million people owe HECS debts to the Commonwealth, with $1.6 billion in new loans incurred between July 2002 and June 2003 . The release of the new accumulated HECS figures comes in the midst of a heated debate about student debt levels, with Labor and student groups warning the government's proposal to partially deregulate fees will stop graduates from buying homes and having children ."
Borrowing for the future is no way for a nation to prosper. We need instead an Australian Permanent Fund, rather like the Alaska Permanent Fund. In Alaska, all oil revenues are returned directly to the people. When the Fund was established by referendum in the mid-eighties, it was set up in such a way that it could not be touched by politicians. Some of the money was invested in gilt-edged securities. The rest was sent by cheque as a dividend once a year to all Alaskans over the age of six months.
Suppose we set up such a fund in Australia? The Australian Permanent Fund, with all Australian citizens as beneficiaries. Neither Mr Costello, Mark Latham, the Australian Tax Office nor the Governor of the Reserve Bank could touch it. It would be overseen by a group of Trustees appointed by consumer groups - accountants, housewives, retired judges, farmers and welfare groups. It would have to produce an audited balance-sheet every year together with a report on progress which went to every Australian household free.
Into this Fund, to start it off, we could put all Australia's mining royalties; all traffic and other fines; the profits from Telstra; all Australian assets the Government insisted on selling to foreigners and all budget surpluses. Part could be invested in loans for necessary capital works to state and federal governments at commercial rates of interest. The rest could be paid out annually by way of cheque to each bona fides Australian citizen, preferably just before Christmas. No migrant or non-citizen would be eligible for such a dividend. There would be no means-test. Everybody would be entitled to receive it as a birth-right.
If Alaska can do it - why couldn't Australia?
NINE MILLION AMERICANS OUT OF WORK
Further to our recent report on the loss
of manufacturing business in America, how's this for a report
by Australian journalist Tony Walker in Washington?
As a hard-pressed representative of the Chamber of Commerce in Rockford, Illinois said: "It's the economy, stupid. Americans don't care about Iraq when it comes down to it; it's jobs". Neither the mounting toll in Iraq, nor the stubborn resistance of the manufacturing sector to resume hiring will be bringing much comfort to the Bush camp in these testing days. In fact, scarcely a week passes without a major US corporation announcing not that it is rehiring, but shedding jobs and closing businesses ."
The article was headed JOBS: THE PEOPLES' BIGGEST TERROR. JOBS FOR THE BOYS: The Weekend Australian (1-2/11/03) told us about a few who have jobs. "Firms doing US government-funded business in Iraq and Afghanistan donated more to US President George W. Bush's 2000 election campaign than to any other politician in the past 12 years " The report went on to detail the donations - a welter of bribes and slush funds. Remember, this was well BEFORE S-11. Somebody knew what was coming.
SOUTH AUSTRALIANS - NOW IS THE TIME
Independent MP and Speaker of the House of Assembly, Peter Lewis, has warned South Australians he believes the major parties are trying to manipulate the findings of the Constitutional Convention. (The Advertiser 5th November, 2003) The final report of the Constitutional Convention, prepared by Issues Deliberation Australia, which conducted the deliberative poll for the August Convention, is expected to be tabled in the S.A. Parliament at any time now. But, Mr. Lewis has also asked about 20 people who attended the convention as leaders in various workshops, to prepare a companion report on what changes people want.
What! Surely Mr. Lewis trusts his fellow
politicians to do the right thing. No? No. He has accused
the major parties of trying to manipulate the findings of
the Convention. He listed the three major changes being examined:
He challenged South Australians to get involved, "Regardless of what is contained in the report, the people themselves should now speak."
There you have it fellow South Australians, if you want to see constructive changes to the system under which you are governed then you must make the effort to let your political representative know your will - now. You have never had such an opportunity to change the governance of the state as what you have now. The ball is now in your court. Let your political representative know your will - now.
NEED WE REMIND YOU - TO BE GOVERNED IS TO BE
Noted, registered, counted, taxed, stamped,
measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorised, admonished,
prevented, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished.
THAT, IS GOVERNMENT! That is its justice,
that is its morality.
GREEDY LIBERALS MISREAD THE MOOD
The other states may not have caught up with the news of the cosy arrangement the W.A. state Libs and Labor had cooked up for themselves - taxpayer-funded election campaigns. But the electorate backlash was too strong and they have ditched the idea. They must mean further taxpayer funding of their election campaigns, because the Australian people, through their taxes, already fork out millions of dollars for the federal elections. This is probably why West Australians don't want the political parties dipping their greedier and greedier snouts ever deeper and deeper into the trough of public monies.
The Labor Premier Dr Gallop revealed discussions had taken place between the Liberals, the Greens and Labor - the proposal is already ALP policy - and it was agreed all groups would support the policy. But the Libs backed away with the Opposition Leader Colin Barnett admitting he had underestimated the public outcry over such an idea. The West Australian newspaper revealed it had been inundated with letters from angry readers and a special Westpoll found four out of five voters were against the idea of public funding of election campaigns.
THE 'GREAT AUSTRALIAN DREAM' PUBLIC FORUM
We received the notice too late to publicise the event, but we are pleased to report on the Property Rights Public Forum sponsored by the Queensland F.R.E.E. Association held on the 18th November. We see those invited to speak included: Queensland Premier Peter Beattie, the Leader of the Opposition Lawrence Springborg MP, Senator Len Harris, Mrs. De-Anne Kelly MHR and representatives from the Young Nationals, the Canegrowers of Mackay, the Australian Cane Farmers' Association and Mr.Ken McFadzen of HASCO.
Main speaker is Professor Wolfgang Kasper, Professor Emeritus at the University of New South Wales and Senior Officer at Sydney's Centre for Independent Studies. The Professor has been conducting his own campaign on Property Rights and, according to the flier, has earned the respect of all sectors of Australian business and farming. It is only recently a visiting speaker bemoaned the 'crisis in leadership' the world over. It is encouraging to see men such as this professor who are 'sticking their necks out' in the defence of the peoples' rights and liberties. It will be interesting to find out if all the invited speakers fronted up to the Forum. Queensland readers might like to send us reports of what happened at the Forum.
BRITISH JUDGES COME OUT FIGHTING FOR THE PEOPLE
Courtesy of Neil Baird's email service
The criticism came as the Judiciary published
a damning reply to the sweeping reforms launched by the Prime
Minister in his June reshuffle, when he abolished the post
of Lord Chancellor. The Judges have made it clear that they
believe the abolition of the 800-year-old post was botched
and wrong. They demanded what Lord Woolf called "an entirely
new constitutional settlement". An assessment of the reforms
put out in the name of the Judges Council - the representative
body of judges and magistrates - said:
Blair's understanding of actions questioned:
Details of the reforms did not surface
until a month after the reshuffle:
Lord Woolf said the scale of the threat to the judiciary had no modern parallel, "I think you have to go a long way back in this jurisdiction," he said. "There were certainly threats in the 17th century - a lot of judges lost their heads." This compares Mr. Blair's reforms with an age in which Oliver Cromwell railroaded judges to try Charles I; the body of the judge who sentenced the King to death was dug up, hanged, beheaded and dumped in a lime pit when his son Charles II was restored to the throne.
Lord Justice Juidge used the example of the French far-right politician, Jean-Marie Le Pen, when warning of the dangers of a British Hitler. "You cannot run through the future and say this is Great Britain, everything is perfect here, things like this do not happen here," he said.
THE BUSINESS OF A POLITICAL DEMOCRACY
We read and hear much about 'democracies' these days - usually in relation to that version of de'markrazy' being imposed on the Iraqi people by that great leader of 'the land of the free'. In the 1930s C.H. Douglas referred to the highly organised campaign to discredit 'democracy'. 'Democracy' was 'out,' and a form of Administration 'was in'. Centralised Control was proposed, either under the name of Communism, or Fascism, or a National Recovery Campaign, or Rationalization and a planned economy (My, my - and we thought rationalization was an idea thought up by the current crop of multinationalists!)
The 1930s allegation was that 'democracy' was ineffective and that the interference of governments in business was the cause of the breakdown, which in turn, resulted in the Great Depression and chaos. But social crediters had done their homework and knew the chaos was due to finance, not 'democracy'.
Douglas explained: The drive behind the desire to substitute various forms of dictatorship for the democratic machine is the desire to employ the forces of the State to impose the policy of international finance and trustified industry upon the general population. This is exactly what has happened over the last fifty years. The business of a political democracy is to elect representatives who will insist that those responsible for producing results do so....is not a bit of use asking democracies to decide upon matters of technique, and it is quite certain that if you throw a plan to democracy it will be torn to shreds.
The function of the politician as a parliamentary representative of the People is firmly established in Australia's political system of Constitutional Monarchy. It is the business of the Parliamentary democratic machine to transmit the desires of the people for results into the results desired - that is its democratic objective.
If the same spirit of service, of representation, is imbued in other One Nation candidates, as is demonstrated by Senator Len Harris to his Queensland people, a revitalized One Nation party would improve their support, and indeed their vote, at the next federal election. They couldn't do better than campaign on a genuine political democracy rather than let the Lib/Labs get away with their fake version. We highly recommend C.H. Douglas' little booklet, "The Nature of Democracy" for further study. Price: $2 posted from all League Book Services.
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Mahathir's Speech: The Editor, The
If vitriol is to be sought, it can be
found rather in Phillip Adams' over the-top language in "Handing
a club to anti-Semites" (Opinion, 28/10), whereby the Christian
and pro-British group, the "Australian League of Rights",
is labelled "abominable" and associated with "anti-Semites"
and "neo-Nazi organisations", while David Irving is called
"diabolical". The context in which Adams can publish such
unjust defamation, and The Australian publish it, is
precisely the context Dr Mahathir sought to publicise.
Victoria's Council Amalgamations
SYDNEY CONSERVATIVE SPEAKERS' CLUBThursday, 27th November is the date for the last meeting for the year. Guest speaker will be Janne Peterson, candidate for the Christian Democratic Party (CDP). The title of the address is "Youth in Politics". The cost of attendance is $4 - bring a friend for the first time and there is no entrance fee. There will be a display of books for sale as usual. Venue is: Lithuanian Club, 16 East Terrace, Bankstown. The Club has ample car parking space and is approximately 600 metres from the Bankstown Railway Station.
'THE NEW DAY' DINNER & SEMINAR - ALBURY
The speakers presented their papers with
wit and humour; Eve Hillary's account of how "They are Stealing
Our Children" here in Australia left her audience aghast.
Donald Martin posed (and answered) the question: "Is the European
Union Faltering?" and Bill Daly also asked (and answered)
the question: "Is a Revolt Against Globalism Happening?" Betty
Luks opened the Seminar with a vision for "The New Day". You
must hear and be encouraged and inspired by the full range
AUDIO TAPE: "Are You Sick & Tired of being Tired & Sick?" Dr. Alec Burton's address to the Adelaide Conservative Speakers' is filled with commonsense advice. He outlined what is a sensible approach to health and well-being for us all. Dr. Burton runs the Arcadia Health Clinic and the Australian College of Hygiene in Arcadia N.S.W. Audio available from the Mayo Tape Library, Box 6, Hahndorf, S.A. 5245 - $6 posted.
Editor's noteOne of our busiest letter writers, R. Fischer of Ballarat, Vic sent articles which reminded us of the positive 'spin' we, and the farmers, have been fed by the GM food-crop promoters. One wonders what was their reaction to the news the giant multi-national Monsanto is pulling out of Europe?
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