24 November 2006 Thought for the Week:
The millstone of debt-slavery: The statement "All men have the right to be born free of debt" recalls Benjamin Franklin's exhortation to [the United States] Congress not to let any bankers in the government. If you do, he said, "your grandchildren will curse you." And certainly Christ's wrath at those who would make one of these little ones stumble is directed at the immorality of a child inheriting the millstone of debt-slavery.
- - The New Times, 1956.
"Wealth is of two kinds, natural and artificial. Natural wealth, such as food drink, clothing and shelter, supplies natural needs. Artificial wealth, such as money does not directly serve nature, but is invented by art to facilitate the exchange of goods."
- - St. Thomas Aquinas.
THE DILEMMA OF WHEATby Patrick O'Shea:
The Cole enquiry into AWB wheat marketing is presently playing out its role investigating alleged marketing anomalies with Australian sales to Iraq. The Cole commission is due to bring down its findings at the end of November as to what it believes has happened. The whole deal is about an oil-for-food programme under United Nations' supervision. The principle being to keep Iraqi people fed and they can sell oil to pay for the wheat. Quite simple.
But what has emerged so far is a tangled web of contracts and deals and a feverish stitching up of logistics about delivery and 'back-handers'. All sorts of conditions can be tacked on to facilitate sales in the Middle East. It seems we now have management of AWB embroiled in an emotional debate as to what did happen.
It was a big ask in a grey and corrupted world:
It is a pity this has happened to the AWB. The AWB is a great structure. AWB could still regain its composure if done correctly. Let us say in the first place the manoeuvring by AWB to abide by UN guidelines on the one hand, and deal with Iraqi importers on the other hand, is a big ask. It is not easy to sell grain in the Middle East. Shipments of grain can be rejected almost at will for any reason. 'Contaminants' or 'inferior quality' under various pretexts, or not enough people being paid. There are always losers and it can be costly.
In the meantime Cole enquiry supporters are demanding black and white answers with self- righteous indignation from a grey and corrupted world-wide wheat industry. Much caterwauling from the armchair critics and grain trader interest groups are saying we should change the grain marketing act because it has failed.
No! it has not failed. Only not been managed well in recent times is the answer to that claim.
Now particularly with a vocal opponent of single desk in "squealer" of Animal Farm Fame a Fed member in WA is saying how disappointed WA growers are that an application to export has been vetoed by AWB which is in accordance of the act (and has very recently introduced a Private Member's Bill to do away with the single desk ed).
What a great prize it would be for International grain traders if the single desk powers were diluted or extinguished. The record of the AWB is grain marketing over 70 years is the envy of nations who know about these things.
Here are the historical facts
The single desk for wheat was set up to provide support for farmers and inject certainty for wheat growers. The disastrous years of grain traders' prices in 1920-1930's saw Grain Traders still living in chateaus in Europe and farmers in Australia living in shanties when the AWB rescued them and structured the wheat pooling system in Australia.
The Federal Governments guaranteed and provided loans called Rural Credits to pay farmers up front on delivery of their wheat at 4% interest. A marvellous idea. All loans were repaid each pool.
However this is what happened to the AWB
Machinations within successive governments slowly presented the argument that Rural Credits of this type should be phased out and let commercial money-interests provide the financing.
Billions of dollars from New York, London and Frankfurt - and who knows where else - to finance the Australian wheat pool at higher interest rates.
This change in policy ended a very good arrangement that farmers were entitled to and was made by our Federal Government. But even big Governments have bosses and big financiers I guess. This betrayal was deemed best for the industry. A lie actually.
Much later 'without frightening the horses' tactics, corporatising the AWB was again promoted as necessary by Federal Governments. This argument was presented slowly until the idea stuck. The talk about shareholders owning the company excited some and eventually everyone gave in.
Only grain growers to hold A-class shares. Big deal. But get rid of farmers controlling the AWB. Bring in the "experts" we had to have and now we see the results.
The newly elected Democrats in both US Houses are all for coming after Australia's single desk and giving us a hiding. How about they look into US wheat chewing into our Asian markets.
The method has been to sell so much of their highly subsidized production, then add several thousand tons as food aid, at the behest of the men in charge. Some might call that good marketing out here we may call it very suspect. Let the Democrats check this out and get back to us.
P.S. The single desk must be kept at all costs.
HIGH COURT UPHOLDS WORKCHOICES LEGISLATION
On Tuesday 14 November 2006, the High Court of Australia upheld the Federal government's revolutionary step to abolish the industrial relations system of the previous 100 years. The decision was not unanimous, Justices Kirby and Callinan would have upheld the challenges by the various State governments and the union movement, but five other High Court Justices (including the Chief Justice) found otherwise.
We are informed the hundreds of pages of the judgement text is littered with sentences in which the arguments of the challengers were dismissed. In fact they did not get a single point up. A more comprehensive defeat could not have been imagined.
Brief summary of points High Court judgement
The width of the Corporations Power is profound. That had been the case for some
time (particularly since the Tasmanian Dams case of the early 1980s) - thanks
to the Hawke Labor government! - but is now reinforced. The Corporations Power
was found to extend to the making of laws that affect corporations, their employees,
shareholders and those with whom the corporation does business.
WHERE TO FROM HERE FOR THE LABOUR MOVEMENT?
loss for the states in today's High Court ruling on their challenge to the Federal
Government's workplace changes would not affect the union campaign against the
laws, the ACTU said today.
announced a raft of proposed changes to the laws yesterday, including giving employers
the right to stand down workers without pay during tough times.
The ACTU will
stage a major protest against the laws on November 30 at the MCG in Melbourne,
with the event broadcast to pubs and clubs around the country.
by James Reed
The standard work says:
But not all academics are like that. Professor Paul Dibb of the Australian National University Strategic and defence Studies Centre is an objective scholar who follows the argument where the evidence leads. Recently he said that the North Korean nuclear test shows that instability in Northeast Asia is Australia's number one strategic concern - not the Middle East.
An article "Asia Instability
'Biggest Threat'", The Australian 10/10/06 p.6, summarises Professor Dibbs'
My view: The West, at the mercy of traitorous elites from within, has allowed its nuclear secrets to be stolen by a hostile world. It has allowed nuclear technicians to be trained in the West, only to go home to work on weapons of mass destruction. A racially suicidal virus seems to have infected the consciousness of a once proud people.
IT SEEMED LIKE A GOOD IDEA AT THE TIME
Commenting on this proposal Katharine Betts said: "If any liberal democracy is going to endure and survive, it's got to have much more of a sense of social cohesion than just a bunch of people who happen to be passing through."
destruction of Australia's Anglo-Saxon ethnic nationalism by Post-World War II
immigration, has led to Australia ceasing to be a nation at all and becoming merely
a client State managed to serve the interests of global financial capital. It
requires more than just glib expressions of consent to certain values to make
a nation: it requires a common blood and history.
THE DARKER SIDE OF IMMIGRATION
This is an idle and futile dream:
MORE MIGRANTS - FEWER CHECKSby James Reed
"More Migrants, Fewer Checks," (The Australian 19/10/06 p.4) reports that the Immigration Department is struggling to verify whether employers using skilled foreign workers are meeting Australian Standards.
As I read it, compliance monitoring is failing to keep pace with the inward flow of guest workers taking Australian jobs. Probably soon, it will cease to be made at all. The ruthless cosmopolitan masters of the universe would have achieved for Australia what they planned before the noble White Australia Policy temporarily halted it.
IRAQ AND THE FAILURE OF MULTI-ETHNIC NATIONS
by Brain Simpson
Leslie Gelb, a former president of the Council on Foreign Relations, has been quoted as saying: "They have finally noticed that the country is being partitioned by civil war and ethnic cleansing is already a daily event." (The Australian 9/10/06, p.11) Another nail in the coffin of multiculturalism has been struck.
WHAT IT HAS COME TO
The girl was questioned on suspicion of having committed a section 5 public order offence. The girl was later released uncharged. But the head teacher said that a racially motivated remark had been made; an allegation of a serious criminal nature. All of this is the natural outcome of Britain's anti-racism (anti-White) laws.
If Asian students had complained about being with Whites no doubt the well-fed guilt ridden teachers would have bent over so far, that their backs broke, to help the poor disadvantaged "Other".
Ian Wilson LL.B:
Recently the English House of Lords held that it is a defence to defamation if the published material is in the public interest and is not irresponsible or reckless. The public interest defence would apply even if the published allegations were incorrect. It remains to see if the High Court of Australia will embrace these reforms. And if it does Courts can still get the results they want by holding that the publication was "irresponsible" and/or reckless.
Nevertheless, this is generally a good turn of events that I welcome. (Source: The Australian 13/10/06 p.6)
I DO NOT
WHO SAID THERE WERE NO NEW MONARCHISTS?
David Flint's Opinion Column:
Matthew Blake, of ACM's Western Australian Branch, who told us about the report, says that Newman College is a Catholic school in the western suburbs of Perth. When the children returned from their holidays they found a letter from Buckingham Palace awaiting them. "They were so excited about it," said teacher Mrs. Annette Rose.
O'Sullivan reports that the royal correspondence was in response to letters the
children had written to The Queen as part of an exercise on the letter Q. Mrs
Rose said: "All the Year Ones were learning about the letter Q, so I mocked up
an A3 sheet with a crown at the top and got the kids to write letters to the Queen".
We reported in this column on 13 March, 2006
the brutal words of the Hon.Nicola Roxon, the federal shadow attorney general
in Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition:
ARE MEN MORE INTELLIGENT THAN WOMEN? NO!
by James Reed
Rushton claims that the 'glass ceiling' may be due to women's inferior intellects. I cannot agree with Rushton on this. There are plenty of intelligent women who still complain about a glass ceiling. Even when, say in a university, most professional appointments go to women, the complaint is still made.
It is just propaganda, of 'never being satisfied' until no man has a worthwhile job. How could men possibly be more intelligent than women to allow all of this to continue? (What I give with one hand, I take with the other!)
STINGING REPORT ON AMERICAN COMPANIES FROM ASIA TIMES
Dahr Jamail and Ali al-Fadhily: Source: Asia Times, 10 November 2006:
with trying to operate in a war-torn country: Bechtel, whose board members have
close ties to the administration of US President George W Bush, announced last
week that it was done with trying to operate in the war-torn country. The company
has received US$2.3 billion of Iraqi reconstruction funds and US taxpayer money,
but is leaving without completing most of the tasks it set out to do.
average household in Iraq now gets two hours of electricity a day. There is 70%
unemployment, 68% of Iraqis have no access to safe drinking water, and only 19%
have sewage access. Not even oil production has matched pre-invasion levels.
proposed Clinics - four completed but none opened!
Iraqis are complaining
more loudly now than under the sanctions. Lack of electricity has led to increasing
demand for gasoline to run generators. And gasoline is among the scarcest commodities
in this oil-rich country. "We inherited an exhausted electricity system in generating
stations and distributing nets, but we were able to supply 50% of consumer demand
during heavy load periods, and more than that during ordinary days," an engineer
with the Ministry of Electricity said. "The situation now is much worse, and it
seems not to be improving despite the huge contracts signed with American companies.
It is strange how billions of dollars spent on electricity brought no improvement
whatsoever, but in fact worsened the situation."
contract included reconstruction of water-treatment systems, electricity plants,
sewage systems, airports and roads. Two former Iraqi electricity ministers were
charged with corruption by the Iraqi Commission of Integrity set up under the
occupation. One of them, Ayham al-Samarraii, was sentenced to gaol but was taken
away by his US security guards. He insisted it was not he who looted the ministry's
Fee Contracts sold, then resold again:
YAWN, YAWN: 50 YEARS OF TELEVISIONby James Reed
Television in Australia is 50 years of age.
Dr. Patricia Edgar has just published a book entitled "Bloodbath: A Memoir of Australian Television" (Melbourne University Press). Her thesis is that TV gives children virtually nothing to help their development.
In a recent article published in The Australian (21/9/06, p.16) she says:
"Decent core values are hard to find within our institutions generally but the media we are steeped in too often represent, aggressively and stridently, the worse of our culture."
This just about sums up television for adults as well. My TV set recently died and I put it out in the hard rubbish. Instead of watching TV I read great literature instead. It is time to let TV die.
PORTION OF 'RELIGIOUS RIGHT' DESERTED BUSH THIS TIME ROUND
It would seem in the United States, 'White Christian evangelicals' remain overwhelmingly Republican, but about 30 per cent opted to vote for Democrats on Tuesday, an increase of six to 10 percentage points compared to previous elections, according to exit polls published in the US media.
The Democrats secured majorities in both houses of Congress for the first time since 1994, despite hopes among Republican strategists that "values voters" would help the party retain control of the national legislature. And contrary to forecasts that religious conservatives would stay away from the ballot booth, voter turnout resembled that of previous elections, the exit polls showed. Among Roman Catholics, already less inclined to lean right compared to evangelicals, Democrats won 54 per cent support in the pivotal state of Ohio, compared to just 32 per cent in the presidential contest two years earlier.
YES! YES! SECTION 59 OF CONSTITUTION REMAINS "IN ALL ITS GLORY"!
We have reported before that constitutional authority, Dr. Mitchell insists the Governor General does have important constitutional powers which the G-G's 'advisers' keep telling him he doesn't have!
South Australians Doug and Jean Holmes wrote to the Governor General after correspondence had been flowing between both parties on the partial sale of Telstra: The G-G had responded insisting he did not now have the constitutional power to refuse to sign the legislation.
Doug and Jean responded: " If you as the Governor General always take the advice of the elected Government of the day, what does section 59 mean? We think it says that you have the power to go against the Government of the day in certain conditions. What if the Government does something which is against the Constitution, or against the wishes of the majority of the Australian people? What then? Are you also saying that Sir John Kerr, when he was in your position was wrong? Who did he take his advice from on that occasion?"
and Jean then sent a copy of their correspondence to Dr. David Mitchell for comment.
Australians need to have the 5-set DVD series "The Spirit of Australia's Constitution and History" by Dr. David Mitchell, BA., LL.B., Ph.D., LL.M. that was very successfully launched at the Albury National Weekend. It is essential we all understand the basic structure and concept of law underpinning our legal system and its historical roots. We are in very grave danger of losing sight of its philosophical and historical roots. Send for your set of DVDs to Heritage Books, P.O. Box 27, Happy Valley, South Australia 5159. Price including postage - $55.00 for the set of 5.
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