30 January 1970. Thought for the Week: "When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace. But a man stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his amour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils."
Luke 11: 21 - 22.
AUSTRALIA AND THE NUCLEAR NON-PROLIFERATION TREATY
"Australia is most unlikely to change its opposition to signing the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty even if Japan decides to sign." Canberra correspondent Michael Richardson in The Age, Melbourne, January 27.
The acceptance of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty by the Sato Government has been primarily the result of heavy American pressure. The policy behind the Treaty is to attempt to ensure that there is a monopoly of all nuclear power, ultimate control being in the hands of those operating a proposed World State. As President Nixon has made it clear in his State of the Union address that Washington policy makers, following the lead of the British are abdicating their international responsibilities.
Australia must give greater thought to being as self reliant as possible. They should carefully note reports that Washington policy makers are suggesting that Britain be disarmed as a nuclear power by making it impossible for the British to use nuclear weapons without permission from Washington.
One of the few constructive policies
enunciated by Prime Minister John Gorton prior to the Federal
Elections last October, was on the Nuclear Non-proliferation
Treaty. He said on October 8: "We shall not sign the Nuclear
Non-proliferation Treaty until we are sure it is an effective
treaty, that it provides real protection to its signatories,
and that Australia's security in the future is not endangered."
" It is a major fallacy that disarmament of itself prevents war. If the British had not been persuaded to disarm in the thirties, the Second World War might have been averted.
The basic cause of modern war is the corruption of centralised power. Not only the Marxist Leninists but also their philosophical blood brothers, the One Worlders, constantly seek to push the whole of mankind into the World State. The only effective answer to the threat of centralised power is decentralised power. Australia can make a vital contribution towards genuine peace by ensuring that she has adequate military defence.
SUBVERTING THE WEST THROUGH DRUGS
"Children as young as six have been found smoking marijuana in the U.S., an American expert on alcoholism and drug addiction said yesterday. And nearly a third of American university students were using marijuana. Dr. Maurice H. Seevers, of Michigan, is on an Australian tour," - The Sun, Melbourne, January 27.
In A Synthesis Of The Communist Textbook on Psycho politics (45 cents post free from Box 10521, G.P.O. Melbourne) the following appears: "By making readily available drugs of various kinds, by giving the teenager alcohol, by praising his wildness, by stimulating him with sex literature and advertising to him or her practices as taught at the Sexpol the psychological operator can create the necessary attitude of chaos, idleness and worthlessness into which can be cast the solution which will give the teenager complete freedom everywhere - Communism."
Drug taking is as old as man. But it
is beyond dispute that the Communists are using drugs as one
of their major tactics to erode non-Communist societies from
within, the major target being young people. Experts on the
drug problem, stress that those on the "hard" drugs like heroin,
have generally started on the "harmless" marijuana.
In July 1965 the Free China Review stated that, "ninety per cent of illicit narcotics reaching the free world come from the Communist held Chinese mainland." When criminals fall out they often provide a little truth about one another.
In Pravda of September 13, 1964, a V. Ovchinnikov claimed that "About half a billion dollars every year come into the hands of the present leaders of China from the illicit sale of narcotics. It has become one of the basic sources of convertible currency for the leadership of China."
Poppy cultivation in Red China is much
more profitable than growing food. The "decadent capitalists"
can be left to compete against one another to grow and supply
wheat while the Red Chinese concentrate upon poppy growing.
Convertible currency obtained from increasing drug addiction
in the West plays a major role in enabling Red China to pay
for Australian and Canadian wheat.
RURAL PRESSURE ON FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
"Half the woolgrowers of Kowree Shire, one of Victoria's biggest wool growing municipalities, receive less than the Australian minimum wage. The Minister for Defence, Mr. Malcolm Fraser, MHR (Wannon) winced when the figures were quoted to in front of 400 woolgrowers at Edenhope. Growers peppered Mr. Fraser with questions but he side stepped cleverly, saying "I'm in no real position to answer them." - Wimmera Mail-Times, Victoria, January 26.
If a senior Minister of the Gorton Federal Government, representing one of Australia's best known wool producing areas is unable to answer satisfactorily the legitimate questions of concerned wool-growers, the prospects of the Government's electoral stocks improving at the coming Senate Elections are far from bright.
Current low prices for wool, the lowest for approximately 20 years, are not the basic cause of the woolgrowers' problems. As some woolgrowers have pointed out, current prices were reasonably profitable twenty years ago because financial costs were also much lower. The basic problem is a steady increase in inflation, this the result of the financial policies pursued by the Federal Government. Presenting figures at the Edenhope meeting, taxation consultant Mr. Ted Garth said that on the average farm of 892 acres the net increase in debt in the past three years had been $3320. Mr. Garth correctly pointed out that long-term stability required the stabilising or reduction of the financial costs of production.
Greater efficiency by the woolgrowers had not been able to offset constantly rising financial costs. Mr. Fraser had to admit that he could "not dispute the general picture. . . "and that Government policies would not solve the growers' crisis. All he could suggest was greater unity in woolgrower's organizations. But this unity will be futile unless it is directed towards instructing Members of the Gorton Government to insist that their financial "advisers" find ways and means of reducing financial costs - or face dismissal.
We repeat what we have said previously: Mounting unrest in the rural areas of Australia is a major development with heavy political overtones. The sponsors of the Edenhope meeting, the Edenhope Agricultural Bureau, are also sponsoring the mass march in Melbourne of farmers to protest to the Federal Government against the declining rural economy.
A possible political straw in the wind: Loudest cheer at the Edenhope meeting was for Country Party MLC (Western Province) Mr. Clive Mitchell when he proclaimed, "I'll be marching with the boys." It would be instructive to learn what Mr. Mitchell's Country Party colleagues at Canberra think of this. We predict that unless the Gorton Government heeds the situation in the rural areas, and takes some constructive action, the Senate Election results will produce a major convulsion inside the Federal Coalition.
COMMUNIST BACKED TERRORISTS INVADE RHODESIA AGAIN
"Salisbury. . . Rhodesian security forces said today they killed three more guerrillas is conducting operations on the country's northern border with Zambia Clashes between Rhodesian security forces and African nationalist guerrillas have resumed recently after an 18 month lull." - The Herald, Melbourne, January 27.
Renewed pressure on Rhodesia by Communist
trained and equipped African terrorists, often described as
"freedom fighters", indicates that a new phase is opening
in the battle for the whole of Southern Africa. There is an
intense struggle between the Red Chinese and the Soviet, but
both Communist factions are united in their determination
to destroy Southern Africa. The first essential is to destroy
the major front line in Southern African Rhodesia. The Soviet
appears to have firmly established its influence in Nigeria
on the West Coast, and in Somaliland on the East Coast, but
the Red Chinese are dominant in Tanzania and Zambia. They
have also ousted the Russians in the Congo.
The Red Chinese agent responsible for the ousting of the Russians is an experienced old Africa hand Wang Yu-Tien previously Ambassador to Kenya. The Red Chinese have now organised themselves into the position where they can establish a major revolutionary base in the heart of Africa. They will be well placed strategically to intensify the pressure down the continent on to Southern Africa.
We trust that the ominous developments in Africa and the new pressures on Rhodesia are being realistically assessed by Australia's strategists. They might also consider why that "moderate" Communist leader from Yugoslavia, Tito, is at present making a month-long African tour, starting in Tanzania. Tito has in recent times been entering into closer links with Peking.
PRESIDENT NIXON SIGNALS AMERICAN RETREAT
"President Nixon is bringing the ship of State back home for repairs. It will be a long slow voyage, but he seemed to be saying in his State of the Union message that the old girl had been battered in stormy foreign waters too long, and needed to be tidied up, scraped, painted and remodeled for her 200th anniversary in 1976." - James Reston of the New York Times news service, in The Age, Melbourne, January 24.
President Nixon has provided further
evidence of his intention to progressively disengage from
Vietnam and other international responsibilities. Quite apart
from the influence of his policy advisers, President Nixon
desperately wishes to win the 1972 Presidential Elections
and be in office for 1976. He is therefore promising the frustrated
American people major domestic reforms, such as a solution
(not specified) for inflation and the mounting crime rate.
The Nixon administration's concept of "reconciliation" with the Soviet bloc was demonstrated last year when it endorsed the Soviet puppet government in Czechoslovakia. When Cemik's hard-line Communist Government's Ambassador to Washington, Dr. Ivan Rohal-Oikiv, presented his credential a statement drafted by Presidential assistant Henry A. Kissinger, key figure in the Nixon team, offered to extend all "appropriate assistance to Czechoslovakia." Australians should heed the clear signs of the American retreat, which follows in the footsteps of the British retreat, and realise that if they are to survive they must rely upon themselves as never before. And they should look for firmer allies with the same basic problems. South Africa, Rhodesia and the Portuguese are obvious choices.
THE CHEERING MESSAGE
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