1 October 1971. Thought for the Week: "much as worthy friends add to the happiness and value of life, we must in the main depend upon ourselves; and everyone is his own best friend or worst enemy."
THE HON. D. ANTHONY'S DOUBLE-TALK
"This was a time for all country people to get behind the Country Party so that it could do the job it must do for all country people and for Australia, the Party's Federal leader, Mr. Doug Anthony, said in Perth in July. Opening the Party's annual State conference, he believed there was no other organisation that had the capacity the Country Party had to understand farmers' problems and work out solutions that were sound and acceptable to the community. He said he was more convinced than ever after his most recent trip abroad how essential it was to decentralise population and industry." - West Australian Country Party Country News-Bulletin, September.
Deputy-Prime Minister Anthony is emerging as one of the greatest exponents of double-talk seen at Canberra for a long time. Under nation-wide pressure Mr. Anthony has back-stepped from his charge in South Australia that the League of Rights is "pro-Nazi". But he still attempts to justify his sweeping charges against the League, while continuing to attack what he describes as the inflationary financial policy of The League of Rights. It is a fitting commentary on the state of the world that a Deputy Prime Minister in a Government which has been responsible for over twenty years of disastrous inflation, charges the League of Rights with advocating inflation when in fact the League has consistently urged that inflation be ended!
Will Mr. Anthony please tell the hard-pushed
rural community just what is HIS solution to the cost-price
squeeze, which is driving an increasing number of people from
the rural communities into the already over-swollen cities?
It is no use Mr. Anthony mouthing platitudes about the 1971
"anti-inflation" Budget, because it is clear that inflation
is still continuing in exactly the same way that it continued
after the 1970 "anti-inflation" Budget. The same Mr. Anthony
who said in Western Australia how essential it is to decentralise
population and industry, is playing a major role in imposing
policies of increasing CENTRALISATION.
The Melbourne Sun of September 13th, reported Mr. Anthony as stating at Wesley Church's Sunday Forum "Many woolgrowers would be forced to leave the land because they could not make a living." Mr. Anthony did not mention that it was twenty years of the cost-price squeeze, which had driven the wool industry into the present desperate situation. He offered no solution to the cost price squeeze, but warned, "There is no escaping the fact there must be and will be many changes in the industry." He also warned, "In many cases the changes will have to be violent and sudden." This is strange talk for a man who preaches decentralisation!
Further insight into Mr. Anthony's use
of double-talk is provided in one of his recent letters sent
to a Victorian grazier. Mr. Anthony writes, "No doubt you
are aware that the economy at the moment is running close
Let us take the indebtedness of the wool
industry. Mr. Anthony's Country Party colleague, Senator Drake-Brockman,
recently said in Parliament that the total debt of the wool
growers is now $2,630 million, and that the interest on this
debt, $100 million, will absorb one quarter to one third of
the total net income for woolgrowers for the 1971-72 season.
Some of Mr. Anthony's colleagues in the State Parliaments
have complained that when the States pay the Commonwealth
interest on taxes borrowed, a $1 million high school eventually
costs the States $2.5 million. The claim that high interest
rates are not a substantial contribution to inflation is either
a manifestation of ignorance or sheer dishonesty. Not only
does Mr. Anthony dispute the serious impact of high interest
charges on costs; he has the effrontery to claim that indirect
taxes only "add marginally to costs".
The concluding statement in Mr. Anthony's
letter is most revealing. The answer to the farmer's problems
"lies in a redistribution of the existing wealth in the community
in favor of the farmer and this is precisely what the Party
is attempting to do through its vast array of assistance measures
to primary producers from within the Budget".
Allowing for the fact that Mr. Anthony equates "the existing wealth in the community" with the amount of money in the community, Mr. Anthony's "solution" to the rural crisis means that those farmers left after "reconstruction" will be given some assistance out of money taxed from the rest of the community. As the whole community is now suffering the increasing impact of inflation, Mr. Anthony's proposals can only foster further cleavages between different sections of the Australian community.
This is all grist to the propaganda mills of the Marxists, but is disastrous advice from a man who is supposed to be leading the Party representing the rural community. The Institute of Economic Democracy, a division of The Australian League of Rights, has put forward a limited objective programmed for halting the rural crisis without penalizing other sections of society. Instead of engaging in more double-talk, and attempting to smear the League, Mr. Anthony would be better advised to discuss rationally the I.O.E.D.'s programme. Unless he does this, he is heading for some severe electoral shocks.
COMMONWEALTH ATTORNEY-GENERAL ON LEAGUE OF RIGHTS
"The Australian League of Rights had a dangerous economic policy, the Federal Attorney-General. Senator Ivor Greenwood said in Horsham yesterday. It also had a politically unyielding foreign policy no Government could afford to adopt, he said. But the Liberal Party was not worried about the League's activities, 'Australia is a democratic country, and they're a democratic organisation', he said. 'I don't think they are anti-Australian', he said. Senator Greenwood visited Horsham on his way to Nhill to address a Liberal Party branch meeting yesterday." - Wimmera Mail-Times, September 24th.
Senator Ivor Greenwood's remarks about
the League of Rights make interesting reading. In stating
that the League is a democratic organisation and is not anti-Australian,
the Attorney General merely confirms what previous Attorney
Generals have said; that the League is a reputable organisation.
If Senator Greenwood means that the League's "unyielding foreign
policy" is firm, unrelenting opposition to recognition of
Marxist conspiracies dedicated to destroying what is left
of the free world, he is quite right. We do not believe in
the myth about "peaceful co-existence", we do not believe
that either Moscow or Peking is "mellowing, and we accept
the Marxists' stated view, confirmed by events, that economics
is one of the most important weapons in the Marxist global
If the economic policies supported by the League of Rights are "dangerous", then what can be said about the policies of the Government in which Senator Greenwood serves? The League of Rights supports genuine free, competitive enterprise, widespread private ownership, consumer control of production, lower taxation and the abolition of the most destructive force operating in favor of the Marxists against the free world; continuing inflation.
Senator Greenwood's Party once talked
boldly about these policies, too. But when Senator Greenwood
first went to Canberra he was the "white hope" of Victorian
Liberals struggling to preserve the Federal system against
the Canberra centralists. However, he apparently does not
believe in being too "unyielding."
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ISRAEL AND JERUSALEM
"New York, September 26th - The Security Council last night called on Israel to rescind all measures it had taken in the occupied sector of Jerusalem which might purport to change the city's status. The 15 nation Council adopted by 14 votes to nil, with one abstention, a resolution asking the Secretary-General (U Thant) to report within 60 days on the implementation, and if necessary send a representative or mission to Jerusalem for that purpose". - The Age, Melbourne, September 27th.
The U.N. instruction to Israel must be regarded as mere wrist slapping, with no real intention to make Israel cease changing the character of Jerusalem. Israel has thumbed its nose at all previous U.N. resolutions because they have not been backed by any threat of sanctions. Now if Israel were Rhodesia, or South Africa, what a difference there would be!
The powerful Political Zionist machine
in the USA ensures that Washington does not take steps to
cut off the flow of funds without which Israel could not long
VITAL COMMON MARKET DECISION LOOMS
"As the 'Great Debate' limbers into action, the British people, stoically mindful of the duties inherent in democracy, struggle manfully in the dog days to get to grips with basic issues...They want the answer to two questions: will entry to the Community entail a substantial surrender of sovereignty? And, if so, would it be worth while?" - The Rt. Hon. Sir Derek Walker-Smith, Q.C., M.P., in The Times, July 23rd.
As an eminent constitutional authority,
Sir Derek Walker-Smith, stresses that acceptance of the Treaty
of Rome means a start towards the progressive surrender of
The Second Battle for Britain is as much concerned with the balance of world power, as was the first Battle for Britain. All that is different is the weapons being used in a desperate attempt to bring the United Kingdom into that United States of Europe which Leon Trotsky was one of the first to advocate.
In a recent statement in Adelaide, not widely publicised the British Conservative M.P., Sir Angus Maude, said that by their influence Australians might well prove to be the decisive influence in the vote scheduled to take place in the British House of Commons on October 28th. In last week's On Target we provided a list of British M.P.'s who are regarded as waiverers. A flood of letters from the old Commonwealth nations, particularly from Australians, to these Members could move sufficient of them in the right direction. Just a simple appeal is all that is necessary.
"Do not let the Commonwealth team down. Do not surrender British sovereignty. Let us all make another effort to pull together in a desperate world situation".
We are informed that even if Mr. Heath wins on October 28th, a small majority will not be sufficient for him to carry through his proposed betrayal. Therefore let us strain every effort at this critical moment.
ON TARGET BULLETIN
"On Target" is published by the Australian League of Rights, Box 1052. G.P.O. Melbourne 3001.