Australiana Index - Humphrey McQueen calls Henry Lawson a Fascist and Nazi; the Multi-Function Polis; the destruction of Rural Australia.

Peter Myers, update October 15, 2004. My comments within quoted text are shown {thus}. Write to me at contact.html.

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The item on Peter Garrett and the Nuclear Disarmament Party has been updated. How Garrett beat the Trotskyist attempt to manipulate the NDP: trots-ndp.html.

Gough Whitlam, Prime Minister from 1972-5, revealed that it was Nugget Coombs who was behind the 25% drop in tariffs he implemented.

The role of Dr H. C. Coombs as an agent for change in Australia (his economic policies; his Aboriginal legacies; an exchange between Dr Coombs and myself): coombs.html.

(1) Humphrey McQueen calls Henry Lawson a Fascist and Nazi (2) Australian Poetry (3) Asian Engagements: the Multi-Function Polis (4) The Australian economy of the 1950s & 60s, and its dismantling (5) Bob Hawke, Peter Garrett and the Nuclear Disarmament Party (6) "Progessive" Movements: Gay Lib, Radical Feminism & the Greens (7) Bushfires & the Greens (8) Litigation Lawyers: Highwaymen of Our Time (9) UN overrides Tasmania's anti-Sodomy law (10) Australia's Indigenous People (11) Time for a new Immigration policy (12) New Visions for Australia (13) Direct Democracy via Computerised Referenda (14) Greens vs. Brumbies (Wild Horses) (15) A Political Holiday (16) Police Blitz against Bicycle Riders; Labor, Greens & Pedal Power behind it (17) Letter from Dr Cairns on the 1973 tariff cut (18) Dr Cairns on the Dismissal of the Whitlam Government

The Life and Writings of B. A. (Bob) Santamaria: santamaria.html

(1) Humphrey McQueen calls Henry Lawson a Fascist and Nazi

Opponents of the Internationalists (One Worlders, Globalists) are being labelled "Nazis" and "Fascists". Yet we have good company in none less than Henry Lawson, whose museum at Gulgong (his birthplace) I visited when I passed through that town in 2001.

Lawson's father came to Australia from Norway, where the family name was Larson. For greater acceptability in "anglo" Australia, the family "anglicised" its name (Jews were not the only ones to do this).

I pointed out to the attendant that one item missing from the display, was Humphrey McQueen's depiction of Lawson as a Fascist and Nazi. McQueen's argument is in his book A New Britannia: mcqueen.html.

McQueen makes a case that needs examining; clearly, Manning Clark thought so too. Does anyone know of authors who've replied to McQueen on this issue? Please inform me mailto:myers@cyberone.com.au.

In Lawson's defence (a) Henry Lawson on Socialism, Republicanism, Ethnicity: lawson.html.

(b) Henry Lawson on Rural Australia ("the Bush") from the 1870s to 1916: lawson2.html.

Lawson's statements (in both items above) seem ambiguous:

(a) welcoming American blacks into the union brotherhood, yet rejecting tribal peoples. (He shows no empathy for Australian Aborigines as tribes or civilizations, but does relate to them as individuals and as fellow countrymen)

(b) welcoming Japan but rejecting China & Chinese (including Chinese boat people). Why the difference? Was he worried about Chinese lowering the union wage? Was it worry about being "swamped" by huge numbers of immigrants, as Pauline Hanson put it? Was he worried about China as a world power able to project power in our region one day?

(c) then, when Japan battled Russia, expressing his fear of Japan (as was a common reaction in Australia). During the MFP issue (below), many Australians felt similar worries.

(d) endorsing socialism during the early 1890s, when union battles were raging along the Darling & in Western Queensland, and Waltzing Matilda was written ... then, later, deciding that we needed unity between the classes, rather than seeking the liquidation of employers as per the Leninist formula.

This socialism with "unity between the classes" is seen as "fascism" by Trotskyists. See the Trotskyist attack on it at xTrots.html.

McQueen shows that the common thread among Australian socialists - including Lawson - was opposition to the Banks, and the demand that they be nationalised.

Socialists of Lawson's type wanted not class war as the Marxists did, but a government which ran the country for the benefit of all classes, with relative security & equality for all, creating its own money rather than borrowing from private banks.

So, Lawson's sentiments were far from vacillating. He changed his opinion from time to time, as we all do, according to circumstance.

I have an Asian wife and 3 mixed-race children, yet because I criticise Judaism, critics insinuate that I am a Nazi - even though they are whites married to whites! The question "who is a Nazi?" is just as intriguing as the question "who is a Jew?", which is hotly debated in Israel. Is anyone who criticises Judaism a Nazi?

(2) Australian Poetry

Australian Bush poems: bush-poems.html.

Alec Derwent Hope was one of Australia's greatest poets, a man who touched people around the world, and who can stir the pot and touch raw nerves from his grave. Yet, such is the anti-intellectualism even among our professional classes, that one never hears A. D. Hope discussed.

Was he a Marxist? A Freudian? Some of his poems do tend those ways. His most famous poem is probably Australia (the last poem in the above selection). It shows a spiritual sense absent from Marxist and Freudian thinking, which are materialist. Yet, it is not "Green" either. My guess is that A. D. Hope was a Shivaite, and that we have not recognised this because we are unfamiliar with it.

Poems of A. D. Hope: adhope-poems.html.

(3) Asian Engagements: the Multi-Function Polis

The Multi-Function Polis (MFP), a high-tech city of the future, was proposed in 1987 by Japan's Ministry of International Trade and Industry, to be built in Australia ... an extraterritorial city to be jointly controlled by the Australian and Japanese Governments, a headquarters of Japanese companies in Australia.

The project was promoted by Senator Button, as an icon for an Asian Australia, in place of the homegrown Snowy Mountains Scheme; but it also suggested a transfer of colonial allegiance from Washington to Tokyo. Opponents saw it as potentially a new defacto capital.

The Multi-Function-Polis Project galvanised the Far Right and the "Old" Left. After a temporary alliance, these two camps split, and the Far Right developed into the One Nation party. The MFP Saga: mfp-saga.html.

After the MFP was rejected, a varition on this proposal was put, for a city to be built in the Great Sandy Desert, near Broome. Despite its unlikely location, its writeup made it sound like the capital of a new Co-Prosperity Sphere. Pacific City: Lessons From the MFP: pacific.html.

In the wake of the "Asia Crisis", the Australian Financial Review of March 6, 1998, carried an article titled "Triumph of the West", by Barry Buzan and Gerald Segal which, after discussing Huntington, said, 'Australia's search for acceptance as an East Asian state is equally fruitless and all the more absurd for a state seeking to "escape" the west. (The recent Asian melt-down may make the Australians think again.)'

(4) The Australian economy of the 1950s & 60s, and its dismantling

The Old Left looks to Chifley & the Australia of the 1950s & 60s as an economic model; the Trotskyist/Fabian New Left has promoted Free Trade to destroy that national economy.

The Old Left and the Far Right came together to defeat the MFP, and again later to defeat the Republic referendum, the Left being direct-electionist and the Right monarchist.

Postwar Australia of the 50s & 60s was built on an enduring coalition of the same forces - public ownership and control (see xLeague.html) combined with a degree of ethnic exclusiveness - until that "market socialism" was destroyed by the "internationalism" of the Whitlam Government in 1972.

The push for Free Trade, i.e. the lowering of tariffs, began with New Left governments, Whitlam's in Australia and Kennedy's in America (hence the Kennedy Round of GATT talks).

The Mont Pelerin Society, mother of think-tanks, has sold Hayek's Laissez-Faire prescription to both the Left and the Right.

On the Far Right: The League of Rights' opposition to the Public Monopolies of the 1950s countributed to Privatisation & Deregulation: xLeague.html.

The role of the Trotskyists & Fabians: How the Trotskyists led the ALP up the Free Trade Path: xTrots.html.

The Republic Referendum - how the Far Right & the "Old" Left combined once again (another temporary marriage) to defeat the Pollies' Republic: conspire.html.

How Double Taxation laws enable multinational companies to dodge tax: ambivalence.html.

(5) Bob Hawke, Peter Garrett and the Nuclear Disarmament Party

In 1984, as a member of the Canberra branch of the Nuclear Disarmament Party, I helped the Party avoid a damaging split during the 1984 Federal election. In that election, the Australian Labor Party, fearing that Peter Garrett, the rock singer who had become the NDP's lead candidate, would be elected for the NDP in New South Wales, directed preferences against him; but, the focus being on Garrett, Jo Vallentine was elected in Western Australia.

After the election, the Nuclear Disarmament Party Sydney Newsletter, March 1985, made the split in the party public, reporting that Trotskyists from the Socialist Workers Party were trying to take over the NDP by entryism and block-voting. The Australian of April 29, 1985 carried a front-page story, "'Raiding party' saw chance to take over".

Garrett and Vallentine quit the party, claiming that they were being undermined by these block-voting Trotskyists allied with Canberra leader Michael Denborough, who resented their higher public profile. The story of how the Trotskyists destroyed the NDP is at trots-ndp.html.

The 1984 election campaign was conducted while Ronald Reagan was promoting his Star Wars project, and the NDP forced Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke to fight on two fronts. After the election, when Reagan pressured Hawke to allow MX missile tests in the Tasman Sea, counter-pressure from the NDP forced - or allowed - Hawke to desist; Hawke has recently claimed the credit for that himself, when advising current leaders to resist similar pressure from George W. Bush. In an address to the ALP on May 8, 2001, Hawke said, "Ronald Reagan pleaded with me for Australia to support Star Wars. I refused and the relationship survived": http://www.alp.org.au/centenary/bhspcf080501.html.

During the 1984 election campaign, I provided Denborough with old newspaper articles about Hawke. The Sydney Daily Telegraph of February 16, 1974, carried a huge headline "HAWKE: I'D A-BOMB ARABS", and reported, 'The ACTU President, Mr Hawke, said yesterday that if he were the Israeli Prime Minister he would drop an atomic bomb on invading Arabs. ... Mr Hawke argued with Mr Hartley and Mr MacMullin. Slamming the table in emphasis, Mr Hawke repeatedly told them, "If I were the Israeli Prime Minister I would use the bomb on the Arabs."'

The Sydney Morning Herald carried a similar report on February 18, 1974, and Channel 9 ran TV skits on the theme on February 18 & 19. Hawke sued Channel 9, but did not sue the Telegraph or the SMH, suggesting that their stories were correct; the whole episode was reported in The Australian of December 13 & 14, 1974. It took me hours of searching to find these reports after so many years. An image of the Daily Telegraph's front page is at hawke.jpg.

NDP leaders told me that Peter Garrett vetoed the use of this material in New South Wales, not wanting to puncture the Hawke mystique; but I was told that the Western Australian branch had used it - that the Telegraph's front page was shown on TV in Western Australia - and I believe that this must have helped Vallentine get into the Senate.

(6) "Progessive" Movements: Gay Lib, Radical Feminism & the Greens

The public will turn against the in-your-face style of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras.

Never forget what the Trots did to our kids: a Democratic Socialist Party poster in Canberra.

"I believe that most of what is seen as progressive and radical thinking today in our cultural, academic and intellectual life are simply diversions for keeping rebellious minds occupied and isolated from the social predicament of the lower classes." - Noel Pearson, Australian Aboriginal leader, delivering the Ben Chifley Memorial Lecture on August 12, 2000, titled The Light On the Hill.

Greens may have their heart in the right place, and "plain living and high thinking" is a philosophy I take seriously, but ...

Green Fundamentalists are trying to get the shark nets removed from beaches. They've already succeeded in Perth. If Sydney's nets are removed, then, after a few shark attacks, the public will finally realise that the Green movement has been captured by extremists.

These same Greens tried to stop the release of the calici virus, which has decimated the rabbit population in Outback Australia and regenerated the native flora.

The Greens have had a big effect on rural Australia, but white-collar professionals in the capital cities continued to support them. After the shark nets are removed, however, the cities will wake up.

(7) Bushfires & the Greens

The Green fundamentalists are partly responsible for the 2001-2 NSW bushfires, which devastated forests, destroyed homes, decimated the koala population, and were a "Greenhouse" disaster.

Green Tape inhibited preventative burnoffs, and made them more expensive, by making Environmental Impact Assessments mandatory. EPAs for preventative burn-offs should be dispensed with. A bushfire decimates the fauna & flora, whereas burnoffs, on windless winter days, are much cooler & do much less damage.

During winter, cattle should also be put in high-risk National Parks, to eat the undergrowth. Farmers should be contracted to supply the cattle - this at a time when feed is low. They could not feed hay to such stock, lest unwanted weed seeds spread, but pelleted grains would probably do as a supplement if required. The farmers would supply electric fencing too ... there would beno cost to the public. The farmers would get free feed for their cattle - that is, undergrowth - while the community got protection from bushfires.

Rather a few cattle in our National Parks in winter, than lose the lot in summer.

The current "single-use" policies of the Green fundamentalists are a new kind of monoculture. Better to allow selective logging (for timber) under strict control, creating barrier belts to fire, than to see a whole forest go up in smoke.

Multiple-usage policies make much more sense.

The Canberra Times of June 8, 2001 reported a new study by Tim Flannery and Bert Roberts, published in Science. The article, "Humans 'Made Megafauna Extinct'", refers to the work of Linda Ayliffe, who "believes the ancestors of modern Aborigines gradually destroyed animal habitat by setting fires to drive game into the open, causing extinction over thousands of years".

The Sydney Morning Herald of June 9, 2001 reviewed the same study by Flannery. The article, "Jurassic cark: scientists put a date on the demise of Australia's megafauna", says, "He [Flannery] also said that the extinction of the megafauna would have had an impact on vegetation - a larger fuel load would have built up once the giant browsers were gone".

Cattle are the biggest browsers we have today. And we need to use them in National Parks to prevent bushfires. The Greens have yet to come to terms with Flannery's findings.

(8) Litigation Lawyers: Highwaymen of Our Time

Litigation payouts have become so big, that they substantially increase the cost of all types of insurance (Car Insurance, Medical Insurance, Workcover Insurance), and make some occupations unviable.

One reads of payouts of $500,000 or more going "to the Plaintiff"; the lawyers' fees are additional. How much do the Lawyers get? - that is not disclosed.

Lawyers are not disinterested bystanders; they are Stakeholders too. And they affect us all.

The modern Highwayman wears a mask of Altruism.

Lifting the mask is easy: this can be done by requiring Litigation law firms to disclose their fees, in court-awarded Litigation payouts exceeding $100,000. Failure to do so, or incomplete disclosure, should carry a penalty - namely, the firm's being barred from further Litigation work.

If this is made the law, then no private contract between lawyer and client can override it.

If people live in rural and remote areas, then they are going to have babies there. That means they need birth services there.

If Litigation lawyers make Medical Insurance so expensive that Birth practitioners can no longer afford to pay the insurance, then something is wrong in our priorities. The result is that rural women have to travel further and further to visit Birth practitioners for the checkups etc.

Yet, the Litigation lawyers tell us they are only acting in OUR interest - specifically in their client's interest (never their own), but really protecting ALL of us.

The upshot is, women are finding it more & more difficult to have babies in rural & remote areas ... because of the Litigation lawyers.

Clearly, we're being conned.

One doesn't just want a baby - one wants one without brain damage, and with baby & mother bonded & breast-feeding. Interference, in the form of hospital practices, can inhibit this, causing post-natal depression etc.

Home birth is sought by some people (myself included) because it's the least interventionist, drug-free, & the best for bonding mother & baby.

It doesn't matter that other people don't want home birth - those who do want it should be able to have it.

The fact that there are risks is not the point. We don't stay in bed all day to avoid crossing the road.

Homebirth doctors and midwives should not be shut down because of the Litigation Lawyers.

The Rule of Lawyers?

During the French Revolution, more than 400 lawyers made up the biggest block in the Constituent Assembly. (Vincent J, Knapp, Europe in the Era of Social Transformation: 1700-Present, Prentice-Hall, NJ 1976, pp. 67-8).

(9) UN overrides Tasmania's anti-Sodomy law

Tasmania is Australia's island state, to the south of the mainland. Even though Tasmania had a law making sodomy a crime, nobody was being prosecuted under this law.

The Gay lobby, however, wanted it scrapped. UN intervention, in effect, overrode the Tasmanian government, alarming those concerned for Australian sovereignty.

Although the law was only repealed after the 1996 Federal Election, the UN Committee's report, and the pressure to change Tasmania's law, were prior to that election, and a factor in the swing of Blue-Collar voters away from the (New Left) Labor Government led by Prime Minister Paul Keating. The election was a landslide against Labor.

The 2001 election, fought over the issue of whether Australia should allow "Open Door" immigration, showed the Battlers that the Australian Labor Party had still not changed its spots. They voted against it again: Labor lost an unlosable election through its Trotskyist One-World policies.

The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) issued the following Press Release in May 1997:

http://www.iglhrc.org/news/press/pr_970502.html

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Major gay law reform in Tasmania, Australia

After nine years of community organizing to repeal Tasmania's anti-gay law, the Tasmanian legislature finalized a vote to repeal their anti-gay law yesterday, May 1, 1997. This decision marks not only the elimination of Australia's only remaining state law banning same sex relations, but it also marks Australia's compliance with the 1994 United Nations' ruling on this issue.

In April, 1994, the United Nations Human Rights Committee formally interpreted the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to protect the lesbian and gay citizens of Tasmania against discrimination as well to protect their privacy rights. The UN formally called on Australia to eliminate this law. The Australian federal government responded by passing national legislation protecting the sexual privacy of its citizens, but until now, the law in Tasmania remained on the books.

Nick Toonen, spokesperson for the Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group exclaimed, "A destructive criminal stigma has been lifted from the shoulders of gay and lesbian Tasmanians and hopefully Tasmania's reputation as a bastion of prejudice will also now begin to disappear."

Julie Dorf, Executive Director of the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission, added, "We are thrilled about this news and congratulate the Tasmanian activists on their hard work and long over-due victory. Unfortunately, there are still over eighty countries in the world with sodomy or other anti-gay and lesbian laws on the books left to fight."

"The United States alone still has twenty states with sodomy laws," she added. In 1995, the UN Human Rights Committee reported to the United States government that its sodomy laws similarly violated its obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
{endquote}

(10) Australia's Indigenous People

Australian Aboriginal communities should be allowed to work out their own marriage laws, and punish minor offenders in their own way.

The West should abandon its "One Rule For All" mentality; it should examine China's treatment of its minorities, because they are allowed to keep their cultural traditions, e.g. their marriage customs, as long as they do not threaten the state.

We should move Australia Day from January 26, so that Aborigines can feel part of the new Australia.

In selecting a new date, we should not choose Anzac Day or some other memorial to past wars, because they also relate to a non-inclusive Australia, and, remembering old enmities, keep wounds open.

To choose a day without wounds, we should select a NEW date, unconnected with past events. The new date would thus reflect a desire to turn away from old animosities, a resolve to build a harmonious future.

The holiday should still be held on a long weekend, in weather when people can still get away for a short holiday. A date in February, early March, mid November or early December, would satisfy these requirements.

In the Australian Parliament in 1993 the New Left parties (Democrats, Greens, and sections of Labor) sought recognition of the gay family but not the polygamous family, when polygamy is much more common in aboriginal culture and other traditional cultures.

The New Left's Multiculturalism is a sham, mainly diversity of food and dancing.

Contrary to the common New Left line, Individual Human Rights are incompatible with indigenous authority structures. Every initiation ceremony, the basis of traditional authority and discipline, involving the endurance of pain, fear and bodily mutilation, infringes the initiates' "rights".

The Left's Social Evolutionism, with its belief in Progress, implies a rejection of the Past, except insofar as it can be used to create an "Origin" myth; other than that, the Past is a museum of privations and errors, not to be allowed today, forbidden by "standards", "consumer protection" or "welfare" laws.

Clearly there would have to be limits to Multiculturalism; human sacrifice, for example, would be excluded. But where to draw the line? Why outlaw female circumcision, yet endorse sodomy? A UN Committee found that the Tasmanian Government's ban on sodomy was an infringement of Human Rights; New Left pressure then forced it to change that law, "to comply with Australia's international obligations", i.e. to comply with international treaties that had been ratified before their implications were clear.

Female circumcision seems to have originated in parts of North Africa which also have male circumcision. It's not a pleasant practice; but it's a test case on what Multiculturalism amounts to. The New Left has, by and large, banned it, although Germaine Greer dissents from this. Calling it "female genital mutilation", bundling a value-judgment with a description, was a way of stifling debate on the topic and on what the ban meant.

The New Left's ban on female circumcision was a test case which suggests a prefence for a single uniform world culture - a single set of standards for social life, a sort of secular Monotheism - rather than the diverse cultural practices of traditional societies.

The same New Left has, nevertheless, endorsed Gay Marriage.

Why is this important? It indicates the trend of New Left policy, were a World Government to be established. In the early Soviet Union, before Stalin gained control around 1928, polygamy was outlawed and sodomy was legalised: sex-soviet.html. The New Left's social policy thus has a distinctly Trotskyist ring to it.

The Left scapegoats farmers for the wrongs of the past; the marginalising of the Bush is contrary to Multiculturalism, and has unnecessarily created a counter-reaction.

(11) Time for a new Immigration policy

Australian broadacre farming must be the most efficient in the world. In the driest continent, huge irrigated paddocks are levelled by laser-guided tractor, so that the water will be a uniform depth. Rice, a wet crop, is grown in the desert alongside wheat, a dry crop. Free-range sheep, free-range cattle, and cotton are among other rural staples. (I mention "free-range", because in some other countries, these animals are housed indoors, or mainly kept in feed-lots, unlike Australia's more natural methods).

Yet nobody lives there any more. Apart from the green coastal areas, hardly anybody lives in rural Australia any more - the drive for efficiency has depopulated the countryside. Wooden houses have been put on trucks and taken to commuter belts outside the cities (where brick houses are the norm). Whole inland towns have disappeared in this way. Sporting teams have drindled, banks & post-offices & medical services have shut down.

Have we mistaken Means for Ends?

Australia could have more people, if we supply water to the dry inland regions, especially those that are only periodically dry. Immigration should be diverted from the cities to rural areas.

We should oppose "English tests" and the "White Australia" policy, but also oppose the "Open Borders" policy of the Trotskyists.

We should avoid urban ghettos, ensuring that immigrants mix in; but "assimilate" is not the correct word for this, since migrants bring various changes to the host culture. We should not select by race, but by character.

Immigration should be diverted FROM the capital cities TO depressed rural areas, i.e. inland towns. This will create a demand for housing etc in those areas, stimulating the economy and giving rural Australia some benefits from immigration. Rural Australia has long had its Chinese, Afghans etc. Once ethnic immigrant groups have become 10% of a local town rural population, the flow should be discontinued, i.e. diverted elsewhere, in the interests of stability and harmony. Because of higher birthrates, that 10% figure will be exceeded over time, but more slowly.

At the same time, Henry Lawson & Co should be rehabilitated, i.e. brought within Multicultural events, giving "White Australia" a role. In concerts, this might involve singing the old folk songs, or reciting poems, for example. For many years my children have performed at multicultural events at which there has been NO role for that old "White Australia", no role for kids WITHOUT an "ethnic" background.

Intermediate camps need to be used to screen refugees; the host country wants some choice. Most of the Vietnamese refugees who settled here were accepted from intermediate camps, from which they applied to come here.

In recent decades, migrants have overwhelmingly been city people, who swell the cities. We should accept some farming types with skills usable in the tough inland parts of this continent. Each group, for company, seeks its own diaspora, but none should be allowed to grow to such an extent as to threaten a sense of unity.

Immigration thus forms part of industry policy. Building bridges with other countries, it also forms part of foreign policy.

But Australia should give notice that in future, apart from refugees, it will only accept migrants in any quantity from countries which freely allow contraception, tubal ligation etc to their own people. We want to help solve the world's populatation problems, but those problems must be eased at their point of origin too. We don't want to make up for other countries' irresponsibility, e.g. where people continue to have big families even though they are already overcrowded. This means that hopeful migrants will apply pressure to their own governments to change the laws on family planning.

Similarly, food aid should be given preferentially to countries where contraception is freely available. We want to help people facing famine, but we also want to address the causes, not only the immediate crisis. A weighting should be introduced and gradually incremented, to give recipient countries an advantage if they help curb exploding population growth.

In the 50s, Government regulated BIG things (the economy, business etc) but left LITTLE things free: there were far fewer laws on the small decisions we take. We should go back to that - e.g. allow people on the land to build their home without having to have plans approved, interference, licences, litigiousness etc. If we bring rural migrants in to settle on the land, there's no point in tying their hands with red tape. Such people, creative and versatile like our family farmers, hate to be hemmed in with myriads of petty laws. Regulate the BIG END of town instead.

Settlement in the Australian inland:

The climate is difficult in many places, e.g. much of the inland north has a monsoon but is otherwise dry and hot. I would invite a village from South India with proven survival abilities in such conditions, to relocate, bringing its skills etc, on condition that they remain there, not move to the cities etc.

Equally, I would establish water-buffalo agriculture in wet tropical areas where this is feasible ... not in a wholesale way, i.e. not everywhere this could be done, but only in limited areas, the purpose being to introduce people (eg a village from South-East Asia) who would bring their skills ready-made and maintain them here (not changing to mechanized agriculture, and not moving to the cities).

Such villages would probably become tourist attractions, and these tourists would stay for short periods, buy crafts etc made in the villages, thus giving opportunities for earning an income.

We have to do our bit to solve the world's problems, but we must do it in a controlled way.

(12) New Visions for Australia

In a pessimistic era, one of my aims is to put forward new visions. I know that many will not like them, but it's better to have some ideas on the table, than none.

Having got rid of junk food, junk TV & junk music, we would fix the schools.

School standards would revert to what they used to be, kids completing a more advanced curriculum than at present, in one year less. Then they would do a year of compulsory civilian service, run by ex-army officers.

During this time these teenagers would be stationed at camps around Australia, 3 to 4 months at each camp, 3 camps in their one-year service. Many would be in the inland. The young people would themselves build these camps, under the supervision of ex-army engineers, ex-farmers and other practical people.

They would re-build run-down inland towns. They would also help inland  communities, including farming communities and Aboriginal communities. Environmental projects would be included. These might resemble the current Green Corps projects, but would operate in areas not already covered.

The stays in these camps would be staggered, so that new arrivals would learn the required skills from those already there, on the job.

Accomodation, food, clothing, travel & medical expenses would be provided, and a small salary accumulated in a special bank account, from which withdrawals could not be made until the year's service (actually about 10.5 months) was complete.

The young people would gain experience of new parts of Australia, and probably meet future marriage partners.

This system would be a sort of Òfinishing schoolÓ for the young people, before they went on to further things.

In practice, such a huge scheme would probably have to be implemented on a reduced scale, and on a voluntary basis.

(13) Direct Democracy via Computerised Referenda

Schemes such as those proposed above would be put to referendum.

An authoritarian system is as likely to be bad as good. Yet "Democracy" has been hijacked by vested interests. Is there another solution?

To oust the elite and return power to the people, we need decision-making by computerised referenda. We could still have a parliament, but the representatives would respect the people more if such referenda were used too.

Private media owners may try to divert such democratic processes; but questions of media ownership would also be put to referenda.

(14) Greens vs. Brumbies (Wild Horses)

The Greens now want to kick the brumbies out of the Snowy Mountains.

Yet until recently they were using them, and the "Man From Snowy River" theme, to partially undo the Snowy Mountains Scheme.

One can't understand the mindset of those who introduced such irrigation schemes to the Mildura and Griffith areas, unless one has travelled the dry, flat Outback. Today, we take the greenery of the irrigated areas for granted, but before those schemes, these were semi-desert areas.

The Greens can't comprehend that. They can only see the human presence as invasive, "the pink rat".

With their implicit "Garden of Eden" myth, they seem to want to undo all the achievements of earlier generations.

Getting rid of the brumbies from the Snowy Mountains, is like removing the water buffaloes from northern Australia, or shooting all the wild camels in the Outback - which will be their next campaign.

Why don't they want to get rid of the dingoes? They've only been here 5000 years - and they wiped out the thylacines.

How did the wild pigs get here? Weren't they brought by humans (tribal peoples), as they were brought to the island of New Guinea?

Would the Greens prefer a world dominated by dinosaurs? Jurassic Park, however fanciful, vividly depicts the lunacy of those who want to "turn back the clock" too far.

Nature is tough. The mass extinctions in the past were far more devasting than what's happened in recent centuries; yet life bounced back: new species proliferated, filling the vacant niches. That's how we ourselves came on the scene.

One can be "green" without being "Green". It's time to anticipate the Greens' next campaigns, and resist their extremism.

(15) A Political Holiday - winter 2002

On our camping holidays, we always travel in a loop, so that we don't go over the same route on the way back. It's always good to get away from Canberra's long winter, with its frosts and the cold winds off the snow.

Our first night was at The Channon, in the rainforest area north of Lismore, in a small (and cheap) caravan on a farm. The next morning, we bought macadamia nuts, avocadoes and custard apples from roadside stalls on the back roads, direct from the farmers, putting the money into their honesty boxes.

At Mullumbimby I gravitated to the excellent second-hand bookshop, while my wife checked out the bakery. During the trip, I accumulated a number of (non-fiction) books from such shops at towns along the way: I am a sucker for second-hand bookshops. Conversely, my wife can tell you about the pastries sold by the bakeries in numerous small towns around the eastern half of Australia.

Skirting the Gold Coast, just north of Brisbane we called in to see Vic Bridger, of the Social Credit School of Studies, to discuss banking - or rather, the tricks bankers use to deceive us. Having got lost twice on the way to his house, we were pressed for time, so in the remaining half-hour we got straight down to the role of Treasury Bonds in the economy.

The banks pay for these bonds by cheque, using their own accounts. They use Government Bonds as liquid assets: they can always exchange them for notes and coins.

Government Bonds have a long term, say 4 or 5 years; the shorter-term kind are called Treasury Notes: these might be for, say, 13 months. The Reserve Bank pays interest on Government Bonds, disguised as a Discount.

Vic explained that even though the Government "sells" them, it pays interest on them. Not directly, but by discounting the purchase price. So while the nominal price may be $100, the buyer may get it at $96. At term, he can then sell it to the Government for $100.

Vic said that the private banks create all the money in the economy, except notes and coins, which are created by the Government.  When customers borrow from a private bank, e.g. to buy a house, the bank creates the money out of nothing. The customer gets the house, the seller gets the principal, and the bank gets the interest.

Even though they get so much money in interest, the power that issuing money gives them to decide priorities in the economy, is even more important to them than the interest itself.

Our Governments, he said, should not borrow from the banks. They can issue the money (for Government expenditure) themselves, avoiding the interest payment to the private banks, and saving the people from the taxation burden of those interest payments paid by Governments.

Vic said that if Australia were to declare itself independent of the private banks (including the IMF and the World Bank), they would demand immediate payment of all Australia's foreign debt; they would wreck our economy as they wrecked Indonesia's during the "Asia Crisis"; and their armies would invade Australia as they invaded Iraq.

One might add that they themselves cause the foreign-debt problems, by insisting that countries open not only their Current Accounts (for trade), but their Capital Accounts (for free movement of money, including overseas borrowing). During the "Asia Crisis", China was saved by having the latter closed, even though the former was open. Trade is good but Free Trade, IMF-style, leaves countries at their mercy.

Continuing north, we stayed the night in a cabin at Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast, one of the loveliest spots in Australia, where I had a swim in the surf. Next day we called in at Eumundi, and were lucky to find the market under way. There's such a wonderful mood, and such a mix of stalls: one should never pass it by. Lots of Japanese tourists thought so too: young people in small groups.

Then we headed for the highland country around Gayndah, Mundubbera and Monto, a citrus-growing and dairying area seriously affected by the drought gripping Eastern Australia. We camped a couple of frosty nights in our tent, but our sleeping backs were not equal to the job: we kept having to get up in the night to put more clothes on. So we headed back to the coast, to Childers. On the way, we bought some jams from the ladies at a stall in the small town of Mount Perry.

Many of the fruits gradually ripened during our trip. By the time we got back to Canberra, we had an assortment of fruits, nuts, jams and pickles for the kids, and friends, to sample, and to prolong our memories.

Childers is a small town in a lush green area, popular with young backpackers from England, Ireland and Europe. They pick fruit and vegetables on the farms: tomatoes, potatoes, zucchinis, avocadoes, mangoes, macadamias etc. These crops are mostly on the back-roads; travellers on the highway only see sugar-cane.

The backpackers come to Australia for a holiday, paying the return airfare up front, then working at places like Childers to get the money for the rest of their trip.

They stay in hostels, or dormitories at the caravan park, and are bussed to and from the farms each day by their employers. I was told that the employers hold their passports, and withhold some of their wages as tax, which they sometimes keep instead of passing on to the Government.

I was told that they prefer not to employ Australians because "they complain too much".

I always visit the op shops on our travels. Here's what a lady in one of them told me: Childers used to have a boutique shop, and annual Balls. Now it has three opportunity shops - the backpackers are the biggest customers -  and customers take pride in the clothing they can get there, as once they took pride in buying new.

Not far from Childers is Bundaberg, a city of around 50,000 which tempts me to move there; its beauty, and the fertility of its soil, remind me of North-West Tasmania. There's a wonderful market every Sunday morning.

On to Rockhampton, collecting an unwanted souvenir from the Queensland Police on the way.

The highlight of the trip turned out to be a two-night stay at Great Keppel Island; however, it only came good at the end. Arriving on the "Reef Cat" from Yeppoon, I was immediately up against the trickery of the tourist operator. We had arranged to stay in an on-site tent, but the operator had neglected to mention that the communal camp kitchen lacked saucepans, cutlery etc; these could be hired for an extra $8.

Seeing red, I was determined not to pay. My wife and I had one teaspoon and two knives between us, plus one small plastic plate. I spied some 3-litre tins covering the ends of irrigation pipes, and found that they were clean. These proved suitable substitutes for saucepans on the gas stove I had brought (knowing that they slugged customers for gas). I placed one tin on the other as a lid, while I cooked up, in turn, two days' supply of potatoes and porridge. These I stored, with cooked sausages, in three tupperware containers.

While I was thus engaged in protest against the establishment, my wife conducted her own protest against me. She was embarrassed at my antics, and resolved not to eat, retiring early and leaving me to get on with the cooking.

Our companions at the camp included a group of about 20 English schoolgirls, who had just finished Grade 11, and who were zealously guarded by three male and two female teachers; and a group of about 25 Japanese schoolchildren, of both sexes, plus teachers. I can say that both groups had a great time on the island.

Leaving the hot food to cool before I put it in the communal refrigerators, I had a short sleep and returned about 11.15pm to find the three tupperware containers missing.

Most people I asked blamed the possums; there was a big sign up about how they could not be trusted with food. Others blamed the crows.

All this hardly improved my wife's temper; she requested that we leave the next morning.

On the first day, we had been to the underwater observatory, where the fish come to see the people; and I had tried a bit of snorkelling, to see the coral (bringing snorkel gear from Canberra's famous garage sales). The plan for the next day was a walk across the island; this was to save my hide.

We came across some wild peacocks, which had once belonged to someone, but now looked after themselves. They were lounging around on the balcony of an old wooden homestead. The two males had beautiful long green tails; at first we could not believe that they were alive. Some geese and goats were also hanging around.

An old man in his 90s who lives on the island, and his new wife (an artist in her 60s), passed us on our way; we were headed towards their house, which is on a most beautiful beach. The tranquillity of the spot, and the pleasure of bathing there, restored my wife's humour.

There was a sad note, however; an aboriginal tribe once occupied this island, people quite different from those on the mainland. They had no hunting weapons, but lived by fishing. Unlike the mainland tribes, they had a permanent village. The authorities at the time relocated them to Fraser Island, but the aborigines there regarded them as invaders, and they died out.

After the walk, I found two of our tupperware containers, in a place only two-legged culprits could have taken them.

Chatting with a woman who works at one of the resorts, I mentioned that the farmers at Childers preferred to employ English pickers, saying that Australians complained too much.

"Here," she said,""we find that the English are the worst complainers - both as workers and as guests." She suggested that the real reason the Childers farmers were employing English backpackers, was that they were allowed (by the Government) to pay them less than Australian workers.

Before we caught the catamaran back to Yeppoon, we met a resident with a Filipina wife, like mine. All over Australia, even in remote workcamps and mining towns, there is a sprinkling of Filipino women, strike breakers against the Feminist boycott of marriage. A generation of lovely mixed-race children is being bred. My wife has travelled all over Eastern Australia, from the deserts to the sea, on the camping trips we first took the children on, when they were still young enough to want to come.

There was a minor problem with the car, a broken backing-plate; it made a clanging noise, but more importantly the brake line was attached to it. We had driven nearly 1000 km with it, tying it out of the way, but I did not want to risk the return trip through the inland. A mechanic in Rockhampton helped me out with a temporary fix, without charging me. Whenever I think of Rockhampton, I remember his help.

We had lunch at Mount Morgan, once a wealthy gold-mining town but now suffering unemployment. There was quite an aboriginal presence from here to Moree, and my impression was that they and the whites were getting on harmoniously.

At Biloela we went to see the coal-fired power station. Eastern Central Queensland has so many open-cut coal mines, mainly for exports to East Asia, that all the railway lines have been electrified. Even though Queensland's railway system is narrow-gauge, it is vibrant, retaining its passenger services, and still publicly-owned and efficiently operated. The distances are too great for bus travel: Brisbane to Cairns is about 2000 kilometres. One sees interminably long coal trains hauled by four electric locos, two at the front and two in the middle.

From here on, we were in the sparsely-populated plains country west of the Great Dividing Range, with glimpses at times of the flat expanses characteristic of the Outback. The drought was tighening its noose.

The next stop was Theodore, a small town of about 600, where I was attracted by a sign the local butcher had put up, protesting that the abbatoir he used to operate had been arbitrarily shut down by the Government, even though there had been no complaint against it.

I could not resist going to see him; I remember the time when country butchers used to kill their own meat, before the city bureaucrats imposed their "health" rules that closed down all the small abbatoirs and caused the price of meat in country towns to jump to double the price in the big cities.

Why should country people have to pay more for everything? They are the hardest-working people, but the cities steal the wealth; so many country towns have a depressed feeling. The butcher and I had quite a lively discussion; I offered to put an article by him on the internet, but I have not received it yet.

That night we camped in our tent at Glebe Weir, on the Dawson River, in a most beautiful setting, and cooked over a wood fire.

Next day, we visited the historical museum at Miles, a wheat-growing town of about 1000. It depicts life in the Australian "Bush" of the nineteenth century.

In a school classroom at this museum, is a board depicting the "Good Manners" taught to children in those days: good-manners.jpg.

And here are the (draconian) rules for schoolteachers (1879), with the special restrictions for women teachers (1915): rules-teachers-1879.jpg

How far those days seem away! Here are some rules of 1886: rules-teachers-1886.jpg

At Goondiwindi we had about an hour to spend. Having found a few books in the town's second-hand bookshop on a previous trip, I headed there while my wife made for the bakery (as usual).

As I entered, the bookshop was in the process of throwing out its entire stock of non-fiction, into three large wheeled bins intended for the rubbish-removal service. All these books had been donated to the shop.

"They don't sell," was the explanation; "novels do". I spent my time rummaging through these bins, in the alley at the back of the bookshop. Among those I retrieved were an Atlas of Japan, textbooks on Vector Analysis, Mathematical Statistics, International Taxation, Philosophy, Monetary Policy,  GPS Navigation, Corporate Finance, Historical Documents of Britain, plus one called "Let's Visit Norway" (this on account of my friend Arno).

Pity the poor intellectuals in country towns, deprived of sustenance for their minds.

The next stop was Moree. This is a town of about 10,000 in the Western Plains, where wheat, sorghum, cotton, cattle and pecans are grown on a very big farms. The high degree of mechanisation allows the owners to employ as few people as possible, contributing to a mix of wealth and poverty.

The area has a substantial aboriginal population, who mostly find seasonal work in the cotton gins and farms, although some have office jobs.

We went to Moree to visit the artesian spa baths, on account of my wife's arthritis. This is a booming industry in the town, with several motels offering artesian spa pools as part of the stay; we rented a cabin at a caravan park which also had such pools.

The customers come from all over Australia. Visiting such places is not part of the "Anglo" tradition, having been brought here by migrants from Europe, but Asian migrants are also coming now: Koreans, Chinese, etc.

Walking about the town, I fell into a conversation with the local Ford dealer, about Globalisation.

The result, he felt, was that there would only be four automobile companies in the world: Ford, General Motors, Toyota and probably Volkswagen.

He told me that Ford owns Mazda, plus Landrover and Jaguar; and that General Motors owns Isuzu.

The Ford F250 ute (light truck), which replaces the F100 here, is now made in Brazil. The Ford Courier is now made not in Japan but in Indonesia. Mazda production has also been moved from Japan to Indonesia. Ford design is mainly done in North America, but the Falcon is still designed in Australia. The various factories pool their resources.

New cars, he said, are better than ever before. The cost of parts and repairs in the first 6 years has fallen from $6000 (in the case of the EA Falcon) to $800. The share of profits from the workshop has fallen. Competition has forced the price of new cars down, but as the number of manufacturers falls from 7 to 4, he expected prices to rise again, as the market was cornered.

I countered that handymen cannot maintain those new cars, and that when they strike problems, they are very expensive to fix; he agreed. I noted that I drive a 1975 station wagon (we call it my wife's car), which I have had for 9 years and (maintaining it myself) expect to get another 9 out of; he agreed that I should. I also have a 1980 ute, which I hand-painted with enamel paint I bought at garage sales for about $5. Only with such economies, could we have these camping holidays.

He said that his dealership used to sell cheap cars for cash, but people's cash now goes on the poker machines, and they want to buy even the cheap cars on credit cards. He said that as people reached their credit limits, the banks have raised those limits by $1000.

Heading for home, I wondered if I might expect a traffic fine waiting for me, care of the radar cameras on the Pacific Highway. Thankfully, no!

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(16) Police Blitz against Bicycle Riders; Labor, Greens & Pedal Power behind it

After riding a bicycle for over 30 years, I was booked in Canberra recently for
"not wearing a helmet".

At the time, I was riding my bicycle on the pavement, not on the road, and was
wearing a special padded hat that straps under my chin, and which protects my ears from the cold winds off the snow.

I pointed out to the officer that I wear a normal helmet in the warmer weather, but, having had recurrent ear infections, must wear this special hat in winter.

This made no difference: citing a recent "Operational Order", he issued me with an Infringement Notice and a fine of $45.

Only the honest get caught. If I had given a false name & address, I would have escaped the fine. Will cyclists be forced to carry Identity Papers next?

I have now obtained a letter from my GP confirming my ear infection problem;
however, the law does not allow medical exemptions.

The article "Police crack down on cyclists without helmets, lights" (Canberra
Times, September 6, 2002), implies co-operation between Pedal Power and the police. It shows a big colour photo of a police officer with Tony Shields of Pedal Power, endorsing the blitz.

Have police been "consulting" Pedal Power on bicycle policy? Pedal Power does not represent all cyclists, and should not be treated as a "peak body". Does it receive Government funding?

Cyclists are being issued the same Traffic Infringement Notices as car drivers, with the threat of loss of Motor Vehicle Licence for non-payment of the fine.

For consistency, Labor and the Greens should extend their crackdown to skateboard-riders (on footpaths and roads), and disabled drivers of electric vehicles on footpaths and roads.

The Australian of March 9, 1988, p. 19, reported, 'The electorate should be warned of cynical moves by government into "big brother" social regulation, the director of the National Farmers Federation (NFF), Mr Rick Farley, said yesterday.

'Mr Farley told the conference that as government progresively withdrew from the area of industry regulation, it was seeking new areas of social regulation to provide a basis for political debate and an appearance of activity.'

Apparently the Hawke Government, with Paul Keating as Treasurer, forced "compulsory bicycle helmet" laws on the states, by withholding federal funds unless they agreed.

Does Paul Keating ride a bicycle? If he did, it would not be the average backyard variety.

The Federal Government is not empowered make laws about bicycle helmets - that's a state matter. These laws were imposed by blackmail.

I bought my padded hat in western China, where temperatures fall to -20 degrees in winter, and all cyclists wear these hats. They keep the rain out, and protect the face and ears from cold winds.

Hundreds of millions of cyclists in northern & western China wear the very type of hat, for which I was fined in "Multicultural" Canberra.

Is Pedal Power aware of such hats? Has it investigated them?

The cyclists who wear "hot pants" - the ones represented by Pedal Power - have
been calling for police blitzes against the back-streets cyclists!

Fascism is always introduced "for our own good".

Riding a bicycle has become an act of defiance against arbitrary authority.

Have the police become highwaymen, mugging the public, after every dollar they can get?

Australians have a tradition of resisting abuses of power. The 1890s were devoted to that cause; it's what the song "Waltzing Matilda" is all about:
http://www.ozramp.net.au/~senani/waltz.htm.

(17) Letter from Dr Cairns on the 1973 tariff cut

Dear Peter Myers

From Jim Cairns
470 Berwick Rd
Narre Warren East 3804
1st July 1988 {error: should have been 1998}

I have your letter about tariff reductions and Marx.

In 1973 Whitlam asked me to move in Cabinet, as I was Minister for Trade, a 25% reduction in tariffs. Inflation was then about 12% and his advisors (PM's Dept and Treasury) had advised him to do it to reduce inflation. They later claimed it had. I said I would but we must include that if unemployment rose anywhere we would revise the decision no later than 2 years ahead. I moved the matter in Cabinet and no one objected - Rex Connor was there.

My view about the future of tariffs is in my book TARRIFS or PlANNING. Because of that I set up 3 or 4 joint committes of people from Trade, Secondary Industry, unions and employers. They met many times before I moved out of Trade but the public servants were unwilliing to recommend subsidies.

I suppose Whitlam accepts the free market, economic rationalism, globilisation and common civilisation. Connor stood for Australian independence and always wanted tariffs. Hawke and Keating took up economic rationalism and all that goes with it and I suppose that was because it was American.

I think Chernobyl had much effect on the break up of the Soviet Unioon. Broadly you are right about Marx. He saw the post-revolution capitalism as relatively small scale and "enviromental" so that "citiies" and the country did not differ much. Where did Lenin argue strongly for the primacy of electrification?

I think Gorbachev was more influenced by gaining world recognition than anythingelse. The Union of Sovereign States would have broken up Soviet Power and become less a threat to Europe and America.

Sincerely

{signed} Jim Cairns {end}

A scanned image of Dr Cairns' letter is at jim-cairns.jpg.

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(18) Dr Cairns on the Dismissal of the Whitlam Government

The Australian, December 27, 1995, p. 11.

An image of Dr Cairns' article is at Cairns-australian-951227p11.jpg.

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