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Gough Whitlam a martyred man of myths
by: Miranda Devine From: The Daily Telegraph October 22, 2014 12:00AM
GOUGH Whitlam made a much better legend than a prime minister. No sooner had the news broken yesterday of the death of the former Labor prime minister in a Potts Point nursing home at the age of 98, than the ABC airwaves erupted in tearful hyperbole.
“This country would not be Australia without Gough Whitlam,” said one weeping caller to ABC 702.
“Devastating, devastating,” said former Hawke government minister Susan Ryan. “The loss to the nation is just indescribable.”
“Whitlam knew what government needed to do,” opined playwright David Williamson. “With-out Whitlam where would Australia be? … We would be like America where if you’re poor you die.” And on and on it went all day. The myths, the exaggeration and the outright lies.
Gough Whitlam led a chaotic big-spending government for less than three years between 1972 and 1975, reaching high farce in the shady Khemlani Loans Affair, and ending when he was dismissed by the governor-general and lost the ensuing election in a catastrophic landslide. That’s the truth.
But if you consumed any news yesterday you might believe that Whitlam was a visionary genius who single-handedly ended the White Australia policy and the Vietnam War, opened Australia to Asia, ended discrimination against women and Aborigines, gave university education to poor people, and was overthrown by the CIA in cahoots with Rupert Murdoch. In fact the best thing that ever happened to Whitlam was to be dismissed from office, because he became a Labor martyr, and never had to account for the devastation he wrought on his country and his party.
The Left has always been better at making myths than conservatives, and none is bigger than the myth of Gough, created and burnished by the self-described “Great Man” himself, a superb showman with a brilliant wit, charisma and an optimistic disposition.
Whitlam is crucial to Labor lore because they think it proves theirs is the party of “enlargers” and reformers, whereas the Liberals are just agents of resistance.
Among the myths is that Whitlam was a western suburbs kid made good, like Paul Keating, when in fact he was a Knox boy. The son of a senior public servant, he grew up in Turramurra and Mosman and other Melbourne and Canberra suburbs.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that. But it’s amusing that Mark Latham, who later inherited his seat of Werriwa, a genuine westie and class warrior, who once boasted of hating people from Mosman, would wax lyrically yesterday about “the greatest-ever Australian”.
Alan Reid, the most senior press gallery journalist of his time, wrote of Whitlam in his definitive 1976 book The Whitlam Ventures that he was “the quintessence of upper class suburbia … He was pedantically precise of speech, sloppy in action.”
Yet Whitlam was fantastically good at self-promotion. As Malcolm Turnbull said yesterday: “He will be given credit I imagine for many things that were equally or perhaps even entirely the achievements of others.”
Whitlam claimed to have ended (Labor’s) White Australia policy when it was actually Harold Holt’s government, on March 9, 1966, which changed immigration policy so that race was no longer a criterion for entry.
Those who were uni students in the 1960s also remember it was Robert Menzies who effectively scrapped fees by introducing Commonwealth scholarships so any student who did well in high school could go to university for free and receive a living allowance. Whitlam just removed the competitive aspect and extended university to anyone, regardless of aptitude.
Whitlam’s proposals for modernising Australian were really to introduce welfare state measures that were popular in continental Europe at the time. If he did transform Australia it was to start us down the road from self-reliance to entitlement so that half the nation is now on welfare.
Yet the arrogance of Labor’s mythmakers would have us believe Australia was a terrible country before Whitlam.
Thankfully, John Howard’s book The Menzies Era rescues Australia from such slander.
He shows it was the Menzies era which utterly transformed the Australia, “bequeathed to the incoming Labor government in 1972 after 23 years of Coalition government’’. Howard wrote the book to “provide a substantial rebuttal of 30 years of consistent myth-making … It’s a hard slog,” he said.
Yes it is. But the Whitlam Myth has gone so far into fantasy that it may become toxic.
It’s what brought us Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd, both of whom yesterday declared Whitlam had been their inspiration.
As a shiver runs down your spine, hold on to the memories of how bad the Gillard-Rudd era was, because in another 30 years they, too, may be mythologised, their faults replaced by falsehoods.
One Nation WA notes the passing of Gough Whitlam and extends our condolences to his family. Beyond that we also remember Whtlam as possibly Australia's greatest national disaster. Lyn Vickery ONWA State President.
Australia Just Announced New Sanctions Against Russia
Peter Terlato Sep 1, 2014
Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced in Parliament today that Australia will increase its sanctions against Russia, matching the levels of the European Union.
Australia’s expanded sanctions include:
•restrictions on arms exports;
•restrictions on the access of Russian state-owned banks to Australian capital markets;
•preventing the export of goods and services for use in Russia’s oil exploration or production;
•restrictions on Australian trade and investment in Crimea; and
•targeted financial sanctions and travel bans on an additional 63 Russian and Ukrainian individuals and 21 entities.
In a press release from the Prime Minister’s office, the Government outlined concerns with the escalating events in Ukraine.
The situation has recently worsened as Russia steps up its persistent and deliberate violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty. Around 1000 heavily armed Russian troops are now operating openly in eastern Ukraine, in defiance of Ukraine’s sovereignty, the international community and international law.
According to the release, Russia has ignored the international community’s call to de-escalate the crisis, resulting in the Government’s decision to expand Australia’s autonomous sanctions and travel bans.
“The bullying of small nations by big ones and assertions that might is right should have no place in our world,” Abbott said.
“Russia must understand that if it does not act to defuse the current situation, the cost to its economy and international standing will grow.”
The sanctions are being coordinated with the US, Canada and Europe.
These measures build on Australia’s existing financial sanctions and travel bans, announced in March this year and the Government has not ruled out imposing further sanctions in the future.
Comment: In world affairs Australia is a little Koala ... Tony Abbott, please stop poking the Russian bear!
The Australian Government Wants To Let Business Hire Foreign Workers On 10% Less Than Australian - Greg McKenna Aug 29, 2014,
The Government has a plan to allow regional business, struggling to get workers, to hire foreigners on a 10% discount to local workers, according to The Australian this morning which says the new rules were signed off this week.
Initially applied to Darwin, which is losing workers to the local Icthys gas project, The Oz says the new rules will then be rolled out “to other areas suffering an exodus of skilled workers rushing to join mining and gas companies”.
The Oz also says that “concessions” on skills and qualifications will also be considered if companies get desperate for workers and can show that they can not find appropriately skilled workers.
In an economy that has just seen a spike in unemployment to 6.4% and which is struggling to absorb the new entrants into the work force, this plan is likely to ignite political debate and a fight with those opposed to 457 visas.
But the reality is that Australia is a complex mish-mash of regional economies with different demands, drivers, inputs, outputs, populations, employment markets and workforces, and not the homogeneous single entity many assume.
You can read more here
COMMENT: One simple solution to ease this problem without cutting wages would be to allow these young people, usually students on their gap year from France, Italy, UK, Germany etc, to stay longer in the country before Immigration turfs them out!
Washington prepares to attack Islamic State targets in Syria
August 26, 2014
The United States intelligence and defense communities are preparing a long list of possible military targets in Syria for President Barack Obama belonging to the Islamic State, a terrorist organization holding ground throughout eastern Syria and northern Iraq.
The US government has stepped up its efforts to increase its knowledge of Islamic State activities and assets in and around Raqqa, the group’s nominal capital, after it finished taking over the region from the Assad government last week.
The US understanding of the reality in the portion of Syria under Islamic State control – what the intelligence community calls “visibility” – has been poor, as evidenced most publicly by a covert rescue operation in July that incorrectly identified the whereabouts of several Americans held captive by the group.
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Clive Palmer's Company Just Lost A Legal Battle Against Chinese Owned Citic Pacific
Alex Heber Aug 20, 2014, Business Insider
Clive Palmer’s horror week just got worse.
After an epic rant about China on Monday night’s Q&A he has just been defeated in one of his legal battles against Citic Pacific, the company that supposedly provoked his outbursts.
The Federal Court today threw out his application to become a security operator at the Cape Preston port in Western Australia.
Palmer’s company, Mineralogy, was attempting to take control of port security operations from the Chinese giant.
Mineralogy argued the Federal Infrastructure Department erred when it appointed Citic as head of security at the port, The Australian reports.
That approval subsequently allowed Citic to begin exporting ore from the Sino Iron project in Western Australia late last year.
Clive Palmer goes on rant against China on Q&A, claims China govt are ‘mongrels’ who kill their own people and want to take over Australia
Perhaps Clive Palmer would do better to keep is personal legal and business squabbles to himself rather than let some TV host bait him into shooting himself in the foot!
Certainly many Australians are seriously concerned, and rightly so, about the rise of China and the possible threats it may pose to our country and to the wider world should it make the same mistakes other nations made in the twentieth century.
Arrogance is a terrible hook in the nose of any nation. It certainly led Germany and Japan to ruin.
China is a very old culture, yet growing rapidly now and there is an air of arrogance emanating from certain sectors The People Liberation Army (PLA) have made some pretty silly comments recently.
On the other hand Australia is young and expanding rapidly. We too need to beware of the sin of getting too big for our boots! Humility, wisdom and an eagle eye on our partners at all times will get us much further than calling them "mongrels".
Rants like Mr Palmer's aren't helpful, especially when China is our biggest trading partner.
Certainly our goverment must be wise in the way we deal. Certainly we know about China's rotten human rights record, the food poisoning scams and cheap junk products. Yes, we know about commie land barons over there kicking out peasant farmers. But can Clive do anything about that?
Australia must always be on its guard. We must protect our values, our assets, our resources and our land.
Deep concerns exist about Chinese investment in domestic and rural property here. The government must stop the greed and signal an immediate end to the open slather purchase of houses, farms, manufacturing business and the control of Australian mining companies.
Investment is one thing. Control is very different. Australia must be absolutely firm about protecting our assets and borders and ever wary of those in for the quick buck and too hell with the consequences. The Chinese of all people respect firmness, maturity and wisdom. It's a tragedy there hasn't been more from our governments both federal and state. Had there been, we wouldn't be in this mess.
That doesn't mean we need to be offensive to a valuable partner. Australia is a small country and one that could learn a lot from another small and very successful one - Switzerland! We must become the Switzerland of the southern hemisphere.
A spokeswoman for the Palmer United Party’s Chinese born senator, Dio Wang, who holds a seat in Western Australia, told news.com.au Mr Wang had “no comment”. He was busy preparing papers for the next senate session. Wise move! Mr Wang was born in Nanjing, China, and emigrated to Australia in 2003. He has been an Australian citizen since 2009.
Palmer United Party Tasmania senator Jacquie Lambie’s today emailed a media statement and “opinion piece” regarding her boss Clive Palmer's tirade on Chinese “mongrels” on QandA last night. “If anybody thinks that we should have a national security and defence policy, which ignores the threat of a Chinese Communist invasion — you’re delusional and got rocks in your head. Today China is controlled by an aggressive, anti democratic, totalitarian government. We need to double the size and capacity of our military right now.” Probably true, but do you think that would stop China Jacqui? You better get a lot smarter than just that girl!
BE CAREFUL HOW WE POKE THE PANDA!
Meanwhile, former One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has shocked Australia this morning by giving a measured and thought-provoking interview regarding Clive Palmer’s explosive tirade against the Chinese on the ABC last night according to a report from news.com.au. HERE
In an interview alongside former radio shock jock Derryn Hinch on Channel 7’s Sunrise program, Ms Hanson criticised Mr Palmer for his tirade against Australia’s biggest trading partner.
By Lyn Vickery - State President ONWA
Palmer slammed over China tirade
PHOEBE WEARNE The West Australian August 19, 2014.
Premier Colin Barnett has rounded on Clive Palmer, saying his anti-China tirade represented the “worst of Australia” and his comments were offensive, abhorrent and damaging to WA’s relationship with China.
“From Western Australia’s point of view, we totally repudiate the comments that Mr Palmer has made and I will extend an apology to the Chinese on that basis,” Mr Barnett said. “He is an embarrassment. “(The comments) could be extremely damaging to the mining industry and to Australia and Chinese relations.
“China is our largest trading partner and WA counts for 70 per cent of Australia’s exports to China.”
The West Australian reports the following.
Brendon Grylls, who was WA Nationals leader and minister for regional development when Mr Palmer was a major Nationals donor and investor in the Pilbara, said the Fairfax MP used to have a different tune on China.
“When I was dealing with Clive Palmer we were actually talking about building and growing the relationship with China… especially on the agriculture stuff, which is now coming to the fore,” Mr Grylls said.
“I spent a lot of time talking to him off the back of saying ‘can agriculture follow the resource sector?’
“He’s now a senior political figure and probably should choose his language more carefully on issues like this.”
The Palmer United Party leader is embroiled in a legal battle with Chinese state-owned company CITIC Pacific, which has accused the mining magnate of siphoning off $12 million in funds.
Comment: While One Nation is no fan of Colin Barnett he does have a few valid points!
19th August 2014
MULTICULTURALISM HAS FAILED
BERLIN (AFP) – Germany's attempt to create a multi-cultural society has failed completely, Chancellor Angela Merkel said at the weekend, calling on the country's immigrants to learn German and adopt Christian values.
Merkel weighed in for the first time in a blistering debate sparked by a central bank board member saying the country was being made "more stupid" by poorly educated and unproductive Muslim migrants.
"Multikulti", the concept that "we are now living side by side and are happy about it," does not work, Merkel told a meeting of younger members of her conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party at Potsdam near Berlin.
"This approach has failed, totally," she said, adding that immigrants should integrate and adopt Germany's culture and values.
"We feel tied to Christian values. Those who don't accept them don't have a place here," said the chancellor. Full Story HERE
HISTORY REPEATING ITSELF...
Oliver Cromwell’s speech on the dissolution of Parliament in 1653:
"It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonoured by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice; ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government; ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money.
Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess? Ye have no more religion than my horse; gold is your God; which of you have not barter’d your conscience for bribes? Is there a man amongst you that has the least care for the good of the Commonwealth?
Ye sordid prostitutes have you not defil’d this sacred place, and turn’d the Lord’s temple into a den of thieves, by your immoral principles and wicked practices? Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation; you were deputed here by the people to get grievances redress’d, are yourselves gone! So! Take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors. In the name of God, go!"
We in One Nation note Cromwell's words. The new Liberal Government is already showing weakness! Caving in to the new world order, the banksters and now the Prime Minister is consulting the Muslims?
How long before the Australian people say, as they did to the Gillard/Rudd governments, "In the name of God, go!"
THOSE IMMIGRANTS, WHO ARE NOT AUSTRALIAN MUST ADAPT!
IF YOU CAN'T OR WON'T YOU HAD BETTER LEAVE!
Democracy allows us to make up our own minds.
Bureaucracy prevents us from sharing our thoughts.
Dictatorship controls our minds, thoughts and everything else.
POPULATION VIABILITY….WHO IS MAKING A STAND?
Australia is a large country with only a very small portion around the southern and eastern coastlines housing the greatest number of our ever increasing population.
This view of Australia was recognised by European explorers from very early times, and halted settlement by those countries for several hundred years.
The small aboriginal population encountered here upon white settlement confirms that the country cannot support a large population, as aboriginals, although essentially hunter/gatherers had adopted an efficient existence and their small numbers reflected this reality.
Non aboriginal settlers have through their knowledge and tenacity pushed settlement to the extreme edges of our deserts where water is the dominant factor in life.
Some years ago a study into our available water resources stated: that our ideal population was around 12 million, with 23 million (Australian Academy of Science 1994: “Population 2040 Australia’s choice”) the absolute maximum in order to support a realistic and viable lifestyle…..WE ARE NOW WELL ABOVE THESE FIGURES, AND THESE PREDICTIONS ARE PROVING TO BE CORRECT!
Successive governments of both political persuasions have ignored these findings and bumble ahead with unbounded immigration and refugee policies which are rapidly approaching boiling point.
Even the GREENS who claim to be environmental watch dogs pursue this madness and in doing so present their true colours.
There is an outcry by Australians across the country as they see their environment and their lifestyle rapidly eroding into a third world existence pushed by leaders who march to the tune of a different band?
ONE NATION is the only political party who have put the interests of Australians foremost, and have had the courage to doggedly pursue this volatile question while a continuous barrage of “red neck” and “racist” drivel is leveled at them by those other parties who show more interest in serving other than their own countrymen and women.
We are told by mindless mouthpieces that the ¼ acre block and a family home is no longer a reality and that we should be prepared to live in rented flats and multi-story apartments where there is little room to keep a family car let alone a “tinny” or a caravan, and the only place for a vegie garden is on the window ledge?
While this is not so good for us ordinary Australians, Governments and Local Councils revel in the opportunity to cash in on the extra rates and taxes generated by such a plan.
Multinational companies rub their hands with glee as self-dependency is ripped from the hands of every day Aussies and all are compelled to rely on food and produce imported form poor countries at low cost and palmed off at extreme profit to householders cooped up in soul breaking conditions and without the opportunity to break from this oppressive lifestyle?
AND IT IS ALL BECAUSE OF THE RIDICULOUS IDEALOGY OF CRAMMING AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE INTO OUR COUNTRY………”A STOCKYARD FOR CONSUMERS”.
REMEMBER THE TIME OLD ADAGE: YOU CAN ONLY RUN SO MANY SHEEP TO AN ACRE!
Once a bountiful country where we were able to provide all of the necessities of life while at the same time enjoy a free and casual lifestyle, our limited prime farming and horticultural land is now being broken up into postage stamp sized building blocks and turned into mundane lifeless and sprawling suburbs where the inhabitants spend half their life travelling to and from work, and at a spiralling cost in fuel and other resources.
HOW LONG CAN THIS MADNESS LAST?
With the huge influx of migrants entering this country after WW2 from Italy, and other European countries, where did they all go?..........straight to work in any job available and helped to build their futures, as well as our own, and at the same time became Australians as soon as they were able
Where do the majority of refugees and migrants from Africa, and poorer Middle Eastern and Asian countries go today?....straight to the cities and onto welfare and begin breeding at a rate far above that of native Australians.
WHERE IS THIS MADNESS LEADING US?
Undisciplined population growth is a path to destruction as has been seen in the cases of Africa, Bangladesh, Central America, Mexico and any number of 3rd world countries where population has far outstripped the ability and even the desire in many cases to provide their own food and essential materials for a buoyant and vibrant economy.
Some republican movements and business groups in this country advocate a population of 100 million as they pander to the more money at any cost mentality of those multinational conglomerates, and greedy government and public funded entities. AND WHO ARE THE BUNNIES? ................NOT: “BRER RABBIT” OR “BUGS” BUT THE GENERAL POPULATION OF OUR COUNTRY, REGARDLESS OF POLITICAL LEANING.
Australians have been played for suckers by political parties of all leanings for a long time now, and the new resurgence of interest in ONE NATION is a glimmer of light in an otherwise uncertain future for us and our children.
Why not join us now? HERE
Secretary /Director: ONE NATION WA
A RUSSIAN EXAMPLE
The soft Russian occupation of the unstable and disintegrating Crimea was in glaring contrast to the tactics employed by America and Europe and unfortunately Australia in their management of a troubled neighbour, or in America’s cases: countries that will not kow-tow to the “International sheriff”.
While Putin quietly places troops in a security position without firing a shot or destroying infrastructure, and supports a referendum by the people to solve the problems internally, America and its allies barge in destroying countries and killing civilians and in so doing providing their own corporations with a rebuilding program which fattens America while at the same time rendering the conquered country bankrupt to the international banks.
The Russian bear has stared down the American hamster and Australia would do well to sit and observe rather than jumping into a murky pool as has been the case with Iraq, Afghanistan and a history of other international conflicts not of our concern.
As was the case with the Romans, America is collapsing for the same reasons and is bringing down her allies with her.
By Brian McRae - Director One Nation WA.
2014 Authorised by The State President, ONE Nation Western Australia, Lyn Vickery.
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