Robert Duffield, Rogue Bull: The Story of Lang Hancock, the King of the Pilbara (Sydney: Collins, 1979), pp. 203-04.

RD: What do you think of government assistance to business and industry — big or small, mining or not?

LH: I don’t think hand-outs do any good. I think that’s where Australia has fallen down. Our national anthem seems to be a tune called “The Government Oughta” — the government oughta feed me, the government oughta clothe me, the government oughta assist me, the government oughta lay down guidelines, the government oughta do my thinking for me. This idea of total dependence on the government has led to Australia’s undoing; it’s a disease that has spread through us and I believe we can only cure it ourselves. Governments can only get bigger and bigger, and the bigger they get the more they take away from big business, small business, everybody in the community. You’ve got to face the fact that once taxation exceeds 25 per cent of an individual’s income, the country is on the downgrade. That’s what has happened in Britain, and it’s only seven or eight years away here.

RD: So you think government should basically restrict itself to defence and the police force. How, then, would it handle a social problem like drugs?

LH: Drugs? The problem is simply cured, but it would be dynamite for any politician to suggest it. Where does the problem lie? It obviously lies with the big international criminal element that pushes these drugs on to the market. The fellow who takes the drugs is just the last of the line — he’s doing less harm to society than all the pushers and corrupters and Mafia men. You’ve got enormous expense to the taxpayer, with men at the Customs and all over the place; half the time of the police is taken up trying to arrest people selling, buying or using drugs; you’ve got government inquiries into marihuana growing — all at the expense of the poor taxpayer. The answer is quite simple. You put a forty-gallon drum full of drugs, just out of children’s reach, on every street corner. Then anybody who was addicted to them could help himself, and there’d be no profit in selling them and therefore no crime, and all the criminals would disappear. And since the bravado of breaking the law would also disappear, I think our young people would stop taking drugs, and they would become less of a problem than, say, the consumption of sugar in our society. But, of course, such common sense is politically impossible. But you know, I never give much thought to questions which are not purely economics. Somebody else can do the moral preaching, there are plenty of people for that, but I don’t think morals are going to make or break our civilization. But if people can’t get enough to eat, if they can’t get jobs, if they can’t keep warm, wherever they live in the world … Their material welfare is the main concern.

RD: How about the various Consumer Affairs Bureaus, then? They have some sort of economic role. Would you have them done away with?

LH: Very, very quickly. They’re trying to teach people that they can be protected from being foolish. All they can do is make articles dearer. You cannot save people from being fools by legislation; all that legislation can do is benefit the bureaucrat and cost the man in the street.

RD: But you wouldn’t deny that there are fraudulent businessmen?

LH: There are fraudulent people in all walks of life, but legislation is not going to change them. All it achieves is to create a higher class of fraud — the one who knows how to beat the system.

RD: An ombudsman?

LH: Sheer, unadulterated waste of time. He cannot under any circumstance fight a big department. The moment he did this he’d lose his job. The ombudsman is something put up there to help a few unfortunate individuals get publicity for television. Sometimes a minor wrong is righted, but usually the main beneficiary is the television station rather than the wronged individual.

(in order of appearance on
  1. Ron Manners’ Heroic Misadventures
  2. Hancock's Australia
  3. Hancock on Government Help
  4. Wake Up Australia: Excerpts Part 1
  5. Wake Up Australia: Excerpts Part 2
  6. Lang Hancock's Five Point Plan to Cripple Australia
  7. Governments Consume Wealth — They Don't Create It
  8. Up the Workers! Bob Howard's 1979 Workers Party Reflection in Playboy
  9. Jump on the Joh bandwagon
  10. John Singleton and Bob Howard 1975 Monday Conference TV Interview on the Workers Party
  11. Governments — like a red rag to a Rogue Bull
  12. Lang Hancock's Pilbara-Queensland Railway Proposal
  13. Singo, Howard and Hancock Want to Secede
  14. Lang Hancock's Foreword to Rip Van Australia
  15. New party will not tolerate bludgers: Radical party against welfare state
  16. Small and Big Business Should Oppose Government, says Lang Hancock
  17. A Condensed Case for Secession
  18. Hancock gets tough over uranium mining
  19. Hancock's threat to secede and faith in Whitlam
  20. PM's sky-high promise to Lang
  21. Lang Hancock: "a catherine-wheel of novel suggestions"
  22. Govt "villain" in eyes of new party
  23. The spread of Canberra-ism
  24. Govt should sell the ABC, says Lang Hancock
  25. 1971 Monday Conference transcript featuring Lang Hancock
  26. Aborigines, Bjelke and the freedom of the press
  27. The code of Lang Hancock
  28. Why not starve the taxation monster?
  29. Lang Hancock 1978 George Negus Interview
  30. Party Promises to Abolish Tax
  31. Right-wing plot
  32. "The best way to help the poor is not to become one of them." - Lang Hancock
  33. WA's NCP commits suicide
  34. "You can't live off a sacred site"
  35. Hancock: King of the Pilbara
  36. Bludgers need not apply
  37. New party formed "to slash controls"
  38. Workers Party Reunion Intro
  39. Workers Party is born as foe of government
  40. Government seen by new party as evil
  41. Ron Manners on Lang Hancock
  42. Does Canberra leave us any alternative to secession?
  43. Bury Hancock Week
  44. Ron Manners on the Workers Party
  45. Lang Hancock on Australia Today
  46. Hancock and Wright
  47. Lang Hancock on Environmentalists
  48. Friends of free enterprise treated to financial tete-a-tete: Lang does the talking but Gina pulls the strings
  49. Lang Hancock, Stump Jumper
  50. Lang Hancock: giant of the western iron age
  51. The Treasury needs a hatchet man
  52. We Mine to Live
  53. Get the "econuts" off our backs
  54. 1971 Lang Hancock-Jonathan Aitken interview for Land of Fortune (short)
  55. Gina Rinehart, Secessionist
  56. 1982 NYT Lang Hancock profile
  57. Enter Rio Tinto
  58. Hamersley and Tom Price
  59. News in the West
  60. Positive review of Hancock speech
  61. Lang Hancock International Press Institute General Assembly speech, Canberra, 1978
  62. Australia's slide to socialism
  63. The Great Claim Robbery
  64. Why WA must go it alone
  65. Lang Hancock in 1976 on Public Picnics and Human Blights
  67. Resource Management in Australia: Is it possible?
  68. The gospel of WA secession according to Lang Hancock
  69. Crystal Balls Need Polishing
  70. Minerals - politicians' playthings?
  71. John Singleton-Ita Buttrose interview (1977)
  72. Boston Tea Party 1986 style, hosted by Lang Hancock and Bob Ansett
  73. Singo says Lang Hancock violated Australia's 11th commandment: Thou Shalt Not Succeed
  74. Singleton: the White Knight of Ockerdom
  75. Tactics change by Hancock
  76. Lang Hancock complains to Margaret Thatcher about Malcolm Fraser
  77. 'Phony crisis' seen as 'child of politics'
  78. Lang Hancock on nuclear energy
  79. Lang Hancock beats the left at their own game on civil liberties
  80. Lang Hancock's Favourite Books
  81. 1977 Lang Hancock Canberoo poem
  82. Hancock's playing very hard to get
  83. Hancock proposes a free-trade zone
  84. An Open Letter to Sir Charles Court
  85. John Singleton 1976 ocker Monday Conference Max Harris debate
  86. Lang Hancock in 1984 solves Australian politics
  87. Lang Hancock on the Workers Party, secession and States Rights
  88. Lang Hancock asks what happened to Australia's rugged individualism?
  89. Precis of Ludwig Plan for North-West
  90. Announcement that Lang Hancock will be guest of honour at the Workers Party launch
  91. Lang Hancock's March 1983 attempt to enlist "former presidents of nations and heads of giant companies" to save Australia
  92. Lang Hancock asks us to think how easily environmentalists are manipulated for political purposes
  93. Invest in free enterprise
  94. Democracy is dead in Australia and Lang Hancock's education
  95. Lang Hancock Incites Civil Disobedience
  96. Hancock sounds call to battle Canberra
  97. Mining policy a threat
  98. Over Whitlam's head
  99. Lang Hancock suggests that newspapers don't give space to politicians unconditionally
  100. Lang Hancock on saving Australia from socialism
  101. Secede or sink
  102. Australia can learn from Thatcher
  103. John Singleton. Horseracing. Why?
  104. How Lang Hancock would fix the economy
  105. Lang Hancock: victim of retrospective legislation
  106. Lang Hancock supports Joh for PM
  107. Hancock seeks miners' tax haven in the north
  108. The Ord River Dam
  109. Why Lang Hancock invested in Australia's film industry
  110. Lang Hancock's 1983 letters to The Australian: Lang's precedent for Steve Jobs, renaming the Lucky Country to the Constipated Country, and more
  111. Australia's biggest newspaper insider on manipulating the media
  112. 1980 Lang Hancock-Australian Penthouse Interview
  113. Canberra: bastion of bureaucracy
  114. Pilbara can be the Ruhr for South-East Asia
  115. 1982 Lang Hancock-John Harper Nelson Interview
  116. Australian elections are one of the greatest con games in history
  117. Our leaders are powerless
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