“Speech by President, Dr. John Whiting, at the Inaugural Dinner, The Opera House, Sydney, January 25, 1975,” Workers Party Newsletter, vol. 1, no. 1 (March 1975), pp. 1-4.

Tonight, history is being made. For the first time in Australia, and possibly in the world, there enters the arena a political party whose principles are based on morality and logic.

If the socialists in the labor and Australia Parties also lay claim to morality, then let them tell us why they accept philosophies that are built on dishonesty, theft, force, fraud and coercion, for without such blatantly immoral acts their socialist goals are unattainable.

If the same men and women claim that their philosophies are built on logic, then let them also tell us how a country and its people can prosper under a system that advocates total government control over the individual’s life, the financial crippling of the vigorous, the erosion of individual initiative and the manufacturing of money out of thin air. Let them also explain to us in logic how, having raised parasitism to the level of a moral ideal, they are then able to sustain these parasites by killing off the host. Let them also tell us, in logic, how their socialist state, their Utopian dream-world, their cloud-cuckoo-land is compatible with justice, with economic stability and with individual liberty. They can’t and they know it.

Look about you and what do you see? A huge bureaucracy proliferating like some deadly fungus; once prosperous businesses collapsing in ruins; inflation running wild; unemployment escalating; liberty disappearing and the hideous spectre of complete economic breakdown. In logic, the shambles that we see is the inevitable end-product of the dishonesty, the irrationality, the immorality and the lust for power of those who follow Marxist and similar doctrines.

As a philosophy, socialism was stillborn. As a way of life, it is an affront to human intelligence. As a political and economic system, it is the destroyer of our whole civilisation.

One might have imagined that the so-called Liberal Party might have been sufficiently concerned for the Australian people to offer some worthwhile opposition to this insidious evil, but the tragedy is that they have not even begun to understand the true nature of socialism. Rather than oppose it, they have actually accepted the basic tenets of the socialist philosophy themselves. No longer is liberalism synonymous with individual liberty. It has evolved as a hotch-potch of free-enterprise and statism, an inglorious compromise between individual freedom and a host of authoritarian bureaucratic controls. The mixed economy and the welfare-state ideology of the Liberal Party is nothing more nor less than a watered-down version of socialism. Let’s face reality — the essential difference between the two major political parties in this country is one of degree only. Whereas the socialists are openly dedicated to total government control over the individual’s life, the Liberals are dedicated to ever-increasing and unspecified control.

In centuries to come, when an objective history of our times is written, the present disintegration of our civilisation will be attributed not merely to the bankrupt philosophies of the  socialists but also to the philosophical inadequacies of those who chose to masquerade under the banner of liberalism.

If anyone should have any doubts as to the necessity for the formation of a new political party, then let him make his own honest and impartial appraisal of the performances of the so-called anti-socialist parties in Australia.

Let’s not fool ourselves. The socialists and their ideology are leading this country and the world into some new Dark Age. Unfortunately, to date, there has been no party with the intellectual honesty and courage to stand in their way. There has been no political party to expose their shoddy rackets and their totalitarian dreams dressed up in high-sounding humanitarian phrases. There has been no political party confident enough of its own philosophy to offer a rational alternative to statism, whether this be of the overt or of the creeping variety.

The underlying motive of all statists whether they call themselves communists, Fabian or democratic socialists, fascists, welfare-statists, mixed economists or middle of the roaders, is the control of other men’s lives and property, and, as an essential pre-requisite to this iniquity, the control of the money supply and the banking system. All forms of statism, whatever their title, can exist only with the tacit consent, and at the expense of, the productive workers, for it is from these men and women — those who create the wealth — that the statist extorts the money that he needs to satisfy his insatiable lust for power.

If anyone is naive enough to imagine that socialism and welfare-statism are benevolent humanitarian systems designed to help the workers, then let him think again, for it is the productive workers of a country who are the victims, not the beneficiaries, under such systems. It is the productive workers who must be robbed and cheated before the irrational whims of those posturing as leaders can be fully satisfied.

A thinking man might be tempted to ask why it is that so many men and women are unable to see through the cruel deceit that is perpetrated on them. Either force, fraud and coercion, the tools of the welfare-statist, are not immoral acts or else our society has got its values hopelessly confused. What has happened to those values that people rightly condemn the initiation of force, fraud and coercion when practised by individuals but turn the blind eye to them when practised by governments? Could it be that our society has become morally rotten? If it has, then how has this happened? The answer is not difficult to find. The conditioning processes are the key to the sickness that we see about us. People’s minds have been so bombarded with irrationality, half-truths, distortions of fact and even downright lies that most of them have become incapable of distinguishing good from evil, truth from falsehood and wisdom from stupidity. This national sickness has become so chronic that many people are now completely unable to differentiate between morality and immorality.

In this regard the hard-boiled gentlemen of the Press should shoulder their share of blame, for, by confining their exploratory diggings to the mere scratching of the political topsoil, they have never found the true wealth of knowledge that lies hidden just beneath the surface. But perhaps the greatest blame must be laid fairly and squarely at the feet of most University academics, particularly those in the Arts Faculties of philosophy, politics and economics, for, with a few notable exceptions, these men and women have made little or no attempt to think objectively or to question rationally. More often than not, the academics in those faculties have shown scant regard for facts, for truth, for intellectual honesty, for reality or for logic. All too often, they have debased their learning and turned their faculties into propaganda factories — for the dissemination of their own nonsensical political and economic dogmas. If any of you should wonder at the successes gained by the illogical doctrines of the Old and New Left, then I suggest you take a hard look at your Universities and your colleges of advanced education.

It is surely the most damning indictment of our modern State-run Universities that the student with an enquiring mind, has, on graduation, no option but to unlearn much that he has spent so long in absorbing. It is also a sorry reflection on our State-run Universities that the fresh wind of new ideas and political concepts should spring not from within these so-called seats of learning but from outside them.

University academics should be the first to diagnose correctly the causes of our political and economic ills (and the causes are not difficult to diagnose) but they will probably be amongst the last to understand the disastrous consequences of the welfare-state ideology.

Because of the conditioning process to which people have been subjected, the productive worker is seldom aware that it is he, and he alone, who is the victim of big government. Only by stealing, in the form of taxation or by fiddling with the economy in the form of inflation, can a government acquire the money necessary for its lavish hand-out schemes, its top-heavy bureaucracy and the centralisation of power into its own hands. The sole victim of this treachery is the productive worker.

How many workers ever stop to reason why, after 45 to 50 years of honest toil, all the majority have left is a tenuous hold on houses, bits of furniture, a few personal belongings and inadequate pensions for which they have paid many times over during their working lives. Most of these workers have been conditioned to blame everyone else for their plight except those persons actually responsible — the “do-gooders” with the welfare-state mentality who are too gutless to admit, even to themselves, that they cannot perform their pretended humanitarian works without resorting to theft, fraud and violence.

Who are these productive workers on whose backs the welfare-statists ride? They are the men and women who worker with their brains and who are prepared to pay their own way in the world. Make no mistake about this: All productive workers, whatever their occupation, work with their brains, and all but the incapacitated also work with their hands. A man could not be a lawyer, a shop-assistant, a doctor or a press operator without using his brain. Similarly, a man could n0t be a dentist, a bricklayer, an architect or a panel-beater without using his hands.

The productive worker may be a labourer, a professional man or an executive. He may be an employer or he may be an executive. The productive worker may be a man, woman or a child. He may earn $100 a week or $1,000 a week. All those people are prepared to get up of their backsides, pay their own way in the world, stand on their own two feet and produce goods and services by trading, and not by sponging on others, are productive workers.

Until such time as the productive workers, in all walks of life, both big men and small men, both employers and employees wake up to the fact that it is they who are being exploited, robbed and swindled by non-productive power-lusters, they will never be able to plan their lives, achieve their goals and live as happy dignified human beings. On the other hand, the lusters for power — the welfare-statists who claim that they have a moral duty to redistribute other people’s earnings; the non-productive bureaucrats who make a specialty of obstructing commerce and industry; and the left-wing union bosses who are experts at manipulating their members in order to advance their own sinister ends — can exist only by attaching themselves to, and living off, the productive workers.

It is high time the productive workers of this country discarded their hang-ups, straightened up their spinal columns and re-examined the havoc caused by the conditioning processes to which they have been subjected for a lifetime. When they have done this (and it is the purpose of our Party to help them do it), then they will come to realise that it is only in a free society with a free economy (in which the initiation of force, fraud and coercion are outlawed) that they can ever hope to receive their just rewards for their efforts.

In science and technology, the 20th Century has demonstrated the tremendous untapped potential of the human mind. In a mere seventy-five years — the life-span of one human being — man has progressed from the horse and cart to inter-planetary travel; from purgation, blood-letting and herbalism to antibiotics and heart transplants; from the burning of coal to nuclear power and solar energy. During the same period, what has been the record of the philosophers, the politicians and the economists? The answer is a grotesque nightmare — two world wars, a universal depression and now the horrifying spectre of economic chaos. and reversion to total control by the all-powerful State. Whilst our scientists and technologists are forging ahead, most of the philosophers, the politicians and the economists are still wallowing, out of their depth, in a mire of ignorance, immorality and irrationality. As the men and women who deal in facts, reason and logic make the world a better place in which to live, so others who prefer fantasy, irrationality and idle whims turn back the clock of progress and lead us all into some lost age where men were nothing more than pawns of the State.

The natural ally of one productive workers is another productive worker. Whether these men be employers or employees is immaterial. It is not surprising that the distrust and even hatred of the employee for the employer is intentionally fomented by socialist politicians and communist union bosses. How else could these men hope to split the productive work-force and so create a smoke-screen behind which to hide their power-lusting ambitions?

If the productive workers wish to live as free men, then they must face up to reality. Governments have become too big, too powerful and too expensive. They are no longer the servants of the people but their masters. Only by reversing this trend can men and women hope to live in a society that is fit for human beings. It is the role of the new Party not only to expose the injustices, the stupidities and the immorality of all existing political parties, but to show the productive workers of this country the way to individual freedom and prosperity. There is no place in the new Party for leeches, parasites, hangers-on and power-seekers. The Party is only for those men and women who value individual freedom, who wish to learn how to attain it and who have the courage to stand up and be counted.

The new Party is designed specifically for the productive workers of this country. What more fitting name, therefore, should it have than “The Workers Party.” This Party is committed to getting governments off the backs of the workers, to reducing the size and power of governments, to reducing taxation and so leaving the worker free to manage his own life.

As I said in the beginning of my speech — tonight history is being made. Because of its sound philosophy, based on morality and logic, the Workers Party is here to stay. I have no doubts that we will be mocked, smeared and attacked by all those who wish to see individual freedom erased from the face of the earth, but I make this prophecy now — whatever hard times there are ahead — in the end we will WIN.

(in order of appearance on Economics.org.au)
  1. Governments Consume Wealth — They Don't Create It
  2. Singo and Howard Propose Privatising Bondi Beach
  3. Singo and Howard Speak Out Against the Crackpot Realism of the CIS and IPA
  4. Singo and Howard on Compromise
  5. Singo and Howard on Monopolies
  6. Singo and Howard Support Sydney Harbour Bridge Restructure
  7. Singo and Howard on Striking at the Root, and the Failure of Howard, the CIS and the IPA
  8. Singo and Howard Explain Why Australia is Not a Capitalist Country
  9. Singo and Howard Call Democracy Tyrannical
  10. Singo and Howard on Drugs!
  11. Simpleton sells his poll philosophy
  12. Singo and Howard Decry Australia Day
  13. Singo and Howard Endorse the Workers Party
  14. Singo and Howard Oppose the Liberal Party
  15. Singo and Howard Admit that Liberals Advocate and Commit Crime
  16. Up the Workers! Bob Howard's 1979 Workers Party Reflection in Playboy
  17. John Whiting's Inaugural Workers Party Presidential Address
  18. John Singleton and Bob Howard 1975 Monday Conference TV Interview on the Workers Party
  19. Singo and Howard on Aborigines
  20. Singo and Howard on Conservatism
  21. Singo and Howard on the Labor Party
  22. Singo, Howard and Hancock Want to Secede
  23. John Singleton changes his name
  24. Lang Hancock's Foreword to Rip Van Australia
  25. New party will not tolerate bludgers: Radical party against welfare state
  26. Singo and Howard introduce Rip Van Australia
  27. Singo and Howard on Knee-Jerks
  28. Singo and Howard on Tax Hunts (Lobbying)
  29. Singo and Howard on Rights
  30. Singo and Howard on Crime
  31. Singo and Howard on Justice
  32. Singo and Howard on Unemployment
  33. John Singleton on 1972 cigarette legislation
  34. Singo and Howard: Gambling Should Neither Be Illegal Nor Taxed
  35. Holed up, hold-up and holdout
  36. The libertarian alternative vs the socialist status quo
  37. Workers Party Platform
  38. Singo and Howard Join Forces to Dismantle Welfare State
  39. Singo and Howard on Business
  40. Singo and Howard on Discrimination
  41. Singo and Howard on the Greens
  42. Singo and Howard on Xenophobia
  43. Singo and Howard on Murdoch, Packer and Monopolistic Media
  44. Singo and Howard Explain that Pure Capitalism Solves Pollution
  45. Singo and Howard Defend Miners Against Government
  46. Singo and Howard on Bureaucracy
  47. Singo and Howard on Corporate Capitalism
  48. The last words of Charles Russell
  49. Ted Noffs' Preface to Rip Van Australia
  50. Right-wing anarchists revamping libertarian ideology
  51. Giving a chukka to the Workers Party
  52. Govt "villain" in eyes of new party
  53. "A beautiful time to be starting a new party": Rand fans believe in every man for himself
  54. Introducing the new Workers' Party
  55. Paul Rackemann 1980 Progress Party Election Speech
  56. Lang Hancock 1978 George Negus Interview
  57. Voices of frustration
  58. Policies of Workers Party
  59. Party Promises to Abolish Tax
  60. AAA Tow Truck Co.
  61. Singo and Howard on Context
  62. Singo and Howard Blame Roosevelt for Pearl Harbour
  63. Singo and Howard on Apathy
  64. Workers Party is "not just a funny flash in the pan"
  65. Singo and Howard on Decency
  66. John Singleton in 1971 on the 2010 Federal Election
  67. Matthew, Mark, Luke & John Pty. Ltd. Advertising Agents
  68. Viv Forbes Wins 1986 Adam Smith Award
  69. The writing of the Workers Party platform and the differences between the 1975 Australian and American libertarian movements
  70. Who's Who in the Workers Party
  71. Bob Howard interviewed by Merilyn Giesekam on the Workers Party
  72. A Farewell to Armchair Critics
  73. Sukrit Sabhlok interviews Mark Tier
  74. David Russell Leads 1975 Workers Party Queensland Senate Team
  75. David Russell Workers Party Policy Speech on Brisbane TV
  76. Bludgers need not apply
  77. New party formed "to slash controls"
  78. The Workers Party
  79. Malcolm Turnbull says "the Workers party is a force to be reckoned with"
  80. The great consumer protection trick
  81. The "Workers" speak out
  82. How the whores pretend to be nuns
  83. The Workers Party is a Political Party
  84. Shit State Subsidised Socialist Schooling Should Cease Says Singo
  85. My Journey to Anarchy:
    From political and economic agnostic to anarchocapitalist
  86. Workers Party Reunion Intro
  87. Singo and Howard on Freedom from Government and Other Criminals
  88. Singo and Howard on Young People
  89. Singo and Howard Expose how Government Healthcare Controls Legislate Doctors into Slavery
  90. Singo and Howard Engage with Homosexuality
  91. Singo and Howard Demand Repeal of Libel and Slander Laws
  92. Singo and Howard on Consumer Protection
  93. Singo and Howard on Consistency
  94. Workers Party is born as foe of government
  95. Political branch formed
  96. Government seen by new party as evil
  97. Singo and Howard on Non-Interference
  98. Singo and Howard on Women's Lib
  99. Singo and Howard on Licences
  100. Singo and Howard on Gun Control
  101. Singo and Howard on Human Nature
  102. Singo and Howard on Voting
  103. Singo and Howard on
    Inherited Wealth
  104. Singo and Howard on Education
  105. Singo and Howard on Qualifications
  106. Ron Manners on the Workers Party
  107. Singo and Howard Hate Politicians
  108. Undeserved handouts make Australia the lucky country
  109. A happy story about Aborigines
  110. John Singleton on Political Advertising
  111. Richard Hall, Mike Stanton and Judith James on the Workers Party
  112. Singo Incites Civil Disobedience
  113. How John Singleton Would Make Tony Abbott Prime Minister
  114. The Discipline of Necessity
  115. John Singleton on the first election the Workers Party contested
  116. Libertarians: Radicals on the right
  117. The Bulletin on Maxwell Newton as Workers Party national spokesman on economics and politics
  118. Singo and Howard: Australia Should Pull Out of the Olympics
  119. Singo and Howard Like Foreign Investment
  120. Mark Tier corrects Nation Review on the Workers Party
  121. The impossible dream
  122. Why can't I get away with it?
  123. The bold and boring Lib/Lab shuffle
  124. Time for progress
  125. The loonie right implodes
  126. Max Newton: Maverick in Exile
  127. John Singleton on refusing to do business with criminals and economic illiterates
  128. Censorship should be banned
  129. "Listen, mate, a socialist is a bum"
  130. John Singleton on Advertising
  131. John Singleton on why he did the Hawke re-election campaign
  132. Sinclair Hill calls for dropping a neutron bomb on Canberra
  133. Bob Howard in Reason 1974-77
  134. John Singleton defends ockerism
  135. Singo and Howard talk Civil Disobedience
  136. The Census Con
  137. Singo and Howard Oppose Australian Participation in the Vietnam War
  138. Did John Singleton oppose the mining industry and privatising healthcare in 1990?
  139. Bob Carr in 1981 on John Singleton's political bent
  140. John Singleton-Ita Buttrose interview (1977)
  141. John Singleton on elections: "a Massive One-Day Sale!"
  142. John Hyde's Progress Party praise
  143. King Leonard of Hutt River Declares Defensive Just War Against Australia the Aggressor
  144. Singo says Lang Hancock violated Australia's 11th commandment: Thou Shalt Not Succeed
  145. Singleton: the White Knight of Ockerdom
  146. John Singleton bites into Sinclair Hill's beef
  147. Save Parramatta Road
  148. 1979 news item on new TV show John Singleton With a Lot of Help From His Friends
  149. Smoking, Health and Freedom
  150. Singo and Howard on Unions
  151. Singo and Howard Smash the State
  152. Singo and Howard on the big issue of Daylight Saving
  153. Come back Bob - It was all in fun!
  154. A few "chukkas" in the Senate for polo ace?
  155. Country Rejuvenation - Towards a Better Future
  156. Singo and Howard on Profits, Super Profits and Natural Disasters
  157. John Singleton's 1977 pitch that he be on a committee of one to run the Sydney 1988 Olympics for profit
  158. Thoughts on Land Ownership
  159. 1975 Max Newton-Ash Long interview on the Workers Party
  160. The Electoral Act should allow voters to choose "none of the above"
  161. The great Labor Party platform: first or last, everybody wins a prize
  162. The politics of marketing - laugh now, pay later
  163. Singo and Howard call Australia fascist and worse
  164. The mouse will roar
  165. Viv Forbes and Jim Fryar vs Malcolm Fraser in 1979
  166. Quip, Quote, Rant and Rave: four of Viv Forbes' letters to the editor in The Australian in 1979
  167. Australia's First Official Political Party Poet Laureate: The Progress Party's Ken Hood in 1979
  168. Hancock's playing very hard to get
  169. Harry M. Miller and The Australian disgrace themselves
  170. Ocker ad genius takes punt on art
  171. John Singleton 1976 ocker Monday Conference Max Harris debate
  172. John Singleton mocks university students on civil liberties and freedom of choice in 1971
  173. Murray Rothbard championed on Australian television in 1974 (pre-Workers Party!) by Maureen Nathan
  174. John Singleton profile in 1977 Australian MEN Vogue
  175. I think that I shall never see a telegraph pole as lovely as a tree
  176. Ralph Nader vs John Singleton on Consumer Protection
  177. John Singleton's first two "Think" columns in Newspaper News, 1969
  178. Singo and Howard on Ballet
  179. Product innovation comes first
  180. Protect who from a 'mindless' wife?
  181. A party is born
  182. Tiny Workers' Party gives us a hint
  183. John Singleton on the ad industry, consumerism and innovation
  184. Workers Party Economic Policy Statement, December 1975
  185. Lang Hancock on the Workers Party, secession and States Rights
  186. John Singleton and Howard on Government Largesse
  187. Counterculture must exclude government handouts
  188. John Singleton's 1974 Federal Liberal Election Campaign Ads
  189. John Singleton believes in the Workers Party
  190. Write-up of John Singleton's 1978 speech to the Australian Liberal Students Association
  191. Singo in 1987: "Joh doesn't go far enough ... I want absolute deregulation of the economy"
  192. Maxwell Newton chapter of Clyde Packer's No Return Ticket (1984)
  193. Singo and Howard on Totalitarian Socialism and Voluntary Socialism
  194. Rip Van Australia on Ripoff Vandals Taxing Australia
  195. Singo and Howard beg for tolerance
  196. John Singleton's 1985 advertising comeback
  197. Singo and Howard Demand End to Public Transport
  198. John Singleton and Howard on Fred Nile, Festival of Light, FamilyVoice Australia and the Christian Lobby
  199. Capitalism: Survival of the Fittest
  200. Return Australia Post to Sender
  201. Singo and Howard on Public Utilities
  202. John Singleton and Howard say monarchy should be funded by monarchists alone
  203. John Singleton on cigarette advertising
  204. Singo in 1972 on newspapers' demise
  205. John Singleton farewells Bryce Courtenay
  206. John Singleton on Australian political advertising in 1972
  207. Gortlam rides again
  208. Announcement that Lang Hancock will be guest of honour at the Workers Party launch
  209. John Singleton on trading stamps, idiot housewives and government
  210. 1975 John Singleton-Sir Robert Askin Quadrant Interview
  211. Singo asks two prickly questions
  212. VIOLENCE, TV BAN, DRINK - SINGO SPEAKS HIS MIND
  213. Why John Singleton can't keep a straight face
  214. Why John Singleton Defends Smokers Rights
  215. Tony Dear on Paul Krutulis, the Workers Party and murder
  216. An Ode to Busybodies
  217. Progress Party and Workers Party lead The Australian
  218. How many tits in a tangle?
  219. Viv Forbes in 1978 on loss-making government, the Berlin Wall and misdirected blasts of hot-air
  220. John Singleton wants the Post Office sold and anti-discrimination legislation scrapped
  221. A speech from the Titanic
  222. A crime must have a victim
  223. John Singleton vs Australia Post
  224. Minimum wages the killer
  225. Has Fraser got his priorities all wrong?
  226. John Singleton says "the royal family should be flogged off to the U.S."
  227. John Singleton vs Don Chipp and the Australian Democrats
  228. John Singleton vs Don Lane
  229. John Singleton. Horseracing. Why?
  230. John Singleton's 1986 reflection on the Workers Party
  231. Bob Howard in 1978 on libertarianism in Australia
  232. John Singleton on the stupidity of anti-discrimination laws
  233. Thou shalt know the facts ... before thou shoot off thou mouth
  234. Charity: An Aesop Fable
  235. Bob Howard announces the Workers Party in freeEnterprise
  236. New improved moon
  237. Announcing people ... YES, people!
  238. Creativity in advertising must be pointed dead on target
  239. John Singleton on barriers to, and opportunities for, effective communication
  240. Wayne Garland on John Singleton on Advertising
  241. John Singleton schools ad course
  242. John Singleton: advertising awards
  243. Mr Singleton Goes to Canberra for Australian Playboy
  244. John Singleton on his TV career for Australian Playboy
  245. John Singleton sacked for telling the truth about Medicare
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