Lang Hancock, The Weekend Australian, February 21-22, 1987, p. 18,
as a letter to the editor.
SIR — When two leading lights from the opposite ends of the political spectrum agree that Australia is on the downward toboggan run to ruin, it is time for the voting public to agree that our present leaders will not get us out of the present mess and therefore we must elect a prime minister who has every chance of doing so.
Let me quote John Hyde: “Net foreign debt is about $20,000 a family and rising quickly. Inflation is four times that of our trading partners. Within six years, the trade-weighted index value of our currency has halved.” Or, if you prefer, Paul Keating, who is quoted as saying that we are fast becoming a banana republic.
From reading the above it should be obvious that Australia needs a new dynamic leader of character who will ruthlessly attack Australia’s problems of excessive taxation and excessive government spending etc.
Seen in this light the future options for Australia boil down to just one, that is — jump on the Joh bandwagon.
I cannot imagine that a leader of Bjelke-Petersen’s quality would waste his time in the futile exercise of joining party politics as an MP in Canberra and then from such a low base work his way up to become Prime Minister.
So what is needed is for 147 bright young men with Australia’s interests at heart, to nominate and contest each of the federal seats right across Australia under the Joh banner so as to ensure that Joh’s National Party wins more seats than the other coalition member, so that after success at the next federal election the National Party would become the dominant party of the coalition.
This move should gain the conservative parties success under Joh’s banner in which case the National Party, being the predominant coalition partner, would automatically elect Joh as Prime Minister.
Throughout Australia there must be some 20 or more well-meaning organisations backed by funds of various sizes, all emphasising the problems that have brought Australia to its present sorry plight, but none of these groups has got a practical program which will correct our problems, nor do they have any means of implementing a constructive program if they had one.
Surely it would be sensible for all of these like-minded groups to join forces behind Joh. Perhaps the most powerful of them could bargain for their leader to have the right of succession after Bjelke. No doubt Joh will not want to occupy the hot seat any longer than it takes to initiate the few positive, drastic steps that are necessary to arrest Australia’s decline. No doubt a few heads will roll on the way.
Today the Queensland Premier is more full of vigour and fight than most men half his age. Nevertheless there are those detractors who complain that Joh is too old to hold the position of Prime Minister. This bubble could be pricked if the succession to Bjelke-Petersen could be settled on another man prior to the next election.
This seems to be the only scenario that holds out any hope for the “lucky country” retaining even a portion of its luck.
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