The Bulletin, November 5, 1977, pp. 28-29, as an anonymous ad.

This is the last speech ever made by Charles Russell — one of the three co-founders and guarantors of the Country Party. He collapsed and died while delivering it at a Progress Party meeting in Dalby, Queensland, two weeks ago. Russell was a former State and Federal parliamentarian who resigned from the Country Party in 1950 because of “McEwen’s socialist tariff policies.” The text of this speech, which launched the Progress Party’s State campaign in Queensland, is published at the request of Charles Russell’s family.

It is my great pleasure to introduce to you Mr Lindsay Sturgess and Mr John Singleton.

I take it as a compliment to be asked to chair this meeting. When I was first asked I declined, on the grounds that I had finished with politics, or, it may be stated more correctly, that politics had finished with me. However on reflection I decided that, “Here is one more opportunity to stand up and be counted.” It may be later than we think, yet so many people have their facts totally confused!

I have been advertised as one of the speakers yet a chairman should be impartial, so I will endeavour to stick to the facts and introduce to you Lindsay Sturgess and John Singleton. Both are men for whom I have the highest admiration.

John Singleton, our guest speaker from Sydney, is co-author of a book (Rip Van Australia) which I think should be in everybody’s home. It is well written and easy to read and understand. I have bought about five copies myself to give away. Whenever I read a good book I feel I should share it with my friends and so when this happens it becomes quite expensive! Anyway don’t miss it. The paperback is selling from $4.90 and is good value.

John Singleton says that there is one thing that all political parties except the Progress Party have in common, that is socialism. Singleton explains this in his book. He says, in effect, if you want Socialism vote for the Labor Party, but if you would prefer it by instalments vote for the Liberal-Country Parties.

When you read the book you may get the impression that he has no religion in him. However his best friend is the Rev Ted Noffs, of the Wayside Chapel in Kings Cross, Sydney, and he is certainly a man of God. John Singleton likes to present an “Ocker” front but deep down he is a true Christian. So is Lindsay Sturgess, as most of us in Dalby who know him are aware. I feel that Lindsay Sturgess needs no introduction to the people of Dalby. He is your Progress Party candidate.

John Singleton deplores the fact that the symbol of the Crown is so far removed from us and he thinks that we should have it closer to home. He may be right in this but he is fully conscious of the practical values of the institution. That is that the office is above politics and as such has a special advantage. The constitutional monarch possesses powers which are of no value to the Queen herself but yet cannot be usurped by a would-be dictator as has happened in many other modern States in all parts of the world. The system could break down, however, if we let the parliamentary system decline much further, that is to the point where anarchy and revolution take over. These are the real problems for consideration, and Lindsay Sturgess and John Singleton will explain to you the frightening muddle which is developing.

However, before asking them to address you there are one or two things I want to say again. They are not original because I have been saying them for 30 years. That is why I used the well known phrase “It may be later than you think!”

“The Buck Stops Here”

President Truman coined this phrase at a time when everyone was “passing the buck” and blaming everyone else but themselves, as we are doing here in Australia. What Truman meant was that he would not pass it any further. It stopped at the Presidency; in other words, he took responsibility. Whether he succeeded or not is not my point, except to explain what the phrase means.

We have politicians in Australia all passing the buck. The Federal Government passes the buck to the States and vice versa. Industries pass on their costs of wages etc. In the industrial sense the buck-passing stops at the rural export industries, which at the present time are bearing most of the buck-passing burden.

Even our politicians have adopted a form of indexation to arrive at their own salary rises, as if they had no responsibility in the matter of inflation. Back in 1952 some of us formed an organisation known as the Australian Democratic Union which set out to show that the Federal parliament was entirely responsible for inflation in this country and one of its objects was “to maintain the value of the Australian pound and as a guarantee of performance to have ministerial and parliamentary salaries fixed by the constitution so that they cannot be further increased.”

If our governments had wanted to stop buck-passing they would have stopped it then by they either did not want it or did not understand. What we need is members of parliament who have the desire and dedication to serve for the honour service brings. At present most of our politicians merely hide behind the anonymity of the majority.

Most of our problems can be attributed to the almost complete lack of competent money management on the part of the government. Destruction of the currency is the principal weapon being used by the socialists. The evil manifests itself in the appalling centralisation of our population which government refuse to tackle resolutely. As a result, the nation is in great peril.

Mr Russell was unable to continue reading his speech beyond this point. Following is the remainder of his text.

Let me try to explain briefly why it has happened, and why the rural sector is so seriously affected. Only the government can stop the impending disaster, but it would seem from the ineptitude of the Fraser Government that the drift is almost irreversible unless we take positive and urgent steps to correct it. This can only be done by creating an intelligent awareness of this problem in the minds of the people.

After having been defeated in the electorate when a member of parliament, simply for telling the truth of what was to come, and refusing to run along with the policies being followed which were contrary to those for which we had received a mandate, I have watched the gradual worsening of the situation over the last 30 years.

The simple choice is that we either get back to honest principles of trading or we go socialist with all that this implies. There is no real difference between socialism and communism — it only sounds better!

Let me state the money problem simply. You cannot create wealth out of nothing or by printing paper money. Printed money (deficit spending is the same as printing money) is not wealth. It is merely following the communist doctrine of take from those who have, to give to those who have not. This has already gone a long way towards ruining our money system. As those of us who live in the country can see, our rural community is being drained of its wealth, and as the wealth is drained away to the protected industries on the coast, the people have to follow.

I would like to make brief references to some of the problems resulting from the present deplorable situation but firstly I want to say that our Australian problems should not have been allowed to reach this state because we have advantages not possessed by many nations in the world:

  1. We have the opportunity to foster and restore our agricultural industries and this is the greatest asset this country has. These industries which include wool-growing and cattle-raising are the least labour intensive of any we have and can earn more foreign exchange than any others.
  2. Defence problems are greatly increased by the problem of centralisation. The population is much safer when the people are widely distributed. In the final analysis, agriculturalists can grow their own food.
  3. The development of secondary industries in country towns has in most cases been deliberately discouraged by successive governments of all political colours. For instance, the scouring of wool. In 1930 we had four wool scours in western Queensland. These were all closed because the government imposed a penalty rate on scoured wool which made it cheaper to do the work in Brisbane. The western scours which were the basis of secondary industry all closed, and shifted to Brisbane.

The freight on flour from Dalby to Brisbane until November last year was $4.40 per ton, but if baking powder is added, which is a manufacturing process, the rate becomes $16.10. This means the industry is discouraged or not established which means no jobs for the boys and girls of Darby. As a result of pressure they cut out the differential. This principle runs right through the rail system has been a substantial cause in centralising our industrial population.

  1. Because of having so little industry in country centres the quality of life has been impaired, and this has contributed to what we might call the polarisation of our rural and urban populations.
  2. The opportunities for adventure for youth have been greatly reduced and the country has become a dull place whereas it could be full of excitement and enterprise.

The drain of population from rural Australia has been caused by an excessive taxation take from one area spent in another. Taxation is in many forms — from direct taxation to tariffs, from exchange to inflation. Do not make any error — inflation is a form of taxation!

Let me explain the effect of tariffs this way. The tariff on a motor car is a tax of, say, $1000, and all this money is spent, say, in Melbourne. The effect is that the people go where the money is spent. To prove the point let us assume that all the money is taken out of Dalby — then all the people would have to go where it is spent!

  1. One of the most alarming aspects of our modern society is the way in which our education system is being used to manipulate the minds of students and condition them to a socialist way of life. The English branch of the Fabian Society decided nearly 60 years ago to promote communist doctrine by infiltrating the Church, the mass media and the education system. The fruits are there for all to see, in spite of the valiant efforts of many dedicated teachers and the opposition of many parents. The academic staff of our tertiary institutions are mostly of a socialist persuasion, and lose no opportunity to influence and mislead impressionable young people. Primary and secondary schooling have been so infliltrated with so-called “progressive” ideas that the 3 Rs have been shamefully neglected. Social conditioning of pupils from the most tender age has taken the place of the imparting and learning of information. All the Christian standards and values on which our society used to be so firmly based have been questioned, and are in fact under attack.

Enormous sums of money have been squandered on every imaginable gimmick and so-called teaching aid, and yet so many of the students are leaving school semi-literate and virtually unemployable. When we are treated to the spectacle of university pundits like Don O’Neill and Peter Wertheim actively inciting students to take part in illegal protect marches, and they are backed by gullible church leaders, we realise just how efficiently the Fabian society has done its work of the past 60 years. Let us be thankful that at least we have a Premier who will stand up and be counted, and he will always have my support in these matters.

  1. I mentioned that John Singleton had misgivings about the Crown. My interpretation of his reason for saying this is that we are drifting into political chaos and disorder.

Our parliamentary system will become unworkable. Already it has been made to look ridiculous — all because of this factor of unbalanced population and centralisation. Our Senate is in danger of becoming an anarchronism, and this was highlighted when the Whitlam Government was dismissed. Our constitution was based on the American constitution, but our country did not develop in the same way. The United States of America started with 13 States and now has 50. We started with six and have added none.

Today we have the absurd situation where Tasmania has the same power in the Senate as New South Wales. This would have been avoided if new States had been created and developed, as no doubt they could have been. Remember Sir Earle Page and his keenness to have new States? He was leader of the New State movement. After he was elected in 1949 I do not remember him mentioning it again in the House! This of course is typical of most of our politicians!

(Charles Russell’s book Country Crisis was published last year.)

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