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Lang Hancock, The Sydney Morning Herald, April 16, 1978, p. 6, as a letter to the editor.

Sir, In view of your editorial of April 9 and your comments about me on April 2, I would appreciate the freedom of reply.

Judging by the veritable avalanche of unsubstantiated criticism heaped on Mr Bjelke-Petersen, one must ask just what is the press’s interpretation of the word “freedom.”

Is it freedom to vilify? Is it freedom to suppress the truth? Is it freedom to sensationalise at the expense of presenting a true picture? Is it freedom to indulge in character assassination?

If this what is meant by “freedom,” then surely the media are embarking on a path of self-destruction because, in trying to destroy Bjelke-Petersen, they will be destroying one of the main bulwarks of protecting themselves and the decent citizens of Australia from anarchy, violence and the total bureaucratic control of every fact of Australian life.

“Power grab”

This so-called “freedom of the press” as indulged in by certain journalists has encouraged Canberra to ignore the all the serious problems that are facing Australia today in favour of wasting its time in trying to score points to reduce the Queensland Parliament to a position of complete impotence.

Canberra’s action are simply a naked grab for power resulting in the expansion of their departments at the expense of the Australian taxpayer.

Illustrative of this action is the drug trafficking evil which everybody in Australia wishes to see stopped.

The lame excuses that they are interfering with the Queensland Government to help the unfortunate Aboriginal or to slave off “the greed of the mining companies” over bauxite are as weak as Mr Viner’s claim that the Commonwealth Government is acting against Mr Bjelke-Petersen’s government in order to protect the Aborigines against an impending cyclone.

Just in case Mr Viner doesn’t know it, the Australian Aboriginal has survived against cyclones, without the aid of Canberra, for thousands of years before Mr Viner’s department attempted to force unwanted Western civilisation, with it so-called education and religion, on to the Australian black fellow.

On no account do the facts show that Canberra and the “anti-Joh” forces have any regard for the black fellow. An analysis of government spending in this regard shows a budget of something like $160 million for Aborigines, of which only $9 million finishes up in the hands of the black fellow.

The genuine Aboriginal is not interested in high sounding phrases such as “self management” etc. He is happiest when left alone.

A classic demonstration of this fact can be seen in noting just who it is that is doing all the stirring. A genuine observer would admit that there are very few genuine Aborigines involved.

In fact, if the truth were known, the noise is coming in the most part from professional agitators with little or no Aboriginal blood in them.

The truth about the mining of bauxite is that the Aborigines desperately want to see it mined because the Queensland Government, some seven years ago passed an Act which gives the Aborigines special privileged rights to royalty when the mineral is mined, without them having any obligation to first discover the mineral — an obligation which applies to all other Australians.


I am not against “freedom,” but the word “obligation” is one which I feel the media (when appealing for “freedom of the press”) should consider seriously because surely there is an obligation to the country that supports them not to promote and make heroes of the sensation-seeking subversives who are doing their best to bring about the “quiet revolution.”

Why aid them to denigrate their strongest stumbling block — “Joh” — the man who alone among political leaders in Australia stands out as a man of character: something which is sadly lacking in leaders in every sphere in Australia today.

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