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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 its 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. 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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