George Negus interviews Lang Hancock, “Lang Hancock goes public,” The Weekend Australian Magazine, May 20-21, 1978, p. 12.

George Negus: Why have you burst back into print and pretty strong voice lately? Is Lang Hancock preaching right now?

Lang Hancock: I think things are going from bad to worse, Australia seems to be looking internally just because the rest of the world is in depression. A lot of us seem to have given up hope. I feel the least I can do is see if I can get heard overseas. I’ve said things in Perth and nobody’s reported them, I’ve said the same things in London and they’ve been reported back from London in the local press.

Negus: Why does this happen?

Hancock: I don’t know except that the press is not a free agent by any manner or means. They talk about the freedom of the press, but I don’t think it’s true.

Negus: What do you mean?

Hancock: If it turned around and spoke the truth and some of the communist-controlled unions, they either ask for it to be retracted or they’d close the paper up.

Negus: But these are all old themes of yours.

Hancock: Whether they are old or whether they’re young, that won’t alter the truth of them.

Negus: What do you think newspapers should be saying then about communist-controlled unions?

Hancock: They should take the line that there’s an elected government and that its laws have got to be obeyed. The communist-controlled unions — and there aren’t many of them — have got to conform to the law just the same as you and I and everyone else has.

Negus: What laws are they breaking at the moment? That sort of accusation has got to be more specific?

Hancock: I don’t know. But if it doesn’t matter what it happens to be, they decide the foreign policy of the country, they tell you what nations you can trade with, they tell you what ships they’ll load, which countries you can play sport with and so on and so on. These things, I believe, are not the province of unions.

Negus: In your terms, have unions got any place at all?

Hancock: I’m not in any way quarrelling with the right of a union to better its wages and its conditions, that is its province. Its province isn’t to run the country.

Negus: But many of the things you come out with sound like an attempt to usurp governments — trying to take over yourself, telling governments what they should be doing. You’re not elected either, any more than the trade unionists are.

Hancock: No, no, no — anybody who says that, they can’t read or think because the whole theme of what I’ve been saying is that we don’t want more government, we want less. I’m not telling them what to do, but what they should undo. They’re doing too much in your life, in my life, everybody else’s life with the result that nobody can do anything.

Negus: You reckon we’ve got too much government and at the same time you say we’ve got to protect the system, our so-called way of life against all sorts of forces you name. There’s a contradiction there.

Hancock: I don’t think so. I maintain that as government gets bigger, our way of life becomes more restricted and our standard of living is going to decline instead of going the other way. Perhaps I should explain what government is.

Negus: I’m sure most people have a different idea of it than you. So you probably should explain yourself.

Hancock: Well, to me government is not the elected representative of the people; I don’t believe in any shape or form that Australia is a democracy. It’s run by the four great pressure groups. The most powerful of these by far is the great central bureaucracy, building up and growing faster and faster in Canberra. That’s the number one power. Secondly, the communist-controlled unions — they’d be number two. Number three would be the very powerful manufacturing lobbies — they’re able to write their own tariff rates, their own quotas and generally live in the public purse behind a very high protective wall. Number four I would call the media, but they’re beholden to the other three absolutely and then underneath that lot, declining in influence, you find the elected representatives of the people.

Negus: If the media is beholden to these other groups and forces, how do you explain that I’m able to conduct this sort of interview? That flies in the face of your comments about the media.

Hancock: No it doesn’t. No matter what questions you ask me, if I was a big advertiser on your paper and you turned around and criticised the fella’s product or something, that advertisement could be withdrawn very very smartly. So you’ve got to listen to them; you’re dependent upon news or so-called news largely from leaks from the central bureaucracy. How’d you get rid of Gorton and so on? He offended them by suggesting he’d cut down their budget — and exit Gorton in very short time.

Negus: Maybe we could do a reverse. You take a large ad in The Australian and then criticise The Australian in this interview and see what happens.

Hancock: I know damn well what would happen. How on earth can a paper exist without ads. You can’t destroy your best customers.

Negus: You’re beginning to sound like an evangelist as the years go by. You’re saying the same sorts of things. Maybe you’re using different words and your philosophy seems clearer now. But you are sounding like a missionary trying to get converts.

Hancock: I don’t see that. I just puzzled my brains and tried all sorts of means. There’s no mystery about what’s wrong with the place, how to rectify the thing is the problem. I’ve been tracking my brains as to how on earth you can have some effect. I’ve tried this way, I’ve tried that way. As you say I keep repeating the same old message.

Negus: What’s your new approach then?

Hancock: What I’ve been doing lately is to try and get the press outside Australia to say something. That’s why I gladly accepted to be a guest speaker at the International Press Institute in Canberra just recently.

Negus: You caused quite a stir there. They’d never heard anything like you before.

Hancock: There’s no good causing a stir unless the message comes back here.

Negus: Isn’t that being evangelical? You’re almost religious in your fervour and therefore a bit impractical.

Hancock: Well tell me the practical way to do it and I’ll learn. How on earth do you turn around and get Australia on the right path. We’ve got all the wealth we could use, the richest place in this earth if we could get away from these government impediments.

Negus: But are you being practical?

Hancock: I’m not being evangelical or whatever it is — your words are too long for me. I never went to school. Tell me how I can do it practically and I’ll be grateful to you and I think most Australians would be grateful to you.

Negus: What I’m getting at is that people will say — there goes old Lang Hancock again off on the same old tired line. You antagonise people because you go in boots and all.

Hancock: I think that’s right, but if you don’t antagonise people where do you get …? Take this Uranium Producers Forum. They spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on well-reasoned stuff that didn’t antagonise anybody. What happened? It filled up everybody’s waste paper baskets. Nobody took the slightest bit of notice of them.

Negus: The anti-uranium movement hasn’t got an argument?

Hancock: No. It can be sustained by the plain cold hard facts that nuclear power has been going virtually for 2000 years without killing one single member of the public. That’s a fact and you can’t argue with it.

Negus: The arguments about adequate safeguards and waste disposal will probably go on forever.

Hancock: They don’t have to.

Negus: You could have misjudged what the opposition to uranium is about. Basically it’s political. Some people don’t like the idea of nuclear industry because of the potential it creates for a third world nuclear war, or even the use of nuclear material by terrorists — the sort of people you would be opposed to.

Hancock: You can’t advance any logical argument against it. Therefore, because the reasons advanced against it aren’t logical, you’ve got to try to find out what stimulates those lies they put out. There must be some ulterior motive. You’re used to dealing with facts. There’s not one argument against uranium that can be substantiated in fact.

Negus: One of the facts is the some people believe — rightly or wrongly — that a nuclear industry provides the potential for non-peaceful use of uranium.

Hancock: Who gives them that belief?

Negus: But isn’t that a fact? It is possible that there are non-peaceful uses uranium can be put to?

Hancock: Oh yes, yes, but the fact that people believe that is unfounded, because that sort of thing doesn’t happen. What I’m saying is in whose interest is it to make people believe things that aren’t true?

Negus: Okay then what’s your explanation for the lies you say people are being told about uranium?

Hancock: Let’s get down to basics. If you can find out where the money comes from for this environmental movement. Everybody looks to the world’s largest economy, the United States, because it affects the world — so let’s start off there. You’ve got this environmental movement set up there. Right, the thing that they picked on was energy. They were able to get laws passed through the big bureaucracy the same as we have, and what they did was delay the building of the Alaska pipeline for five years. They were able to stop the expansion of the oil industry in the U.S. The drilling of the Atlantic seaboard for instance, they were able to delay the building of nuclear power plants for a three-year period, they had to build them on artificial islands off the coast — all this sort of rubbish went on — they had to build enormous protective coverings and so forth — things even the Russians don’t do — they brought in all sorts of anti-pollution laws to make cars gobble up more fuel; they restricted coal mining by environmental controls. With the result that the U.S. became a big importer of oil instead of an exporter. And that has upset the whole balance of the world’s oil situation.

Negus: That’s your thesis.

Hancock: No, no, no. That’s the facts. And let’s see where that’s taken us. You’ve got an oil shortage throughout the world. The oil producing countries turned round and took advantage of that and multiplied the price of oil fourfold. That meant that all the big manufacturing countries had to pull in their horns because they had to use up so much of their foreign exchange to buy oil and they couldn’t buy products from other countries, so the world’s trade then had shrunk and that’s where your depression comes from. The depression the world is suffering now is directly traceable back to these environmental movements in the United States.

Negus: Who are they?

Hancock: The do-gooders, the genuine people are up the front and behind them are various types of subversive elements that are making use of them.

Negus: Is it a plot or is it stupidity — as you see it?

Hancock: It’s a combination of both. But it’s a group of very dedicated people who believe if they can bring down the system and substitute one of their own, they would be the people with the power.

Negus: But you’ve got to be more specific. Is it an international plot?

Hancock: No, no. The thing actually grew.

Negus: It’s not a genuine school of thought then?

Hancock: No. This vehicle for subversion was almost a gift from heaven. A lot of genuine do-gooder people set up this environmental kick and these fellows came along from behind and said, “By gee, this’ll wreck things, we’ll get into it.” They used it.

Negus: Are you suggesting that these people have been duped?

Hancock: Absolutely. They’ve preyed upon their own good intentions. They’re people who are probably better intentioned than I am at heart — I’ll admit that — but by gosh, they are being duped.

Negus: What do you mean by that? That’s an interesting comment. Aren’t your intentions good?

Hancock: I don’t profess to be a do-gooder.

Negus: What are you? You say you’re not a do-gooder and they’ve got better intentions than you, what are your intentions?

Hancock: I don’t describe myself.

Negus: I’d find it difficult to describe you. I thought you might be able to throw a bit of light on yourself for a change.

Hancock: Well by the time you’ve gone from here and seen a lot more iron ore and so forth you’ll have a description of me.

Negus: Let me have a go now — how can I put it? Are you really nothing more than a prospector who had a lucky strike? How would that do for a description?

Hancock: I’m a prospector. As far as a lucky strike is concerned, I got nothing whatsoever for finding the iron. Where I got paid was for turning round and inducing hard-headed blokes — big multinationals as they are so-called to come in and pay me a royalty. That’s where the money came from, trying all the Australian companies, 30 overseas companies and finally getting one company and persuading that company to take a punt sight unseen.

Negus: But you were lucky at the outset. Would you have the same strong feelings about mining being the be-all-and-end-all if you hadn’t stumbled across such rich iron ore finds?

Hancock: A long while ago it didn’t take me long to realise everything comes out of the earth. Mining is the basis of all civilisation and I’d been mining for some years before I found the first iron strike. I’d been mining asbestos and lead.

Negus: You quite often give the impression that you’d turn the whole country into one huge mine. Where would you stop?

Hancock: If you stop mining, you stop civilisation. Where do you want to stop? Do you want to stop civilisation?

Negus: Not necessarily, I was just wondering whether you had a cut-off point?

Hancock: The only cut-off point is the one which human beings of this world want. In another five years, there’ll be another 400 million people, they’ve got to live on mining. There’s 4000 million people here, soon there’ll be 12,000 million and so on and so forth. The cut-off point is when their needs are fulfilled.

Negus: But is it all that civilised to go round ripping everything out of the ground?

Hancock: You’re not ripping everything out of the ground. They’ve been mining for something like 4000 years and there’s not one mineral that’s disappeared off the face of this earth. Take out mining and you’re back to the level of the black fella. He doesn’t mine, he didn’t till. He just lived on what nature provided. But his numbers were limited to 400,000 people. So all right, say we give mining away, we do what the do-gooder environmentalists want. We have the perfect life. Who’s going to knock on the head the other 13 million people in Australia? Are you going to do it? Is the press going to do it?

Negus: We could feed them newspapers, I guess.

Hancock: Yes, feed them newspapers all right.

Negus: Seriously though …

Hancock: That’s the absurdity of the thing. If you carry it to its logical conclusion, you can’t turn round. You can’t do anything. People in the city think water comes from a tap but where does the tap come from?

Negus: Because you are so adamant, so single-minded, most people would regard you as a fanatic and therefore not to be listened to.

Hancock: People have not listened to me all their lives and look what has happened. So all right what did you say I was — a fanatic?

Negus: Some people would call you that, obsessional even?

Hancock: An obsession? These are the things that you have got to think of and try to put them into some sort of perspective, I think the most reasonable perspective that you can get if you want to be reasonable is that mining now is virtually keeping us alive. We mine less than 1/3 of 1 per cent of the total land surface of Australia and that supports the nation. Are we turning the place into a giant quarry? It doesn’t matter if we did.

Negus: You’ve certainly said that’s what we should do.

Hancock: What effect would it have? You wouldn’t see where it is. There’s far more country taken up with roads in Australia and heaven knows we haven’t got too many roads in Australia where there’s a big land mass, than there is taken up with mining.

Negus: What you are really trying to do is to influence the thinking of Australia’s trading partners and they can lean on the Australian Government.

Hancock: That’s right, in their own interests.

Negus: That’s a pretty grandiose plan, isn’t it?

Hancock: Well, I’ve tried every other one, haven’t I?

Negus: Well, it’s also in your private interests too, isn’t it, that it should happen?

Hancock: Well, okay.

Negus: You’re not exactly short of a quid, are you?

Hancock: No, it doesn’t really matter if I have one less plane.

Negus: Make a sacrifice?

Hancock: Something of that nature. It does matter to a hell of a lot of people, especially the young people who haven’t got jobs to go to, who won’t have jobs to go to? It’s going to affect them more than it’s going to affect me adversely. I keep telling everybody that if we could get the Government out of the road and stop them interfering, we could double the standard of living in Australia in 10 years. And I don’t see why this shouldn’t happen. We have the resources there to do it.

Negus: The average Australian apparently feels better if we have government the way we’ve got it at the moment. Doesn’t that put you on the outer?

Hancock: No. Because if you’re not old enough to know, and the average Australian isn’t old enough to know what went on in the Depression, now when the Depression came, people started to think but they haven’t really been since.

Negus: Are you predicting another one?

Hancock: It’s inevitable unless we can get the American Government to change its attitude to these environmental things, unless America becomes a larger exporter of oil again — so that the price of oil comes down to what it was and the price of energy where you can persuade countries throughout the world to build nuclear power plants instead of being dependent on oil. Unless those circumstances come around, unless countries don’t have to, you can’t stop countries spending virtually their whole foreign exchange on oil, to sustain them and this happens to the third world more than anyone else because they can’t afford to do it, there must inevitably be a shrinking of world trade. You’ve got to get an expansion of world trade, people can’t trade with you if they’ve got no money. They can’t buy your goods if they’ve got to spend all their blasted money buying oil.

Negus: You quite openly admit to being vehemently anti-communist. But would you trade with them?

Hancock: Oh yes, I’d trade with anybody.

Negus: You don’t see any double standards in that?

Hancock: No, none whatsoever.

Negus: That’s no problem?

Hancock: As long as they can pay for it.

Negus: To be honest, talking to you is a bit confusing because almost in the same mouthful you talk about yourself not being a do-gooder but you are issuing all these recipes to have the human race from itself. How do you explain that sort of reaction?

Hancock: I don’t look at myself, I see problems and I try to cure them. I’m not worried about that. I don’t sort of look inwardly. I don’t worry about what I am or anything.

Negus: You don’t worry about what you are?

Hancock: No, I just don’t think there’s anything constructive in worrying about what you are. I don’t need an image. I’m not standing for Parliament or anything.

Negus: You do have an image, even if you haven’t gone seeking one — the image of being a pretty tough, ruthless sort of customer.

Hancock: Well, I didn’t make that image, I didn’t look for it. I didn’t deliberately set out to acquire that image. I don’t know what my image is, if that is my image, I didn’t deliberately go out of my way to get whatever image I have. I see that something is wrong, a lot of people see that something is wrong. And some people don’t care to do anything about it, they say, well, we’ll just roll with the country.

Negus: How tolerant are you of people who don’t share your views about things like mining, uranium and defence?

Hancock: I’m not very tolerant of anybody I believe will undermine the country, I’m not very tolerant of that at all. I’m tolerant in a lot of other respects, I would think, but when it comes down to a very vital issue of national importance I don’t think I am very tolerant.

Negus: What are your scruples, your own values? How do you decide what is right and what is wrong for Lang Hancock?

Hancock: I don’t think it matters what is right or wrong for Lang Hancock. I don’t think it matters to anyone. What does matter, which I keep coming back to, are the facts. How do people get a living? How do we look after the countries that surround us? How can we make our families safe and secure? These are the things that are worth worrying about, not whether you’ve got a million or whether you’ve got a conscience or whether you’ve got something that others haven’t.

Negus: You’ve described Malcolm Fraser as presiding over a state of stagnation. What do you think he should be doing?

Hancock: I think he should be doing what he believes in. What he believes in is fundamentally what I believe in, but he’s powerless to do it.

Negus: Why isn’t he doing it, because of the people you say are really running the country?

Hancock: Yes.

Negus: You talk about solving Australia’s inflation problems almost overnight by cutting all government departments by an equal amount at the same time. That’s hardly practical.

Hancock: I think it is the only way that it could be practical because the elected representative of the people have not got the quality of the permanent heads of the department.

Negus: Do we go around suddenly slashing the funds available to all sorts of government departments — defence, social welfare?

Hancock: There is not one department that couldn’t have its cost slashed by 10 or 15 per cent for the benefit of that department as well as everybody else. They’re totally inefficient, any government enterprise is totally inefficient. You turn around and say to every departmental head, your budget is down by 10 per cent whatever it happens to be, right across the board. Don’t listen to any arguments, you’re responsible for making your own department 10 per cent poorer.

Negus: You don’t believe in a mixed economy?

Hancock: No, not under any circumstances.

Negus: What sort of economy do you believe in?

Hancock: I believe in a totally free enterprise economy. The one which we’ll make the greatest strides in. I think we are such a wealthy nation that if we had that, the world would beat a path to our door. Capital from all over the place would snowball. There’d be nothing like the growth that you could see in Australia if we had completely free enterprise.

Negus: You don’t think that would become a jungle? Free vampirism if everyone was in for their chop?

Hancock: No, I don’t think so. You’d get intense competition and from intense competition you get efficiency, and from efficiency you get a higher standard of living.

Negus: What about the people who aren’t good competitors? What do they do in that sort of system?

Hancock: They go under because no system can afford to keep drones. The more drones that you keep the more bogged down the system gets, so that ultimately not only just a few people go broke — the whole world goes broke.

Negus: So, to put it tritely you really believe in the survival of the fittest and the Devil take the hindmost?

Hancock: That is right. That’s the way of nature.

Negus: That’s a summary of your philosophy?

Hancock: I don’t know if it’s a summary of my philosophy, but that is the way that nature has set the globe up. I can’t change it, you can’t change it. A lot of people think they can promote communism and socialism and this sort of ism and another sort of ism, but they can never change that fact.

Negus: When you say those sorts of things, people have often described you as a fascist.

Hancock: Well, I don’t know, I can’t help comparing what Australia could be with what it is and I can’t see any reason, no matter what you call me, why Australia can’t be one of the richest nations in the world. Now if you like to call me a fascist because I want to do that or you want to call me a fascist because I say the communist system won’t work, then you are entitled to call me a fascist.

Negus: Strangely enough, you could almost be described as a right-wing anarchist, even though you probably place yourself against anarchists.

Hancock: Very much so.

Negus: But you’re against government and so would most anarchists be. But you are approaching from the right.

Hancock: Anarchy is no government. I’m not arguing that at all. I’m suggesting that …

Negus: You’re not against government totally?

Hancock: You’ve got to have a certain amount of government, which you could probably limit to about four areas. But beyond that you don’t need it.

Negus: What are those four areas?

Hancock: The first, of course, is that you have to have a titles office, so that you can register your title to your house, your block of land, to your mine or something else. You’ve got to have a treasury department to take care of the public funds. You’ve got to have a police force to protect the individual from all sorts of thuggery. And you’ve got to have some form of defence force. After that you don’t really need anything.

Negus: The nature of things being what it is, if you started with those four they would mushroom, we’d end up back where we started.

Hancock: Ah, now this is where I come in fairly strongly. I’ve said for years that there’s only one way to turn round and lessen the power of Canberra — that is for Western Australia to seek under a constitution to limit it’s power of government. It’s no earthly use seceding and building up another Canberra in Perth. You’d have six Canberras instead of one. The moment one started seceding the rest would follow and you’d break up the Federation that we’ve got. This enormous central power, this enormous bureaucracy is Canberra would disappear off the face of the earth.

Negus: But your secession movement was about as successful as your flirtation with the Workers Party.

Hancock: First of all, I had nothing to do with the Workers Party.

Negus: Well, rightly or wrongly, you were associated with it.

Hancock: Well it was wrongly. On the secessionist movement, I would say that when things become as depressed as they were in the last depression, 70 per cent of the people in W.A. voted for secession. When things get as bad as that again, then I think they will secede, but they’ll need a leader like Bjelke-Petersen or someone of that character to take them out of their misery.

Negus: I get a picture of the country with Joh Bjelke-Petersen as prime minister and Lang Hancock as treasurer.

Hancock: Oh no, no, you don’t catch me anywhere near government office of that kind. But you do need a man of character.

Negus: Could Joh Petersen run the show better than the people who are?

Hancock: Well nobody could run it worse. Honestly, you couldn’t bring in anybody to run it worse, could you? That’s what they call the hypothetical situation, but it’s quite amusing. But I do think that Joh Bjelke-Petersen, the hard life that he has had, the hard upbringing that he had, has moulded his character to the point that he’s about the only political figure in Australia that will stand up.

Negus: You identify quite strongly with him, don’t you?

Hancock: I don’t identify with him, but I do admire him among all the other politicians who won’t stand up for anything — particularly those middle-of-the-road blokes who say you mustn’t rock the boat. Joh stands up there and says this is right, and he does it. Other people admire him for it.

Negus: In Queensland.

Hancock: Queenslanders are the only people that know him, that come in contact with him. You put him in Canberra, you put him in Melbourne, they’d soon change their tune about him.

Negus: Do you think the world is just a little more complicated than the way Joh sees it?

Hancock: Well, you don’t know how Joh takes it.

Negus: Well it looks as if he has a rather simple view of the world. Things are a little more complex and the problems a little more difficult and the solutions more complicated than he thinks.

Hancock: Well I believe everything is simple, if a thing isn’t simple, you give it away. It’s a thing I’ve said a thousand times. Simplicity is the keynote of success. If you can’t reduce things to simple terms, give them away.

(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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  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
  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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