Viv Forbes, “The Tide Turning?” The Optimist, Nov/Dec 1986, pp. 5-8.

The 1986 Adam Smith Award for outstanding service to the free society was presented to Viv Forbes at a meeting of the Australian Adam Smith Club on 27th November 1986, in Sydney.

Viv Forbes was a founding member of the Progress Party of Australia and has stood as a candidate for the Australian Senate several times. Viv founded Tax Payers United and the Foundation for Economic Education (Australia) as well as publishing a newsletter called Common Sense, and a journal called Trim.

The Optimist is pleased to publish Viv Forbes’ speech to the Australian Adam Smith Club on accepting his award.

Our destiny is determined, said Shakespeare, by character, circumstance and chance. All three of these have played a part in placing me here tonight to accept the Adam Smith Award for 1986.

Firstly, Gough Whitlam was elected in 1972. His character prompted me to join the Liberal Party, immediately.

Secondly, the Workers Party was formed in 1975. This circumstance got me thinking about political philosophy. “Philosophy” was a rather slim volume in the Liberal Party of those days, so I left them and joined the Workers Party.

Thirdly, I got a phone call from a Courier-Mail reporter. This chance event converted me into a political activist.

It happened like this. Judy and I came down to the launching of the Workers Party as interested observers, with no intention of getting involved. We went to the Opera House dinner on Saturday and then to a barbecue at John Singleton’s on Sunday. People like Bob Howard, Duncan Yuille, John Whiting, Ron Manners and Mike Stanton were standing around.

Ron Manners said he would get a branch going in Kalgoorlie. Mike Stanton said he would look after Tasmania. Duncan Yuille looked at me and said, “I guess you will do something in Queensland?” I wasn’t too sure of this bunch of radicals so, like a true conservative, I mumbled something non-committal and we went quickly back home.

About two weeks later, a reporter from the Courier-Mail rang up and said, “Are you associated with this new political party called the Workers Party?” I said, “Er-ah, yes.”

“What is your position?” asked the reporter.

“Oh, I’m the, ah, the Queensland convenor,” I replied with only a slight hesitation.

Next day it was all in the Courier-Mail, with my picture, and I had this monkey on my back which is still there. A few days later, with no reference to anyone, I decided I would change my title to state secretary. Having burnt my boats I saw no choice but to battle on, which I have done, with Judy’s support, until today.

Many people in Australia could relate a similar set of experiences. In fact there are a few people in this room, now quite respectable, who, if pressed, would admit to a great ideological debt to the Workers Party. I certainly had never heard of Ayn Rand, von Mises, Hayek, Rothbard or Bastiat before I listened to Bob Howard and saw his library.

Initially, we had lots of interest from the media and the public. But proposals like abolishing welfare, selling the ABC, sacking bureaucrats and slashing tax were a bit radical in those days. We few who persevered became a bit of an embarrassment to our friends and associates. In fact, talking to us was a bit like farting in church — respectable people did not do it.

Then one of my marketing friends, Fred Drake in Brisbane, convinced me we would never sell our message in a package called “The Workers Party”. He said, “You’re trying to sell cornflakes in a black and white box labelled ‘Cow Manure’, and you wonder why no one is buying.”

So I decided we had to change the name. That proved impossible so we in Queensland, supported by Ken Day in Darwin and a few West Australians went off and founded the Progress Party, which turned out be nearly as difficult to sell.

It is said that from deserts the prophets come. Our small band certainly spent our time in the wilderness. It was just as if no one was listening.

Even the great von Mises once said, after years of what he thought was futile crusading, “I had hoped to be the agent of reform, but it turned out I was merely the chronicler of the decline.” There were times when I shared that sentiment.

But, remarkably, in just a few short years, we started to hear echoes of our words and ideas coming back to us. And one morning we discovered we had down a dry wind which had stirred the great oceans of public opinion that now blows through every parliament in the land.

For Judy and I, tonight is a great honour and proof that it was all worth while. Thank you.

The Political Pioneers

The founders of the Workers and Progress Parties originated the libertarian strand of what may be called the “New Right”. Some of our early converts now try to forget their origins, but I could probably produce some surprising names on old lists of supporters.

It is also interesting to look at the other sources of inspiration for the Remnant of rationalists who survived the Whitlam-Fraser years.

Bert Kelly, a previous recipient of the Adam Smith Award, inspired a whole group of people such as John Hyde, Michael Cobb, the Dries, the Impertinents and the Society of Modest Members. Some people are unhappy to be called “The New Right”. It could be worse — we could be called, with some justification, “The Kelly Gang”. I don’t get too hung up about what they call us, I assure you, it is worse to be studiously ignored.

Occasionally I pick up a Bulletin magazine from the last decade and see an article by Peter Samuel, another Adam Smith recipient. Some of you may remember Max Newton in his more aggressive days. Max felt it was his duty to regularly “shove his fingers up the nose of a politician”. Peter and Max were, I suspect, an inspiration to that small band of irreverent journalists who still dare to question the ethics of politics and the wisdom of the bureaucracy. They are represented today by people like Des Keegan, Alan Jones, Katherine West and a few others.

Peter Samuel was one of the founding members of the Foundation for Economic Education in Australia, way back in 1976. Each year members were asked to suggest the names of potential new members. Year after year Peter wrote “John Stone”, on his list. Year after year I sent a copy of The Freeman to John Stone, at the Treasury, with no apparent result or response.

Then suddenly John Stone resigned his office with a flourish and started to blow the whistle on Canberra, the unions and the Arbitration Court. Maybe John threw The Freeman into the rubbish bin each year, but at least Peter Samuel recognised the potential greatness in him.

Incidentally, speaking of the Treasury, I had occasion to visit that sacrificial altar in the Holy City. Like many other people who go there, I was soon moved to visit the men’s room. There on the wall, immediately above the urinal, was a huge scrawl of graffiti which said, “THIS IS THE ONLY PLACE WHERE I KNOW WHAT I’M DOING”.

I like to think that I played a part in the drying out of another illustrious person. I once imported about 200 copies of the condensed version of William Simon’s A Time for Truth and distributed them widely around Australia. Supporters were asked to send gift copies to selected economic illiterates in politics and the media. Over a period of some months, three separate people paid for a copy of A Time for Truth to be sent to John Howard on their behalf.

A few months later, I heard John Howard being interviewed somewhere. He remarked that after receiving three separate copies of A Time for Truth, he decided that maybe he should read it. He went on to praise the book, and it certainly seems to have influenced his thinking on accountability in government.

Similarly, I think we can thank Gary Sturgess, plus a few years of Common Sense, for another drying out job on Jim Carlton. We have also had an influence on politicians in a number of state parliaments (most of whom prefer to remain anonymous).

Two other groups have, I believe, been influential in keeping the flame of freedom alive over the last decade.

The first is the Institute of Public Affairs, which has quietly spread its message largely through the business network. The other is Bob Santamaria’s group which, through the DLP, the NCC, the industrial groups and News Weekly, have had a huge and continuing influence on the course of politics in Australia.

So I’d like to acknowledge a debt tonight to a few people like Bob Howard, John Singleton, Bert Kelly, Peter Samuel, Bob Santamaria and the Kemps. From these few activists have come the dozens of organisations and the hundreds of disciples today referred to broadly as “The New Right”. They stand as eloquent proof of my belief that any individual can change his environment. As one of the great Greeks said, “Give me a lever, and a place to stand, and I will move the world.”

The Tide Turning?

Let’s look around the world.

Six years ago, in 1980, Peter Samuel reported on a visit to China by Milton Friedman. Milton was invited there to advise on economic policy and he gave four major addresses to select gatherings of the Chinese leadership. All were translated into Chinese and distributed beforehand. He spoke about the price system, central planning, freedom, competition, capital marketing, profit and loss and he advised them “to use free markets over as wide an area as is politically possible.”1

Friedman’s lectures gave a boost to those seeking to free the Chinese economy from the dead hand of the Peking mandarins and in the six years since his tour there have been remarkable changes.

In 1981, individuals got the right to own private property, the unemployed were urged to start small businesses and agricultural output leapt with the spread of private plots. In 1983 local managers were freed from central control, and in 1984 price controls were widely abandoned. In January 198[4?] shares were issued again on the Shanghai stock market. Hundreds of Shanghai residents started to queue up at 3.30 am for the first stock offering since 1949. In August this year, the People’s Daily announced that “stock issuing companies were precisely the form of common ownership that Karl Marx envisaged.” In September, it added that all enterprises in China — even railways, utilities, banks and telecommunications — should issue shares and answer to a board of directors.2 To date more than 1400 companies in Shanghai have issued shares worth more than $97 million and the limited stock market has begun open trading in shares.3 Finally, just two months ago, China completed its entry into the profit and loss system with a property auction of the first company to go bankrupt in the new China.4

Political freedoms are also being discussed in China. While we in Australia prepare to leap into an Orwellian system of identity cards, the official Workers Daily newspaper in Peking just three weeks ago, called an end to monitoring of people’s private lives and a respect for privacy. The paper observed that people in China should have no right to know about the private affairs of others so long as such affairs did not harm the parties.5 Maybe we should invite the editor of the Workers Daily to a lecture tour of Australia.

The tide is also turning for nationalised industries with a wave of denationalisation sweeping around the globe. The British government has sold one million council houses, plus airlines, hotels, freight companies, British Telecom, and hundreds of other poorly performing government businesses. Governments are selling or contracting out the management of rice mills in Pakistan, jute mills is Bangladesh, public housing in Cuba, hotels in Mexico, heavy industry in Korea, hydroelectric companies in Quebec, chemical companies in Brazil, phone companies in Japan, postal services in Holland, car companies in Spain, fire brigades and prisons in America, libraries, parks and cemeteries in Germany. The Turks are privatising the revenues from the Bosphorus Bridge and McDonalds have begun selling Big Macs in Eastern Europe, starting, appropriately, in Hungary. I even read last week of Soviet moves to allow individuals to compete with government monopolies.6

Incidentally, I read recently of a new socialist minister of industry in Spain who decided to inspect one of the State car manufacturing plants. He arrived in the afternoon, well after siesta time, but found the factory almost deserted. “Don’t they work in the afternoons,” he asked the supervisor. “Oh no, Minister,” replied the supervisor. “In the morning they don’t work. In the afternoons they don’t come.”

The result was one more convert to the cause of privatisation.

People are also comparing the performance of private operations with that of the nationalised industries. No matter whether it is steel production in Britain, railway efficiency in Canada, car manufacturing in France, food production in Russia, land transport in Australia, city management in Disneyland, running armies in Burma or black markets the world over, one picture emerges consistently. Private operators achieve lower costs, greater output, fewer strikes and are more innovative and more sensitive to customers than are government operators.

Competition in Currency

There is another invisible revolution occurring in the monetary field. Fuelled by demand from the public, government mints from Canada to Australia, to Britain, to China are turning out gold coins. The great twentieth century flood of paper money is about to peak; another tide is turning. Before the century closes we will see the end of the age of inflation and traders will turn again to gold, the honest money of the ages. Ironically, government mints are accelerating the destruction of their own devalued money by providing a sound alternative. It is called “competition in currency”.

“She’ll Be Right, Mate”

Despite this tidal wave of reform, all over the world, Australia remains in the deathly grip of thousands of poorly performing nationalised businesses and industries whose list includes —

Art and culture, abattoirs, airlines, banks, broadcasting, building societies, car parks, casinos, charities, construction, engineering, education, electricity, employment offices, factories, films, forestry, gambling, grain handling, housing, health services, insurance, investment, land development, libraries, mineral exploration, postal services, printing, racing, shipping, sport and games, telecommunications, tourism, trading, transport and the marketing of barley, bread, butter, cheese, cotton, eggs, ginger, maize, milk, peanuts, rice, sorghum, sugar, tobacco, wheat, wool and wine. Isn’t it lucky we don’t have socialism here?

The tragedy is, almost all of this socialisation of industry occurred before the honest socialists took office in 1972.

Has Australia Missed the Tide?

It is my observation that although we have captured the political agenda, and have stirred public opinion, we in Australia have not yet chalked up any significant scores on the board. There have been encouraging developments in currency markets and banking, and students are queuing to get into private schools but our legislated unemployment grows worse, the tax system is unsupportable, welfare is out of control, the national debt is titanic and the statutory monopolies remain as a huge dead weight in the hold.

The tide is turning in the rest of the world, but in Australia there has been just a ripple in the market of ideas.

The Demographic Tide

There is one encouraging sign — the demographic tide is turning in our favour.

One thing I learned in politics — with few exceptions, the young are most open to new ideas. We are winning the ideas battle and thus will gain converts among the young. If we win the battle of action, we will win it, not be converting our old opponents, but by replacing them with new converts.

All over the world tomorrow’s generations are rejecting the big government philosophies of the last 70 years.

The 1984 US presidential election was an eye-opener.

In the blue corner was 73-year-old Ronald Reagan representing the Republican party of big business. In the red corner was the polished young Democratic Candidate, Walter Mondale. Mondale won the TV debate, was supported by organised labour, blacks, feminists, environmentalists, the peace movement, the public sector, the teachers, the anti-nuclear crowd and most of the media. In the end, Reagan beat them all with a huge margin even greater than that won by Franklin Roosevelt. Why? Reagan won the votes of the young. He got 60% of the votes of those under 40 and 65% of those under 24 years. (A poll showed that even school children would have given him a similar majority if allowed to vote).

The young are recognising the failures of big government and rejecting the propaganda shoved at them monotonously by the state education systems. For example, in Britain in 1983, 42% of those aged 18-24 voted for Margaret Thatcher. Ten years earlier Labour enjoyed an advantage of nearly 2:1 in this group. In France in 1984, 42% of those 25-34 voted for right wing candidates — the first time since the war that the young in France were more conservative than their elders.

I suspect the same thing is happening here. I know that in Brisbane, all the young people aiming to go places seem to be members of the Young Nationals. Moreover, a recent poll of student attitudes in Australia shows that 74% support the idea of free enterprise and 65% blame government or unions for our economic problems.7 Our message must be sufficiently utopian and vigorous to attract these idealistic new minds.

Opportunites for Reform

There is another trend developing which has a message for political parties. The young have more loyalty to ideas than to political parties. If Reagan fails to deliver the goods, they may vote against him just as strongly. A recent study of baby-boom executives in the US concluded that 60% could be described as “libertarian”, 35% “conservative” and 5% “liberal” (ie. socialist). The libertarians have little party loyalty but they support flat tax, are tolerant of non-conformists and very suspicious of big governments.8

The message to political parties is this — there are votes in a radical program to roll back the state, irrespective of your party label.

Look at what a Labour government is doing in New Zealand — they have deregulated the financial system, floated the dollar, slashed income tax, cut real wages, abolished centralised wage fixing and plan to privatise public monopolies and turn the welfare system upside down. The package has been thorough and speedy with few attempts to ease the pain of adjustment.

Labor has always been the party of reform. The reform of the next decade will be anti-statist in the direction of de-regulation, privatisation and freedom of choice. The examples of socialist parties from China to Spain to New Zealand show they are quite capable of rapid re-evaluation of their doctrine to accommodate a complete reversal of the direction of reform. Even Senator Walsh is talking about free markets for eggs and milk. Unless the Conservative Parties launch their policy boats on this tide of new ideas, they may be left stranded, far up the beach, as the old parties of reform seize the new political opportunities. It may be no accident that the smartest politician in Australia today, Sir Joh of Queensland, has just announced with no warning, no consensus and no government enquiry, the complete deregulation of all trading hours everywhere in Queensland for one month (except for jobs).

Dreams Sell

Finally, I have a warning. There is nothing guaranteed. Should there be a worldwide financial collapse, or even a serious crisis in Australia, the hopeful signs we see may prove to be just temporary retreats and not a turning of the tide. There will be no place for the niceties of philosophies when, in the midst of economic crisis, the people call for swift and decisive government action.

The battle is by no means won. At stake are the minds of the next generation. If we lose this battle, the perpetual darkness of the command society will spread across this land as it is already spread over half of the globe.

It is said in the Bible that “without vision the people perish”.

The socialists have been winning for seventy years not because their program is practical, because it is not, but because their vision has attracted the young.

We must make the rebuilding of a free society a new adventure. We must sell dreams and ideals which will win minds today.

Tomorrow, those minds will change the world.

  1. The Bulletin, October 14, 1980, p. 139.
  2. The Australian, October 21, 1986, p. 17.
  3. The Financial Review, September 30, 1986.
  4. The Australian, September 27, 1986.
  5. The Australian, November 5, 1986.
  6. The Australian, November 21, 1986.
  7. Australian Business, January 13, 1983, p. 35.
  8. Thomas Moore, “The New Libertarians Make Waves,” Fortune Magazine, April 5, 1985.
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  1. Lang Hancock's Five Point Plan to Cripple Australia
  2. Put Windmills in National Parks
  3. Magnifying National Disasters
  4. Please Don't Feed the Animals
  5. Buy Birdsville Made?
  6. The Economics of Flood Risk
  7. Touring Bureaucrats
  8. Our slip-shod laws to blame
  9. Why Wind Won't Work
  10. A Profusion of "Prices"
  11. R.I.P. Ron Kitching - pioneer, explorer, author, family man, entrepreneur, scholar
  12. The Carbon Pollution Lie
  13. Closing Down Australia
  14. The Anti-Industry
  15. The Pyramid Builders
  16. Carbon Tax Bribery
  17. Crown Monopolies
  18. Carbon Tax Job Losses
  19. What Next, a Tax on Water?
  20. Carbon Health Warnings Coming Soon
  21. Growth Mythology
  22. The Tax Collection Industry
  23. Propaganda Puts Paid to Proof
  24. The Milk of the Welfare Teat is Watered Down
  25. "Crops for Cars" as Bad as Everlasting Drought
  26. Poll speech sets record
  27. The Emissions Trading Casino
  28. The Contract Society
  29. A Model Ministry
  30. The Five Point Plan to kill the economy with High Cost Electricity
  31. Put a Sunset Clause in the Carbon Tax
  32. Stuck on Red
  33. Time to Butcher "Aussie Beef"
  34. Carbon Tax Lies and Bribes
  35. The Middle of the Road
  36. United against taxes
  37. Call for Govt administrator
  38. Property & Prosperity
  39. "The Science is Settled" BUT Durban Climate Summit Not Cancelled
  40. No End to Fuelish Policies?
  41. The Right to Discriminate
  42. Sell the CES
  43. Free Water Costs Too Dam Much
  44. Creating Unemployment
  45. Viv Forbes Wins 1986 Adam Smith Award
  46. 1985 news item on Tax Payers United, Centre 2000 and the Australian Adam Smith Club
  47. Having the numbers is not the same as having the truth
  48. Who's Who in the Workers Party
  49. David Russell Leads 1975 Workers Party Queensland Senate Team
  50. Caught in a welfare whirlpool
  51. Global Warming Season
  52. Mining in Queensland, Past, Present and Future
  54. Political branch formed
  55. Ron Manners on the Workers Party
  56. Viv Forbes on Libertarian Strategy and the Constant Resources Myth
  57. The New Brisbane Line?
  58. Carbon Lies
  59. We Mine to Live
  60. Save the taxpayer
  61. Solving Three Canberra Problems
  62. Vested Interests in the Climate Debate
  63. Carbon Tax Retrospective?
  64. Carbon Price Propaganda Taxes the Truth
  65. Don't Burn Food for Motor Spirit - Feed People not Cars
  66. Two Big Climate Taxes
  67. Greens Rediscover Hydrogen Car
  68. Atlas of Australia
  69. Shutting Out The Sun
  70. Safety Mania
  71. Coal - Sinking in the Swamps
  72. Hobbling the Competition
  73. Cubic Currency Coming
  74. "Dear Government"
  75. Viv Forbes mocks Flannery in 1988
  76. What we have is not a drug problem but a drug law problem
  77. Smoking, Health and Freedom
  78. Privatise Now! while they are still worth something
  79. The Electoral Act should allow voters to choose "none of the above"
  80. The New Federalism
  81. Sunset for Solar Subsidies
  82. The mouse will roar
  83. The Road to Homelessness
  84. Planning & Prosperity
  85. Viv Forbes and Jim Fryar vs Malcolm Fraser in 1979
  86. Quip, Quote, Rant and Rave: four of Viv Forbes' letters to the editor in The Australian in 1979
  87. Australia's First Official Political Party Poet Laureate: The Progress Party's Ken Hood in 1979
  88. Our homeless regulation refugees
  89. Progress Party and Workers Party lead The Australian
  90. Viv Forbes in 1978 on loss-making government, the Berlin Wall and misdirected blasts of hot-air
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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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