This is the chapter, “Our Very Own Political Party,” from Ron Manners,  Heroic Misadventures: Four Decades – Full Circle (West Perth, Australia: Mannwest Group, 2009), pp. 121-149. It is shorn of images and footnotes, which can be viewed in the 18MB bookmarked PDF version, downloadable here. The website for the book is More on Ron Manners at and More info on the Workers Party at

Why The Workers Party?
How did we go as a political party?
The Role of The Doctors
Did we get any members elected to parliament?
Memories of Maxwell Newton
The View from 2009
What penetration did we get on university campuses?
What brought the Workers Party to an end?
Announcing A Brand-New Australian Libertarian Party
The Educational Method vs The Political Method


Picture the Australian political scene back in early 1974.

Australia was limping along under what could best be described as the worst Federal Government in its history.

The Whitlam Labor Party Government, in its persecution of entrepreneurial spirit, had successfully driven many productive individuals offshore.

Australia had emerged from a relatively stable political environment under Menzies’ Liberals, where interest rates had averaged around five per cent, except for the brief 1961 Credit Squeeze (see page 14).

Menzies’ successors then turned on the “printing press” and had interest rates up to six per cent. Then Gough Whitlam took over in 1972 and we quickly saw interest rates rise to 25 per cent by 1974.

The Liberal / Country Party Coalition provided no valid alternative philosophies, so throughout Australia there appeared groups of young people drawn together by an internationally emerging limited-government philosophy based on classical liberalism. Their focus was on individual rights, individual responsibility and limited government involvement in most aspects of our lives.

Most of these young people were introduced to this philosophy through reading the books of Ayn Rand (Atlas Shrugged, etc.) and some groups were simply called “Ayn Rand Discussion Groups”.

Having been introduced to “limited government concepts” in the 1950s by Leonard Read’s Foundation for Economic Education Inc. (see page 8), I was naturally connected to a similar Western Australian group.

Though we were well aware of what was happening globally, we knew little of any other Australian groups.

Then, in 1974, I read an impressive Letter to the Editor in the Bulletin magazine signed by a John Whiting of Adelaide, describing himself as the President of the “Movement for Limited Government”.

I met him in Adelaide on August 23, 1974.

Dr John Whiting saw a book protruding from my briefcase, written by Austrian Economist, Ludwig Mises. “Have you read that book?”, Whiting said to me. When I said yes, Whiting responded, “Well that saves us about five hours, so let’s get right down to it.”

He suggested that I meet a bright group in Sydney who were moving toward forming a new Australian political party — Dr Duncan Yuille, Bob Howard and Mark Tier.

I joined this group’s two-day meeting aimed at developing a political platform and found an inspirational collection of engineers, artists, lawyers, architects, pharmacists and the like, not only disenchanted with Australia’s political and economic direction, but, more importantly, prepared to do something about it (see top photo page 120).

There was a larger audience at a subsequent meeting. Viv Forbes was given the job of organising Queensland, where he lived; Greg Lindsay was given the job of running a Sydney suburban branch; others were “sent” to Tasmania and Victoria to do similar jobs and I was assigned to putting together a Western Australian branch. I conveniently knew Lang Hancock, who was a strong advocate of smaller government and often saw bureaucratic obstacles in his project planning.

The Sydney working group was producing a magazine aptly named Free Enterprise, with the first edition produced in October 1973.

The three initial editors were Merilyn Giesekam (artist), Patrick Brookes (architect) and Tony Bryan (economist), with Maureen Nathan (pharmacist) as co-ordinator and George Carver in charge of distribution.

This excellent, modest magazine clearly stated the editors’ positions on the benefits that would flow to all Australians from a dramatic reduction in government interference. However, apart from recruiting an ever-increasing range of thoughtful people such as Bob Howard (later editor of Free Enterprise) and Mark Tier, they were frustrated about not reaching a wider public audience.

They noticed that advertising executive, John Singleton, had made several public statements that matched their own thoughts and on June 3, 1974 Maureen Nathan wrote to him, following up her phone discussion, and advised that she had “taken the liberty of giving your name and address to Bob Howard so that he can deliver the Free Enterprise magazines to you personally.”

Bob then met John and explained that their group had ideas of starting a bookshop as a way of influencing people and broadening the scope of their magazine.

John’s response was, “A bookshop, be buggered, let’s start a political party.

Things were starting to move quickly and on August 8, 1974, Maureen Nathan held a dinner party at her home to which she invited John Singleton, Bob Howard, John Slade and Patrick Brookes. On that evening the founding of the new party was taken one step further with discussions about the need for consistency in ideology and the dangers of being politically expedient by resorting to compromise.

John Singleton asked if they could produce a written political platform within the next three weeks so that planning and publicity could start.

The challenge was accepted and that’s about the time this new limited-government movement became a national organization.

The first step in assembling a platform was taken by Maureen Nathan who spoke to Prof. Murray Rothbard in New York. Rothbard was the economics and philosophic guru of the Libertarian Party of America.

Though aroused from sleep, through a miscalculation in time zones, Murray Rothbard proved cordial and offered to assist as he explained that this Australian initiative would be the world’s second Libertarian Party.

Why The Workers Party?

At that stage, the preliminary name for the new party was “The Independents Party” and over the next few weeks several other names were proposed and discussed.

Maureen Nathan recollected for me, on September 11, 2007, the background to one of the early suggestions:

What is a Worker?

At dinner in my parents home in 1972, the discussion was heavily into political philosophy. One of the dinner guests, Thea, had come to Australia from Germany after WWII. Her husband was a furrier. They had adopted my family when we arrived in 1960 and our families had done some real estate investing together.

We discussed at length the various “-isms”. Thea was adamant that Capitalism was not moral. In an effort to explain to her that she was a Capitalist, I posed several questions:

Q: Thea, you came to Australia with nothing?

A: Yes.

Q: You and your husband work for other people?

A: Yes.

Q: You have saved over the years?

A: Yes.

Q: You own your own home?

A: Yes.

Q: You own rental investment properties?

A: Yes.

Q: You have other investments that give you capital gain and/or return?

A: Yes.

Then I said triumphantly, “Well if you work, own and invest, then you are a Capitalist!”

“No, no,” she replied very forcefully, “I am a Worker!”

In 1974 we only had a working name for the fledgling party.

We had earlier talked about the political philosophy which recognizes the worth of people whether they work with their head, their hands, or the money they have come by previously.

I had related the story of “I am a Worker” to the team, including John Singleton. For me the obvious name, appropriately marketed, was “The Workers’ Party.”

To my surprise and delight, it was chosen instead of titles including Libertarian, Freedom, etc. To my total upset, the marketing was in the form of full page, fine print tabloid advertising. I had believed the campaign on consecutive weeks should have been:

Week 1: Do You Work?

Week 2: Do you work with your Head?

Week 3: Do you work with your Head or your Hands?

Week 4: Do you work with your Head or your Hands, or the money you have come by honestly?

Week 5: If you work with your Head or your Hands, or the money you have come by honestly, the Workers Party is for you.

My involvement continued in the West, having made contact with Lang Hancock who showed mild interest in some fresh thinking about the political problems.

Dr Duncan Yuille and John Singleton met Lang with his friend Dr Neil Scrimgeour, who was interested in the “new party”. Lang flew them to the Pilbara, collecting me from Kalgoorlie on the way. A four–day visit from December 15, 1974.

We five discussed the platform and principles of the new party and, as Lang rather liked the name “The Workers Party”, we officially named it that during a spell in Lang’s pool following a hectic tour of iron ore operations and exploration areas in Western Australia’s Pilbara.

During that Pilbara visit, details were finalized for the official launch of the Workers Party at the Sydney Opera House on January 25, 1975 to coincide with the Australia Day holiday.

Lang, although quite happy to be our keynote speaker at the event, declined membership or any official title as he modestly described himself as being “lead in the saddle” and a disadvantage for our new Party.

Though he encouraged us and gave periodic advice, he didn’t contribute financially, later explaining why. He told me one of the books we gave him, as early briefing, was Murray Rothbard’s For A New Liberty (The Libertarian Manifesto) and in the corner of the front dustcover was a small black Anarchist flag. This worried Lang, as without any government at all, who would grant the mining titles? Lang had a valid point and I pointed out that Rothbard wasn’t an Anarchist, but a realist in the sense that to achieve minimal government, one needed to aim for no, or almost no, government, with a view to landing close to your chosen level of government involvement.

Land titles, law courts and the justice system were, of course, all included on our list of “legitimate Government activities”.

I’ll always remember this example of how easy it is to lose supporters by pushing the envelope too far.

[A response to these points by the editor of is available here.]

The official launching of the Party, at the Sydney Opera House, went well, with considerable media coverage by this time.

An extensive range of candidates was recruited in all Australian States, including regional areas.

Among the very high profile and influential spokespersons and candidates were Maxwell Newton and Sinclair Hill, ensuring media coverage of our message.

How did we go as a political party?

Only fools seek power, and the greatest fools seek it through force
— Lao Tsu

No, we didn’t get any of our “own” elected as Prime Minister or gain “control”, but many benefits did flow from a positive point of view.

We, as members, all gained from the overall experience of learning the finer points of what we believed in, to the point of defending what, in many ways, has become known as “Western Civilisation”.

This is a fair description as, apart from some fragmentary thoughts attributed to the Chinese philosopher, Lao Tsu, almost all the ideas of liberty are Western: individual rights, secure private property, freedom of speech, freedom of the media, freedom of association, freedom of religion, freedom of trade, separation of powers, equality before the law, and so on.

As so capably explained by Bob Howard, “As far as we were concerned, as long as you left other people alone you could do what you liked. This meant that we opposed such actions as theft, murder, rape, fraud, assault and trespass. It also meant that we considered taxation theft, and therefore all things financed by taxation immoral.

Our preference was for governments to charge a “fee for service” for the few things left for them to do.

In short, we favoured a voluntary society rather than one of compulsion and command.

We were more of an idealistic or ideological party than a popularity contest, as we were pushing some very radical policies at that time — for example, privatisation of government bodies such as Telecom (Telstra), the Post Office (Australia Post) and rail and bus services.

Subsequently, many of our research files on “Privatisation” were borrowed by the Australian Labor Party, along with our “Victimless Crimes” files (where crimes having victims are to be given police priority to solve, ahead of civil disobedience matters where there is usually no sign of any victims).

Many of our policies have since been adopted by subsequent governments, even though the ideas took years to germinate — for example, floating the dollar.

The Role of the Doctors

As mentioned earlier, my introduction to the Australian Libertarian Movement was via Dr John Whiting and there was a significant group of medical doctors behind this movement for limited government. It continues to the present time with the magazine The Australian Private Doctor which remains one of Australia’s finest libertarian publications under the capable editorship of Brian Bedkober.

They continue to strive for direct relationships between doctors and their patients, rather than dealing via government intermediaries.

The August, 2007 edition of The Australian Private Doctor featured articles covering the early involvement of Dr John Whiting in the Workers Party to mark his recent death at age 86.

These words from that magazine explain the leadership role taken up by the doctors at that time:

John realized that “the problems of doctors were, in essence, the problems of butchers, bakers, carpenters, farmers, manufacturers, architects and all other such productive workers.” John was a co-founder and Chairman of “The Movement for Limited Government” which was one of the precursors of the free-market “Workers Party” of which he was also one of the founders and its President. He gave the inaugural address for the party at the Opera House on January 25, 1975. In 1975 he also stood (unsuccessfully) for the Senate — not because he wanted to be a politician but because he believed that Australia was in deep trouble under the Whitlam socialist government and that the opposition Liberal Party under Malcolm Fraser was only marginally better.

John was one of those “small but committed nucleus of men and women worldwide who manage to keep the philosophic concept of individual liberty alive.”

John Whiting also leaves for posterity his three books:

Be In It, Mate!

Wake Up, Mate!

and his internet accessible Are They Crooks or Fools?

From the ranks of Australia’s medical doctors came many of the candidates and branch organizers for the Workers Party, and many still play a continuing role in Australia’s freedom movement.

Looking back, it was interesting to note that we were without a great range of “literature for liberty” and had to develop our own, largely guided by the books of Murray Rothbard and, in particular, Dr John Hospers’ excellent Libertarianism (A Political Philosophy For Tomorrow).

One of the significant books produced from the Workers Party era was the most readable John Singleton and Bob Howard book, titled Rip Van Australia, which has become something of a collector’s item.

In the past 30 years, there have been complete libraries published, full of libertarian literature, so that future Libertarian Parties would have a policy headstart — although whether that gives them additional votes is another matter.

Did we get any members elected to parliament?

The simple answer is “No.” However, in 1978, one candidate, dentist Geoffrey McNeil (Greenough, Western Australia), scored 14 per cent of the votes, coming within 50 votes of the Australian Labor Party candidate.

One sitting Liberal, Dr Peter Richardson (Federal Member for Tangney, Western Australia) defected to the Progress Party (successor to the Workers Party), so we did have a very capable and articulate representative in parliament.

In Dr Richardson’s media release of October 14, 1977, one paragraph read:

The choice then was to become an Independent or to join the Progress Party. A group of Independents offers little hope as an effective alternative party. I have adopted the Progress Party as reflecting most nearly the ideals for which I originally stood. It has often been regarded as a controversial party, but I believe very many people are in favour of its principles.

There were many other sitting members of all parties who often espoused policies either identical or similar to the Workers Party/Progress Party. Such an example was the Queensland National Party Senator, Dr Glenister Sheil, who also joined Viv Forbes and an Australia-wide group in forming the Foundation for Economic Education (Australia), with the approval of the original Foundation for Economic Education Inc.

We were always receiving interesting electoral feedback, an example being during the campaign for Farrer in the Riverina. There, Wal Fife, the incumbent, said to Workers Party candidate Maureen Nathan, “Thank you, you yell out loud what we can only whisper.”

Reflecting back on that period, I recall that members of the major political parties often expressed envy at the quality of the writing in the various libertarian publications.

We had some “quality writers” and policy people such as Gary Sturgess and Tony Rutherford, sometimes writing under his pseudonym Hamish Kirkcaldy.

Author’s mental ‘flashback’ from 2009:

I first met Maxwell Newton, one of the giants of journalism, when I was enjoying a very minor role as Kalgoorlie correspondent for The Australian Miner.

The hierarchy of writers linking me to Max (the big boss) included Ian Huntley, David Haselhurst, Ross Louthean, Peter Samuel and Jules Zanetti.

Our next encounter was when Max was appointed Director and Economic Spokesman for the Workers Party in 1976 where he introduced a vital new dimension.

Our third encounter(s) … throughout the 1980s was during his period as Rupert Murdoch’s “man in New York”.

One aspect of his tumultuous life to touch me in a permanent way was his infinite capacity to unravel the intricacies of economics, human action and politics and to explain all this in words that the rest of us “foot soldiers” could understand.

I often wonder if I would have spent so much of my life “figuring things out” if it had not been for Maxwell Newton’s ability to expose so many “clothe-less emperors”.

Max, always the master of the colorful phrase, as his daughter Sarah Newton quoted in her biography, Maxwell Newton (Fremantle Art Centre Press, 1993), “But as Maxwell would have said, ‘Enough talk! Come on you buggers — time to get going and write! You gotta pound those keys, son, pound those keys. Spin it out — like a spider spinning it out of its arse.’”

The View from 2009 Comment by author …

It was an interesting exercise, tracking down so many of the early instigators of this Political Party.

Thirty years later, many had not lost their zest for living.

One example being orthopaedic surgeon, Barry Bracken, now 83 years old but still involved in medico-legal work as well as running his Hunter Valley winery.

Apart from trading some fine Hunter Valley red wines for some quality Western Australian red, Barry commented as follows:

It was good to hear from you and it really made me think a little about the old Workers Party and Progress Party and what they might
have achieved. I think we can take quite a bit of credit for making both the Liberal and Labor people think about what we were proposing at the time. The attitudes we were trying to push were reinforced by dear old Margaret Thatcher when she hit the ground running with copies of Hayek’s books under her wing. Most of the economic changes were adopted and although we failed to reduce the size of government and failed on the flat tax front we sure won the battle of privatisation which has gone from strength to strength. I think there is still some hope in respect of flat tax as it has been adopted in Russia and other areas of Europe.

What penetration did we get on university campuses?

Not as much as we expected. We expected there to be considerable interest in the link between absolute economic freedom, absolute social freedom and absolute civil liberties. Perhaps we were just seen as yet another conservative party in disguise, or perhaps our intolerance of government grants and the conditions that come with government funding made our message a “hard sell”.

However, interestingly enough, there was a resurgence of interest on campuses for our libertarian ideas some 12 years later.

This resurgence was presented in a scholarly fashion in a 60–page Honours Dissertation for the Department of Politics at the University of Western Australia, October, 1987, by William J. Stacey (studying under Professor Patrick O’Brien).

The title of this study is Libertarianism in Australia’s New Enlightenment, and in his introduction he comments:

Libertarianism is a contemporary version of political philosophy which has been given considerable attention, at least since the publication of Nozick’s, Anarchy, State and Utopia in 1974. Coincidentally, it is at about this time that groups of people emerged in Australia, who at first tentatively, engaged in political activity to promote a libertarian free-market economy and a minimal state, which was to abstain from virtually all interference in people’s lives. Most of these people had never before taken an active interest in politics. They were motivated by a belief in the ideals which they held, and the confidence that in politics and all realms of human action “ideas count”. A decade and a half later many of these ideas are firmly entrenched at the centre of political debate.

This paper looks at libertarian ideas and the means by which people, who were at least initially novices in political activity, have over a long period of time promoted their vision of the good society, with at least some degree of success.

Then, a further decade later, in 1997, another published paper appeared, this time from Ernesto Zanatta, titled Grail Quest: the Libertarian Enlightenment and the Australian University. He commented in his two opening paragraphs:

Once upon a time, during the mid to late 1980s and the early 1990s, while classical liberal ideas were sweeping through the broader intellectual agenda like a strong gale driving out stale air, a libertarian enlightenment spread out across the university campuses of Australia. In this enlightenment, the most intriguing and radical ideas offered by libertarian thought came to be entertained, discussed and debated as a matter of routine, as something to be taken for granted.

That this would happen is not surprising. Undergraduates tend to be encountering ideas and philosophies for the very first time, no matter how old those ideas might be. Consequently, these ideas always appear new and innovative. For undergraduates, learning about political philosophy, those with curious and enquiring minds are going to be drawn to philosophical belief systems such as libertarianism, ideas which are both more interesting and more morally uncompromising than the pragmatism of the liberal-democracy and democratic socialism which are usually taught in modern political theory courses.

What brought the Workers Party to an end?

In most Australian States, having to constantly explain the reason for choosing the name “Workers Party” became fatiguing, resulting in much internal debate about a name change.

In some States the name was changed to “Progress Party”, in others a new party was formed as the Progress Party, issuing a simplified Policy Document.

Further candidates were run, with limited success, but I think that what really brought the curtain down was Malcolm Fraser’s Liberal Coalition victory, with a record majority, in December, 1975.

As Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser expressed some interest in the philosophies of Ayn Rand.

His election speeches were indeed refreshing and gave many of us the feeling we could “pull up our political tent and go back to work” as the country would be in safe hands.

A visit to Prime Minister Fraser’s office at Parliament House on August 26, 1976, when I introduced him to Eugene Guccione (Editor of the US-based Mining Engineering magazine), showed us that he was simply “just another politician”, as Guccione commented.

Several years later, when it became apparent that Malcolm Fraser had neither written nor understood his election speeches, we made some effort to find out who actually wrote them. Dr David Kemp was the author and a member of Fraser’s staff at the time.

On reflection, the three terms of the Fraser Liberal government produced very little other than the fine work of a group of backbenchers known as the “Dries” — Bert Kelly, John Hyde, Peter Shack and others.

Their outstanding work on policy formation for deregulation and freeing up the economy was totally overlooked by the Fraser Cabinet, but enthusiastically activated by the subsequent Hawke Labor Government.

The opportunities missed by the Fraser Liberal Government caused many of the original Workers Party/Progress Party team to continue their political activities, focusing mainly on bringing free-enterprise concepts to an ever-widening audience. Outstanding performers in this field were various Adam Smith Clubs in several States; Elaine Palmer, Nadia Weiner, Graeme McKinnon and John Clemitson with their widely circulating magazines On Liberty, Optimism and The Optimist, and their Centre 2000 bookshop in Sydney; Michael Darby and his regular magazine Free Market; and Dr Hal Soper with his regular Progress Party Newsletter.

In Melbourne the main torch bearers continue to be Prodos Marinakis and The Institute of Public Affairs although not bred from libertarian roots, has always been a strong supporter of free markets and limited government. A great team of activists continues in Western Australia.

Announcing A Brand-New Australian Libertarian Party

In September 2007 a new libertarian party was federally registered in Australia, run by a new breed of libertarian activists. The Liberty and Democracy Party (LDP) was started by John Humphreys in 2001 and has run twice in the ACT as the Liberal Democratic Party, receiving one per cent (2001) and 1.3 per cent (2004) of the vote. The name was changed in 2007 when the bureaucracy decided that the Liberals have a monopoly on the word “liberal”.

Like the Workers Party, the new group of libertarian aspiring politicians come from a range of backgrounds including lawyers, economists, insurance brokers, software engineers and farmers. The party is currently lead by businessman David McAlary and the federal executive includes David Leyonhjelm, Terje Peterson, Justin Jefferson, Mark Hill, Peter Whelan and John Humphreys. The party has membership throughout Australia, but is concentrated in Queensland, NSW and the ACT.

The LDP is currently preparing for future federal elections and is currently seeking candidates to help give libertarian ideas the maximum possible exposure. Their policies include low flat tax, the abolition of the minimum wage, decriminalizing both marijuana and euthanasia, relaxation of shooting regulations, privatisation of the ABC and other government assets, school vouchers, free trade and expanded immigration, voluntary voting, restoring real private property rights, rejecting the Kyoto protocol and the excessive anti-terrorism legislation, opposition to an ID card and generally promoting free markets and individual liberty. If their efforts produce another bumper crop of advocates for economic and personal liberty, it could be a timely exercise, and I wish them well.

The Educational Method vs The Political Method

Several of us subsequently directed our activity entirely toward the educational method of spreading ideas rather than the political method of direct political engagement.

The notable success in the educational field has been Greg Lindsay. His Centre for Independent Studies celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2006 and Greg Lindsay was featured in the Bulletin magazine (September 28, 2004) as “perhaps the most influential man in Australia.”

An early recruit and supporter of the Workers Party was Sydney businessman Neville Kennard who stood on their Senate ticket in the 1975 election. Neville, at that time, was the first financial supporter of the Centre for Independent Studies and the first CIS Chairman.

Neville Kennard recently recalled that era. “They were heady days in 1975, with the Labor Party rushing towards socialism and destroying the economy, the blocking of supply, the sacking of the Prime Minister, the [false] promises of Malcolm Fraser, the naive optimism of the Workers Party …”

Other success stories are Viv Forbes, whose Common Sense articles continue to be published, and Ronald Kitching, a prolific author who wrote Understanding Personal and Economic Liberty.

Perhaps the most outstanding archive of Australian Libertarian material has been compiled by John Zube. John would say that mine may be heavier by weight and volume, but his archives are being meticulously digitised.

There have been many interesting people I’ve met during this Libertarian adventure, all with their own individualistic way of “sticking up for themselves”, one example being Mr Adam Dollar (see page 155).

My own non-political efforts with the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation continue and are dealt with elsewhere.

That brings us up to 2009. So to conclude this chapter let me quote the final two paragraphs from Ernesto Zanatta (see page 141).

In such a time, people are more likely to take their rights for granted, and less inclined to think about what those rights are based on, or to be interested in libertarianism.

However, I cannot help but think that these things do come and go in cycles, and that the pendulum may swing back some time in the future to another genuine libertarian enlightenment in the universities. For now, I feel that it was a privilege to have been a participant in it, and I find the words of F. Scott Fitzgerald in Echoes of the Jazz Age to be a fitting conclusion:

… and it seemed only a question of a few years before the older people would step aside and let the world be run by those who saw things as they were — and it all seems rosy and romantic to us who were young then, because we will never feel quite so intensely about our surroundings any more.

(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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  1. Advance Australia fascist: The forces that make Australia a fascist country
  2. The Economic Guerrillas: A lecture in honour of Maxwell Newton
  3. Maxwell Newton Audio at
  4. Max Newton on Video at first Mises Institute Conference (1983)
  5. Up the Workers! Bob Howard's 1979 Workers Party Reflection in Playboy
  6. Max Newton stars in Ron Paul video
  7. Bunny of the Welfare State
  8. The Crumbling Oligarchies
  9. Is Australia So Bad That It Can't Get Worse?
  10. Max Newton: Cauldron-Journalist
  11. Max Newton: a muckraker makes good
  12. An open letter to Bob Hawke, B. Litt., Oxon; from Maxwell Newton, B. A., Cantab.: In black and white
  13. Welfare Creates Poverty
  14. Welfare State a National Disgrace
  15. A "spy" replies
  16. Ron Manners on the Workers Party
  17. Josh Frydenberg vs Maxwell Newton on Sir Robert Menzies
  18. The traumatic birth of a daily
  19. The Bulletin on Maxwell Newton as Workers Party national spokesman on economics and politics
  20. Menzies: A Legacy of Lies and Legislation Limiting Liberalism
  21. Max Newton: Maverick in Exile
  22. King Leonard of Hutt River Declares Defensive Just War Against Australia the Aggressor
  23. Crying in the wilderness
  24. State aid and the privileged
  25. Maxwell Newton on Reg Ansett
  26. How to stop Labor running wild
  27. 1975 Max Newton-Ash Long interview on the Workers Party
  28. The Working Journalist in Public Administration
  29. Max Newton: controversy is an asset
  30. Maxwell Newton chapter of Clyde Packer's No Return Ticket (1984)
  31. The "irresponsible" way is the only way
  32. Maxwell Newton on Moral Hazard
  33. Maxwell Newton on Handout America and unbridled Welfare Mania in 1980 New York Post
  34. Tony Dear on Paul Krutulis, the Workers Party and murder
  35. Max Newton on the gold standard
  36. Maxwell Newton on ideas for cutting government waste
  37. Maxwell Newton on Bureaucracy
  38. Maxwell Newton measures bullshit tertiary schooling
  39. Australia's biggest newspaper insider on manipulating the media
  40. Never put your faith in politicians
  41. Profiting from propaganda
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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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