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Lang Hancock, The Sydney Morning Herald, November 29, 1973, p. 7. Which is identical to: “WHY WA MUST GO IT ALONE,” The Herald (Melbourne), October 18, 1973, p. 4; and “Pressure groups call the tune …,” The Courier-Mail, October 23, 1973, p. 4.

Australia’s destiny is not decided by the number of people who vote Labor or conservative at elections.

As in any other so-called democracy, it is decided by pressure groups, chief of which are the bureaucracy, the trade-union movement, the manufacturing lobby and the news media.

If you doubt this, consider the plight of an industry like the mining industry, which is too weak-kneed to develop its own pressure group. It has allowed itself to be crucified by the 25 per cent Reserve Bank’s retention of vital risk capital without interest; repeated revaluations of the Australian currency; and non-renewal of exploration licences.

The Labor Party, trying to defuse the public’s prudent fear of nationalisation, now preaches what it calls “democratic socialism.”

The anti-Labor group practised and implemented socialism during its 23 years in office.

Look at the record. The Menzies Government conferred dictatorial powers on the Reserve Bank and the McMahon Government added the foreign take-over regulations. The anti-Labor Governments also imposed a life-and-death stranglehold on the mining and other export industries with the imposition of export licences and set up that instrument of nationalisation, the Australian Industries Development Corporation.

Both parties are socialist in practice, both are marching headlong to nationalisation, centralisation and ultimate dictatorship by the trade-union movement.

To swap Whitlam for Snedden (a “McMahon with hair on”) as a means of stemming the drain of Western Australia’s lifeblood through the mining and primary industries would, of itself, be futile.

But both main political parties in Western Australia are far less socialistic than in Canberra.

So there seems to be only one way out of the socialist net for Western Australia — to secede from Canberra.

All that eastern Australia has got from Canberra has been the philosophy of high protective tariffs — designed to protect the hot-house industries of Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide from competition.

For Western Australia’s primary producers — the farmers, beef men, orchardists and mining men as well as the oil and gas industries — these policies have been a disaster.

Western Australia with 7.5 per cent of Australia’s population supplies 20 per cent of its exports.

From the figures available, it seems that this State provides a tariff-protected market for $800 million of eastern States goods a year.

Western Australia would clearly be better off buying these goods duty free on a competitive world market.

We would also be free of the restrictions of the Reserve Bank and of mineral export restrictions.

Freed of Canberra’s restriction we could sell our wheat, wool, dairy produce and other major items through existing trading firms in much the same way as iron and bauxite are sold now.

If this were allied to a low production cost we could have a growth rate and such a degree of wealth that it would not be long before Western Australia passed New Zealand, for instance, in both population and output.

But what about defence, the centralists will cry. Who will defend you?

Could any thinking person seriously imagine that Australia can be protected by our present Army, which is rapidly being reduced to some 20,000 men?

If the Australian Army were to include every male between the ages of 16 and 60 and equipped with the most modern conventional weapons, it would still not provide enough defence for the riches of Western Australia.

But if Western Australia seceded, its growth rate would soon allow it to buy sophisticated weapons systems like the F111.

(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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