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Excerpt from speech by Lang Hancock at the 3rd International Environment Conference, Environment 76, October 11-13, 1976, pp. 156-57, read by G. McComas, Sales Director, 3DB Melbourne.

If you stop mining you stop civilisation.

One extremely disturbing development is the alliance between the Labor movement and the environmental movement. Dr Barry Commoner, the ecologist, suggests that what was needed was a reorientation of the nation’s economy, in the following words: “We face a big debate on how we’re going to devote resources for the common good rather than for profit. There’s a whole question of inventing a new form of socialism.”

Socialist Delusions
I will soon tell you what the “new form of socialism” that Barry Commoner wants is all about. It consists of preserving the illusion of ownership, but with the control entirely in the hands of the State and the State, in turn, will be under the control of a self-seeking power-hungry “Hitler-like” clique, totally removed from any form of democracy or parliamentary rule.

Let’s examine how to destroy property rights, which is the other of the so-called environmentalists — the massive land withdrawal from exploration — and see how they created the ideological climate for it. In the first place, observe how consistently all these socialists have been trying to get land use legislation passed at the State and Federal levels.

Now the real purpose of land-use regulation is to place at the discretion of bureaucrats the use and disposal of your property, which will no longer be yours by right but by permission. So, what land-use legislation actually achieves is something more effective than expropriation; it leaves you with the burdens of ownership (ie property taxes, assessments, maintenance, insurance, etc.) and takes away the advantages of ownership, that is, the use and disposal of your property whenever somebody in government needs it more than you do (in their opinion). It’s the kind of thing that makes the Mafia look amateurish by comparison.

Public Picnics
In the second place, observe how adroitly those socialists have been playing a romantic con game to destroy the meaning of the word “property” by relentlessly advancing the concept of public property!

Now if Federal land is shoved into the limbo of public property via land-use legislation, what right do you have as a member of the public to use it? None whatever — except that you might be allowed to have a picnic there on special occasions. If you’re broke, would the knowledge that you own a share of this mythical public property be of any help to you? Nowhere. What can you grow on it? Nothing. How much of it can you call your own? None of it. If you want to either sell your “share” or buy someone else’s share, where is the market? No such market exists.

Human Blights
What’s the environmentalists’ answer to all this? “It’s human rights that we care about. Human rights take precedence over property rights.” Mind you, this is the only instance in which the so-called environmentalists all of a sudden show any concern for human rights. But their argument doesn’t wash because human rights cannot exist without property rights.

It is impossible, for example, to have the right to freedom of the press without your right to own paper, a printing press, and ink. There can be no freedom of speech without the right to own meeting halls, microphones, radio stations, T.V. stations and picket signs. And there can be no freedom of religion either without the right to own churches and religious books.

In actual fact, the so-called environmentalists do not give a damn either about the environment or about any improvement in the human condition. Let me quote The Environmentalist Handbook, edited by Garret De Bell, — which the leaders of the environmentalist movement have put in their bibles.

De Bell Tolls
In the preface of his book, the editor, Mr. Garret De Bell, B.S. in Biology, Stanford University 1966, states and I quote: “Our intention is not to praise the country’s industrial progress, but to put a stop to it.”

Immediately after, Mr. De Bell tells us what he means by the country’s industrial progress which he wants to stop.

At the top of his long list, of course, are “those ugly power plants”. Then comes the rest; cars, air-conditioners, clothes dryers and washers, canned foods, single-family houses, tranquilisers, hairsprays, deoderants, monosodium glutamate, calcium cyclamate, etc.

Incidentally, these are the industries that make the kind of consumer products that virtually everybody in Australia can buy, but that only the elite can afford or is allowed to purchase in special stores in Moscow, Peking, Havana, and other Marxist capitals.

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  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. Govt "villain" in eyes of new party
  22. The spread of Canberra-ism
  23. Govt should sell the ABC, says Lang Hancock
  24. 1971 Monday Conference transcript featuring Lang Hancock
  25. Aborigines, Bjelke and the freedom of the press
  26. The code of Lang Hancock
  27. Why not starve the taxation monster?
  28. Lang Hancock 1978 George Negus Interview
  29. Party Promises to Abolish Tax
  30. Right-wing plot
  31. "The best way to help the poor is not to become one of them." - Lang Hancock
  32. WA's NCP commits suicide
  33. "You can't live off a sacred site"
  34. Hancock: King of the Pilbara
  35. Bludgers need not apply
  36. New party formed "to slash controls"
  37. Workers Party Reunion Intro
  38. Workers Party is born as foe of government
  39. Government seen by new party as evil
  40. Ron Manners on Lang Hancock
  41. Does Canberra leave us any alternative to secession?
  42. Bury Hancock Week
  43. Ron Manners on the Workers Party
  44. Lang Hancock on Australia Today
  45. Hancock and Wright
  46. Lang Hancock on Environmentalists
  47. Friends of free enterprise treated to financial tete-a-tete: Lang does the talking but Gina pulls the strings
  48. Lang Hancock, Stump Jumper
  49. Lang Hancock: giant of the western iron age
  50. The Treasury needs a hatchet man
  51. We Mine to Live
  52. Get the "econuts" off our backs
  53. 1971 Lang Hancock-Jonathan Aitken interview for Land of Fortune (short)
  54. Gina Rinehart, Secessionist
  55. 1982 NYT Lang Hancock profile
  56. Enter Rio Tinto
  57. Hamersley and Tom Price
  58. News in the West
  59. Positive review of Hancock speech
  60. Lang Hancock International Press Institute General Assembly speech, Canberra, 1978
  61. Australia's slide to socialism
  62. The Great Claim Robbery
  63. Why WA must go it alone
  64. Lang Hancock in 1976 on Public Picnics and Human Blights
  66. Resource Management in Australia: Is it possible?
  67. The gospel of WA secession according to Lang Hancock
  68. Crystal Balls Need Polishing
  69. Minerals - politicians' playthings?
  70. John Singleton-Ita Buttrose interview (1977)
  71. Boston Tea Party 1986 style, hosted by Lang Hancock and Bob Ansett
  72. Singo says Lang Hancock violated Australia's 11th commandment: Thou Shalt Not Succeed
  73. Singleton: the White Knight of Ockerdom
  74. Tactics change by Hancock
  75. Lang Hancock complains to Margaret Thatcher about Malcolm Fraser
  76. 'Phony crisis' seen as 'child of politics'
  77. Lang Hancock on nuclear energy
  78. Lang Hancock beats the left at their own game on civil liberties
  79. Lang Hancock's Favourite Books
  80. 1977 Lang Hancock Canberoo poem
  81. Hancock's playing very hard to get
  82. Hancock proposes a free-trade zone
  83. An Open Letter to Sir Charles Court
  84. John Singleton 1976 ocker Monday Conference Max Harris debate
  85. Lang Hancock in 1984 solves Australian politics
  86. Lang Hancock on the Workers Party, secession and States Rights
  87. Lang Hancock asks what happened to Australia's rugged individualism?
  88. Precis of Ludwig Plan for North-West
  89. Announcement that Lang Hancock will be guest of honour at the Workers Party launch
  90. Lang Hancock's March 1983 attempt to enlist "former presidents of nations and heads of giant companies" to save Australia
  91. Lang Hancock asks us to think how easily environmentalists are manipulated for political purposes
  92. Invest in free enterprise
  93. Democracy is dead in Australia and Lang Hancock's education
  94. Lang Hancock Incites Civil Disobedience
  95. Hancock sounds call to battle Canberra
  96. Mining policy a threat
  97. Over Whitlam's head
  98. Lang Hancock suggests that newspapers don't give space to politicians unconditionally
  99. Lang Hancock on saving Australia from socialism
  100. Secede or sink
  101. Australia can learn from Thatcher
  102. John Singleton. Horseracing. Why?
  103. How Lang Hancock would fix the economy
  104. Lang Hancock: victim of retrospective legislation
  105. Lang Hancock supports Joh for PM
  106. Hancock seeks miners' tax haven in the north
  107. The Ord River Dam
  108. Why Lang Hancock invested in Australia's film industry
  109. Lang Hancock's 1983 letters to The Australian: Lang's precedent for Steve Jobs, renaming the Lucky Country to the Constipated Country, and more
  110. Australia's biggest newspaper insider on manipulating the media
  111. 1980 Lang Hancock-Australian Penthouse Interview
  112. Canberra: bastion of bureaucracy
  113. Pilbara can be the Ruhr for South-East Asia
  114. 1982 Lang Hancock-John Harper Nelson Interview
  115. Australian elections are one of the greatest con games in history
  116. Our leaders are powerless
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