Charles W. Russell, Country Crisis (Brisbane, Australia; W. R. Smith & Paterson, 1976), pp. 384-89, ch. 31.

A summing up of the situation as it exists with the making of the point that the solution lies in the hands of an informed Country vote supporting one Anti-Labor Party. Maybe, the Workers Party.

Observing the vast development which has taken place in our major cities, and the continued drift of country people to city employment, some political commentators are saying that “the country is finished”. They point to the decline of rural population in other countries arising from the mechanisation of food production and the expansion of synthetic food and clothing manufacture. The “rat race” of the cities has become to them a way of life they are willing to accept despite its gross inefficiency, its destruction of health standards and its ever-increasing strain on the nervous system. I sometimes feel these country-haters would not survive away from the city smog. The clean air would kill them!

Undoubtedly urban populations have continued to grow, and many of the smaller country towns are facing extinction, but is this a situation we must necessarily accept? All the evidence points to the fact that very large cities including Sydney and Melbourne and major cities in the United States and Europe are becoming completely unmanageable. Millions of dollars are being poured into planning schemes, pollution control, transport services and other palliatives, but they are still choking to death through ever-increasing road traffic. As a nation, we simply cannot afford the huge loss of productive capacity resulting from the present traffic chaos. I have met business people in Sydney who spend at least four hours every day travelling to their offices and returning to their homes. They travel bumper to bumper in conditions which must become completely intolerable. Similar miles of traffic are encountered when they go out for weekend recreation. The cost of transporting goods under such conditions is enormous and, frequently, totally uneconomic.

Is this the way of life Australians wants for themselves and their children? Recent surveys have shown that it definitely is not. There is, in fact, a great longing on the part of most city dwellers to escape from the present urban nightmares. They are, however, prisoners of a distorted political and economic system which denies them the opportunity for a good life in country towns. The effect of present urban living on many young people is clear for all to see. They are unhealthy and unhappy.

There is no need in this country to perpetuate the asphalt jungles of city life. The important thing to be realised is that all this has come about as a result of government actions which interfere with the natural result of the operations of a free market economy. If the various government actions which I have referred to in this book had not taken place, the present situation would not exist.

Curiously enough this is little realised, least of all by country people themselves. The usual image of a subsidy-hungry farmer is completely inaccurate in that the operation of the taxation-tariff system is such as to ensure that the total amount of money withdrawn from rural areas by government is far greater than the highly visible subsidies which are returned. Perhaps the greatest failure of the Country Party is the inculcation of a subsidy mentality into the minds of country people.

The real conflict therefore is not between country and city people, but between incompetent and greedy politicians who for short term gain follow pork barrel policies to retain power, and the people both country and city whom they have so grievously misled. The Country Party was historically the first sectional party in a political sense, and the Whitlam A.L.P. Government learned its lessons well from the McEwen political method.

The only real long term solution is to end the meddling of government in the free-enterprise process. Decentralisation must be achieved, not just talked about.

Those who preach the doom of country living are not only defeatist, but destructive of everything needed for a healthy, meaningful and happy life. They are politically misguided. Whatever the position may be in other countries, political power still lies in the hands of the country people of Australia. Despite the much-publicised drift to the cities, they still number about four million of Australia’s total population of 13 million.

Strange as it may seem in light of what I have written about the Country Party, the key to Australia’s future is the voting power of those four million country people. Long ago, when the Country Party was first formed, I believed it was the answer to Australia’s political problems. However, many years of Country Party rule through its balance of power in government must have shown that the party is quite ineffective.

What we must work for now is a complete realignment of the political voting power. Of the 8.75 million urban dwellers about half vote for the A.L.P. and the other half for the Liberal Party. In the city electorates, they cancel each other out. Both parties have held government, and both have been responsible for the position in which we find ourselves today.

The issues are not only a choice between capitalism and socialism — between the left and the right — as we were once led to believe. The issue is also between balanced development and urban growth, and continued urban growth can only lead to disaster whichever way we look at it.

It seems to me that the immediate task must be one of improved communication among the four million country voters so that they can form a sound consensus of opinion. The technology and know-how are available to achieve this. In the past, country voters have been sadly ill-informed on matters affecting their welfare and have been kept divided by cleverly manipulated propaganda. The time has now come to make full use of the press, radio and television media to achieve united agreement and action on vital national issues. Unity must be sought with other groups to form a broad national political party which will contest all electorates in the cities and country. This was our concept when we attempted to form the Democratic Party but the concept may have come to soon. Now we are facing the dangers of continued inflation and isolation in an uncertain world, and the time may be ripe. If they are to save themselves, the country people of Australia must act quickly and ensure that this time they are led by men and women of ability and imagination. Political opportunists must be kept from position of authority.

The creation of a national party pledged to true balanced development will have little chance of success, however, unless there is an alteration of the constitution to permit men and women of special ability from outside Parliament to be selected as Ministers as in the United States. It is essential if we are to surmount the many grave difficulties which lie ahead that the best available talent in Australia is recruited for the executive arm of Government. The performance of some Ministers in past years has been tragic, to say the least. How can Federal and State Governments give inspired leadership to the public service if departments are in the hands of inexperienced and unqualified men?

To achieve these necessary reforms, the voices of country people must be heard throughout the nation. Country employers and country workers must get together in their mutual interests. The requirements will, I hope, be provided by a current move to enlist the aid of country newspapers and radio and television stations in all States. Television is of special importance now that it reaches more than 90 per cent of the rural population. Programmes must be tailored to provide a special service of factual information for country viewers. I have been glad to hear that the country media are co-operating.

The desperate need for such information has been indicated in talks with country people throughout Australia. While there are country men and women here and there who keep themselves closely informed by wide reading and inquiry, I have found a deplorable lack of knowledge of the causes of the present disastrous situation in which many primary producers and business people in country towns now find themselves, and of the even more critical situation which lies ahead. It is well-known that, in our democratic system, politicians rarely lead but usually follow public opinion. We have seen in the B.I.G. effort and F.I.D.O. and other campaigns what a few dedicated people can do to change the course of political history. Through lack of information and unity, country producers have not been heard adequately in regard to the European Common Market. It is not enough for politicians to make “representations”. The views of our seriously threatened farmers should be shouted from the roof tops!

For my own part, I see a lot of sense in the creation of a European economic bloc which will balance the great power of the United States and Soviet-aligned countries. At the same time, there are tremendous dangers in it. Our heritage and way of life are threatened. From the defence standpoint, Australia could be left in a perilous position. There is much talk of developing markets in Asia, but a lot of the speculation about the potential in these areas is grossly ill-informed. Japan and China will want our raw materials in ever increasing volume to create enormous industrial strength, but the end result could be dangerous if we are unable to develop our resources intelligently. I firmly believe in the principle of a Pacific “co-prosperity sphere”, despite the unpleasant taste left by the use of the phrase in World War II Japanese propaganda; but I believe it could be fatal to pin our faith on it. We should be global in outlook and develop markets in any country where the opportunity offers. However the best hope of peace is a policy of free trade rather than a selfish refusal to open our resources and our markets to our Northern neighbours.

Defence is a complex problem which will be made even more complex as the U.S. reduces its foreign commitments, whilst Britain’s interest is now concentrated wholly in Europe. In the present dangerous world of unpredictable alliances and events, Australia and New Zealand could be exposed to dangerous economic and possibly military pressures.

It must be borne in mind that a nation of only 14 million people possessing vast resources in raw materials and foodstuffs is inviting attack from powerful nations which desperately need such resources if it refuses to supply them. It is useless to plan for an improved political and economic situation in Australia without taking into consideration the needs of our neighbours. Apathy and lack of foresight in Canberra could land us in real trouble.

As indicated in this book, I firmly believe that our future well-being and safety in a changing world lies in the hands of four million country people. They have the political power and, I think, the duty to build a great national movement which will ensure balanced country and urban development and a way of life far more healthful and satisfying than that provided by continuing urbanisation. They must also bridge the widening gap between employers and the work force which is rapidly bringing chaos and contributing to a disastrous decline in the value of money.

Linked with sound elements in the existing political parties, a new and broader country-based political movement can bring to Australia a new era of prosperity, progress and happiness.

From time to time hopeful signs do emerge of such possible movements. One of the most recent, which I find difficult to fault, is the Workers Party. Its policies of freedom, free enterprise and free trade are completely in line with the requirements of a vigorous and dynamic society such as Australia should be. It is refreshing to hear that they realise that socialism, whilst often preached by the Labor Party, is unwittingly practised by that party’s opponents.

The party may not succeed, although it shows a professionalism which is seldom found in small parties. However, it exemplifies the hope of all Australians of freedom, of prosperity, and of strength as a nation and self respect as individuals. All is not hopeless — all this is required is the will to make our country all these things.

(in order of appearance on
  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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