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Lang Hancock, Sunday Independent, May 11, 1975, p. 24.

I think you owe it to the nation to consider what will happen to it when the almost total powers you will be taking unto yourself under the new Mining Bill are passed on to an incoming Government.

The new Mining Bill confers such wide powers on the bureaucracy that it enables civil servants to by-pass the Act itself, as well as Parliament, and rule simply by regulation and proclamation.

Hitler avoided Parliament by burning it down; you, Sir Charles, propose just to ignore it and take the power into your own hands.

Power to confiscate, power to appoint Wardens, not from judiciary but from members of your staff without any legal training whatsoever; power to change the rules even after the ball has been bounced; power that could lead to a reign of bribery and corruption the like of which has never been seen in the Western world.

Now you, Sir Charles, would say that such power is safe in your hands (and many of your followers would agree). You will be equally emphatic that you will never use it.

Well, if you’re not going to use it, for God’s sake and for the sake of Australia, don’t implement it. Even if you don’t use it, somebody else surely will.

If you intend to abide by any of the statements you made, as published by the West Australian of April 30, 1975; if you ever wish to be believed by the WA public, you cannot, in all conscience, persist in putting such a Bill through Parliament.

In case you have forgotten your statements, we will quote the item here:

Incentive was being taken away from Australians because of Government intervention in private enterprise, Sir Charles said.

Speaking on the role of the States in promoting industry, he said the State Government should strive to bring back stability, security, confidence and encouragement to private business.

One of the main roles of a Government was to lead, guide and encourage private businesses then leave them to their own devices.

The Government should vouch for the credibility of companies, but he did not like Governments as negotiators.

To attract overseas capital, the Government must identify the State and establish its credibility, then leave commercial and industrial decisions to the companies involved.

One of the first essentials which must be attended to, is to see that a properly constituted Warden’s Court is appointed, presided over by a proper judge who is independent of Party politics and whose rulings are not subject to the “state of mind of the Minister” or any bureaucrat appointed by him.

In the proposed Bill there are at least 20 instances where discretionary powers would lead to power lobbies and could also lead to bribery.

Don’t tell me that when dealing with deposits of minerals worth hundreds of millions of dollars, that at some time, cases of bribery on a grand scale will be introduced to Western Australian life to a degree which will put Watergate and Vietnam to shame.

The only protection against this is to have the allocation of mining tenements (in whatever form they may be) heard in an open court, presided over by a proper judge as mentioned above, with full right of appeal to all the courts of the land, right up to the Privy Council.

This, at least, is a first step. Secondly, all the rules of the game must be laid down in the Act and not left to be handled by regulations which can be played around with and adjusted without the consent of Parliament but according to the wants of the highest “under the table” bidder.


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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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