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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.

LANG HANCOCK,
Dalkeith.

(in order of appearance on Economics.org.au)
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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. 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
  66. MILLIONAIRE PUTS MONEY BEHIND SECESSIONISTS
  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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