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Lang Hancock, “Democracy is dead in Australia,”
The Australian, January 5, 1978, p. 6, as a letter to the editor.

The answer to “Why the A.L.P. Cannot Win” (The Australian, 28/12/77) is that the A.L.P. has failed to hit the hip-pocket nerve of the voter as it did when Mr Whitlam was first put into office.

The Labor Party has consistently outlined socialist policies which the Libs have implemented under pressure from the four big pressure groups that run this country.

The Libs have adopted the Whitlam thinking — and have out-Whitlamed Whitlam in this respect. They have increased expenditure on education, welfare and the Public Service. This inflationary government expenditure started the exploding wage spiral leading to our present galloping inflation.

These Lib-Lab socialist policies have resulted in Australia, with all its resources, achieving a dying growth rate. It is only one-fifth that of Singapore with no resources except leadership. This depressing state of affairs will exist until either party radically departs from the stagnation of socialism and turns to a free enterprise system to produce wealth, jobs and a lower cost structure, through a will to work.

This can only be done with far less government interference in industry, far less taxes and far less strikes, whether brought about by communist activity or employers’ susceptibility to sweetheart deals.

Emergence from our present trade depression with its high inflation and internal cost structure can only come about by less government and less regulations, not more, as Mr Logan suggests with his advocacy of still more legislation.

Mr Logan is quite right in claiming that “democracy is dead in Australia.” Australia is in no way a democracy and never can be whilst governments can impose taxes without limit to buy votes at elections, irrespective of whether they be Liberal or Labor.

It is even more absurd for the A.L.P. to talk of democracy when Caucus is so powerful that the so-called elected representative of the people can be overruled at any time by it. This position was even more absurd in the days when Caucus took its instructions solely not from the Australian voter but from the undemocratically election trade unions. This was the position that prevailed until Mr Whitlam was able to establish the parliamentary wing as dominant to trades hall, a move which led to his bitter enmity with Arthur Calwell. Mr Calwell learned nothing from the victory which Menzies gained because “the faceless men” (not democracy) ran the A.L.P.

To claim, as Mr Logan does, that Labor’s loss of the election is due to lack of money for the media, is absurd. How can he overlook the taxpayers’ annual handout to the ABC of $170 million or the fact that the majority of Australian journalists are Labor-orientated or that the unions who help fund the A.L.P. do not pay income tax?

Dalkeith, WA

Lang Hancock, “The A.L.P.,”
The Australian, January 17, 1978, p. 6, as a letter to the editor.

Mr Stannard (11/1/78) is correct in doubting that I care for the A.L.P., i.e., the A.L.P. controlled by those unions led by a small group of dedicated communists voted into office by less than half a per cent of their union’s membership. This powerful, undemocratic minority group openly avows that its aim is to destroy the system which has advanced the Western world from a cave-dwelling existence to its present state of affluence; and talking of affluence, surely Mr Blannard must agree that the more affluent the society, the less the hard-working tax-payer should be asked to pay for what today passes for education.

I have never found it detrimental to be without the education of which Mr Stannard speaks, nor have the likes of men who have provided thousands of millions of dollars worth of jobs for workers annually, such as Henry Ford or D. K. Ludwig (the world’s richest man).

My education and understanding of the true labourer was gained while blistering my hands with a crowbar and axe erecting miles and miles of fencing in northern WA before the advent of free education, free medicine and free welfare, and so was that of Australia’s only worthwhile political figure, Joh Bjelke-Petersen, who on weekends can still be found hard at work driving a bulldozer on his farm.

On the subject of worker participation, if a company is so badly run that its management can be improved by incorporating workers at management level who have had no experience in management, or the responsibility of meeting a payroll, then that company is headed for the rocks, with its union members headed for the dole “quick smart.”

The type of worker participation that I advocate is payment by result, so that if one man works and produces 10 times that of another, he would be paid accordingly.

The present “social reform and economic policies of the A.L.P.” which your correspondent advocates are in fact unsound, impractical, socialistic, inflationary, leading to still higher unemployment and higher taxes. Mr Stannard is therefore quite correct in saying that I don’t care about them, but what I could care about is a reorganised A.L.P. founded on a job-providing, wealth-creating, anti-socialist, free-enterprise system which would double the standard of living of the average Australian worker every 10 years or so. Failing this, I feel that the best thing that Australia could have would be a Fraser Government with a majority of one, and that one be a West Australian, versed in free enterprise and dedicated to the elimination of Canberra from meddling in Australia’s productive capacity at every level.

Seeing that the Fraser Government, although twice elected by a sweeping majority of the people, won’t permit uranium export until the unions pass their vote, can there by any doubting my statement that Australia is not governed democratically, but by the pressure groups?

Dalkeith, WA

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  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. 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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