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?
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?
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