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Lang Hancock, National Miner, September 13, 1976, p. 2.

Australia should welcome Mrs Thatcher as being one of the brighter beacons shedding light on the dreadful consequences that the practising of socialism brings to the world.

Britain, once the mightiest nation on earth, is now heading for the lowest standard of living, coupled with the highest taxation rates in Europe. Its output per man is now lower than it was when strike-bound Britain had a three-day week.

Malcolm Fraser should welcome Mrs Thatcher as a person who can give him better “free enterprise” advice than that which he seems to be getting from some of his present advisors.

The Liberal Party should welcome Mrs Thatcher as an ally to rid the party of its trendies and socialists.

Mrs Thatcher’s “free market” philosophy is akin to Malcolm Fraser’s personal beliefs. Perhaps he can learn from her resoluteness. It is not for nothing she has been called “the iron butterfly”.

Both sides of Parliament should welcome her as a means of obtaining first-hand information on the dreadful consequences of nationalisation of major industries and the huge cost to the taxpayer of trying to bolster up nationalised steel etc. Unless the instruments of nationalisation are removed from the statute books, then it is inevitable that major Australian companies like CSR and BHP will probably, within the next decade, be nationalised at terrific cost to the taxpayer.

In instances closer to hand, we have the problems with the government shipping service, the government dockyards and the government operated wharves. In the latter case, it is not the directed cost of government inefficiency that is apparent, it is the hidden cost which adds to the internal price structure of Australia by making things so costly to import. I am referring to the overwhelming host of government regulations which have to be abided by at enormous cost to industry.

To quote Eugene Guccione, “in the US, there is a government publication called the Federal Register, which lists all the rules and regulations issued every day, five days a week, fifty-two weeks a year, by the hundreds of federal agencies in Washington. In 1965, for example, the Federal Register consisted of 14,800 pages of fine print. Last year, it blossomed to nearly 60,000 pages that included more than 25,000 new regulations. Parenthetically, you might be interested in knowing that “… today the cost of federal regulatory activities is rising faster than the sales of companies being regulated,” says Murray Weidenbaum, Weidenbaum ought to know; until three years ago he was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury.” This has the effect of raising our already absurd high tariffs to astronomical heights.

Even though we have a Liberal Government in name in Western Australia, and despite the enormous costs to the nation of government owned and operated wharves, the thrust of government under bureaucratic control in WA is for the government to take over the big mineral loading ports, built entirely with private money and private “know-how” in the North West. These ports have been privately equipped with some of the fastest loading machinery in the world. Each of them out-turns two or three times the tonnage that passes through Sydney harbour at a fraction of the cost.

The surest way for the State Government to put Australia out of the iron business is to nationalise private ports. The WA Government should give a lead and remove itself entirely from anything to do with ports such as Dampier and Lambert.

Mrs Thatcher has announced that the purpose of her visit to Australia is to learn. In this respect she has shown that her priorities are soundly based in that she does not intend to follow the Whitlam trail to Communist China as did Mr Fraser.

On the other hand, I feel she has much to impart to people in this country, because she understands fully the benefits to mankind of capitalism which, in the brief period of its much maligned life, relieved much suffering, brought more wealth and more happiness to more people than all the prophets, saints, politicians, econuts, reformers and “do-gooders” combined.

[See also these private letters from Hancock to Thatcher.]

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