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.]
- Ron Manners’ Heroic Misadventures
- Hancock's Australia
- Hancock on Government Help
- Wake Up Australia: Excerpts Part 1
- Wake Up Australia: Excerpts Part 2
- Lang Hancock's Five Point Plan to Cripple Australia
- Governments Consume Wealth — They Don't Create It
- Up the Workers! Bob Howard's 1979 Workers Party Reflection in Playboy
- Jump on the Joh bandwagon
- John Singleton and Bob Howard 1975 Monday Conference TV Interview on the Workers Party
- Governments — like a red rag to a Rogue Bull
- Lang Hancock's Pilbara-Queensland Railway Proposal
- Singo, Howard and Hancock Want to Secede
- Lang Hancock's Foreword to Rip Van Australia
- New party will not tolerate bludgers: Radical party against welfare state
- Small and Big Business Should Oppose Government, says Lang Hancock
- A Condensed Case for Secession
- Hancock gets tough over uranium mining
- Hancock's threat to secede and faith in Whitlam
- PM's sky-high promise to Lang
- Govt "villain" in eyes of new party
- The spread of Canberra-ism
- Govt should sell the ABC, says Lang Hancock
- 1971 Monday Conference transcript featuring Lang Hancock
- Aborigines, Bjelke and the freedom of the press
- The code of Lang Hancock
- Why not starve the taxation monster?
- Lang Hancock 1978 George Negus Interview
- Party Promises to Abolish Tax
- Right-wing plot
- "The best way to help the poor is not to become one of them." - Lang Hancock
- WA's NCP commits suicide
- "You can't live off a sacred site"
- Hancock: King of the Pilbara
- Bludgers need not apply
- New party formed "to slash controls"
- Workers Party Reunion Intro
- Workers Party is born as foe of government
- Government seen by new party as evil
- Ron Manners on Lang Hancock
- Does Canberra leave us any alternative to secession?
- Bury Hancock Week
- Ron Manners on the Workers Party
- Lang Hancock on Australia Today
- Hancock and Wright
- Lang Hancock on Environmentalists
- Friends of free enterprise treated to financial tete-a-tete: Lang does the talking but Gina pulls the strings
- Lang Hancock, Stump Jumper
- Lang Hancock: giant of the western iron age
- The Treasury needs a hatchet man
- We Mine to Live
- Get the "econuts" off our backs
- 1971 Lang Hancock-Jonathan Aitken interview for Land of Fortune (short)
- Gina Rinehart, Secessionist
- 1982 NYT Lang Hancock profile
- Enter Rio Tinto
- Hamersley and Tom Price
- News in the West
- Positive review of Hancock speech
- Lang Hancock International Press Institute General Assembly speech, Canberra, 1978
- Australia's slide to socialism
- The Great Claim Robbery
- Why WA must go it alone
- Lang Hancock in 1976 on Public Picnics and Human Blights
- MILLIONAIRE PUTS MONEY BEHIND SECESSIONISTS
- Resource Management in Australia: Is it possible?
- The gospel of WA secession according to Lang Hancock
- Crystal Balls Need Polishing
- Minerals - politicians' playthings?
- John Singleton-Ita Buttrose interview (1977)
- Boston Tea Party 1986 style, hosted by Lang Hancock and Bob Ansett
- Singo says Lang Hancock violated Australia's 11th commandment: Thou Shalt Not Succeed
- Singleton: the White Knight of Ockerdom
- Tactics change by Hancock
- Lang Hancock complains to Margaret Thatcher about Malcolm Fraser
- 'Phony crisis' seen as 'child of politics'
- Lang Hancock on nuclear energy
- Lang Hancock beats the left at their own game on civil liberties
- Lang Hancock's Favourite Books
- 1977 Lang Hancock Canberoo poem
- Hancock's playing very hard to get
- Hancock proposes a free-trade zone
- An Open Letter to Sir Charles Court
- John Singleton 1976 ocker Monday Conference Max Harris debate
- Lang Hancock in 1984 solves Australian politics
- Lang Hancock on the Workers Party, secession and States Rights
- Lang Hancock asks what happened to Australia's rugged individualism?
- Precis of Ludwig Plan for North-West
- Announcement that Lang Hancock will be guest of honour at the Workers Party launch
- Lang Hancock's March 1983 attempt to enlist "former presidents of nations and heads of giant companies" to save Australia
- Lang Hancock asks us to think how easily environmentalists are manipulated for political purposes
- Invest in free enterprise
- Democracy is dead in Australia and Lang Hancock's education
- Lang Hancock Incites Civil Disobedience
- Hancock sounds call to battle Canberra
- Mining policy a threat
- Over Whitlam's head
- Lang Hancock suggests that newspapers don't give space to politicians unconditionally
- Lang Hancock on saving Australia from socialism
- Secede or sink
- Australia can learn from Thatcher
- John Singleton. Horseracing. Why?
- How Lang Hancock would fix the economy
- Lang Hancock: victim of retrospective legislation
- Lang Hancock supports Joh for PM
- Hancock seeks miners' tax haven in the north
- The Ord River Dam
- Why Lang Hancock invested in Australia's film industry
- Lang Hancock's 1983 letters to The Australian: Lang's precedent for Steve Jobs, renaming the Lucky Country to the Constipated Country, and more
- Australia's biggest newspaper insider on manipulating the media
- 1980 Lang Hancock-Australian Penthouse Interview
- Canberra: bastion of bureaucracy
- Pilbara can be the Ruhr for South-East Asia
- 1982 Lang Hancock-John Harper Nelson Interview
- Australian elections are one of the greatest con games in history
- Our leaders are powerless