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Lang Hancock, “Lang: Why Joh should be PM,”
Sunday Times (Perth), April 19, 1987, p. 9.

WA multi-millionaire Lang Hancock has come out publicly to throw his support behind Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen’s Canberra crusade.

“Joh, Australia needs you,” he says in an appeal to the Premier through this article in a Brisbane Sunday newspaper.

And he raised the likelihood that as Prime Minister, Sir Joh would go ahead with a rail line across northern Australia, linking WA’s iron ore with Queensland’s coal.

He said Sir Joh was a forthright man who was not afraid to embrace far-reaching schemes to benefit Australia.

Mr Hancock said he did not own an iron ore mine or a steel mill. The proposed line was not his reason for backing Sir Joh.

If Sir Joh has a weakness it is, according to Lang Hancock, his loyalty to some undeserving friends who let him down when the crunch came.

There has long been speculation that Mr Hancock is prepared to donate up to $5 million to Sir Joh’s campaign.

Reasons why I believe Australia would be better off with Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen as Prime Minister can be grouped under three headings.

First, the sterling character of the man. Second, Australia’s desperate need of a firm and fearless leader. Third, the nature of the Opposition to be overcome to set Australia back on the right path.

Simply changing the government will get us nowhere.

Over the past 30 or 40 years, each succeeding government has vied with another in squandering taxpayers’ money and buying votes with all forms of morale-sapping handouts.

Governments with lack of responsibility borrow even more money to squander in a frantic effort to get re-elected.

The consequence of such a procedure manifests itself in a headlong rush to socialism, to such an extent that Australia is economically constipated through endless laws and regulations passed by the three levels of government and 11 houses of parliament, all restricting individual initiative and stifling job-creating industries.

In the midst of this mess there has blossomed a gradual usurpation of power from the elected government by some of the more militant trade union leaders who have defied successfully every leader except Joh.

It is obvious if the present Government took the necessary steps to save our country, it would be voted out of office.

On the other hand, I do not believe the Liberal Party is likely to win an election with its present leader because, rightly or wrongly, he was branded architect of the despicable retrospective legislation of the Fraser government.

Even if the Liberals did win, however, it is certain they would not arrest the forward march to socialism because, of the two parties throughout their history, the Liberals have been the instigators of most of the socialist legislation with which we are today plagued.

Consequently, our only hope seems to be to elect a new and fearless leader who has the guts to act, regardless of the outcome of the ballot box.

In other words, we must have Joh for Prime Minister because he will not be worried about being re-elected, because he will only need a few months in office to bang through the few simple reforms necessary.

To initiate a flat rate of income tax across the board; to return the power, usurped by unions, to the elected government; to eliminate tariffs that are killing farmers; to return power to the States and kill off the dead hand of Canberra, and in general return to simple free-market principles.

Joh is a man of simple, forthright, honest character who is not afraid to embrace far-reaching, imaginative schemes.

I speak with first-hand knowledge of this visionary aspect of his character because of the ready manner in which he embraced the idea of a northern, east-west railway connecting the coal to the iron and the iron to the coal with a steel mill at either end.

Some nincompoops say it is my railway and my reason for supporting Joh. Surely, it is Australia’s railway, steel mills, coal and iron mines that will benefit. I have neither a coal nor an iron mine of my own.

I support Joh because of his ready attitude to help people in distress.

I support Joh because he does not stand on ceremony or protocol, but will get out like a travelling salesman anywhere in the world to sell Queensland products.

This is the man we all need to represent Australia. We need a man as Prime Minister, who, despite all forms of character assassination and innuendo thrown at him by cowardly ink-slingers who try to denigrate him from the security of their back room dens without facing the man in public, still holds his head high and is admired for doing so by all decent-minded Australians.

If Joh has a weakness, it is in showing compassion to people who are not worthy of his support, or loyalty to some friends who have traded on that loyalty and let Joh down when the crunch came.

Joh — Australia needs you!

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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
  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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