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Lang Hancock, The Australian, September 6, 1985, p. 10,
as a letter to the editor.

SIR — The efforts of Mr John Leard are laudable and deserve the highest praise for highlighting what should be obvious to every man, woman and child who has passed first year maths, namely, that Australia is heading for ultimate Third World status under IMF control.

There are numerous well-meaning bodies propounding the same theme and emphasising the same problems, but as far as I can see neither Mr Leard nor any of the other groups, who undoubtedly have Australia’s interests at heart, have supplied any answers to the problems resulting from Big Government squandering money per medium of ever-expanding government departments and quangos.

The obvious answer is to gradually do away with the departments — State and federal — that spend not only the taxpayers’ money but whatever money the Government can borrow; mainly for the purpose of buying votes.

No Prime Minister, no Cabinet minister, no MP (except those in extremely safe seats) would ever dare to abolish any one of these gargantuan spenders of the taxpayers’ money.

This being so, Mr Leard and other well-intentioned parties are simply preaching the obvious to the converted without supplying a remedy, because it should be evident that no government can in any way correct any of the evils and still remain in power: governments must inevitably levy higher and higher taxes and increase borrowings to raise funds with which to buy votes in order to retain their seats in Parliament.

To understand fully why the elected representatives of the people are powerless to act in the best interests of the electors, it is necessary to understand just what constitutes government in Australia. In actual fact there are five arms of government:

  1. The ever-expanding giant bureaucracies, whose heads don’t change whichever party the people elect to form a government;
  2. The more militant of the trade unions, whose almost permanent heads remain unchanged after every parliamentary election;
  3. The media in all its forms, which does all the thinking for the majority of the populace, and whose press barons never change irrespective of the number and frequency of elections held.
  4. The big lobby groups who have their hands in the till and are responsible for the imposition of tariffs, quotas and the handing out of subsidies of all kinds.
  5. The elected representatives of the people who can’t do anything about the above four without being expelled by the voter, a great and ever-increasing number of whom receive some form of government handout.

It is easy to see how ineffectual the elected representatives of the people are. Therefore arousing the public to the inevitable consequences of elected government must be abortive unless a remedy is supplied to overcome the evils that we all know are dragging Australia down.

I think there could be some hope of making parliamentary government effective by reorganising any political party which is prepared to endorse the practice (and not only the theory) of free enterprise.

To do this it would be necessary to work from the top and make it party policy to select only those candidates who would take an oath to pass no more laws and, in fact, unwind all laws passed in the last 20 or 30 years without lengthy debate, but on the basis of “the last to come, the first to go.”

Such an innovation would catch the newly elected member in “Morton’s fork” whereby if he voted in Parliament to do away with several government bureaucracies, he may get sufficient approval from his electors to be re-elected; but if he failed to vote according to his oath, his demise would be swift and definite.

This may be a drastic remedy, but Australia is facing a drastic situation, as Mr Leard so clearly illustrates, and will not get out of the headlong drift to bankruptcy unless the high spending, high taxing, high regulation process is reversed.


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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. 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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