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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. 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
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  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?
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  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
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  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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