November 10th 2007


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COVER STORY: Farmers' protest in Canberra over national water plan

EDITORIAL: Howard and Rudd - the Coke vs. Pepsi election?

RURAL CRISIS: Crocodile tears and hand-wringing over drought

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Why voters have turned on John Howard

INTERNATIONAL TRADE: China's aggressive trade strategy pays off

FOREIGN INVESTMENT: Risk for Australia in dependence on China

PUBLIC AFFAIRS: Overdue steps to ensure open government

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Victoria's hospital fiasco / Shooting fish in a barrel / Misreading America

POLITICAL IDEOLOGIES: How family-friendly is the free market?

DRUGS POLICY: Illicit drugs and the federal election

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH: Exposing the abortion-breast cancer link

OPINION: A Rudd election win will be a disaster

OBITUARY: A Labor Party statesman remembered - Hon. Kim Edward Beazley Snr. AO (1917-2007)

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OPINION:
A Rudd election win will be a disaster


by Brian Peachey

News Weekly, November 10, 2007
A new Labor government is likely to recognise same-sex unions, legalise euthanasia and enact an Australian bill of human rights.

If the Rudd-led Labor Party wins the November 24 federal election, it will be a disaster for Australia. It would be a catastrophe similar to the advent of the Whitlam Labor Government.

When the Whitlam Government was elected in 1972 it was a conglomerate of competing groups. One of its first decisions was to dramatically expand the public service.

It did nothing for the workers, except reduce their living standards by increasing inflation to almost 20 per cent. It changed Australia's defence and foreign policy for the worse, grovelled to Communist China, passed legislation that destroyed many families, and, because of irresponsible economic mismanagement and chicanery, pushed Australia to the brink of bankruptcy.

Whitlam was justifiably sacked by the Governor-General Sir John Kerr in 1975, and overwhelmingly rejected by the people in the election that followed.

Factions

Despite its name, the party Whitlam led in 1972, was not a true Labor Party. The Rudd-led party is no different. Behind Mr Rudd (who is nothing like past Labor prime ministers, such as Scullin, Curtin and Chifley) is a cabal of disparate factions demanding their share of the spoils.

The most dominant and best organised faction is the secular-feminist-left, which backed Labor's deputy leader Julia Gillard, but wanted Rudd as the "respectable conservative face" up front. There is a deep ideological gulf between Rudd and Gillard. Some commentators have even said there is bitter hatred.

The most dramatic and far-reaching incident in Australian political history since Federation was the split in the Australian Labor Party that occurred between 1955 and 1957 over communism.

The split had a profound and long-lasting impact on the governing of Australia for decades, and detrimentally changed the once-honourable Australian Labor Party, that had admirable concerns for national development, the welfare of working-class families and the underprivileged.

The decisions of the 1955 Hobart Labor Party conference and the resultant split created a deep wound in the Labor Party that has not healed. At the time, it lost more than 50 experienced, dedicated Labor MPs, thousands of trade union members and officials, and a greater number of active branch members.

The resulting void was filled, first by the pro-communist left and former communist members, then by wealthy libertarians, feminists, environmentalist, secular humanists and ambitious would-be-politicians.

The late Mr Kim Beazley Snr, who was implacably opposed to communist power and influence in the Labor movement, acted honourably at the Hobart conference.

He despised the new class of Labor activists that emerged. At a state conference in 1970, which was pushing an agenda that included legalising abortion, allowing homosexual couples to adopt children and abolishing censorship, he let rip with his most famous denunciation:

"When I first went as a young man to the ALP forums, those present were the cream of the working class. But as I look about me now, all I see are the dregs of the middle class."

He went further and demanded to know "when you middle-class perverts are going to stop using the Labor Party as a spiritual spittoon".

Part of the proof that the party is no longer a Labor Party is the tearing up of the old party rules. Today, those who control it are able to parachute their own kind into safe seats, without a selection ballot, over the heads of long-time hard-working party members. A recent example was putting rock-singer Peter Garrett into the seat of Kingsford Smith. He had not even been a member of the ALP.

Radical social engineering has been determinedly pursued by new Labor. The two attorneys-general in the Whitlam and Hawke Governments respectively, Senators Lionel Murphy and Gareth Evans, understood that the law is the strongest educative agency of all. That is to say, in the effluxion of time, what is legal eventually becomes socially acceptable, and morally permissible as well.

Family breakdown

The late Senator Murphy's 1975 Family Law Act undermined the legal foundations of the institution of marriage by introducing divorce-on-demand. This facilitated an increase in the number of divorces, so that more than 40 per cent of Australian marriages are now expected to break down, leaving hundreds of thousands of fatherless or motherless children.

There are clear indications that a new Labor government will seek to recognise same-sex unions, legalise euthanasia and enact an Australian bill of human rights.

A draft bill has already been prepared by the left-wing think-tank, New Matilda, under the chairmanship of former Hawke Cabinet minister, Susan Ryan.

- Brian Peachey was WA state secretary of the Democratic Labor Party 1957-1964, and author of The Burkes of Western Australia (1992).




























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