7th November 2003
AUSTRALIAN (OZ) DIARY
- PAULINE HANSON FREED ON APPEAL -
When Pauline was jailed, Australian Diary wanted to know where the "mens rea" (latin for guilty mind) was.
Now she has been freed by the Queensland court of appeal.
(From what I understand, Queensland is a lot like Texas. They
have wide spaces, and also have their own way of doing things.)
At least their appeal court has shown a bit of responsibility.
They didn't just reduce the sentence, they quashed the
conviction. Ms Hanson is now free to again challenge the powers
The powers that be will not allow her to win. If necessary, the
assassin's bullet is the answer. Her policies would virtually
guarantee that. She stands for CIR.
CIR stands for "Citizen's Initiated
Referendum". That means ordinary Australians could modify their
constitution without the "filtering" effect of politicians. (Remember the "Politician's President.") We
could call elections whenever we wanted, over-rule legislation we
didn't want, even over-rule decisions of the High court.
I do not think that those shadowy powers (the ones who are the root
cause of conspiracy theories worldwide) would permit even a second rank
power like Australia to show the citizens of the world that a people
can responsibly and effectively govern themselves democratically.
The people of California are already exercising far too much direct
democratic (as opposed to representative democratic) power. I
would not be surprised if Schwartzenegger was whiteanted, and would
suspect those same shadows before whatever "obvious" reason for his
failure is produced.
- NORTH KOREA -
A North Korean merchant boat was captured after unloading a huge
haul of Heroin onto Australia. Their ostensible reason for
travelling to Melbourne was to upload about six Mercedes Benz motor
cars. (Haha. The fuel bill would have exceeded the cost of
six new Mercs.). With such a weak reason for travelling in
Australian waters, it is obvious that both the political officer and
the ships captain must have been in the plot.
They are all pleading not guilty, and saying that the Pyongyang
government was not involved. Hey fellahs, our justice system
might have lots of checks and balances, it might look pretty wussy when
compared to your own streamlined justice system, but we are not naive.
- EUROPE ADVANCES BACKWARDS, US RETREATS ONWARDS -
On these pages I have long held the view that Europe is
(economically) stuffed, mostly because of the heavy taxes that are
imposed to pay for their overweight bureaucracies. On the other
hand, I have maintained that the US is bounding ahead, undergoing an
internet boom that is below the horizon for classical
economists. (Mostly because they are measuring the wrong
This week "The Economist" in an editorial "The Tortoise & the Hare"
seems to be beginning to suspect that my predictions might have been
right. They will not, of course, ever admit the reason.
"The Economist" is an entrenched power because of the political system
in the UK, and the political system's blood is the taxes & the
bureaucrats that those taxes buy.
- BUREAUCRATS IN AUSTRALIA -
In Australia we pay social security of about $170 per week.
Our total social security bill is around $80 billion. Our
population is 20 million. If we divided the social security bill
by the population, we get $80b/20M = $4,000 per capita, or $160.00 per
fortnight per man, woman & child.
In other words, if they sacked all of the bureaucrats who essentially
are there to interview applicants and make sure that they are not
ripping off the system, then we could pay everybody (man, woman child
& old aged pensioner) about $160 per fortnight. It should not
be too hard for the government to set up secure accounts based on the
electoral roll, and banks have already solved the security problem, so
there should be no great expense in distributing that money.
All the sacked bureaucrats could live on their $160 p/f = per
fortnight, (more if they are married, $320 p/f, and even more if they
have children, an extra $160 p/f per child). I feel sure that
enterprising people like them would soon find gainful income.
Of course such a sensible solution won't happen. Next we might
think that we could do without politicians and their support staff
(about $10 billion, or 5% of the Australian tax take)
Perhaps my readers can begin to understand why "Direct Democracy" is a no-starter.