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In what can only be described as a big victory for common sense former Labor party minister and Governor-General Bill Hayden who chaired the failed Century Zinc negotiations has come out fighting saying that Aboriginal policies are being set back enormously because people in Australia are reluctant to speak out for fear of being branded racist.

Hayden condemned Aboriginal leaders for deliberately stifling rational debate and compromising the country's indigenous policies.

He also defended Pauline Hanson's crusade against the waste that is going on in Aboriginal funding and rejected claims that she was a racist.

"People are sick and tired of being screeched at by certain groups I regard as being politically correct," Hayden said.

"We need to ba able to discuss things without being called racist.

"But a lot of the Aboriginal leaders like (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission - ATSIC - social justice minister) Mick Dodson, I suspect, feel that once they allow discussion to take place they will lose control of the direction of policy."

The statements by Hayden were published in the latest issue of the journal of the Sydney based think tank, Centre for Independent Studies.

Mr Hayden condemned the politically correct and the "well-meaning, fashionable, small "l" liberals and lefties".

"(Former Labor Aboriginal affairs minister) Robert Tickner was a classic case.

"If you said Hindmarsh Bridge was a bit of a rort, the way it is going he would say 'racist, racist', screaming it all over the ABC.

"So people were not saying anything publicly but they were saying a lot privately, and the tragedy of all this is that Aboriginal policy can be set back enormously because of the way this has run for so long".

In a typical response Mr Dodson responded by saying, "I don't think debate has been stifled at all.

"I don't think people are that timid. They are not that easily intimidated.

"I am not frightened to have the debate and I have no fear of people speaking out."

Hayden's article pointed out that Aboriginal leaders were, for the first time, losing direction of policy.

"People like Pauline Hanson are saying that all this money is being spent with so little result it is obviously being wasted.

"The fact is that now the proponents of what I would regard as decency and respect for Aborigines are going to find it hard to defend their position.

"So when we hear Hanson's name constantly being invoked and she is being constantly being abused, and a lot of ordinary people think that is unfair."

See the letter to the editor below

What are your views on Hayden's comments?


Federal bureaucrats are pressuring the Howard Government to make severe Budget cuts to health and aged care - in an attempt to save Au$1.3 billion over the next four years.

The Opposition leaked the documents by the Health Department yesterday. The documents recommended that:

Opposition health spokesman Michael Lee and family services spokeswoman, Jenny Macklin, said Dr Woodridge (the Government health minister) should rule out the cuts immediately.

Extensive political commentary and links can be found on Palmer's Australian Politics page.

You say:

Subject: The 30 Cent Fax

I believe the Councillor who lodged the complaint could be severly embarrassed for breaching public confidentiallity.

The citizens of Ipswich would have good reason to no longer wish to have the Council deal with personal or business matters if principles of trust confidentiality and ethics are to be eroded in this way. They would be excused if they were to call for the Council to be sacked. The savings to the citizens of Ipswich would appear to be immense!

David Martin

A letter in yesterday's Queensland Times:

Racism in Reverse

Ipswich's weekend rally against racism was hailed as a singular success. It was well co-ordinated and well publicised.

A Karumba pensioner, John Weider, would endorse the thrust of the rally, however John can't attend.

He is serving 21 days imprisonment in Townsville jail. As an approved carer for native birds, John used an air-rifle to harvest three "pop eyed mullet" to feed his injured sea birds.

A brother Australian, Jason Yanner of Burketown, was also charges; he killed crocodiles with a high-powered hunting rifle.

He is free and "good luck to him". As an Aborigine he qualified for legal aid. A barrister, solicitor and an expert witness were flown to Mt Isa.

John is not an Aborigine. Consequently no legal aid of any type for Australian John.

Is it really difficult to understand why John and thousands like him have had enough of racism in reverse being directed towards non-Aboriginal Australians by politicains and government lackies who thrive on the Aboriginal gravy train, that only stop at cities and towns that host the Aboriginal aristocrats?

No time and no funds for the most needy Aboriginal Australians and their disadvantaged white brothers and sisters. Let's get fair dinkum.

Tom King, Bray Park.


London based international strategist David Fuller said yesterday that the Australian Share Market is all set to boom.

Mr Fuller, who will be in Australia next week for a series of seminars, said that investors would be chasing resource stocks.

His comments were carefully mixed with a number of "ifs" or "buts" - targeting the performance of Wall Street.

"Providing that Wall Street does not suffer a major shake-out, a dull year could cause US investors to diversify their funds and look for better performers in overseas markets."


Following the humilation of his side at the hands of the Australian cricket team South African captain Keppler Wessels has spoken out saying, "If we cannot get on equal mental footing with Australia we will be annihiliated. Australia try to gain a mental ascendancy early in the series then push it home."

"We need some tough players. Brian McMillan will add some toughness but he cannot do it all himself."

Personal trivia, from the global office:

Another perfect Queensland day outside. A cooler night with rain falling... but sunny and warm now.

Another day to be spent in the big smoke.

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