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SOME AIMS THAT ARE DIFFERENT
While she has only between four and five millions Qf popula
tion, Australia is bigger, physically, than our country, and is dom
inated by the Labor party. This party is not composed exclusively
of artisans and day faborers, but contains what we in our country
would designate as "the middle classes, as well as the wage
earners. In other words, "the masses" run Australia. The re
cently promulgated platform of the Labor party is interesting, and
here are its important features:
Maintainance of "a White Australia."' No Japs, Chinese, ne
groes, or even some of the "shaded" races of Southern Europe are
Maintainance of land tax. This has had a year's trial. It has
not cheapened land to any material extent, "but it has stimulated the
sub-division of a large country holdings.
Naturalization of monopolies. No anti-Sherman act, no "rea
sonable" decisions by supreme courts, no indictments, but when
you organize a monopoly and begin to squeeze the folks, govern
ment takes your monopoly away from you. , ,
Federation by inclusion of the referendum proposals in the
Constitution. This means stronger emphasis on national interests
and rights as against state rights.
Government insurance. This aims to have the government
engage in fire, life and accident insurance business.
Establishment of sugar refineries, which means the blacking of
both eyes of the refinery combination.
And, behold! they propose to have the newspaperp quit lying
during political campaigns. During federal campaigns every news
paper comment on the issues, every report by a reportdr'must bear
the writer's signature, and every publisher must make public report
of all moneys received for publishing matter iof a political nature,
be the same advertisements, news notices, or editorial comments.
Who are the" Labor party of Australia? Oh! they're people
from pretty much the same stock from which we ourselves, came,
and they have a century-old object lesson of our way of doing
'things. But their Labor patty is looked upon as the wall between
plutocracy" that would" mercilessly hog everything and socialism
that would arbitrarily confiscate and divide everything.
Artist retouched large painting
in old Belgium church and trust
ees asked for itemized bill. It in
cluded "correcting Ten Com
mandments, $5.12;" "Renewing
Heaven, adjusting stars $7.14;"
"Putting new tail on St. Peter's
rooster $2.20" and many others. ,
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