Free Trade

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In society there are only two mechanisms of interaction which bring together strangers in a systematic way: Trade and Authority. In small groups of friends we observe affection, mutual goals and common concerns; but the small group model cannot be expanded to include society at large because nobody has enough time to learn, to exchange enough information, to “make friends” with enough people. A politician tries to be your friend, but this is hypocrisy and everyone knows that his handshake is not worth a cup of coffee, and that his smile won’t lower taxes if he is elected. Continue reading Free Trade

Taxation Is Theft

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The fundamental right of any individual is the right to life, sustained by freedom of choice, and the right to control the property he earns through his efforts or through voluntary exchange with other individuals. Any person has the right to defend, by force if necessary, his life, liberty and property. A man’s existence and what he has earned is not the property of others. Man is not a slave … he is not an animal to be sacrificed to the desires, whims or needs of other individuals. When the property of a man (his life, or that which sustains it) is taken from him by force, the action is known as THEFT. Continue reading Taxation Is Theft

Why the Workers Party?

Cassette cover text: Why this tape?
1. Because it presents an alternative to various failed Socialist programs so far in Australia.
2. Because I am concerned enough to do something about it.
3. Because I am programmed for survival.
Ron Manners 1975


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Maxwell Newton on Whitlam in 1975 to the Workers Party

Maxwell Newton, “New Director Speaks Out: What he had to say,” Workers Party Newsletter, vol. 1, no. 2, June 1975, pp. 1-4.

Maxwell Newton, one of Australia’s most colourful and dynamic business figures, is to play a key role in the future of the Workers Party.

He is a new director of the party and becomes our national spokesman on economic and political issues.

Newton, 46, owns the Sunday Observer newspaper in Melbourne.

He gave an immensely successful speech to a public meeting of the Workers Party in Sydney on May 26.

His speech, published in this issue of the Newsletter [see below], graphically spelled out the rapidly growing trend towards Communism in Australia today.

Maxwell Newton was born in Perth and attended Perth Modern School where one of his “chums” was Bob Hawke.

After winning first class honours in economics at the University of Western Australia in 1951, Newton went to England to Cambridge University.

At Cambridge, he got first class honours in economics in 1953. He was an honorary scholar at Clare College, Cambridge and a Wrembury Scholar a Cambridge in 1953.

From 1953 to 1955, he worked with the Commonwealth Treasury and from 1956 to 1959 was political correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald.

Following this, Newton became managing editor of the Financial Review before coming foundation managing editor of Rupert Murdoch’s national newspaper The Australian in 1964-65.

From 1966 to 1971, Maxwell Newton earned his living as a political and economic writer in Canberra.

Since 1971, he has been managing director of Maxwell Newton Publications.

There is no longer any doubt that there is an acute danger of major economic breakdown in Australia in the next year, to be accompanied by a massive drive for nationalisation of private industry and a curtailment of freedom of individuals. Continue reading Maxwell Newton on Whitlam in 1975 to the Workers Party