History and Philosophy of the Citizens Electoral Council

The CEC Record: Australia's National and International Mission

Over the past twenty-eight years, only one political party in Australia has consistently fought for a programme of both national economic reconstruction for our own nation, and for Australia's participation in helping to rebuild a world order of sovereign nation-states, to replace the evil, collapsing world order of globalisation—the Citizens Electoral Council.

Sovereign Australia IIn 1990, after two representatives of the CEC spent several weeks in the United States in discussions with the Economics staff of Executive Intelligence Review, and with Mr. LaRouche himself, who was then unjustly incarcerated in federal prison (for more about LaRouche click here), the CEC released its first-ever document specifying the national and international tasks which our nation must undertake, to save Australia and the world from the impending ruin of globalisation. Entitled, Sovereign Australia: An Economic Development Programme To Save Our Nation, the document was ultimately printed in over 50,000 copies, and initiated the campaign which the CEC has carried out ever since. The programme opened with the following, prophetic paragraphs:

"Our nation today stands on the brink of ruin. Our astronomical foreign debt, the collapse of our farms and manufacturing plants, the purchase of our nation out from under us, and the rapid disappearance of the family and other moral values which have, in former times, made this a proud and prosperous country, all these and more are symptoms of a crisis which hurtles upon us like an express train.

"Our problems are horrific, yes, but they can be solved. You will find in the following pages the broad outline of a course of action to mobilise the technological and industrial potentials of our continent, to not only pull our country back from the precipice over which it presently teeters, but to define for our beloved nation a great mission for well into the 21st century. If we mobilise our vast human and natural resources, and in so doing reassert our own sovereignty, then instead of finding ourselves strangers in our own land, a land increasingly owned by others, we will become nation-builders for much of Asia."

A national office, and a national mission

In October, 1992, the CEC opened an office in Melbourne, with a fulltime staff of 20, to more effectively fight for the goals outlined in Sovereign Australia. Then, on May 28-June 1 1993, the CEC sponsored its first international conference, which was entitled, "The Development and Reconstruction of Sovereign Nations, Post-International Monetary Fund", with speakers from the U.S., Hungary, Mexico, Germany, and India, among other nations represented. In his keynote to the conference, Mr. LaRouche outlined a noble mission for Australia, one upon which Prime Minister John Curtin and U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt had agreed at the end of World War II, before their untimely deaths within months of each other. Said Mr. LaRouche:

Lyndon LaRouche"We must give Australia a purpose for existence, a cultural purpose for existence, in terms of the entirety of the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean Basin. Australia must make itself indispensable to the peoples of this region; and it can best do that by resolving to abandon the demontage, the destruction of its industrial and agricultural potential, the destruction of its scientific potential, which has occurred in recent years, and become an outpost of the very best which the Americas and Europe and the European tradition have to offer, to the benefit of all of the peoples of the region, so that all of the peoples of this region will know that the continent of Australia and the nation of Australia, is a beacon of benefit to them all, which they will treasure, as they would treasure any benefit of that sort."

While 200 delegates to the conference discussed proposals for economic reconstruction, one David Greason, an employee of Melbourne's Mark and Isi Leibler, who bragged that he had helped create National Action and the National Front, organisations which the Leiblers themselves have regularly denounced as "neo-Nazi", attempted to orchestrate a riot outside the conference, necessitating the deployment of dozens of mounted police. Mouthing phony charges of "racism" and "anti-semitism", the Leiblers were in fact operating on behalf of the City of London/Wall St. financial establishment, to enforce economic rationalism and globalisation upon Australia, and to silence any contrary economic proposals, a campaign which they and their friends in the Anti-Defamation Commission of B'nai B'rith have continued until today, as documented in the CEC's March 2001 pamphlet, The real story behind Queen Elizabeth's fascist racial vilification legislation

Compare Mr. LaRouche's perspective for Australia and its role in Asia, to what actually happened over the past decade, first under a Keating Labor government, and then under the Coalition. Keating's strategy of "engagement with Asia" was an utter fraud, given his fanatical insistence on "free trade", which helped destroy both our Asian neighbors, as well as Australia's own precious agro-industrial potentials, while the Coalition under John Howard set out to torch Asia, as exemplified in Howard's role in triggering the ongoing splintering of Indonesia through sparking the East Timor crisis, which is chronicled in the CEC's September 1999 pamphlet, Global Financial Crash Drives East Timor Crisis.

LaRouche's influence soars

Sovereign Australia IIFollowing the 1993 Melbourne anti-IMF conference, the CEC in 1994 issued Sovereign Australia, Part II: The Legislative Programme To Save Our Nation, which cast some of the key proposals of the original Sovereign Australia programme, notably that for a national bank, into legislative form, such that they could be acted upon immediately, as the international monetary system lurched through one horrific crisis after another.

From 1994 on, the CEC circulated millions of copies of its newspaper, the New Citizen, throughout the country, which chronicled the twists and turns of the developing financial crisis, as well as running State and Federal electoral campaigns, in order to build a mass movement for national sovereignty, and to educate average citizens and public officials on all levels on pressing global strategic issues—in particular that of the global economic collapse—with which Australia must come to grips, if our nation were to survive.

25 Years of The New Citizen

Look at the headlines of the CEC's newspaper, The New Citizen, mass-distributed in cumulatively millions of copies over the past 25 years.

Even LaRouche's enemies acknowledged his expertise. Already on January 29, 1994, the Australian Financial Review opened its 20-page review of a supplement generally devoted to promoting financial derivatives—the chief engine driving what is now a US $400 trillion financial bubble--under the heading, "Bad press overseas has been adding to the global push for regulation": "We are, according to the American polemicist, Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr, facing a 'derivatives bubble', a threat of enormous magnitude," the AFR then reported. "[The bubble] grows like a cancer at the expense of its host, at the same time that its appetite is growing, while the means of satisfying the appetite are collapsing, he [LaRouche] explained in a special edition of a New Federalist pamphlet," noting that, "while LaRouche's views represent the extreme position", they are growing rapidly in influence, particularly in the U.S.

AFR cites LaRouche on derivatives

Throughout this time, both the ALP and Coalition governments trumpeted the success of their economic models, and projected an era of "everlasting prosperity", if only more globalisation were implemented. However, by June 1996, LaRouche's influence, particularly in rural Australia, had reached such a point, that then-Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer accused him of organising a 150,000 person anti-gun control rally in Melbourne, and issued several hysterical public attacks on LaRouche, in both Australia, and in a press conference in Washington, D.C., where he blustered that, "There is no place in Australia for the sort of ideas associated with Lyndon LaRouche."

By the following year, the establishment decided something had to be done, to derail LaRouche's soaring influence. Instead of attacking LaRouche directly—which only heightened his influence--they decided to take a different tack. Suddenly, the Packer-Murdoch media began to lionize a previously almost-unknown federal MP from rural Queensland, Pauline Hanson, and the Hanson phenomenon was off and running, on the back of the earlier LaRouche presence in the bush. The coincidence of Hanson's early ideas of national banking, reindustrialisation, attacks on the fraud of Aboriginal "land rights", etc. did not go uncommented upon, even by the major media. As Philip Adams wrote in the Weekend Australian of May 3-4 1997, "It's been noted that Pauline Hanson's memorable maiden speech was chocker with policies that bore an eerie resemblance to those of Lyndon LaRouche." Or, as the Brisbane Courier Mail noted on Aug. 26, 1998, "but she does have ideas, alas, and her ideas are essentially those of the CEC".

Can this souffle rise twice?Though One Nation was originally intended as a mere populist "countergang" to LaRouche, through a complex process, the Hanson phenomenon became a kind of "Frankenstein's monster" to the very Establishment which had called it into being, particularly after its stunning capture of 11 seats in the Queensland State Parliament in March 1998. Then, once much of the focus of rural discontent had been shifted onto Hanson, the Establishment launched a nasty campaign to eliminate One Nation, a campaign facilitated by the party's own populist tendencies of "personalities, not policies". By late 2000, the virtually-defunct One Nation was resuscitated by Packer and Murdoch, in particular to deflect votes in the Western Australia state election of Feb. 10 2001, where at least one LaRouche-affiliated candidate, the CEC's Jean Robinson, looked like an excellent bet to win the seat of Wagin. In fact, the One Nation candidate, who only entered the race belatedly, and who drew 20% of the vote without campaigning, told Mrs. Robinson, that had he not entered the race, and given that many other voters for other parties had put her second, she would have won. (1)

The New Bretton Woods

While the media put the spotlight on Hanson, the CEC continued its campaign for a return to economic-nationalist policies, most importantly, beginning in early 1997, through its organizing for a "New Bretton Woods". In late 1997, CEC candidates for federal Parliament began campaigning on this theme for the federal election held in October 1998. Beginning with the "Asia crisis" of 1997, through the near-global meltdown following Russia's default on state debt in August 1998, and the collapse of the multi-billion dollar Long Term Capital Management hedge fund in September, one senior figure of the Howard government after another, including Howard himself, felt compelled to attempt to refute LaRouche's forecasts, and proposals to solve the crisis.

In late 1997, in reply to a fellow federal MP's query about LaRouche's warning of a "global financial meltdown", Assistant Treasurer Rod Kemp officially replied, "The government does not subscribe to the economic policy prescription advocated by Lyndon LaRouche." 

On June 16 1998, Howard was asked at a press conference, by a representative of the New Citizen, "Mr. Howard, many people, especially the physical economist Lyndon LaRouche, have described the reason for the financial collapse as being due to the economic reforms you describe as necessary, but otherwise are called austerity, and have called for a New Bretton Woods conference to solve the crisis. Why do you continue to ride a dead horse, Mr. Howard?" Howard replied, "I do not believe we can go back to a Bretton Woods style of approach to global economic affairs." In a follow-up question by a second New Citizen reporter to Tim Fischer, Fischer shrieked "LaRouche!" as soon as the reporter identified himself. "Yes, LaRouche," the New Citizen reporter replied, "The problem with your last answer Mr. Fischer, is the more you hail the benefits of globalisation, the deeper our country and the world is sliding into depression…A lot of the vote for One Nation can probably be attributed to your embrace of globalisation irrespective of the consequences. At the same time, your government claims this present [Asian] crisis was unforeseen, yet you are party to the four year old forecast of Lyndon LaRouche when he forecast the disintegration of the global economy, because of speculation. Will you admit you have lost credibility on economic issues?" "No, I will not", Fischer angrily replied, "And you will not be surprised by that immediate response."

The New CitizenThen, in October 1998, Government MP Kent Andrew wrote to a constituent, "I do not accept as indicated in your letter, that it is now openly acknowledged by virtually all leading economic authorities that the global speculative bubble is about to 'burst'". Simultaneously, government Chief Whip Neil Andrew, after viewing a video of the 90 minute video by LaRouche on the New Bretton Woods, wrote a letter to a constituent proclaiming that, "After 15 years direct involvement in Australian economic policy, I cannot share Mr. LaRouche's pessimism. It would be a National disaster to return to a rigidly regulated economy with fixed exchange rates." Andrew further intoned, "It is not realistic to portray the world as an economically crueller place or harsher place than it was. In percentage terms the number of human beings at starvation level continues to decline and trade reforms have meant that more and more have a chance to build up their economies. The rise of relative prosperity in Asia…illustrates this."

The same month, Treasurer Peter Costello repeatedly proclaimed to local meetings of his Liberal Party, that "the economy is fine, despite what Lyndon LaRouche says," this despite his own Prime Minister's October 22 speech to the World Conference of Banking Supervisors biannual conference in Sydney, where Howard proclaimed that the world is facing "an unprecedented degree of instability in international financial markets," and concluded that "the global system failed us."

By early 2001, with the global economy beginning to rapidly--and visibly--disintegrate, the Establishment dropped its years-long policy of simply blacking out LaRouche and the CEC, whose credibility on the crash was becoming downright dangerous. Thus, beginning in January 2001, Establishment media featured a series of venomous attacks on LaRouche and the CEC by the Anti-Defamation Commission of B'nai B'rith, which is dominated by three members of Queen Elizabeth's Privy Council, former Governor-General Sir Ninian Stephen, Sir Zelman Cowen, and Malcolm Fraser, with Bob Hawke also serving as a member.

The ADC issued a Jan. 19, 2001 press release attacking One Nation member Tony Drake, a former member of the CEC and his campaign for the Senate in Western Australia, quoting from a release which Drake issued in 1998: "The Citizens Electoral Council derives its credibility from the fact that we alone among Australian political institutions have for four years issued repeated warnings based on the economic forecast of Lyndon LaRouche that the world's financial system and monetary system would collapse."

Her Majesty's ADC repeatedly attacked LaRouche and the CEC as "racist" and "anti-semitic", and called for the passage of state and federal "racial vilification" laws which could be used to silence LaRouche's voice (which were in fact passed in June 2001 Victoria, where the CEC is headquartered). In June 2001, simultaneously with the debate in the Victorian Parliament on "racial vilification" law, Rupert Murdoch-controlled media such as the Courier Mail, the Herald Sun and Channel 7 TV, launched a week-long, foaming-at-the-mouth series of attacks on LaRouche and the CEC, while ADC fellow traveller and MP Michael Danby called for a federal investigation of the CEC's fundraising.

Defeating fascism, fighting for national sovereignty and economic developmentA Fascist Police-State, or Economic Development?

In February 2002, after months of research and many discussions with Professor Lance Endersbee, the CEC published a feature edition of The New Citizen newspaper. Headlined "Facing the Depression: A Fascist Police-State or Economic Development?" with an Infrastructure Road to Recovery special report, it started to spread quickly around the nation, inspiring many Australians who were being crippled by drought. Prince Philip's WWF established The Wentworth Group to try to dispel any theories that Australia could develop it's interior.

Immediately following the publication of that paper, the CEC led the campaign against the anti-terrorism laws with a mobilisation to "End Them, Don't Amend Them!" Pouring out thousands of phone calls to former Members of Parliament at Federal and State level, civil liberties groups, local councillors, unions, and other political parties to urge them to put pressure on sitting MPs to stop the package of laws created ostensibly to deal with the "terrorism" threat. The mobilisation featured the publication of a call to the Parliament "End Them, Don't Amend Them!" signed by over 200 institutional leaders, in The Australian newspaper on June 12, 2002. Many thousands of Australians also endorsed the call.

In the following months, we mobilised for a solution to the economic crisis already hitting, by launching "An Urgent Call for a New National Bank. Almost 600 institutional leaders endorsed the statement for publication in The Australian newspaper of September 26, 2002 (IMAGE). In the following years, 500,000 Australians signed petitions circulated by CEC organisers campaigning in the streets.

Defeat the Synarchy-Fight for a National BankIn 2004, the CEC continued the fight to stop the anti-terrorism bills and establish a new, Commonwealth National Credit Bank. April saw the publication of another special edition of The New Citizen, headlined "On the eve of the Crash: Defeat the Synarchy-Fight for a National Bank. The CEC launched the newspaper in press conferences around the nation. On Tuesday June 15, just two days before the scheduled Parliamentary debate on the Anti-Terrorism Bill 2004 the CEC intervened, yet again, to lead the fight to stop this fascist law, with the publication of advertisements in the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, and the Canberra Times. Entitled, "Stop the Police-State Anti-Terrorism Bill 2004!" the ad featured endorsements by 90 Australian politicians, military figures, religious leaders, city councillors, and others.

As the world's commodity prices soared into hyperinflation, the CEC increased it's outreach and organising of the population with The New Citizen. In 2006 the CEC reprinted it's book What Australia Must Do to Survive the Depression, and the "Infrastructure Road to Recovery" special report, and shaped the debate in the Howard government on nuclear power with it's New Citizen headlined "Australia Must Enter the Nuclear Age!".

The Global Warming fight

In 2007, on the very weekend Al Gore was given an Academy Award for his film, An Inconvenient Truth, Lyndon LaRouche and Prof. Lance Endersbee addressed the CEC's National Conference on the fraud of global warming.

Due to mass media brainwashing, public opinion polls in early 2007 showed that 68 per cent of Australians favoured “urgent action to stop climate change”, and that therefore the passage of an ETS or similar legislation was a foregone conclusion. At that point we in the CEC and the LaRouche Youth Movement (LYM) went to work. The following are merely some of the highlights among the dozens of meetings we conducted or intervened in, and the numerous press releases, mass flyers, and New Citizens we produced on the subject which were cumulatively read by millions upon millions of Australians.

In March 2007, the CEC released 540,000 copies of a special issue of the New Citizen—one copy for every 40 Australians—under the banner headline, Global Warming is a Fraud!, which proved scientifically that “global warming” was a shameless lie. In April 2007, the LYM intervened into the Fifth World Conference of Science Journalists at the Melbourne Hyatt Hotel, delivering a copy of the New Citizen and a DVD of the U.K. Channel 4 documentary, The Great Global Warming Swindle to every participant. The ensuing uproar included major media coverage of the LYM intervention and forced the airing of the Channel 4 exposé on ABC-TV, for which the CEC and LYM packed the studio audience and dominated the question period.

By 2008, prominent Greens began denouncing “LaRouche and the CEC” as leading the anti-global warming camp. Besides the genocidal intent behind global warming, the CEC and LYM repeatedly exposed “carbon credits” as a multi-billion dollar speculative fraud from which Al Gore was personally making a financial killing, and in June 2009 intervened to disrupt Gore’s own tin-rattling breakfast in Melbourne with Australia’s superannuation industry. In August 2009 we printed 350,000 copies of the New Citizen headlined “Carbon Trading is Hitler-Style Genocide!”, just as draconian ETS legislation was taking centre-stage in Parliament. That legislation was defeated.

All of this had emboldened leading scientists to speak out. Just before the August 2009 Senate vote, Murdoch’s Queensland Courier Mail blamed the CEC for the anti-ETS mass email campaign then blanketing MPs. Ironically, we did not launch that email campaign; rather, it was a typical mass-strike phenomenon spontaneously unleashed by the ideas which we had put into circulation over the previous two and a half years.

The Liberals flip

Although Rudd was still pushing to ram through an ETS, the August Senate defeat was remarkable, particularly considering that in 2007 the Coalition had proposed its own legislation for an ETS, and that up until just a few months earlier the diehard monarchist Tony Abbott himself had argued that Rudd’s bill be passed, “to remove it as a potential election issue”. Reflecting the mass popular opposition we had stirred up, Liberal leader Turnbull himself had been opposed to the ETS for most of 2009. But, following a two-week visit to London in early October, he suddenly demanded that his party ally with Rudd and sign on to the ETS immediately. Saner layers in the Liberal Party realised that the Coalition faced the clear prospect of annihilation in the looming 2010 federal election if they stuck with an ETS as merchant banker Turnbull demanded.

Liberal MP for Hume Alby Schultz reported, “I’ve received over the years many, many emails and phone calls, they have never been to the level that I’m receiving them at the moment. My assessment of it is that the Opposition has no hope of winning the next election. I sat down last night and looked at it and, conservatively, we’re looking at a landslide.” That is, the Coalition could expect a landslide defeat due to their support of global warming, as opposed to an otherwise realistic possibility of taking government due to rage at the ALP, in particular because of Rudd’s evangelical crusade for global warming. Abbott himself reported that, “The phone lines have been in meltdown” in mass protest against the ETS, and he suddenly quit the Shadow Cabinet to lead an insurgency in the Coalition against it, one of 13 MPs in two days to do so, which precipitated the Liberal leadership change that killed off the ETS in early December.

“World Government”

This intense ferment had created the basis for, among other things, a tour of Australia by the anti-global warming British Lord Monckton. With the spectre of LaRouche on his mind far more than Monckton, Greg Combet, the Minister Assisting the Minister for Climate Change, declared to the Parliament: “Lord Monckton is positing a fairly serious conspiracy theory. This is a theory that climate change is a plot to destroy national sovereignty and to establish world government. That is essentially his argument.”

Meanwhile, in the lead-up to the U.N. Copenhagen Conference on Climate Change scheduled to open on 7th Dec., Queen Elizabeth herself demanded drastic action on global warming, as she did at the outset of her 27th Nov. keynote to the 53-nation Commonwealth meeting in Trinidad and Tobago. She also dispatched Prince Charles to open the Copenhagen meeting and to harangue world leaders for drastic, binding action on global warming— so much for the myth that “Her Majesty is above politics.”

Although Rudd was forced to abandon his ETS legislation in December, he continued to bang the drum for what he called “the greatest moral challenge of our time”, causing his poll numbers to slide relentlessly down. In April 2010 Gillard visited him privately to get him to drop his suicidal crusade, but the damage had been done. With an election looming at year’s end, the once super-popular Rudd was dumped in June, making him the first one-term prime minister since 1932. The mass media acknowledged that global warming was the “major issue” behind his demise, but brazenly lied that he had been dumped because the public was dissatisfied that he had not done enough on global warming!

This even though popular support for “urgent action” on global warming had plunged from the 68 per cent of early October 2007 to only 48 per cent by late 2009, and the fact that many of those who had shifted, realising they had been lied to originally on such a matter of profound national import, were now almost violently opposed to any such legislation. Indeed, momentarily bowing to the CEC-induced winds of popular change, Gillard immediately announced an indefinite delay in ALP action on climate change, even as one media outlet mused, “Kevin Rudd was for years the darling of Australian politics before undergoing a decline as rapid as it was mysterious.” No mystery—just the power of competent leadership and ideas during a period of mass strike.

Reality Bites—The Global Financial Crash

In the midst of shaping the political field on the fraud of global warming, the CEC also led the way in 2007/2008 in proposing a solution to the global financial crisis - a crisis which won't be resolved in favour of the common good of the people until Glass-Steagall is enacted - the Homeowners and Bank Protection Bill. CEC supporters joined in the mobilisation at the National Office, pouring out phone calls to local councillors. The LYM addressed numerous Local Council meetings, as resolutions in favour of protectting homeowners from foreclosure, were endorsed by councillors and entire Councils.

In 2009, the CEC produced a landmark report in The New Citizen entitled The True History of the Founding of Australia, showing Australians the deep cultural roots of our enemy, the British Empire.

Defending the population and food production from another greenie assualt

After a landmark conference in May 2010 entitled Destroy Empiricism and Genocide: Let's Go To Mars!, CEC leader Craig Isherwood challenged entrepreneur Dick Smith on population, where the millionaire decided to double the CEC's prize in a bumper sticker competition, where the winner would be adjudged to have the best bumper sticker describing Dick Smith's policy on population. Craig Isherwood published correspondence which he had with Dick Smith, to educate the Australian people on why Overpopulation is Dick's Myth!

Fresh from CEC state seminars featuring landmark presentations on water projects, the LYM led a CEC campaign to defeat the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. The CEC was at almost every MDBA and Parliamentary Committee public meeting, organising in towns along the way, and distributing thousands of flyers, DVDs and New Citizen newspapers. A notable highlight was an intervention into a Liberal Party press conference, where the CEC showed that the Liberal Party was no opposition at all to the plan.

Educating the Mass Strike

The CEC Report was featured on the CEC's website from late-2010, and then began screening on Melbourne's Channel 31 Community TV from Janaury 2012. In September 2012, it began showing on Channel 31 in Brisbane and Adelaide, extending the CEC's exposure to a new audience. The CEC held historic conferences in July 2011 and May 2013, developing the leadership within the leadership of Australia, to win the battle now underway to enact Glass-Steagall and a Commonwealth National Credit Bank. From June 2013, the CEC began a major mobilisation to expose and defeat plans to legislate a "bail-in" of deposits in Australia's banking system. Thousands of flyers were distributed at train stations, outside the 'Big-Four' banks, the Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority (APRA) and the Reserve Bank, and the CEC's activity was noted. 650,000 copies of The New Citizen were distributed presenting the evidence of bail-in, and from August-December 2013, the CEC poured out thousands of phone calls and emails to councillors, unions, Federal Election candidates and political party officials, asking for endorsement to a statement addressed "To the Australian Parliament: Don't seize our bank accounts—pass Glass-Steagall!"

Reality is catching up with the Establishment. The final, hyperinflationary blowout of the world economy, long postponed by the creation of the greatest speculative bubble in human history and savage looting of both the "Third World" as well as the populations of the advanced sector, is now underway, and with it, LaRouche's global influence and credibility, and the CEC's influence and credibility in Australia, is soaring.

(1). The Packer/Murdoch role in reviving One Nation from the dead, was reported even by sections of the media itself. For instance, as Christopher Pearson wrote in the Feb. 12th {Australian Financial Review}, "How did it [the large One Nation vote in the Feb. 10th WA election] happen? The re-invigoration of a 'party' bereft of ideas is a tribute to the power of the media." Pearson noted that, between mid-December 2000, and Feb. 8 2001, i.e. the precise time of the Western Australian (and Queensland) state election campaigns, there appeared no fewer than "174 press or electronic media reports which could be construed as talking up One Nation's electoral prospects." One of the more notorious of these, was the 4-page cover story of Kerry Packer's Aug. 29, 2000 Bulletin, "Pauline Hanson: Can This Souffle Rise Twice?" By his generous coverage of Hanson, Packer answered his own question.
In the Western Australian races, the CEC's Jean Robinson polled almost 8% of the vote, and numerous other LaRouche-affiliated candidates running as independents polled 3-4% in 5-,6-, and 7-way races. These vote totals would have been significantly higher, but for the media barrage pumping up One Nation. 

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