Magnificent Annual Dinner And Seminar



“Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free”
Vol. 34, No. 10  October 1968

Magnificent Annual Dinner And Seminar


The 1968 Annual Dinner of “The New Times” held on Friday, September 5, has passed into history.  But to those who had the good fortune to attend, it will remain as a vivid milestone in the march towards that time when, in the words of C. H. Douglas quoted by Dinner Chairman Edward Rock, “a world system founded upon lies will give way to one which is formed in truth.”


The largest audience ever to attend a Dinner gave the main guest of honour, Mr. Patrick Walsh, former undercover agent from Canada, a tremendous reception.  There was also a record audience at the annual League of Rights Seminar on the following day when Mr. Walsh presented the third and final paper.  The first two papers were presented by Mr. Eric Butler and Mr. T. C. McGillick, a former Communist who led a delegation to Moscow before the Second World War.

It was not only the spirit of the record attendances at both the Dinner and Seminar, which reflected the encouraging growth of the activities with which The New Times  has been associated, but the wide representation.  Supporters were present from all States except Tasmania.  There were both young and old.  Farmers, businessmen, professional men, housewives, students, wage earners, had all come together in a common cause.  Several clerical collars were to be seen at the Seminar.

There was a special round of applause at the Dinner when the Chairman welcomed Leith, the son of a South Australian supporter, Ern Bawden, who is at present doing his National Service training.  The Chairman explained that Leith had only been able to obtain leave to attend by doing extra Army duties.

Thought-Provoking Messages

Messages came from all parts of the Old British Commonwealth, including South Africa.  They all indicated support for ideas which transcend geography and time.  We specially recommend a study in depth of some of these messages.  We attempt in this special annual issue of The New Times  to capture the spirit of the Annual Dinner, truly a spiritual inspiration, it reflects the life beat of a movement growing ever stronger as it faces the perils of the mounting campaign of attack on what remains of Civilization.

 Mr. Pat Walsh, Mrs. Eric Butler and Mr. Eric Butler as they arrived at the Dinner.

Mr. Pat Walsh, Mrs. Eric Butler and Mr. Eric Butler as they arrived at the Dinner.

In proposing the toast to The New Times, pioneer supporter Mr. Roy Caldecott took guests back 33 years to when the journal was launched by Mr. T. J. Moore when he found as editor of the Catholic Tribune  in Melbourne that he had to cease his attack on a financial policy which at that time was causing widespread economic chaos and human misery in Australia.  Mr. Caldecott recalled the days when he first met Eric Butler, “The young orator”, travelling in those days by push bike, motor bike, and broken down motor cars in which he had to sleep.  Mr. Caldecott said that his generation was passing the torch to a new generation.

It was a member of the younger generation, Miss Monica Baldock, who so appropriately seconded the toast to The New Times.  The daughter of a pioneer Social Credit family, Monica symbolized the continuing growth of The New Times  and the principle it has supported over the years.  Responding to the toast, the Chairman of New Times Ltd., Mr. Edward Rock, said that the situation was such that he made no apology “for calling upon those reserves of the Christ-like image imbedded in every one of us”.

Mr. Walsh Pays Tribute
To League Of Rights

Mr. Pat Walsh spoke of the emerging grass roots movements throughout the old British Commonwealth and paid a special tribute to the Australian League of Rights for having made available the invaluable services of Mr. Eric Butler.  Mr. Walsh apologized for his accent, but said that Canadians had been bearing up under Eric Butler’s accent for years!  Many of the guests took the opportunity of meeting Mr. Walsh personally and talking to him.

Mr. Eric Butler’s use of a few words in French to greet Mr. Walsh produced loud applause, as did his references to his wife as his best supporter. After dealing with the highlights of his six months of work abroad. Mr. Butler concluded by saying that while the world situation was grim, and would become even worse before there was improvement, it did present those with knowledge and understanding with “an opportunity and a challenge to shift the course of history”.

The National Secretariat of The Australian League of Rights met in an all-day conference on the day of The New Times Dinner, discussing the year’s activities and planning for the future. Reports presented were most encouraging.

The League’s Annual Seminar had as its theme the conspiratorial nature of International Communism. Mr. Walsh’s paper on “Secret Communist Agents who have changed the course of history” is being expanded into book form. Many new contacts were made at the Seminar. Book sales were heavy. The weekend of intense activity was concluded on Sunday, September 7, when representatives of action groups met for an all-day conference to “exchange notes” and to discuss improved tactics. Short papers were presented on different aspects of League activities. All present left for home re-enthused to carry on with more intensive activity than ever.

In surveying the various activities, which have stemmed from the ideas first presented to the Australian people by this journal, we believe that we can with proper pride express the view that The New Times has already made a significant contribution to Australian history. The Annual Dinner is a very special reflection of the spirit, which has made that contribution possible.

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