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    A new political organisation -- the Rhodesia Party -- is being formed to challenge Mr Ian Smith's Rhodesian Front.

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    GV PAN Across Salisbury skyline

    SV Salisbury street scene

    SCU Mr Savory speaks

    SOF IN: "I describe it...."

    OUT: "...society in Rhodesia...."

    SAVORY: "I describe it as essentially non-doctrinaire. We are not extremists in any form, right or left. We regard ourselves as moderate, average Rhodesians who are determined to do something about the current drift in the country towards more and more petty and unnecessary racialism which we do not believe is characteristic of Rhodesia or has ever characterised Rhodesia.

    REPORTER: You have given a pledge of government by the people; most democratic government say this is their system, how does you differ?

    SAVORY: Well we are determined to provide certain administrative mechanisms to ensure that a free enterprise society does in fact exist, because Rhodesia is drifting today towards state socialism which is totally foreign to the nature of most Rhodesians, and we don't want to merely say this sort of thing -- we want to ensure that policies are carried out which will provide a genuine free enterprise society in Rhodesia."

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    Background: A new political organisation -- the Rhodesia Party -- is being formed to challenge Mr Ian Smith's Rhodesian Front. Officials of the party will be chosen by secret ballot on September 30.

    One of the leaders of the new party is Mr Allan Savory, MP, who resigned from the Rhodesian Front this year because it was "abusing the power given by the electorate in good faith and trust. "He now sits in the Assembly as an Independent.

    Plans to form the new party had been continuing while Premier Ian Smith's ruling Rhodesian Front met during a secret congress this week.

    The Rhodesian Party would be right-wing, but would not support" petty apartheid". A manifesto, prepared by Mr Savory and currently being circulated to leading Rhodesians from whom the Rhodesia Party hopes to draw initial support, says there is a need for white Rhodesians to face the fact that black, coloured and Asian Rhodesians were asking for their pride, dignity and acceptance as Rhodesians.

    Mr Savory was asked to define party principles.

    SYNOPSIS: As the ruling Rhodesian Front held its private congress behind closed doors in Bulawayo, it was announced that a new party was being formed. Allan Savory talks about the policies of the new Rhodesia Party....

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