June 18th 2016


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COVER STORY Deregulation cause of dairy industry crisis

CANBERRA OBSERVED Double-dissolution election likely to deliver disillusionment

EDITORIAL Turnbull keeps his smile as all around lose theirs

LIFE ISSUES Infant viability fails to wake upper house interest

GLOBAL ECONOMY A generation left to twiddle its thumbs

LOCAL GOVERNMENT Amateur hour at the Brisbane City Council

EUTHANASIA Too quick a leap to counsel of despair

CULTURE WARS Australia Council cuts funding to Quadrant

SEXUAL POLITICS Gay "marriage" and the given in human procreative behaviour (Part 2)

FEDERAL ELECTION How to ensure your Senate vote goes all the way

PHILOSOPHY John Haldane holds true to faith-reason nexus

HISTORY The Chinese in Australia: not the story you've heard

MUSIC The times it takes to reach eternity

CINEMA Madcap adventures in the Kiwi bush: Hunt for the Wilderpeople

BOOK REVIEW The curate's egg

BOOK REVIEW That other great Irish prelate

LETTERS

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News Weekly, June 18, 2016

Furphy falsified

Sir,

As usual Jeffry Babb (News Weekly, May 21, 2016) has produced a scholarly article on Arthur Calwell. However, I must dispute his belief that Jim Killen saved the Menzies government in the 1961 election.

This furphy has been demolished by John Howard in chapter 13 of his The Menzies Era entitled “Saved by Santamaria”. In my review of the Howard book (News Weekly, November 8, 2014) I underscored Howard’s demolition of the Killen myth.

John Barich,
Claremont, WA

 

Moral burden of vote

Sir,

The coming federal election is of vital importance above all for the moral issues that receive little attention in the media.

The debates about same-sex so-called marriage and about the so-called Safe Schools Coalition program indicate how serious are the threats to society and the family. In a sane society it would be clearly seen that marriage can only be between a man and a woman, and that children need both a father and a mother.

As for the Safe Schools Coalition program, this is an attempt to indoctrinate children into accepting unnatural sexual practices.

In any election it is often a case of choosing the lesser of the evils. In this election the Labor Party stands for the legalising of same-sex “marriage”; it will impose this, regardless of what the people want. It is also determined to impose the evil Safe Schools Coalition program, regardless of what parents want their children to be taught.

A further question is abortion: Labor is committed to abortion on demand: that is, to the deliberate killing of unborn babies even up to the point of birth, provided two doctors authorise this.

It is not enough for us personally to take these issues into consideration when we vote. The fact that these and other key issues are ignored by the general media makes it vitally important that we inform people as widely as possible about these matters.

John Young,
Melbourne, Vic.

 

Labor’s money tree

Sir,

Once again Labor has caved into the vociferous women’s lobby. Its over-generous scheme proposes paying a working woman – who can earn up to $150,000 – a $10,000 per child bonus payment.

At a time when the two major parties wax eloquent about containing spending, once again Labor shows it still thinks money grows on trees.

Labor’s proposal also raises a question of fairness. Why should struggling single-income families subsidise the child-care arrangements of well-off two-income families? Anyone who earns $150,000 a year doesn’t need a welfare payment from the government even though it may be disguised as a “rebate” for a work-related expense for women. It is an unnecessary middle-class welfare rort.

Men don’t get the same privileged treatment.

Besides, what is paid to working mothers is far more generous than what is paid to a stay-at-home mum, who receives about half the amount that is paid to her working sister.

A fairer and better system would be to pay each household a child-care voucher so that parents, especially mothers, have a genuine choice as to the type of child care they would prefer.

With high levels of youth unemployment, surely giving incentives for stay-at-home mothers would hopefully result in the freeing up of many jobs for young people?

Alan Barron,
Grovedale, Vic.

Dairy decimation

Sir,

I was amazed at Murray Goulburn Dairy Company and Fonterra Group’s plan to reduce the price of dairy produce and make the price reduction retrospective. This amazement was compounded with disgust when it was further announced the “overpayment” will be converted into a loan to be repaid with interest.

How can the factory management do that? Who was the individual who thought of this diabolical plan?

A Senate report into deregulation of the dairy industry remarked: “Over the past couple of decades the industry has experienced substantial consolidation and efficiency gains. The number of dairy farms is reported to have declined from over 30,000 in 1975 to 14,000 currently. This consolidation of farms, together with advances in farming techniques and associated technology, has increased productivity substantially, with milk production per cow rising from 2,750 to 4,744 litres. In total, national milk production has increased 30 per cent since 1970.”

Farmers have done everything expected of them to feed Australia and the world, and this is their reward?

What can be done now?

First, the factory debt management scheme must halt right now.

Second, if the price for dairy produce must drop, then it must not be allowed to go below the estimated cost of farm production now, and this includes debt management.

This factory management decision will affect all sectors of the Australian economy — as farmers decrease their spending, other businesses will have to increase their prices or they too will face bankruptcy; the economic destruction will escalate to job layoffs, with the only growth industry police and emergency services as they cope with the breakdown of a once stable society.

Louis Cook,
Numurkah, Vic.

Queensland getting the job done

Sir,

During the next month people across Australia will be considering where to invest their vote.

With a number of new minor parties on the rise looking to dominate in the next election, it’s tough to pick a standout without a proven record. However, with only a few MPs in Queensland, and just a few terms in Parliament, the Katter Australia Party (KAP) has already achieved three important economic targets for Queensland.

Ethanol mandate

After years of work on both the state and federal level we obtained a 4 per cent ethanol mandate in Queensland, which will have several benefits. The Dalby bio-refinery (United Petroleum) is a perfect example of the positives this industry can bring to regional areas.

Eighty per cent of the $100 million annual revenue generated at the facility is expended within a 100-kilometre radius of the plant.

Similar numbers are seen at bio-ethanol plants in Sarina and the Ecotech biodiesel refinery in Narangba.

With over 60 other nations committed to the production and consumption of this renewable fuel the ability to produce ethanol also puts us back in the game internationally. The majority of vehicles being built around the world now are ethanol compliant, with most new and many older vehicles having the ability to operate on petrol with up to 10 per cent ethanol.

A recent NRMA study reveals that Australia has only 22 days’ worth of liquid fuel stockpiled if supplies were cut. The United States has 98 days’ worth and Britain 220 days’ worth. We are now importing 90 per cent of our fuel and this is expected to reach 100 per cent in the future without biofuels.

The LNP while in opposition put an ethanol bill into Parliament three times in 10 years, yet the same party when it was in government voted down an exact copy of its own bill. It required crossbenchers in a hung parliament in Queensland to get this mandate across the line and achieve the full support of the house.

Sugar arbitration

KAP also safeguarded the rights of Queensland sugar growers with the passing of The Sugar Industry (Real Choice in Marketing) Bill. This will protect growers’ economic interests and livelihoods within the market.

The move to introduce strong legislative framework for arbitration was prompted by the expected end of marketing agreements by 2016. Without the action of the KAP the miller would have had the sole rights to determine the market for the grower.

Growers now retain the right to protect their economic interests by nominating another body to market the sugar if they or they believe that it is beneficial to do so.

This bill challenged the free-market zealots who are against government intervention but had to acknowledge that this offered growers more competition for their marketing, not less.

Rural debt and drought solutions

KAP also leveraged an inquiry into the crippling rural debt facing farmers across Queensland.

As News Weekly reported (June 4, 2016), a major outcome was the recommendation of a rural development bank to help rebuild the agricultural sector. It is expected that the majority of the other recommendations will be delivered on in the upcoming state budget.

We believe that the government can be persuaded to implement this recommendation for a rural development bank; and to this end a bill was introduced to the house in May, The Rural and Regional Adjustment (Development Assistance) Amendment.

The success of this bill should signal to the federal government and other states that they should also be establishing development banks to re-establish real industry and produce real economic outcomes.

This initiative is as vital to the towns in rural areas as it is to the agricultural industries surrounding them.

There have been 10 successful private members bills in Queensland’s 157-year history. The KAP has delivered two of those in the last 12 months.

Rob Katter MLA,
Brisbane, Qld.

Marriage ... Soviet style

Sir,

There is much concern about the epidemic of domestic violence, and rightly so. But shouldn’t we be seeking and attacking the root cause, not only of this epidemic, but also the epidemics of drug use, psychological problems, suicide, and violence in general?

When the Bolsheviks came into power in Russia in 1917 they regarded the family with fierce hatred and set out to destroy it. They did this by allowing civil marriages (whereas before only religious marriage was allowed); granting equal rights to illegitimate and legitimate children; making abortion legal (and free if done in a hospital); and, above all else, instituting no-fault divorce.

The ensuing social chaos was so severe that, in 1936, Stalin started to reverse those decisions. He banned abortions, and made divorces more difficult to obtain. In 1944 only registered marriages were recognised to be legal, and divorce became subject to the court’s discretion.

Conditions in Australia in relation to marriage almost exactly match those in the early Soviet Union, and the family is being further attacked by Women’s “Liberation”, the push for homosexual “marriage”, and the Safe Schools program.

The large changes to our laws needed to restore the family would not be tolerated by the Australian people at present. We are just going to have to get used to living with social breakdown.

John Rodda,
Pakenham, Vic.




























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