July 30th 2016


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COVER STORY Success of sex-change surgery a propaganda lie

CANBERRA OBSERVED Add two to cabinet as a conservative estimate

GENDER WARS Safe Schools provokes personal pronoun furore

ELECTION ROUNDUP Captain Titanic shuffles deck chairs

EDITORIAL Why court rules against Beijing on South China Sea

VICTORIA Turnbull must move to douse CFA dispute

ENVIRONMENT Wind, solar push up SA electricity prices

EUTHANASIA

AUSTRALIAN HISTORY Dr John Burton - public servant and Soviet agent

U.S. HISTORY AND POLITICS Is Trump long-awaited successor to Huey Long?

MUSIC A medium whose meaning is hidden from words

CINEMA No man on the mean roads of the Outback: Goldstone

BOOK REVIEW A significant first novel

BOOK REVIEW A certain rottenness in the state of Victoria

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News Weekly, July 30, 2016

Reductio slip

Sir,

So, bad ideas ought to be encouraged, ought they?

Rightly does Augusto Zimmermann criticise the maltreatment of Hobart Archbishop Julian Porteous (News Weekly, July 2, 2016), but do we really have to allow every idea to be propagated?

In defending free speech, Zimmermann correctly points out that totalitarian regimes restrict speech, but then, in promoting democracy, claims that “both good and bad ideas ought to be allowed and encouraged”.

I think he comes to this absurd conclusion by failing to recognise that some bad ideas are so harmful to society that their public dissemination ought to be repressed by civil authority (for example, same-sex “marriage”). Moreover, the contrary moral truths (about true marriage, for example) can be held with genuine certainty and do not need to be subjected to endless debate.

My belief, that bad ideas ought not to be encouraged, would be, according to Zimmermann, a “bad idea” and therefore ought to be encouraged!

Matthew Murphy,

Dural, NSW

 

After Turnbull’s election debacle

Sir,

Peter Westmore’s incisive Editorial (News Weekly, July 16, 2016) requires updating and comment.

Despite very high-level endorse­ment, the Green Party’s policies have resulted in the loss of three senators and a drop in the vote nationwide except in Queensland.

Mr Turnbull’s unattractive logo – a yellow disk – replacing the well-known Liberal Party emblem which includes the Australian flag, has been criticised by the more alert elements in the media.

The low-key role given to Tony Abbott during the election campaign could not have been helpful.

This debacle is also due to his pollster, Mark Textor, who refuses to accept conservative advice, and did not warn Mr Turnbull of the Shorten and Get Up! trap.

On the plebiscite. Is Turnbull likely to introduce enabling legislation to have a vote before Christmas? Or will be delay it until next year (clearly a broken promise)? Or, even worse, betray us all by doing a secret deal with Mr Shorten to facilitate a same-sex marriage bill in the Senate and then have an almighty confrontation in the House?

John Barich,

Belmont, WA

 

Lesson from Britain

Sir,

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and new Minister for the Environment Josh Frydenberg, please take note.

The new Conservative Government of Theresa May in Britain has decided to abolish the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

The May Government will now focus on the much more important issues of economic growth, international competitiveness and leaving the European Union. The purpose of the exercise is to provide vital savings and to stimulate the economy.

This initiative, long overdue, should give the May Government a fresh impetus to ensure that the costs for consumers and businesses will be driven down and not pushed further skyward as demanded by renewable energy targets.

If Australia wants to remain internationally competitive and to reduce the cost of living – not to mention providing some much needed budget repair – it should follow the lead of Britain.

Alan Barron,

Grovedale, Vic.

 

The curse of interesting times

Sir,

The ordinary Aussie does not like treachery. This has been highlighted by the results for Peter Hendy in Eden-Monaro and Wyatt Roy in Longman.

Malcolm Turnbull has wriggled home but has obviously failed to gain the confidence of conservative voters. If Turnbull were a man of honour, he would resign. But if Turnbull were a man of honour, this situation would never have arisen in the first place.

There is an old Chinese curse: “May you live in interesting times.” We shall have ample opportunity to consider this. Meanwhile, what happens to Australia?

Mrs Rowan Shann,

Warwick, Qld.

 

Koran on Jesus

Sir,

Violent Islamism cannot survive, as the kernel of its demise has been embedded in the Koran by Mohamed himself.

Mohamed was not sure if he would go to heaven. In Sura 46:8, he said: “I am not an innovation among the messengers and I know not what shall be done with me or you.” In Sura 3 40-41 he said: “Jesus, son of Mary: high honoured shall he be in this world and the next, near stationed to God.”

And Sura 3:46-47: “When God said, Jesus, I will take you to me and will raise thee to me, and I will purify thee of those who believe not. I will set thy followers above the unbelievers till the Resurrection Day.”

Muslims worried about their own salvation may consider why Mohamed fluctuated between violent verses and the admiration for Jesus in whom he expressed great faith.

Robert Bom,

West Rockhampton, Qld.




























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