May 6th 2017

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COVER STORY Shocking truth behind soaring power prices

CANBERRA OBSERVED Malcolm Turnbull on the front foot during U.S. VP's visit

VICTORIA Doctors in Secondary Schools program sidelines parents

FOREIGN AFFAIRS Pro-EU technocrat unlikely to solve France's malaise

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE 'Equality' a false promise to end 'discrimination'

GENDER POLITICS NSW, Tasmania scrap Safe Schools program

NORTH KOREA Will to engage enemy key to Korean Peninsula

NATIONAL CENSUS Typical family: married mum and dad, two kids

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE Gay intolerance puts on its pushy corporate face

EUTHANASIA Nitschke award goes to couple of artists

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS Rare win for the family at UN women's commission

OBITUARY Servant of the public and God departs in peace

MUSIC Allan Holdsworth: Unparalleled technique

CINEMA The Fate of the Furious: Families, fast cars, fantastic action


BOOK REVIEW Two views of our future redundancy

BOOK REVIEW Mounted Division in the Great War

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News Weekly, May 6, 2017

Thanks for obituary

Let me congratulate you and Brian Peachey for publishing a comprehensive obituary on one of the Movement’s early leaders. Frank Malone dedicated a significant number of years to the development of the NCC and continued to be a supporter for the rest of his life. He continued to give a subsequent State President, Kieran Ryan, solid advice.

Frank was instrumental in recruiting me to the Movement. I attended my first National Conference at the Institute of Social Order, Belloc House in Kew in 1960. He will be remembered as an exemplary Catholic, husband, father, and patriotic Australian.

 John R. Barich,
Claremont, WA


Fewer people a crisis

China had a one-child policy for decades and currently the world is performing millions of abortions each and every year. I predict that, as a result of this, in the next generation there will be an economic crisis as never before. Why?

Those individuals who would have been born were to be the workforce of the future. But their absence will mean there will not be an income earned, and thus taxation revenue on that income will not be available to finance the imbalanced population seeking aged care, the enrolments to occupy schools and education institutions, infrastructure and many other services funded by government. Teachers, blue-collar workers, food suppliers, transport operators and others will no longer be needed to meet non-existent demand.

Peter Young,
Greta, NSW

Sceptic’s creed

No climate sceptic, like myself, dislikes renewable energy provided it is suitable for base-load power. What I object to is the insane panic because of fanciful computer projections that, while almost credible in the 1980s, have proven wildly inaccurate when compared with observed climate trends over the last 30 years.

I object to the suffering imposed by unnecessary taxes on the general public to support researchers who are driven to prove man is solely responsible for a climate disaster that isn’t happening.

I object to environmentalists and their desire to prove mankind as unworthy occupants of this planet. I object to their cynical and dishonest methods to discredit and vilify those who question their cultist behaviour.

I object to the inequitable funding of science that simply promotes herd-mentality thinking, with money wasted on any project that happens to include measuring the impact of termite flatulence on climate change.

I object to politicians pursuing their own agendas under cover of “climate change”. I object to alarmist reporting in the media of environmental disaster, citing local weather events as proof of impending Armageddon.

No one, it seems, especially politicians, is highlighting the very real prospect of the financial hardship and blackouts we are visiting on generations to come.

Finally, I object to minority groups like the Greens overturning democracy by insisting their shrill whining be prioritised over the voice of the majority.

Alan Barron,
Grovedale, Vic.


What is ‘cricket’?

According to Asa Briggs in A Social History of England (1994, p263), “The phrase ‘not cricket’ had first been used in 1867”: that is, 150 years ago.

The whole passage is illuminating:

“W.G. Grace, in Punch on Oscar Wilde’s trial:

“Reaction’s the reverse of retrograde,
If we recede from dominant excesses,
And beat retreat from novelists who trade

On ‘sex’, from artists whose chefs d’oevres are messes,
‘Tis time indeed such minor plagues were stayed.
Then here’s for cricket in this year of Grace,
Fair play all round, straight hitting and straight dealing
In letters, morals, arts, and commonplace

Reversion into type in deed and feeling
A path of true reaction to retrace.

“The sense that cricket, represented in these lines by W.G. Grace, ‘the British lion’, was quintessentially English was well brought out eight years later when G.K. Chesterton wrote that ‘we have a much greater love of cricket than of politics’ and ‘C.B. Fry [another greater cricketer] represents us better than Mr Chamberlain’. The phrase ‘not cricket’ had first been used in 1867.

“If the intricate conventions of team games were linked in some sense with the ‘rule of ought’, the home was its shrine. ‘The possession of an entire house’, the author of the introduction to the 1851 census had remarked, ‘is strongly desired by every Englishman, for it throws a sharp, well-defined circle round his family and hearth – the shrine of his sorrows, joys and meditations.”

The claimed sesquicentennial of the “birth” of the phrase is an opportunity to reflect on the status and practice of fairness – primarily in an intimate, interpersonal and local environment.

Gerry Flood,
Mentone, Vic.


Denton ‘foolish’

The quote of Andrew Denton (News Weekly, April 8, 2017), demanding that “the church” get out of the euthanasia debate, is a very foolish one.

Taking religion (in particular Christianity) out of the debate devalues all concerned, so that Andrew is left talking about “highly intelligent animals” that evolved from nothing, without purpose and when they die will return to nothing.

In doing this Andrew devalues his own point of view for as we know animals  have no moral compass for making these decisions. And that makes Andrew just a highly intelligent animal, without any moral values from a “supreme source”.

Christianity brings to the assisted-suicide debate the belief that every person (even embryos) have been created in the image of God and as such each life has purpose and a future after death.

John Moore,
Wangaratta, Vic.

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