June 3rd 2017


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COVER STORY Left poisons Trump's real achievements

EUTHANASIA It must be war, as truth has been the first casualty

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE Dr David van Gend criticises AMA statement

GENDER POLITICS U.S. Target goes gender neutral; pays the price

GENDER POLITICS Where have all the transgenders gone?

NATIONAL AFFAIRS Graceless new book takes hatchet to Cardinal Pell

CULTURAL HISTORY The prophets of eco-doom: a perfect record of failure

LAW AND SOCIETY Religion in the balance in Australia

MUSIC What's it all about?: when no amount of ado will do

CINEMA Alien: Covenant: Creature seeks Creator

BOOK REVIEW Insights for the euthanasia debate

BOOK REVIEW Assistance is an Australian strength

LETTERS

CANBERRA OBSERVED Abbott strives not to join the forgotten people

NATIONAL AFFAIRS Is Cardinal Pell just the tallest poppy of them all?

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News Weekly, June 3, 2017

Euthanasia: watch your language!

Reading Jane Munro’s article in News Weekly (May 6, 2017), “Rare win for the family at UN women’s commission”, the words which echoed strongly with me were: “Language is vital to United Nations documents. Every word is scrutinised and carefully evaluated.”

Language of course is the thing which really separates us from the other created species. Language is used to express oneself. Language is indeed vital to the human being. Even the United Nations understands this.

Indeed so important is language that it is used to “normalise” anything we wish to have normalised.

We saw this use of language and change of language and terms in the abortion issue, where timeless knowns like “baby” (image) became “cells” and “tissue”, even “foetus” (imageless), and are now the norm.

By changing language to one without image it became possible to convince society that abortion is acceptable because a first-trimester in utero child is only on a “bunch of cells”.

Later, this led to abortion to full term. The slippery slope (even though some people do not like this term) was surely polished and ready to lead to more sliding by creating the new language.

This was preceded by new language to justify the need for contraception and the sexual revolution. But this was not for the prevention of conception but nicely sanitised “birth control”. And now we reach the language of euthanasia.

Every talk, every paper I have read, every discussion on this topic uses a language all of its own. Sanitised language. “Assisted suicide”. That word “assisted” is designed to be so comforting to the one who is suiciding. Being “assisted”. Goodness, that sounds good.

Euthanasia. No image here of “dignity” just the realisation that someone has suddenly gone forever. “Dosage delivery”. Hmmm, what might this mean except helping someone take the prepared poisons which will ensure death? No images here.

Yes we may even contrive the machinery for this “dosage delivery” so the dying one can do it alone “in privacy”. How comforting for those demanding euthanasia to think a human being is left to die alone. To enter into this final journey alone.

Language is again being manipulated. As in the case of the “bunch of cells” (baby), this is the intentional death of someone who is either desirous of this to happen or for the benefit of others.

“Whatever its motives and means, direct euthanasia consists in putting an end to the lives of handicapped, sick or dying persons. It is morally unacceptable.” Catechism of the Catholic Church, §2277

Of course the reason given for the need for “assisted suicide” or euthanasia (yes, there is a difference) is to alleviate the suffering of the dying or ill person. However, suffering is a part of life.

Yes, suffering is difficult both for the sufferer and those who must stand by and watch (the Gethsemane watch). But this does not mean that we have the moral freedom to alleviate it at all costs.

When we contemplate euthanasia or “assisted suicide”, we must remember that there is stealing involved; and what is stolen is stolen from God.

Euthanasia and its enthusiasts attempt (and when successful, do) to usurp God’s authority over life. This we saw from the beginning and it still does not bode well.

Anne Lastman,
Vermont, Vic.

 

Energy sense

What a delight it was to read Peter Westmore’s realistic evaluation of the future of coal as a continuing source for satisfying our current and future energy requirements. As usual, he reasons, beyond the chattering political class, who are progressively destroying our nation’s potential.

For a decade coal-fired plants in America and China have developed power generators that use coal more efficiently, based upon a model developed by Siemens researchers. The emissions can be cleaned and carbon dioxide sequestered. As an example, China’s Huaneng Yuhuan coal-fired facility has since 2007 used ultra super-critical steam turbine units and generators from Siemens and achieved an efficiency rating of 45 per cent. That is 15 percentage points higher than the global average for coal power plants and 7 percentage points higher than the European Union average.

German researchers have carried out underground carbon dioxide storage experiments at Ketzin (near Berlin), and proven the potential to store it 700 metres underground.

Climate-friendly power plants can be developed here in Australia, if carping greenies are confronted with the real potential that is available to be applied.

Tom King,
Mansfield, Qld.

 

Generation gap

Since January 1 this year my wife and I have had to live on $300 per week less income. We are now retired (seven years), having worked hard, and own our own home plus three investment units.

For the first four years I didn’t go to Centrelink as I considered we didn’t qualify. My wife urged me to go and we were entitled to $130 each per week with concessions on council, water rates etc.

With our house exempt, the pension cutout for cash and investment property value then was $1,040,000. Three years ago our properties were valued at about $850,000, hence a part-pension.

With the crazy real estate value increases over the past three years and the ceiling for part-pensions cut out at just over $800,000 on January 1, 2017, our part-pension disappeared. If we sold our investment properties and put $1 million in an investment bank account we would be lucky to realise 3 per cent a year, which is $600 a week and no capital gain. At 5 per cent we would get $1,000 a week.

The low housing interest rates of about 5.5 per cent are ridiculous, as banks are lending to young people to buy large houses that they shouldn’t be able to afford. They should be buying three-bedroom brick-veneers at 7 per cent plus, as their parents did. Our generation is having to sell properties to supplement our income. So, we are virtually subsidising first home buyers.

Peter Townsend,
South Penrith, NSW




























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