September 23rd 2017

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Articles from this issue:

COVER STORY Labor's vision for a transgender world

EDITORIAL Liddell closure: acid test for Turnbull

EUTHANASIA We risk turning our doctors into death dealers

DOCUMENTARY Harvested Alive: killing Falung Gong in China

AGENDA FOR AUSTRALIA Distorted jobless stats defeat planning efforts

ENVIRONMENT Hurricane Harvey: don't let a good disaster go to waste

AFL GRAND FINAL Bob Santamaria predicted the sunset of Aussie Rules

HISTORY After 500 years, is sugar going sour?

IDEOLOGY OF TRANSGENDERISM Reshaping our identities and relationships

MUSIC The Sequence: it's elementary

CINEMA The Hitman's Bodyguard: 'Eighties' action with popcorn

BOOK REVIEW One of globalisation's dwindling band




SAME-SEX MARRIAGE For bullying, look left, look left, and then look left again

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Weatherill solar plan is economic nonsense

The decision by the Weatherill State Labor Government to build a solar thermal power plant at Port Augusta at a cost of $650 million doesn’t make economic sense.

The plant will supply about 5 per cent of South Australia’s demand. The plant is rated at 150-megawatt capacity and will have eight hours of battery storage (theoretically – best-case scenario). The new power agreement means that the Government is not making an outright purchase of $650 million, rather the Government will buy nearly all the production available (125 MW of 150 MW) each year.

Not long back, Port Augusta had a 31-year-old coal plant generating 520 MW. The Weatherill Government could have spent $30 million to keep it operational. Instead environmental warrior Weatherill blew it up and is now proposing to spend millions to buy electricity at twice the price, under contract for 20 years and still not own the plant at the end.

The Aurora Solar plant will produce 150 MW on a good day; just watch out if the weather is inclement for a couple of days! Per megawatt, the solar power is twice the price of coal-fired power. (The old Hazelwood Coal plant in Victoria supplied power at around $30/MW.)

Solar panels usually lose about 2 to 5 per cent of their generating capacity each year and have a maximum life of around 20 years, when a new plant will have to be built.

To put this in perspective, $650 million dollars is around $400 per man, woman and child in SA, over the next 10 or 20 years, to appease the environmentalists. The exact cost is hard to calculate at this stage.

The Weatherill Government will be the sole major customer.

The original Northern Coal Power station employed 250 people. The new solar one will employ 50 people once its built. Countless others will be out of work as more businesses close because of the high cost of renewable energy.

If South Australians wanted cheaper ongoing base-load power, then this is by far one of the worst options they could have picked.

Alan Barron,
Grovedale, Vic.


Tweaking Triggs’ accolades

The article, “Triggs’ one important contribution to human rights” by Greg Walsh (News Weekly, August 26, 2017), is objectionable for a number of reasons.

1. The so-called Anti-Discrimination Act is rotten to the core. Is it necessary to recite the shocking cases of Andrew Bolt, the Queensland University of Technology students, the late Bill Leak and the memorial to the Japanese sex-slave women?

How dare self-important bureaucrats and ideologues bully these innocent people! Such corrupt legislation can never bear good fruit. The act is a threat to Australian values.

2. The demands made under the legislation that students pay thousands of dollars to avoid life-ruining prosecution seems to me to be indistinguishable from extortion.

3. I dispute the claim the legislation has played an important role in resolving “thousands of cases”. I believe this is absurd. Further, there are remedies for damaging discrimination already in place in Tort, Industrial and Trade Union Law, Consumer Protection Law etc.

4. The claim that the act has led to “reviewing the treatment of women in the military”, if true, is nothing to be proud of. It is desperately important that in the military at least women (and men) should not be promoted to fill some anti-discrimination quota, but wholly and solely on the grounds of ability, including, for example, upper-body strength. Not only lives but national security may depend on this.

5. Further, governments of both parties have flagrantly ignored the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in the wholly disgraceful instance of compulsory student unionism. Commissar Triggs failed to act in an instance in which intervention to safeguard rights – the right of free association – would have been worthwhile.

Hal G. P. Colebatch, LLB PhD
Nedlands, WA


Coalition collision course

In relation to the same-sex marriage and power debates, the position (or lack thereof) of the Liberal/National parties only reinforces my view that Malcolm Turnbull is running dead on both issues and as such is paving the way for a disastrous defeat for the Government and the imposition of a radical (Anti-Christian) Labor government worse than that afflicted on us by Gough Whitlam.

That era opened wide the floodgates to promiscuity, unfaithfulness and child abuse, all of which continue rampant. Like you, I ask, what will become of the Liberal Party if the “No” vote succeeds? Where will that leave Mr Turnbull and his “liberal” mates? Surely they will be forced to resign.

We need to hear today the voice of a John the Baptist crying in the wilderness, calling on the people to repent. We cannot rely on Government today to fix these problems. Their moral integrity and leadership is completely absent. Divisions among them are wreaking havoc across the land and everywhere we find the people doing “what seems right in their own eyes” with no moral compass to guide them.

We are very definitely in an anti-Christian era. The term, “post Christian” is a furphy. Blatantly anti-Christian philosophy abounds in places of higher learning, socialist state governments, existing legislation and media outlets.

I admire your News Weekly and the articles you write, however I am of the opinion that what our country needs is an outpouring of God’s mercy and forgiveness to a people who will call on the name of Jesus. He surely is our only hope!

Peter Maher,
Caboolture, Qld.

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