March 10th 2018

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Articles from this issue:

COVER STORY Family home in cities soaring further out of reach

EDITORIAL Australia: sleepwalking towards the precipice

CANBERRA OBSERVED Population debate needs development debate

NATIONAL AFFAIRS We need a development bank and a higher population

FOREIGN AFFAIRS Russians were spoilers: U.S. election rap sheet

NATIONAL AFFAIRS Bob Santamaria and free trade agreements

LAW AND FREEDOM Exemptions are far cry from protection of religious freedom

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS China v Professor Brady: intimidation or coincidence?

POLITICS AND SOCIETY Defending biological man and woman from transgenderism

SOUTH AUSTRALIA Swing to minor parties expected in SA poll

ASIA Burma: ignored and misunderstood

HISTORY The improbability of progress

MUSIC Playing the pitch: being in tune is a sometime thing

CINEMA Wonder: Our deeds are our monuments

BOOK REVIEW Exploring our own recent archives

BOOK REVIEW Rising in a society fractured at heart

BOOK REVIEW A dubious thesis but deserves a read

NEWS Pat Byrne elected new NCC president

NATIONAL AFFAIRS Liberals return for second term in Hobart

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News Weekly, March 10, 2018


Edited by Peter Kelleher

Wilkinson Publishing, Melbourne
Paperback: 310 pages
Price: AUD$39.99

Reviewed by John Barich

This year being the 20th anniversary of the death of B.A. “Bob” Santamaria, it is appropriate that this book opens with Bob’s seminal 1973 speech entitled “Philosophies in Collision”, reprinted here for the first time in some 40 years.

In that speech, Santamaria identified the three tendencies which still face us today. Libertarianism, or secular humanism, which has relegated religion to the margins; totalitarianism, which still exists in China and influences a large proportion of the world’s population and again has a rabid dislike for religion (hence the persecution of the Falun Gong and Christianity); and Christianity (or religion in general), which operates in democratic countries – although even there it faces challenges from the promotion of disordered sexual behaviour, abortion, euthanasia and economic dependence on the welfare state; not to mention an increasingly open hostility to its very existence.

The News Weekly articles selected span all aspects of NCC policy.

On the 100th anniversary of Bob’s birth in 2015, Peter Westmore gave further scope to Bob’s thinking. His strong support for self-reliance in defence helped produce a blue-water base operating from Cockburn Sound, south of Fremantle, into the Indian Ocean.

Similarly, his critique of global free market capitalism predicted the 2007 global financial crisis and the incongruous behaviour of the large U.S. banks, which pretend to be self-reliant and yet when in trouble demand to be bailed out by the taxpayer – capitalists one day, socialists the next.

Westmore’s article then goes on to describe three major influences on BAS.

Archbishop of Melbourne Daniel Mannix – Bob wrote a biography of him – who collaborated closely with him through the Split in the ALP and engineered the giving of state aid to religious schools.

Colin Clark, the British-born economist and founder of the key economic concepts, National Income and Gross National Product. Colin Clark was not a free marketeer, but came from the British Christian-socialist tradition. He converted to Catholicism around 1940.

In 1930, shortly after the beginning of the Great Depression, Clark was appointed a research assistant to the Economic Advisory Council newly convened by British Prime Minister Ramsay McDonald. He resigned shortly after his appointment, after being asked to write background memorandum to make a case for protectionism. Despite this, he had sufficiently impressed one of the council members, brilliant economist John Maynard Keynes, as to secure an appointment as a lecturer in statistics at Cambridge University.

In 1951 he took a secondment to the Food and Agriculture Organisation in Rome and then to the University of Chicago (1952), before taking the directorship of the Institute for Agricultural Economics at Oxford University (1952–69). He returned to Australia in 1969 as director of the Institute of Economic Progress at Monash University (1969–78), and then he was a research consultant to the Department of Economics at the University of Queensland until his death in 1989.

James McAuley. A third substantial influence was James McAuley, best known as one of Australia’s leading poets, the writer of many of the best Australian hymns, and one of Australia’s main academic foes of totalitarianism.

Later, McAuley co-founded Quadrant magazine, which provided a forum for a broad spectrum of mainstream cultural, literary and political views, and he was a leader of the National Civic Council while a Professor of English at the University of Tasmania.

He wrote several moving poems to Bob Santamaria from which I have drawn deep inspiration.

While Bob Santamaria drew to himself many inspiring intellects, he always had time to speak to people who walked in off the street. His humility and graciousness were an inspiration to all who met him, and to the many who worked with him. He was a great Australian.

Former editor of News Weekly John Ballantyne asked, “Should parents or paid strangers raise children”. The NCC has repeatedly asked this question and proposed that child support be provided by means of taxation or cash so that mothers not be forced to join the paid workforce. He was also the first to expose the danger of the misnamed “Safe Schools” program in his July 2014 article.

Lucy Sullivan analysed the impact of AIDS and HIV on our Australian society in her article, “Kirby Institute report silent on incidence of AIDS”.

The Greens’ destructive policies were exposed by Ian Plimer in “Not for Greens” and his “Green’s silence on folly of wind and solar power”.

News Weekly has repeatedly covered the unscientific reports about the state of the Barrier Reef. Walter Starck’s “It’s the science not the reef that is being polluted” is one such article.

“The colossal cost to society of no-fault divorce” is the contribution of Adelaide academic lawyer ChristopherBrohier.

Legal academic Dr Augusto Zimmermann has contributed a number of articles – on topics from section 18c to Magna Carta.

Frequent contributor Dr Hal G.P. Colebatch acknowledges “The debt we owe Alfred the Great” and “Life: a miracle by any reasonable calculation”.

Former High Court Justice Dyson Heydon has made the assertion that section 116 of the Constitution contains an implied right of freedom of religion. However, in an article reprinted here, lawyer Robin Speed, president of the Rule of Law Institute of Australia, contends that there is no such Commonwealth constitutional guarantee.

Regular contributor lawyer Terri M. Kelleher discusses the loss of control that the misnamed “Safe Schools” program will mean for parents of school children.

New NCC president Patrick J. Byrne is writing a book on transgenderism. His articles contend that “It’s a queer theory, with 51 closets to come out of”.

The above are but 10 of the most relevant articles in the 85 contained in the book.

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