September 22nd 2018

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COVER STORY Water, water everywhere, but not for the farmers

EDITORIAL Power companies in clover after closures

CANBERRA OBSERVED Liberals in need of an internal peacemaker

ENERGY Solar, wind dependence will add $1300 to power bills, engineers, scientists warn

LIFE ISSUES Queensland life march busts media stereotypes

ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS Unmask activists disguised as nature lovers

FOREIGN AFFAIRS China takes up challenge to imitate and overtake America

CHINA AND AUSTRALIA Paul Monk thunders at kowtowing former pollies

FOREIGN AFFAIRS Hawaii: Pearl of the Pacific

BOOK EXCERPT From Patrick J. Byrne's book, Transgender: One Shade of Grey

FREE SPEECH University of Western Australia blinks again

LIFE ISSUES Queensland law will open floodgates to sex-selective abortion


MUSIC Pop and singing: A certain antagonism

CINEMA Christopher Robin: The best something comes from nothing

BOOK REVIEW A so-called industry with only a dark side

BOOK REVIEW Population see-saw changes direction



EUTHANASIA No concoction can kill peacefully

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Reviewed by Tobias Eistedfodd (with reporting by Sebastian gunlighter from Rottnest Island)

When this book arrived on my editor’s desk in its brown-paper packaging, I thought: “How appropriate”. Then I thought: “We must do justice to all, even to those who disagree with this journal’s positions on everything that matters; let’s take a look”.

So, I opened the volume.

Immediately I thought: “Oh, bring me the smelling salts. Surely she is laughing at us! Oh, what a wicked, wicked lady, with a wicked sense of humour! I wonder if she knows the one about the archbishop and the chorus girl?”

Then I thought: “No, no. Be upright. Be strong. Resist temptation. Every walk in life deserves to be held in esteem; every calling has its dignity; even that of archbishop (suffragan, at least).”

I read between the lines that author Fiona Patten has spent a lot of time staring at the stars from her place in the, er, ditch. Nice. All those whorls of stars, all those spiral galaxies, and turnips and tornadoes, red dwarfs (I mean, little people stars), blue giants, quasars, quangos and quiddities (whatsits). And the planets, of course: Mercury, Venus (te he!), Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus (har har har!).

What comes across most strongly is Ms Patten’s sense of righteousness. None of this checking with the conscience first: she really is a wham! bam! ma’am. It was the Bard of Avon, I think – or was it the Swan of Swansea? – who said: “Conscience does make cowards of us all; and thus the native hue of resolution is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought.” Words that the author has truly taken to heart.

Moreover, Ms Patten has led a graced life: as low as her standards are (as judged by the standards of civilised comportment in practically all times and cultures), she has always lived up to them; except when impenetrable imponderables have led her to reassess her categoricals, and then always armed with the weapons of rationalism – to rationalise it all – and empiricism (“experience” to those who prefer the vernacular, if such a whilom, fusty term does not offend) – just to see how much it hurt.

But we surely must not judge, for to judge is to be judgemental. We must seek to understand, for that brings understanding; not to condemn; that thus a soul may be raised out of its dreary ditch and begin that quest to the stars that all ensouled creatures may do in pursuit of the creatures’ creator.

Everything in this book is true; not even the names have been changed to protect the guilty.

It is worth mentioning that Phillip Adams remained awake long enough to recommend the whole palaver to an unwary public in six precisely picked paroles: or six wickedly wanton words. Well done! A jar of Bonox is in the mail for you. (I guess “AO” doesn’t mean what I thought it did if Phillip has it appended to his name in public.)

To end, I appeal to the Bard (or the Swan) for words that Ms Patten might take as a motto: “Who would fardels bear, to grunt and sweat under a weary life, but that the dread of something after death, the undiscover’d country from whose bourn no traveller returns, puzzles the will.”

Indeed! And, indeed, indeed.

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