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

HUMOUR

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

LETTERS

POETRY

EUTHANASIA No concoction can kill peacefully

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News Weekly, September 22, 2018

Super fund trustees

Should union superannuation funds exercise flexibility in the mix of union-based executives as trustees, if it will benefit the members?

The Royal Commissioner into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry may want to recommend such flexibility.

Energy Super chairman Scott Wilson told the royal commission on August 10, 2018, of how a merger between Energy Super and Equip Super was scuppered due to conflicts over board make-up.

The benefits for members of this merger could have been as much as $20.5 million, KPMG analysis found. It also could have delivered savings for members of up to 0.15 per cent through enhanced scale.

However, Energy Super required a board featuring union representatives, while Equip Super preferred to build a “skills-based board” made up of member and employer representatives, with the remaining third determined through a skills test. Ultimately, Energy Super and Equip Super reached a stalemate; the merger would only go forward provided Equip Super allowed the board to feature union-nominated directors.

Equip Super went on to merge with the Rio Tinto Staff Superannuation Fund. According to an Equip Super statement, this merger has reduced member fees and premiums by $12 million.

Robert Bom,
West Rockhampton, Qld.

 

Gobsmacked!

As I read the “Changes to AHPRA code of conduct” article in the August 25 edition of News Weekly, I can hardly believe my eyes! How can such a dangerous, authoritarian, undemocratic set of rules exist in Australia? How is it that such an obvious abuse of a doctor’s right to practise is tolerated in a democracy such as Australia? Surely there are doctors in our nation who would band together to fight such injustice through the courts!

Brian Hurlock,
West Footscray, Vic.

Betrayal begets betrayal

The wretched Turnbull interlude began in treachery and betrayal and ended the same way.

As Tim Blair put it: “But why should anyone be loyal to a party when its leader shows no loyalty himself? Turnbull last week quit as the member for Wentworth, enforcing a by-election rather than waiting out the brief remainder of his term.

“Fleeing to New York and concealing his embarrassment is more important to Turnbull than sitting on the back benches for a few months in shame and saving his government from further potential catastrophe.

“There is also, of course, the small matter of covering that by-election’s cost. Speaking of which, Turnbull’s son Alex is now fundraising for the Labor candidate in daddy’s old seat.”

My own prediction: We are in for three years of Shorten and rule by union thuggery, green madness and 19th-century socialism, after which the poor, desperate, impoverished people will call upon Tony Abbott to save them.

Hal G.P. Colebatch,
Nedlands, WA

 

ECT has its place

Jeremy Howick’s remarks regarding electroconvulsive treatment (ECT) in his article (News Weekly, August 25, 2018) demand a response.

First, it is the modified epileptic fit induced by the electrical stimulus which is the therapeutic agent, not the electrical stimulus itself, as he seems to imply.

Second, I think it safe to assume that he has never seen a severely depressed patient who has become suicidal, and whose sleep, appetite and energy are severely impaired. If he had, he perhaps might not be so ready to dismiss it as a “bonkers treatment”.

A course of ECT in such patients usually brings about a quick and dramatic return to normal mood and functioning with little in the way of side effects (particularly as modern treatment methods aim to minimise the electricity dosage).

I would wish him luck with his exercise and “face-to-face socialisation” treatment in such cases, assuming they could even be completed before the patient died of starvation or by suicide.

David P. Ollerenshaw,
(Retired psychiatrist),
Wendouree, Vic.

 

Lyric beauty

News Weekly is fortunate to have contributions of poetry from the multi-award winning poet Dr Hal Colebatch.

Dr Colebatch is able, in a way rarely seen nowadays, to combine crystal-clear lyric beauty and communication with intelligent content. I look forward to his contributions with each issue.

Terry Pitsikas,
Riverton, WA

 

Thanks for critical eye

I am an Australian living in Scotland and will be returning to Australia soon. I had given up on mainstream media in Australia but I just saw the News Weekly article, “Sacrificial virgins: Is Gardasil even necessary?” on the AVN Facebook page. After going to your website, I saw other articles written with a critical eye and articles that do not just go along with politically accepted views (“Caution with gender transitioning: children’s future at risk”).

The fact that Australian mainstream media will not put across any well researched views that go against what the government and big industries such as the pharmaceutical industry are pushing is the reason I gave up my subscription to mainstream media (The Age, specifically) and I can barely watch Australian television news, especially the ABC, which, decades ago, was my “go to” television news source.

I will be looking at News weekly in the future to see if it is a source of news that does not have the agenda that the others now have and uses an intelligent approach to the stories it writes and allows.

Julie Thomas,
Scotland




























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