April 20th 2019

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COVER STORY Budget 2019: The dark side of 'back in the black': no vision

EUTHANASIA FYI: How to navigate the voluntary assisted 'dying' process

CANBERRA OBSERVED Take your tax cuts and be merry, for tomorrow ... is another day

FOREIGN AFFAIRS New Middle East alliance will challenge Saudis

LIFE ISSUES ALP abortion policy blithely tramples all our consciences

SOCIETY AND TECHNOLOGY Will Artificial Intelligence do the walking for you?

LIFE ISSUES Trump, Shorten and Morrison on abortion

GENDER POLITICS Women abused at Women's Day March

NATIONAL AFFAIRS Bill Shorten's bizarre electric car policy

FAMILY AND SOCIETY Revitalising marriage and family: an especially lay apostolate

ASIAN AFFAIRS Entire nations going out without a baby's whimper


MUSIC 1+1=Sublimity: Explanations are like the back side of a tapestry

CINEMA Shazam!: Ambitious teen finds out what's in a name

BOOK REVIEW What will be left us after the deluge?

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News Weekly, April 20, 2019

Cardinal Pell

Most readers would be too young to remember the show trials of Cardinal Stepinac in Poland and Cardinal Mindszenty in Hungary. Prayers were said worldwide for them. Both Poland and Hungary then were ruled by communist governments.

History is repeating itself in the Australian State of Victoria, which is not communist but close to it. Victoria is well set up for show trials, as we have seen in the manner justice has been dispensed with in the case of Cardinal Pell.

Not long ago the national media saw the opportunity to provide many hours of television, showing only the accusing side of a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse held in Rome with Cardinal Pell as the defendant.

The jury trial could not provide a skerrick of evidence against him that could be corroborated, yet he was declared guilty. We need to pray for and support victims of crime: the victim in this case is Cardinal Pell.

Robert Bom,
West Rockhampton, Qld.


Many thanks and congratulations to News Weekly for the March 23 edition, highlighting the gross injustice done to Cardinal Pell by our legal system. The articles and letter all cover different aspects of the case succinctly and expertly.

Terri M. Kelleher focuses on the jury’s finding against Pell on the uncorroborated evidence of one person, while Greg Barns writes on the “frightening ignorance on the part of many about how our legal system works” and the “triumphalism” by those perpetuating “vengeance and hatred” in lynch mob behaviour towards the Cardinal.

In Robin Speed’s letter, his conviction that the attack on Pell was a vehicle for attacking the Church encourages the Church, and all of us, to respond by supporting the Cardinal in our own way “Saying nothing,” he so rightly says, “is not an option”.

J.A. Kirkpatrick,
Darling Point, NSW


I would like to join the chorus of people throughout this country aghast at the blatant miscarriage of justice for Cardinal Pell. And to rub salt into wound, the media is continuously reporting Cardinal Pell as a paedophile and, even in the event the appeal court overturns the verdict, Cardinal Pell will always be maliciously remembered as a paedophile.

This is a gross injustice. If this is not corrected by an appeal court, it will erode our respect for and confidence in the justice system.

I am perturbed by the apparent increase in the number of miscarriages of justice happening throughout Australia. I believe that Cardinal Pell’s case has tipped the scales to the point that an investigation needs to be made to get to the bottom of it.

Alternatively, the best way to motivate the “authorities” is to mobilise all those who have been wrongfully convicted in the past to rally together, as this would highlight the actual numbers concerned. This would put a spotlight on the issue.

Vito Cuzzubbo,
Cairns, Qld.


In his novel, Howard’s End (1910), E.M. Forster, reflecting on a growing mobility in domicile in the England of his day, wrote: “London was but a foretaste of this nomadic civilisation which is altering human nature so profoundly, and throws upon personal relations a stress greater than they have ever borne before. Under cosmopolitanism, if it comes, we shall receive no help from the earth. Trees and meadows and mountains will only be a spectacle, and the binding force they once exerted on character must be entrusted to love alone. May love be equal to the task!”

Much more significant relocation than within a single country has been enabled throughout the last half-century, and with increasingly disturbing results. Might it not be time to contemplate the possibility that love is not, in fact, equal to the task?

Lucy Sullivan,
Richmond, NSW

Local warming

For every major project it is important to do a feasibility study. A feasibility study focuses on helping to answer the essential question: “Should we proceed with the proposed project?”

The Australian Greens and the Australian Labor Party tell us that global warming is happening and that it is caused by human activity. If they rely on information from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), they are relying on figures on global warming, which is not specific to Australia.

According to the BP Statistical Review of World Energy, Australia emits 1.2 per cent of global carbon-dioxide emissions. The United States emits 15.2 per cent and China 27.6 per cent.

So, with Australia contributing only 1.2 per cent to global emissions, the Greens and the ALP have a duty to show to the Australian taxpayer why they decided on an alarmist attitude. And to explain how much of the 1.2 per cent is anthropogenic.

Even school children were told to skip school or to strike to promote the politicians’ view on this issue.

Climate is a very intricate issue and it stands to reason that the children did not understand. In fact, there are many adults who do not have the knowledge to investigate it, and just accept what they are told. Climate change has been drummed into them and every time a natural disaster occurs, climate change or global warming is blamed.

Bill Shorten says that, by 2030, he wants 50 per cent renewable energy. He owes Australian voters an explanation of how he will reach that target.

Also, Mr Shorten, and Greens leader Richard Di Natale, should commence a feasibility study on the situation as it stands at this moment in Australia. Cost for the study should not be a problem as millions of dollars are spent on renewable energy each year, in fact $3 billion was spent in the financial year 2015–16 (The Australian, February 6, 2017).

Leon Voesenek,
Port Macquarie, NSW

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