July 30th 2016


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COVER STORY Success of sex-change surgery a propaganda lie

CANBERRA OBSERVED Add two to cabinet as a conservative estimate

GENDER WARS Safe Schools provokes personal pronoun furore

ELECTION ROUNDUP Captain Titanic shuffles deck chairs

EDITORIAL Why court rules against Beijing on South China Sea

VICTORIA Turnbull must move to douse CFA dispute

ENVIRONMENT Wind, solar push up SA electricity prices

EUTHANASIA

AUSTRALIAN HISTORY Dr John Burton - public servant and Soviet agent

U.S. HISTORY AND POLITICS Is Trump long-awaited successor to Huey Long?

MUSIC A medium whose meaning is hidden from words

CINEMA No man on the mean roads of the Outback: Goldstone

BOOK REVIEW A significant first novel

BOOK REVIEW A certain rottenness in the state of Victoria

LETTERS

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COVER STORY Success of sex-change surgery a propaganda lie
We have been told that sex reassignment surgery is successful. The advocates say that regret is rare, and that 98 per cent of surgeries are successful. While that figure might be true for surgical complications, before we accept a narrative of surgical success we should consider the evidence. 
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CANBERRA OBSERVED Add two to cabinet as a conservative estimate
As the aftershocks of Malcolm Turnbull’s poor showing at the election continue to rumble through the government, there are glimmers of hope that the voice of the conservatives will not be completely sidelined in the Government’s second term.
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GENDER WARS Safe Schools provokes personal pronoun furore
Since Friday July 8, the names of NSW member schools of the Safe Schools Coalition (SSCA) no longer appear on the SSCA website. They have been taken down. (“NSW schools ‘harassed’ into hiding: youth foundation”, The Weekend Australian, July 16). 
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ELECTION ROUNDUP Captain Titanic shuffles deck chairs
As Malcolm Turnbull pulled the smoking remnants of his majority from the fire of the election, he deftly moved to disappoint conservatives by making no room in his new cabinet for age and wisdom, merely shifting around some of the deck chairs.
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EDITORIAL Why court rules against Beijing on South China Sea
The decision by the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague in favour of the Philippines in its dispute with China over land reclamation on atolls and reefs which Beijing claims in the South China Sea, has brought together all countries in the region against China’s land grab.
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VICTORIA Turnbull must move to douse CFA dispute
Despite claims by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews that the long-running conflict between the state Labor Government and volunteer firefighters over the direction of the Country Fire Authority (CFA) had “no impact” on the federal election, Labor numbers men know that the dispute helped the Liberals hold almost all their Victorian seats and win one from Labor. 
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ENVIRONMENT Wind, solar push up SA electricity prices
Since the Labor Government in South Australia took the state on the road to a renewable energy future some 10 years ago, installed capacity has grown from zero to more than 1,200 megawatts (MW) in wind and 400MW in rooftop solar. As a result, in 2012–13, over 30 per cent of electricity generated in the state was sourced from wind and solar energy. 
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EUTHANASIA
Two memes dominate the pro-euthanasia rhetoric: choice and pain.
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AUSTRALIAN HISTORY Dr John Burton - public servant and Soviet agent
In one of the greatest scandals of Australian cultural warfare, the Australia Council has cut off funding to the literary and creative pages of conservative cultural-intellectual magazine Quadrant (see my article in News Weekly, June 18, 2016).
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U.S. HISTORY AND POLITICS Is Trump long-awaited successor to Huey Long?
The first American to win the Nobel Prize for Literature was not Ernest Hemingway or that progenitor of Southern Gothic, William Faulkner, but a relatively obscure writer, namely Sinclair Lewis, in 1930. 
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MUSIC A medium whose meaning is hidden from words
Analyses of brain functions that purport to be insights into human thinking are usually as unenlightening as they are deceptive. It should be obvious to anyone that the brain is not the same as the mind. The matter of the brain is not self-aware; minds are self-conscious.
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CINEMA No man on the mean roads of the Outback: Goldstone
The detective as knight-errant is a key character in the modern imagination. He enters into the story to solve the mystery and thus restore order.
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BOOK REVIEW A significant first novel
Her father is devoutly Catholic, while Lucy has difficulties about the faith, agonising over why a good God would allow the suffering that she undergoes.
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BOOK REVIEW A certain rottenness in the state of Victoria
 
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LETTERS
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