November 25th 2006

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Articles from this issue:

COVER STORY: CLIMATE CHANGE: An appeal to reason: the economics and politics of climate change

EDITORIAL: Water infrastructure needed, not gimmicks

AUSTRALIA'S DROUGHT: COAG's free trade in water threatens farmers

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Howard's loyalty to U.S. faces severe test

UNITED STATES: U.S. voter backlash against Bush's Iraq war

IRAQ WAR: Bush runs out of options

THE ECONOMY: Wishful thinking about agriculture, manufacturing

WESTERN AUSTRALIA: Taped calls incriminate ex-premier, minister

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Sinister side to lunatic fringe / The gentle art of blackening reputations / Faces of vulnerability / The old refrain?

HUMAN CLONING: Patterson's curse - the Frankenbunny

Lies, cowardice and cloning (letter)

Bouquet and brickbat for News Weekly (letter)

Optional preferential voting rejected (letter)

Greenhouse superstitions (letter)

Using children as spies (letter)

BOOKS: INSIDE THE ASYLUM: Why the UN and Old Europe are Worse Than You Think, by Jed Babbin

BOOKS: THE BATTLE FOR SPAIN: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939, by Antony Beevor

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Lies, cowardice and cloning (letter)

by Dr David van Gend

News Weekly, November 25, 2006


The Senate vote for cloning is a victory for organised lying. Inhuman legislation that permits the creation of living embryos as mere raw material for research, that permits an aborted baby girl to be made the "mother" of a cloned embryo, has been achieved by systematic scientific deception. The conscience vote has been steamrolled by "con science".

We have witnessed the hubris of certain scientists who do not want anybody, even the Parliament, telling them what they can and cannot research. As one senior scientist put it to me, "If you let them limit us on cloning, where will it stop?"

We have witnessed the shameful behaviour of scientists who - as another senior researcher confided - will compromise intellectual integrity for a big new bucket of public money.

We have witnessed the timidity of scientists who know that their colleagues are falsifying stem-cell science for PR reasons, but will not speak up for fear of rocking the scientific boat.

Our MPs must be more sceptical of these scientific lobbyists, more penetrating as to the true motives for cloning, if they are not to be taken for fools like their 34 upper house colleagues.

Dr David van Gend,
National Director,
DO NO HARM! Australians for Ethical Stem-Cell Research,
Toowoomba, Qld.

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