June 7th 2008

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Articles from this issue:

EDITORIAL: Will money solve the problems of indigenous Australians?

COVER STORY: UK green light for creation of human-animal hybrids

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Rudd Labor Government wobbles for the first time

OVERSEAS TRADE: US farm bill buries talk of free trade in agriculture

TRADE PRACTICES ACT: Will Liberals back Labor or small business?

ECONOMIC AFFAIRS: Has financial deregulation finally been discredited?

VICTORIA: Vic. court hands gambling decision back to council

CENSORSHIP: Student union bans pro-life activities

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH: Post-abortive women: from silence to lawsuits

CULTURE: Our topsy-turvy world: on kangaroo culls and child porn

CHILDHOOD: Are violent video games harmless entertainment?

HUMAN RIGHTS: The Olympics and China's organ-harvesting shame

OPINION: Democracy in disconnect: joining the dots

AS THE WORLD TURNS: Urban environments to human scale / War on the family / How we lost the Cold War

Chickens coming home to roost (letter)

Obligation to tackle global warming (letter)

Farmers and carbon tax (letter)

Railway opportunities beckon (letter)


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Farmers and carbon tax (letter)

by Dave Boland

News Weekly, June 7, 2008

Tim Wallace, in his letter (May 24, 2008), stated that News Weekly should accept the fact of global warming because of the alleged overwhelming scientific support for it.

I would ask the writer: what is the evidence? Is it the oft-heard news item in the sensationalist media of some retreating glacier in a remote part of the world or of Arctic and Antarctic ice-melting with a 0.6 degree rise in temperature? If so, why is no evidence presented in places where the population is large and can see it?

On his quoting the current Pope, I could also state that while Benedict XVI is very clever, he does not mention global warming, but to my mind is attempting to address the current waste of natural resources. Also, he can only mention what he hears in the press. Church doctrine claims the Pope is infallible in matters of faith and morals, not climate change.

While we are speaking of misguided proposals on carbon tax, why are farmers going to have to pay a carbon tax on fuel they use to produce food and fibre for a growing population?

Why has the farmers' lobby accepted the fact of carbon tax for farming without claiming a discount for the carbon sequestration of the millions of hectares of green, leafy crops grown each year?

I would like News Weekly to continue to expose this money-grubbing farce, as it is the only publication which appears to get to the truth.

Dave Boland,
Dalby, Qld

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