September 15th 2012

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LEGAL AFFAIRS: No place for Sharia law in Australia

EDITORIAL: Gillard's flawed plan to fix our schools

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Labor promises grandiose schemes it can't deliver

ENVIRONMENT: Is the Arctic sea ice in "a death spiral"

BANKING: Big four banks overdue for a shake-up

MARRIAGE: State push for same-sex unions could trap Nicola Roxon

TASMANIA: Euthanasia: the ultimate in elder abuse

SECURITY AND INTELLIGENCE: New light shed on Russia's "other" spy agency

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: Justice Mason's role in the 1975 Whitlam dismissal

SCHOOLS: Constant practice needed to acquire basic skills

SOCIETY: Plans for World Congress of Families in Sydney next May

OPINION: Immigrants: a compassionate alternative


CINEMA: Futuristic sci-fi action set after global war

BOOK REVIEW Scholarly tour de force

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News Weekly, September 15, 2012

Something desperately wrong


Something is wrong when a prostitute can win a verdict against the owners of a motel in the Queensland mining town of Moranbah for not allowing her to hire a room in which to practise her trade (Brisbane Courier-Mail, August 8, 2012).

Something is wrong when aggrieved minorities can advance their case, but objections are not published for fear of costly litigation.

Something is wrong when the whole of society can be held to ransom by the dagger of anti-discrimination laws pointed at the throat of free speech and a free press.

In the Moranbah case, the motel owners were forced to give in to the demands of the prostitution trade or face hefty penalties under Queensland’s anti-discrimination laws.

This case is only the tip of the iceberg of what awaits us if certain minority groups get their way.

The daily press refuse to print searching letters about these issues.

The groups suppressing information by intimidation and litigation do not believe that the Australian public has a right to know.

Queensland’s new LNP premier, Campbell Newman, ought to ensure that many social laws introduced by Queensland Labor should be revised and clarified or thrown out.

Robert Bom,
Rockhampton, Qld


Refinery closures


The recent announcement of yet another Australian car manufacturer in trouble and an oil refinery closure is a matter of grave concern.

While economists and ex-politicians have focussed on the savings to consumers (not citizens) by importing cheaper cars from Asia or elsewhere and refined fuel from Singapore, media commentators and politicians have focussed on the loss of jobs.

None seem to be focused on the strategic long-term consequences of an isolated continent that is not economically self-reliant.

In times of conflict resources that we now take for granted and import at will, could easily be diverted or cut off!

The fall of Singapore during World War II is within living memory, yet no one within political circles appears to have learnt anything from this important event.

Both before and after the fall of Singapore, many supplies from overseas were cut off or were at least in very short supply. However, our nation was still able to carry on with the war effort, making every military ordinance required, thanks to a pre-war industrial policy of self-containment or self-reliance.

Even John Curtin acknowledged that his Labor government was indebted to the previous UAP governments of Lyons and Menzies in regards to defence preparations.

It can hardly be a prudent policy for an island continent with our recent history to be without a self-reliant manufacturing sector. But it is an act of strategic lunacy to be without oil refineries.

The federal, state and local governments should assist manufacturing by giving preference to Australian-produced goods over imports when making purchases for their departments wherever possible, and essentials that are vital to defence such as fuel production need legislative protection so that the nation may be self-reliant.

John L. Jones,
Goulburn, NSW


Coalition of the culpable


The whole Julian Assange publicity circus that Assange seems able to orchestrate makes a mockery of his claimed persecution and alleged disadvantage.

The contributions of Michael Moore, Oliver Stone, Anthony LaPaglia and the usual others prove that the left-wing critics are wrong again.

Lenin identified them as useful fools. Orwell noted that pacifists were effectively pro-Nazi, as their obstruction aided the enemy during World War II.

In the modern era this sort of attitude, as the late Christopher Hitchens noted, has translated into de facto support for the likes of the Taliban, Saddam Hussein, Slobodan Milosevic and General Leopoldo Galtieri.

Left-wing critics’ venting of their spleen against everything Western and democratic — even down to the most minor flaws of civilised society — defies logic and leads them effectively to support anti-democratic movements or regimes.

When French postmodernist philosopher Jacques Derrida coined the term deconstruction, he probably never really imagined that apparently educated people could equate democracy with dictatorship — but they do!

In the minds of the West’s critics, our democratic societies are the equals of China and Russia. Well, we are not.

Assange’s WikiLeaks are calculated to damage democracies, not their enemies. His leaking of secret and sensitive information has aided regimes that oppress dissidents.

As much as the critics laud the Latin American republic of Ecuador for assisting Assange to evade sexual assault charges, Western democracies, according to these critics, are not as virtuous as the left-wing Ecuador regime which shoots strikers, arrests journalists and shuts down critical media outlets and creates compliant ones.

Regrettably, South Africa’s socialist government has followed Ecuador’s example in shooting strikers, but left-wing intellectuals have been surprisingly mute about this.

The coalition of the culpable might be an appropriate generic name for left-wing critics of the West as they effectively support malign and disreputable causes.

(Mr) M. Gordon,
Flynn, ACT

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