March 30th 2013

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EDITORIAL: The decline of Australian manufacturing

ECONOMIC AFFAIRS: Labor's failure to tackle root causes of soaring cost of living

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Stricken Labor picks fight with media in election year

NEW SOUTH WALES: Widening ripples from Obeid corruption scandal

WA ELECTIONS: Conservative tsunami hits Labor and the Greens in WA

ENVIRONMENT: More alarmism from the Climate Commission

MARRIAGE LAWS: State same-sex marriage laws would be invalid: leading QC

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Push to change ALP and Coalition on marriage

LIFE ISSUES: Tasmanian abortion laws to criminalise dissent

SOCIETY: Radical feminism's war on men, marriage and children

DEFENCE OF FREEDOM: The power of truth: Reagan's 'Evil Empire' speech turns 30

LATIN AMERICA: Death of Venezuela's Hugo Chávez

SOUTH-EAST ASIA: Brunei: a small country alone in a turbulent region


CINEMA: In defence of 3D dreadfuls

BOOK REVIEW The life and death of Roger Casement

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News Weekly, March 30, 2013

Tony Abbott and abortion


Victorian DLP Senator John Madigan, in his recent speech at the Sydney Institute, misunderstands Tony Abbott’s statement on abortion (News Weekly, March 16, 2013).

Following Abbott’s speech at Adelaide University several years ago about the “unutterable shame” of Australia’s high number of abortions, the femocrats from both sides of politics retaliated. They successfully moved a federal bill that removed Abbott’s power as the then health minister to ban the importation and use of the abortion drug RU-486.

Today when he uses the Hillary Clinton line, that “abortion should be safe, legal and rare”, Abbott is not saying that he supports abortion.

He is “saying” the numbers aren’t there in the federal Liberal Party to take action against federal funding of abortion.

I don’t like what he’s saying, but sadly he is describing the state of the Liberal Party on the issue and he is willing to play the long game.

Our job is to help change the numbers.

Luke McCormack,
Queensland NCC President.


Tony Abbott’s religion


The Sydney Morning Herald reports (March 11) that Tony Abbott has declared that “his religious beliefs would never dominate his politics”.

We can only hope he is insincere in making this declaration, for his Catholic religion requires him to never lie, to never make a promise he has no intention of fulfilling, to never reveal what he has promised to keep secret, to never offer or accept a bribe, to prefer to benefit those who are without a voice and in great need to those who have power and plenty, to never engage in character assassination, to be an affectionate and faithful husband and a caring father, to refrain from killing Australian troops by involving them in pointless wars and to restrict the killing of those younger Australians still in the womb.

His religion will also forbid his making insincere declarations in order to obtain votes.

Dr Frank Mobbs,
Gosford, NSW




As a former Scout, I read with interest Damian Wyld’s article, “Where is Baden-Powell’s Scouting movement today?” (News Weekly, March 16).

I “jumped” from Cubs into Scouts at the minimum age for entry into Scouts. I rose to become a patrol leader and gained my First Class badge (though never my Queen’s Scout award). I learned many valuable things in Scouts — cooking, bushmanship, map-reading, knotting and seamanship — I belonged to a Sea Scout troop.

But I got out as soon as I felt I had “done my duty to God and the Queen” and joined the Australian Army Cadets, which were completely voluntary at my school. I became the senior cadet under officer, which was the most senior student rank in our company.

The reason I left Scouting was that homosexuality and thuggery were rife. One leader strangled me once to the point where I almost passed out. The senior leaders seemed to have no interest in what was going on under their noses.

I don’t know if this has changed. I certainly hope it has, as Scouting has many fine lessons to teach.

However, I would note that many of Scouting’s advocates do not have a wide personal experience of the Scouting movement.

Cadets did not have this thuggish culture, mainly, I think, because in a company of over 120 Cadets there were only three adult officers. The students ran virtually everything. They knew when someone was stepping out of line.

Jeffry Babb,
Essendon, Vic.

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