May 11th 2013

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Articles from this issue:

SPECIAL FEATURE: Academics' venom signals climate scare's end

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Both government and opposition facing moment of truth

EDITORIAL: Three constitutional amendment proposals before the PM

NEW ZEALAND: NZ parliament's same-sex 'marriage' vote analysed

UNITED STATES: The Boston Marathon bombing in perspective

MEDIA: Experts blamed 'right-wing terrorists' for Boston bombings

PRIMARY INDUSTRY: Fruit-canning industry laid waste by cheap imports

ECONOMIC AFFAIRS: Currency, manufacturing and trade policy

CLIMATE CHANGE: Why EU emissions trading scheme faces collapse

OPINION: Defence strategy must not ignore the lessons of history

HUMAN RIGHTS: China's grisly organ theft: their crime, our shame

LIFE ISSUES: Killed for being the wrong gender

CULTURE: Australia's intellectual left under scrutiny


CINEMA: Compelling story of a tormented superhero

BOOK REVIEW The economist who became a Christian

BOOK REVIEW Out of shadows and illusions into reality

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News Weekly, May 11, 2013

Syrian rebels


It is clear that the rebels in the civil war in Syria have made an enormous mistake. Suppose they eventually triumph: what will they have achieved? The deaths of 70,000 of their people, the injury of another 200,000 — nearly 300,000 Syrians. A million or two will have to be repatriated.

Many thousands of homes and businesses will have been destroyed, as also airports, roads, bridges, communication systems, and more.

The treasury will be empty. The rebels’ victorious government will lack an efficient public service, so will be unable to raise revenue or do much at all.

Had the Assad government been left in power, nothing like 70,000 citizens would have been killed. There would have been no destruction and, before long, dictatorial rule would have faded away under pressure from Syria’s neighbours and the international community.

Dr Frank Mobbs,
Gosford, NSW


Brainwashing babies


What is happening in the nation’s childcare centres? According to a recent report in the Geelong Advertiser, April 8, 2013), childcare staff are now required, under new guidelines, to teach toddlers about saving the environment.

What has this got to do with minding young children in formal care? Requiring staff to ensure that each child knows about saving the planet is ridiculous!

And to think the government is insisting that all toddlers, be they new-born babes or pre-schoolers, must be lifted up by staff so that they can turn off the lights, and then taken outside to help water the garden — honestly, it’s something out of the Mad Hatter’s tea party. This is bureaucracy gone mad.

I’m sure most parents expect childcare staff to look after their children in a professional manner, and this does not include brainwashing vulnerable and impressionable toddlers.

Alan Barron,
Grovedale, Vic. 

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