February 15th 2014

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EDITORIAL: SPC Ardmona and Holden: Australian icons disappear

CANBERRA OBSERVED: The Abbott government's economic dilemma

ENVIRONMENT: Bushfires rage because of whitefellas' ignorance

AUSTRALIAN CONSTITUTION: Our constitution is the best, so why change it?

SCHOOLS: Two recent rival threats to sensible teaching

EDUCATION: Rhymes of the times: poetry's still important

ECONOMIC AFFAIRS: Harvard economist re-thinks free-market orthodoxy

TAIWAN: Innovating to achieve a clean and green future

SOCIETY: Sexual madness in an age of 'polymorphous perversity'

AUSTRALIAN HISTORY: Why no posthumous VC for naval hero Robert Rankin?

LETTERS: Jeffry Babb; Trevor Dawes; Alan Barron.

CINEMA:  Investigating private investigators:  
Sam Spade and The Maltese Falcon

BOOK REVIEW The red traitors in FDR's administration

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Jeffry Babb; Trevor Dawes; Alan Barron.

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Chiang Kai-shek and Mao Zedong


I wish to congratulate Bill James on his excellent review (News Weekly, February 1, 2014) of Rana Mitter’s book, China’s War with Japan, 1937-1945, which goes a long way to debunking the falsehoods surrounding Mao Zedong and his Communists.

Japan had regarded occupied Manchuria as its own territory, but did not enter China proper until the Marco Polo Bridge incident in 1937. This bridge is on the south-western outskirts of Beijing. From there, the war spread to the whole of China.

The notion that Mao’s Communists bore the brunt of the war against Japan is factually incorrect. Everyone, including Stalin, knew that Chiang Kai-shek’s Kuomintang (Nationalist Party) actively engaged the Japanese, whereas the Communists were conserving their strength for a far more important war — against Chiang’s Nationalists.

Many people who lived though this time believe that only Chiang held the Chinese nation together.

However, foreign observers were often not impressed by Chiang, including the U.S. liaison officer General “Vinegar Joe” Stilwell. Chiang was an old-fashioned Chinese general. Cross him and you were in mortal peril.

But Mao’s coming to power in 1949 was followed by the Great Leap Forward famine of 1958-62, in which some 40 million perished.

When Chiang took charge in Taiwan, his island retreat, he instituted the “land to the tiller” program of agrarian reform. Before long Taiwan was producing more food than it could consume.

Chiang was a starchy traditional Chinese general, but he wasn’t a mass murderer like Mao.

Jeffry Babb,
Essendon Vic.


Lessons of history


Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer was not the only Christian martyred for opposing Hitler, although he is probably the best-known, He asked how all his fellow citizens could fail to see how their Germany was hurtling headlong into bestiality and barbarism. His beliefs and convictions ultimately cost him his life in a Nazi concentration camp.

Today we do not have concentrations camps in the West. However, we have the growing tyranny of political correctness — that is, the state determining how the population should think and behave.

If history can teach us anything, we can already see clear signs of the beginnings of totalitarian tyranny.

Members of parliament and commentators in the mainstream media refuse to acknowledge the truth and, by deceiving the public, are responsible for moving society towards eventual enslavement.

Senator Cory Bernardi’s new book, The Conservative Revolution, has meticulously researched and documented the negative consequences for society of human lifestyles and behaviour that previous generations regarded as immoral.

Trevor Dawes,
North Haven, SA


Prince Charles on climate


Prince Charles, at a recent environmental function at Buckingham Palace, labelled climate-change sceptics as the “headless chicken brigade”.

With all due respect to the prince, his purblind comments fail to recognise that scientists have been caught in the act of fudging data on climate change more than once, e.g., Climategate.

A monumental calculating error in official U.S. government climate data was recently discovered by independent data analyst Steven Goddard. He found that climate scientists unjustifiably added on a whopping one degree of phantom “warming” to the official raw temperature record.

Many believe that this discovery may trigger the biggest of all climate-change scandals in the U.S. and could result in a radical change in American climate policy.

Goddard has just released his telling study of the officially adjusted and “homogenised” U.S. temperature records which have been relied upon by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the United States Historical Climatology Network (USHCN) and scientists around the world to “prove” that our planet’s climate has been warming dangerously.

So why should Prince Charles, people and politicians in particular, put blind faith in what those climate scientists committed to global-warming theory are telling us?

Alan Barron,
Grovedale. Vic.


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