May 24th 2014


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CANBERRA OBSERVED: Single-income families bear the brunt of Budget pain

ECONOMIC AGENDA: Cut the deficit but create a long-term investment bank

EDITORIAL: Senate reform proposals undemocratic

SCHOOLS: Needed: a better model for funding schools

SOCIETY: The lifelong and unbreakable matrix of family

CHILDHOOD: Daycare vs homecare: the experts' verdict

ECONOMIC AFFAIRS: Can banks create money out of thin air?

NEW ZEALAND: Land of the Long White Cloud sees growth surge

UNITED STATES: The high-tech lynching of Brendan Eich by 'gay' militants

UKRAINE: West draws up plan to stop Putin's energy blackmail

OPINION: Giving aid and comfort to the enemy

LETTERS

CINEMA: The Lego Movie: A totally awesome movie for grown-ups too

BOOK REVIEW The mask of treachery

BOOK REVIEW In-depth picture of Australian army life

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News Weekly, May 24, 2014

Anthropogenic global warming?

Sir

David Archibald’s articles on the likelihood of global cooling (News Weekly, April 12, 2014) demonstrate that the objective scientific world needs to move quickly to head off the anthropogenic global warming (AGW) high priesthood’s certain sleight-of-hand as their modelling is proved false.

Already this deceptive cabal has been forced by evidence to switch the catch-cry of “global warming” to “climate change”.

With beliefs, reputations and careers on the line, nothing will stop its claiming that it meant global cooling all along, unless it is stopped dead in its tracks and its credibility shredded.

Frank D. Collins,
Morley WA

 

Farm statistics exposé

Sir,

Patrick J. Byrne’s recent articles on farm statistics were excellent (News Weekly, April 26 and May 10).

This conventional fallacy that is being propagated by government and others needs to be challenged.

When the resource bubble deflates — and it will! — agriculture will be about the only remaining shot left in the locker for Australia’s export income.

Warren Roche,
Wauchope, NSW

 

What matters in education

Sir,

I read Bill James’s review of Marion Maddox’s book, Taking God to School: The End of Australia’s Egalitarian Education?, with great interest (News Weekly, April 12).

I can vouch from experience that the ethos of a school is much more important than are facilities or money.

I attended primary school in Australia and completed my full five years of high school at a De La Salle school in Malta.

It was a school that had very little in the way of facilities. It had no turf oval, very few computers, no air-conditioning, no heating — just fans, and they only made it to the school in Year 10. The classes had basic tiles, wooden tables and chairs and basic black/white boards.

When, years later, I started my degree in Australia, I was asked by several professors if I had attended high school overseas. At first I was taken aback, thinking of course that something negative about my essay-writing had given away the fact. However, it was always followed with the qualifier: “I ask because you actually know how to write, which is a rarity these days.”

I am not gloating here. I am merely confirming that neither facilities nor money matter in education. What matters is the ethos.

Julian Falzon,
Comunidad Valenciana,
Spain

 

Post-abortion counselling

Sir,

John Young’s article, “What really happens outside the abortion clinic?”, (News Weekly, May 10), is a confirmation of what I myself have been told on many occasions.

As a post-abortion grief counsellor, the first questions I ask a patient are “Where did you have the abortion?”, “What was your experience of the facility?” and “How did you come to me?”

These questions are important because there are times when I feel vulnerable and if something makes me feel “uneasy”, then I am very careful in what I say.

I have on many occasions been told what happens when a pregnant woman or her partner calls to make an appointment for an abortion.

They are warned that there will be protestors outside the abortion facility, in which case they should either ignore them or enter the premises by a side or back entrance.

The woman’s partner might even “rough up” the protesters. I have heard that comment many times.

When I inquire whether they were accosted or abused by any member of the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants — or any other “protestors” — the response is “No! I wish I had listened, and I wouldn’t feel so bad now.”

It is always a pleasure when I get the opportunity to tell the woman in front of me that the reason she is with me, and that I am in a position to help her, is because of those so-called “protestors”! (I hate the word. We shouldn’t use it, because “protestors” somehow implies rage, and the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants are not protestors — they are Helpers).

I tell my patient that I have prayed for her since that day when she went into the facility, and because of the prayers of the Helpers, she has found her way to me.

This seems to ease her mind that, contrary to the warnings she had been given about them, they didn’t judge her, but instead prayed for her, and so we begin our work.

Another “word” which we should avoid using in connection with abortion-providers, or any sort of abortuary, is “clinic”. We, as a society, associate clinics with healing, removal of pain and easing of anguish, not with terminating the lives of babies.

An abortion facility does not deserve to be known as a “clinic.” No healing is found there.

Anne Lastman,
Victims of Abortion,
Vermont South, Vic.

Website: www.VictimsOfAbortion.com.au

 

Euthanasia grey area

Sir,

Philip Ayres thinks that increasing morphine doses which results in an earlier death is a grey area in the euthanasia debate (Letters, News Weekly, April 26).

He misunderstands the principle of palliative care.

The principle is to give enough appropriate medication to relieve suffering.

If the effect of that is to hasten inevitable death, then that is an acceptable outcome

No one should withhold morphine, valium or any other suitable drug from a dying patient who is suffering.

Many treatments may have negative side-effects, including a shortened life expectancy. Cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy, may shorten life even if the patient doesn’t actually die from their cancer.

Most of those hoping to be cured of cancer find this acceptable.

Dr Philip Dawson,
George Town, Tas.

 

 




























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