December 19th 2015

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COVER STORY The first Christmas: a birth that set fire to men's hearts

CANBERRA OBSERVED A Nationals welcome no sure thing for Macfarlane

CLIMATE CHANGE $100bn a year climate fund the rub in Paris deadlock

FAMILY AND SOCIETY Free speech petition: appeal all 'right not to be offended' clauses

WATER POLICY Review tells of destruction of farms in Goulburn Valley

CULTURE AND POLITICS Liberalism's disappearing act on human freedom

TAX REVIEW Rise in GST a no go when the need is for jobs

HISTORY Taiwan's first people have survived waves of settlers

FREEDOM OF RELIGION Law not broad enough to contain freedom's flow

SPEECH IN PARLIAMENT Credit where credit is long overdue: B.A. Santamaria

FAMILY AND SOCIETY Swedish daycare part II: problems of weak parenting

CINEMA No life is lived as an island: It's a Wonderful Life

BOOK REVIEW A contribution to Pope Francis' call for a conversation on conservation


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News Weekly, December 19, 2015

Hidden link to domestic violence


The issue of domestic violence is once more in the news with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull calling for more to be done about it.

Yet very little is said about the mounting evidence of a link between the rise in the number of domestic violence cases and the increase in pornography use.

In an article in The Sydney Morning Herald in December 2014 NSW police Assistant Commissioner Mark Murdoch is quoted as saying that “pornography is fuelling an increase in the number of young people committing acts of domestic violence”.

He said teaching young men how to respect women was a critical “battle front” in the fight against domestic abuse and that common sense would tell you there has to be a linkage between pornography and lack of respect in relationships between young people.

Studies show that the greatest number of porn users are aged between 14 and 25 and Mr Murdoch acknowledged that we are seeing more and more young people appearing before the courts.

Men’s Referral Service manager Nathan DeGuara agrees that there is a strong correlation between porno­­graphy and domestic violence and that pornography sets up the expectations of what a man should expect from a woman. The service often receives calls about domestic violence stemming form unrealistic sexual expectations. And these were often created by pornography.

Acknowledgement of the addictive nature of pornography is also increasing. Sydney GP Dr Gary Franks runs pornography addiction courses and says men can often become more violent and aggressive with their partners as a result of being caught up in their porn fantasies.

Teaching young men to respect women must begin in the home with fathers being role models through showing respect to their wives. Sadly many children today grow up in homes where the father is absent and therefore they miss out on being influenced by this positive role modeling.

Gillian Gonzalez,
Belmont, WA

Lack of communication


Thank you for your expose of the gaffe by Malcolm Turnbull on the leasing of the Port of Darwin to the Chinese (News Weekly, December 5, 2015). How did the United States Ambassador in Canberra not brief Washington so that Mr Obama would not chide Mr Turnbull? How did Mr Turnbull not inform Mr Obama of this important development?

The 99-year lease reminds one of the 99-year lease the British obtained from China during the European “carving of the Chinese melon”. Is history being repeated?

John Barich,
Claremont, WA

Corruption on climate


When Professor Emeritus of physics Hal Lewis resigned from the American Physical Society he wrote:

“When I first joined the American Physical Society 67 years ago it was much smaller, much gentler and as yet uncorrupted by the money flood (a threat against which Dwight Eisenhower warned a half-century ago).

“How different it is now. The giants no longer walk the earth, and the flood of money has become the raison d’etre of much physics research, the vital sustenance of much more, and it provides the support of untold number of professional jobs.

“For reasons that will soon become clear, my former pride at being an APS fellow all these years has turned into shame. And I am forced, with no pleasure at all, to offer my resignation from the society.

“In the interim the ClimateGate scandal broke into the news, and the machinations of the principal alarmists were revealed to the world. It was a fraud on a scale I have never seen, and I lack words to describe it. This is not science, other forces are at work.”

Robert Bom,
West Rockhampton, Qld.

CO2 still a mystery gas


Contrary to the urban myths being bandied round in the media now that the Paris climate talks are under way, more CO2 emissions will not cause coastal flooding and more extreme weather events. In fact the latter have declined by 20 per cent, according to Indur Goklany, a science policy analyst for the U.S. Department of the Interior.

No one can say for sure what the exact impact CO2 has on the climate. The major greenhouse gas is not CO2, but water vapour, as it makes up 96 per cent of such gases. CO2 makes up a paltry 3 per cent.

Over 40,000 delegates are in Paris to tackle a problem that has not been fully established. What is ignored is that over 31,400 scientists do not hold to the consensus view of global warming. Computer modeling has been predicting exaggerated heating effects of CO2, which has panicked Western governments into tackling alleged climate threats.

Scientists at the Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research in Germany have raised concerns about the accuracy of climate models. They have identified a new process by which vast amounts of volatile organic compounds are emitted into the atmosphere from the sea, and which have a cooling effect on upper level temperatures.

It’s unwise for Australia to maintain its dogmatic approach to climate change as it now appears that current assumptions are not entirely correct, as temperatures have not increased for 18 years despite elevated levels of CO2.

Alan Barron,
Grovedale, Vic.

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