September 24th 2016

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COVER STORY Shorten takes low road to defeat marriage plebiscite

CANBERRA OBSERVED Plebiscite debate will be civil despite "Shrill" Bill

ENVIRONMENT More pseudo science from climate

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE Memo to Shorten, Wong: LGBTIs don't want it

U.S. POLITICS Trumping the elites like shooting fish in a barrel

SOCIAL POLICY Guidelines turn shows of displeasure into "violence"

FOREIGN AFFAIRS Hong Kong voters reject heavy-handed Beijing

EUTHANASIA Senators, take your marks for the race to the bottom

PHILOSOPHY Life: a miracle by any reasonable calculation

MILITARY HISTORY The capture of the old German lines at Pozieres

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS South China Sea powder keg may blow anytime

MUSIC Messiaen reaches to where the shadow falls

CINEMA Atonement for blood debts: Blood Father

BOOK REVIEW Freedom as a weapon to destroy freedom

BOOK REVIEW There and back again


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News Weekly, September 24, 2016

Marriage plebiscite

Promoters of same-sex marriage tell us that the cost of a plebiscite is too much for Australians. Yet they have had 16 bills rejected in Parliament and they keep coming back. How much is that costing Australia in expense, lost time and preventing serious business to be discussed in Parliament?

These promoters are very happy to undermine the will of the people by rejecting a plebiscite or referendum.

All Australians should heed the warning: their opinion will count for nothing if we give in to same-sex marriage promoters. Slovenia forced same-sex marriage through their parliament, and it was overturned in a referendum on December 15, 2015.

We can see the same happening here. If Parliament passes same-sex marriage, there will be counter bills to reverse it. It is much cheaper to have a plebiscite or referendum on it and be done with this business.

Robert Bom,
West Rockhampton, Qld.


All candidates in the recent federal election were keen to have “voices” favouring their representation in Parliament. What many politicians fail to realise is that they are elected to serve, not to dictate. At present many of them are opposing the people having their say about marriage.

Australia has a democratic constitution, which guarantees freedom of speech, assembly and religion. So, why are there efforts to muzzle freedom of opinion about marriage? Do these members have a desired outcome, and want to enact that position by having it enshrined in law?

Whether it is liked or otherwise, the present government was elected having promised a plebiscite to obtain the people’s wishes. So, the citizens of this country expect to be given a voice.

It has been suggested that May 27, 2016, the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum regarding the recognition of Aborigines in the constitution, could be an opportune date to offer all Australians a voice on both marriage and our first inhabitants. It would also save on costs to the federal budget.

Peter Young,
Greta, NSW


Bank clean-out needed

Recently Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Treasurer Scott Morrison and the head of ANZ spoke on the need for transparency in banking practices.

If this is so, then they should support an “origin of funds declaration” clause in all bank loan agreements. This clause should state that the sum of the loan was created out of nothing under a capital adequacy ratio of, for example, 10 to one. Banks do not loan depositors’ money.

An information paper produced for the Australian Bankers’ Association, entitled “Money: What it is, how it comes to be”, states on page 2: “This is shock number two: most of what we understand by ‘money’ does not exist in any form other than as entries on bank statements or figures in computer printouts. More than 90 per cent of what we know as money is deposits and a substantial proportion of these have been created by the lending activities of financial institutions.”

With legalised fraud banks can set up people for a “make, break and take” strategy and foreclose on assets while imposing interest charges.

The present debt-based financial system needs to be overturned. This can start with a genuine government-operated national bank of credit (a people’s bank) to fund essential services and infrastructure, as the original Commonwealth Bank was set up for.

Then Glass Steagall-type legislation is needed to separate legitimate commercial banking functions from speculative investment functions such as derivatives. And a royal commission is needed to expose banking scams and to create transparency, especially as record levels of debt are occurring.

Bernie Bourke,
Balliang, Vic.

Women in Politics

Studies show that at any one time 30 per cent of women are career oriented while a similar proportion is totally family focused and so prefers to stay out of the workforce at least while their children are young.

They do their own child care and do not outsource it no matter how much financial incentive is offered. The other 40 per cent consists of women who are willing to undertake some part-time work as long as it does not interfere with their primary duty of homemaker.

The 50 per cent quota of female politicians, therefore, is mostly aimed at the 30 per cent who are career oriented. It is this that makes it difficult to fulfil such quotas. This also goes to explain why in the aggregate women receive less pay, than men. John Howard is on the money – Parliament is unlikely to have 50 per cent women.

John Barich,
Belmont, WA


Invasion even of leisure

Over the past years I have watched the Liberal and Labor parties morph into a virtual coalition, with the usual expensive shadowboxing at election time to keep us all happy.

The unions and the state education systems have been captured by radical academic activists and the taxpayer-funded public broadcaster exists to give us our daily dose of social engineering.

The only escape was to retreat to the lounge room and watch the WAFL/AFL football fixtures, with September being the month to look forward to.

Now the elites have discovered this escape route and joined with sporting bodies to present the same old social engineering program.

Can’t we just watch a football match without being drip-fed social and political propaganda by those who now use sport as the latest carriage service?

G. Kerr,
Hamilton Hill, WA

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