February 24th 2018


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COVER STORY Weatherill demand places Murray-Darling in jeopardy

EDITORIAL China completes island building in South China Sea

CANBERRA OBSERVED Greens: wouldn't know a cowardly act if they did one

REDEFINITION OF MARRIAGE Government forms say it is fluid gender marriage

FREEDOM AND LAW Gender and anti-discrimination: wedges between you and freedom

HISTORY A look back at B.A. Santamaria gives us a forward impulse

GENDER POLITICS Transgenderism: A state-sponsored religion

LAW AND SOCIETY Protecting freedom of religion in Australia

HISTORY Hungary, 62 years on from the anti-Soviet uprising

MUSIC Reel to real: Johann Johannsson, RIP

CINEMA Sweet Country: Sour taste of bush justice

HUMOUR

BOOK REVIEW Lessons from the UK front of the GFC

BOOK REVIEW The dragon has woken and rumbled

BOOK REVIEW Recovery manual for morals and culture

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News Weekly, February 24, 2018

 

Reply to Lucy Sullivan on family taxation

I thank Lucy Sullivan for her comments (January 27, 2018) on my piece, “Reality of family unit must underlie tax system” (News Weekly, Oct-ober 21, 2017).

Reform to how the family is taxed is a vitally important issue, especially in the current period of wage stagnation and rapidly rising housing and living costs. Sadly it is one reform not being taken up by Australia’s political and bureaucratic leadership.

While I wholeheartedly agree with her that any move towards family-based taxation must recognise the number of persons dependent on that combined income, including both the income earners and their dependents (carers, children, as well as dependent elders), she is incorrect to state that the piece did not outline how families would benefit from such a reform.

Income-splitting via family-based taxation would be especially beneficial to families on low to middle incomes, who generally do not avail themselves of the opportunity for income-splitting via discretionary trusts.

Instead of both parents working (while paying taxes individually), averaging out the earnings of a single income earner across all potential taxpayers within a single family unit would benefit the after-tax income of many families enough to allow for one parent to become a full-time carer, without any diminution to the family’s lifestyle. It would also allow for potentially large savings in the costs of pre-school child-care and aged or respite care, further increasing families’ ability to save, invest or increase spending as necessary.

Allowing families to keep more of their own pre-tax income through family-based taxation, while also adjusting tax rate thresholds to account for ‘bracket creep’ would set the scene for substantial reform to the family benefits and payments system, and reduce the dependence of families on these payments to top up their incomes.

Jeremy Barth,
Kew East, Vic.

 

Free range or just deranged?

I am a mixed farmer: sheep, pigs, chooks, cattle, working dogs, horses. With fluid gender in vogue, guess what? All my ewe lambs want to be rams. Pullets want to crow at daybreak and so be cockerels. Gilts want to be boars, bull calves want to be heifers, male pups would rather be bitches, and the filly is behaving like a stallion.

Such rubbish as is contained in the Safe Schools program amounts to absurdity when it is applied to farming. Of course, the animal’s gender is determined in the womb, as is eye colour, just as it is in humans.

Much is said today about mental health. If what is happening on the farm is any clue, students everywhere must be deranged. This so-called 21st-century intelligence is anything but intelligence. The sooner it is abandoned the better; and with it those politicians who advocate such nonsense.

Peter Young,
Greta, NSW

 

Unhappy dividers

I recently bought and read the book by Keith Windschuttle, The Break-up of Australia.

It was a good read and informative to see the objectives of the people who do not seem to care where their actions and wishes will lead us. If you want to defeat your enemies, it is a good idea to know what motivates them.

I kept on reading the 400-plus pages because I was hoping to read what, in Keith’s opinion, motivates the people who want to break us up. Do they think ahead and see the result s of their actions?

Gough’s free university education came a little too late for me. I was well and truly into the workforce when it came to be. So , like Errol Wiles, whose letter was recently in News Weekly (January 27, 2018), maybe my learning is as limited to his, but I did pass year 11. No doubt most of the people mentioned in Keith’s book are university educated, so would know more than us ordinary yobbos.

But what interests me is why they promote their nation-dividing and destroying ideas. Are they continuously unhappy with their station in life?

Do they think if their ideas come to fruition, then they will have “more”? Is there money in it for them?

And, if “Turncoat” has his back to the wall in the next few months he may rush through another “yes/no” vote by the people so that some form of recognition of our Aboriginal people can be put into the Constitution. There is absolutely no doubt that a “yes” vote would be the result, but what then?

Des Goonan,
Wagga Wagga, NSW

 

It’s a child!

Tanya Plibersek (The Age, January 30, 2018) admits that abortion does away with a child when she writes: “It seems tragic that a woman would bring a child into the world for no reason other than she couldn’t afford to have a termination.”

Clare Zavadil,
Eltham, Vic.

PS: I sent the above letter to The Age and, needless to say, it was not published.

 

Free – for whom?

The free-market economy appears to the flavour of the month in some quarters.

If this means the submission of “democracy” to a global financial oligarchy with privatisation, open borders, an uneven playing field, lopsided trade agreements, financial “deregulation”, the destruction and transfer of our manufacturing industries, worker displacement and casualisation, population transfers to Western countries, acceptance of directives from international agencies like the UN and the IMF, the sale of vital infrastructure assets and farmlands to Chinese interests, a hostile anti-Western global media, a fractured education system – then please give me some alternative system.

I am suspicious of anything the establishment designates “free”. However, I guess that over time I will be expected to accept a brainwash and grow to truly love the Big New Plutocracy.

G. Kerr,
Hamilton Hill, WA

 

The strong man bound

In the first edition of News Weekly this year (January 27, 2018 – my 57th year of reading News Weekly), I was impressed by two articles. First, Bernard Moran in “China exerts soft power on our southern neighbour” made use of the work of Anne-Marie Brady, an expert on China and the Chinese Communist Party.

The second article, “Loy Yang B just the latest of critical assets to be sold into foreign ownership” by Chris McCormack, describes the extent and ease with which foreign interests can take control of our critical infrastructure assets.

On the day I read both articles, while watching Mass on EWTN, I was also impressed by the Gospel of that day. According to Mark (3:22–30): “But no one can make his way into a strong man’s house unless he has tied up the strong man first. Only then can he burgle his house.”

It seems that the Chinese leaders know the Gospel better than ours do.

John Casanova,
Westmere, Vic.

 

Drugs are big business

One of Australia’s biggest industries is, unfortunately, the buying and selling of illegal drugs.

Another growth industry is the harm-minimisation industry – which includes things like clean needle handouts, safe-injection rooms, methadone maintenance programs, and even live-in rehabilitation centres.

These two industries need each other. They flourish side by side.

When business is brisk, there will always be somebody willing to come up with a business model for live-in rehab – taxpayer-funded and profit-generating.

They’ll tell how their kind of rehab saves lives, prevents disease, etc.

If you feel a bit skeptical about that, you may feel even more so after listening to the conclusions of British psychiatrist/drug researcher Theodore Dalrymple: youtube.com/watch?v=Ac7HBONAJOY

He has written a book about it entitled Romancing Opiates.

Arnold Jago,
Nichols Point, Vic.

 

Calling out climate lies

Laws exist in this country and most countries which outlaw misleading and deceptive advertising.

Reports on the recent climate-change conference held in Paris contained many highly emotive and deceptive claims. Statements such as: “We are in a war for the very existence of life on our planet as we know it …” need to be called out.

The usual suspects all got a mention; California’s fires “due to climate change”, Polar bears’ habits changing because of “climate change” and record ice loss. The latest data support none of these claims.

Nobody is holding the United Nations to account. They can make all sorts of exaggerated claims and the fawning media report every word without question. If you or I got up and made a false statement about someone or made a faulty product, we would be held to account. Yet year after year at the UN climate conferences, dubious claims are made which go unchallenged.

These conferences take decisions that will seriously undermine living standards and impoverish the lives of millions of people around the globe by making energy much dearer and less reliable, and exporting jobs to those jurisdictions that don’t take a zealot-like approach of divesting themselves of fossil fuels.

Australia should follow the lead of U.S. President Donald Trump and withdraw from the Paris Accord. Before we go charging blindly into the green future, a royal commission should be convened to test the veracity of global-warming claims. It may cost a lot will it will be better for everyone in the long run.

Alan Barron,
Spokesman, Geelong
Climate Sense Coalition,
Grovedale, Vic.

 

Melon heads

Your Irish correspondent, Lucy Sullivan (Letters, February 10, 2018), remarks quizzically that, when being a communist became politically unhelpful, the academic staff of Newcastle University changed to being Greens.

Lucy, my dear, that’s why the Greens are referred to as watermelon men – green on the outside, red on the inside.

Leo Leitch,
Benneydale, New Zealand




























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