May 19th 2018

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COVER STORY The real cost of institutionalised child care

EDITORIAL AGL dismisses $250m bid for Liddell Power Station

GENDER POLITICS As Queensland transgenders birth certificates, 300 women quit UK Labour Party

CANBERRA OBSERVED No pressure on Malcolm to call election this year

NATIONAL AFFAIRS Can Greens regenerate, or are they mulch?

POLITICS Conservative shift in the Victorian Liberal Party

OPINION No fairytale ending from the Land of a Fair Go

LAW REFORM The Nordic Model: proven to curtail sex trafficking

NATIONAL AFFAIRS Committal hearing dismisses main serious charges against Cardinal Pell

GENDER AND ETHICS Transgenderism and the dissolution of identity

PHILOSOPHY The supercharged cheetah

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS One Belt, One Road: China's new empire


MUSIC Business as usual: The sweet tinkle of falling coins

CINEMA Avengers: Last Flag Flying and Infinity War

BOOK REVIEW A hungry beast that ate up 4 million lives

BOOK REVIEW Skewed analysis of republic in crisis



CANBERRA OBSERVED Bill Shorten's Budget-Reply speech: for what ails you

FOREIGN AFFAIRS Behind the U.S.-North Korea rapprochement

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News Weekly, May 19, 2018

Ethanol adequate to a T

When the T Model Ford was built it was possible to drive along on ethanol as its fuel. Ethanol or a mixture of it with gasoline was a recognised fuel in Australia at least until 1957.

Oil company competition forced ethanol out and smog started to develop, particularly in cities. I believe oil is still the greatest cause of pollution, not the use of coal, as they would like us to believe.

The world has slowly started to realise that oil-based fuels are not beneficial. Environmentally clean ethanol is making a comeback. Countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Canada, India and a number of U.S. states mandate it. In Australia, by far most cars on the road are built to use ethanol. But, always check with the manufacturer first for percentage mixtures.

In Queensland we have an ethanol mandate of 3 per cent, but 85 per cent mixtures (E85) for flexi-fuelled motorcars are around in the cities and regional centres. It helps our production of sugarcane.

If people want to limit pollution, they can do so by promoting ethanol and leave our productive coal industry alone.

Robert Bom,
West Rockhampton, Qld.


The continuing morphing of our institutions

It would be a mistake to assume that the social engineers, having already made a successful sweep through our institutions, including the defence forces, have halted their “long march through the institutions”.

Traditional events like ANZAC Day have long been in their sights.

However, such memorable occasions steeped in tradition and fully supported by ex-service organisations have been a harder nut to crack.

It seems that moves are now afoot for a softly, softly “test of the water” approach with rearrangements to accommodate groups that may have a disguised agenda or perceived sense of grievance.

This form of soft entry by disparate entities, some with an axe to grind, is usually followed over time by ever increasing demands for change – to the point where the original event becomes unrecognisable as it is slowly morphed into another meaningless politically sponsored carnival.

Lest We Forget.

G. O’Neill,
South Perth, WA


A wider range of facts re Mary Magdalene

Mrs Shann’s response to my previous letter to the editor regarding Mary Magdalene, I think demands a response. (New Weekly, May 5, 2018)

Mrs Shann retold a very edited version of our salvation story and our Catholic faith and even quoted a Scripture verse (Heb. 4:15-16) then proceeds to explain who the Lamb of God is and who we believe Him to be, and ending with the suggestion that speculations surrounding the event must be grounded on “these facts”.

For Mrs Shann’s edification I also ground and back up my “speculations” with knowledge of the times Jesus lived and the customs, including burial customs, of those times. I also back my words with Scripture (Mark 16:1-9).

Remembering that Mark is believed to have been Peter’s scribe I tend to listen to his words and he states that Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and Salome went to the tomb where Jesus lay with the intent to anoint his body with the rich spices, because they thought this couldn’t have been done when he died on Friday because the Sabbath arrived and forbade them to do any such work.

The main concern of these women was how to roll back the stone from the sepulchre, not the anointing. But the intent to anoint was what took them there in the first place.

All this is well and good and a holy concern, except that Mary was going to anoint the body of a naked man (which didn’t happen because he had already risen) and this could not happen in any case because men prepared the body of a man for burial, unless the woman was someone very close to the man who had died.

A woman could not touch the body of a man (perhaps this might explain why he said do not touch me as I have not ascended to my father and your father, my God and your God. Yet maybe a week or a little time later, he invited Thomas to touch his side). A woman could not touch the body of a man unless in a close relationship.

The facts, as Mrs Shann says, are the facts and these are facts and also grounded not only in Scripture but in history and very obviously facts grounded in the four Gospels, all of which mention this event, which they considered important enough to include.

Anne Lastman,
Vermont South, Vic.

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