July 27th 2019

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COVER STORY Fixing Australia: Can we trust the Morrison Government?

ENERGY Yallourn early closure more than a mere challenge, Mr Premier

CANBERRA OBSERVED Can Labor learn a lesson or is it unredeemable?

NATIONAL AFFAIRS High power prices lead to more deaths of elderly

GENDER POLITICS Catholic Ed's document strong on doctrine, weak on protocols

ENERGY Renewables do push up power price: Chicago economists

OBITUARY The eminence of Dr Joe Santamaria

HISTORY OF SCIENCE Faith and reason and Father Stanley Jaki, Part 6: Medieval Christendom sparks a revolution

ENVIRONMENT As many Pacific islands are rising as are sinking

ASIAN AFFAIRS Uyghurs lose in ethnic power play

POETRY AND HISTORY The epic of the White Horse

HUMOUR On patrol with Father Bruce

MUSIC Joao Gilberto: Carrier of melodies

CINEMA Crawl: Toothful entertainment

BOOK REVIEW America's postwar boom and its end

BOOK REVIEW The story of the drafting of a great document

BOOK REVIEW The facts behind an undying distortion



FOREIGN AFFAIRS Boris Johnson and the EU: Crash through or just crash

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News Weekly, July 27, 2019

Revive Bradfield

I read Chris McCormack’s excellent recent article on the Bradfield scheme with considerable interest (News Weekly, June 1, 2019).

It is heartening to know that Barnaby Joyce and other political figures have come out in support of the scheme.

Only a government with a great deal of courage and vision can make it a reality. Too many politicians are quick to dismiss it as impractical without considering the future benefits.

I well remember a public meeting called by the Liberal Party to discuss water issues. The meeting was held at a South Australian River Murray town at the time of a severe drought. The speakers were the then federal member for the area and the state shadow water minister.

A member of the audience asked the speakers whether the Bradfield scheme had merit. Both politicians quickly dismissed it as impractical – the federal member referring to it as the “Braddon scheme” and the shadow minister calling it the “Bradford Scheme”.

I was appalled both by their lack of interest and ignorance of Australian history.

Terry Critchley,
Murray Bridge, SA


Health system addenda

Colin Teese (News Weekly, June 15, 2019), in his usual clear way, gives us a comprehensive analysis of Australia’s health system. However, he does not deal with three aspects.

First, the significant role played by not-for-profit religious facilities. In Western Australia, the State Government built a hospital that is run by St John of God. Second, abortion clinics are profit-making but fringe dwellers. Tanya Plibersek’s proposal to allow all taxpayer-funded hospitals to provide abortions would have made these services more attractive and corrupted the current system by having maternity wards next to ones providing abortions.

And, third, with the introduction of euthanasia in Victoria, to be probably followed by WA, palliative care in public hospitals is likely to be subjected to economies, putting further pressure on services provided by religious-based groups.

John Barich,
Claremont, WA


Queen’s Birthday honours

One News Weekly reader and a News Weekly contributor were both recently awarded Queen’s birthday honours, receiving Order of Australia medals (OAM).

Audrey Drechsler, 86, from Sedgwick, Victoria, was honoured for her services to agriculture and the community and has long been involved with supporting the National Civic Council’s work in striving for a better Australia.

Mrs Drechsler is a foundation member and Life Member of Landcare, and local and council member of the Country Women’s Association, member of the Conservation and Natural Resources committee and served on the committee for the Loddon Campaspe College of Tafe. She was recognised for long service to the Sedgwick Public Hall and Recreation Reserve.

She also was employed as a senior stenographer for the Democratic Labour Party.

Sydney solicitor Robin Speed was awarded an OAM for services to the law and charities including the Rule of Law Institute and Australia’s Magna Carta Institute.

Mr Speed co-founded the Rule of Law Institute and law firm Speed & Stracey. His law firm shone the spotlight on corruption in NSW during the NSW Independent Commission against Corruption, which led to major improvements in tackling corruption.

The Rule of Law Institute he co-founded in 2009 and the Magna Carta Institute work to explain the rule of law, which “can only be understood and appreciated by imagining what life would be like without it. Then might would be right, justice would be bought and sold, just as it is in many countries.”

In this instance, the two OAMs were awarded to truly deserved recipients.

Michael Stewart,
St Kilda, Vic.


Dutch courage is failing

On a visit to the Netherlands recently, my sister and I we were invited to attend a farewell meeting with a person who was to be euthanised the following week. It was an opportunity to do some good, so we attended.

The woman claimed insurmountable pain in her back that operations could not fix. She looked very much alive lying in bed on her back and she could share in lively conversations.

Her Catholic faith stopped her last year from going ahead. She had other thoughts this time.

There was a rosary on show, with a crucifix above her bed and an icon from Fatima on the shelf. It prompted my sister and I to tell her to ask Holy Mary for help.

The husband was quite light hearted, which prompted the woman to exclaim that he could not wait to get rid of her quickly enough.

Our advice was that she needed to see a priest before taking any action, but we did not hear of a follow-up on this.

Sadly, our appeal fell on deaf ears and euthanasia-prone Holland made another victim. She was buried in the second week of June. The Dutch people we met will not accept that their laws on euthanasia are wrong and give no protection.

Our observations were that this woman was craving for attention and some love from her husband. A good priest could have helped. It confirmed to us that the Dutch are deceived into what are grisly actions.

In Victoria they now have a law for euthanasia with 68 conditions to prevent abuse. The Dutch and their tinkering with assisted suicide for many years show that any safeguards placed on euthanasia are worthless.

Robert Bom,
West Rockhampton, Qld.

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