October 19th 2019

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COVER STORY Greta Thunberg: she's not doing it all on her own

EDITORIAL Time for Australia to rethink the neo-liberal experiment

RURAL AFFAIRS Queensland Labor punishes farmers to placate UNESCO

CANBERRA OBSERVED Morrison's 'positive' globalism has resonance

NSW ABORTION ACT Amendments annul some of the Act's worst excesses

GENDER POLITICS Doctors call for inquiry into childhood gender dysphoria

FOREIGN AFFAIRS Hong Kong's 'software' may be key to its survival

GENDER POLITICS Pornography and the transgender agenda

RIGHTS & FREEDOMS Transgenderism poses biggest threat to religious freedom

OPINION When Maggie (Sanger) met Mickie (Mann)

PHILOSOPHY The element of justice in economic practice, Part 2 of two parts

POPULATION Lifestyles and policies ensure population peril ahead

HUMOUR If atheism is the answer, what was the question?

MUSIC Good, better, Bach: The composer who consistently outdid himself

CINEMA Joker: From a heart in darkness

BOOK REVIEW Hope, more than economics, drives Trump voters

BOOK REVIEW A pushback against visceral unreason


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News Weekly, October 19, 2019

Freedom to follow Christ

“Religious freedom is a basic liberty or inalienable human right,” claims Terri Kelleher, as she rightly asks “a litany” of critical questions about the Religious Discrimination Bill (News Weekly, September 21, 2019).

I have just one question. Is this “inalienable right” a right to follow Our Lord Jesus Christ (and foster the Judeo-Christian virtues that News Weekly supports); or is it a right to follow any religion or none? If the latter, it contradicts itself: freedom indiscriminately to persecute Christians or to be one, to promote monogamy or to promote polygamy, and so on.

The Apostles didn’t preach religious freedom, neither did they coerce people; they simply preached Christ – the Way, the Truth and the Life. We should do the same. Religious freedom is not the solution to our woes; it’s their cause.

Matthew Murphy,
Dural, NSW


Heads-up on Mao

In his otherwise excellent review of Julia Lovell’s book, Maoism: a Global History, Bill James says: “Maoism lifted the living standard of the poorest Chinese.”

Is he serious? Look at the damage that Maoism did to Chinese agriculture as a result of collectivisation; to the economy and to industry; and the numbers of people who starved to death as a result of the Great Leap Forward. As a result of all this Mao was pushed aside by his colleagues in the party and became little more than a figure head.

In 1966, in a bid to wrest back his control of the Chinese Communist Party, he unleashed the Cultural Revolution, which brought more chaos to China until the mid-1970s. How could the living standards of the poorest Chinese have been lifted?

In fact, it was only with the economic changes introduced by Deng Xiao Ping and his successors that the living standards of the poorest Chinese were lifted.

Chris Rule,
Gilmore, ACT

Red flag

To see Gladys Liu, the liberal Member for Chisholm, cutting a cake at suburban Victorian Police headquarters celebrating 70 years of Chinese Communist Rule, is hard to swallow.

Perhaps predictable, given her connection with Chinese communist front organisations.

Then, not to be outdone, Labor MP for Box Hill Paul Hamer raises the Chinese communist flag over a Victorian Police building.

Victorian Chief Police Commissioner Graham Ashton, when asked to comment on the red Chinese communist flag flying from a police building, said he had no problem with the flag flying over a police building.

The majority of Australians do have a problem celebrating 70 years of a communist regime notorious for human rights abuses, censorship, mass murders under Mao and the incarceration of ethnic minorities, Christians and Muslims in forced labour camps such as in Xingjiang.

An Australian citizen arrested for alleged spying, having served seven months in prison, appeared before the courts bound in chains. Yet our Deputy Leader of the ALP, Richard Marles, when in China recently, did not raise his plight with the Chinese authorities but instead spent his time ingratiating himself with the Chinese authorities.

Of serious concern is the penetration of both major political parties by Chinese interests and the large sums of Chinese money paid to politicians with obvious strings attached.

Wayne Williams,
State secretary,
Labour DLP Tasmania


Climate-alarmed kids

To all the school kids going on strike over climate change:

  • You are the first generation that has air-conditioning in every classroom.
  • Your classes are all computerised.
  • You spend all day and night on electronic devices.
  • More than ever, you don’t walk or ride bikes to school but arrive in caravans of private cars that choke local roads and worsen rush-hour traffic.
  • You are the biggest consumers of manufactured goods ever and update perfectly good expensive luxury items to stay trendy.

How about this:

  • Tell your teachers to switch off the air-con.
  • Walk or ride to school.
  • Switch off the device and read a book.
  • Make a sandwich.

No, none of this will happen because you are inspired by the adults around you who crave a “noble cause” while endulging themselves in Western luxury and an unprecedented quality of life.

I suspect you did not formulate this action plan all by yourselves. You may have had some influence and guidance from those you trust. A word of warning: be cautious of the influence of the left because there may be a time in the future when you will be the ones left out.

Bendigo, Vic.


Remembering Hal

Let me congratulate you and Jeffry Babb for a most revealing obituary on Dr Hal Colebatch.

Jeffry attended the funeral service and would have been impressed by the large number of noted people who attended including Emeritus Archbishop Barry Hickey, renowned Australian poet Andrew Lansdown and some 20 or so former federal and state politicians. We understand several VIPs including one former Prime Minister sent condolences.

Many of Hal’s colleagues in the culture wars from the National Civic Council and Council for the National Interest were also present.

Your republished review of Hal’s “Australia’s Secret War” was also a deft touch, as was the publishing of two of Hal’s poems. Congratulations!

John Barich,
Belmont, WA

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