October 20th 2018


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COVER STORY Internal strife at Fortress ABC by Peter Westmore

EDITORIAL The state is separating children from families

CANBERRA OBSERVED Liberals are bare favourites for Wentworth

DEREGULATION Sugar growers are getting burned on churned-up playing field

EUROPE Attempt to discipline Hungary divides the EU

CHINA Social Credit System gives complete control of every citizen

EDUCATION Curriculum refinements will not fix schools

BANKING ROYAL COMMISSION Banks' failures are a symptom of social malaise

HISTORY Moby Dick and American exceptionalism

SHAKESPEARE Tick-tock: clues to the timeless appear of the Bard

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS Trump to UN: we'll do it our way; you do it yours

MUSIC Well-tempered scale: might put an alien in a bad temper

CINEMA Alpha: Beautiful beginnings

BOOK REVIEW Essays towards reconstruction

BOOK REVIEW Can society survive the decay of religion?

LETTERS

CLIMATE CHANGE Hockey 1, hockey 2: Good science contradicts IPCC's two-degree alarmism

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COVER STORY Internal strife at Fortress ABC by Peter Westmore
It was highly revealing that The Sydney Morning Herald reported on the forced resignation of the ABC chairman under the heading “Politics”, given that the ABC is an organisation whose charter requires it to be independent, accurate and impartial.
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EDITORIAL The state is separating children from families
 
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CANBERRA OBSERVED Liberals are bare favourites for Wentworth
In the upcoming by-election for Malcolm Turnbull’s seat of Wentworth, Prime Minister Scott Morrison won’t be making the same mistake Mr Turnbull did in the lead-up to the recent “Super Saturday” by-elections. Then the former PM allowed expectations to run that he might actually win one or possibly two of the Labor seats that were up for grabs.
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DEREGULATION Sugar growers are getting burned on churned-up playing field
The plight of sugarcane farmers Margaret and Max Menzel is indicative of the experience of many cane farmers since the disastrous policy of deregulation of the sugar industry.
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EUROPE Attempt to discipline Hungary divides the EU
A push by the European Parliament to punish Hungary because of its refusal to take immigrants from the Middle East, its opposition to the European Union’s extreme environmental policies, and laws preventing overseas-funded NGOs operating in the country, is further dividing the EU, from which Britain is expected to withdraw early next year.
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CHINA Social Credit System gives complete control of every citizen
“China is a sleeping giant. Let her sleep; for, when she wakes, she will move the world.”
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EDUCATION Curriculum refinements will not fix schools
The Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) announced in mid-September that there would be “refinements” made to the Australian curriculum. The updated national curriculum will bring general capabilities to the fore in classrooms, teaching children skills such as critical thinking, empathy and resilience.
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BANKING ROYAL COMMISSION Banks' failures are a symptom of social malaise
The Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry, headed by one of Australia’s most prominent jurists, Ken Hayne, has released its interim report, which shows systematic abuse of financial power by the big four banks and insurance companies.
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HISTORY Moby Dick and American exceptionalism
In the course of Captain Ahab’s search for Moby Dick to visit retribution on the great white whale for his perfectly justified self-defence which resulted in the loss of Ahab’s leg, there are a number of encounters with other ships mid-ocean. Two are British, and captained by Englishmen who have also suffered loss of limb in encounters with the whale.
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SHAKESPEARE Tick-tock: clues to the timeless appear of the Bard
William Shakespeare was undoubtedly the world’s greatest playwright but he may not have been an exceptional creator of stories. He wrote only two original plots: The Tempest and The Merry Wives of Windsor, neither of which is principally remarkable for its narrative.
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INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS Trump to UN: we'll do it our way; you do it yours
U.S. President Donald Trump’s annual address to the United Nations General Assembly revealed once again that the media still don’t get it. Forget about Mr Trump’s personal, or personality, failings: he is charting a different course for U.S. policy – domestically and internationally.
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MUSIC Well-tempered scale: might put an alien in a bad temper
If humans were trying to explain themselves to visiting aliens from another planet, music would perhaps prove to be one of the hardest things to elucidate.
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CINEMA Alpha: Beautiful beginnings
It used to be more common, or at least more noticeable, for mainstream cinema to delight in cinema’s visual nature, treating the screen much as a painter would a canvas. Such artistry would not be at the expense of the story but would build upon it, making it richer.
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BOOK REVIEW Essays towards reconstruction
In his essay, Brendan O’Neill sees political correctness (PC) as the most thorough system of speech and thought control of modern times, leading to the shrinking of politics. He makes the point that the term “politically correct” was originally a Leninist term used to denote toeing the party line. In America, in the 1930s and 1940s, it came to be used in communist circles to indicate “the proper language to use, or the proper position … to take”.
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BOOK REVIEW Can society survive the decay of religion?
Perhaps the impetus behind this book was his conviction that someone needed publicly to voice some concern over this dramatic shift in our culture. No one can deny the significant impact Christianity has had in human history. It appears, however, that Christian faith is fizzling out in Australia, with very little commentary in our major media outlets, or even by the Christian Churches themselves. Sheridan is asking the question, “Is this a good thing?”
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LETTERS
The Federal Government’s very sensible restoration of $4.6 billion of funding to Catholic and other non-government school students over the next 10 years, previously removed under then Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s Gonski 2.0 proposals, has attracted all the usual inaccurate and misleading comments, but a lack of relevant statistics.
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CLIMATE CHANGE Hockey 1, hockey 2: Good science contradicts IPCC's two-degree alarmism
The latest report of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) demanding an end to the use of coal for electricity production to stop runaway global warming, is contradicted by reliable scientific studies on the world’s climate.
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