Category: Australia

CLUNKY LAWS

Dear Editor, I am shocked by the fact that the High Court has summarily dismissed several members of parliament.  These people were duly elected by the population.  The principle of democracy is held very high in Australian life.  Yes, a 19th century

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WHO IS CONNING WHOM?

To:  The AGE,  The AUSTRALIAN,  The HERALD-SUN Dear Editor, WHO IS CONNING WHOM? The climate alarmist scientists say we can’t burn coal because it will cause global warming.  Our governments back this doctrine and close Australia’s coal-fired power stations – dramatically

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CLUMSY REGULATION versus DEMOCRACY

Many mature Australians have a wary suspicion of regulations and how they can lead to chaotic, unjust and ridiculous outcomes when applied in the real world.  The issue then becomes: are officials going to be petty-minded pests, or are they

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CAN LEADERS be SAVIOURS?

Herald-Sun It seems that neither party is willing to rein in national debt.  We leave it to our children to suffer the consequences. Perhaps the short-sighted electorate will never again reward a thrifty government with a second term. So, if

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CENSUS NOT SAFE

Sent to the Australian, the Age and the Herald-Sun Dear Editor, I am sorry, but I do not trust the ABS scheme to collect names and addresses along with the data in the coming census. I have three reasons to

SAVE AUSTRALIA for our CHILDREN

Dear Editor,  From now on, any party that promises to return Australia to surplus will be outbid by a rival party that will offer more generous handouts; or blocked by a senate that always wants different cuts.  Thus our democracy,

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Australian Bill of Rights

I question Justice Michael Kirby’s advocacy of a new Australian charter of human rights (Age 23 Aug 2008). Australia is already a top country for peace, prosperity and pluralism. It is no wonder that many want to live here. But

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Apology

It is understandable that many Australians want to say sorry to their Aboriginal people, seeing the sorry state of many of their race. But if I were counselling an aboriginal individual, I would advise him or her not to take

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Japan and China

It’s a big plus for Australia to get more involved with both Japan and China. Who knows, Australia could evolve into the Switzerland of Asia – a place where problems between nations of the region can be calmly discussed and

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Think Global with Nuclear

As an environmentalist, I totally support Bob Hawke’s call for an inquiry into Australia’s suitability for nuclear waste storage. If we are going to sell uranium, and if it turns out that Australia has the most stable dry, accessible, underground

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New Head of State

Theories of statehood are notoriously unreliable. Experience is the safest guide. Technically, monarchy is objectionable or superfluous to a democracy. But people love royalty. And history shows that countries with a royal office – albeit powerless – actually enjoy a greater

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Children Overboard

Why has the “children overboard” conversation been revived? I never understood why it was worth talking about the first time. A desperate boat person might throw a child in the water. So what? This would not alter my views on

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Fake New Horizon

Altering the constitution to remove the Queen is a mere cut-and-paste exercise. Apart from a polite thank-you for her services, it involves little more than word processing. That’s why we should be suspicious of politicians who talk it up as

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Theory Folly

Australia is already a republic. Altering our constitution to remove the Queen is a mere cut-and-paste exercise. Apart from a polite thank you for her services, it involves little more than word processing. That’s why we should be suspicious of

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Welcome a Mix of Peoples

Between wars, talk of war is brushed aside as fanciful and alarmist. But across centuries, invasions are a regular part of human life. All is calm for many years, but once trouble starts, the map can quickly change. Australia is

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Cultural Death

I suspect that most people have not yet realized that after only three more generations, the descendants of today’s Australians will be in the minority. Of the 1.7 children we are having today, at most 1.5 will breed. That’s three-quarters

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The Refugee Dilemma

I applaud Zelman Cowen’s call for generosity towards refugees (Opinion June 13), but his article says nothing to reduce the two main anxieties Australians have about the issue. We don’t want to be overrun by countless millions. And we don’t

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GG Again

I hope the GG doesn’t quit. I have two reasons. One, I don’t want to see the hyena principle gain ground. With sufficient numbers providing sufficient harassment, a pack of hyenas can bring down a single lion. Peter Hollingworth is

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GG & Standard of Democracy

To Dale Culpin (Letters May 19), the PM may have made a provocative choice of GG. But we the people also have a part to play in our democracy. We must have standards too. We must not let any politician

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GG Precedent

The inevitable eventual change from a vice-regal governor-general to a republican president will almost certainly be a legal technicality that will not impact on the lives of the vast majority of Australians. However if Hollingworth is hounded from office by

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Republic Not an Issue

Since Australia voted against becoming a republic, over-eager republicans have been calling us monarchists.  But this is silly.  We are mostly not monarchists at all.  It’s just that we didn’t trust the shonky new arrangements you were trying to slip

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What’s All This Money For?

How does the ordinary Australian citizen contribute to government revenue?  Let me count the ways.  There’s the GST, which is 10% for everyone.  Then there’s Worker’s Tax — which still ranges up to 48.5%. Next is Addicts’ Tax, an extra big

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What Our Flag Says

Let’s keep our flag as it is.  The world is already inundated with symbols and logos that don’t tell you anything. The Union Jack is recognised the world over as meaning that we speak English.  The Southern Cross indicates the

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The Republic

There are many advantages in having an almost imaginary head of state such as the Queen  –  she can’t do any harm.  What does it matter that we are not really a monarchy? Australia enjoys a stable and relatively democratic

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Aboriginal Youth

The chronic and severe problems of rural aboriginal youth call for radical solutions. And I would like to suggest one here. Perhaps we have made a mistake in trying to uplift their spirits by urging them to get involved in an

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