The Immigration Pope By Peter West

     Predictably enough, the commo Pope had a New Years’ message of hope and understanding for migrants:

     Here is another also commenting on the Pope’s commo agenda:
“Pope Francis is pushing an “anti-American” and “anti-American worldview” via “hysterical leftist agitprop,”said The Stream’s Senior Editor John Zmirak on Monday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight.
Zmirak made his comments during an interview with Breitbart News’s Senior Editors-at-Large Rebecca Mansour and Joel Pollak.

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Letter to The Editor - To change our nation from monarchy to republic is no small matter

To THE AGE    
     Justin Malbon (‘A simple way to get a president’, 4/1) ingeniously suggests that the republican cause can be facilitated by the addition of the title of ‘president of Australia’ to the office of governor-general. However, this appears to be yet another ethically dubious scheme for getting around the fact that another referendum might well meet the same fate as that of 1999.

     Malbon is right to note that ‘symbolism is potent’. To change our nation from monarchy to republic is no small matter. It has many ramifications, some of them profound (such as the vast difference between sacred and secular authority). Honourable republicans should ensure that no change is effected save by a referendum that has been fairly conducted.
  NJ, Belgrave, Vic

Does Australia Need to Liberalise its Gun and Self Defence Laws? By John Steele

     Of course it does, for many reasons, including the problem of gangs and home invasions:

“Victorian police have conceded Melbourne has a problem with African street gangs, after earlier insisting there were no gangs in the city, as the State Government rejects criticism it has dropped the ball on the problem.
Police Minister Lisa Neville on Tuesday defended the Government’s handling of youth crime after the Federal Government on Monday said “African gang crime” was out of control in Melbourne because of lenient state policies.
The issue has become a priority for both major parties after a series of recent headline-grabbing crimes blamed on groups of young African men, including the trashing of an Airbnb property in Werribee, vandalism in Tarneit and a night of violence at St Kilda Beach involving dozens of youths.”

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Temperance and Prohibition By Mrs Vera West

     One topic which I often discussed with Eric Butler was the question of temperance and the prohibition of alcohol. Eric said that the main argument given at the time, was a moral one, that alcohol eroded one’s rationality and free will. Further, the claim that American prohibition was a failure, is not true:

     As one article which reviewed the evidence put it:
“The conventional view that National Prohibition failed rests upon an historically flimsy base. The successful campaign to enact National Prohibition was the fruit of a century-long temperance campaign, experience of which led prohibitionists to conclude that a nationwide ban on alcohol was the most promising of the many strategies tried thus far. A sharp rise in consumption during the early 20th century seemed to confirm the bankruptcy of alternative alcohol-control programs.

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Not So Toxic Masculinity By Mrs Vera West

     Almost all of the postmodern gender agenda is based upon people having the comfort of a modern society, which insulates them from nature. Suddenly fling a gaggle of feminists into the wild, and we would see very different behaviours, as there would be a longing for the hard masculinity they so despise to lead them out of danger:

     In fact, the whole of the politically correct agenda is founded upon violence, namely having a system of strong men with guns ready to defend the system with violence:

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Letter to The Editor - No republican president can ever exercise such glorious and spiritual guidance

     David Long is pulling too long a bow in claiming that Australia today ‘is a republic’ (3/1).
It is not; it is a constitutional monarchy ruled by Her Majesty the Queen, the Australian Sovereign.

     While it may be true that the monarch and the governor-general have very little personal power to impose their individual will on Australians, they occupy a position analogous to that of the Brahmins in Hindu sacred tradition, being those who advise but do not act themselves. They have, that is, a position of profound influence - and influence for good - on the ongoing life of the nation. They symbolise and embody the nation’s heart.
No republican president can ever exercise such glorious and spiritual guidance.
  NJ, Belgrave, Vic

Letter to The Editor - A monarchy stands for a people inspired by holy mystery; a republic is human, all-too-human

     Once more beating the tawdry republican drum (‘A new year, new talk of a republic’, 3/1),
you imply that Her Majesty the Queen is not ‘one of our own’, but just what do you mean by that ambiguous term?

     For those of us who cherish the current reality that Australia is a nation founded by the British and
constituted within the sacred tradition of Christianity, the Queen is most certainly one of us - indeed, pre-eminently so.
A monarchy stands for a people inspired by holy mystery; a republic is human, all-too-human.
Changing from the one to the other would not be a ‘fresh start’ but a profound slipping into decadence.
  NJ, Belgrave, Vic

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Big Miners Love Electric Vehicles

     Big miners like BHP dream of unlimited profits in Green-topia - when we all drive electric vehicles charged by non-coal electricity. Imagine the metals and energy needed to build all those electric motors, batteries, charging stations, power leads, transmission lines, wind towers, solar farms, generators, transformers, gas pipelines and back-up power stations.

     Demand and prices for copper, aluminium, nickel, cobalt, lithium, rare earths, lead, titanium, silicon, uranium, steel, coking coal and gas will soar.
No wonder BHP, the big Australian miner who produces many of these commodities, has conveniently joined the war on thermal coal and now wears garish green lipstick.
  Viv Forbes
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