Letter to The Editor - badly damaged any claims he has had to statesmanship

     It is regrettable that Noel Pearson has not learned anything from the Government’s decision on constitutional recognition (‘Prime Minister’s rejection is a kick in the guts for Aboriginal Australians’, 28-29/10). Instead he has resorted to a mixture of emotional special pleading and discourteous attacks on the Prime Minister and Tony Abbott.
     It does not help when he engages in excessive claims (‘Turnbull has broken the hearts of all Australians of goodwill.’) and misleading attributions (implying that Greg Craven, Anne Twomey, Julian Leeser and Damien Freeman are ‘true conservatives’, while ignoring the real conservatives on this issue such as Keith Windschuttle, Frank Salter, Greg Sheridan, Andrew Bolt and Gary Johns).
     Pearson has badly damaged any claims he has had to statesmanship.
     NJ, Belgrave, Vic

Letter to The Editor - not act before all reasonable concerns about children’s welfare, free speech and parental rights have been addressed

     Andrew Bragg is unrealistic in imagining that ‘no’ voters in the postal survey will suddenly cease discussion of the issue if they lose (‘Fair, focused debate needed as survey ends’, 26/10). Deeply held convictions will not be surrendered because of a political defeat that many will believe was achieved by ensuring that the public as a whole was inadequately briefed on the issues involved.
     He is right to urge a continuation of ‘respectful debate’ and consideration for the opinions of ‘no’ supporters. That is not compatible with his call for the legislation of same-sex marriage by Christmas. For the sake of ethical integrity and national unity, the government, if ‘yes’ wins, should proceed slowly and carefully and not act before all reasonable concerns about children’s welfare, free speech and parental rights have been addressed.
     NJ, Belgrave, Vic

Letter to The Editor - No ‘First Australians’ are alive today!

     The Government has faced realities in its response to the campaign for constitutional recognition (‘Coalition rejects Indigenous “voice” to Parliament’, 27/10). The Australian people will never sign away their national unity in a referendum powered by misguided idealism.
     Claims that people are not willing to listen to what ‘First Australians’ want are without foundation. No ‘First Australians’ are alive today!
     NJ, Belgrave, Vic

Letter to The Editor - Government should not rush into legislation ‘before Christmas’ if the ‘yes’ case wins the ballot

     Julia Banks simplifies and misrepresents the ‘no’ case that legalizing same-sex marriage involves injustice to children (‘I’m a Liberal and this is why I’m voting for “yes”’, 25/10). By contrast the matter is well put by Penny Mackieson (Letters): we should not be endorsing a change to the law which will  ‘facilitate the conception of children to be intentionally separated from their biological/genetic parent or parents’ and raised by others. This is only one aspect of the matter.
     Advocates of ‘no’, one feels, have been at a disadvantage in this postal survey, because their case is much less easily presented in alluring simplifications. That is one reason why the Government should not rush into legislation ‘before Christmas’ if the ‘yes’ case wins the ballot.
     NJ, Belgrave, Vic

Letter to The Editor - Waffle about Aboriginals being left ‘in the demountable out the back’ or that disadvantage cannot be tackled without ‘structural reform’ simply ignores reality.

     Someone needs to explain to Noel Pearson and Pat Anderson why there has justifiably been ‘almost complete silence from government’ since the Uluru ‘Statement from the heart’ (‘Silence follows Uluru summit’, 25/10).  It has nothing to do with a ‘lack of responsibility’ or ‘failure of understanding’ among parliamentarians or COAG.  It comes from the sensible recognition in high places that the advisory body made demands which the majority of Australians will never be persuaded to endorse.
     Constitutional recognition of any kind has been shown to be inequitable, unjust to other citizens and a danger to our national unity, stability and security.  Waffle about Aboriginals being left ‘in the demountable out the back’ or that disadvantage cannot be tackled without ‘structural reform’ simply ignores reality.
     NJ, Belgrave, Vic

Here Comes Paedophilia the Next Big Thing By Mrs Vera West

     Paedophilia is the next big thing of the evil elites. A vote will be taken in a few days to lower the age of consent to 13 years:

“Laurent Henry proposed the motion which “could free thousands of unjustly convicted prisoners” if the parliament decides to pass it.
“Our prisons are filled with young men that have been robbed of their youth, condemned to rot in jail for an act that should not be a crime. Why are we denying these young men the chance to play a more positive role in modern society?”, he said before the assembly Tuesday.
“Some even argue that a law on the age of consent has become superfluous and should no longer exist.”

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Letter to The Editor - do not constitute a convincing answer

     Anna Krien is illogical in her claim that in their ‘no’ campaign the churches ‘should shut right up about the protection of children’ (‘Churches’ marriage-vote hypocrisy’, 18/10). The fact that a minority of church people have been guilty of child abuse does not mean that other church people have no ‘moral high ground’ from which to comment on the ways in which marriage, as currently defined, protects children. Nor can either group be equated with ‘the churches’.

     Krien’s blanket assertions that the Safe Schools programme is ‘far from radical’ and is not linked to ‘marriage equality’ do not constitute a convincing answer to the detailed arguments and evidence that the ‘no’ advocates have placed on the public record.
     NJ, Belgrave, Vic

Letter to The Editor - more to fear of an Australian republic going communist than of our present Christian monarchy going fascist

     Both the current Spanish crisis (‘Civil war wounds reopened as sides fire up over Catalonia’, 16/10) and ongoing controversy over the events in Australia in 1975 (‘Did Britain have a role in Dismissal?’) are similar in that, behind argumentation about constitutional matters, two different and mutually hostile visions of the political order are embattled.
     Historian Jenny Hocking appears to be conducting her research in order to fire up anti-British and pro-republic sentiment. Both in 1936 and today Catalonian separatism has been used to try to move Spain away from Christian monarchy towards secular and atheistic republicanism. This is accompanied by misrepresentation (‘Franco’s Falange’):  Franco was a Catholic patriot, not a fascist, and successfully kept both the Falange and Hitler at arm’s length after the 1939 Nationalist victory. He bequeathed to Spain the present unifying monarchy.
     History shows that we have much more to fear of an Australian republic going communist than of our present Christian monarchy going fascist.
     NJ, Belgrave, Vic

Letter to The Editor - it is possible to free ourselves from error by using reasoning to approach truth

     It is good that Jill Murphy, a ‘yes’ voter in the postal survey on marriage, can accept, if grudgingly, that a ‘no’ vote ‘is not solely a product of homophobia’ (12/10). However, she neither tells us her ‘no’ friend’s arguments nor tries to rebut them. Instead, she trots out all the old chestnuts about how outrageous the survey is, that it enshrines ‘prejudices’, that it causes unnecessary suffering to gay people, that gays wanting to marry concerns no-one else and that ‘no’ voters are often motivated by fear.
     More alarmingly, she seems clearly to believe that the community’s decisions on who is to have what rights must accord with her own simplistic views about ‘equality’ and ‘love’.  She also ignores entirely the major arguments of ‘no’ advocates. So, yes, ‘our identities are bound up with our beliefs’, but it is possible to free ourselves from error by using reasoning to approach truth.
     NJ, Belgrave, Vic

Letter to The Editor - all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing

     The political crisis in Spain involving the secessionist Catalonian campaign reminds us how fortunate we are to live in a firmly united nation, far removed from the possibility of civil war. Or do we?

      Various campaigns from left-wing idealists threaten our own stability and security: ‘same-sex marriage’ and a general assault against the church; ‘constitutional recognition’ of our so-called ‘first peoples’; an open doors approach to refugees and immigration; a politicized education system that deliberately muffles the voices of traditional wisdom; the erosion of free speech; anti-American fanaticism, and so on.
     Other Australians must not just sit by and let it all happen. Edmund Burke’s famous warning must be heeded: that all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
NJ, Belgrave, Vic

Letter to The Editor - he would not have succumbed to simplistic slogans or have lacked compassion for those with whom he disagreed

     Christ was not a ‘revolutionary’ (5/10) but a spiritual teacher calling those interested to seek ‘the kingdom of heaven’, a kingdom ‘not of this world’.  He did not approve of the sins of sinners, whether they were ‘the unpopular groups’ in society or members of the establishment.  He has left no record of how he would vote in the current postal survey; but one feels he would not have succumbed to simplistic slogans or have lacked compassion for those with whom he disagreed.
NJ, Belgrave, Vic

The Slow Treason of Brexit By Tom North

     We knew it, it was only a matter of time. The globalists elites do not take defeats lightly:
It will take so long to transition out of the EU, that by that time there will be more than enough “migrants” to ensure a new vote, and put those Brits right back in their place.  Remember, Britain, like Australia and the United States, is on schedule to serve the elites by becoming non-white majority real soon:
     Time to take to the streets in protest, Britain, while you still can!

Letter to The Editor - Supposing that the ‘progressive Australia’ he favours is an improvement on the old

     Kit Carson is surely right (‘Say “yes” to a better Australia’, 1/10) to observe that the postal survey debate has morphed into a culture struggle between an ‘Old Australia’ and a proposed ‘New Australia’. Where he is grievously wrong is in supposing that the ‘progressive Australia’ he favours is an improvement on the old.
     A ‘no’ victory will assist conservatives and non-authoritarian liberals to defend a traditional Australia based on sacred revelation and metaphysical understanding, a nation in which key values are truth, freedom, honour, quality, hierarchy and equity.
NJ, Belgrave, Vic

Some Sense from John Howard Mrs Vera West

     John Howard is doing a little to redeem his disgraceful time as prime minister in his No campaign. The latest is a full-page ad in The Weekend Australian, September 30-october 1, 2017, p. 10, which gives a good summary of the threats of a successful Yes vote. Most shocking for democracy, Labor and the Greens will not accept a successful No vote. There are no protections clearly forthcoming on religious freedom, and Howard mentions the disgraceful cases involving section 18 C, of the Racial Discrimination Act, as not engendering much confidence. What a pity he did not do anything about this when he was on watch, but like Abbott, bowed to the ethnic/multicult lobby.

     He notes, following the Safe Schools controversies, that education activists are “ready to introduce classroom material regarding gender issues unacceptable to the mainstream of Australian parents.”
John, this is already occurring and we have not seen anything yet, if they get the Yes vote up.

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Politically Correct Football By Chris Knight

     American football has embraced political correctness big time, with bended knee protests against Trump, and the White people who keep this stupid multiracial sport afloat. For example:

“There has to be an uncomfortable element in the discourse for anything to change,” Popovich explained. “Whether it’s the LGBT movement, women’s suffrage, race, it doesn’t matter. People have to be made to feel uncomfortable, and especially white people because we’re comfortable. We still have no clue of what being born white means.”

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Protected Only by Tractors Tom North

     By the time you read this, the results will be known, but they are likely to be negative. Catalan has conducted a “banned” referendum about independence from Spain, and the Spanish government has responded as any despot would do, seizing over 2.5 million ballots, as the Madrid Deep State uses the police to squash the referendum:

     The High Court, surprise, surprise, ruled that the referendum was illegal, even though this essentially begs the question about the “legality” of such a decision, and legal body itself.  As well, the court ordered Google to delete an app which Catalan separatists were using to publicise the referendum. There’s free speech for you!

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The Threat to Freedom, Yet Again By Peter West

     We have been pounding away in these pages about the undermining of the value of free speech in the West. In case readers think that all this this is some personal quirk, I introduced “The Australian” test; if you can find the same sort of argument, no doubt more mildly put, in that globalist newspaper, then you know that we are onto something.

     So, on free speech consider Jennifer Oriel, “Political Correctness is Closing Australian Minds,” The Australian, September 25, 2017, p. 12:

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The Great Battle For No By Mrs Vera West

     People, especially girls and women, need to learn to say “NO”!  If people in the West had learnt to say No then we may not have some of the crises which we now face.

     The same sex marriage campaign Yes side, has sent out unsolicited text massages for the Yes side. The messages were sent using a “technology platform,” used by political parties. Obviously enough, all the usual suspects have defended this invasion of privacy. In fact, the electoral use could be in violation of the Privacy Act as well, and it would be good for lawyers to get onto this and see if the law can be used against them.

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Same Sex, Time for a Bex By Mrs Vera West

     How I miss Bex tablets, taking a Bex with a cup of tea, then a nap really helped with psycho-political neurosis. What a pity that they were highly addictive and caused kidney disease. And, now we have the brain ache of the same sex plebby, and the endless debate and conflict that goes with it.

     Good to see that some of the points made earlier in this debate by some of us are getting presented by others, not that they have been influenced in any way by us. The rational mind reaches the same conclusion.
     For example, the threat that same sex marriage would have on parent’s rights to their children’s education, has now been put in an advertisement, telling us, that based on the Canadian experience, a Yes vote will lead to the celebration of homosexuality in schools: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/christian-kids-will-be-forced-to-celebrate-homosexuality/news-story/f812b86f5d7fe25b9568c5ae8d235231

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Letter to The Editor - Tony Abbott is right to warn that if people fear them, they should vote ‘no’.

     Peter van Onselen produces a few furphies himself in his defence of a ‘yes’ decision for the postal survey (‘”No” side offers a masterclass in debating techniques’, 23-24/9). First of all, slippery slopes really do exist. The ‘no’ lobby has produced convincing evidence that an apparently innocuous change to the law could lead to several undesirable results, including compulsory application of ‘radical and gender programs in schools’ and serious attacks on the free speech of traditionalists.
     Secondly, while a comparison of children of same-sex couples to ‘the Stolen Generations’ may be excessive, that does not dispel the argument that children do significantly better with their own biological parents in a firm marriage.
     Thirdly, a ‘yes’ victory may not mean that every ‘yes’ voter endorsed political correctness or Safe Schools, but it will certainly strengthen those trends; so Tony Abbott is right to warn that if people fear them, they should vote ‘no’.
     Finally, same-sex marriage isn’t just about alleged ‘equal rights and freedom’, it’s about giving to one small minority at the expense of other persons, especially children.
NJ, Belgrave, Vic