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Recollections of Malcolm Fraser, not lamented here.

The provocative and brutal columnist Paddy McGuinness (died 2008) summed up Fraser thus:

Lost respect in 1975 with the Dismissal

Lost his trousers and his dignity in 1986

Lost the family farm in 1997

Lost his mind.

Geoff Mosley gives us a snapshot of the Sixth World Parks Congress.

The successful Sixth World Parks Congress demonstrated increasing interest in national parks.The Congress gave a record number of attendees the opportunity to exchange information on furthering national parks and wilderness protection. 

Alan James points out that the debate on chaplaincy in schools goes back a long way

It’s a pity that Nigel Jackson (“Chaplaincy in Schools”, 13/01/2015) did not refer to the various attempts that have been made in the past to reform the teaching of religion in schools. In Mr Jackson’s native Victoria, two of these stand out: the Reed Report of 1968 and the Russell Report of 1974.

 

The ACF tacit support of Big Australia.

The ACF has not taken advantage of an offer of space in TIA to respond to the TIA article The Australian Conservation Foundation Council votes to implicitly support Big Australia’ , nor commented elsewhere. Professor Lowe responds to point out that the references to him may be misinterpreted. Habitat extends a welcome to members to make contributions, but will it get published? A look back at the attitude of the ACF to population issues twenty years ago. What has changed?

 

Woe is me, shame and spending in the governments around Australia*.

A standard pattern in Australian politics is where a free spending ALP government is eventually tossed out and replaced by the Coalition. The latter make some attempt to bring the deficit under control, are denounced as heartless and replaced by the ALP. Will this happen at the next Federal election?

The Australian Conservation Foundation Council votes to implicitly support 'Big Australia’

The ACF is noted for challenging government policies, so by refusing to criticise the bipartisan Big Australia policy, the ACF implicitly supports it. The ACF thereby is comfortable with 200,000 net immigrants per annum pouring into Australia, putting pressure on the environment, causing cities to spread over farmland, crushing biodiversity, creating traffic congestion, depleting our water supplies.

Chaplaincy in schools

Nigel Jackson contends that a new religious narrative is needed. Neither inappropriate evangelising nor hard core secularism should be encouraged in government schools.

With best wishes for Christmas and a better New Year

 

2014 was not a good year. Freeing up restrictions on speech abandoned, negativism on the the environment, immigrant flood continuing, preaching of multiculturalism ceaseless. At least the boats have stopped.

For relief here is a Christmas poem.

 

Abbott’s Conservation assessment - 2014 a fail, could pass next year if works harder.

The main black marks against Abbott are his devotion to spending money on roads, none on rail, and lack of rhetoric on the need for energy conservation. Leadership is persuasive in changing public behaviour. Although not supporting “Big Australia’ like the ALP, the Coalition has maintained immigration at high levels. 

 

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