Must we take at its own assessment the U.S. Supreme Court’s judgement (“Transgenders target Catholic hospitals in U.S.”, News Weekly, August 8, 2020), that would enforce requests by transgender men, (biological females) for hysterectomies on the grounds of sex discrimination? Where is the sex discrimination?
Normally medical ethics would not condone the removal of the uterus of a woman in the absence of medical indications.
As regards Christian schools’ non-employment of transgender individuals, it is not primarily sex discrimination, but discrimination on the basis of inability to fulfil the requirements of the job, just as, for example, flat-earthers would be discriminated against on that basis in an application for the job of Astronomer Royal.
Although I was delighted to read the letter of Lucy Sullivan, “Who was it that fought against slavery?” (News Weekly, September 19, 2020), because she defended the efforts of the British Empire against slavery, there is a problem.
You see, “When the United Kingdom abolished slavery in its overseas territories, through the Slavery Abolition Act 1833, it excluded the non Crown territories administered by the East India Company from the scope of the statute.”
That is a direct quote from Wikipedia on “slavery in India”).
I have another reference in my two-page leaflet, “Brits slaves in Scotland until 1799, others in British Sierra Leone until 1928; still in India, China, etc.” of 2020, which I would be delighted to share. Much of it comes from the booklet, They Were White and They Were Slaves (1993), by Michael A. Hoffman (available on Amazon).
Yes, I am proud of my heritage, but it seems that Britain, having even exported its own people as slaves like the other European countries had done for hundreds or thousands of years, passed the no-slavery law in order to chase other countries’ slave ships, but made an exception for India, because it was “part of the culture”.
And slavery continued in British Sierra Leone until 1928.
John C. Massam,
I enjoyed very much Pat Byrne and Peter Westmore’s article about the upcoming American election. Especially, I enjoyed reading about Donald Trump’s achievements as U.S. President; and, indeed, how many achievements there are.
I wonder how many Americans really know about these achievements. With the rah-rah of electioneering, I wonder if the American people even stop to think of the changes that this President has wrought for them?
For my part, his work for life is unlike anything I have seen in my 24 years of working in the life area.
East Perth, WA
A string of government ministers and senior bureaucrats have so far claimed ignorance on the failures in the Victorian hotel quarantine program, believed to be the cause of Victoria’s devastating second wave of covid19. Let’s take a step back and work out why.
With only a fraction of Australians joining political parties, the two major political parties in Australia have ceased to be mass political parties. They are now just very expensive job-creation schemes for a tiny and increasingly unrepresentative group of career politicians who have captured the government and the opposition of the day.
These career politicians, who are generally paid more than they would earn working outside Parliament, now no longer need or want mass membership parties. After all, party members may demand competence, commitment to ideals, not factional cronyism and branch stacking.
Party finance? Easy! For the declining number of party members who are now easier to control and be bought off by factional warlords, lavish public (and corporate) funding has replaced member dues, raffles and money raised from sausage sizzles.
This public funding has now “cemented in” stunning mediocrity and incompetence, which is now not really possible to get rid of without a revolution.
Trouble is, when you come to pick ministers or shadows, low party membership means a very small pool of talent to pick them from. This is why we have a ship of fools pretending to be a ministry and many senior public servants now treating ministers as “Yes, Ministers” and giving them the “mushroom treatment”.
In days of old, public servants usually provided non-partisan, frank and fearless advice. Not any more. Given the debacle in Victoria in particular, clearly ministers should now largely come from outside the Parliament.
Ministers’ factional loyalty, sex or ethnicity must not be put ahead of ability when it comes to running a government department.
Don’t these people understand that the television series, Yes, Minister and Utopia, are not comedies but documentaries, illustrating the massive, adverse consequences of incompetence (deaths, second lockdown, economic ruin) for citizens?
“Dan the Man” needs to learn from his predecessor, John Brumby, who noted in his book, The Long Haul: Lessons from Public Life, that new MPs should have to complete some sort of training before becoming an MP.
Perhaps the launching of prosecutions under the new Victorian industrial manslaughter laws will bring about the shakeup needed.
St Kilda West, Vic.