Daily Advertiser letters to the editor, December 2

MATTER OF INTERPRETATION: The great climate change debate continues to rage on The Daily Advertiser letters page.
MATTER OF INTERPRETATION: The great climate change debate continues to rage on The Daily Advertiser letters page.

Letter full of hot air

REGULAR letter writer Paul Bosman has thanked me for my "well- founded questions" regarding his letter of October 25 but unfortunately his response cannot in any way be described as well-founded.

He still has not backed up his statements with any kind of verifiable study of a scientific or quasi-scientific nature.

Rather, his statements appear more a personal opinion based on a “University of Hard Knocks” degree.

To promote earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions and atomic warfare to a place in the climate change debate is a bewildering analysis and just as well most people would see it as such.

How much atomic warfare have we had lately?

In any event, Mr Bosman is definitely entertaining and amusing and for that reason cannot really be taken seriously on this issue anyway.

He infers in his recent letter that there is a biased element in the climate change debate, presumably among the scientific community.

Mr Bosman would not be biased in any way would he?

Again, I ask Mr Bosman to come up with some scientific backing for his statements.

He cites "flawed computer models", so I ask, more information please, Mr Bosman. This is my last venture to respond to the Mr Bosman circus. So he will surely get the last word and a righteous one at that

Tony Smith


Abuse of our duty

REGARDING your story about local church abuse victims being worried people might get fatigued by the royal commission.

It says a lot about our culture if we are tired of hearing about and seeking justice for children who have been violated by trusted members of the community. 

What stops us from remaining outraged?

It is confronting to acknowledge that up until recently, exploitation of children's bodies and labour were the norm and continue to be so in many countries.

It is confronting to realise that children are most at risk of sexual assault from someone they know and trust.

Our denial of this is illustrated by the fact that kids still have “stranger danger” drummed into them.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (2005) personal safety survey, of all those who reported having been victimised sexually before the age of 15 years, 11.1 percent were victimised by a stranger.

More commonly, child sexual abuse was perpetrated by a male relative (other than the victim’s father or stepfather), a family friend, an acquaintance or neighbour, another known person, or the father or stepfather.

Small proportions of victims were sexually abused by a female relative or by their mother or stepmother.

I believe that collective denial about child sexual assault leads many of us to dissociate emotionally and this is a part of the “fatigue” that is spoken of here.

Jo Roberts


Class of his own

AUSTRALIA is spending more and more on school education, yet students’ results are deteriorating compared with other countries.

Results at Australia’s Catholic and independent schools are better than most government schools, despite receiving less government funding.

Donald Trump recently promised to commit $20 billion towards a program they’re calling “School Choice”, with families to receive vouchers ensuring that the money follows the child to whatever school the parents choose.

Australia might do well to follow his example.

Arnold Jago

Nicholls Point


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