Thursday, May 27, 2010

Notes: Thursday, May 27, 2010

Two newspaper letters on Mr. Abbott's paid parental leave policy

Here's a good letter, published, in slightly different forms, in today's issues of both The Sydney Morning Herald (which published it under a sneering little heading) and The Australian:

What's wrong with Libs' picket fence?

''A true conservative moves with the times,'' says Tony Abbott (''Abbott tells Libs to forget Howard and back parental leave'', May 26). Was this an unscripted comment, or has he lost his dictionary?

A true conservative retains those traditions and values that have stood the test of time. Mothers caring for babies and toddlers - at least until age two or three - is such a tradition, and studies show children greatly benefit. Most of those mothers will return to the outside workforce when their children become more independent.

Mr Abbott wants to punish conservative mothers. Unless they return to paid work by the time their babies are six to 12 months old they miss out on his generous maternity leave of up to $75,000, financed by a great big new business tax which all of us would pay for with increased prices.

This policy is discriminatory. It is also harmful social engineering. Think again, Tony.

Roslyn Phillips Tea Tree Gully (SA)
[http://www.smh.com.au/national/letters/identity-fraud-puts-australian-lives-in-danger-20100526-wdv2.html?skin=text-only]

Social engineering
From: The Australian May 27, 2010 12:00AM

A TRUE conservative "moves with the times", says Tony Abbott ("Abbott's plea on paid parental leave", 26/5). Was this an unscripted comment, or has he lost his dictionary?

Actually, a true conservative retains those traditions and values which have stood the test of time.

Mums caring for their babies and toddlers at least until the age of two or three is one of those traditions, and studies show children greatly benefit from it. Most of those mums will return to the workforce when their children become more independent.

Abbott wants to punish conservative mothers. Unless they return to paid work by the time their babies are six to 12 months, they will miss out on his generous maternity leave of up to $75,000, financed by a great big new business tax which all of us would pay for through increased prices.

This policy is discriminatory. It's also harmful social engineering.

Roslyn Phillips, Tea Tree Gully, SA
[http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/social-engineering/story-fn558imw-1225871771262]

And here's an even better one, from The Australian's "Last Post" section of its Letters page:

Shame on Tony Abbott for espousing a paid parental leave scheme which treats stay-at-home mothers as second-rate. His policy will further encourage women to be careerists who leave the raising of their children to institutions - de facto orphans, as it were.

Ann Crawford, Tynong, Vic
[http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/last-post-may-27/story-fn558imw-1225871773755]

Tynong is, of course, the veritable 'capital city' of Catholic Tradition in Australia.

More from Joshua on liturgical matters

"The History of the Mass":
http://psallitesapienter.blogspot.com/2010/05/history-of-mass.html

... late-term abortions have skyrocketed at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne after Victorian laws fully legalising abortion were passed in 2008. Three late-term abortions a week are now performed at the hospital. Doctors and nurses are feeling “traumatised” as a result. This even appeared on a Seven News segment ...

The news item really botched the story, claiming almost all such abortions were necessary to save the life of the mother. This is in fact rarely the case, and both baby and mother are generally perfectly healthy. ...

Reginaldvs Cantvar
Thursday in the Octave of Pentecost, A.D. 2010

7 comments:

Matthias said...

Tynong is just up the road from the former Maryknoll Catholic community that was started back in the 1950's off snell road. and if i am correct ,the Corpus Christi Catholic church which is signposted off the Prince's Freeway,is the epicentre of that Catholic Tradition in this country that you referrred to Cardinal.
Like the new blog design

Louise said...

I am praying that the Victorian doctors and nurses will simply refuse to perform these late-term abortions and have a change of heart regarding abortion in general.

Pole, you seem to have posted Roslyn Philips' letter twice.

Cardinal Pole said...

"if [you are] correct ,the Corpus Christi Catholic church which is signposted off the Prince's Freeway,is the epicentre of that Catholic Tradition in this country that you referrred to Cardinal."

Correct, Matthias--here's the web-page for Tynong at the S.S.P.X.'s Australian District website:

http://www.sspx.com.au/tynong.html

Though I have not been thither myself.

"[You are] praying that the Victorian doctors and nurses will simply refuse to perform these late-term abortions and have a change of heart regarding abortion in general."

Good to hear, Louise. I myself have been praying, after my daily Rosary, a Hail Mary each day for an end to abortion in Sydney; I got the idea from the recent "40 Days for Life" campaign (here's the now-inactive U.R.L.:

http://40dayssydney.blogspot.com/

Unfortunately I was offline for much of the period so I never linked to it on my blog.) Although one Hail Mary is obviously a small spiritual sacrifice, if every Australian Catholic were to pray one each day for an end to abortion in his or her city then that could be quite powerful.

"[I] seem to have posted Roslyn Philips' letter twice."

Yes, I wanted to post both the Herald and Australian versions because there are a few small differences between the two, and I'm not sure why.

Cardinal Pole said...

Oh, and I'm glad to hear you like the new blog design, Matthias. (It's still a work in progress though--soon, when I have more time, I'll add more links and try to rectify the mis-formatting of the present 'Links' section--strange how it went awry in the 'Links' section but not in the 'Dedication' section.)

Matthias said...

Louise i challenged Greens MO Colleen Hratland as to her being a bigot and anti christian. She responded that she was brought up a Catholic and had utmost repsect for Christians. As regards Abortion she said that some doctors at a Catholic public maternity hopsital privately stated that they felt unable to refer patients onto abortion providing doctors. I think she was trying to tell me that she was supporting in law the same thing as it was already occurring in the opposite direction. So now we have the situation where nurses and doctors must refer on ,and although it has been a common practice,the right of conscience to refuse referral has taken on being an illegal act.
I pray for the defeat of the toxic greens and of Labor's Maxine Morand who also heavily supported this act

Louise said...

She responded that she was brought up a Catholic and had utmost repsect for Christians.

The lapsed Catholics are the worst. I mean, the very worst.

And just 'cos tehy say they respect Christians, doesn't mean they do. I'd like to know what they think disrespect is.

Louise said...

Yes, I wanted to post both the Herald and Australian versions because there are a few small differences between the two, and I'm not sure why.

Some editors can't help themselves. I hadn't read them closely enough to observe that they were different.