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Quantum 71: The One that looks at Christmas – Australian, European, UK, Chinese, Scottish, Muslim and Sports values…and Clive James, Milan Kundera and Theocracy

This weeks Quantum is all about values…

Amongst other subjects we look at the Bush fires…

Tim Weeks, the Medevac legislation…

An extraordinary interview with Milan Kundera…...Angela Merkel’s definition of free speech…

And theChinese spying on their own citizens…

a Korean pastor murdered in Turkey – and news you may have missed – 14 people killed in a Church in Burkina Faso..

Of course we could not miss out the sad terrorist attack in London…

 

And the paradox of one of the ‘heroes’ being a murderer

https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/he-s-no-hero-man-who-helped-stop-london-

We continue with the sad case of a women’s conference in the University of Edinburghbeing stopped because of threats of violence from Trans activists.

And the Premier League’s endorsement and support of Stonewall…

We have Clive Jamesreading his poem Maple spirit….and we end with this favourite Christmas carol…Metal style…

 

Next week will be an election special – so it will be a day later…

Quantum 70 – the one with the Chief Rabbi; Climate Change; Hong Kong, The Democrats and Downs; Donald Macleod; Christine Jardine; The Archbishop and Abortion; Game of Thrones; Electric Cars; Kanye

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3 comments

  1. Dear David,

    I’ve followed your blog since your coming to Sydney, having read your book The Dawkins Letters and admired your clear reasoning powers.

    I’ve been waiting for some kind of clarification of your disparaging comments about Tim Keller (whose books and sermons I’ve found very helpful) in a previous edition. I’m truly puzzled by your comments and would like very much if you’d please spare the time to explain them.
    Elizabeth

  2. Hi David,

    RE: The Medevac legislation. My understanding is that medical care is not refused to detainees caught trying to illegally enter Australia (not all are refugees).

    Firstly, there is significant medical (including psychological) care provided to detainees. The Australian government provides these resources, both medical staff and facilities. Secondly, those who require further medical care have been flown to Australia before the advent of the Medevac bill. Further, one of the reasons women were/ are flown out is to perform abortions (which are illegal in the host countries).

    The Medevac bill made two dramatic changes to the process. Firstly, they could not be sent back (unlike the previous process). Secondly, they could be brought over on the say-so of any two doctors. Without any first-hand consult. Of those brought over since the passing of the bill – none remain in hospital – none have been sent back. The majority never entered hospital. It is far from clear they had urgent medical need – much less a need that was not already being treated. This was the argument made for repeal.

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