Tuesday, October 17, 2017

'Climate change isn't because of humans!': Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young accuses Pauline Hanson of living in 'La La Land' as the pair clash on Sunrise

Pauline Hanson has clashed with a Greens senator after rubbishing climate change and claiming everyday Australians can't afford clean energy.

The One Nation leader told South Australian MP Sarah Hanson-Young she was very 'skeptical' about the link between pollution and climate change. 'I'm very skeptical of this (climate change) because the science isn't there, and that's been proven,' Ms Hanson said on Sunrise.

'Climate is changing, but it's not from humans Sarah – get this through your head.'

Ms Hanson-Young hit back in disbelief, accusing Ms Hanson of living in 'La La Land.' 'Thank goodness most Australian's disagree with you. Are you really lining up with the tin-foil hat brigade Pauline?,' she asked.

Interrupting the heated discussion, host David Koch pointed out the government's Chief Scientist Alan Finkel believed in climate change.

But Ms Hanson said everyday Australians were sick of paying enormous power bills, stressing her party would not support the Coalition's proposed clean energy target.

'People can't afford it, it's putting so much pressure on families and businesses,' she said. 'How can a fish and chip shop afford $14,000 a quarter in electricity? How can these pubs in outback Longreach afford $20,000 electricity a quarter? Wake up.

'We can't do it at the moment, I won't see any more people lose their jobs and I won't see any more businesses shut down because of this.'

Taking to social media after the interview, Ms Hanson-Young posted a link to the debate and wrote: 'On Sunrise this morning Pauline Hanson tells me get it through your head Sarah climate change 'isn't because of humans' #OneNationFail.'

Cabinet on Monday is expected to discuss the government's new energy policy, including whether to adopt a version of the clean energy target recommended by Mr Finkel. The coalition party room could examine the proposal on Tuesday.

It follows a new report from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, which highlights huge increases in power bills over the past decade. The report says power is putting unacceptable pressure on Australian households and businesses.

ACCC chairman Rod Sims cautioned the clean energy target was designed to cut emissions, but it was hard to say whether it would also bring down prices.

It was important to understand the trade-offs between the various objectives if the nation was to have an effective energy policy.


Church sprayed with vile graffiti telling people to 'bash bigots' and 'crucify No voters' - even though it ISN'T urging parishioners to vote against gay marriage

A church has been tagged with vile 'bash bigots' graffiti - even though it isn't telling parishioners how to vote on gay marriage.

Drew Mellor, the head pastor of Glen Waverley Anglican Church in Melbourne's south-east, discovered the spray can attack early on Sunday morning. He was particularly upset with a tags which had threats of violence via the phrases, 'Vote Yes, bash bigots' and 'crucify No voters'.

'That's very unsettling for some of our older members of our church this morning,' Dr Mellor told Daily Mail Australia on Sunday. 'Some asked, 'Does that mean we're going to be bashed?'.

Dr Mellor also took exception to a cross and a Nazi swastika being sprayed on either side of an equals sign.

'To see Christians in that light, that somehow we hold a view that if people don't agree with us then we're going to do something to diminish them, that's not what people of the Gospel think,' he said. 'It conveys a message that as a Christian church we are intolerant.'

Dr Mellor said he was 'saddened' to have found the graffiti at 6.30 on Sunday morning, adding he repudiated any suggestion Christians are 'bigots' who sought to harm those with different views.

The Glen Waverley church isn't telling people how to vote on gay marriage, with Dr Mellor releasing a statement in September, which said recognising gay relationships was 'the respectful thing to do' for those inclined to vote 'Yes' to redefining marriage.

While Dr Mellor is opposed to gay marriage for Biblical reasons, he said his parish welcomed gay members. 'We certainly have ministry with, long connections with people that would align themselves with personally with the gay community,' he said.

'We wouldn't conduct a marriage service for a gay couple ... nor would we exclude anyone if they happen to be a gay couple in a marriage relationship.'

The Coalition for Marriage, which is leading the 'No' case against gay marriage as part of the $122 million postal vote survey, said the graffiti attack highlighted the intolerance of 'Yes' campaigners.

'One thing that this process has revealed is that, despite the rhetoric, 'Yes' campaigners do not actually believe in a tolerant society, where people are allowed to 'live and let live',' spokeswoman Monica Doumit told Daily Mail Australia.  'Rather, they will target those who disagree for abuse, for boycott, or for some other type of punishment.'

However, Dr Mellor said he would forgive the vandals adding the graffiti attack was not a reflection on all 'Yes' voters. 'I don't believe that's where the majority of those who are advocating equality in marriage would be coming from,' he said.

This graffiti attack comes two weeks after a Mormon church, west of Sydney, was defaced with 'Vote Yes' graffiti even though it hadn't even told its parishioners how to vote in the gay marriage postal survey. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at Leura, in the Blue Mountains, was sprayed with red and black tags.


Inquiring about the elephant in the classroom

It is easy to understand why people find the idea of inquiry learning so appealing. It’s a lovely notion that children can and will learn important concepts and knowledge simply by being given an opportunity to discover them for themselves.

This is allegedly the education of the future — a future in which children need only to learn how to find what they need at the time they need it.

But is it true that children learn best by inquiry? You would think so if you listened to Andreas Schleicher, the Director of the OECD Education Directorate, which runs the Program for International Assessment (PISA).  Professor Schleicher was in Australia recently, giving interviews and speaking at events and forums. Disappointingly, he did not mention the pedagogical elephant in the room — that OECD reports show that inquiry learning is strongly negatively associated with PISA scores.

A deeper analysis of the PISA scores by McKinsey and Co found that the ideal balance is for almost all lessons to be teacher-directed with a small number of inquiry-based lessons. This fits well with the cognitive science-informed framework in which novice learners need more highly structured, explicit teaching, with a gradual shift to independent inquiry as they consolidate their knowledge and develop expertise.

The PISA data is supported by numerous other studies showing that explicit, teacher-directed instruction is more effective than inquiry learning.

Strangely, however, the more evidence stacks up against inquiry learning, the more it seems to take on a mythical status of being unassailably superior.

This week the long line of heavy weights endorsing inquiry learning included the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers, and a German maths professor who happily acknowledged that her version of inquiry learning is not based on cutting edge research but on a centuries-old theory that was refined in the 1920s and popularised in the 1960s.

Inquiry learning can be useful when administered in the right doses at the right time in the learning process. It is not a miracle cure for a new age.


What's the connection between Immigrants and Aborigines?

Sunrise presenter Andrew O'Keefe has slammed a Sydney council's plan to hold citizenship ceremonies during an indigenous celebration week instead of Australia Day.

The Greens and Labor-dominated Inner West Council wants to move citizenship ceremonies from January 26 to the first Sunday in July.

However O'Keefe, who One Nation leader Pauline Hanson accuses of being too left-wing, is skeptical of holding citizenship ceremonies during NAIDOC Week.

'If you don’t feel an attachment to the British realm, because of your background, why've you got to feel an attachment to being Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander?,' he asked on Sunday.

Sydney ABC radio presenter Richard Glover was also skeptical of moving citizenship ceremonies to appease Aboriginal people upset at commemorating the arrival of the British First Fleet in 1788.

'I do want to argue back a little bit,' he said. 'Maybe we need to have a different tone about Australia Day but it’s still the day that everything changed.

'You can say it's the beginning of both European colonisation but also the beginning of Aboriginal survival.'

Glover said it was a 'wrong step' to move citizenship ceremonies to that week in July, commemorating National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee Week, arguing Aboriginal dispossession could be acknowledged on Australia Day.

Inner West Council is considering moving citizenship ceremonies from January 26 after the Greens failed to get support for an indigenous advisory committee to examine whether the local government should withdraw from Australia Day, The Sunday Telegraph reports.

Inner West Council could join three Melbourne councils and Fremantle in dumping Australia Day celebrations.


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1 comment:

Paul said...

Attacking a Church is awfully counterproductive politically. Either organized Gaydom is really bad at politics (possible with so many Lesbians involved nowadays) or this is a false-flag which is now an endemic part of modern politicking, like the assault on Tony Abbott.