LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
SO sceptic Viv Forbes has delivered another serve of his insistent climate change denial (DEX Nov 10) – it is a repeat of his usual nonsense but it begs the question: What is the origin of this sceptic diatribe?
Unsurprisingly, the greater part of it originates from that peculiar but scary feature of the American political landscape – the ultra-conservative religious right.
Peculiar, because of their fundamentalist beliefs, eg the earth is little more than 10,000 years old; evolution is Darwinian heresy; and as humans are the appointed caretakers of the planet there is no way the Almighty would permit our activities to affect climate.
Scary, because of their financial resources and political clout, eg no US President dares to publicly question their agenda. In several ‘bible belt states’ Creation Science is mandated curricula; their think tanks and media have no shortage of expert deniers from the tobacco and fossil fuel industries to give academic credence to their bizarre claims.
Some of these claims paraded as ‘researched facts’ include; the majority of fossils are the remains of organisms that perished in the biblical flood; likewise the Grand Canyon was gouged out by the same escaping floodwaters; humans and dinosaurs coexisted; Loch Ness monster is proof that Noah had at least one pair of dinosaurs on board; CO2 is harmless plant food, so the more the better; Radioactive dating is scientific fraud; Global warming is a hoax perpetrated by the UN in a grab for world power.
Now who would be sucked in by such twaddle? According to letters to the editor, there are plenty of takers and Viv Forbes is a classic case. DEX readers deserve better than this rubbish.
— Ted Strong, Seelands
THE NSW Government knows how important education is to children to ensure they get the best start in life – that is why we made it a commitment to make early childhood education more affordable for families.
I am proud that just over a year since we made the commitment we have delivered it.
This is huge news for families, with preschool fees dropping for the first time ever in NSW after years of neglect from former Labor governments.
Preliminary results from the 2017 Preschool Census, which surveyed more than 730 community preschools in NSW, shows fees have already dropped by an average of 25 per cent thanks to the Start Strong Reforms.
Making quality early childhood education more affordable for all families is a goal of the NSW Government’s Start Strong program and the results from the census prove the program is a real success.
The Start Strong reforms were introduced last year to ensure more children had access to 600 hours of quality early childhood education in the year before school.
Under Start Strong, community preschools must use at least 75 per cent of the funding increase to reduce fees for eligible children, with priority given to children from Aboriginal and low-income families. — Sarah Mitchell, Minister for Early Childhood Education