LET­TERS TO THE ED­I­TOR

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Cli­mate facts

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

Child­care help

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

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