FREE LOVE …. WHACKO
“Here in the Western world, in Great Britain, America,
and Australia, even Sydney,
we have those who are shamelessly teaching in our universities the same shameless philosophies, that there is no God. Such lecturers are decrying the institution of marriage, urging our students to pre-marital
sexual experience, and advocating free love and the right of self expression.”
Thus spake the Primate of Australia, and Anglican Archbishop of
Sydney, Dr H R Gough on July 6th.
He was speaking at the 12th biennial legal convention of the Law Council of Australia,
so he could hardly hope to have his comments slip through unnoticed.
Dr V Kinsella, a Macquarie Street specialist, a close colleague of Dr Gough, and the source
of Gough’s above statement, went on to decry “the menace of the teaching of Sydney Uni’s so-called philosophy
professors, Anderson and Stout. An
entire civilisation can be undermined if men like these are permitted to go unchecked. They are not philosophers. They are
One half the population of the nation was appalled. Here we had a learned churchman and a learned
medical man talking about advocates of free love teaching immorality at one of the nation’s leading tertiary institutions.
Shock and horror. What will the
world come to? Surely, we’ll all be doomed.
What about the other half of the population? Well,
they too were appalled. But their shock and horror came from the realisation
that half the population took any notice of such claims. What is the world coming
to? Surely, if we believe this rubbish, we all deserve to be doomed.
So, a violent controversy started. Professor Stout jumped
to his own defence. “I have never, in the whole of the 20 years I have lectured at Sydney Uni, even discussed, let alone
advocated, the questions of free-love, extra-marital relations, or trial marriage.
I am quite certain that not one of the thousands of students who have attended my lectures would ever say that I had. This applies not only to my formal university lectures but also to my talks to student
bodies and my informal discussions everywhere.” Professor Anderson replied
in similar certain terms....
JAN: THOUGHTS FROM 1960
THE QUEEN IN INDIA
FEB: MENZIES SALES-TAX BACKDOWN
WHITE OZ POLICY AGAIN
MAR: SOUTH AFRICA SAYS GOODBYE
VENDING MACHINE TROUBLES
APRIL: WHO WILL BE THE NEXT GG?
YURI GARGARAN SPACED OUT
MAY: FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BEWARE
QUESTIONS OF COLOUR
JUNE: A EARLY ELECTION
TEMPERENCE IN ALL THINGS ....
JULY: STATE FUNDING FOR PRIVATE SCHOOLS?
FREE LOVE .... WHACKO
AUGUST: THE COMMON MARKET FOR OZ?
SOME FLORIDE FOR YOUR TEA?
SEPT: MORE BOMB SCARES
WOMEN IN POLITICS
OCT: MENTAL HEALTH
BIKINIS IN THE NEWS
NOV: DO ALL RACES SMELL?
HIGH COST OF DYING
DEC: ELECTION RESULTS
SUMMING UP 1961
EXTRA READING -- COMPLETELY OPTIONAL
ABOUT THIS SERIES … But after that, I realized that I really knew
very little about these parents of mine They had been born about the
start of the Twentieth Century, and they died in 1970 and 1980. For their last 50 years, I was old enough to speak with a bit of sense. I could have talked to them a lot about their lives. I could
have found out about the times they lived in. But
I did not. I know almost nothing about them
really. Their courtship? Working
in the pits? The Lock-out in the Depression?
Losing their second child? Being
dusted as a miner? The shootings
at Rothbury? My uncles killed in the War? Love
on the dole? There were hundreds, thousands of questions that I would now like to ask them. But, alas, I can’t. It’s too late.
prompted by my guilt, I resolved to write these books. They describe happenings that affected
people, real people. The whole series is, to coin a modern phrase, designed to push the reader’s buttons, to make you remember and wonder
at things forgotten. The books might
just let nostalgia see the light of day, so that
oldies and youngies will talk about the past and re-discover a
heritage otherwise forgotten.
they will spark discussions between generations,
and foster the asking and answering of
questions that should not remain unanswered.
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