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Social researcher Hugh Mackay has been banging on for years about how Australians are turning inward and becoming ever more selfish and materialistic. Factor this into your social research, Hugh:

The Salvation Army in Victoria had more offers of help than it knew what to do with this year as the state took the Christmas spirit to heart.

Hundreds of people called the charity organisation offering to help at the dozens of Christmas lunches held around the state.

“We were oversubscribed,” Salvation Army communications director Brad Halse said.

“Towards the end we have to turn volunteers away …

Reverend Bill Crews reports similar generosity in New South Wales:

For well over 30 years now I have been involved in Christmas Day lunches for Sydney’s poor, needy and lonely … but this year was different …

We were literally bowled over by a tsunami of giving …

Maybe it’s my post-Christmas tiredness, but I feel we could have looked after a million people with the number of potential volunteers who stepped forward.

Look for these views never to appear in a Hugh Mackay column. Ever.

Posted by Tim B. on 12/26/2006 at 10:37 AM
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A letter to the Independent:

Sir: Your environment editor, Geoffrey Lean, recently informed us that the Indian island of Lohachara had been washed off the face of the earth by global warming. According to Mr. Lean, Lohachara’s vanishing “marks the moment when one of the most apocalyptic predictions of environmentalists and climate scientists has started coming true.”

When did this event occur, exactly? And why wasn’t that date included in Mr. Lean’s article?


Tim Blair

Any response will be published in full.

Posted by Tim B. on 12/26/2006 at 10:33 AM
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