November 16th 2002

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Articles from this issue:

COVER STORY: Terrorism and our population policy

VICTORIA: Bracks launches shock bid for second term

AGRICULTURE: Sugar collapse will hit Queensland economy

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Defence chickens come home to roost

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Vanity, all is vanity / That was the town that was

QUEENSLAND: ALP browns off its rank-and-file

WESTERN AUSTRALIA: Electricity: half-way to privatisation?

COMMENT: Another Pink Ribbon Day

LETTERS: Vietnam commitment (letter)

LETTERS: Democrats (letter)

Senate report on Embryo Research Bill analysed

COMMENT: Universities in 2002: what would Newman think?

ECONOMICS: Can capitalism be rescued?

COMMENT: Lack of respect for early human life must be addressed

COMMENT: Australians - better people than we know

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Democrats (letter)

by Gerard Fitzgerald

News Weekly, November 16, 2002

In reply to Colin Teese, my complaint against one edition of News Weekly was that with wide and informative coverage of the Democrats' wrangle, the existence of the highly relevant ideological struggle was surprisingly ignored, leaving possibly quite erroneous impressions.

For instance, by ignoring the ideological motive for dissent by Senator Murray and Co, claimed as a stand for moderation against leftward coercion, the sole motive applied to them was career interest in undermining a favourably viewed leader - an unfair impression.

I see Senator Stott Despoja's attitude to abortion, euthanasia, same-sex marriage, injecting rooms, etc. as vastly different from John Howard and John Anderson, and the exact opposite to those of News Weekly which was seemingly supportive of her faction in the dispute.

Colin's point that the balancing effect of the Democrats can benefit democracy is sound, but they seemed more like a leftward extension of Labor, coming down for Labor in every major tussle.

I'm sure Mr Teese does attach significance to important moral and philosophical issues, as does News Weekly. It's just that they seem to have been overlooked on this occasion.

That is not to take anything from the excellence of Mr Teese's other contributions.

Gerard Fitzgerald
East Kew, Vic

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