LETTERS: by Gerard FitzgeraldNews 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