LETTERS: by Colin TeeseNews Weekly
, October 19, 2002
Your correspondent Gerard Fitzgerald (NW
, October 5) believes that I attach no significance to the "moral issues" and "general philosophy" of the dispute within the Democrats.
As to the "moral issues", surely it is worth considering that - whatever may be Senator Scott Depoja's attitude to the issues raised by Mr Fitzgerald - they would hardly be much different to those of the leadership of the major parties - or, for that matter, those of Senator Murray?
And it's also the case that Senators Scott Despoja and Murray, as Democrats, are not in a position to legislate on anything.
Matters philosophical, on the other hand, were the main thrust of my piece.
The "gang of four" - along with Senator Lees - agreed in writing, as a condition of pre-selection, to vote against the sale of Telstra. Recently, they announced their intention to renounce that obligation. The effect of that announcement destabilised, and may yet destroy the Democrats.
I'm not a member of the Democrats (or any other party), but I think they are important, as the only political force standing between us and the untrammeled power of the major parties.
The gang of four - and Senator Lees - seemed to want to abandon this attitude, and move closer to the Coalition. I simply can't believe that is a good thing for our democracy.Colin Teese,