September 21st 2002

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Articles from this issue:

COVER STORY: Iraq: America's dilemma

EDITORIAL: Is there an answer to recurrent drought?

Singapore-style super scheme: interest stirs in ALP

AGRICULTURE: Cane farmers reject sugar package

Straws in the Wind: Boat opponents / The house that Don built

Indonesia: Who are the terrorists in West Papua?

COMMENT: Australia-US free trade: MAI through the back door?

Washington trade deal (letter)

Telstra sell off (letter)

Child abduction: parents beware (letter)

Community banks expand (letter)

Character in public life (letter)

REGIONAL AFFAIRS: East Timor: the challenge ahead

Media ownership and control: the next step

UNITED STATES: Greenspan hoists the white flag on economic policy

DOCUMENTATION: Can Professor Trounson's statements be trusted?

ASIA: The Philippines: no cause for optimism

BOOKS: Radical Students: The Old Left at Sydney University

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Child abduction: parents beware (letter)

by Frank Bellet

News Weekly, September 21, 2002

The spate of child abductions in America has prompted a private detective there to conduct an experiment which should act as an eye-opener, not only for American parents, but also for Australians.

Talking on American television, he spoke of how, with the support of his local district attorney and the co-operation of six parents, he arranged for them to take their children, aged from five to 10 years, to play in six different locations in a large park.

Looking a bit sinister in very dark sunglasses, he told the parents he would drive up next to each child, to see if he could entice them to climb into his car. All six parents insisted he would not succeed, as they had lectured their children at length on the dangers of child molesters, following a recent string of child murders.

When he approached the children, he told the younger ones he had some candy for them in the car. The older ones were asked if they would help him find his puppy.

The parents were horrified - five of the six children climbed into the car, and he shut the door.

Frank Bellet,
Petrie, Qld

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