December 16th 2000

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Articles from this issue:

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Queensland Labor sinks in electoral rorts

POINT OF VIEW: A Christmas reflection

QUARANTINE: AQIS caught out in apple documents

WA POLITICS: WA election - can the Court Government survive?

VICTORIA: Bracks' fading honeymoon with voters?

SNOWY RIVER SCHEME: Snowy River diversion - Governments' hidden agenda

A History of North Melbourne C.B.C. Released

AGRICULTURE: Imports threaten $55 billion agricultural market

Letter: Medicare

CULTURE: Where to now in the Culture Wars?

Straws in the Wind

COMMENT: Mission possible? Restoring the Lucky Country

EUTHANASIA: Holland's death wish


Japan outlaws human reproductive cloning

Letter: The banks

Letter: The 'Reith Affair'

Letter: 1900 telephone sex lines

Letter: GST propaganda bill

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Letter: The 'Reith Affair'

by P. Noone

News Weekly, December 16, 2000


I refer to your article in the edition of 18 November titled "The Story that never was."

The article refers to the "Reith affair" and the reporting by a reporter of the Melbourne Age. The reporter makes mention of remarks purportedly made by Mr Abbott and subseqently denied by the Minister. The method of reporting you have outlined is nothing new in the reporting of the Australian political scene. But I must add this is not the first time Mr Abbott has denied remarks made by him which have appeared in newspapers.

However, my letter to you concerns another aspect in the "Reith Affair." You would agree that the people of Australia have lost confidence in our major institutions; for example the people no longer trust the leaders of Parliament, the leaders of the Public Service, or the leaders of the ACTU. The main interests of the leaders of our institutions are self-indulgence.

Such behaviour is not pertinent to Minister Reith and the Howard Government. Consider the "Colston Affair" and the Keating Government. The same situation occured. However, in the "Reith Affair," it was so ironical that here we had a Minister who has spent so much effort in attacking every allowance some workers receive and branding them as "perks."

In my view, the "Reith Affair" has further lowered the trust of the Australian people in the institution of Parliament.

P. Noone
Glen Waverley, Vic

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