January 25th 2003

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COVER STORY: Defence: Time for a reality check

EDITORIAL: The flight from fatherhood

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Iraq another divisive issue for the ALP

IRAQ: The case against Saddam Hussein

STRAWS IN THE WIND: The hard questions

COMMENT: Abortion-cancer row continues

LETTERS: Mutual concerns

LETTERS: Dealing with Asia

LETTERS: Protecting the Australian way of life

LETTERS: Free trade

LETTERS: 'Dumbing down'

COMMENT: Sean Penn, Blue Heelers: the politics of celebrity

PROFILE: Why Belloc still matters

BOOKS: The Fabrication of Aboriginal History, by Keith Windschuttle

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Free trade

by R.A. D'Arcy

News Weekly, January 25, 2003

It was very disappointing to find Mr Colebatch reiterating the many tired platitides of the academic free traders (NW, December 14, 2002).

Interestingly enough, no developed country which prospers even faintly attempts to practise free trade. The massive farm support programs practised so widely in the United States of America and in Europe are striking examples of modern practice.

Intelligent governments have long rejected free trade. For much of the post-World War II period, Japan developed industrially at an extremely high rate. There was no nonsense about free trade for the home market. Only encouragement for free trade in the countries to which Japan wished to enter. And prosper Japan certainly did.

In recent months, Mr Teese's contributions to News Weekly have been both welcome and erudite. It is to be hoped he will continue to enlighten readers about the sophisticated economies with which we trade.

R.A. D'Arcy,
Burleigh Waters, Qld

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