June 14th 2003


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COVER STORY: House prices, mortgage rates to decide next election

EDITORIAL: Grave implications in mercy death case

QUEENSLAND: Premier Beattie's double standard on child sex abuse

Sugar industry survey opposes deregulation

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Old friends and new / Of bats and men / Little expected / Little people

Free trade and the USA: it isn't getting any better

COMMENT: Children already have advocates: their parents

Superannuation reform (letter)

Sir William Deane's courage (letter)

National Service (letter)

Tax cuts for families? (letter)

East Timor: a year after independence

WATER: Environmental flows could cost taxpayers billions

COMMENT: How deep is our 'killing culture'?

SOUTH ASIA: Can India, Pakistan reach an accommodation?

FAMILY: Canada sets the way on gay parenting

KOREA: Cold War flashpoint still heating up

BOOKS: Berlin: The Downfall 1945, by Anthony Beevor

BOOKS: Marriage and Modernisation, by Don Browning

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National Service (letter)


by Tom King

News Weekly, June 14, 2003
Sir,

Consistent with the need for an improved capacity to mount and sustain Australia's defence obligations, the question of an appropriate system of national service has once again emerged.

While the Vietnam veterans and the National Servicemen's Association have publicly support the concept, no clear response has been forthcoming from the RSL.

This is despite the unambiguous resolution of support previously carried by the RSL.

Is it not time we determined our collective positions in such a controversial but critical policy issue?

Tom King
Elanora, Qld




























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