June 14th 2003

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Articles from this issue:

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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Tax cuts for families? (letter)

by W.T. McCarthy

News Weekly, June 14, 2003

The Federal Treasurer's $2.5 billion tax cut, announced in the Federal Budget, would achieve more respect from taxpayers if it were used to upgrade education by cutting students' fees, so that students would not be forced to borrow from the Government, which, with interest, must be paid off over many years.

Politicians and many others have received higher education at minimal cost, and are now highly paid. The excessive education fee increase will reduce the student intake, creating a future loss of expertise throughout our country, and this will be a disaster.

The pathetic tax cut is an insult to all Australian taxpayers. Families and students will suffer, and naturally this will be reflected at the ballot box, when the next election is called.

W.T. McCarthy
Margate, Qld

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