November 15th 2003

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Articles from this issue:

COVER STORY: Californian wildfires: the causes

EDITORIAL: Backdoor bid to approve therapeutic cloning

CANBERRA OBSERVED : The Greens' road-block to a double dissolution

AGRICULTURE : Farmers call for action on sugar crisis

BANANA QUARANTINE: Will we kill off our golden goose?

FAMILY: I'm sorry I am heterosexual

TRUST: Palliative Care, not Euthanasia

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Higher education / China Syndrome

LETTERS: Militant consumerism (letter)

LETTERS: Hanson a political prisoner (letter)

LETTERS: Forgetting the golden rule (letter)

LETTERS: SBS broadcasting of the Hanoi news (letter)

HEALTH UPDATE: Abortion-Breast Cancer link reaps medical malpractice payout

HISTORY: Dr Jim Cairns, the Kremlin and the World Peace Council

OBITUARY : Madame Chiang Kai-shek dies at 105

UNEMPLOYMENT: Deregulation and free trade are destroying country employment

MEDIA: Five issues Australia must address

TRADING BLOCS: Risks in the US Free Trade Agreement

Dairy industry shrinks under deregulation

FILM REVIEW: Bonhoeffer

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SBS broadcasting of the Hanoi news (letter)

by Anh Nguyen

News Weekly, November 15, 2003

I write to you as a concerned SBS viewer who comes from a Vietnamese background. I am very proud of my Vietnamese heritage and appreciate SBS's efforts at trying to help the Vietnamese community by airing Vietnamese news every morning.

However, like Quan Ding, 'SBS programming questioned by Vietnamese community' (News Weekly, November 1) I am concerned at the nature of the news programme that SBS has chosen to put to air.

The news from Hanoi has a heavy communist influence and doesn't represent the actual situation in the country of Vietnam.

Therefore, what point is there showing news that is false?

I have heard arguments from SBS representatives on ABC radio, who pointed out that there are 14 hours of Vietnamese content on the radio every week and there have been no complaints.

He should know that the radio news comes from Melbourne, and not from the communists back in Vietnam.

All of the Vietnamese people that I have spoken to about the Hanoi news are terribly upset at SBS's decision.

Many of them cannot voice their discontent because their English is not good enough and they don't know how to use things like email or how to contact SBS directly.

The Vietnamese community has already had mud kicked in its face by Box Hill TAFE College with its public display of the Vietnamese communist flag.

I hope that SBS will change its mind and not add insult to injury by airing the Hanoi news, which to a great many of the community rightly see as communist propaganda, and something many of them, including my parents, went to great pains to get away from.

Anh Nguyen,
Coburg, Vic

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