December 4th 2004

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Articles from this issue:

COVER STORY: The rise of Condoleezza Rice

EDITORIAL: Corporate power ... and the public interest

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Talent gap widens between major parties

CENSORSHIP: Nicole Kidman in controversial movie

ECONOMICS: Productivity report driven by ideology

FINANCE: Day of reckoning for Australia's debt binge?

RURAL AFFAIRS: The National Party's Telstra sale dilemma

NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION PART 1: Iran backs down on uranium enrichment

NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION PART 2: US doubtful about Tehran's intentions

VIET TAN: New reform party launched for Vietnam

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Uncharted territory / The Zamindars / Labor's performance / The Light on the Hill

SEX EDUCATION: Telling teens the truth - 'cool' virginity, abstinence and faithful marriage

US ELECTIONS: Christians eat lions in 2004 election

China's stand-off with Taiwan (letter)

Labor needs heart transplant (letter)

Saddam's secret weapons (letter)

BOOKS: MONASH: The outsider who won a war, by Roland Perry

THE CRISIS OF ISLAM: Holy War and Unholy Terror, by Bernard Lewis

BOOKS: Non-Alignment and Peace versus Military Alignment and War

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Labor needs heart transplant (letter)

by Brian Handley

News Weekly, December 4, 2004

Labor's backflip on key policy positions regarding trees, health, etc, and its pledge to embrace the "upwardly mobile" middle class, demonstrates that Labor will never reach Chifley's "light on the hill".

The "true believers", who keep searching for Chifley's fabled light, will now have no place in Latham's policy-on-the-run Labor Party, as Michael O'Connor from the CFMEU Forestry Union is about to find out. O'Connor is now facing possible expulsion (à la Brian Harradine) for daring to campaign for his members' jobs, and thus against Latham's tree-hugging policy.

Moreover, we are now told by former Latham speech-writer, Dennis Glover, that Labor's traditional heartland has become "Kath and Kim land", whatever that means.

Mr Latham goes on to say in his latest edict that, henceforth, the party will be driven by "pragmatism not ideology".

This is code for "whatever it takes to win office", and therein lies his problem.

The Democrats have been occupying this political wasteland since the 1980s. It has now all but consumed them and will likewise cause the ALP to wither on Calwell's vine.

The modern-day problems for Labor can be traced back to the historical split of 1955, when the left/communist forces contrived to destroy the party's genuine true believers and thus its own political heart. Maybe "it's time" 50 years on, to have a heart transplant to replace the one destroyed in 1955.

Brian Handley
Moe, Vic

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