July 3rd 2004


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COVER STORY: NZ Labour legislates to effect 'same-sex marriage'

EDITORIAL: Free Trade Agreement's tilted playing field

ECONOMICS: Setting pay to create new jobs

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Profile of Mark Latham's star new recruit

AGRICULTURE: Western farm subsidies rising, Australia's falling

OVERSEAS DEBT: Foreign debt grows as we live beyond our means

SAME-SEX COUPLES: Gays comprise 0.5 per cent of couples: parliamentary survey

FAMILY: Neurobiology says mothers play vital role

EDUCATION: The gender agenda

POLITICAL IDEAS: Distributism - the neglected tradition

COMMENT: The 'battlers' want jobs, not platitudes

EUROPE: New EU Constitution faces mounting opposition

STRAWS IN THE WIND : Moving the lounge chairs in the retirement village / Still picking up the pieces / Selective indignation

Flouting the law (letter)

Grameen Bank (letter)

Howard Government defended (letter)

Restoring Murray River communities' confidence (letter)

Reagan's wit (letter)

BOOKS: Target North Korea, by Gavan McCormack

BOOKS: An Imperfect God: George Washington, his slaves and the creation of America

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Howard Government defended (letter)


by John R. Barich

News Weekly, July 3, 2004
Sir,

Canberra Observed (News Weekly, June 5) is at it again. Is the Howard Government really on the nose? How can this be when it has, in fact, grasped the nettle of reaffirming the status of marriage as the union of a man and a woman while also opposing same-sex couple adopting children overseas?

While Mr Latham has refused to support the homosexual lobby, except with regard to adoptions, one of his members from Sydney, Ms Plibersek, has indicated her intention to vote against the Howard moves.

Also, one would have thought that falling house prices are a plus for families.

These two developments could explain the latest Newspoll showing the Coalition on 53 per cent and ALP on 47 per cent.

Thank God for the commonsense of the Australian people who are unlikely to let all nine Australian governments be in ALP hands.

John R. Barich,
Claremont, WA




























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