July 31st 2004


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COVER STORY: What the COAG Water Agreement means

EDITORIAL: Issues facing the Howard Government

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Kim Beazley's return masks Labor's divisions over US

AUSFTA: Will Green preferences sink trade agreement?

NATIONAL COMPETITION POLICY: SA Government heads towards dismantling single selling-desk for barley

DEREGULATION: Stock Journal survey rejects new SA Barley Export Bill

QUARANTINE BREACH: Inquiry needed on citrus canker

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Boswell sees red over Senate marriage delay

EDUCATION: School vouchers - giving power back to parents

SOCIAL POLICY: Singapore's Provident Fund adapts to new realities

FILM: Appeals against degrading movies rejected

MEDIA: Victory on TV Code of Practice

HEALTH: Abortion causes uterine damage

VICTORIA: Are we facing a long dry spell?

STRAWS IN THE WIND : Peacock Throne / The Stasi never died / Supersized

CINEMA: Whatever happened to the family film?

Distributism defended (letter)

People without land (letter)

Ethanol industry viable (letter)

OBITUARY: Vale Brian Nash

OBITUARY: Vale Martin Klibbe

BOOKS: Nightmare of the Prophet, by Paul Gray

BOOKS: Memo for a Saner World, by Bob Brown

BOOKS: So Monstrous A Travesty, by Ross McMullin

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People without land (letter)


by Bob Denahy

News Weekly, July 31, 2004
Sir,

It is radical yet refreshing to see News Weekly giving prominence to the books and ideas of Belloc and Chesterton and, in particular, to their attacks on capitalism and big business running rampant and mad while the small unit is being systematically destroyed.

Nowhere is this more evident than in the small Australian town.

Almost half of the nation's population now resides in two cities, many living in flats one on top of the other as in Hong Kong. The median price for a home in Sydney is over half a million dollars. Young couples can buy a home if both are prepared to slave for the banks.

In a small town, blocks of land are a tenth of city prices (and often twice as large) and houses are a third or a quarter the price. Leaving Sydney or Melbourne for a small town means an immediate gain of several hundred thousand dollars.

Of course the argument countered is there are no jobs outside the cities. There are some; there would be a lot more if there were more people.

Man has been defined as the animal that adapts. He can even adapt to slavery, as Belloc makes clear in The Servile State, and as most Australians seem to blithely accept.

Bob Denahy
Holbrook, NSW




























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