Latham and Asia (letter)by John R. BarichNews Weekly
, May 8, 2004
Canberra Observed (News Weekly
, April 24) concedes far too much to Mr Latham. His call for engagement with Asia is spurious. WA has just signed a $24 billion natural gas contract with China. Asian investment keeps pouring in - at least in real estate - and Asian migration is at an all time high. All this is supported by both sides of politics.
However, the ALP is reluctant to endorse Asian family values. Sodomy is still illegal in India and the Chief Justice of Singapore has condemned oral and anal intercourse. None of these Asian values would find support from the ALP.
In fact, given the its platform on equality, the ALP is likely to have Australia support a UN move to make sexual preference (not inclination) a human right.
This move is being vigorously opposed by the whole Muslim world and was the reason for a large public rally in Kuala Lumpur on February 12, which the Western media, including Australia's, did not report.
Instead of Canberra Observer preparing for a Latham Federal Government I would rather he or she inform News Weekly
readers that, if this happens, it will be the first time in our history that all nine governments - Federal and State - will be in ALP hands.
Just image what COAG will do then - more decisions without parliamentary debate!John R. Barich,