May 8th 2004

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Articles from this issue:

COVER STORY: Trade deal - surrendered sovereignty

EDITORIAL: Competition policy destroys retail liquor competition

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Will new NCP inquiry be a whitewash?

COMMENT: Economic zealotry triumphs over commonsense

EMBRYOS: Cloning - a licence to kill

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Fallout from hospital strikes / Lots of help for MPs

ENVIRONMENT: PM at odds with Murray River report

HEALTH: Sexual reassignment at age 13!

Expert advice? (letter)

Dairy industry (letter)

Latham and Asia (letter)

DEVELOPING WORLD: Grameen Bank - banking on the poor

EAST ASIA: Why Japan is building a ballistic missile defence

BIOFUELS: Sugar industry forum on ethanol

COMMENT: Iraq is not Vietnam

HUMAN RIGHTS: Vietnam's sex trade shame

FAMILY: Why John Howard is right on marriage

ASIA: Why Taiwan should be in WHO

BOOKS: LEFT ILLUSIONS: An Intellectual Odyssey, by David Horowitz

BOOKS: The Coming Of The Third Reich, By Richard J. Evans

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Latham and Asia (letter)

by John R. Barich

News 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,
Claremont, WA

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