September 11th 2004


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COVER STORY: Battle lines drawn for October 9 Federal poll

EDITORIAL: Issues for the Federal Election

FAMILY: Better deal demanded for families

NOT SO DRY CONTINENT: Australia has water options

FOREIGN AFFAIRS: Taiwan faces continuing threats from Beijing

POPULATION: Falling birth-rates stir action in Taiwan, Singapore

INDIA: The economic test for India's new government

PEACE-KEEPING: Sudan and the progressive mind

OPINION: The case for new states in Australia

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Howard versus New Class Labor / Tap Tap. Who's there?

CINEMA: Bus 174 - A jolting, two-hour masterpiece

CLIMATE: Global warming - the sceptics have won

DEMOCRACY: Lay your hammer down

Labor's foot-soldiers (letter)

Mondragon: a rejoinder (letter)

The West and Islam (letter)

BOOKS: The Last Valley: Dien Bien Phu and the French defeat in Vietnam

BOOKS: 7 Myths of Working Mothers, by Suzanne Venker

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Labor's foot-soldiers (letter)


by Frank Bellet

News Weekly, September 11, 2004
Sir,

The "bright" sparks in the Labor Party, who thought up the idea of exhuming the Children Overboard carcass, as a lead-up to the election, and subsequently rounded up all the Howard-haters in the media to breathlessly follow suit, should be either superannuated out of their jobs, or transferred to something a little simpler for them, such as running a raffle.

I've just completed an extensive business trip through central and northern Queensland and to say that many people are fed up with hearing about the Children Overboard, and frankly couldn't care less, no matter how many public servants armed with their whistles appear an our TV screens, would be to understate the case.

Also, I wonder how many people are aware that the bulk of political letters, sent to newspapers before an election, comes from party members at branch level?

There are two reasons why more come from the Labor Party. First, Labor members have the foot-soldiers. Second, they treat their politics as a religion, whereas Coalition members lack that motivation because they treat their politics as a hobby.

Frank Bellet,
Petrie, Qld




























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