August 13th 2005

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COVER STORY: BRAZIL: The slippery road to communist dictatorship

EDITORIAL: Australia's clean, green image at risk

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Howard Government's industrial relations pain

SCHOOLS: Subverting the English curriculum

NATIONAL SECURITY: Re-thinking Australia's response to terrorism

ECONOMICS: Ethanol and the national interest

CONSTITUTION: What is wrong with a Bill of Rights?

FAMILY LAW: Paternity fraud penalises the innocent

UNITED STATES: John G. Roberts and the US Supreme Court

STRAWS IN THE WIND: How to lose with a royal flush / Hard cases / Another 'bottom of the harbour' scheme? / Waste disposal

CINEMA: 'Vigilante justice' and movie culture

FORTHCOMING TOUR: The 'Mother Teresa of Africa' to tour Australia

Better way to help African poor (letter)

Clinical judgement on treatment of dying (letter)

Serious omission (letter)


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Better way to help African poor (letter)

by Gabrielle Walsh

News Weekly, August 13, 2005

Thank you, Colin Teese, for the informative article (News Weekly, July 30, 2005) on world poverty, set against a backdrop of economic and political history of several nations.

However, in relation to poverty in Africa, I believe that it is unworkable to define strategies to bring African nations as players into the field of global economics.

The poverty in parts of Africa is at levels of profound deprivation and what is needed is a community-based response, side-stepping corrupt or greedy governments, with the aim of working towards building sustainable communities based on a subsistence model.

Project by project, community by community, is the way the West can assist the poor in Africa to gain and maintain quality of life.

Not all models for living need to be based on the global economy and export-import trade. But all peoples of the world seek clean water, food, shelter and community.

We could each ask ourselves what we are doing as individuals to address poverty in Africa.

Gabrielle Walsh,
Kew, Vic.

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