December 17th 2005

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EDITORIAL: The death penalty and Van Tuong Nguyen

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Contenders for the Howard succession

CULTURE WARS: Fighting to defend civilisation

SCHOOLS: Truth and beauty to exchanged for 'relevance'

OPINION: Abortion drug victimises women

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Burma, ASEAN and selective breast-beating / Latham was right / Asia for the Australians / News item

FOREIGN DEBT: Greenspan issues warning over foreign debt

PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE Private funding 'more expensive'

INTERNATIONAL POLITICS: Global significance of China-India relations

IRAQ WAR: Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction

ENVIRONMENT: Ensuring sustainable agriculture

TIMOR LESTE: 'Thanks for helping East Timor'

Compulsory voting a necessity (letter)

Disabled people at risk from euthanasia (letter)

ABC insults Australia's war dead (letter)

Low pay and joblessness (letter)

BOOKS: HOW MUMBO-JUMBO CONQUERED THE WORLD: A Short History of Modern Delusions, by Francis Wheen

BOOKS: FEMALE CHAUVINIST PIGS: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture, by Ariel Levy

BOOKS: THE CASE FOR DEMOCRACY: The power of freedom to overcome tyranny and terror, by Natan Sharansky

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insults Australia's war dead (letter)

by Frank Bellet

News Weekly, December 17, 2005

I don't usually listen to ABC radio, but I did hear reports detailing the flow of questions on ABC Radio National's AM program to the Prime Minister, on the hanging in Singapore of Van Tuong Nguyen on December 2.

ABC interviewer Jane Hutcheon suggested that John Howard should not attend a special cricket match and instead observe a minute's silence in honour of Van Tuong Nguyen.

This is an insult to the memory of our fallen veterans, and exemplifies what a bunch of perennial undergraduates we have at "our" ABC.

Even (or especially) Kerry O'Brien, on ABC television's 7:30 Report, also plods along trying to trap John Howard. O'Brien should give up, because in any interview between the two, Howard always takes O'Brien to the cleaners.

Frank Bellet,
Petrie, Qld.

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