January 29th 2005

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COVER STORY: Lessons of the tsunami tragedy

TAX REFORM: Time to abolish income tax?

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Labor needs new direction as well as new leader

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Labor after the Latham experiment

WA ELECTIONS: Labor's Geoff Gallop looking at defeat

FREEDOM OF SPEECH: The perils of vilification laws

EDUCATION: Deconstructing 'Critical Literacy'

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Ockham's Razor ... or Jack the Ripper? / Hogarth's Melbourne / Victoria's ailing hospitals

RUSSIA: Putin, Communism, and Santamaria's hopes for Russia

INDONESIA: Jemaah Islamiah's threat to regional security

Swifter response needed (letter)

Labor misrepresented (letter)

WW2 Allied air raids (letter)

CINEMA: Behind the Kinsey legend

BOOKS: BIOEVOLUTION: How Biotechnology is Changing the World, by Michael Fumento

BOOKS: EICHMANN: His Life and Crimes, by David Cesarani

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Swifter response needed (letter)

by Tom King

News Weekly, January 29, 2005

Just how many natural and man-contributed disasters will we as Australians confront before we demand a proactive rather than reactive national response?

The present begging-bowl approach is not desirable for many reasons, primarily because time is of the essence and reaction delays equate to lives forfeited.

When cash is harvested from a generous population, the benefits are discounted by virtue of administrative deductions of questionable justification.

Purchases are made in distant obscure markets, and theft and misdirection are a matter of record.

We must demand of our Government the establishment of an Australian Provident program.

This will ensure that Australian manufacturers are commissioned to deliver the required stocks of food product, clothing, shelter, utensils, preventative medicines, powdered milk and infant food, etc, that will be ready for dispatch immediately a local or international need is confirmed.

The military has the procedural capacity to manage such a plan.

Perishable products approaching the end of their shelf life can be donated to our own needy, or else consigned to Third World destinations where charitable enterprises have a presence on the ground.

Such a scheme could be funded by an annual levy of $5 or $10 on taxpayers or benefit-recipients.

Tom King,
Elanora, Qld

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