July 2nd 2005

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Articles from this issue:

COVER STORY: Unanswered questions about the Chinese defectors

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Senator Brian Harradine retires

EDITORIAL: How best to help our children

TRADE: 'Benign neglect' no answer to debt crisis

RURAL POLICY: Water trade to shift water from farms to cities

QUARANTINE: Government appeals against court ruling

TASMANIA: Potato-farmers' outrage at fast-food giant

ABORTION: Feminist luddites of the abortion lobby

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM: Christianity under threat in Sri Lanka

HUMANITARIAN CRISIS: East Timor in grip of major famine

ENERGY: China exchanges nuclear technology for Iranian oil

STRAWS IN THE WIND: The improvident society / A pub with no beer / Beazley's tax strategy / To Hell and back

Europe's malaise (letter)

Colin Teese on Europe (letter)

Strategy to prevent bushfires (letter)

Big Brother: sewage on TV (letter)

Child support reforms (letter)

BOOKS: GAY MARRIAGE: Why it is good for gays, good for straights, and good for America

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Colin Teese on Europe (letter)

by John R. Barich

News Weekly, July 2, 2005

Once again, Colin Teese (News Weekly, June 18) gives a perceptive view of the European Union constitution-making process.

However, he has omitted to mention three problem areas:

1) Turkey's proposed membership was objected to by a significant proportion of Dutch and French people who see its entry as a dilution of the Western ideals; Pope Benedict XVI, as Cardinal Ratzinger, has been on record as opposing Turkey's membership.

2) The refusal to have Europe's Christian origins recognised in the proposed constitution would have alienated a section of the voters.

3) At least three countries, including Italy, are far from happy with the new currency, the Euro.

In the Italian Parliament, a private member's bill has called for a return to the lira. Britain, of course, has steadfastly refused to surrender the pound.

John R. Barich,
Claremont, WA

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