July 16th 2005

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Articles from this issue:

COVER STORY: Federal Labor's crisis of identity

EDITORIAL: Decisive shift in US Supreme Court

LABOR PARTY: The lesson Labor still has to learn

WORKPLACE RELATIONS: No more hurdles for Howard's dismissal laws

RURAL AFFAIRS: Confronting the myths about agriculture

CENTRAL ASIA: China's march on central Asia

REPRODUCTIVE TECHNOLOGY: The dark downside of donor insemination

PARLIAMENTARY DEMOCRACY: Defending the role of parliament

STRAWS IN THE WIND: US fury at Israeli arms sales to China / Not helping the poor / Turn of the tide? / Government's embarrassment

OPINION: Free speech under attack in Victoria

Howard Government's attack on Australian workers (letter)

Why the silence over abortion? (letter)

Ignorance no excuse (letter)

High price of extra water (letter)

To rule or to govern is the question (letter)

Malaria worse than DDT (letter)

BOOKS: THE CUBE AND THE CATHEDRAL: Europe, America, and Politics without God, by George Weigel

BOOKS: MAO: THE UNKNOWN STORY, by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday

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To rule or to govern is the question (letter)

by Greg O'Regan

News Weekly, July 16, 2005

Observing the blindly imitative and shallow media portrayal of the ALP and of Mr Beazley in particular, I suspect the media, and chiefly its veterans, are being manipulated by selective leaks, privileged access and fear of the loss of their status and jobs.

The media generally have contracted the contagious disease of self-satisfied complacency from the Federal Government that wilfully has forgotten why it was elected.

The media berate the ALP for daring to do its job of analysing and assessing government policies, performance and, yes, deceit.

If the Fourth Estate (the media) does not retain its integrity, the Senate and the House of Representatives will, by their majorities from July, rule, rather than govern.

Greg O'Regan,
Farrer, ACT

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