July 30th 2005

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Articles from this issue:

COVER STORY: In the name of Allah, the wise and the merciful

EDITORIAL: Islamist terrorism: what it signifies

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Dangers of a national ID card

BIOETHICS: Review of human cloning and embryo experimentation

DRUGS CONFERENCE: Tougher approach on drugs urged

WOMEN'S HEALTH: Conspiracy of silence about breast cancer

WORKPLACE RELATIONS: New workplace reforms: the devil is in the detail

SUGAR INDUSTRY: Ethanol coming: but nothing for farmers

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: How to help countries to prosper

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Immigration - who cleans up? / Copping payback / To be or not to be? / Terrorism as ideology

CULTURE AND CIVILISATION: The Judeo-Christian legacy

CONSERVATION: Conservation vs. environmentalism

A national ID card? (letter)

Chirac's untimely taunts (letter)

Max wrong on tax (letter)

Revenue-raising stunt (letter)

BOOKS: CIVIL PASSIONS: Selected Writings, by Martin Krygier

BOOKS: BOY SOLDIERS OF THE GREAT WAR: Their own stories for the first time, by Richard van Emden

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Revenue-raising stunt (letter)

by M.Mitchell

News Weekly, July 30, 2005

We live in east Gippsland, which has much less rain than Melbourne. Our only domestic water is rain collected from the roof and stored in a concrete tank approximately 6m in diameter and 2m high.

We live normally but do not water the garden. Even in the bad year of 1996, our tank was still half full. Mostly it is well filled and so overflows on a wet day. Doubtless it could serve two households at a pinch.

So what price the water scare in Melbourne? Could it be that government is up to some revenue-raising stunt? Better that they encourage rain tanks for every suitable house.

Bairnsdale. Vic.

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