June 4th 2005


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COVER STORY: Schapelle Corby and Australia's drugs problem

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Alexander Downer - a field-marshal's baton in his knapsack?

ENERGY AND PRIMARY INDUSTRY: Day of biofuels has arrived

SCHOOLS: Teaching values and building character

AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY: Behind the branch-stacking allegations

IN VITRO FERTILISATION: The games bureaucrats play (at our expense)

SOCIETY: Too many abortions, according to survey

CIVILIZATION: Christian foundations of the rule of law

DEVELOPMENT: Micro-credit - an antidote to poverty and political extremism

CHINA-TAIWAN: China double-crosses Taiwan over WHO

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Fools rush in / Shonky lending practices / Pinning the tail on the donkey / Vietnam: decadence now / Mother, I never knew you

Ho Chi Minh: the man and the myth (letter)

Electronic referenda (letter)

Bali and the Indonesian tsunami victims (letter)

Brisbane-Melbourne trunk rail route (letter)

Second thoughts on Labor Split conference (letter)

CINEMA: Finale in the bunker - The Downfall

Malice In Media Land, by David Flint

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Electronic referenda (letter)


by L. Herrmann

News Weekly, June 4, 2005
Sir,

It's time for voting reform in both state and federal politics. No doubt many people despair on hearing about government decisions on issues such as relaxed drug laws, same-sex marriage, privatisation, global trade agreements, family law and other issues.

In today's electronic age, it would be easy to accommodate the change to secret electronic voting for such issues.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if the Australian people could reclaim their representatives from the control of the party machines.

L. Herrmann,
Bunbury, WA




























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