June 4th 2005

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Articles from this issue:

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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Bali and the Indonesian tsunami victims (letter)

by Tom King

News Weekly, June 4, 2005

Earlier this year, I was able to confirm that, despite the urgency that had motivated Australians to help the victims of the Bali bombing, little had been done to assist the victims (News Weekly, January 29, 2005).

Following the tsunami off the coast of Sumatra, $1 billion was offered by the Federal Government. A further $286 million was collected by non-government organisations, of which only $25.6 million had been spent on aid by April 11, 2005.

I was particularly unimpressed by the fact that, as one spokesperson put it, "Only 4 per cent will be spent in administration." In the case of one of the appeal organisations, this amounted to some $600,000.

There needs to be a detailed audit of what has happened to these donations, for the benefit of both the intended beneficiaries and the Australian people.

Tom King,
Elanora, Qld.

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