June 18th 2005

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Articles from this issue:

COVER STORY: OPINION: The European Union - charting the future

EDITORIAL: New industrial law needs amendment

FINANCE: Leading banker calls for Development Bank

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Kim Beazley's tactics backfire

WESTERN AUSTRALIA: New law to deny patients life-saving treatment

QUARANTINE: Pork industry wins major court victory

FOREIGN AFFAIRS: Behind the defection of a Chinese diplomat

DEFENCE: Australia ill-prepared for new threats

FAMILY: Is Australia facing a new baby boom?

OPINION: Bioethics and the biblical worldview

ENVIRONMENT: Debunking myths about the Great Barrier Reef

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Disillusioned Europeans / Can the Euro last? / Some more unintended consequences for the Greens / Not another oil-for-food scam? / The Year of the Octopus

Democracy vs. the courts (letter)

Destroying lives to benefit others (letter)

Informed consent (letter)

Washington's "Deep Throat" a hero? (letter)

BOOKS: C.S. Lewis for the New Millennium, by Peter Kreeft

BOOKS: Until the Final Hour: Hitler's Last Secretary / The Bonfire of Berlin

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Democracy vs. the courts (letter)

by Murray Mitchell

News Weekly, June 18, 2005

I refer to Bill Muehlenberg's review of Phyllis Schlafly's book, The Supremacists, which exposes how America's activist judiciary rejects democracy (News Weekly, May 21, 2005).

I would draw your attention to Alastair Davidson's 1991 book, The Invisible State: the Formation of the Australian State, 1788-1901, which reveals a similar condition in Australia. (Davidson at the time was in the Sydney University's Department of Government and Public Administration).

The preface states clearly: "The thesis of this book is that in the Australian State established in 1901, the latter proposition [citizen consent] is denied by the courts which successfully assert their right to reject the legislation for illegality."

I would comment that the media have shown this to be the case in several instances.

Bring on Swiss-style government!

Murray Mitchell
Bairnsdale, Vic.

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