November 19th 2005

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Articles from this issue:

EDITORIAL: Terrorism: Australia's moment of truth

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Voters suspicious about workplace reforms

INTERNATIONAL TRADE: Canberra fails to defend Australia's trade interests

PRIMARY PRODUCTION: Brazil, Argentina threat to Australian exports

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Icarus and I / Drugs and getting on with our neighbours / France's Muslims - and ours / Varieties of bribery and corruption

SCHOOLS: Doing without grammar, punctuation and spelling

MEDICAL SCIENCE: Embryo stem-cell research - hype and hope

ECONOMICS: Sun still rising - Japan's invincible might

UNITED STATES: Court assault on parental rights

THE HOLOCAUST: 'Auschwitz' and Górecki: reflections on evil and hope

RU-486 a recipe for nightmares (letter)

Saddam and the Australian Wheat Board (letter)

Labor Party's morass (letter)

BOOKS: THE TYRANNICIDE BRIEF: The Story of the Man who sent Charles I to the Scaffold, by Geoffrey Robertson

THE COST OF 'CHOICE': Women Evaluate the Impact of Abortion, edited by Erika Bachiochi

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Saddam and the Australian Wheat Board (letter)

by Kelvin Thomson MP

News Weekly, November 19, 2005

I read with interest Max Teichmann's article, "Oil for food - or was for a Mercedes?" (News Weekly, November 5, 2005), which you summarised on your contents page as follows: "Hardly anyone raised a protest about the overwhelming evidence that Saddam Hussein, before he was toppled from power, massively bribed politicians and journalists around the world."

Given your evident concern that these matters be forthrightly exposed, I look forward to a full report on how the Australian Wheat Board bribed Saddam Hussein with $300 million, making us Saddam's largest benefactor.

Or will it be, given News Weekly's relentless anti-environmentalism and childlike faith in primary production as the path to purity, that this just might be a story to be avoided?

Kelvin Thomson MP,
Federal Labor Member for Wills, Victoria,
Shadow Minister for Public Accountability,
Shadow Minister for Human Services

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