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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Labor Party's morass (letter)

by Marcus L'Estrange

News Weekly, November 19, 2005

In some ways Mark Latham, with the recent publication of his diaries, has done a great service to the nation in general and the Labor Party in particular.

The scrapping of the old parliamentary superannuation fund - which was one of the greatest rorts going and a key reason why so many current, low quality Labor MPs would kill their own mother to get a seat in parliament - was a magnificent achievement.

Second, he has exposed so much rottenness in the once great ALP that simply had to be exposed if the party was to ever govern nationally again.

The late and great B.A. Santamaria once viewed the ALP as being a large shell but being essentially rotten inside, and how correct he was.

In the mid-1950s, a great and traditional part of the ALP, the European Christian Democrat tradition group, was expelled by a rigged party conference in Hobart.

The cream of the working class was removed and the dregs of the middle class started to take over - hence today's morass.

Marcus L'Estrange,
ALP St Kilda (Vic) branch member,
c/- London, UK.

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