September 24th 2005

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Articles from this issue:

EDITORIAL: Telstra sale: not a 'done deal'

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Could Australia cope with a natural disaster?

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Are new anti-terror laws good for Australia?

INTELLIGENCE: Past espionage failure spooks US partnership

STRAWS IN THE WIND: New Orleans - a cracked society / Unemployment / Costello's new constituency / Liberal leadership / Potemkin politics

TAIWAN: Taiwan's tax system keeps money in the family

UNITED STATES: Judge Roberts impresses at US Senate hearing

AGRICULTURE: Unbridled globalism harms poorer nations

SPECIAL FEATURE: How the sex industry destroys society (Part 2)

THEATRE: Play's one-sided slant on Bush and the Iraq War

Who is to blame for New Orleans tragedy? (letter)

Tony Blair and the Iraq War (letter)

Family Law's five-fold disaster (letter)

OBITUARY: Frank Rooney - R.I.P.

BOOKS: UNSPEAKABLE: Facing Up To Evil in an Age of Genocide and Terror, by Os Guinness

MAKING 'BLACK HARVEST': Warfare, film-making and living dangerously in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea

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Who is to blame for New Orleans tragedy? (letter)

by Frank Bellet

News Weekly, September 24, 2005

It is pleasing to see that there are some sections of the media prepared to show a balance in reports on the tragedy in New Orleans.

Many other articles, cartoons and broadcast commentaries have given the impression that the whole of America has turned on the President. A comprehensive survey taken this week in the US and reported on Fox News, tells a different story.

Thirteen per cent of people blame George W. Bush for delays in help for victims, 18 per cent blame federal agencies, 25 per cent blame state and local offices, 38 per cent blame no-one, and 6 per cent have no opinion.

Answering the Bush critics, 87 per cent do not blame President Bush for the delays.

Frank Bellet,
Petrie, Qld

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