April 1st 2006


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Articles from this issue:

COVER STORY: The lessons of Cyclone Larry

EDITORIAL: Elizabeth and the future of the monarchy

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Beazley - federal Labor's last best hope?

INTERNET: Labor's mandatory filtering pledge

NATIONAL SECURITY: When a search warrant becomes a death warrant

ENERGY: U.S. investors head for ethanol industry

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Emperor's new clothes / Tokenism to vandalism / West Papua - here come the people smugglers / heaven help the working man

CHARTER OF RIGHTS: Sneaking through a radical agenda

VICTORIA: School textbook vilifies Christianity

SOUTH AUSTRALIA: Liberal debacle in SA election

TASMANIA: Greens lose out in Tasmanian poll

AVIAN FLU: China obstructs fight against flu pandemic

OPINION: What is behind the rise of European anti-Semitism?

Not anti-capitalist (letter)

Kernot affair the start of the Democrats' rot (letter)

Forces of evil at work (letter)

Disturbance in the force (letter)

CINEMA: Brokeback Mountain - a case of sour grapes

BOOKS: THE PHILOSOPHY OF FRIENDSHIP, by Mark Vernon

BOOKS: THE NARNIAN: The Life and Imagination of C.S. Lewis, by Alan Jacobs

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Not anti-capitalist (letter)


by Les Fern

News Weekly, April 1, 2006
Sir,

I disagree with Greg Byrne's comments (News Weekly, March 18, 2006) on Peter Westmore's editorial, "Tide turns on global capitalism" (February 18, 2006).

To criticise the ills of global capitalism does not therefore mean that News Weekly is "one of the most anti-capitalist publications in the country".

I am a capitalist, but as a Christian I find it difficult to come to terms with the excesses of capitalism which cause so many problems in some of the poorer countries in the world. The editorial in question highlights this well.

I also acknowledge and appreciate the many advantages of our free-market system which operates in a democratic society such as Australia.

However, the late Pope John Paul II, speaking after the downfall of communism in Poland, warned that material consumerism was one of the main evils facing a secular society, and how right he was!

My view is that News Weekly's editorial was merely a candid criticism of the downside of global capitalism, and I am thankful for being enlightened by it.

Les Fern,
Nightcliff, NT




























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