April 1st 2006


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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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Disturbance in the force (letter)


by Alan Barron

News Weekly, April 1, 2006
Sir,

According to the BBC news, the Brits want a police force that reflects the "diversity of the community".

Apparently they are aiming to produce a force of short, "height to weight proportionate" (read overweight), force made up of females, ethnic minorities and disabled persons in order to reflect the diversity of the community.

I guess it won't be long therefore - if the force wants to be truly inclusive - to have recruiting policies favouring drug-addicts, homosexuals, alcoholics, mature-aged persons, short people, overweight and dole-bludgers etc. And I wonder if they will consider recruiting juveniles over 14 years of age? (Children are clearly under-represented in the force).

In 20 years time it shouldn't be too hard to rob a bank, as in all probability a 155cm, plump 55-year-old female with a limp, will be sent to "apprehend" you.

If this ever comes to be, then, well may we say, "May the force be with you" - because society will need it.

Alan Barron,
Grovedale, Vic.




























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