June 10th 2006

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Articles from this issue:

EDITORIAL: Timor crisis - Alkatiri's murky role

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Will Snowy Hydro sale create Australia's Enron?

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Merger no answer to declining Nationals vote

ENERGY CRISIS: How to make Australia energy self-sufficient

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: Ex-Family Court judge defends gay 'marriage'

WESTERN AUSTRALIA: The self-inflicted wounds of Premier Carpenter

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Once more unto the breach / Leaders designed by the oligarchs / Justice ... for whom? / Rules of engagement

CULTURE AND CIVILISATION: Should we be ashamed of Western civilisation?

SCHOOLS: English grammar 'obsolete and irrelevant'

SEX EDUCATION: Islamic schools reject "safe sex" message

BRITAIN: Soaring oil prices push UK to go nuclear

MIDDLE EAST: Terrorism works

Misguided depiction of mental illness (letter)

Reply to Senator Webber (letter)

Anti-religious education (letter)

Minchin wrong on Snowy Hydro Scheme (letter)

HISTORY AND LITERATURE: Drama set in occupied Europe

COMRADE ROBERTS: Recollections of a Trotskyite, by Kenneth Gee QC

DEFIANT BIRTH: Women Who Resist Medical Eugenics, by Melinda Tankard Reist

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Reply to Senator Webber (letter)

by Joseph Poprzeczny

News Weekly, June 10, 2006

Senator Webber undoubtedly knows all WA premiers since 1890, except George Leake (1901-02), Walter James (1902-04) and Newton Moore (1906-09), doubled as treasurers.

Dr Gallop, who headed WA's 31st and 32nd governments, copied these three exceptions by only being premier thus having a "relatively light premiership workload".

Senator Webber also knows he was factionally unaligned, with the Left-Right Alliance, headed by Michelle Roberts and Jim McGinty, calling all the shots - hardly an exhilarating experience for any leader.

If she re-reads my commentary, she'll see I made no judgements about the nature of Dr Gallop's depression.

She seems to have confused my comments with claims by state Labor MP, Carol Martin, who, in a bid to have Senator Webber's former boss, Bob Kucera, reinstated into Cabinet, blamed Dr Gallop's depression.

"When Geoff made the decision to pressure Bob into resigning, for whatever reason, he was actually suffering from what we know now is clinical depression," Ms Martin said. "I believe that when a person suffers from mental illness they're not a fit witness to their own decisions."

Senator Webber should take up her misdirected accusations against me with Ms Martin.

Thankfully, Dr Gallop is recovering promptly as he's already set to take up a Sydney academic post.

Joseph Poprzeczny,
Perth, WA

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