June 24th 2006

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Articles from this issue:

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Can Beazley win on workplace relations?

EDITORIAL: The future of nuclear energy in Australia

THE ECONOMY: Debt crisis may force 'severe correction'

INDUSTRY POLICY: Develop ethanol to cut the foreign debt

SCHOOLS: Victorian Education Department promotes gay agenda

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Snowy Hydro: the unresolved issues

WESTERN AUSTRALIA: Disgraced ex-premier Brian Burke resurfaces

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Beazley's nine lives / Over-selling Bill / Dodging the issues

OBITUARY: Vale Bob Browning (1932-2006)

FOREIGN AFFAIRS: Death squad allegations against East Timor PM Mari Alkatiri

THE RULE OF LAW: What is wrong with a charter of rights?

THE COLD WAR: Inquiry needed into Soviet subversion

Prof. Walter Starck 'a winner' (letter)

Bid to scuttle pregnancy support services (letter)

No mention of Pauline Hanson or One Nation (letter)

BOOKS: FALLING BLOSSOM: A British officer's enduring love for a Japanese woman

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Vale Bob Browning (1932-2006)

by Max Teichmann

News Weekly, June 24, 2006
Vale Robert William "Bob" Browning
(September 25, 1932 - May 5, 2006)

Bob Browning

Our apparatus will probably get itself organised to pay tribute to an old comrade of many of us - Robert William Henry "Bob" Browning - who many readers would have read and greatly enjoyed over the years, but who died quite suddenly and unexpectedly on May 5.

I'll anticipate the official encomium. Bob was the husband of Christine Browning who handled News Weekly's review section for some time and did them proud, along with her own reviews. So I met Bob, too, then their three delightful daughters.

Bob raised so many issues which are now centre-stage: globalism, economic rationalism, privatisation - especially of medicine and welfare - hence, managed care. He wrote regularly and well, on all these matters, and lectured on them.

He also brought out a series of books - self-financed and all doing well - although our mass press and academic cesspools pretended he hadn't written, or spoken. But he was a constant encouragement to us all, and a model of intellectual integrity and public spiritedness.

Not greatly enjoying city life (who, nowadays, does?), he and Christine retired down the coast to enjoy their now extended family.

By all accounts he was appreciating the change; so I for one was shocked and saddened at his sudden and unexpected death at 73. He had many more years, and ideas, in him.

He was a monument in his various professions, and had done a lot for News Weekly.

  • Max Teichmann

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