March 4th 2006

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Articles from this issue:

COVER STORY: NATIONAL SECURITY: The sum of all our fears - betrayal

AUSTRALIAN EXPORTS: AWB Iraq wheat sales debacle - whose responsibility now?

CANBERRA OBSERVED: RU-486 vote highlights MPs' moral confusion

EDITORIAL: Drugs: can we prevent more 'Bali Nine' trials?

SOUTH AUSTRALIA: March 18 election - personalities not policies

PUBLIC ISSUES: Reflections on the abortion wars

SCHOOLS: Time to close teacher-training schools?

ECONOMICS: UK report calls for halt to supermarket takeovers

TAIWAN: From plastic keyboards to camera phones

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Sordid message of Leunig's cartoon / The RU-486 debate / Religious beliefs

POLITICAL IDEAS: Alasdair MacIntyre and the bugbear of liberalism

Kevin Rudd for PM? (letter)

Senator Joe McCarthy's 'shameful vendettas' (letter)

Health risks with imported food (letter)

Engineers unfairly stereotyped (letter)

CINEMA: Ignorant critics slam Spielberg's latest, 'Munich'


BOOKS: SADDAM'S SECRETS: How an Iraqi General Defied and Survived Saddam Hussein, by Georges Sada

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Engineers unfairly stereotyped (letter)

by Dr Brian E. Lloyd, AM

News Weekly, March 4, 2006

So the great profession of engineering, requiring four years of intensive university study, still is portrayed as a bloke in a hard hat and cap lamp ("Engineer shortage hurting economy", News Weekly, February 18, 2006).

If you are going to pontificate about engineers, for heaven's sake update your ideas about image. And what about the women who now constitute a significant proportion of the profession?

Your article is quite on the ball - but hard hats and cap lamps? Hell!

Dr Brian E. Lloyd, AM,
Brighton, Vic.
(Past national president of the Institution of Engineers, Australia)

Editor's note: The picture was of a mining engineer, a category of which, like civil, mechanical and electrical engineers, Australia is suffering a shortage.

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