November 11th 2006

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Articles from this issue:

EDITORIAL: Iraq after the U.S. elections

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Beazley relishes coming fight for workers' rights

ECONOMIC AFFAIRS: A clear lack of joined-up government

BUSHFIRES: Comprehensive approach needed to fight fires

WESTERN AUSTRALIA: Political identities probed by corruption body

VICTORIA: The ALP's abortion agenda

STRAWS IN THE WIND: The nuclear horror house / The return of religions / Arrogant Muslims / The hit-man society

SPECIAL FEATURE: 'I can never forget them': a memoir of the 1956 Hungarian uprising

OPINION: Ethics needed in science, medicine and politics

Water trading: the consequences (letter)

Country people left to choke on the dust (letter)

Chris Masters' grab for cash and fame (letter)

CINEMA: A future world without children

BOOKS: LOST! Australia's Catholics Today, by Michael Gilchrist

BOOKS: THE BABY BUSINESS: How money, science, and politics drive the commerce of conception, by Debora L. Spar

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Water trading: the consequences (letter)

by Chris Rule

News Weekly, November 11, 2006

Thank you for your editorial, "Water trading: what it's all about" (News Weekly, October 28, 2006), in which you accurately sum up what the consequences are for agriculture as a result of trading water on the open market.

Your final paragraph says it all: "The long-term effects of this will be to undermine Australia's agriculture further, forcing families off the land, pushing up the price of food, and increasing Australia's reliance on imported foodstuffs."

Yours is the first article I have read which spells out the consequences.

The mainstream media don't want to know about it. Neither does the Federal Government.

But why would we be surprised about that when the Federal Government weakens our quarantine regime and deregulates agriculture in favour of the those who already have far greater market power than our farmers?

Chris Rule,
Gilmore, ACT

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