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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Country people left to choke on the dust (letter)

by Gavin Lawrie

News Weekly, November 11, 2006

We now see it all too regularly on TV - the crippling effect of severe and prolonged drought on farmers, their families and whole outback communities.

The last few prime ministers, opposition leaders and federal parliaments have abysmally failed to alleviate the pain and advance the interests of "non-city" folk.

To throw $2b to the drought problem by way of income support/bank interest relief, is insulting, humiliating and uncaring to these devastated Australians.

Governments have done nothing to create one centimetre of infrastructure to get water to these people, their livestock and crops. Successive state governments have been equally negligent.

Such relief is band-aid stupidity, although a few crumbs falling from Canberra's and state government tables is better than nothing.

Successive federal governments have turned their backs on the bush, and left country people to choke on the dust.

They have also allowed rogue banks and petrol companies to steal from us. These organisations don't vote at the ballot box, but presumably do so with their cheque-books.

Alarming, isn't it?

Gavin Lawrie,
Murwillumbah, NSW

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