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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Chris Masters' grab for cash and fame (letter)

by Margaret Menzel

News Weekly, November 11, 2006

In a world that obsessively seeks to reduce us all to clones of one another while espousing individuality, Chris Masters in his book on Sydney broadcaster Alan Jones, Jonestown, releases yet another attack on an individual who dares to stand out from the pack.

When any individual achieves success, or nurtures and encourages achievement in others, inevitably he will attract the envy and distorted criticisms of those desperate to reach the summit themselves, seemingly through any means.

It seems to me that Alan Jones has long recognised that in supporting and encouraging the hopes and aspirations of others, one then shares in their successes and achievements.

Chris Masters' recognition of the effectiveness and influence of Alan Jones may point to the real purpose behind his "book". Masters recognises that consistently hurling enough suggestion and inference, no matter the lack of evidential information, will produce the same effect on a decent individual's reputation as a proven scandal would.

Sadly, there is no evidence of good journalism here.

Margaret Menzel,
Ayr, North Qld.

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