April 14th 2007


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COVER STORY: Howard's Coalition - fewer options left as election looms

EDITORIAL: The high cost of 'symbolic' politics

THE ENVIRONMENT: Bushfire victims take NSW, Vic govts to court

WATER: Details of PM's water plan - disaster for farmers

NSW STATE ELECTION: When will Liberals, Nationals ever learn?

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Why young people read less / NSW's Knight with the Mournful Countenance / Journalistic hooliganism / The Easter Rising

INTELLIGENCE CORNER: Losing the war on the home front / Assessing the terrorist threat

SCHOOLS: Labor's standard threat to schools

MEDICAL SCIENCE: New developments in stem-cell science

FOREIGN AFFAIRS: Australia caught between Beijing and Washington

SRI LANKA: Bloodbath looms in war-torn Sri Lanka

OPINION: An ABC of the ABC - a listener's guide

AS THE WORLD TURNS

Millions squandered (letter)

Regional rail networks (letter)

Labor's Mugabe dilemma (letter)

David Hicks (letter)

Russia's Putin should not be demonised (letter)

CINEMA: Story to scare the daylights out of you - Lives of Others

BOOKS: How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization, by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.

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Millions squandered (letter)


by Alan Barron

News Weekly, April 14, 2007

Sir,

It's outrageous that the Victorian Bracks Labor Government has squandered $100 million of taxpayers' money on an environmental impact study on the proposal to deepen shipping channels in Port Phillip Bay. What a monumental waste of money!

Just imagine how far this sort of money would go to alleviate the chronic under-funding of the state's hospitals and health care services, or the over-stretched educational system - not to mention our dwindling water supplies.

The health and education of Victorian people are far more important than any environmental impact survey.

It's time the needs of people came before the worship of the environment.

Alan Barron,
Grovedale, Vic.




























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