February 3rd 2007


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Articles from this issue:

COVER STORY: Is Malcolm Turnbull out of his depth?

EDITORIAL: Are we in for another interest rate hike?

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Why Howard Government could fall this year

THE ECONOMY: Qantas takeover bid - leave it to the market?

WORKPLACE RELATIONS: New laws exploit vulnerable employees

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Sheik's outburst - more than once is enough!

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM: When truth is no defence

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Invisible premier / Victoria Agonistes / From log-rolling to White House / Another conspiracy? / Russian roulette / Media watch

SRI LANKA: Who are the terrorists in Sri Lanka?

CUBA: Mass-murderer Fidel Castro to die unpunished

EAST TIMOR: Alkatiri's right-hand man tried in East Timor

SCIENCE: Cull the human race - Australian scientist

No such thing as 'private' morality (letter)

Messiah status for Labor leaders (letter)

Major doctrinal errors in Nativity film (letter)

Word engineering (letter)

BOOKS: FROM THE GULAG TO THE KILLING FIELDS, edited by Paul Hollander

BOOKS: JACKA VC: Australian hero, by Robert Macklin

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Messiah status for Labor leaders (letter)


by Frank Bellet

News Weekly, February 3, 2007

Sir,

The media frenzy, which has accompanied the "ascension" of Kevin Rudd to the Labor Party leadership, makes for an interesting study - as does the promotion of the reinvented feminist Julia Gillard.

While Kevin Rudd has explained that he is a Christian, I have always held the belief that most other Labor politicians and party hacks look on their Labor politics as a religion.

Assuming this to be true, you'll find that as leaders come and go (particularly when they are coming), Labor supporters feel the need to search for and proclaim Messiah status to anyone with a glib tongue, who they think might lead them out of the desert or wilderness.

The Mark Latham experiment was a case in point. Fawning articles on Latham, breathlessly written by members of the Canberra press gallery, prior to the last election, still make for interesting reading and a good laugh - that is, if exaggeration and unintentional humour take your fancy.

Frank Bellet,
Petrie, Qld




























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