July 7th 2007

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COVER STORY: Who remembers the victims of communism?

HUMAN RIGHTS: Canberra's silence about Chinese organ-harvesting

EDITORIAL: Trade talks: Australia still 'flogging a dead horse'

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Howard's action on Aborigines long overdue

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Saving Howard's bacon / What Arabs and Jews need most / Tony Blair's legacy

SPECIAL FEATURE: Keeping Australia a great nation

RELIGION: Call to reform and modernise Islam

CHINA: Will capitalism prop up or undermine communism?

INTERNET: Risks in personal Web pages

MEDICAL: Homosexual activists attack medical profession

CLIMATE CHANGE: Scientists now warn of global cooling

Why housing is too dear(letter)

Value of the 'food-bowl' rail route (letter)

Dams needed, not desalination plants (letter)

Kevin Rudd's insult to stay-at-home wives (letter)

CINEMA: The gentle art of making enemies - As It Is in Heaven

BOOKS: LEFT TO TELL: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust, by Immaculée Ilibagiza

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Value of the 'food-bowl' rail route (letter)

by Kevin O'Neill

News Weekly, July 7, 2007

Congratulations to the Shepparton City Council for proposing the "food-bowl route" on the flat plains for the Brisbane-Melbourne rail route.

The proposed Cootamundra route to Melbourne is in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range and has to contend with the Bethungra spiral and tunnel and road bridges across the line between Mangalore and Albury, which significantly diminish the relevance of double-stacked containers to the overall transport task.

In addition, there is the ever-present threat of rail curfews in urban areas. A trunk rail-route is only as strong as its weakest link, and all stakeholders between Brisbane and Melbourne will be equally affected by a weak link at the southern end.

Shepparton's proposed food-bowl route is much needed, in that this highly productive food-producing region does not have an efficient trunk rail connection to the big city populations.

Kevin O'Neill,
Progressive Rail Association,
Tocumwal, NSW

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