June 9th 2007

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Articles from this issue:

EDITORIAL: Climate change: don't spoil a good story with facts

NATIONAL SECURITY: How to fight global terrorism

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Kevin Rudd attack on Howard comes unstuck

ECONOMIC AFFAIRS: Nuclear power, ethanol can cut CO2 emissions

PRIMARY INDUSTRY: Wheat industry win, but final outcome uncertain

OPINION: Caving in to predatory big business

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Workplace relations and human asset-stripping / The Tampa victory revisited / Another tinsel turkey for Auntie / Show and tell

DRUGS POLICY: Drugs must be a federal election issue

CHINA: Beijing's crackdown ahead of Olympics

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS: Can we afford to ignore the Middle East?

MEDICAL ETHICS: Intentionally deformed ... for her own good?

EDUCATION: Intact family the single most critical factor in academic success

THE WORLD: Poland - front line in the culture wars

OBITUARY: Polish-Australian Stan Gotowicz a man of many parts

Howard Government's 'generosity' disputed (letter)

Apology for error (letter)

Why families can't afford a home (letter)

CINEMA: Family - the necessary refuge for sinners

BOOKS: MENACE IN EUROPE: Why the Continent's Crisis is America's, by Claire Berlinski

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Howard Government's 'generosity' disputed (letter)

by Warren Roche

News Weekly, June 9, 2007

John Morrissey's article, "Howard's cash benefits for families" (News Weekly, May 12, 2007), makes the claim that "the Howard Government is the most family-friendly administration that Australia has ever known".

Perhaps it is because of the Howard Government's generosity that we now have the highest proportion of mothers in the paid workforce that Australia has ever known - out of necessity rather than out of choice.

In the same edition of News Weekly, Colin Teese's far more practical and realistic assessment claims: "Families are getting a smaller proportion of GPD into their pay packets than at any time in the last 45 years. They now pay tax at twice the rate of 45 years ago, and yet are required to fund privately more of the essential community services."

Regrettably, a Labor Government will continue with the same neo-liberal, anti-family agenda.

This makes it all the more imperative for News Weekly to inform its reader with fact rather than exuberance.

Warren Roche,
Wauchope, NSW

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