March 3rd 2007

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Articles from this issue:

CANBERRA OBSERVED: John Howard's election year dilemma

EDITORIAL: Climate change: time for a reality check

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Water and ethanol - time to think big

WATER: Who will stand up for states' rights?

RADICAL ENVIRONMENTALISM: Sabotage and piracy on the high seas

CHINA: 'Bloody Harvest' - organ-harvesting latest

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Ecclesiastical charades / Rudd's credibility / Victoria's new Second Chamber / Putin's way

SPECIAL FEATURE: New light on Bob Santamaria

EUTHANASIA: Male suicide rise linked to euthanasia debate

OPINION: Dangers of a 'same-sex' register

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS: South Korean-US relations under strain

OPINION: Climate change - hot air, big bucks, cold facts

Truth not always a defence (letter)

How Rudd could beat Coalition (letter)

The bushfire crisis (letter)

U.S. Presidential candidates (letter)

Government subsidies and health hazards (letter)

OBITUARY: Vale Charles Coffey (1906-2007)

CINEMA: Heart-warming rags-to-riches story - The Pursuit of Happyness

BOOKS: DUMBING DOWN, by Kevin Donnelly

BOOKS: DOWN TO THIS: A Year Living with the Homeless

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How Rudd could beat Coalition (letter)

by Kevin O'Neill

News Weekly, March 3, 2007

Malcolm Turnbull has been in Parliament for dog-watch, but he is now a Minister and has produced a workable blueprint for control of our limited water resources and extracted a $10 billion dollar promise from the Prime Minister for his plan.

On the other hand, Australia, a wealthy nation with thriving, overgrown cities has a third world rural land transport infrastructure problem that has been the subject of innumerable reports for a hundred years.

The Australian wheat-growers' precious single-desk marketing tool is wrongly saddled with the alleged corruption of AWB.

The single desk as a marketing tool was developed by farmers as a successful way of getting their wheat profitably on to the world market and is unrelated to the business procedures of AWB.

Instead of its great value being forthrightly defended, it is, with exceptions, more often damned with faint praise.

There is total confusion in rural Australia about the need for rail reform and for defending the marketing needs of the wheat industry.

If Kevin Rudd can rein in the extremist fringe of politics — who would do away with coal exports and nuclear power — and give a clear lead in respect of rural rail standardisation and defence of the single desk, the fat will be in the fire for the Coalition.

Kevin O'Neill OAM,
Tocumwal, NSW

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