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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Vale Charles Coffey (1906-2007)

by Mark Posa

News Weekly, March 3, 2007
Charles Coffey died on January 20, 2007. He was 101 years of age.

Charles was one of the first people I met when I arrived in Adelaide.

He was most important as he printed all the material, including how-to-vote cards, for the Democratic Labor Party. I spent a great deal of time at his printing works in Stirling in the Adelaide Hills.

Over the years I came to know Charles and his wife Nellie very well. They often entertained me to lunch and afternoon tea.

He had a love of the Mondragon system of worker self-managed co-operative enterprises in northern Spain and raised the subject with me whenever we met. He also raised it at DLP conferences. What a pity it did not become part of our policy.

I maintained my connection with him throughout the years. When he turned 99, the transport authority extended his driver's licence for 10 years.

Charles was admired greatly by all who knew him. He will badly missed.

— written by Mark Posa, a former SA state president of the National Civic Council.

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