May 12th 2007

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Articles from this issue:

COVER STORY: ANZAC DAY: A new dawn for Australian national pride

EDITORIAL: Labor's uranium policy: when 'yes' means 'no'

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Has Kevin Rudd made his biggest mistake?

WATER: Water crisis: farmers' warnings ignored

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Why Kevin Rudd leads in the polls

LABOR PARTY: Australian union movement's last hurrah

STRAWS IN THE WIND: ABC's John Curtin - a missed opportunity / Labor conference a gold-plated flop / Melbourne's continuing transport fiasco / Ice man cometh

INTELLIGENCE CORNER: Terror Australis - will the public ever wake up?

FAMILY ASSISTANCE: Howard's cash benefits for families

SCHOOLS: Report slams school curriculum muddle

DRUGS POLICY: $150 million campaign against 'Ice' - too little, too late

MEDICAL: Oral contraceptive link to breast cancer

HISTORY: Wilberforce's epic battle to end slavery

Plight of Tamils in Sri Lanka (letter)

Sinhalese speaking up for Tamils (letter)

Religious vilification laws (letter)

General Monash (letter)

BOOKS: BETWEEN TWO WORLDS: The Inner Lives of Children of Divorce

BOOKS: THE OCCUPATION OF IRAQ: Winning the War, Losing the Peace

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General Monash (letter)

by Chris Rule

News Weekly, May 12, 2007

Thank you for Bill James's review of The Great War by Les Carlyon (News Weekly, March 17, 2007). It is the best of four reviews of the book which I have read.

I would like to comment on the suggestion by Carlyon that the Canadian commander-in-chief Arthur Currie “was possibly an even greater leader than the Australian corps commander, lawyer and engineer Monash”.

I have recently read Roland Perry's book about Monash in which Perry, obviously a fan, builds a case for Monash having been a great military leader - in fact, the man who won the war.

I know next to nothing about Currie, but I note that the great English Historian, A.J.P. Taylor, in his book The First World War: An Illustrated History (Penguin Books, 1966), in his only mention of Monash, says that he was “the only general of creative originality produced by the First World War” (page 232).

Chris Rule,
Gilmore, ACT

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