February 2nd 2008


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Articles from this issue:

COVER STORY: TRANSPORT: End of the line for rail freight?

FINANCE: Sub-prime mortgage crisis paralyses credit system

EDITORIAL: East Timor's new beginning

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Economic storm facing new government

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: A stern test for multiculturalism

CULTURE AND CIVILISATION: Family values overlooked in the market-place

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Reading the signs for the New Year (Through a hedge backwards...) / Hijacking foreign aid / Sub-prime lending crisis / Was Hitler's defeat inevitable?

AFGHANISTAN: Confronting terrorists and the drug trade

WOMEN UNDER ISLAM: Silence of the "sisterhood"

EDUCATION: The threat to our literary heritage

OPINION: Who is the real Kevin Rudd?

Global warming? Stop and think! (letter)

Flaws in our voting system (letter)

Who is running the country? (letter)

Barack Obama on foreign despots (letter)

Alternative to capitalism and communism? (letter)

AS THE WORLD TURNS: Juvenile crime in Britain / Feminist magazine's anti-Israel bias

GOD AND CAESAR: Selected Essays on Religion, Politics, and Society by Cardinal George Pell

BOOKS: CULTURAL AMNESIA: Notes in the Margin of My Time, by Clive James

THE TORCH AND THE SWORD: A History of the Army Cadet Movement in Australia, by Craig A. Stockings

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Who is running the country? (letter)


by M. Gordon

News Weekly, February 2, 2008
Sir,

Our newly government in Canberra seems to have overstated their capacity to control interest rates, fuel prices and the cost of living, not to mention Japanese whaling.

Worse still are the threats from the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Electrical Union (CFMEU) about new industrial action.

How ironic it is, given the Coalition parties' warnings in the last election about the prospect of unions running the government, that we have had no less than Andrew Ferguson speaking out for the CFMEU.

He is of course the brother of federal Labor Government ministers Martin and Laurie Ferguson, and son of a former NSW Deputy Premier.

How quickly things have transpired for the worst!

(Mr) M. Gordon,
Flynn ACT




























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