February 16th 2008

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Articles from this issue:

FOREIGN AFFAIRS: Battle lines drawn for US Presidential race

EDITORIAL: Mitsubishi closure a blow to our manufacturing

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Will Rudd summit achieve anything?

BIOFUELS: Sugar industry - execution by policy madness

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: EI inquiry hears of more quarantine failures

ECONOMIC AFFAIRS: The lessons of the past we so quickly forget

STRAWS IN THE WIND: A new Bunyip intelligentsia? / Paddy McGuinness dies / The homeless

ASIA: Re-shaping Asia: The Great Game Mark II

INDONESIA: More good than bad: Suharto (1921-2008)

FATHERHOOD: Making men redundant (and harming our children)

FAMILY POLICY: Family-friendly policies at risk

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH: Melbourne doctor's bid to decriminalise abortion

UNITED STATES: America's wrong course

LEADERSHIP: Five keys to democratic statesmanship

Demise of The Bulletin (letter)

Re-opening of South Gippsland rail? (letter)

Foreign intervention (letter)

The "more committees" fetish (letter)


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Foreign intervention (letter)

by Colin Teese

News Weekly, February 16, 2008

I agree with Mr L.B. Loveday ("Flaws in our voting system", Letters, News Weekly, February 2, 2008), at least on one point.

He speaks of "the arrogance to send monitors to other countries".

Regardless of the merits or otherwise of Australia's voting system, it ill behoves us to intervene in, or opine on, the electoral processes of others.

The same is, incidentally, true of interventions in the electoral processes of any state by any other at any time.

Colin Teese,
Parkville Vic.

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