March 1st 2008

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Articles from this issue:

COVER STORY: The Australian economy a 'house of cards'

EDITORIAL: Timor troubles: the way ahead

CANBERRA OBSERVED: What remains to be done after saying sorry?

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Brian Burke and Kevin Rudd cross paths again

ECONOMIC AFFAIRS: Economic policy-making in conflict

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Hysteria in the House / US election campaign / "Say sorry" segment / The economy

ISLAM: Uproar over Archbishop of Canterbury's Islam gaffe

AUSTRALIAN HISTORY: Why Australia's Christian heritage matters

HUMAN RIGHTS: The 2008 Olympics and China's Communist regime

TAIWAN: Chen: Almost over, but not out

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS: Australia and Japan set to draw closer together

AS THE WORLD TURNS: Global warming? It's the coldest winter in decades / Capitalism's enemies within

Reality gap between words and action (letter)

Wentworth's vision for Australian railways (letter)

Thuggery at Brisbane pro-life rally (letter)

The struggling Rudds (letter)

BOOKS: IT'S YOUR TIME YOU'RE WASTING: A teacher's tales of classroom hell, by Frank Chalk


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Reality gap between words and action (letter)

by M. Gordon

News Weekly, March 1, 2008

The Federal Government's apology to indigenous Australians has occupied the public consciousness for some time.

But, as former Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Mal Brough rather inconveniently pointed out in a speech at a recent Quadrant dinner, the reality of indigenous lives is eons away from the events of Canberra.

Prime Minster Kevin Rudd failed to acknowledge the role of his own Labor Party in originating almost all of the legislation which he now condemns.

Nor did Queensland Premier Anna Bligh have much to show for her state in improving the lives of its indigenous citizens since the 1999 state apology. In fact, it was embarrassingly light on, and her quick switch to attacking Queensland public opinion highlighted her government's lack of credibility.

If I seem hard on these and other state ALP governments, I am, because I am mightily annoyed that they have undermined the Howard Government-initiated federal intervention in the Northern Territory by allowing the movement of alcohol from interstate, particularly from WA.

(Mr) M. Gordon,
Flynn ACT

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