May 10th 2008


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COVER STORY: Labor abandons small business

EDITORIAL: Overhaul Australia's quarantine system!

HOUSING: How to make the Australian dream come true

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Daunting challenges for Swan's first Budget

AGRICULTURE: Behind the world's food shortage

NATIONAL SECURITY: Is it ever too early to foil a terrorist plot?

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Dial an anti-climax / Carrying a torch for China / Economic gobbledegook / Adolescent roulette... and culture shock / Zimbabwe

CHINA: Beijing spying apparatus gears up for Olympics

HIGHER EDUCATION: The high cost of free love

POPULATION: Russian life expectancy worse than Bangladesh's

MEDIA: ABC program's Castro whitewash

Point overlooked (letter)

Competition policy review (letter)

China's jackboot diplomacy (letter)

No voice for unborn at Rudd summit (letter)

Our next Governor-General (letter)

It's time to help boys (letter)

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Point overlooked (letter)


by Colin Teese

News Weekly, May 10, 2008
Sir,

Both John Barich and, apparently, John Stone, seem to be saying - as far as I can gather - that we should make any kind of trade agreement that the US asks us for on the ground that, without giving that concession, the US will never give us the benefit of their security protection. (John Barich, Letters, News Weekly, April 12, 2008).

Leaving aside what kind of protection the US may or may not be able and/or willing to give us now or in the future, the two commentators seem to be overlooking a fundamental point.

If we can't afford to negotiate trade deals in our own interest, why not take the next logical step? Abandon our trade department altogether, and simply ask the US what they want and then give it to them. It would certainly be quicker and easier.

For me, Mr John Howard's legacy is to have failed to develop a skilled workforce during his 10 years in office. This will cost us dear for the next decade or two.

Colin Teese,
Parkville, Vic.




























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