November 8th 2008


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EDITORIAL: Economic crisis: predicted and predictable

COVER STORY: A third way? Allan Carlson's vision of a family-centred economy

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Little room to manoeuvre for Rudd Government

ECONOMIC AFFAIRS: Market failure and the difficult path ahead

SUPERANNUATION: Development bank needed for Rudd's nation-building

RURAL AFFAIRS: Minister confronted by drought's human toll

POPULATION: 'A gigantic, costly and inhumane fraud ...'

RUSSIA: Moscow's campaign of kidnapping and murder

SOUTH-EAST ASIA: Thailand, land of smiles, convulses

HUMAN RIGHTS: Sakharov Prize awarded to Chinese dissident Hu Jia

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Prologue / Just a friend of the family / Epilogue

AS THE WORLD TURNS - Quotes for our Times

OBITUARY - Vale Pat Dunne

Doctor to an aborted boy - a poem

Legalised fraud (letter)

Christian Democrats' role in WA election (letter)

BOOKS: THE BIG SQUEEZE: Tough Times for the American Worker, by Steven Greenhouse

BOOKS: EMPIRES OF THE SEA: The Final Battle for the Mediterranean, 1521-1580, by Roger Crowley

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Doctor to an aborted boy - a poem


by Dr John Whitehall

News Weekly, November 8, 2008
With tiny hands crossed on your chest,
Can I believe you are at rest
Untroubled by the chance denied
To judge yourself the pain described?

"Too young," they said, "for formèd thought."
Were any formless dreamings caught
When those intrusive waves of sound
Proclaimed the defect they had found?

Some musings on a life to live?
Of joys to share and love to give?
Some commission in plans divine?
Some contribution wholly thine?

"Too much for anyone to bear",
"Life not worth living", some declare.
"More merciful to terminate
And wrench in love from defect's fate."

As I examine you, little one,
And I ponder what has been done,
I stand transfixed by half-closed eyes.
Do they forgive? Do they despise?

- Dr John Whitehall




























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