April 18th 2009

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Articles from this issue:

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Ex-Treasury chief slams Government and Opposition

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: China's Rio bid: Australia's independence at stake

EDITORIAL: G20 summit: end of the "Washington Consensus"?

GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS: Can US dollar remain world's reserve currency?

OPINION: Time to put outlaw bikie-gangs out of business

UNITED STATES: Republican Party in dire need of a leader

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS: Finding the resolve to wage a titanic struggle

FAMILY POLICY: Promoting family-centred child-care

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY: Swedish social laboratory's disastrous legacy

HUMAN CLONING: SA parliamentarians misled by false science

PORNOGRAPHY: American feminist warns of long-term damage from porn

SCHOOLS: Teachers powerless to deal with unruly students

OBITUARY: Laurie Short: an Australian hero (1915-2009)

AS THE WORLD TURNS: Regulation no longer a dirty word / Great orator Obama? / Jimmy Carter II?

Tribute to Laurie Short (letter)

Liberal predicament (letter)

CINEMA: The emptiness of a loveless life - Elegy

BOOKS: SAMUEL JOHNSON: A Biography, by Peter Martin

BOOKS: SOLAR CYCLE 24, by David Archibald

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Liberal predicament (letter)

by Greg Byrne

News Weekly, April 18, 2009

As I read about the predicament of today's Liberal Party in Joseph Poprzeczny's article, "The Liberal Party faces moment of truth" (News Weekly, April 4, 2009), I was reminded of a saying that a friend of mine often uses, "Take a 'reality check', why don't you?"

The Liberals no longer represent the "Forgotten People" that Sir Robert Menzies spoke about in his famous speech on May 22, 1942. Nor do they represent small business, which has long since given up on them.

The upshot has been that the Liberals do exactly as Labor on issues, only they manage things better. They may be left-wing centralists, but they are professional and efficient left-wing centralists.

All of which is leading Australia into a major economic and social crisis. The low-paid blue-collar father today is unable to cope without a second pay packet from his wife. Unfortunately, the Liberals whom Mr Poprzeczny's article discusses don't see that as a problem.

However, my own local member, the Hon. Chris Pearce, federal Liberal member for Aston, does. He said to me that what most people talk about after dinner is how they are going to get through the next month financially.

So here at least is one Liberal MP who has his feet firmly on the ground and who doesn't need a "reality check". It's the Liberal party leaders who need a "reality check".

Greg Byrne,
Rowville, Vic.

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