February 7th 2009

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Articles from this issue:

EDITORIAL: Where will President Obama take America?

GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS: Can Australia avoid an economic depression?

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Australia should brace itself for worse to come

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM: Blatant political bias in human rights body

JUDICIARY: High Court nominee's gay rights, abortion activism

GLOBAL TERRORISM: The great lie of 'home-grown' terrorism

QUARANTINE: Shake-up for Australia's quarantine system

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS: Being smart about using soft power

MEDIA: What to make of the Obama cult

OPINION: Is there any point to suffering?

CIVILISATION: Created equal: how Christianity shaped the West

OPINION: Legislative change could help first home-buyers

Should democracy always have the last word? (letter)

Deserted by the Liberals? (letter)

A future for News Weekly (letter)

FORUM: Free markets and libertarianism

CINEMA: Slumdog Millionaire - Indian orphan tale a box-office hit

BOOKS: ENOUGH: True Measures of Money, Business, and Life, by John C. Bogle

BOOKS: THE WHITE WAR: Life and Death on the Italian Front 1915-1919, by Mark Thompson,

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future for News Weekly (letter)

by Nicholas Partridge

News Weekly, February 7, 2009

First, I stand by the letter of mine you published on the demise of The Bulletin (Letters, News Weekly, February 16, 2008), in which I asserted that there is no other magazine — and there has been no other — that deals with really important issues in the way and with the competence of News Weekly.

Now more than ever, we continue to need expert explanation, and not just description — the stock-in-trade of your competitors.

One thing we might discuss is just how we could get so much of your good work into the mainstream media. I encourage you to pursue that line of enquiry.

But let me list, please, just some of my favourites — if that's the right terminology — over many years:-

First, the war against the homemaker — male or female, it needn't matter. When and how will it end?

And the war against female biology too. It's now time to ask just where that has got us.

The collapse of both the financial system and the ABC Learning Centres has thrown this into ever sharper relief. So what is to be done now?

Second, the nature of land ownership and the pricing thereof, such that few mortgages can be sustained without two or more people in the paid workforce — this has become a via dolorosa if ever there was one!

Don't get sick, sacked, pregnant, divorced, or dead. Don't expect to be able to care and raise your own children. All of these things entitle a "mortgage-provider" to wind you up.

I encourage News Weekly to revisit these issues as often as it can.

There are many more issues of course, but at least News Weekly really tries to come up with real-world remedies.

I can only hope that at least some of them will eventually make it into policy.

Perhaps the progression of events will finally give News Weekly the recognition that it richly deserves.

Nicholas Partridge,
Shenton Park ,WA

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