May 2nd 2009

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Articles from this issue:

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Labor's 'people overboard' fiasco

EDITORIAL: Human rights consultation hijacked?

TRADE: Government pushes China free trade agreement

FIJI: Australia and NZ silent as China bankrolls military junta

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: From Baghdad to Beijing: Labor's dodgy dealings

TRADE UNIONS: WA unions host Cuban ambassador... Why?

ILLICIT DRUGS: Australia's $10 billion industry - organised crime

GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR: A desperate fight to the death

THAILAND: Land of smiles descends into turmoil

PRE-SCHOOL: Conscripting our toddlers for political activism

OPINION: Legislative assault on freedom of conscience

POLITICAL IDEAS: Crisis of credibility that has shaken the world

AS THE WORLD TURNS: Productive investment vs. financial speculation / Free speech curtailed for the sake of pluralism

Human rights hearings (letter)

Australia to import food? (letter)

Telstra (letter)

ETS to cost billions (letter)

CINEMA: Katyn - Sombre depiction of unpunished WW2 crime

BOOKS: REFUGEES AND REBELS: Indonesian Exiles in Wartime Australia, by Jan Lingard

BOOKS: GIRLS LIKE YOU: Four Young Girls, Six Brothers and a Cultural Timebomb, by Paul Sheehan

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Australia to import food? (letter)

by Arnold Jago

News Weekly, May 2, 2009

Many people worry about US corporation, Summit Global Management, having already bought up $20 million worth of Australia's water.

Summit's website says water is "undervalued compared with its economic worth" and that "hydro-commerce presents a very compelling investment theme".

Indeed. Water represents the perfect way to hold farmers, and anybody hoping to eat what farmers produce, to ransom - especially in hot weather.

With the federal government about to take 3.5 million megalitres out of farm production for "environmental flows", Australia will soon be importing more food than it exports.

This may help Labor retain Greens Party preferences, but will also lead to Australia becoming even more dependent on China, from whom we are already borrowing $500 million a week.

Arnold Jago,
Mildura, Vic.

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