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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Telstra (letter)


by Peter Townsend

News Weekly, May 2, 2009
Sir,

When the Rudd Government attracts a statement from former Telstra CEO Ziggy Switkowski, defending the exorbitant misdirection of $43 billion towards a broadband expansion as "strategically elegant and appealingly breathtaking in its ambition" (The Australian, April 13), it means fasten your seatbelts, we are about to buy a lemon three times bigger than Pacific Century CyberWorks, which Switkowski purchased from Richard Li in 2000 for $14 billion, which resulted in Telstra shares plummeting from $9 to $5.

Peter Townsend,
South Penrith, NSW




























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