November 14th 2009


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COVER STORY: Why Australians should oppose a human rights charter

CANBERRA OBSERVED: The Rudd Government's asylum-seeker dilemma

EDITORIAL: Emissions trading scheme in trouble

CLIMATE CHANGE: Rudd's ETS will hit country towns hardest

ECONOMICS: Rising interest rates create speculative bubble

SOUTH AUSTRALIA: Will SA be the first state to legalise euthanasia?

FOREIGN AFFAIRS: Australia's crude Fiji sanctions policy backfires

BRAZIL: Lula's infatuation with tyrants and mass-murderers

OVERSEAS AID: Exporting death in our overseas 'aid'

ASIA: Taiwan's modified UN bid prospects rated as 'good'

EDUCATION: A destructive doctrine called 'diversity'

SCIENCE: Can computer games harm children's brains?

OPINION: Why I lost faith in the Left

Australian aid to China (letter)

Rags-to-riches story (letter)

Kokoda and Japan (letter)

AS THE WORLD TURNS: Western nations must prepare for cyber attacks; The tyranny of unelected 'experts'; School reform that works.

BOOK REVIEW: OUT FROM UNDER: The Impact of Homosexual Parenting, by Dawn Stefanowicz

BOOK REVIEW: THE ART OF WAR: Great Commanders of the Ancient, Medieval and Modern World, Andrew Roberts

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Kokoda and Japan (letter)


by Neville Lewis

News Weekly, November 14, 2009
Sir,

Brian Harris is mistaken when he states (Letters, News Weekly, September 19) that the Owen-Stanley-Kokoda battle was the first military defeat inflicted on Japan in World War II.

The Kokoda Trail campaign began in mid-1942 until the Japanese were driven from their last stronghold at Gona in January 1943. It was a very trying campaign, fought under appalling conditions, and was undoubtedly a major factor in halting Japan's southward march; but it was not Japan's first military defeat in that war. That took place at Milne Bay, just before the Kokoda Trail campaign.

The 2/9, 2/10 and 2/12 Australian Infantry Battalions were the units largely responsible.

I'm sure that this information is correct, because I was a member of the 2/33rd Australian Infantry Battalion which took part in the Kokoda campaign in 1942.

Neville Lewis,
Proserpine, Qld




























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