October 3rd 2009


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Articles from this issue:

COVER STORY: Government push for sell-off of Telstra's infrastructure

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Union warning on China free trade agreement

EDITORIAL: Re-opening the case of the Balibo Five

WAR ON TERROR: The deadly peril still very much in our midst

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Misguided move for women in combat roles

ECONOMY: Development bank now urgently needed

TASMANIA: Can the Apple Isle become Australia's food bowl

GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS: Policy-makers still refusing to face reality

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH: Rudd Government ignores abortion link to maternal deaths

POPULATION: Solving the world food problem

The man who fed the developing world

OPINION: No apology after latest outburst from PM Rudd

Deplorable standards (letter)

Melting pot (letter)

Safer nuclear energy option (letter)

Obama changes tune on troops (letter)

CINEMA: Award-winning film about slain journalists - Balibo (rated M)

CINEMA: Deliver us from this left-liberal 'moralising' - The Soloist (rated M)

BOOK REVIEW: THE PLAN: Twelve Months to Renew Britain, by Douglas Carswell and Daniel Hannan

BOOK REVIEW: INSIDE THE STALIN ARCHIVES: Discovering the New Russia, by Jonathan Brent

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Safer nuclear energy option (letter)


by Tom King

News Weekly, October 3, 2009
Sir,

The energy requirements of Australia again received expansion in Peter Westmore's two articles on the subject in News Weekly (September 5, 2009).

For almost four years I have communicated with federal and state representatives in respect to their attitude to thorium, as a relatively clean form of nuclear energy generation.

It was only NSW Senator Bill Heffernan who recently uttered the word during the ABC television discussion panel show Q&A (September 3).

The word thorium is derived from the name Thor, the Norse god of thunder. It has been proven in Europe to be the safest form of nuclear energy production. It also burns its own waste product. Will News Weekly assess and provide a report on it in a future edition?

Full marks for Senator Heffernan who so often delves where the others, from both sides, fear to tread.

Tom King,
Bray Park, Qld




























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