September 19th 2009


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COVER STORY: 'Level playing-field' crushes Australian farmers

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY: Back to basics in the marriage debate

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Assessing Rudd's stimulus package

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Rio Tinto, China and Australia's national interest

EDITORIAL: California wildfires caused by lack of hazard reduction

WATER: Water policy threatens Australia's food security

ILLICIT DRUGS: Kings Cross safe injecting rooms fail to reduce drug overdose deaths

QUEENSLAND: Bligh Government amends abortion laws

GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS: Ireland follows Iceland in financial meltdown

FOREIGN AFFAIRS: Japan's new PM rejects 'market fundamentalism'

CULTURE AND CIVILISATION: The debasement of higher education

EDUCATION: Seeking a better deal for rural and regional students

OPINION: 1945 Allied repatriations a crime against humanity

NCC Fighting Fund appeal (letter)

Senator Ted Kennedy (letter)

Abortions are never justified (letter)

World War II (letter)

CINEMA: Revealing insight into Rebiya Kadeer - The 10 Conditions of Love

BOOK REVIEW: C.S. LEWIS IN A TIME OF WAR, by Justin Phillips

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Fighting Fund appeal (letter)


by Tom King

News Weekly, September 19, 2009
Sir,

I applaud every element of the justification advanced by Peter Westmore in his 2009 Fighting Fund appeal letter (News Weekly, July 25, 2009).

However, the fundamental question underlying most of the confronting realities enumerated by the NCC's national president is this.

After decades of identifying national and states' political, ethical and moral shortcomings, and beyond that in so many instances identifying and articulating the political realities and action required, we are yet again in a situation where the majority of our political "allies", who masquerade as appreciating our dilemma, display no willingness or aptitude to effect change or unity of purpose.

As we approach another election of great significance, is it time to identify and back independent and proven Coalition candidates, as opposed to the principal party alternatives who clearly identify with the dictionary interpretation of "party" being a social gathering for pleasure, amusement or the like.

Unless we activate all of our resources, the talents and dedication of past and current staffers of News Weekly and associate publications will be of less consequence than deserved and so desperately required.

Tom King,
Bray Park, Qld




























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