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


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World War II (letter)

by Brian Harris

News Weekly, September 19, 2009

One thing was left out of James Bowen's account of the battle by the Japanese for Australia (News Weekly, June 27, 2009).

That was the occasion when Australia's troops inflicted their first military defeat on the enemy in World War II and were greatly outnumbered on the Kokoda Trail quite apart from any American assistance at all.

Young Australian soldiers (17 to 18-years-olds) were involved in bloody fighting, in the mud and mountains of New Guinea and stopped the Japanese from taking Port Moresby.

Otherwise Mr Bowen's account is very good.

Brian Harris,
Hadfield, Vic.

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