April 3rd 2010


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COVER STORY: How toxic culture exploits our children

EDITORIAL: Stern Hu trial: implications for Australia

CANBERRA OBSERVED: PM Rudd kicks off a very long campaign on health

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: $16 billion education fiasco traps Julia Gillard

PAID PARENTAL LEAVE: Voters want equality for all mothers: Galaxy poll

SOUTH AUSTRALIA: Rann hangs on after big anti-Labor swing

BORDER CONTROL: Rudd's time bomb on a boat: asylum-seekers

FOREIGN AFFAIRS: Behind the US-China trade dispute

LEGAL AFFAIRS: Human rights legislation through the back door

EAST TIMOR: East Timor - the quiet revolution

SCHOOLS: New national English curriculum scores only C+

SCHOOL FUNDING: Governments should support parental choice

UNITED STATES: Is Obamacare destined to be a disaster?

UNITED NATIONS: UN feminist gab-fest gets up steam

Firemen hose down political correctness (letter)

Gigantic scam (letter)

Atheistic arrogance misplaced (letter)

Too tough on Tony Abbott? (letter)

AS THE WORLD TURNS: Turkey's 100,000 Armenians; Al-Qaeda nuclear threat to Britain; Can Christian organisations survive in a 'tolerant' age?

CINEMA: Hollywood perplexed by family values - The Blind Side, rated PG

BOOK REVIEW: ISLAM AT THE GATES: How Christendom Defeated the Ottoman Turks, by Diane Moczar

BOOK REVIEW: THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR, by John Keegan

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Too tough on Tony Abbott? (letter)


by Frank Pulsford

News Weekly, April 3, 2010
Sir,

You were a bit tough on Tony Abbott ("Tony Abbott's faux pas alienates allies", News Weekly, March 20) over his response to the repeated questions about his attitude to abortion.

Until the church leaders of all denominations start making a difference and creating a climate in society where sound legislation can flourish, a pro-life Christian politician has only one alternative to an answer such as Abbott's - go and get another job and leave the parliamentary benches to the secular humanists.

Initially, I recoiled at Abbott's adoption of Bill Clinton's phrase; but, in reality, it was quite clever. The secular press did not criticise Clinton, so how can they criticise Abbott?

Abbott's stated view is that abortions should be rare and they should be safe. Until the bishops, priests and ministers of all religions do their jobs and bring about a change in public opinion, that's about as good as you are going to get from a politician who wants to remain in politics.

Frank Pulsford,
Aspley, Qld




























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