February 20th 2010

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Articles from this issue:

COVER STORY: Lord Monckton interviewed on global warming and the ETS

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Kevin Rudd grows cooler on global warming

EDITORIAL: Obama: from euphoria to nightmare in 12 months …

CHINA: Three economic events that will change the world

FOREIGN DEBT: The unacknowledged elephant in the room

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Rudd and Henry politicise Intergenerational Report

OPINION: Can Abbott rescue Liberals from 'Ruddbullism'?

INTERNATIONAL POLITICS: In the global power shift, whither Australia?

MEDICAL ETHICS: Euthanasia laws - coming to a state near you

MEDICAL SCIENCE: Abortion laws: seeing what we kill

UNITED KINGDOM: Britain's lords vote for liberty

CIVIC VALUES: Consumerism's destructive impact on faith and family

TECHNOLOGY: Computers, TV and a shrinking attention span

Global conning (letter)

Fundamental cause of population shortfall (letter)

Julia Gillard vs. Tony Abbott (letter)

AS THE WORLD TURNS: Christian teacher forced out over Muslim pupil misbehaviour; Adult-child cultural reversal; Decline of the stiff upper lip

BOOK REVIEW: DIVERSITY: The Invention of a Concept, by Peter Wood

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Julia Gillard vs. Tony Abbott (letter)

by Margaret Menzel

News Weekly, February 20, 2010

After the dust settles from the onslaught of Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard's attacks on Opposition leader Tony Abbott's advice to his daughters, one is forced to concede that her comments may have confirmed my "worst fears" about her, rather than about Mr Abbott.

I agree with Queensland Senator George Brandis's support for Tony Abbott's comments. Mr Abbott's advice was timely for this generation - and good advice for every generation!

Amazingly, Mr Abbott is being verbally accosted for giving sound advice to his daughters about valuing themselves and not selling themselves short. What then would Ms Gillard advise this generation of young women? Should I be afraid to ask?

Ms Gillard, rather than speaking up for women in today's society, has trivialised young women's self-worth, their adolescent vulnerability and the role of family, parents and, more particularly, fathers, in guiding and protecting those within their care and responsibility.

It is little wonder that families are seeing so little support for traditional family values from government policy-makers. Apparently, it is anathema to some of them to consider that such values have any place in our society.

Margaret Menzel,
Ayr, Qld

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