June 12th 2010


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COVER STORY: Financing of terrorism in Australia

EDITORIAL: BP scandal spreads beyond Gulf of Mexico

OPINION: Super-profits tax creates climate of uncertainty

FOREIGN AFFAIRS: Beijing thwarts sanctions against North Korea

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Rudd Government planned showdown with miners

FOREIGN TRADE: China slowdown spells trouble for Australia

PAID PARENTAL LEAVE: Rudd and Abbott overlook stay-at-home mothers

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH: The chilling reality of late-term abortion

ILLICIT DRUGS: Labor and Greens defeat DLP bid to ban bongs

GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS: Regulators crack down on speculation

OPINION: Time to reclaim Australian history

ENVIRONMENT: Al Gore's actions speak louder than words

GREAT BRITAIN: Who will rescue Britain from its present madness?

Economic illiteracy (letter)

Statistically insignificant (letter)

ALP branch-stacking (letter)

The truth and Kevin Rudd (letter)

AS THE WORLD TURNS: In praise of pessimism

BOOK REVIEW: THE WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN: The Global Battle Over God, Truth, and Power, by Melanie Phillips

BOOK REVIEW: WHAT'S WRONG WITH ANZAC? The Militarisation of Australian History, by Marilyn Lake and Henry Reynolds

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branch-stacking (letter)


by John Kavanagh

News Weekly, June 12, 2010
Sir,

The revelations of former ministerial staffer Mr Costas Socratous regarding ALP branch-stacking in the northern and western Melbourne suburbs confirm what many have previously suspected, namely that this practice is rife within the Victorian ALP.

His admissions confirm that we are being represented by people whose sole interest is one of self-interest.

Instead of ALP preselection ensuring that the interests of the electorate are well served, by ensuring that the best candidates are chosen, it simply relies on who has done the most effective branch-stacking.

It is therefore no wonder that we in Labor's heartland are being represented by such an unimpressive lot.

The message is a clear one. Victoria's current state Labor government is one that takes treats its constituency with utter contempt, and fortunately its days in power are numbered.

John Kavanagh,
Essendon, Vic.
(DLP lead candidate for Victoria's Northern Metropolitan Region)




























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