June 12th 2010

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Articles from this issue:

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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The truth and Kevin Rudd (letter)

by Brian A Peachey

News Weekly, June 12, 2010

The vigorous interrogation of Tony Abbott by the ABC Red Cloud-Bull Terrier cross, Kerry O'Brien was designed to portray the federal Opposition leader as untruthful, when all that Abbott did was make a mistake (The 7:30 Report, ABC television, May 17, 2010).

I challenge O'Brien to do the same to Kevin Rudd's blatantly untruthful claim that, when his father died in 1969, his mother "was left to rely on the bleak charity of the time to raise a family" (from his maiden speech to Parliament in 1998) and that "they were evicted from the share farm and were forced to live in a car".

That will not happen because the truth is that Margaret Rudd and her son were not evicted. They were permitted to stay on the property for six months. During that time his mother received a widow's pension and gratefully accepted the Marist Brothers' generous offer to waive the fees for Kevin to board at the prestigious college at Ashgrove.

She returned to her former profession working as a nurse at Mater Hospital and purchased a house in Nambour using money from her husband's life insurance.

Brian A. Peachey,
Woodlands, WA

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