July 10th 2010

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NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Julia Gillard's long-term agenda

CANBERRA OBSERVED: No easy policy options for new PM Julia Gillard

Shuffling the deck-chairs leaves key issues unresolved

Feminist-backed push to disadvantage parentcare

HOUSING: Rampant divorce pricing young couples out of homes

GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS: Have we reached the end of the beginning?

LEGAL AFFAIRS: Move to centralise control of the legal profession

FOREIGN AFFAIRS: Beijing's softly, softly approach to Taiwan, Hong Kong

CHINA: China labour activism heralds profound change

EUROPEAN UNION: EU President admits people misled by euro project

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH: Suppressing the truth about maternal deaths

Meet the new family, digitally deluged

PARENTHOOD: No man will ever replace a real mum

Vietnam veterans (letter)

Tony Abbott and his faith (letter)

New states deserve support (letter)

AS THE WORLD TURNS: Who jails and tortures the most journalists on earth?; US Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan

BOOK REVIEW: A RAT IS A PIG IS A DOG IS A BOY: The Human Cost of the Animal Rights Movement, by Wesley J. Smith

BOOK REVIEW: WAR IN THE PACIFIC, 1941-1945, by Richard Overy

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Vietnam veterans (letter)

by Robert Bom

News Weekly, July 10, 2010

Now that Julia Gillard is Prime Minister, I back the call by Victorian state parliamentarian, Peter Kavanagh MLC (Democratic Labour Party), to have a National Sorry Day for Vietnam veterans.

The new Prime Minster is ideally placed to deliver an apology, as the left-wing Socialist Forum she joined was one of the groups most vocal during the previous conflict. Not content with their victory, these groups proceeded to pursue the Vietnam veterans after they came home.

To harass politicians is one thing; but to do so to our servicemen, who were mainly conscripted anyway, is a low act. No wonder many of the Vietnam veterans had repatriation and health problems.

For many of them, with their nerves at breaking point, facing a hostile public at home was the last straw. Hounded by hostile activists, abandoned by a fickle public, many of them felt like outcasts.

On behalf of her party and the nation, Prime Minister Gillard is the right person to give our veterans some closure and heal the wounds inflicted on them.

Robert Bom,
Rockhampton, Qld

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