October 2nd 2010

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Articles from this issue:

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: The DLP returns to Canberra

EDITORIAL: Greens unveil their social agenda

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Divisions within the Greens begin to emerge

THE GREENS: Peter Singer and the party of death

DIVORCE LAW: The continuing war on marriage and fatherhood

CLIMATE CHANGE: Queensland data challenges rising sea-level claims

GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS: Has the United States finally run out of tricks?

INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM: A plot that wasn't and a plot that could have been

CHINA: Eighty-three million communist bludgers

UNITED NATIONS: Pro-life voices heard at Melbourne UN conference

ALP-Greens unity ticket (letter)

Voting fraud (letter)

Blaming the free market (letter)

AS THE WORLD TURNS: Greatest mass murderer in history / US college offers zombie studies / Education as indoctrination / Excluded from extracurriculars

BOOK REVIEW: HITLER STRIKES POLAND: Blitzkrieg, Ideology, and Atrocity, by Alexander B. Rossino

BOOK REVIEW: YOU CAN STILL TRUST THE COMMUNISTS ... To Be Communists (Socialists and Progressives too), by Fred Schwarz and David Noebel

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ALP-Greens unity ticket (letter)

by John Barich

News Weekly, October 2, 2010

The Gillard/Bob Brown electoral deal, whereby there was a direct swap of preferences between the Australian Labor Party and the left-wing Greens Party, was the beginning of a unity ticket reminiscent of the ALP-affiliated left-wing unions and the communists in the 1950s and '60s.

The deal reached its apex after the election when Gillard agreed to give Greens Senator Bob Brown the right to weekly consultations in exchange for Greens MP-elect Adam Bandt's single miserly vote in the House of Representatives - although at that stage even one ineffective vote must have helped sway the Green-leaning Tasmanian independent Andrew Wilkie and the two maverick independents from NSW.

The Greens' support for Labor in the Senate does not become effective until July 1, 2011, as the Coalition, plus either Senators Steve Fielding or Nick Xenophon, can vote down legislation until then. So, from now until June 30, 2011, the Senate can still save Australia from such excesses as a badly-targeted mining profits tax, same-sex marriage and euthanasia in the Northern Territory.

The election of a Democratic Labor Party (DLP) Senator John Madigan - in the ALP heartland of Victoria (if the Coalition had not lost two seats in Victoria, they would have had, with Queensland's Bob Katter, the magical 76 seats they needed to form government) - gives hope for some effective resistance to Gillard.

John Barich,
Claremont, WA

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