September 18th 2010


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EDITORIAL: Gillard sweeps Greens into power

CANBERRA OBSERVED: One outside shock could topple Gillard Government

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: The Green menace we must mobilise against

WATER: A solution to the Murray-Darling Basin crisis

WESTERN AUSTRALIA: Why WA will acquire land for Browse Basin gas project

OPINION: Absentee voting an open door to fraud

CHINA: It's capitalism, but not as we know it

FOREIGN AFFAIRS: China's military build-up threatens Taiwan

OPINION: Australia: no place for sharia law

CULTURE: Pathology as entertainment

UNITED NATIONS I: UN conference downunder sidesteps controversy

UNITED NATIONS II: A farce: the UN's World Youth Conference

ENVIRONMENT: Radical environmentalists inspired US eco-terrorist

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'Our' new government (letter)

Actors or actresses? (letter)

AS THE WORLD TURNS: US government funds mosques abroad / America's dying constitution / US consumers will drag us back into recession / Economic defeatism taking hold

BOOK REVIEW: DIRECT DEMOCRACY IN SWITZERLAND, by Gregory A. Fossedal

BOOK REVIEW: THE KINDLY ONES: A Novel, by Jonathan Littell

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Army Reserve numbers (letter)


by Tom King

News Weekly, September 18, 2010
Sir,

The recent federal election campaign has confirmed that none of the three prominent contenders, who were seeking to administer Australia's security and future, were interested in or informed about matters of defence, beyond exploiting the media opportunities that are present when a serviceman's death is a consequence of duty.

Ken Aldred's article, "Govt spending puts Army Reserve at risk" (News Weekly, June 26, 2010), reported a number of alarming developments which have impacted adversely not only on our reserve army but also on our permanent army.

Australia needs representatives of the calibre of Ken Aldred and the late Jim Killen, who saw 7,000 army reservists recruited during his 1981 administration, bringing the Army Reserve strength to 29,822.

Tom King,
Bray Park, Qld




























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