January 27th 2001

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Articles from this issue:

Cover Story: What George W. Bush will mean for Australia

Editorial: Defence - "hype" and reality

Canberra Observed: The year of the elections

Victoria: Liberals in trouble - independent MP

Women: Different work patterns require a variety of policies

Straws in the Wind

Documentation: Globalism has slowed world economy

The Media

Letter: Australian Democrats leader replies

Immigration: The end of the White Australia Policy

Comment: Small business - not whingers, just forgotten

As the World Turns

Philosophy: Peter Singer - Jekyll and Hyde

Economics: Economic doubters multiply in USA

Books: 'The Gifts of the Jews: How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels', by Thomas Cahill

Books: 'HITLER 1936-1945: Nemesis', by Ian Kershaw

Letter: Selective indignation

Letter: Major parties are different

Books promotion page

Letter: Selective indignation

by Frank Bellet

News Weekly, January 27, 2001


Some political commentators, along with many other scribes in the media, are continuing to question the legitimacy of George W. Bush's presidency because Al Gore won the "popular" vote and because some votes weren't counted in Florida (and I expect throughout the nation).

American Presidents have always been elected by the Electoral College system and not the popular vote. Some votes weren't counted because an "unbiased" machine deemed them to be informal.

In Australia we have preferential voting. I'd be surprised if commentators and other critics went in to bat on behalf of One Nation, for lack of representation in Parliament, even though they poll more votes than the Australian Democrats and the Nationals.

Frank Bellet,
Petrie, Qld

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