January 27th 2001


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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

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Letter: Major parties are different


by Chris Baker MLA

News Weekly, January 27, 2001

Sir,

I was impressed with the well-balanced contribution in your December 2000 edition by Mr Richard Egan concerning the forthcoming WA elections.

The key differences between the Coalition and the Labor Party's Social and law and order policies at the next State Election in Western Australia are very stark indeed.

The Labor Party has sought to overcome community concerns about crime by redefining certain crimes and removing them from the Statutes Book e.g.: possession / use and cultivation of cannabis, possession and use of heroin and shooting galleries; and reducing the age of consent to 16 for male homosexuals thereby permitting male paedophilia.

In terms of Social Policy, if elected, the Labor Party will again embark upon a very risky social experiment which will no doubt make further attacks upon the family unit, the rights of parents to properly care for and appropriately discipline their children, and the further normalisation of various existing forms of antisocial and criminal behaviour.

On Social Policy alone - the Coalition Party's and the Labor Opposition are poles apart.

I am very concerned at the further social harms that will be caused to the West Australian community should the WA Labor Party be given yet another opportunity to conduct social experiments on our people, families and youth.

Chris Baker MLA,
Joondalup, WA




























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