December 14th 2002

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Articles from this issue:

COVER STORY: Why the Liberals were wiped out in Victoria

CANBERRA OBSERVED: First strike? With what?

VICTORIAN ELECTION: Cause of Liberals' decimation clear

Higher costs force up cover price of News Weekly

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Physician heal thyself

The panacea of free trade (letter)

Free trade: myth and reality (letter)

HOUSING: A solution to young home-buyers' nightmare

Universities: quantity replaces quality (letter)

Medicare (letter)

Ignored Australians (letter)

ECONOMICS: Just how real are Japan's money woes?

COMMENT: The cause one dares not criticise

SUGAR: Sugar cane farmers rally to unite industry

MEDIA: Counting the cost of the Pay TV war

HISTORY: Revisiting the Dismissal

ASIA: Taiwan Strait's delicate military balance

BOOKS: Dry: In Defence of Economic Freedom, by John Hyde

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Ignored Australians (letter)

by Alan Barron

News Weekly, December 14, 2002

Congratulations to Mr Bracks and the Labor Party for a stunning electoral triumph.

In his victory speech, Mr Bracks said he would 'govern for all Victorians'. Labor has policies for people in the city, and people in the country. It has policies for public transport users and the development of freeways and by-passes. It has policies to appease unionists and developers alike.

In addition there are policies for those with green sympathies and those who like sustainable development, not to mention polices on multi-culturalism, gay rights, harm minimisation, and women.

But alas, there are no policies for men. So Mr Bracks is going to govern for everyone - except the male half of the population.

Labor continues to pamper to elistist groups like the women's lobby by committing itself to policies like 40 per cent of winnable seats must go to women by 2012. This must mean more bureaucratic interference in local pre-selection processes to enforce the 40 per cent rule.

I would suggest that come next election, unless Labor curbs the influence of pressure groups like the women's lobby, it will run the risk of alienating many within the community - especially the male half. It will soon find that its handsome majority will dwindle away to nothing at all.

Mr Bracks must have a conscious effort to incorporate men's rights and issues into his political agenda if he is to 'govern for all Victorians'.

Alan Barron

Geelong, Vic

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