February 23rd 2002


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COVER STORY: New Zealand's Economic U-Turn

Reality finally bites Democrats' leader

Family First rises, Democrats fall, in South Australia poll

2002 NCC National Conference - Building the Movement

Straws in the Wind: Andersen's Fairy Tales / Flying / Out of Africa

New Zealand to vote on new Constitution?

Bioethics: Cloning concerns must be addressed

Letters: "Booming" economy?

Letters: Politics to blame

Letters: Hot air

Letters: True ALP position

Media: Cross-media ownership laws / Negative coverage?

United States: Is the terrorist threat being politicised?

Economics: Privatisation - essential component of globalisation

Law: Abortion link to breast cancer victory

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Letters: True ALP position


by Frank Bellet

News Weekly, February 23, 2002

Sir,

Simon Crean’s "softening" of Labor’s stance on illegal migrants will confirm the belief in the electorate that the ALP was half-hearted about its me-too approach on this matter, going into the last federal election.

The luke-warm applause for Kim Beazley on this subject, in his policy speech, would not have gone unnoticed by voters and subsequent statements by senior parliamentary representatives, such as Carmen Lawrence, would reinforce the belief that, once elected, Labor would have reversed the policy.

Governments or Oppositions don’t win elections - they lose them, and this doubt about Labor helped lose the election for them.

Frank Bellet,
Petrie, Qld




























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