June 1st 2002

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Articles from this issue:

COVER STORY: Embryonic Research - Is government money funding private profit?

EDITORIAL: The Budget - time for new directions

BIOETHICS: Medical breakthrough: researchers turn skin cells into T-cells

CANBERRA: The fallacy behind the disability crackdown

Straws in the Wind: Voodoo dolls / Rodney Rude for a Logie?

HEALTH: No answer to party drugs: AMA

BANKS: Kiwibank has 150 branches in New Zealand

Rag Trade (letter)

SBS traduced (letter)

Boat people: another view (letter)

Trade hypocrisy (letter)

East Timor (letter)

Refugees? (letter)

UN Special Session on Children splits on abortion, sex education

DEMOGRAPHY: Budget ignores an ageing Australia

MEDIA: Sport - how media moguls play to win

CHILDREN'S BOOKS: 'What Should My Child Read?' by Susan Moore

BOOKS: 'Recollections of a Bleeding Heart: A portrait of Paul Keating' by Don Watson

BOOKS: 'Science, Money and Politics', by Daniel Greenberg

BOOKS: 'GERMAN BOY: A Child in War', by Wolfgang W.E. Samuel

OPINION: Dangers in cross-media monopolies

Books promotion page

Boat people: another view (letter)

by Guy Caruana

News Weekly, June 1, 2002

Dr Michael Barr (NW, May 18, 2002) challenged News Weekly to articulate a cohesive policy on refugees. To develop a position on anything, one starts by classifying the priorities, eliminating all illegal options.

In the April 20 issue, Dr Barr focused on the "children overboard" affair, even though the incident is a clear case where one can make "highly selective use of the known hard facts to give a false impression" ... to use his own words. For this reason, Dr I.C.F. Spry's reply (May 4) failed to satisfy him.

For my part, the most serious aspect of the new wave of "boat people" is that they are being brought here illegally by "people smugglers", as a hard fact.

Therefore, the Government is entitled to do whatever it deems necessary to destroy the smuggling networks.

Some adverse consequences will be inevitable: on the boats, in the water and on the land, but the evidence suggests that the networks are collapsing. So the Government is on the right track.

Moreover, I have not heard of any alternative proposal - so the Government can safely continue with its policy.

Now, we can blow the smoke-screens away and start thinking about our own preferred positions on refugees and asylum seekers.

Guy Caruana,
Camberwell, Vic

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