June 10th 2006

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Articles from this issue:

EDITORIAL: Timor crisis - Alkatiri's murky role

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Will Snowy Hydro sale create Australia's Enron?

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Merger no answer to declining Nationals vote

ENERGY CRISIS: How to make Australia energy self-sufficient

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: Ex-Family Court judge defends gay 'marriage'

WESTERN AUSTRALIA: The self-inflicted wounds of Premier Carpenter

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Once more unto the breach / Leaders designed by the oligarchs / Justice ... for whom? / Rules of engagement

CULTURE AND CIVILISATION: Should we be ashamed of Western civilisation?

SCHOOLS: English grammar 'obsolete and irrelevant'

SEX EDUCATION: Islamic schools reject "safe sex" message

BRITAIN: Soaring oil prices push UK to go nuclear

MIDDLE EAST: Terrorism works

Misguided depiction of mental illness (letter)

Reply to Senator Webber (letter)

Anti-religious education (letter)

Minchin wrong on Snowy Hydro Scheme (letter)

HISTORY AND LITERATURE: Drama set in occupied Europe

COMRADE ROBERTS: Recollections of a Trotskyite, by Kenneth Gee QC

DEFIANT BIRTH: Women Who Resist Medical Eugenics, by Melinda Tankard Reist

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Minchin wrong on Snowy Hydro Scheme (letter)

by Robert Ettery

News Weekly, June 10, 2006

I think federal Finance Minister, Senator Nick Minchin, has got it all wrong, again. The fact is that the Snowy Hydro Scheme is not predominantly a "power generator", as he stated on the ABC (May 25, 2006).

The Snowy Hydro Scheme was thought up and built by great visionary men of infinite knowledge and courage to harvest the water-rich reserves of the Snowy Mountains so that these precious waters could be channelled down to the parched irrigation areas to the west of the Snowy Mountains, rather than being "agriculturally wasted" in their normal flows going to the east and out into the sea.

The power generators at Tumut 1, 2 and 3 were thus installed to generate electricity to therefore generate revenue to pay for what was a hugely expensive but vital piece of infrastructure.

To glibly dismiss the whole Snowy Hydro Scheme as just a "power generator" is just showing the world one's ignorance of the facts.

The Snowy Hydro Scheme is an important cog in the agricultural industry of both New South Wales and Victoria, and this is where the debate should be focusing, not on the unintelligent ramblings of people in Canberra.

Robert Ettery,
Mirboo North, Vic.

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