February 19th 2011

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CANBERRA OBSERVED: Julia Gillard's fragile grip on power

EDITORIAL: Why utility prices are going through the roof

HOUSING: Australia has the least affordable housing

MIDDLE EAST I: Arab turmoil to change Middle East power balance

MIDDLE EAST II: Obama learns nothing from Bush's Middle East failures

UNITED STATES I: Obama's State of the Union address

UNITED STATES II: Tirade of calumny directed at Sarah Palin

UNITED STATES III: Ronald Reagan remembered

HIGHER EDUCATION: The rise of the entrepreneurial university

CLIMATE CHANGE: New research rebuts man-made global warming

EUTHANASIA: Ageism on the increase in Amsterdam

OPINION: Australia's identity with the Christian West

OPINION: Farmers' livelihoods under attack

WikiLeaks 1 (letter)

WikiLeaks 2 (letter)

La Niña, not CO2 (letter)

Government's insult to home mothers (letter)

Feminists on stamps (letter)

AS THE WORLD TURNS: More British Christians converting to Islam / Commonwealth Chief Rabbi rejects multiculturalism / US teenage pregnancies / The Muslim Brotherhood

BOOK REVIEW: UNPLANNED, by Abby Johnson with Cindy Lambert

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WikiLeaks 1 (letter)

by Dr Christopher J. Ward

News Weekly, February 19, 2011

I notice that News Weekly (December 25, 2010) published a letter by the distinguished Australian academic Dr Philip Ayres in which he expressed his support for Julian Assange, the Australian citizen now in the UK, who is allegedly behind the WikiLeaks affair.

I'm not sure what Dr Ayres' motives are, but it puts him in the elite company of such worthies as UK-based Australian legal windbag Geoffrey Robertson QC, Australian-born truth-bender John Pilger, the American anarchist Noam Chomsky, docudrama-maker Michael Moore and none other than David Hicks, to name but a few.

Quite clearly, Dr Ayres could have chosen better company.

However, I was more impressed by the words of another notable Australian and former parliamentarian, Peter Coleman, writing in the Australian edition of The Spectator (December 19, 2010).

He said: "Laurie Oakes says any journalist worth his salt will break stories based on stolen leaks.

"Really? Are there no limits? Should a journalist earn his salt by helping terrorists kill informants? By giving them lists of concealed centres essential to national security? By undermining crucial diplomatic negotiations?"

The right of government to act in the national interest, without having details splashed across the pages of the popular press, is undeniable - or have we reached the stage where nothing can be ruled to be withheld in the national interest?

Dr Christopher J. Ward,
Howrah, Tas.

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