March 10th 2018

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COVER STORY Family home in cities soaring further out of reach

EDITORIAL Australia: sleepwalking towards the precipice

CANBERRA OBSERVED Population debate needs development debate

NATIONAL AFFAIRS We need a development bank and a higher population

FOREIGN AFFAIRS Russians were spoilers: U.S. election rap sheet

NATIONAL AFFAIRS Bob Santamaria and free trade agreements

LAW AND FREEDOM Exemptions are far cry from protection of religious freedom

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS China v Professor Brady: intimidation or coincidence?

POLITICS AND SOCIETY Defending biological man and woman from transgenderism

SOUTH AUSTRALIA Swing to minor parties expected in SA poll

ASIA Burma: ignored and misunderstood

HISTORY The improbability of progress

MUSIC Playing the pitch: being in tune is a sometime thing

CINEMA Wonder: Our deeds are our monuments

BOOK REVIEW Exploring our own recent archives

BOOK REVIEW Rising in a society fractured at heart

BOOK REVIEW A dubious thesis but deserves a read

NEWS Pat Byrne elected new NCC president

NATIONAL AFFAIRS Liberals return for second term in Hobart

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Pat Byrne elected new NCC president

by Peter Westmore

News Weekly, March 10, 2018

With the retirement of Peter Westmore at the NCC’s recent National Conference, Pat Byrne was elected unanimously as National President of the National Civic Council.

NCC president Pat Byrne

Peter Westmore announced his retirement to the conference, after holding the position for the past 20 years, since the death of NCC founder B.A. “Bob” Santamaria. He made clear that he intended to continue to be involved in the organisation in whatever capacity the new leadership wanted. He will remain publisher of News Weekly.

Pat Byrne, a graduate in Arts, majoring in Economics, from the University of Queensland, has been actively involved with the Movement since his university days, when he was involved in the “campus wars” of the late 1970s and 1980s.

He worked for some years in the Brisbane office of the NCC before moving to Melbourne in the 1990s. He has been national vice-president of the NCC since 2005.

Pat has played a key role in policy development and organisation, particularly on issues like national water policy, the future of the Murray-Darling Basin, the sugar industry, trade and industry policy (including the creation of a national development bank, based on the Commonwealth Development Bank model). He has made an extraordinary contribution to the public debate around all these issues.

While maintaining his activities in these fields, in recent times, he was heavily involved in the campaign to defend marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and has worked to develop a coherent response to the push to embed gender ideology in state and federal legislation.

Peter Westmore is publisher of News Weekly.

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