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Wentworth website ()

Excellent site for people in Wentworth.

www.turnbull-last.com

A correction for Harry (Phil Robins)

Dear Margo

Read your book with zest. If there are later editions, please correct Harry Heidelberg (Page 365) where he says Murdoch started at the Advertiser in Adelaide. It was of course at The News in Adelaide.

Best wishes
Phil Robins

Australians must grasp a broader vision than the hip pocket. (Lindsay David Hope)

Thank you Margo for your stimulating book.

I read it on my plane trips from Queensland to visit and care for my ailing 90 year old Dad on the Blue mts NSW. He served in the Middle East and on the Kokoda Trail and understands the futility of war. He is not impressed with Howard's Australia or our involvement in Iraq, a war that will never be won.

I grew up running free on the Blue Mts and later spent 7 years working in Tasmania, climbing mountains and joining with thousands of others to attempt to save Lake Pedder.

Having now lived and worked as a Land Surveyor in Queensland for 30 years my vote has gone to John's team a few times. No more! I just hope that Australians will think long and hard about the big and honest picture and not be swayed this time by a few extra dollars from John.

My vote will be 1 The Greens for our fragile environment, compassion, community and anti war.

NHJ juggernaut rolls on ()

Election day is looming and NHJ was greeted last weekend with the re-emergence of our book on the Top 10 Non-Fiction best-seller list. In bookshops in Melbourne and Sydney, NHJ is still kicking goals.

AUGUST RESULTS

Number 5 @ Readings in Melbourne

Number 1 @ Gleebooks in Sydney

Number 3, Non-fiction @ Abbey's in Sydney

Number 7 (all books) @ Better Read than Dead in Sydney

COUNTERSPIN ()

I'll be running an election blog for the Sydney Morning Herald and Age newspapers for the duration of the election campaign. It's called Counterspin.

The aim is to get behind the news, analyse media coverage and debunk the inherent biases in reporting.

Get on board.

Post Sept 11th New York as you've never seen it ! through the eyes of an Australian woman. (David Hawkins)

Last Night in New York, Kabarett Voltaire. By John Shand September 7, 2004 ? Ground Zero ... Wednesday Kennedy talks the walk. Seymour Centre, September 4 Aeroplanes flying into skyscrapers. Images of everlasting horror. The impossible made real, and the world changed forever. The attacks of September 11, 2001, touched us all, even here, 22 nervous flying hours from the epicentre. After the twin towers of the World Trade Centre were reduced to rubble, the public response was left to George Bush and his cronies in America and around the world. Talk about compounding a tragedy. The exception was the performance poet and actress Wednesday Kennedy. Originally a Sydneysider, Kennedy happened to be in New York that day, and for the next month she filmed, recorded and interviewed her way into the heart of the trauma. The results have been edited and interspersed with her delivery of a live, spoken-word component - part poetry, part reportage - for a package running about 50 minutes.

Column 8 pays some strange tribute ()

Check it out

It's the one two from the bottom.

Also, according to NHJ!er Peter Jull, Arena magazine (no 72, page 79) has a piece answering Margo's section on NGOs. I can't find a link but check it out if you get a chance.

Where can we put our money? ()

I've had a couple of people very generously offer money. The fact is, we have none and don't really want any just now. We don't have a bank account.

But money is important, and for those with the itch to put some dough into beating Howard, there's plenty of options. John Valder is taking donations for his unique campaign to unseat Howard in Bennalong. All candidates need money so if you think your local is a good'n and has a chance of making an impact, send 'em a cheque.

Robin Rothfield, convenor of http://www.defeathoward.com has given us details of another philanthropic option. They are raising money to buy newspaper advertising in marginal seats with a view to toppling the Howard candidates.

Cheques to:-
Support Humane Policies Campaign Inc
Attention: Robin Rothfield
PO Box 35
FAIRFIELD VIC 3078

Or pay Commonwealth Bank account 063130 10237850, named 'Supp

a new bumper sticker (Paul Laris)

Its my party and I'll lie if I want to!' (The Rodent)

The Root of All Evil ()

An enoromous amount of money will be spent on this election by all parties on advertising and promotion, and sick though it is, it will make a difference.

The Greens have just launched an extremely informative website, www.democracy4sale.org, using AEC information collected since 1999, detailing where the parties are getting their big donations. Thank God for some disclosure rules. It doesn't make corporate donations any less a perversion of democracy, but at least we can see who's doing the perverting. Thanks to Emily in the seat of Page for this link.

Some of our correspondents have generously offered us money - no big corporations unfortunately. We don't want any money and have no way to receive it.

But there is plenty that concerned citizens can do with their extra drachmas, and private donations are the single biggest source of funding for small parties and independents. They need you, so put some thought

Immensely Disappointing (Glenn Meeves)

Practically hysterical and immensely irrational. Pages and pages of biased opinion without facts to support them. And when the facts do appear, not in context, no analysis, no balance, just more one-sided assertions. Counter agruments are never considered - no bigger view or perspective.

This book gives an immense boost to the right because it shows a left incapable of engaging in debate, but obsessing on details. Take 'the party'. 12 pages of rant before the party list. 6 out of approx 70 donated to the Liberals: irrational conclusion - you have to donate to attend. The problem - no 'novelist, painter actor dancer' present - no carpenter, plumber, electrician, haridresser, butcher or funeral director either - but they apparently don't need representation, just the left elite.

If this is the best that can be done in criticism, then John Howard is safe for another 50 years.

Oh What A Tangled Web John Has Weaved, When He Practiced To Deceive (Kate Josephson)

Let's work together for a country we can be proud of again.

Kate

There's no such thing as an illegal child! (Graham Macafee)

My desire to see Prime Minister Howard driven from office has more to do with an instinctive gut reaction than any high-powered analysis.

What I cannot stomach about the man is he kidnaps women and children and uses their pain for political gain.

As the Senate enquiry into institutionalised child abuse reveals, there's a nasty streak in some Australians that access to power makes ten times worse.

trust is every thing in a prime minister (LORRAINE SLUYTERS)

Dear Margo and others, I was really struck by this morning's poll.

26 percent said they DID NOT trust Howard. But he was still the prefered prime minister. What does this tell you about the australian people?

WHY WOULD YOU HAVE A PREFERED PRIME MINISTER YOU COULD NOT TRUST?

Makes no sense. What a contradiction!

Where can we put our money? ()

I've had a couple of people very generously offer money. The fact is, we have none and don't really want any just now. We don't have a bank account.

But money is important, and for those with the itch to put some dough into beating Howard, there's plenty of options. John Valder is taking donations for his unique campaign to unseat Howard in Bennalong. All candidates need money so if you think your local is a good'n and has a chance of making an impact, send 'em a cheque.

Robin Rothfield, convenor of www.defeathoward.com has given us details of another philanthropic option. They are raising money to buy newspaper advertising in marginal seats with a view to toppling the Howard candidates.

Cheques to:
Support Humane Policies Campaign Inc
Attention: Robin Rothfield
PO Box 35
FAIRFIELD VIC 3078

Or pay Commonwealth Bank account 063130 10237850, named 'Support Humane Policies Campaign Inc', branch: Fairfie

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