Ill-conceived war on drugs

Reading Gwynne Dyer’s article, "Police against drug prohibition make a case" (January 9,) I am reminded of a letter I sent to a local paper 18 years ago. The letter was in support of a Victoria Police chief superintendent who had called for…

No case to answer

Attorney-General Philip Ruddock declares that the Australian Government is pressing the Americans to try David Hicks as soon as possible. The big question is: why haven’t they tried him already? The answer is, of course, as Ruddock and Prime Minis…

Treaty flawed

The article on how relations between Australia and Indonesia may become strained over death penalty matters in 2007 (“Shadow of death looms in Indonesia”, December 30, p9) was very timely. It was an excellent summary of the problems that have arisen and…

Three wise monkeys

Those three wise monkeys, Messrs Howard, Downer and Ruddock, must have been delighted at the alerting and alarming headline ‘Nuclear plant target for stolen rocket launchers’ (SMH Jan 6-7). Such alarmist tirades provide support for their w…

Treaty flawed

The article on how relations between Australia and Indonesia may become strained over death penalty matters in 2007 (“Shadow of death looms in Indonesia”, December 30, p9) was very timely.
It was an excellent summary of the probl…

A ‘proper’ trial!

John Howard says because Saddam was given a “proper trial” we should all support his subsequent execution. Does he seriously think the travesty which took place in Baghdad was a proper trial?
So if we now follow his logic, the six members of the Bali N…

Shameful Saddam Legacy

The death sentence pronounced on Saddam Hussein by a dodgy judge appointed by a dodgy government propped up by a dodgy president who invaded Iraq on the flimsiest of false premises what a mockery of justice. What a shameful presidential legacy M.H. MacK…

Death penalty anger

The death penalty overturns that most basic of all human rights – the right to life. This does not change if the person involved is Saddam Hussein or Scott Rush, one of Australia’s forgotten ‘Bali 9’ on death row.
In the case of Saddam…