“It is children’s right to be children, to enjoy the pleasures of a childhood. . . . In the end, a childhood is the most basic human right of children.” So wrote David Elkind in his important 1981 book, The
Several recent newspaper articles underscore the intellectual confusion that is so rampant in our society. Writing in the Melbourne Herald Sun, for example, a staff writer, Ms Helen Elliott, offered an article entitled, “Men who die of shame”. One
As one who has grown up in, and been a part of, the counter-culture of the 60’s and 70’s, I want to examine the way it has radically redefined the shape and character of modern society. It is my conviction
A federal Private Member’s Bill to be introduced soon by the Australian Democrats prohibiting discrimination on the grounds of sexuality is said to urge that all exemptions for church groups and religious schools be dropped.
Some 800 sexologists were asked at a recent world congress whether they would rely on a condom for protection if they had available the partner of their dreams and knew the person carried HIV. After a long delay, one hand
The Australian Education Union has just proposed that AIDS and sex education classes become compulsory from the earliest years of primary school. It wants homosexuality to be taught in a “positive” fashion as well. The AEU claims that children’s rights
A new Federal Government-sponsored pamphlet on how to talk to children about AIDS has been released by Family Planning Victoria. The pamphlet is titled, Talking to Kids about AIDS: For Parents and Caregivers of Children Under 10 Years.
Most of us are aware of the tragic civil wars taking place in countries like the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. These conflicts have split apart whole nations, and have resulted in much needless death and destruction. In countries like Australia
It cannot be denied that Martina Navratilova is a great tennis player. But can she be as successful at motherhood? The tennis star and up-front lesbian has recently declared that she would like to be a mother. The desire for
American President Bill Clinton is currently charged with a sexual harassment suit by a 27-year-old Arkansas woman. Ms Paula Jones claims that in May 1991, then-Governor Clinton made sexual advances to her while attending a conference. The
The appointment of Mrs Marie Coleman as Acting Director of the Institute of Family Studies furnishes an eloquent illustration of the kind of Institute the Federal Government is promoting. Long-time feminist Senator Rosemary Crowley, the Government Minister for the Family,
Forgive me for being recalcitrant, but the Prime Minister’s Launch of the International Year of the Family on 6 December was at best, a complete non-event; at worst, it was a pitiful display of a government selling its soul to
Several weeks ago U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle caused a minor uproar concerning comments he made about television character Murphy Brown’s out-of-wedlock birth. The liberal-left establishment went ballistic, accusing Quayle of, at best, making a “gaffe”, and at