Australia has one of the highest youth suicide rates among the world’s developed nations, with 27.3 out of 100,000 Australian males aged 15 to 24 expected to kill themselves. In 1996, 2367 Australians killed themselves, and perhaps a quarter of
Although Australia is in many ways a thoroughly secular nation, it is interesting to note how biblical literacy comes to the fore when issues of morality and public office are raised. When a public figure is engulfed in a moral
There is a new shoot-em-up sci-fi thriller which has hit the big screen. Starship Troopers is another good guys (earthlings in the future) versus bad guys (giant nasty insects from outer space) film, great on special effects but low
The Senate Legal and Constitutional References Committee has released its “Inquiry into Sexuality Discrimination” report. This report follows from a number of oral and written submissions presented in 1996 to what was then known as the Spindler Bill. In 1995
The dilation and extraction method of abortion (D & X) is in the news after a Brisbane doctor proposed using the method in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. The medical doctor of Planned Parenthood Australia, Dr David Grundmann, is a proud proponent
In the brave new world of the 1990s, a number of emerging technological possibilities pose a threat to the family unit. The ability to ascertain various physical ailments in utero, and the ability to preselect the sex of the child
A recent survey found that 2.7 million (41 per cent) of Australia’s 6.6 million households had computers, with between a third and a half of these households hooked up to the Internet. In Victoria, every school is to be online
Many Australians are mystified and disturbed about the proliferation of pornographic, violent and obscene materials on television, in films and video, in magazines, in advertising etc. Many are also curious as to why our official censors and monitors seem to
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
At the moment the state of Victoria has relatively strong laws against drug possession and use, but various groups are attempting to change this. In 1995 there were about 16,000 drug offences in Victoria. About 11,000 were for cannabis, 2,600
Peter Singer is considered by many to be Australia’s leading ethicist. He is well known as an animal rights crusader. However, he holds some very cavalier views about humans. He is pro-abortion, pro-infanticide and pro-euthanasia.
According to the FBI, the pornography industry in America grosses $10 billion a year. Moreover, there are more outlets for hardcore pornography in America than there are McDonalds’ restaurants. That’s a pretty frightening figure, considering how ubiquitous McDonalds is.
In 1956 the Harvard sociologist Pitirim Sorokin wrote: “This sex revolution is as important as the most dramatic political or economic upheaval. It is changing the lives of men and women more radically than any other
The debate about homosexuality revolves around a number of crucial and controversial subjects: human sexuality and emotions, politics, religion, the family and relationships, questions of health, privacy and the social good.