CultureWatch

Bill Muehlenberg's commentary on issues of the day...

Families Penalised Again

Nov 26, 1995

Tasmanian Independent Senator Brian Harradine has revealed that more than 107,000 families will lose up to $741 per year under a Government budget decision.

Family Minister Rosemary Crowley admitted in question time that families may lose anywhere from $64 to

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Do We Need a Special Children’s Rights Body?

Nov 1, 1995

The West Australian Labor Opposition has called for the establishment of a children’s rights body. Various elements have been proposed, including a children’s advocate, a children’s charter, a children’s commissioner, and a children’s council. The Opposition said it would establish

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Australia Urged To Treat Families the Swedish Way

Jul 28, 1995

Australia has been asked to respond to a United Nations program, the World Declaration on the Survival, Protection and Development of Children. Called the Program of Action, Australia’s response is to be developed from three sources: Federal Government ministries; States

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Sexualising Our Teens

Feb 8, 1995

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

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Young Mums Want to Stay Home

Dec 6, 1994

A new survey put out by the Australian National University has found that the majority of Australians prefer that mothers with young children stay home.

The survey, conducted by the International Social Science Survey, found that 65 per cent

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Blurring the AIDS Message

Aug 30, 1994

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.

The

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Television and Families

Jul 28, 1994

Not long ago the Pope came out with an attack on television, claiming that it was anti-family and undermined traditional values. Critics quickly responded saying the Pope was ignorant and out of touch. One newspaper editorial even claimed that if

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Lesbian mums

Jul 4, 1994

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

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Family Realities

Jul 2, 1994

The Federal Government’s decision to include homosexual couples in its definition of family makes two things quite clear: it is especially eager to cater to minority groups while ignoring the needs and interests of mainstream Australians; and it has proven

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The New Familism

Jun 8, 1994

A new social movement in America is advocating some very sensible policy proposals while arguing for pro-family values.

The communitarian movement, as it is called, is made up with those who believe that neither the market alone, nor the state

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Family: The Heart of the Matter?

Apr 15, 1994

The International Year of the Family Council has launched its first discussion paper entitled “The Heart of the Matter: Families at the Centre of Public Policies.” The paper is the first stage of a consultative process that will culminate in

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Institute of Feminist Studies?

Apr 11, 1994

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,

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The Year of the Family Fiasco

Apr 2, 1994

With one quarter of the International Year of the Family already passed, an assessment of how it has thus far progressed seems in order. In a nutshell, if the first 90 days are anything to go by, the Year is

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The Divorce Revolution

Mar 3, 1994

California, for those who know anything about that famous American state, is regarded by many as a land of fruits and nuts. All things weird and wonderful seem to originate in California. The liberalization of divorce laws also began in

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The Family Vote

Feb 23, 1994

As the Federal election nears, both major parties are claiming to be the champion of the “battlers”. Of more importance is whether either party will do something for struggling families, the real battlers. After thirteen years in office, the Labor

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