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Parents in Crisis

Jan 28, 2004

Mark Latham is partly right: there is a parenting crisis, but not exactly of the sort he envisages. Yes, children do seem to be more unruly and parenting is becoming more difficult and demanding, but a large part of the

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Marriage Wars Continue

Nov 20, 2003

On Tuesday November 18 another scene from the culture wars was played out. The top court in the US state of Massachusetts declared that a ban on same-sex marriage was discriminatory. In a 4-3 decision the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

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Clear Thinking on Equal Rights and Discrimination

Nov 9, 2003

Australian comedian and television personality Julie McCrossin gave an address to the Sydney Institute in July of 1999. Entitled, “Always a Bridesmaid, Never a Bride: Recognising Same Sex Relationships,” she spoke of how she and her lesbian partner were denied

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Homosexual Marriage: What is at Stake?

Sep 26, 2003

Perhaps the most disconcerting item on the gay agenda is the desire to equate same-sex relationships with normal marriage and family life. In this the gay lobby has been quite successful. For example, during the International Year of the Family,

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Quick Facts on Marriage

Sep 20, 2003

We live in an age where common sense has deserted us and old truths need to be restated. This paper looks at some home truths about marriage.

*  Almost every culture throughout human history has had a recognizable form

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An Assessment of A Better Future for our Kids

Jun 6, 2003

In late May the Federal Labor spokeswoman on children and youth, Nicola Roxon, introduced a child protection Bill into Parliament. The Bill, entitled A Better Future for our Kids, proposes the establishment of a Children’s Commission and a Children’s

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Children Need Parents, Not Bureaucrats

May 1, 2003

The Federal Labor spokeswoman on children and youth, Nicola Roxon, has called for the establishment of a children’s rights body. In her Herald Sun article (May 26) she mentions a Bill she has introduced into Parliament calling for the establishment

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Real Help for Mothers

Apr 8, 2003

Very early this year the Federal Government announced a proposal to spend $39 million on job training skills for stay-at-home parents – mostly middle-aged mothers – to help them make the needed adjustments to get back into the workforce. The

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The Crisis in Motherhood

Apr 8, 2003

Mothers may be nearing extinction. Not only is motherhood ridiculed in popular culture, and often ignored by our politicians, but mothers themselves are becoming more and more rare. Consider some recent Australian figures.

In 2001 the crude marriage rate of

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Questionable Legal Advice for Young People

Feb 21, 2003

A new taxpayer-funded booklet put out by the Victorian Government for young people has attracted widespread criticism. The 62-page booklet, entitled Am I Old Enough?, is meant to be a guidebook on the law for Victorian young people. Over 225,000

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The Family: Worth Standing Up For

Jan 15, 2003

The family is the first and most important institution created by God. It precedes the state and all other divinely ordained institutions. Because of its central importance in the divine scheme, it is no wonder that it should be under

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Time For a Rethink on the AIFS

Dec 4, 2002

The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS), which was established as part of the Family Law Act 1975, began operations in 1980. It was meant, according to its original charter, to “promote marital and family stability,” among other things. Indeed,

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