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Heated IVF Debate

Aug 15, 2000

A fiery debate about allowing IVF access to singles and lesbians was aired on the Nine Network’s Sixty Minutes on Sunday August 13. What went on behind the scenes was as interesting as what was finally aired.

When called a

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Redefining the Family Out Of Existence

Aug 11, 2000

Given the overwhelming community rejection of calls to allow singles and lesbians to have access to IVF, the supporters of such a move have resorted to statistical sleight of hand to make their case. The argument now being put forward

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The Decline and Fall of Liberalism

Aug 2, 2000

In the last few months they have come out in favour of legalising drugs, X-rated videos, surrogacy and euthanasia. They have recently called for accepting homosexuals as “family”. The International Socialists? Far-left Labour politicians? No: the Young Liberals.

What is

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Unrestricted IVF: Who Protects the Child?

Jul 23, 2000

The Infertility Treatment Authority recently put on a one-day public seminar in Melbourne entitled “The Welfare and Interests of Persons Born as a Result of Assisted Reproduction”. A number of speakers involved in or associated with the IVF industry were

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Christian Compassion and Injecting Rooms

Jul 19, 2000

There has been a lot of debate lately about the issue of heroin injecting rooms. Voices from all sides are being heard on the issue, and the controversy often sheds more heat than light.  The Christian community has also

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Follow the Swedish Model

Jul 15, 2000

In June over 200 people gathered in Sydney’s Parliament House for Drug Summit 2000. Organised by Major Brian Watters of the Salvation Army, Jill Pearman of Drug Watch, and Rev Fred Nile MLC, the three-day summit brought together experts in

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A Challenge to the ACC

Jun 12, 2000

Christians both within and without the Australian Christian Churches are excited and encouraged about the formation of the ACC. As one who writes from outside the ACC, I share in the anticipation of what God can do in and through

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Child Care Follies

May 29, 2000

Commonsense seems to count for little these days. Instead, an army of “experts” are telling us how to best run our lives. Consider the following: Staff at day care centres do a much better job of minding young children than

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Families May Suffer Under GST

May 6, 2000

The Federal Government has admitted that some families may be worse off under the new tax system which comes into effect on July 1. Changes to eligibility rules for the parenting payment – worth up to $67 a fortnight –

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Abortion Wars

Apr 26, 2000

The war over abortion is far from over. Indeed, three recent events have sparked a new battle in the conflict over abortion. The main cause of the renewed hostilities is the publication of a book containing stories of post-abortion grief.

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Random Drug Tests For Politicians?

Apr 4, 2000

A recent call by Major Brian Watters of the Salvation Army for random drug tests among our public servants has caused quite a reaction. Major Watters, who chairs the Prime Minister’s National Council on Drugs, said that it is possible

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Why the Fertility Crisis?

Apr 1, 2000

Pro-family forces have long warned about declining fertility rates and the erosion of parenthood. When a woman who is known more for her commitment to feminism than for her allegiance to conservatism raises the same issues, then we need to

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And Baby Makes Five

Mar 2, 2000

A recent court case involving a baby conceived by IVF for two lesbians has reopened the issue of homosexual access to children. A Melbourne court decided in late February that two lesbians had not mislead an IVF treatment centre. Six-month-old

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The Gospel According to the ABC

Jan 10, 2000

While in Canberra recently, I had time to stroll into the local ABC Shop. Much of the content of these shops, of course, can be regarded as the cream of the politically correct crop. But I must confess I was

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