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

Real Help for Mothers

Jan 11, 2002

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.

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IVF and Rights Gone Mad

Nov 15, 2001

We live in an age in which rights are being pushed on all fronts. Individuals and groups are clamoring for rights that until recently didn’t even exist. Much of the “rights industry” has developed around so-called social justice and discrimination

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Keep Fighting Against Drugs

Aug 10, 2001

The National Crime Authority has recently re-ignited the heroin debate by saying that we are losing the war against drugs. The NCA says that too many illicit drugs are entering the country, and that organised crime is spiralling out of

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The Importance of Fathers

Aug 9, 2001

Thirty years ago American Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan wrote a report called “The Negro Family: The Case for National Action”. In it he wrote these words: “The breakup of the black family is the single most important social fact of

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A review of PC, M.D. by Sally Satel.

Jul 6, 2001

Basic Books, 2000.

This book has a simple theme: Political Correctness has entered the medical profession. The politicisation and radicalisation of health professionals and workers has altered the nature of health care work, and has dangerous repercussions for patients and

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Mother Wars

Jul 3, 2001

The battle over motherhood continues unabated, with a recent controversy re-igniting a long standing debate. In the one corner are those who feel that government policies tend to penalise stay at home mums, while rewarding those who move into the

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Assessing Green Politics

Jul 2, 2001

In any number of social causes, extremism often enters the debate, with the result that truth and common sense get trampled on along the way. This can often be the case with Green activism. Now concern for the environment is

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The Need to Overhaul the OFCL

Jun 17, 2001

The recent debacle over the classification of Hannibal by the OFLC highlights yet again the need for a major shake-up of our chief censorship body.

After strong public outcry, the gruesome film Hannibal has been given an R rating. This

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When the Church Loses Its Way

Jun 1, 2001

The ink had just dried on a piece I wrote critical of a new book on homosexuality and the church by the Anglican Church doctrine committee, when the May 28 Australian ran an opinion piece that nearly made me unload

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