New research shows Quebec daycare harms children

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IMFC 22 September 2015 A new study released September 21, 2015, shows that Quebec’s daycare system has negative effects on children. The longitudinal assessment was done by heavyweight academics. It uses four different, reliable data sets including data from Statistics Canada. Their findings confirm previous research showing that universal daycare poses a threat to the […]

Vulnerable GLBT youth pawns in plebiscite game (Aust)

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NewsWeekly 23 September 2015 There is no research to show that legalising same-sex marriage would reduce the GLBT suicide rate. It would appear to be based on an ideological assumption rather than on hard evidence. The current Senate Committee inquiry into a popular vote on same-sex marriage has heard stern warnings against holding a plebiscite […]

Watchful parents help early-maturing girls avoid alcohol abuse


Reuters 21 September 2015 Girls who hit puberty early are at sharply higher risk of abusing alcohol as teens if their parents don’t keep tabs on them, new research shows. Early-maturing girls whose parents gave them free rein at age 13 showed a “dramatic increase in alcohol abuse” over the next four years compared to […]

Prostitution victim leads charge against Amnesty International

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LifeSiteNews 18 September 2015 Her life in the sex trade, and her decision to get out, has made her a leading campaigner against Amnesty’s policy. The author of “Paid For: My Journey Through Prostitution,” speaks openly of the violence, isolation, and drug abuse inherent in prostitution. What people like her need, she says, is help […]

Racy lad mag Zoo Weekly to close; last edition October 12


Stuff 17 September 2015 Zoo Weekly has become the latest men’s magazine to leave news stands, with publisher Bauer Media on Thursday confirming that poor sales will see its final edition published on October 12. “With tough retail conditions in the men’s market, Bauer has made the call to close Zoo’s operations. I would […]

Family Planning: No to parent notification for abortions

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Stuff 17 September 2015 A Taranaki mother’s fight for parents to be told if their daughter is having an abortion isn’t supported by Family Planning. There are fears making it mandatory will breach all confidentiality between a young woman and health professionals trying to help. Hillary Kieft, of Stratford, has presented a petition to […]

Government to veto paid parental leave bill

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NZ Herald 17 September 2015 Paid parental leave is back on Parliament’s agenda – and the Government has been urged not to use a veto to stop legislation that would extend leave to 26 weeks. A Labour Party bill to extend paid parental leave to 26 weeks passed its first reading, 61 to 60 in […]

Into the River: dishonest reporting and terrible arguments

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The Leading Edge 9 September 2015 If you want to be well informed about Ted Dawe’s controversial book Into the River, I wouldn’t recommend relying on the mainstream media coverage about it. Firstly, despite what most media outlets are reporting, the book has not been banned, it has simply been placed under a temporary interim […]

Computers ‘do not improve’ pupil results, says OECD

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BBC News 15 September 2015 Investing heavily in school computers and classroom technology does not improve pupils’ performance, says a global study from the OECD. The think tank says frequent use of computers in schools is more likely to be associated with lower results. The OECD’s education director Andreas Schleicher says school technology had raised […]

(Confused) Feminist blogger lays into Family First over call for Zoo mag ban

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OneNewsNow 16 September 2015 A prominent feminist blogger has criticised Family First’s stance on backing calls for a ban of the men’s magazine Zoo from Countdown supermarket shelves. Family First thinks the magazine should be removed from the shelves on back of a petition initiated by Australian women’s rights advocate Laura Pintur and signed by […]