Harawira seeks party direction on gay marriage

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NZ Herald 21 June 2012 Mana leader Hone Harawira is coming under pressure from his party to support gay marriage, despite previously expressing discomfort about it, saying he was “morally very conservative”. Mr Harawira has so far refused to say whether he will vote in favour of gay marriage if a member’s bill to allow […]

The effect of the anti-smacking bill

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Campbell Live 20 June 2012 When the law was changed to remove the right of parents to  use physical force to discipline their children, there were predictions the  world would go mad. Wholesale prosecutions, the criminalisation of decent  parents, children off the rails. The reality? Five prosecutions in five years. (WRONG – 36 (incl prosecutions […]

NZ criticised for sex-trafficking and slavery

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NZ Herald 20 June 2012 New Zealand has been named as a “source country” for sex trafficking of underage girls and a destination country for forced labour in a sharply critical report released by the US State Department. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released the annual Trafficking in Persons report in Washington DC this […]

Half of teachers forced to feed pupils going hungry (UK)

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Guardian (UK) 19 June 2012 Heads and doctors want needy children to get free breakfast as Guardian survey reveals upsurge in demand. Headteachers and senior doctors are calling for needy children to receive a free breakfast at school after a Guardian survey found almost half of teachers have brought food in for pupils who arrive […]

Cherie Blair attacks ‘yummy mummies’

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Telegraph (UK) 19 June 2012 Cherie Blair has attacked “yummy mummies” who focus on raising their children at the expense of their careers, suggesting their children lack a sense of independence. The wife of the former Prime Minister also accused some young women of seeking to “marry a rich husband and retire” instead of working. […]

Primary schools praised for labelling four-year-olds ‘transgender’

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Telegraph (UK) 19 June 2012 Inspectors have praised infant schools for supporting their cross-dressing students, with children as young as four being labelled as “transgender”. A report found young pupils were being encouraged to express themselves and permitted to dress as the opposite sex without judgment. The education watchdog highlighted examples of good practice, such […]

Parents blamed for children’s potty mouths

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Bay of Plenty Times 19 June 2012 It’s enough to make parents blush and wash mouths out with soap. But many have no one to blame but themselves. Nearly 60 per cent of children swear and 42 per cent pick up bad language by age three, a Daily Telegraph poll in Australia has revealed. And by […]

More needs to be done on abortion, groups say

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Otago Daily Times 20 June 2012 Declining abortion rates are being welcomed by various groups and organisations throughout New Zealand, but many say more must be done to address issues of concern. The Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand (Alranz) hoped declining abortion rates were a sign of increased access to contraception and the […]

New study on homosexual parents tops all previous research

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NEW STUDY ON HOMOSEXUAL PARENTS TOPS ALL PREVIOUS RESEARCH Children of Homosexuals Fare Worse on Most Outcomes By Peter Sprigg – Family Research Council June 2012 In a historic study of children raised by homosexual parents, sociologist Mark Regnerus of the University of Texas at Austin has overturned the conventional academic wisdom that such children […]

Most gay-parenting studies are long on bias and short on hard data

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National Review 14 June 2012 Douglas W. Allen is the Burnaby Mountain Professor of Economics at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia I am a Canadian economist who has worked on family issues in Canada and the U.S. for the past 26 years. Although I’ve mostly studied matters of divorce, custody, child support, and the […]