Government on the spot with parental leave

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Dominion Post 7 April 2012 National is likely to come under intense pressure to support extending paid parental leave to six months. Labour MP Sue Moroney’s Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months’ Paid Leave) Amendment Bill has been drawn from the ballot and may have the numbers without National. UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne has […]

Dark times in teen cinema

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NZ Herald 7 April 2012 New movie sensation The Hunger Games has pushed death and violence to centre stage in teen films. Critics and parents are divided over whether it has gone too far. On your marks. Get set. Kill. Teens scramble for medieval weapons to slaughter each other in the “bloodbath” during the opening […]

The secret story of violence in schools

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Sunday Star Times 8 April 2012 A teacher is punched in the face, another is shoved in the chest and their lunch stolen, one is regularly verbally abused while another has their car vandalised.  But at the schools’ request, none of it is reported to police. Post-Primary Teachers Association president Robin Duff called the situation […]

Public urged to give input on Auckland high-rise brothel

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NZ Herald 4 April 2012 Public comment is being sought on a bid to build a 15-storey building, including a brothel, on the site of the demolished Palace Hotel, in Victoria St. This follows a decision by Auckland Council’s hearings committee to rescind its December decision to have an independent commissioner decide whether the public […]

New Study Shows Abstinence Education Effective

sex education blackboard 30 March 2012 Research published this week revealed more evidence that a Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) abstinence program is effective in delaying sexual onset. Four major conclusions are drawn from the article, entitled, Impact of the Choosing the Best Program in Communities Committed to Abstinence Education. Students in an SRA class were more likely […]

Legislation in UK to protect children from porn

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Christianity Today Australia 2 April 2012 A Bill to stop children from accessing hardcore porn was introduced to Parliament this week. The legislation requires internet service providers and mobile phone operators to block pornography at the network level unless the customer is 18 or over and asks for the block to be removed through an […]

Call to end shady pokie dealings

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Otago Daily Times 4 April 2012 Corrupt behaviour in the pokies sector was “all pervasive and pernicious”, a damning report from a former industry association head alleges. Released to the Otago Daily Times under the Official Information Act, the report recommends wholesale changes to prevent “endemic non-compliance” in the sector, which had a turnover of […]

So who’s the daddy? Ethics dilemma over sperm donor boom (UK)


Independent (UK) 2 April 2012 The gift of life is not immune to pecuniary incentives. Charities working with sperm and egg donors report a boom in enquiries from potential volunteers as new regulations allow fertility clinics to make more generous payments. From today, men will be able to collect £35 per visit for their sperm, […]

Why I’ve lost my hunger for violent, unethical games

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OPINION: Sydney Morning Herald 3 April 2012 Clare Cannon is editor of The arrival of The Hunger Games on the big screen has sent thrills around the world. Already a publishing blockbuster, Suzanne Collins’s sensational trilogy is cleaning up at the box office as well. The first instalment is an enthralling film that keeps […]

Sex attacks increase but overall crime down

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NZ Herald 3 April 2012 Sexual assaults have risen 15 per cent in a year – and at schools they’ve doubled. The crime statistics for 2011, released yesterday, show rapes and other sex offences bucking the downward trend in crime. Principals and a rape prevention educator bemoan the lack of resources around the issue, saying […]