Opinion: Single parents struggle to move families out of poverty

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Stuff co.nz 4 June 2016 Family First Comment: Someone who actually read the report BEFORE commenting: “I got obsessive. I read the whole document from start to finish. Then I read what the critics had to say. Then I researched the research related to the criticisms. Then I read other reports about poverty in New […]

The truth about families and child poverty

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NBR 3 June 2016 Family First Comment: A summary of the superb research and report done for us by Lindsay Mitchell which upset so many on the Left. On the back of last week’s budget, opposition politicians, academics and other advocates  again expressed outrage at the incidence of child poverty. The culprits routinely blamed are […]

ACLU Director Quits, Says Trans Rights Threaten Women’s Safety


Advocate 2 June 2016 Family First Comment: Interesting! When reality hits home – even to those who support the ideology…. “Smith claimed that transgender rights have “intersectionality with other competing rights, particularly the implications for women’s rights.” She said that when her young daughters shared a bathroom with transgender women, it made her worry the […]

The Hospice Gets it Right on Euthanasia

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Legalising euthanasia gains support in Bay Bay of Plenty Times 3 June 2016 Family First Comment: Head of Tauranga Hospice “From my experience at hospice and hospices around the country, is that when you get that life-limiting condition, or given there is no further treatment discussion with your specialist, initially there is a loss of […]

Prostitution Survivor had this to say about Amnesty’s Decriminalisation Policy

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New Statesman 4 August 2015 Prostitution Survivor Rachel Moran had this to say about Amnesty’s Full Decriminalization Policy: “[Amnesty’s policy in favour of decriminalizing prostitution] refuses to recognize that commercial sexual exploitation is a highly gendered abusive practice, and in numerous places throughout the document, Amnesty considers recommending the decriminalization of punters, pimps, brothel owners […]

Margaret Wong: Abortion involves more than a mother’s body

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NZ Herald 2 June 2016 Margaret Wong is a practising midwife who has also been a neonatal intensive care nurse and Plunket nurse during the past 40 years. Family First Comment: A superb response to an awful earlier column by a ‘Lizzie Marvelly’ “Instead, why don’t we put more resources into educating young women and […]

Fatal Road Crashes Involving Marijuana Double After Washington Legalizes Drug, New Report Finds

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Forbes.com 31 May 2016 Family First Comment: Whoops! This slams the claim that ‘marijuana never killed anyone’! Fatal crashes involving drivers who recently used marijuana doubled in Washington after the state legalized the drug, but legal limits for marijuana use among drivers are arbitrary and unsupported by science. Those are the main findings of two […]

Moko’s father was conspicuous by his absence


NZ Herald 1 June 2016 Family First Comment: An excellent column from Ewen McQueen. An interesting follow-on from our report earlier this week on a significant factor of child poverty, which is also a significant factor of child abuse and neglect. “However, this is the inconvenient truth that no one wants to face. The politicians […]

Boycott – Me Before You – “disability death porn.”

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Alex Schadenberg – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition 26 May 2016 The movie – Me Before You will be released in theatres across North America on June 3. The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition is urging its supporters to boycott Me Before You to not give any money to the production of movies that perpetuate the ideology that death is better […]

Australian tourist towns follow New Zealand on Wicked Campers

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Stuff co.nz 31 May 2016 Family First Comment: The momentum builds. 👍 Aussie tourist towns have followed New Zealand’s lead and banned Wicked Campers from caravan parks. Blue Mountains and Byron Bay banned the vans after New Zealand censor Andrew Jack ruled that some slogans were objectionable and therefore had to stay out of public places or face a hefty fine. The vans […]