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Simon O’Connor: Why we didn’t back euthanasia bill


NZ Herald 10 August 2017 Family First Comment: Superb commentary. Thank you Simon. Throughout this term of Parliament it has been my privilege to serve as chair of the health committee. Over the last two years, it has been my…


The Warehouse is confused by gender identity – but still has a boys and girls clothing section

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Warehouse Group introduces additional leave to support transgender employees TVNZ One News 9 August 2017 Family First Comment: Wow! The Warehouse now promoting gender confusion. “….10 extra days paid leave and support for employees at The Warehouse, Warehouse Stationary, Noel…


Porn Harm Inquiry Deferred to Next Parliament

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Media Release 10 August 2017 A petition calling on an expert panel to investigate the public health effects and societal harms of pornography and which received 22,334 written signatures in just two months has been deferred to the next Parliament…


Marijuana devastated Colorado, don’t legalize it nationally

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USA Today 7 August 2017 Family First Comment: Great article – one that should be read by ALL kiwis! “Our country is facing a drug epidemic. Legalizing recreational marijuana will do nothing that Senator Booker expects. We heard many of…


Changes to regulations will improve access to cannabidiol

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Scoop 7 August 2017 Family First Comment: A positive step (in contrast to the free-for-all proposed by the Greens and the Drug Foundation) “…an important step in New Zealand’s continued implementation of a compassionate, innovative and proportionate drug policy… In…


Kids young as 6 post nude pics

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Sexually explicit material of Kiwi youngsters going online weekly, police warn NZ Herald 8 August 2017 Family First Comment: Disturbing. And all the more reason for an expert inquiry into harms of porn Police are receiving two to three…


Dr Stephen Child: Lets not rush to legalise ‘medical’ cannabis

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NZ Herald 8 August 2017 Family First Comment: A superb commentary by someone who knows and without an agenda! (unlike the Drug Foundation) “There are problems with the current discussion of law reform and the legalisation of cannabis in New…


More beds, more funding needed to curb eating disorders

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NZ Herald 6 August 2017 The number of Kiwis getting medical intervention for eating disorders has increased by more than 40 per cent in the last five years. But sufferers’ families say there are still not enough hospital beds to…


Call for supermarket booze ban

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Supermarkets slammed as ‘mega-drug dealers’ as doctors back calls for an end to booze sales Stuff 4 August 2017 Family First Comment: The Medical Association wants an end to heavy discounting, and a rise in alcohol taxes. #reducingalcoholharm The…