Month: December 2011

Shearer – a social liberal?

NZ Herald 18 Dec 2011 New Labour leader David Shearer is a republican who supports a new national flag, and a social liberal on gay issues – though he is less liberal on drug and alcohol issues. ….He said he…

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Beware the other policies of dangerous Greens

Garth George – NZ Herald 15 Dec 2011 For all the bollocking I have given Winston Peters in recent years, I am, considering the makeup of the new Parliament, tremendously glad that he and his colleagues are there. Why? Because…

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To think they needed to research this!

Unprotected sex ‘linked to alcohol use’ Independent (UK) 12 Dec 2011 The more a person drinks the more likely they are to have unprotected sex, according to research. Experts found that for every slight increase in alcohol consumption, a person’s…

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Government accused of alcohol review cover-up

3 News 11 Dec 2011 The Government is tonight being accused of a cover-up – burying major research that shows overwhelming public support for alcohol reform. The research, which was most comprehensive ever conducted of New Zealanders’ attitudes towards alcohol,…

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Now here’s a good idea!

In the UK Telegraph 3 Dec 2011 The importance of marriage is to be taught to every pupil at the Government’s flagship free schools and academies. The schools will be made to sign up to strict new rules introduced by…

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One liquor shop too many

Christchurch Mail 8 Dec 2011 Wayne Hawker, once described as Phillipstown’s “community rottweiler”, is sinking his teeth into his latest battle – to stop a new liquor store being built in the heart of the suburb. The 54-year-old baker has…

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Reality Check Needed on Shameful Child Abuse

Media Release 10 Dec 2011 Family First is rejecting claims by the Children’s Commissioner and others that rising child abuse statistics are ‘good news’ and ‘delightful’, and is repeating its call for a Royal Commission of Inquiry into child abuse…

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Apparently this is “good” – Really?

NZ Herald 9 Dec 2011 Since the (Kahui) twins died in 2006, at least 95,200 children have been abused, according to Child Youth and Family. Of those children, 761 were either admitted to or seen by doctors at Starship hospital…

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French move to ban prostitution by punishing clients

BBC News 7 Dec 2011 France’s parliament has backed a proposal to fight prostitution by making payment for sex a crime punishable by fines and prison. The National Assembly approved by a show of hands a cross-party, non-binding resolution which…

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