Month: September 2013

Sexual assaults and family violence increase

Sex offending up, overall crime decreases 3News 1 October 2013 Police say the overall reported crime rate has decreased,  but sexual assault is bucking the trend, up 10 percent. The Statistics New Zealand figures released today show an  overall 7.4…

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Schools shun discipline to cut red tape

Stuff.co 1 October 2013 Teachers are shying away from disciplining badly behaved students because there’s too much paperwork involved, a regional teachers’ leader claims. Principals have become frustrated with the discipline process, and teachers sometimes feel pressured to issue their…

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A pro-abortionist warns about RU486

Just how safe is RU 486? ABC 24 Sept 2013 These are the bare bones of the long coming of “medical” abortion to Australia. The history behind these recent developments is far more complicated – and far from finished. Together…

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Kiwis back lower booze limit – poll

NZ Herald 29 Sept 2013 Nearly two-thirds of New Zealanders want to lower the drink-driving blood alcohol limit, according to the latest Ministry of Transport figures. A private member’s bill by Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway was drawn from the ballot…

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Yelling at children as harmful as hitting, new study finds

Washington Times 28 Sept 2013 Spanking has become taboo in many communities, and the favored method of discipline for unruly children across the country has become the time out. However, when children, especially those troublesome toddlers in the “terrible twos”…

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Do violent video games play a role in shootings?

CNN 18 Sept 2013 In the wake of the shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday that left 13 dead, we have seen the resurrection of an all-too-familiar debate: Did violent video games make the killer do it?…

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Fears over potential sex tourism in the Pacific

Australian Network News 25 Sept 2013 An international organisation protecting children from sexual exploitation says the Pacific could soon become a major hub for sex trafficking and sex tourism if governments fail to take preventative action. The New Zealand arm…

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Why you never trust the alcohol industry with self regulation

Alcohol industry lags on mandatory pregnancy warning labels Herald Sun 26 Sept 2013 ALCOHOL companies are flouting government guidelines to warn mothers of the dangers of drinking while pregnant. Only 37 per cent of alcohol bottles carry warnings about safe…

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Russians Consider Boosting Divorce Tax

Forbes 24 Sept 2013 In the United States, we’re all familiar with the so-called “marriage penalty” – but what about the divorce tax? Russia is considering upping the tax on splitting up to 30,000 rubles ($941 US) from the current…

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“Sometimes MPs’ thought processes take a swerve in election year” – Labour MP

Voluntary euthanasia bill withdrawn Stuff.co 26 Sept 2013 A bill to legalise voluntary euthanasia has been withdrawn amid fears it would become a political football during election year. Labour MP Maryan Street withdrew her End of Life Choice Bill before…

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