Month: May 2014

Belgian euthanasia deaths increase by 26.8% in 2013

Alex Schadenberg blog 29 May 2014 The Belgian euthanasia reports indicate that the number of reported euthanasia deaths continue to grow at a faster rate. In Belgium, there were 1133 reported euthanasia deaths in 2011 and 954 reported euthanasia deaths in 2010. At…

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Parental leave bill resurrected

Stuff co.nz 29 May 2014 Maori party MP Pita Sharples was ”bullied” into not correcting a paid parental leave bill blunder, Labour claims. Labour MP Sue Moroney’s bill to extend paid parental leave to 26 weeks failed at the second…

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Swiss – assisted dying for elderly who are not terminally ill

The Guardian 26 May 2014 A Swiss organisation that helps people take their own lives has voted to extend its services to elderly people who are not terminally ill. Exit added “suicide due to old age” to their statutes at…

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Vicar exits Anglican Church in same-sex row

NZ Herald 29 May 2014 An Anglican pastor has quit the church and is taking his congregation with him after the governing body moved ahead with plans to bless same-sex relationships. Charlie Hughes, the former vicar of St Michael’s in…

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Pope Francis Against Gay Adoption

CNS News 21 May 2014 Although Pope Francis was praised for his “who am I to judge?” comment about gay individuals and was named Person of the Year by the homosexual magazine The Advocate in 2013, the Pope has rejected…

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That’s right – target real abuse, not real parents

Verbal abuse of kids ‘an offence’ Stuff co.nz 28 May 2014 Calling your 10-year-old daughter a whore should be recognised as a crime in the same way smacking is, a veteran police officer says. Detective Sergeant David Beattie, of New…

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Credit to the Sensible Sentencing Trust

Impact put back into victims’ statements OneNews 28 May 2014 A bill which will loosen the strict regulations governing victim impact statements has passed its final reading in Parliament. Justice Minister Judith Collins says the Victims of Crime Reform Bill…

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“We Can’t Cope” – Call for CYF Inquiry

Media Release 28 May 2014 Family First NZ is repeating its call for an official inquiry in to the policies, procedures and the resourcing of CYF following an admission by CYF that they’re not coping. “A review by the ministry…

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Pokie payment change ‘giant leap backwards’

NZ Herald 26 May 2014 A new commission structure for pubs with pokie machines is being condemned by anti-gambling lobbyists as “a giant leap backwards”. The move to a commission system, announced by Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne last week,…

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Rodney Hide: Why I smacked my 3-year-old

NZ Herald 25 May 2014 Quick. Call the cops! I smacked my 3-year-old. It wasn’t Once Were Warriors. Far from it. I never gave the law a thought. Perhaps I should have. Amending Section 59 of the Crimes Act proved…

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