Month: November 2014

Game violence could desensitise young players

NZ Herald 29 November 2014 Controversial video game Grand Theft Auto V could desensitise younger players to extreme acts of violence and cruelty, the Office of Film and Literature Classification has ruled. New Zealand’s classification watchdog released its report on…

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Commercial surrogacy outlawed in Thailand after Gammy scandal

Herald Sun 28 November 2014 THAILAND’S parliament has voted to ban commercial surrogacy after outrage erupted over the largely unregulated industry following allegations an Australian couple abandoned a baby with Down’s syndrome. A draft bill — which would see anyone…

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Compulsory sex education won’t reduce rates of teenage pregnancy

MercatorNet 26 November 2014 Proposals to force all schools to teach a compulsory sex education curriculum from primary level up and to restrict the right of parents to opt-out their children are back on the parliamentary agenda in the UK.…

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On the Minimum Wage

CultureWatch 18 November 2014 On another site someone sent me a poster, asking me what I thought of it. It was from the political left, and had to do with the minimum wage. On the left side it said: McDonalds…

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A Legal Perspective on the Marriage Pledge

First Things 25 November 2014 Many of the responses to the Marriage Pledge from both sides of the divide on same-sex marriage have reflected substantial confusion over the distinction between Christian and civil marriage and what the role of the…

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Family Violence Report on Gender Bias Welcomed

Media Release 26 Nov 2014 Family First NZ is welcoming a report which says that blaming men for domestic violence is ‘gender bias’. “It is time that the focus on family violence was on drugs, alcohol, and family instability rather…

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Marijuana stores offer high holidays with $1 joints

Stuff co.nz 25 November 2014 Cannabis sellers are gearing up for their first holiday season since recreational marijuana was legalised in the US state of Colorado. At Grass Station, a shop in Denver that sells US$7 (NZ$9) joints, US$21 (NZ$27)…

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Marriage is a bigger commitment than home loan

Herald Sun 24 November 2014 THE older we get, the more scared we become of saying until death do us part. And putting a ring on it is a much more intimidating prospect for commitment-phobes than signing their life away…

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Warehouse removing R18 games, DVDs

NZ City 24 November 2014 The Warehouse group stores won’t sell any R18 games and DVDs in future, saying it wants to promote family values. Chief executive Mark Powell says the decision was made to remove such games and DVDs…

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