Month: November 2014

Abortion Rights a Losing Message in the Midterms

Townhall.com 5 November 2014 Wendy Davis and Mark Udall ran on extreme abortion records – and they lost horribly. Davis, a Democratic Texas State Senator, gained overnight fame for trying to filibuster a life-saving bill that would ban abortions at…

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Why I will no longer support the UK Red Cross

Express 5 November 2014 I HAVE withdrawn all support for the Red Cross, an organisation which I have backed in various ways throughout my life. Indeed I addressed a fundraising event in Exeter just a few months ago. I put…

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Assisted Suicide: A Beautiful Response to Brittany Maynard

There has been plenty of media coverage in NZ of the sad death of Brittany Maynard yesterday. Maynard, 29, who was suffering from terminal brain cancer, used her last month to advocate for “death with dignity.” But have you heard…

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Breakfast in schools: it just doesn’t work

NBR 18 May 2013 A few months ago, Social Service Providers Aotearoa asked me to review the literature on school breakfast programmes and provide an assessment of whether public funding of school breakfast programmes offered value for money. I spoke on the…

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Abbott government examines how to boost ‘parental competence’

The Age 4 November 2014 Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews is looking at ways to boost “parental competence” and make sure Australians adapt smoothly to key “life points” – from going to school to having children and retiring. In an…

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MP concedes defeat over paid parental leave bill

NZ Herald 4 November 2014 Labour MP Sue Moroney has been forced to concede defeat over her paid parental leave bill and instead is asking National to support a severely watered down version. The new version gives extra leave to…

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More families are childless couples – Stats NZ

NZ Herald 4 November 2014 Childless couples are making up an increasingly large proportion of families – a trend that has been on the rise for more than 20 years, Statistics New Zealand says. There were now 1.1 million families…

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Councils Must Ban Home Brothels, Protect Families

Media Release 5 Nov 2014 Family First NZ is supporting a challenge by a former Environment Court judge to ban residential brothels operating on the Kapiti Coast, and is repeating its call for the government to amend the Prostitution Reform…

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