Month: October 2015

Child support bill closer to becoming law

Conflict in family

NZ Herald 21 October 2015 Measures to encourage parents to pay child support and reduce the level of child support debt have taken a step closer to becoming law. A taxation bill that includes proposals to deal with long-standing child-support…


Serious flaws in survey on physician-assisted dying

rubbish bins

Viewpoint published in NZ Doctor 14 October 2015 Many health professionals will have recently received an invitation from their professional organisation to participate in an online survey regarding “physician-assisted dying”. The research approved by the University of Auckland’s Human Participants Ethics…


Superdiversity: More Kiwis saying ‘I do’ to intermarriage

marriage interracial

NZ Herald 21 October 2015 More Kiwis are tying the knot with partners of a different ethnicity, according to data derived from the latest Census figures. The New Zealand face of the future will be browner and likely to comprise…


Overruled on gay marriage, by UN


The Australian 20 October 2015 After asserting that international law supported gay marriage, Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs has been forced to concede that she was unaware of a contrary finding by the United Nations Human Rights Committee. Professor…


How legalised euthanasia would harm families

EUTHANASIA young and elderly

NZ Focus on the Family 20 October 2015 Last week ACT MP David Seymour put forward a new bill that will legalise assisted-suicide here in New Zealand if it is drawn from the ballot and then passed into law. There…


UN attempt to decriminalise drugs foiled


BBC News 20 October 2015 An attempt by UN officials to get countries to decriminalise the possession and use of all drugs has been foiled, the BBC can reveal. A paper from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)…


Education and Full Disclosure Keys for Reducing Obesity

obesity mother shopping

Media Release 20 Oct 2015 Family First NZ says that education for families around food quantities and quality, and full and accurate disclosure of sugar and fat content by food manfacturers are the keys to reducing obesity levels in New…


Why do older people oppose physician-assisted dying? A qualitative study

EUTHANASIA young and elderly 2

Palliative Medicine      Palliat Med April 2014   vol. 28  no. 4  353-359 Abstract Background: Physician-assisted dying at the end of life has become a significant issue of public discussion. While legally available in a number of countries and jurisdictions, it remains…