Month: May 2019

Government Should Not Sideline Fathers

Women should have to name the father of their child, and the government is wrong to turn a blind eye to mothers who withhold this information from the state. Not only does the state have a right to pursue the…

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Government accused of appeasing Greens’ ‘incessant desire’ to decriminalise drugs

NewsHub 2 May 2019 Family First Comment: Interesting comments in the drug discussion, and concerns around “police discretion” related to the anti-smacking law! “Police discretion in law has been contentious, particularly when it was included in former Green MP Sue Bradford’s…

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Rigorous standards urged for medicinal cannabis

Otago Daily Times 3 May 2019 Family First Comment: “Patients were vulnerable and often immune compromised, so active ingredients in any medicine prescribed to them needed to be controlled and carefully labelled….. The quality control rigours for classification as a medicine .…

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Social Problems Will Worsen As Marriage Rates Decline

A warning that the declining marriage rate is a disturbing link to social problems in our society including rates of child abuse, domestic violence, teen crime and child poverty. According to statistics just released, the general marriage rate in 2018…

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Support for Heartbeat Determining Rights Of Unborn – Poll

Media Release 3 May 2019 A poll has found strong support for the unborn child having human rights and being legally protected once a heartbeat is detected (which can be between 6–12 weeks), and only a small minority thinking that life doesn’t…

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End of life choices: The Crown’s duty of protection

Stuff co.nz 2 May 2019 Family First Comment: Grant Illingworth QC nails it…. “Parliament is presently considering enacting legislation which would significantly diminish the protection currently provided by the law relating to unlawful homicide. The measures being promoted under the End…

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Police Association not pleased with discretionary approach to drug use

NewsTalk ZB 1 May 2019 Family First Comment: “Several submitters, including the Law Society and the Police Association, told the committee that the wording in the bill would effectively decriminalise all drug use and possession because it would be easy to…

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Bruce Logan: The idea of ‘hate speech’ is a political construct

1 May 2019 Justice Minister Andrew Little is going to review the current law in order to consider hate speech legislation. Bruce Logan argues that he needn’t bother. New Zealand law is already adequate to control defamation and incitement to…

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