October 30th 2010

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Articles from this issue:

COVER STORY: Angry farmers burn draft Murray-Darling plan

CANBERRA OBSERVED: How Labor plans to destroy Tony Abbott

EDITORIAL: Human rights in China move to centre-stage

EUTHANASIA I: How the euthanasia push was defeated in Canada

EUTHANASIA II: Strategy to introduce euthanasia by stealth

ECONOMIC AFFAIRS: Global currency war and the new protectionism

FOREIGN AFFAIRS: Why Australia needs to stay in East Timor

CHINA: Institute accused of being Beijing's mouthpiece

UNITED KINGDOM: Britain's Tories axe universal Child Benefit

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY: Why children need a mother and a father

OPINION: The fatal flaw in human rights commissions

Melbourne's March for the Babies (letter)

Gillard Government to review cloning (letter)

How pro-family political parties can win votes (letter)

AS THE WORLD TURNS: The lost generation of America's unemployed / From boys to men / Defence cuts put strain on Western alliance / Middle Eastern Christians an endangered species

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How pro-family political parties can win votes (letter)

by Colin Jory

News Weekly, October 30, 2010

What a crackerjack issue of News Weekly (October 2)!

I've long said that the publication is better than it has ever been, even in the time of B.A. Santamaria, and warrants a circulation expansion drive.

Perhaps the most important article of all is Stephen Baskerville's one on divorce, "The continuing war on marriage and fatherhood". Even though it is referenced principally to the United States, all its observations apply just as well in Australia.

Something else I've long said is that if the pro-family political parties want to make huge gains in their votes (a prospect which, I suspect, would frighten many of their activists, in the way a small shopkeeper would be frightened if he was suddenly given control of Myers or Woolworths), they will make a sustained and uncompromising assault on the Family Law Act and the Family Law Court, and on the hideous domestic violence racket.

Of all the factors which harm the Australian family and do draconian injustice to individual Australians, nothing remotely compares with these in scope or severity. Effective, sustained campaigns targeted against these evil rorts would guarantee 10 to 20 per cent of the vote to those parties regardless of their other policies.

Colin Jory,
Narrabundah, ACT

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