Australian budget’s snub to single-income families

Ros Phillips | 16 May 2014
Punishing stay-home mums undermines our future workforce.

How men contribute to Australian happiness

Carolyn Moynihan | 24 May 2012
It’s happiness survey time again, with the publication of the OECD’s annual Better Life Index. And, for once, it’s not a Scandinavian country that comes out on top.

The “bushfire” threatening Australia: fragile families

Carolyn Moynihan | 07 September 2011
Australia is known as the Lucky Country but a report on child welfare published this week suggests that its luck is running out.

Australia to give new dads two weeks paid leave

Carolyn Moynihan | 05 September 2011
Sunday was Father’s Day in Australia (and New Zealand) and dads-to-be got a present from the federal government -- or rather, the promise of one.

‘Equal parenting rights after separation’ law under threat from Australian government

Warwick Marsh | 08 February 2010
It appears that the Australian government has embraced a campaign to roll back moderate changes to family law made in 2006 giving children equal access to both their mother and father in the event of separation. At the time these changes were endorsed by both Government and the Opposition.

Sorry, but we are still abusing children

Carolyn Moynihan | 24 November 2009
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s apology to former orphans and child migrants who suffered a lack of love and care -- if not outright abuse -- highlights another chapter in the heartrending story of children treated as chattels by enlightened and progressive nations last century. Sadly, it is a story that is still being written.

Marriage movement makes waves in New Zealand

Carolyn Moynihan | 10 September 2009

The marriage movement is making itself felt in Australia and New Zealand with the publication of a report, 21 Reasons Why Marriage Matters, this week. A coalition of marriage and family advocacy groups is backing the report, which is based on local and international research showing the benefits of marriage over alternative arrangements for family life.


Family Edge looks at news and trends affecting the family in the light of human dignity. Our focus is the inspiring, creative, humorous, annoying, ridiculous, and dangerous ideas in the evening news. Send tips and brainwaves to the editor, Tamara Rajakariar, at tamara.rajakariar@

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