Family Breakdown

Youth crime, curfews - and what else?

Carolyn Moynihan | 26 June 2014
When 13-year-olds are in court for murder, it is time for communities to stand in for parents.

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.

Family connections: who is more likely to lash out?

Carolyn Moynihan | 16 August 2011
Over the weekend I read a new book in which the mother of three-month-old twins (born prematurely) who died from head injuries in 2006 gives her account of the circumstances surrounding their deaths.

What the young British rioters really lack

Carolyn Moynihan | 12 August 2011
British Prime Minister David Cameron, addressing Parliament on this week's riots, talks about morality and parenting.

Anders Breivik’s broken family

Carolyn Moynihan | 27 July 2011
Norway is one of those Scandinavian countries which are often lauded for their social security and even “family-friendly” policies. But it appears from this tragic episode that there are some things social welfare and openness do not guarantee.

OECD releases “first ever” report on families

Carolyn Moynihan | 28 April 2011
The OECD, an alliance of richer countries, released its “first ever report on family well-being” this week, according to a press release. Considering that it has existed for 50 years, one wants to know what took it so long.

Family breakdown in history: setting the record straight

Carolyn Moynihan | 27 April 2011
There are basically two responses to the social problems besetting richer societies today: one traces things like crime, educational under-achievement and addiction to the breakdown of the family; the other response says it is all down to poverty.

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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