Punishing stay-home mums undermines our future workforce.
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.
Australia is known as the Lucky Country but a report on child welfare published this week suggests that its luck is running out.
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.
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.
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.
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.