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Mon 30th January 2006

For Our Freedom.

Filed under: General,Men's Health — Downunder @ 2:30 am

Freedom is too easily misunderstood and too easily taken for granted. If I could draw upon the wisdom of the past, others may call it a cliché, then I would say “we know not what we have until it is gone”. It distresses me greatly to see the kiwi become less the individual for which he claims renown, as I watch that integrity melt into an advancing state. Freedom is not a democratic society, a democratic society is merely the backdrop against which freedom may be secured.

The first requirement of freedom is self discipline. If we do not discipline ourselves, then we ask to be disciplined. If we do not defend the right to discipline our children, then we will have given away what our fore fathers fought so hard for. They left the socialist claws of Europe and travelled the world to find a place in which they could secure their freedom, that they might offer this to their children, and all we have to offer in return is an unforgivable indignity.

Freedom is not the responsibility of the state, it is the responsibility of the individual, each and every one of us.

If we fight for nothing but the satisfaction of our own selfishness, then we teach our children to do the same. Do they mean so little to us that we would sell them into slavery for a few gold coins. Have we become so apathetic that we no longer care for our own freedom let alone that of our children.

The future of our country can no longer survive on the religious and political authorities of the past. It’s success or failure lies in the hands of the individual, should he find righteousness and justice in his heart. I do not see that any change in this world has absolved us of the responsibility of defending our own freedom, and that must start with defending the freedom of our children.

I fear that the men of this country have lost their self respect and pride that they will allow section 59 to removed from our statues. The illusion of the institution has blinded them, they no longer realise that they are required to participate.

Fri 27th January 2006

Bradford pushes for child assault law change.

Filed under: General — Downunder @ 3:18 pm

Green Party MP Sue Bradford says new research into physical punishment shows the importance of repealing section 59 of the Crimes Act.

Link to stuff: http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3553608a6160,00.html

The socialist government can’t have peers making decisions about child discipline when it wants ownership and control over children. When is the state going to be up front about its legal agenda. No surprise that Sue Bradford’s private members bill coincides with the governments agreement with the united nations to repeal this law during 2005.

Tue 24th January 2006

Australian conference on men – Call for Papers

Filed under: General — JohnPotter @ 11:02 am

MAN, the Men’s Advisory Network, Western Australia’s peak men’s organisation, will host a national conference entitled ‘from babies to blokes: the making of men’ in Perth, Western Australia in October this year.

MAN is affiliated with the Western Australian Council of Social Service, the Australasian Men’s Health Forum, the Australian Federation of Men’s Health & Wellbeing Associations Inc. and the Shared Parenting Council of Australia. More information about the Network is available on the MAN website.

Seven prominent Australian identities will feature in our program. All details and the conference call for papers are online here: at www.promaco.com.au/conference/2006/man

We welcome abstract submissions from all interested persons.

Nomad Students

Filed under: Boys / Youth / Education,General — Downunder @ 8:56 am

‘Nomad students’ pose headache for schools
22 January 2006

“Principals said families that moved a lot were often being “chased” by Child, Youth and Family, Inland Revenue or someone they owed money to. New research into school transience reveals some students attend as many as 15 schools by the time they are 15.”


Wed 18th January 2006

Parents group urges New Zealand politicians to take notice of alleged kidnapping plot

Filed under: General — Scrap_The_CSA @ 11:31 pm

Media Release

Parents for Children

For Immediate Release

Parents group urges politicians to take notice of the alleged kidnapping plot

“While we do not condone the alleged kidnapping plot of Tony Blair’s son, politicians here should sit up and take note as the sense of frustration among separated parents over the current Family Law and Child Support regime continues to rise,” observed Mark Shipman, President, Parents for Children. ”Parents are thoroughly fed up with the pathetic attempts of politicians to address the current problems with Family Law and Child Support. Parents for Children would not be surprised were this frustration to be expressed by similar action in New Zealand.”

“The Child Support Act has been flawed from its inception; children are needlessly alienated from their parents. To deal with the future of our Kiwi Kids, New Zealand employs an adversarial court that places parents into intractable conflict. It’s time for a 21st century solution – fair and reasonable child support built on shared parenting. Inland Revenue is viewed as the modern day Gestapo collecting a tax on separated parents. Separated parents are hurting and some are hurting real bad,” responded Mark when asked “What was the cause of this frustration?”

“The solution is not complex! Shared parenting and fair and reasonable child support will go a long way to rectifying the swing of the pendulum,” concluded Mark.

For further information contact
Mark Shipman 021982222
Jim Nicolle 021800586

Parents for Children is a national organisation seeking legislative change to enable parents who have separated to continue parenting and supporting their children.

This requires:
1. Presumptive shared parenting

2. A fair and reasonable child support system

Parents for Children advocates that best outcomes for children of separated parents is ongoing equal sharing of parental responsibility by both parents.

Tue 10th January 2006

Who owns our children?

Filed under: General,Law & Courts — Downunder @ 6:47 pm

One of the most significant elements of Section 59 of the Crimes Act is that it reinforces ownership of the child in the hands of the Mother and Father. This went hand in hand with the guardianship act, which has since been replaced by the Care of Children Bill. One of the most significant elements of the COC Bill is that the best interests of the child is now the responsibility of the state, reinforcing a transfer of ownership from Mother and Father to the State — It has always been the intention of the feminist movement in NZ to succeed where Hitler failed, and if Sue Bradford succeeds in the removal of section 59, then much more will have been achieved than an unsuspecting public realises.

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