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Archive of December 2008

Perth: Archbishop Barry Hickey laments lost fathers

Wed 10th December 2008:

THE absence of fathers is the biggest family and social problem in our society, according to Catholic Archbishop Barry Hickey. Delivering his pre-Christmas message on Friday, Archbishop Hickey said the absence of dads was a bigger problem than drugs. “If Father Christmas was offering me gifts, I would ask for peace in every family and […]

Cosby speaks to legislature’s Task Force on Fatherlessness

Bill Cosby speaks to legislature’s Task Force on Fatherlessness “I believe the reason I’m here is to get these fine servants of the public to feel and understand the pain that goes with the sadness when one is abandoned.” In 2006, more than a fifth of Connecticut households with children under 18 were headed by […]

The Families Commision has become hostile towards fathers.

Rather than being simply apathetic towards fathers, the Families Commision has become hostile towards fathers. “The Families Commission has accepted the political reality of having a new minister and scrapped plans for a $200,000 conference. Social Development Minister Paula Bennett discovered plans for the conference in a briefing paper, released publicly yesterday. She got in […]

Mum ‘slit her five kids’ throats’

Tue 9th December 2008:

By Philippe Siuberski in Nivelles, Belgium December 09, 2008 11:05am A WOMAN lured her five children upstairs one by one and slit their throats before trying to kill herself, a court has been told. Belgian woman Genevieve Lhermitte, 42, is on trial for the murders of her four daughters and son, aged from three to […]

Restorative Justice and Intimate Partner Violence

Last night I attended a presentation at Men’s Centre North Shore by PHD student Anne Hayden. She came to public prominence recently by taking the Herceptin petition to Parliament. The meeting was attended by 19 men and 2 woman. Although passions ran high at times, the discussion which followed was ably chaired by Jim Bagnal. […]

Attack on Male Principals

Sat 6th December 2008:

“Illiterate, sexist and anti-intellectual school boards are appointing poorly qualified school principals, says a researcher with 15 years experience working with boards.” Regards Scrap

World Festival of Magic

The ‘World Festival of Magic’ has been running for 20 years. It’s a magnificent 90-minute family orientated show and has been touring in over 70 cities in Australia and New Zealand.

No Progress Evident

Wed 3rd December 2008:

Our new government seems to be off to a good start. Instant protection orders to ensure thousands more children are disconnected from their fathers, DNA to be taken from anyone arrested on suspicion of a crime, and more prisons to be built to throw men into.

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