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COVER STORY Gross desserts on the sex-education menu

CANBERRA OBSERVED Suggested parallel less a Murphy than a furphy

EDITORIAL Obama rewards Vietnam: a particularly nasty regime

ENVIRONMENT Land sinkage, not rising sea levels, the real threat

LIFE ISSUES Who am I? Baby's first memoir

SOCIETY Haircuts and tattoos: new rebels get funky

LIFE POLICY Queensland abortion bill is out of step with voters

SEXUAL POLITICS Gay "marriage" and the given in human procreative behaviour

RURAL LIFE Some of the reasons why farmers need a new bank

It's a queer theory that says kids can transgender (Part Two of two)

MUSIC Digital sonics by no means free of glitches

CINEMA Action movie lacks punch: X-Men: Apocalypse

BOOK REVIEW Tragic betrayal

BOOK REVIEW Great reformer or great dictator?

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COVER STORY Gross desserts on the sex-education menu
In News Weekly May 7, 2016, I referred to the Building Respectful Relationships (BRR) program, which is purportedly designed to prevent domestic/family violence. 
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CANBERRA OBSERVED Suggested parallel less a Murphy than a furphy
Media commentators lost no time in comparing the recent Australian Federal Police raids on the office of Senator Stephen Conroy with the infamous Lionel Murphy raid on ASIO in St Kilda Road in Melbourne in 1973.
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EDITORIAL Obama rewards Vietnam: a particularly nasty regime
On his recent three-day visit to Vietnam, U.S. President Barack Obama unilaterally lifted the 30-year trade embargo on Vietnam, maintained because of the communist regime’s long history of political and religious repression, which continues down to the present day.
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ENVIRONMENT Land sinkage, not rising sea levels, the real threat
Over recent years, alarming stories about rising sea levels have been widely reported as “proof” of the imminent risk of global warming, when the main cause of any rise is land subsidence.
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LIFE ISSUES Who am I? Baby's first memoir
As News Weekly went to press, Rachel Carling-Jenkins’ Infant Viability Bill was due to be debated in the Victorian Parliament. Leon Voesenek offers a glimpse at who it is all about.
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SOCIETY Haircuts and tattoos: new rebels get funky

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LIFE POLICY Queensland abortion bill is out of step with voters
On Tuesday May 10 former Labor MLA for Cairns, now independent, Rob Pyne, tabled a bill to wipe abortion from the criminal code.
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SEXUAL POLITICS Gay "marriage" and the given in human procreative behaviour
Lucy Sullivan considers the “transgressive” motivation of the political push to redefine marriage and reveals the inner illogic of the historic campaign, which has been pressed relentlessly without any reference to the way persons actually behave. This is the first part of a two-part article.
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RURAL LIFE Some of the reasons why farmers need a new bank
The worsening state of the dairy industry is symptomatic of the broader rural crisis that has just been investigated by Queensland’s farm debt inquiry. That inquiry has recommended the creation of a rural and industries development bank.
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It's a queer theory that says kids can transgender (Part Two of two)
Part One in this series of articles examined how queer theory is predicated on the notion of the child as agent, capable of making its own decisions. Part Two of these articles examines other controversial aspects of the theory. Patrick J. Byrne writes.
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MUSIC Digital sonics by no means free of glitches
The problem with technology, at least when used in creating music, is that it gives with one hand and takes away with the other.
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CINEMA Action movie lacks punch: X-Men: Apocalypse
X-Men started the modern era of superhero movies.
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BOOK REVIEW Tragic betrayal
Diem was born into one of Vietnam’s “great families” and was a well-educated Catholic who was immersed in Confucian thought and was prepared to guide Vietnam from the colonial and post-war eras into modern society. The author examines the activities of Washington policymakers, with no first-hand knowledge of Vietnam or Diem, who caused his downfall and death.
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BOOK REVIEW Great reformer or great dictator?
Take Deng Xiaoping, the subject of this excellent biography, for example. As an economic reformer, Deng is unmatched in world history by any objective criteria. His policies lifted hundreds of millions of people – almost the entire population of the world’s most populous country – out of poverty. Yet he freely admitted that he didn’t understand economics very well.
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