July 2nd 2005

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COVER STORY: Unanswered questions about the Chinese defectors

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Senator Brian Harradine retires

EDITORIAL: How best to help our children

TRADE: 'Benign neglect' no answer to debt crisis

RURAL POLICY: Water trade to shift water from farms to cities

QUARANTINE: Government appeals against court ruling

TASMANIA: Potato-farmers' outrage at fast-food giant

ABORTION: Feminist luddites of the abortion lobby

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM: Christianity under threat in Sri Lanka

HUMANITARIAN CRISIS: East Timor in grip of major famine

ENERGY: China exchanges nuclear technology for Iranian oil

STRAWS IN THE WIND: The improvident society / A pub with no beer / Beazley's tax strategy / To Hell and back

Europe's malaise (letter)

Colin Teese on Europe (letter)

Strategy to prevent bushfires (letter)

Big Brother: sewage on TV (letter)

Child support reforms (letter)

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Child support reforms (letter)

by Janos Paskandy

News Weekly, July 2, 2005

The current debate on child support totally misses the underlying principles and basic rights again.

Children are inseparably both a responsibility and a source of joy. The responsibility as well as the joy should be borne and shared equally between the two biological parents.

Responsibility is discharged by fulfilling parental duties, performed primarily by the combined means of financial and personal care.

Joy is experienced through spending time with children. A parent can only be expected to wear more than an equal share of the financial burden to the extent of his/her unwillingness or inability to perform half of the personal care.

It is unjust to deny a parent the joy proportionate to the burden he/she carries.

As long as one parent is willing and able to discharge half the share of the parental duties, the other parent should not be allowed any demand on him/her whatsoever.

Children have equal rights to both of their parents. The parent who tries to deny them this basic right should be brought into line by the law.

Anyone unwilling to shape policy in line with these principles has no place in debating children's issues.

Janos Paskandy,
Mirrabooka, WA

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