May 13th 2006


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COVER STORY: Twilight for Australia's fishing industry?

EDITORIAL: Race riots reveal China's hand in Oceania

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Defence - incompetence and bungles galore

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: A political vacuum waiting to be filled

POLITICS: WA Liberals, Nationals in self-destruct mode

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Darfur tragedy / Not all the world loves a soldier / Judicial politics / When half a glass is half empty

SCHOOLS: Great books trashed by radical teachers

RAILWAYS: A transport revolution for Australia?

ENERGY: US opens new ethanol plant every 10 days

ABORTION: National senator's key role in RU-486 fiasco

FAMILY: Co-habiting couples and child neglect

NUCLEAR NON-PROLIFERATION: Could US-India nuclear deal undermine security?

Chinese slave labour and state-sanctioned murder (letter)

RU-486 abortion drug 'deeply scary' (letter)

Motherhood devalued (letter)

What about jobs for men? (letter)

BOOKS: GENTLE REGRETS: Thoughts from a Life, by Roger Scruton

BOOKS: THE DISORGANISED COMMUNITY, by John P. Kennedy

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Co-habiting couples and child neglect


by Howard Center

News Weekly, May 13, 2006
Non-marital cohabiting couples spend more money on themselves and less on their children than do married couples, a recent US study has found.

Though the chattering classes generally view it as a fully acceptable substitute for marriage, non-marital cohabitation offers little to children. For cohabiting parents typically part with so much of their money at tobacco and liquor stores that they have little left to spend on their children.

Two US economists, Thomas DeLeire and Ariel Kalil, have examined this phenomenon in a study, "How Do Cohabiting Couples With Children Spend Their Money?", recently published in the Journal of Marriage and Family.

The two academics have found that "cohabiting-parent families spend a greater amount on two adult goods - alcohol and tobacco - than do married-parent [families]". At the same time, cohabiting parents spend significantly less than married parents on their children's education and health care.

Thus, contrary to the theorising of progressives that would define it as the functional equivalent of marriage, this new study provides strong "evidence that cohabitation is a distinct family type from marriage".

- The Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society (Rockford, Illinois, USA)




























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