May 13th 2006


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Articles from this issue:

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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Motherhood devalued (letter)


by Sean Duffy

News Weekly, May 13, 2006

Sir,

Mother's Day (Sunday, May 14) is an opportunity to consider the status of motherhood in Australian society, particularly in light of recent calls for gay marriage.

If gay marriage supporters believe mothers are not essential to the ideal childrearing environment, they devalue motherhood. But if they do appreciate the unique role of mothers, how can gay marriage advocates justify giving two men equal status to a married mother and father?

Sean Duffy,
Eight Mile Plains, Qld.




























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