August 11th 2001


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Cover Story: The building industry's Royal Commission

Canberra Observed: Telstra creates headache for Beazley pledge

Straws in the Wind: Peter's Friends

Western Australia: WA Liberals' preference deal could be decisive

Red light districts don't work

The Media

Singapore funds (letter)

Tony Abbott criticised (letter)

Birth dearth (letter)

Parenting payments (letter)

Tree cover (letter)

Drug Deaths (letter)

Middle Ages climate (letter)

LAW: International Criminal Court: the dangers

The companies driving US-Australia free trade agreement

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Birth dearth (letter)


by Rosanne Turner

News Weekly, August 11, 2001
Sir,

Further to Bill Muehlenberg's article on Australia's declining fertility (NW, July 14, 2001), the birth dearth will only be effectively reversed when:
  • men face up to their responsibilities as husbands and fathers, thus discontinuing current trends of leaving married and single women to raise children alone;

  • the media represent marriage positively;

  • realistic pre-marriage courses are provided, which emphasise that this is a partnership for life; and

  • a future Prime Minister condemns China for its "one child" policy and criticises the anti-natalist philosophy of the UN and other bodies.


Rosanne Turner,
Mt Druitt, NSW




























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