September 5th 2009

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OBITUARY: Australia loses great champion of the unborn - Charles Hugh Francis AM QC RFD (1924-2009)

COVER STORY: Huge turn-out for Canberra marriage summit

CANBERRA OBSERVED: The Christian vote and Kevin Rudd

EDITORIAL: Bushfire Royal Commission ignores fuel-reduction burning

SCHOOLS: 'Historic leap forward' to shake up WA schools

ENERGY I: ETS will deter oil and gas exploration

ENERGY II: Renewable energy: what about the ethanol industry?

FINANCIAL CRISIS: World economy is still 'anaemic'

ASIA: Vulnerable Taiwan facing new trade challenges

QUEENSLAND: GP protests - we are doctors, not baby-killers

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY: Family the key to social inclusion and cohesion

OPINION: Patient ruling creates moral, ethical impasse

EDUCATION: ALP's 'education revolution' copies UK's failed policies

OPINION: Integration, the missing ingredient of immigration

CO2 and turf (letter)

Ian Plimer on Christianity (letter)

Treasury's role in OzCar affair (letter)

Governmental child abuse (letter)

AS THE WORLD TURNS: UK Health gives child molester Viagra; Vic. council paid $620,000 to a 'white witch'; Women in combat

BOOK REVIEW: FAIR WORK: The New Workplace Laws and the Work Choices Legacy, eds. Anthony Forsyth and Andrew Stewart

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Governmental child abuse (letter)

by Dr David van Gend

News Weekly, September 5, 2009

How dare Queensland Premier Anna Bligh decree that a little girl can now be brought into the world with no possibility of ever knowing her father (The Australian, August 18)? Or that a baby boy conceived in a surrogate's womb is never to have a mother - just two gay men posing as a mother and father.

That is not "putting the interests of surrogate children first", as Bligh despicably asserts; it is governmental child abuse. It denies a child its most fundamental interest and human right - to know the love of both a mother and a father. It subjects a child to a lifelong experiment on its emotional development, in order to gratify the desire of homosexual adults to raise a child.

No government has the authority to violate the primal needs of a child or mess with the deep sanity of nature. This is not good government, but hubristic moral vandalism, and like all vandals, Bligh must be made to remove this ugly graffiti.

Dr David van Gend,
Family Doctor,
Toowoomba, Qld

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