February 19th 2011

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Articles from this issue:

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Julia Gillard's fragile grip on power

EDITORIAL: Why utility prices are going through the roof

HOUSING: Australia has the least affordable housing

MIDDLE EAST I: Arab turmoil to change Middle East power balance

MIDDLE EAST II: Obama learns nothing from Bush's Middle East failures

UNITED STATES I: Obama's State of the Union address

UNITED STATES II: Tirade of calumny directed at Sarah Palin

UNITED STATES III: Ronald Reagan remembered

HIGHER EDUCATION: The rise of the entrepreneurial university

CLIMATE CHANGE: New research rebuts man-made global warming

EUTHANASIA: Ageism on the increase in Amsterdam

OPINION: Australia's identity with the Christian West

OPINION: Farmers' livelihoods under attack

WikiLeaks 1 (letter)

WikiLeaks 2 (letter)

La Niña, not CO2 (letter)

Government's insult to home mothers (letter)

Feminists on stamps (letter)

AS THE WORLD TURNS: More British Christians converting to Islam / Commonwealth Chief Rabbi rejects multiculturalism / US teenage pregnancies / The Muslim Brotherhood

BOOK REVIEW: UNPLANNED, by Abby Johnson with Cindy Lambert

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Government's insult to home mothers (letter)

by Colin Jory

News Weekly, February 19, 2011

I have just witnessed on television the Gillard Government's advertisement promoting its pseudo paid parental leave (PPL) scheme - in reality, of course, its discriminatory Super-Baby Bonus for mothers who have "demonstrated" a "commitment" to the paid workforce.

It is deliberately and triumphalistically contemptuous of mothers who give full-time care to their children, by using the terms "working mothers" and "working families" to denote exclusively wage-force mothers, or families in which the mother is in the wage-force.

Thus the Government has escalated its participatory support for the feminist language offensive against full-time mothers.

A woman who cares full-time for other people's children and is paid to do so, in a child-care centre, is deemed to be "working"; but a mother who cares full-time for her own children is deemed to be non-working, the clear further implication being that she is a bludging, irresponsible, lay-about slacker.

Will the Liberals or the Nationals have the integrity to protest publicly against this jeering ugliness? Or will they continue to be actively or passively complicit in Tony Abbott's policy of supporting the feminists against the family?

Colin Jory,
Narrabundah, ACT

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