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Sex Education and Teenage Pregnancy (15 Nov 81)
Document access: Subscriber, Member “What disturbs me,” wrote Fr John Fleming in “The Advertiser” (10/8/81) about an Australian Family Planning Association campaign for more government funding, “is that it seems mainly directed at the unmarried, particularly teenagers.” This is not family planning, he points out. The promotion of contraceptives among teenagers is instead an invitation to promiscuity. “Is it right,” he asks, “for adults to assist teenagers to go against their parents’ wishes in this matter, and encourage unlawful sexual intercourse with girls under the age of 17 years?”...

Men and Women: Equal but Different (15 Aug 81)
Document access: Subscriber, Member A prominent feminist politician recently addressed a mee ting in Canberra. She said that she hoped the time would come when people would “realize that differences between men and women are no more important than differences in eye colour”... jobs at all promotional levels. But is the underlying premise for these expensive projects true? Is the assumption that sex differences are as unimportant as eye colour valid? This paper explores the facts — gained in part from the latest scientific research — and the results are startling. They call into question many recent government projects. They deserve the widest publicity...

Family Law in Australia (15 May 81)
Document access: Subscriber, Member One member of the Committee, Mr. John Martyr (then member for Swan, WA and now a Senator for WA) strongly dissented from the Majority Report [for the Family Law Act]. Speaking in Federal Parliament, he explained that he would not sign the Majority Report because of fundamental disagreements with the Committee... Thus the controversy which surrounded the birth of the Family Law Act in 1975 is still present. This resource paper briefly presents the background to the Report, including the appointment and working of the Joint Select Committee, and its contents. The heart of the controversy, namely the effect

Pornography leads to Tragedies (15 Feb 81)
Document access: Subscriber, Member This resource paper is largely an extract from “Pornography and the Harm Condition” — a response to the U.K. Williams Committee Report on Obscenity and Film Censorship — published by Dr. Court in August 1980. The full monograph is available direct from Dr. Court... If there is a positive association between the dissemination of pornography on the one hand, and the incidence of sex crimes on the other, there should exist specific examples of individuals whose personal experience demonstrates this link. While it does not follow that an easy cause-effect relationship will necessarily be found, some linkages should emerge at

Prostitution: The Inside Story (15 Nov 80)
Document access: Public, Guest, Subscriber, Member This disturbing account of the prostitution trade in Australia comes from a girl who worked as a prostitute from 1972 to 1978. She left this sordid trade for a new life as a Christian. She is now engaged to be married and wants to remain anonymous for obvious reasons. I admire her courage and her fiance’s support in telling her story, because it provides a unique insight into how girls can so easily become victims of prostitution. We publish it in the hope that the public and our parliamentary representatives will see more clearly the need to keep this exploitative


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