• For Kids’ Sake: Repairing the Social Environment for Australian Children and Young People

    In this publication, Professor Parkinson, a family law expert prepared a submission to the Australian government to provide a ‘major new initiative to help strengthen relationships between couples and to support parent-child relationships’. As part of this submission, he examined the evidence for how Australian children are REALLY faring and what must be done to improve things.

    Some Key findings regarding Children
    1. Family stability matters to children’s well being. ‘While it would be simplistic to posit just one or two explanations, if there is one major demographic change in western societies that can be linked to a large range of adverse consequences for many children and young people, it is the growth in the numbers of children who experience life in a family other than living with their two biological parents, at some point before the age of 15. Family conflict and parental separation have a range of adverse impacts on children and young people.
    2. Children whose parents live apart are at greater risk. ‘Children whose parents live apart are exposed to a greater number of risks and difficulties than children in intact families. They are significantly more likely to be subject to reports of abuse and neglect than intact families.
    3. New partners pose a particular risk. ‘ (one) of the most significant reasons for this are the presence of new partners who are not biologically related to the children…Girls in particular are at much greater risk of sexual abuse from the mother’s new partner than from their own father’
    4. The number of kids who do not reach the age of 15 in an intact family with both of their biological parents has almost doubled within a generation. This is largely the consequence of children born into defacto relationships that subsequently break down. ‘Cohabiting relationships are typically quite short-term, if they do not result in marriage. They break down at a very much faster rate than do marriages..Even couples with children who live in de facto relationships have much higher rates of breakdown than married couples.

    Bottom line
    The nuclear family in Australia is in a state of decline and the main casualties of this process are those least able to care for themselves, the children. This trend shows no sign of reversing and Prof Parkinson notes that ‘As more and more children grow up in fragile families, it ought to be expected that more and more children will experience adverse outcomes’

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Please find below key points you may wish to consider when sending a message of opposition to your local Member of Parliament if they support same sex marriage.

These points should be used as a foundation of your email but we recommend you personalise the email to ENSURE YOUR IMPORTANT MESSAGE IS NOT IGNORED.

Be friendly, polite and urge your MPs to let the people vote on this issue.

YOUR MESSAGE OF OPPOSITION TO MPS WHO SUPPORT SSM SHOULD CONTAIN AT THE VERY LEAST THESE 4 KEY POINTS:

  1. I believe marriage should remain between a man and a woman. I am strongly opposed to the redefinition of marriage to allow Same Sex Marriage (SSM)

  2. You have been identified as a supporter of SSM on the ‘Australians for Marriage Equality’ (AME) website. If you do not support SSM, then I urge you to have your name removed from the AME website

  3. If you do indeed support SSM then I will be unable to vote for you at the next election. I will also be unable to vote for ANY POLITICAL PARTY that officially supports SSM.

  4. I will be telling my friends and family to do the same thing. ‘

IF YOU WISH TO ADD MORE DETAIL, THEN SOME OR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING 4 POINTS COULD BE INCLUDED

  1. I believe that the primary purpose of marriage is to ensure that wherever possible, children are raised by their biological mother and father. Marriage is therefore about what is best for our kids, not about validating the desires and feelings of adults.

  2. I urge you to examine the significant body of evidence that shows that the gold standard for children is to be raised by MARRIED BIOLOGICAL MOTHER AND FATHER. Please see: www.thebigdealaboutmarriage.com.au/category/marriage-children.

  3. Marriage is the foundational institution of our society and any redefinition to allow SSM has the potential to have significantly negative effects on our society.

  4. The LGBTI population represents only 3% of the Australian population and only 0.7% of cohabiting couples (Australian Bureau Statistics). These couples ALREADY HAVE all the same rights as heterosexual de facto relationships. Why are we risking major societal change changing marriage laws for a small minority of Australians to give them much the same rights as they ALREADY HAVE?

SOME POSTCODES MAY SHOW MORE THAN ONE MP. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ALL THE MPS SHOWN

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Please find below key points you may wish to consider when sending a message of support to your local Member of Parliament if they oppose same sex marriage.

These points should be used as a foundation of your email but we recommend you personalise the email to ENSURE YOUR IMPORTANT MESSAGE IS NOT IGNORED.

Be friendly, polite and urge your MPs to let the people vote on this issue.

YOUR MESSAGE OF OPPOSITION TO MPS WHO SUPPORT SSM SHOULD CONTAIN AT THE VERY LEAST THESE 4 KEY POINTS:

  1. I believe marriage should remain between a man and a woman. I am strongly opposed to the redefinition of marriage to allow Same Sex Marriage (SSM). It is my understanding that you also support marriage remaining between a man and a woman and I congratulate you for that.

  2. This issue will decide my vote in future elections. If you continue to oppose SSM then I will vote for you.

  3. If you change your position then unfortunately I will be unable to vote for you or ANY POLITICAL PARTY that officially supports SSM.

  4. I will be telling my friends and family to do the same thing

IF YOU WISH TO ADD MORE DETAIL, THEN SOME OR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING 4 POINTS COULD BE INCLUDED

  1. I urge you to examine the significant body of evidence that shows that the gold standard for children is to be raised by MARRIED BIOLOGICAL MOTHER AND FATHER. Please see: www.thebigdealaboutmarriage.com.au/category/marriage-children.

  2. The LGBTI population represents only 3% of the Australian population and only 0.7% of cohabiting couples (Australian Bureau Statistics). These couples ALREADY HAVE all the same rights as heterosexual de facto relationships. Why are we risking major societal change changing marriage laws for a small minority of Australians to give them much the same rights as they ALREADY HAVE?

  3. Marriage is the foundational institution of our society and any redefinition to allow SSM has the potential to have significantly negative effects on our society.

  4. I believe that the primary purpose of marriage is to ensure that wherever possible, children are raised by their biological mother and father. Marriage is therefore about what is best for our kids, not about validating the desires and feelings of adults.

SOME POSTCODES MAY SHOW MORE THAN ONE MP. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ALL THE MPS SHOWN

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