New Generation Drugs Curtailed
New generation synthetic drugs such as Meow Meow and GBL will attract penalties under tough new laws placing them on the same footing as cocaine and ecstasy. Police will be given power to charge anyone using, carrying or trafficking these, and other, previously “legal highs.” (Herald Sun 29/8/12 p15)
Marriages Need Help
Suzie O’Brien says that ‘couples who are married tend to last longer and have more stable family structures,’ but need ‘more relationship counselling, early intervention and parenting classes to help them weather tough times.’ There are 880,000 single parent families in Australia today. 35% of children are born outside marriage, and 12% to mums with no partner – a figure that has doubled in 20 years. (Herald Sun 4/9/12 p13).
Higher Family Violence
Crime statistics show a 43.3% increase in reports of family violence, (partly as a result of better police reporting). Reported rapes are up 11% in one year. One in three rape victims and offenders are in relationships. In 2011-12, there were 50,000 incidents where police filed family incident reports. Family-related assaults now account for 38% of all assaults (Herald Sun 4/9/12 p13).
Late Term Murder
Government figures on late term abortions for 2009 have been released. From a total of 410 post 20 week abortions, 210 were performed on physically healthy babies, with 10 of these undertaken after 28 weeks, a time when they could have been safely delivered alive (Real Choices Australia 29/8/12). Around 20,000 babies are killed each year in Victoria through abortion. We are campaigning to wind back abortion laws.
The latest Newspoll shows support for the Greens, which positions itself in direct competition to traditional Christianity, has plunged, with a primary vote (8%) now half that of May 2010 (Herald Sun 4/9/12 p2). Green’s policies, if implemented, would slash energy production, shatter the traditional family unit, expand abortion services and encourage euthanasia.