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Sexism and hypocrisy in high places


Familyvoice Australia
“I would believe the Prime Minister’s condemnation of the obscene and demeaning Liberal fundraiser menu if she had shown equal outrage over a similar situation 18 months ago,” FamilyVoice research officer Ros Phillips said today.
“When Channel 7 first announced plans to broadcast a US program called Good Christian Bitches, many women – especially Christian women – were deeply upset. The words Christian bitches are at least as offensive than the Ditch the Witch signs Ms Gillard has complained about.”
Petitions were launched, gaining thousands of signatures. Seven was deluged with complaints, but initially claimed the title of its new series was justified because ‘bitch’ can have a positive meaning(!)
“I contacted the office of Kate Ellis, then federal Minister for the Status of Women, to ask her to speak up for women on this issue. No result,” Ros Phillips said.
“Ms Ellis was replaced by Julie Collins – who declined to take any personal action. Broadcasting minister Senator Conroy did not respond to our concerns. The only federal MP who responded positively was from the opposition – broadcasting spokesman Malcolm Turnbull, who took the trouble to contact Channel 7 on our behalf. He received the same non-committal response we did, but at least he tried.
“It was six months before the Australian Communications and Media Authority finally announced that the term ‘bitch’ was coarse language that could only be used on TV after 8.30 pm. This would limit station promos, so Seven capitulated, changing the name to GCB.”
Mrs Phillips said the Gillard government seems highly selective in its sexism concerns. “Women want to believe you, Ms Gillard – but it’s getting harder,” she said.



New gay parenting study queried


“An interim report on a new research led by Dr Simon Crouch of Melbourne University,purporting to show benefits from gay parenting, raises more questions than answers,” FamilyVoice research officer Ros Phillips said on June 6.
“Does Dr Crouch have an agenda?” Ros Phillips asked.
“His interim report is extremely brief, but his obvious conflict of interest should have been declared.
“Moreover, it appears that the gay parents in his study were volunteers, mostly recruited from gay and lesbian venues and advertisements in the gay and lesbian media.
The parents would have known that their answers to the survey questions would have the potential for promoting the political campaign for same-sex marriage.
“This is not valid methodology,” Mrs Phillips said.
“It is the same type of flawed research used in other gay parenting studies, such as that published by Gartrell and Bos in 2010 – where lesbian couples with donor-conceived children were recruited from gay and lesbian venues and reported on their own children’s progress.
The parents were overwhelmingly Caucasian; two thirds were college-educated and 85% were in professional or managerial positions – unlike the control group.”
Ros Phillips said a review of 59 gay parenting studies, such as those cited by the Australian Medical Association to support claims that children raised in such families suffer no disadvantage, found that all had serious design flaws including small samples, invalid or no controls, and self-reporting.
“The Crouch study has similar flaws,” Ros Phillips said.
“It does not prove anything.”


FAR NORTH FOOTBALL LEAGUE INC
ROUND 7, 15 June 2013


Hornridge Sporting Club 13.9 - 87 def Olympic Dam Football Club 12.7 - 79


HORNRIDGE SPORTING CLUB
Goal Kickers:
J. Harman 4, J. Dawson 3, D. Pegler 2, J. Elliott , L. Webb , P. Bowey , N. Tutthill
Best Players:T. Harman, D. Pegler, J. Harman, B. Kelly, J. Elliott
OLYMPIC DAM FOOTBALL CLUB
Goal Kickers:
S. Montgomerie 3, A. Homer 2, D. Emes 2, M. Elson 2, R. Bennett 2, M. Shaw 1
Best Players: M. Shaw, S. Fairclough, T. Hornhardt, L. Francou, R. Hornhardt

Andamooka Sporting Club 11.14 - 80 def Coober Pedy Football Club 12.7 - 79


ANDAMOOKA SPORTING CLUB
Goal Kickers:
A. Hand 5, A. Dekuyer 2, T. Paull , M. Tuohy , T. Ripley , J. Hackett
Best Players:: M. Tuohy, J. Hackett, E. Walker, S. Orr, A. Hand
COOBER PEDY FOOTBALL CLUB
Goal Kickers:
K. Henry 7, J. Crisa , T. Briscoe , A. O''Toole , R. Murray , D. Warren
Best Players:: K. Henry, M. Grava, B. Buller, R. Murray, C. Edwards




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