Posted By Jennie Chancey on September 9, 2011
From Carolyn Moynihan at Mercatornet:
Australia is known as the Lucky Country but a report on child welfare published this week suggests that its luck is running out. Like Britain and the USA, it has an increasing number of fragile families where children are at risk of abuse and neglect, thanks to marriage breakdown, single parenthood and cohabiting relationships which have a high risk of breaking up….
Prof Parkinson, a family law specialist who helped shape family policy under the Howard government, warns that these problems are not just “spot fires” but signs of a “major bush fire” burning in the background. And that raging bushfire is family breakdown.
Read the entire piece HERE. Please note: LAF is not endorsing the government “solutions” to these problems–just highlighting the problems for families in Australia. Carolyn Moynihan notes, “As long as politicians and professionals persist in the “families come in all shapes and sizes” ideology and fail to support and promote marriage, any scheme to strengthen families will fail.” Government “solutions” only add to the confusion and make the problem deeper. Solutions must come from the bottom up, not the top down.