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Kids are our future : Comments

By Suzanne Dvorak and Carolyn Hardy, published 20/11/2009

What kind of world are we creating for our children and what kind of life do we offer them?

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A really fine article. I'm optimistic about the future of children. As the authors acknowledge, education and health care, especially in the developing world, has greatly improved longevity and in many cases, created a better life.

There are elements in the environmental movement who would like to close down aid agencies in Africa and Asia as they say they contribute to population growth which in turn means higher consumption and greater green house gases. These are naive instrumentalist arguments but they do have popular appeal in middle Australia.

The eradication of child labour must be a high priority but it's also confounded by wicked problems. Yet for ever condundrum, there is a solution.
Posted by Cheryl, Friday, 20 November 2009 8:54:31 AM
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All that you do say Suzanne and Carolyn is good, but incredibly you choose to overlook the greatest harm done to children.

It is estimated that 90 100 000 children are deliberately killed by abortion each year in Australia. By not mentioning this are you inferring that abortion is somehow good for children?

Further, are you suggesting that abortion does not go against the principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child?

What do you make of the parts of the Convention cited below?

Preamble
The States Parties to the present Convention,

Considering that, in accordance with the principles proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations, recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,

Bearing in mind that, as indicated in the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, "the child, by reason of his physical and mental immaturity, needs special safeguards and care, including appropriate legal protection, before as well as after birth",

Article 6
1. States Parties recognize that every child has the inherent right to life
Posted by JP, Friday, 20 November 2009 11:26:21 AM
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Come on JP. You are drawing a long bow there, accusing the authors of being soft on abortion.

It needs to be recognised that better sex education and removal of the head in the sand attitude of the Catholic Church would result in less unplanned pregnancies with the consequence of a much smaller number of unloved children being bor or aborted.

It is easy for all the members of the United Nations to sign a treaty and then go back home and ignore it. It just shows what a farce the UN really is.

Cheryl on the other hand would like to see an increase in the number of children in African countries with the consequence of more children living in intolerable conditions. Oh dear, Oh dear.

David
Posted by VK3AUU, Friday, 20 November 2009 3:55:00 PM
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David
I don't see how you can say JP is drawing a long bow to accuse the authors of being soft on abortion, if it is correct, as it seems to be, that the Convention on the Rights of the Child, defines a 'child' to include an unborn child. If the figure of 90,000 to 100,000 abortions a year is correct for Australia, what must it be for the whole world? If that total number of children were dying each year of child sex abuse you can be quite sure the authors would have mentioned it.
Posted by Peter Hume, Friday, 20 November 2009 7:19:48 PM
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Instead of conjecture, perhaps we should ask the authors to come clean on the subject.

David
Posted by VK3AUU, Friday, 20 November 2009 9:13:37 PM
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Peter - itis estimated that about 40 - 50 million babies are killed by abortion world-wide annually. Somehow this manages to be overlooked when expressing concerm about harm done to children.
Posted by JP, Friday, 20 November 2009 10:56:39 PM
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