Has Penny Wong got it more right than wrong?
I have read with interest comments in the press following the announcement by Penny Wong Finance Minister, Commonwealth Government of Australia and her partner Sophie Albouache that they are expecting a child. Instead of the congratulations most parents-to-be receive, this happy couple have also been subjected to questionable criticism…as is evident in an article by Miranda Devine in the Sunday Herald Sun, August 14 with the header Nuclear units still best for children.
According to Devine many of today’s problems – and in particular the current rioting in the UK – are a consequence of women raising children without a father. It is her view that only a married heterosexual couple in a nuclear unit household should bear and raise children and that any variation on this model is not beneficial to a child or for our society. Yet the nuclear family that she sees as best for children is a new phenomenon…coinciding with many of the issues apparent in relationships and society today. Continue reading