by Apolline Kempter
“In all actions concerning children, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration.”
Australia must “take all appropriate measures to protect children from all forms of physical or mental violence, including while in the care of parents, legal guardians or any other person.”
– UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
Smacking can never be a proper way to teach a child how to behave when corporal punishment is known to have negative impacts on children.Read more
'We want same-sex marriage without hearing in the playground that I am not normal’: Why marriage equality is a child rights issue
At first glance, marriage equality is about the right of consenting adults to get married. But it is also very much about the rights of children.
There are thousands of ‘rainbow families’ in Australia getting on with the everyday business of raising and loving their kids. And there are thousands of same-sex attracted and gender-diverse children and young people looking for acceptance and support as they grapple with growing up in a hetero-normative world.
These children have a stake in this debate.Read more
By John Pascoe
Many would-be parents, who can offer a child a good life but cannot themselves conceive, experience an aching desire for a child to nurture and care for.
Assisted reproductive technology (ART) has enabled those with reproductive difficulties, and those who are unable to have a child naturally, to start a family. In many, indeed most situations this is a happy occasion. However, it is uncontroversial to say that ART, including surrogacy, has significantly outpaced the capacity of the law to keep up with the technology. And it is here that desires of would-be parents can come into conflict with the rights of the child.Read more