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So Family First have released a 'report' saying that the primary driver of child poverty is people not getting married. Usually I'd ignore something as blatantly silly as this, but seeing that it's being given some air time it seems worthy of comment.
Not the report itself though, because that is a nonsense. Saying that because child poverty has risen since the 1960's, and because the proportion of families where the parents are married has dropped, means that child poverty is caused by less people getting married, is so completely flawed it's hardly worthy of comment. I could use this flawed understanding of correlation and causality to make a case for climate change causing child poverty, or the rise of iPhone sales causing child poverty, or the rise of reality TV series.
The real problem with organisations like Family First, I believe, is that they say they are acting in the interests of 'families' when really they're simply a conservative and ideologically driven organisation whose interests aren't in supporting families per se, but rather a very narrow range of 'family' which fits their very narrow world view of what a decent family is.
Free speech is important, I believe in it passionately. So they have the right to say whatever they like. I just believe their 'speech' isn't about supporting families, it's about marginalisation and alienation. I don't believe they want to support all families, just the ones they think are okay. Their 'report' is hopelessly flawed, and their argument is at best hopelessly misinformed. Rather than help to alleviate the burden placed on some families, they simply add to it.
Still, at least this means Family First should now start supporting same sex marriages. So maybe there really is a sliver lining to this cloud of confusion.
And please... if you want to comment here then keep it respectful and polite. Discuss the content, don't attack the person. My house, my rules.
UPDATE: for the record. I have read the report. The fundamental and very obvious flaw in the report is that correlation does not equal causation. It's that simple.