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The Tricks of the Orphan Adoption Lobby

You might not have realised it, but it is Adoption Awareness Week. Every year at this time lobbyists pull out the big gun – the celebrity card – and Deborra-Lee Furness hits the airwaves.

The messages are clear – we must rescue more orphans, cut red tape, privatise adoption like in the US, and anyone who opposes us, especially the government, is anti-adoption. The reality is the informed members of the adoption community (and there are many) understand intercountry adoption for what it is – a very complex matter.

Everyone has a right to an opinion but when a small, well-connected and media-savvy group of lobbyists claim personal opinion as fact and claim to be the voice for the adoption community in Australia, there is a problem. My PhD research shed light on the tactics used by lobbyists in Australia – keep the message simple and emotional.

“There are millions of orphans in the world that need to be saved” fits that bill. It sounds a lot better than “a single mother is encouraged by an adoption agency to send her child overseas for adoption and then when she changes her mind and returns the next day, she is told it is too late” or “the family who does not understand what intercountry adoption really means and thinks their child is leaving to go to school” or “some children adopted into Australia have been trafficked”.



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LEFT THE KEYS IN VEHICLE … so keen to join the birthday celebrations#

The police van crashed into the Botanical Gardens gates.The police van crashed into the Botanic Gardens gates. Photo: Supplied

A 19-year-old man will face Brisbane Magistrates Court after stealing and crashing a police vehicle.

The man allegedly stole the police van when it was unlocked and unattended as officers resolved a disturbance at a nightclub on the corner of Edward and Charlotte streets which involved security staff and several patrons at about 2am on Friday.

The man drove the van along Edward and Alice streets before crashing into one of the gates of the Botanical Gardens before fleeing the scene.

Police dogs found the man a short time later…

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  • Phillip Coorey

    Phillip Coorey

    Phillip Coorey joined the Sydney Morning Herald in 2005 and is the paper’s Chief Political Correspondent, based in Canberra. Previously he was the Political Editor for Adelaide’s The Advertiser. He has been in the Canberrra Press Gallery since 1998, except for 2003 and 2004 when he was the New York correspondent for News Ltd.

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Pic Nick Moir 24 oct 2012Phillip Coorey THE former Labor MP, Craig Thomson, has labelled his old party hypocritical and will vote against its legislation to excise the Australian mainland from the nation’s migration zone.

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THERE’S no doubt about it. Gina Rinehart has dipped her toes in the Fairbairn Dam.

The world’s richest woman has approached numerous irrigators in the Central Highlands with the aim of buying water allocations, and it has emerged several have entered into deals with the Hancock Coal owner.

Dave McCullagh, of Codenwarra West, near Emerald, just signed a three-year call-back deal to sell his water allocations to the mining billionaire for $11 million.”

Heard of Gina’s Half Sister?