family first senator rebuffs government

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    ABC Online;

    The new Family First Senator Steve Fielding has used his maiden speech to call on both sides of politics to consider the impact of market-friendly policies on families.

    Senator Fielding is concerned about the current debate over industrial relations policy, which he thinks is being driven by economic, rather than family, considerations.

    He explained that as one of 16 children he learnt early on that greater prosperity does not necessarily mean greater happiness, and called on the major parties to recognise that when legislating for the economy and business.

    "The major parties struggle to reconcile their professed family values with the free market mantra, they struggle because the two cannot be reconciled,"

    "The mantra of choice, competition, consumerism is in conflict with the family and community."

    Dave R.
 
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