Well according to this Sunday Star Times editorial they are.
The problem with the Liberal left is that they fail to comprehend that all social problems have their origin in mankind's fallen nature. And that no amount of legislation, no program that they can come up with can or ever will address this.
So we see last week, for example, a sad story of a police crackdown on underage prostitution.
Did Tim Barnett's child, the Prostitution Reform Act do anything to save these children? Maybe it even helps drive problem. Perhaps part of the appeal for those who use prostitutes is the illegality of what they are doing. Forbidden fruit and all that. Government blessed "Safe sex" with a legal prostitute maybe is just too clinical to have any appeal to the customers who sought out these children.
What would save children from being exploited in this manner would be safe homes and nurturing families. And is saying this "extremism" or just common sense.
And of course our cultural elites while playing lip service to the ideal of the nuclear family, undermine it at every turn. Another of Tim Barnett's pet projects was the Civil Union bill of course. It seems harmless enough, or even tolerant and "inclusive". But in reality it changes the fundamental focus of marriage from one of providing a stable platform for the foundation of a child centered family, to that of individual fulfillment and personal gratification. The new meme of "partnership" actually celebrates selfishness rather than commitment and certainly not a commitment to the next generation.
And so it is with Sue Bradford's baby.
It is just another way the State can step in to undermine parental authority and break the bonds that tie families together and accomplish nothing at all in preventing the dysfunctional who thrash children with dog chains and worse from doing the same.
The real solution to all our social problems lies in changing peoples hearts and that can only be accomplished at an individual level not by sledgehammer legislation.
We still have a long way to go in that regard folks.