Definition of marriage and family
Fundamental to the position of the Australian Family Association is MARRIAGE defined as ‘the union of a biological adult male (man) and a biological adult female (woman) to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into, for life’ and the FAMILY which is composed essentially of a father, mother and children; in a wider but still necessary relationship, of grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles; a kinship group of human beings linked by ties of blood, marriage and adoption, structured to bear and rear children, to care for the young, the sick and the old and other human needs.
The family has been acknowledged by the United Nations in its Covenant on Civil and Political Rights as “the natural and fundamental group unit of society entitled to protection by society and the State.”
The Australian Family Association holds that the family is the basic unit on which human societies are built and is the prime agency for the total development of children, i.e. the transmission of moral, ethical and cultural values, and for the ongoing social and emotional support for all its members. Its natural purpose is to serve as the chief functioning mechanism for the primary delivery of social services in the fields of nurture, education, health and welfare.
The Australian Family Association respects the sanctity of life from conception to natural death. It recognises the need for care and compassion for the broken family and for the support of all people in need. However, its activities are directed towards the consolidation of the family unit: seeking the support of public policy so as to forestall the causes which today lead to the disintegration of the family and its fundamental role as the basic unit of our society.
The objectives for which the Australian Family Association is established are as follows:
(i) to cultivate within society an appreciation that the integrity and well-being of the family is essential to the stability, morale, security and prosperity of the Australian nation;
(ii) to analyse laws and policies for their effect on the family and to formulate and promote corrective measures as necessary;
(iii) to support initiatives taken by other individuals and organisations in support of the natural family;
(iv) by means of conferences, seminars and the active involvement of individuals and groups, to create public awareness of the fundamental importance of the family unit;
(v) to facilitate research and act as a resource centre for the effective pursuit of the Australian Family Association’s objectives.
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