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Former Liberal MP Chris Miles: anti-gay activist, caught misusing NIS-4 study in leaked anti-marriage-equality leaflet

Image: Anti-gay campaigner and former Liberal Party MP Chris Miles. [Source: Fairfax Media]

On the back of the recent Say Yes fact check, we noticed something on the leaked anti-marriage-equality leaflet authorised by former Liberal Party MP Chris Miles.

It’s another claim that “married biological parents have a better record for providing safety and development of healthy, well-adjusted adult children” and that such parents “minimise abuse and neglect of children”.  The leaflet (see below) then cites a report to the US Congress by the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Image: Excerpt from anti-gay leaflet authorised by Chris Miles. [Source: Fairfax Media]

And you guessed it: It’s the NIS-4 study being misused again.  We recently sought comment from NIS-4 author Dr Andrea Sedlak, PhD, who was concerned about the research being misused in relation to LGBTI parenting and relationships.

And it’s not the first time that Chris Miles has authored and distributed an anti-gay leaflet!

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Fact check debunks FamilyVoice Australia’s Ros Phillips: Author of NIS-4 study comments

Image: NIS-4 report co-author Dr Andrea Sedlak, PhD. [Source: LinkedIn]

An update to the fact check that Say Yes has been performing on the recent letter by FamilyVoice Australia’s Ros Phillips in the Australian.

As we previously reported, FamilyVoice Australia confirmed that the study that Mrs Phillips quoted was this study, the Fourth National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect (NIS–4): Report to Congress.  We also asked both FamilyVoice Australia and Mrs Phillips to respond to a series of questions, and we also contacted one of the study’s authors.

While FamilyVoice hasn’t gotten around to replying, one of the study authors has.

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FamilyVoice Australia confirms Say Yes fact check: “You provided the link…”

Image: FamilyVoice Australia logo. [Source: FamilyVoice Australia]

In an exchange on Twitter with prominent pro-equality campaigner Michael Barnett, FamilyVoice Australia was questioned about the recent Say Yes fact check on a letter penned by Roslyn Phillips that appeared in The Australian.

FamilyVoice has confirmed that the study cited by Phillips was the one we uncovered in our fact check on the matter.

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Did FamilyVoice Australia’s Roslyn Phillips bend study to fit letter against marriage equality?

Image: Anti-gay campaigner Roslyn Phillips from FamilyVoice Australia. [Source: FamilyVoice Australia]

Update: 9 March 2016 — FamilyVoice Australia has confirmed, via twitter, that the research we found was, indeed, the study Roslyn Phillips was referring to (not by name, of course).  We have updated this post to reflect this new information.


The letters page of the local newspaper often doesn’t have the resources to fact check letters.  Often the person vetting letters to the editor for publication may just take at face value claims made in a letter — especially if the claims sound scientific or factually-based — as being just that.

The Australian newspaper may have hit the jackpot recently when it published this gem from Roslyn Phillips, of Tea Tree Gully, SA.

 

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