“If you take out uncovered meat and place it outside on the street, or in the garden or in the park, or in the backyard without a cover, and the cats come and eat it ... whose fault is it, the cats’ or the uncovered meat?”
Is this the age of the modern family? Reproductive technologies and non-heterosexual parenting arrangements have produced all manner of new families. And new research on parenting shows how functional these families are. Laws in Australia are adapting to these new arrangements — but traditional ideas about biology and gender continue to influence the way legislators and judges think about parenting.