SA abortion bill: how did your MP vote?

Tragically, and despite the best efforts of many, South Australia’s lower house of Parliament passed the abortion-to-birth bill in the early hours of Friday, 19 February 2021.

The final vote was 29-15, with several apparent abstentions.

This vote, however, cannot be viewed in isolation as a complete guide to how MPs voted over the course of the debate.

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“I will not be silenced”: Senator Claire Chandler to face anti-discrimination tribunal

Since her election last year, Tasmanian Liberal Senator Claire Chandler has been a voice for common sense.

Her public contributions on free speech and gender issues have been a welcome breath of fresh air.

But her thoughtful candour has now seen her receive an anti-discrimination complaint (from the same body, incidentally, that oversaw a complaint against Catholic Archbishop of Hobart Julian Porteous).

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"No strong Australia without strong families"

Last week, Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg called on over 65s to work longer.

He talked about increased life expectancy, a shrinking number of working-age Australians, and the national debt.

The underlying issue though – that we have an ageing population – seemed to receive less analysis, much less proposed solutions.

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Death across the Tasman?

End of life issues have taken a turn for the worse in New Zealand, with ramifications for Australia.

This week, New Zealand approved the introduction of euthanasia subject to a public vote.

Approved by parliament, 69 votes to 51, the public vote will be held in conjunction with the coming general election, due next year.

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Prostitution bill defeated in SA!

Last year, the SA Greens introduced a radical bill to decriminalise prostitution.

SA is the only remaining Australian jurisdiction to criminalise prostitution (albeit in a somewhat clunky way due to the nature of the laws).

The Greens’ bill would have seen a free-for-all in terms of brothels and streetwalking, with countless unanswered questions about advertising, the presence of minors, and more.

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URGENT: have your say on religious freedom!

There is now less than 24 hours to lodge a submission on the Federal Government’s religious discrimination package.

Submissions MUST be lodged via email by 5.00pm AEST, Wednesday, 2 October.

To put it succinctly, the proposed bills would need to be drastically rewritten to provide anything approaching the positive protections we need for religious freedom.

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A dark day: NSW abortion bill passes lower house

The NSW abortion debate has been a jarring experience.

There have been some wonderful moments, with MPs championing the most vulnerable in our community: unborn children in the womb.

There have also been some terrible moments, with comments that shocked in their callousness.

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NSW: Your MP needs a phone call today!

Without the right to life, all other rights are meaningless.

Right now – this week, in fact – a travesty is unfolding in New South Wales.

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Big win for "UK's Israel Folau"

A man described as the “UK’s Israel Folau” has just had his day in court – and he won!

Christian student Felix Ngole was expelled from his social work course at Sheffield University for posting social media comments critical of homosexuality.

After fighting a four-year legal battle, the UK Court of Appeal has ruled in favour of Ngole.

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High Court rules trees more special than babies

It’s a sad day for freedom of speech in Australia, with the High Court rejecting the appeal of pro-lifers Kathy Clubb and Graham Preston.

Both were arrested, in separate incidents, for breaching exclusion zone legislation prohibiting abortion-related speech within 150m of abortion clinics.

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