Tassie Abortion Push

The public submission period of the Tasmanian legalising abortion push has been extended to 5 April 2013. 

Jacquie Petrusma MP is sponsoring an e-petition on late term abortions. 

More than 80 people attended a silent protest against the proposed abortion law changes according to a report in the Examiner. 

The Tasmanian Govt is proposing to legalise abortion in Tasmania and remove criminal sanctions for woman and doctors. According to the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services website, the current laws are “out of step with advances in safe medical practices and community expectations.”

The website says the Department wants to ensure that the law is “not a barrier to vital reproductive health services and to improve the health and wellbeing of Tasmanian women.” Tasmanian Health Minister Michelle O’Byrne is behind the legislation.O’Byrne is a member of Emily’s List, the group of Labor women who support abortion.

See media reports from the Examiner and ABC

Action: FamilyVoice Australia and Saltshakers is asking people in Tasmania to let their views known. The Department of of Health and Human Services is inviting comments to the draft Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) Bill setting out a revised legal framework. An information paper is also available.

Action: Tasmanian MP Jacquie Petrusma is sponsoring an e-petition on late term abortion. To sign the petition click here. The closing date to sign the petition is 10 April. As at 26 March, 825 people had signed the petition.

Action: makeastand.org.au is asking people to write to their MP voicing opposition to the proposed abortion laws. As of March 26, 2013 more than 1000 people had used this service. 

For hard copies of the Govt documents, or assistance in making a submission, contact 1800 671 738.

Comments to the draft Bill must be in writing and emailed to 

public.health@dhhs.tas.gov.au or posted to Population Health Equity, GPO Box 125 Hobart, TAS, 7001.

 

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POSTED 27 Mar 2013
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Anti Discrimination Laws

The Australian Senate has referred the Sex Discrimination Amendment (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status) Bill 2013 for inquiry and report. The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee is inquirying into extending the protection from discrimination to the new grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status. The bill also seeks to provide discrimination protection for same-sex de facto couples. 

Action: Saltshakers asks people to make a submission to the inquiry. The submission period closes 26 April 2013. The committee will make its report on 17 June 2013. For info on how to make a submission and on the inquiry visit here. 

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POSTED 27 Mar 2013
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DLP Moves to Remove Abortion Medicare Funding

The Democratic Labor Party Senator John Madigan has introduced a bill, The Health Insurance Amendment (Medicare Funding for Certain Types of Abortion) Bill 2013, regarding the payment of Medicare benefits in cases where a women has an abortion based on what sex her expected child is. 
The Bill would stop payments for abortions done for that reason. The bill has been referred to the Senate Finance and Public Administration Committee for inquiry.

The Australian Christian Lobby has urged the parties to allow the bill to be debated.

See story published in the Sydney Morning Herald “Senator pushes to remove funding for abortions” by Lenore Taylor, Feb 27.

Action: Saltshakers asks people to write a submission to the inquiry. For details on the inquiry and ways to make a submission click here. The submission deadline is 24 April 2013, The inquiry will report on 25 June 2013.

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POSTED 27 Mar 2013
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Tassie Abortion Push

The Tasmanian Govt is proposing to legalise abortion in Tasmania and remove criminal sanctions for woman and doctors. According to the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services website, the current laws are “out of step with advances in safe medical practices and community expectations.”

The website says the Department wants to ensure that the law is “not a barrier to vital reproductive health services and to improve the health and wellbeing of Tasmanian women.”

See media reports from the Examiner and ABC

Action: FamilyVoice Australia and Saltshakers is asking people in Tasmania to let their views known. The Department of of Health and Human Services is inviting comments to the draft Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) Bill setting out a revised legal framework. An information paper is also available.

For hard copies of these documents, or assistance in making a submission, contact 1800 671 738.

Comments to the draft Bill must be in writing and emailed to 

public.health@dhhs.tas.gov.au or posted to Population Health Equity, GPO Box 125 Hobart, TAS, 7001.

All responses must be received by 5:00pm Friday 22 March 2013.

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POSTED 8 Mar 2013
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Tassie Euthanasia Discussion Paper

Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings, in association with Greens leader, Nick McKim, has launched a Euthanasia Discussion paper on 4 Feb 2013. 

Action: Saltshakers asks that people make a submission on the paper. Submissions are due March 15, 2013. 

For Paper click here.

For short companion paper click here.

For article on the Discussion paper published in the Australian click here.

For response from the Australian Christian Lobby click here. 

 

 

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POSTED 8 Feb 2013
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Tasmania Anti-Discrimination Bill

Saltshakers reports in its Dec 2012 Journal that “The Tasmanian government is planning more anti-discrimination laws. The Anti-Discrimination Amendment Bill 2012 will add new attributes of ‘gender identity’ and ‘intersex’. The prohibition of conduct that “offends, humiliates, intimidates, insults or ridicules” will be extended to all 20 attributes (instead of the current 7).

 ”Religious schools will have to apply for an exemption if they wish to decide who can enrol by reference to the parents’ faith -exemptions can only be applied for if there are more children than places available.”

Debate on the Bill started in mid-November.

Action: Saltshakers asks people in Tasmania to please contact their MPs.

 

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POSTED 6 Dec 2012
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Christian Aged Care providers target of new Anti Discrimination Bill

The exposure draft of a national Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill was released Nov 20, 2012 and follows on from public consultation into a discussion paper on the anti discrimination bill.

According to a press release from Australian Attorney General Nicola Roxon and the Minister for Finance and Deregulation, Penny Wong, the bill includes religious exemptions as under the current scheme, except in relation to aged care whereby Commonwealth funded aged care providers will no longer be permitted to discriminate on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity. “This change is consistent with the introduction of protection against sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination and in recognition that aged care services become a person’s home,” the press release states.

The Australian Human Rights Commission has welcomed the release of the exposure draft of a national Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill. Commission President, Professor Gillian Triggs  said in a press release that she particularly welcomed the inclusion of protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Australian Attorney General Nicola Roxon said the project fullfilled a Labor election committment to introduce “sexual orientation and gender identity as protected grounds of discrimination, heralding a significant and overdue reform in this area”

For AHRC press release click here.

For Penny Wong and Nicola Roxon press release click here.

The Bill is now the subject of a Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee inquiry allowing community feedback before it is introduced into Parliament,

To read the Bill, to read earlier submissions on a discussion paper and for ways to let your views known  click here. 

For further information about this project, please contact the department viaantidiscrimination@ag.gov.au or 02 6141 3424.

The Association for Reformed Political Action, FamilyVoice and other groups had written submissions on a discussion paper that came prior to the bill being formulated.

For more details about the Bill, the dangers of it and ways that you can get involved visit the Saltshakers webpage on it here. Submissions are due 21 December 2012.

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POSTED 6 Dec 2012
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What to Expect from Obama in second term?

According to the Population Research Institute, it will mean more of the same. Institute director Steve Mosher writes that Obama has supported sex-selection aboriton, supported abortion funding, promoted abortion overseas, appointed abortionistas to the Supreme court and funded Planned Parenthood. For article by Steven Mosher from the PRI click here. 

Action: Saltshakers asks that people pray that the USA will remember its Christian foundations, pray that the USA will repent of its turning away from God and Pray for wisdom among the Christians.

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POSTED 13 Nov 2012
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Marriage Bill defeated

The first federal vote to change the Marriage Act was defeated on Sept 19, 2012 in the House of Representatives 98 votes to 42 votes. Those who voted in favour of same-sex marriage included the member for Brand, Gary Gray and member for Fremantle, Melissa Parke. For full voting list click here.

CultureWatch’s Bill Muehlenberg writes in response to the win. Click here for his article.

Action: Saltshakers asks that people write to Senator Cory Bernardi, who has been outspoken in this oppositition to same sex marriage and has been the target of intimidation and attacks. Saltshakers says the pressure led to Senator Bernardi resigning as parliamentary secretary. Saltshakers asks that you offer your support to him for his comments. Email senator.bernardi@aph.gov.au or go to his contact page.

Saltshakers also asks that you write to Tony Abbott asking him to reinstate Cori Bernardi and to stand for truth and not compromise. tony.abbott.mp@aph.gov.au

 

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POSTED 19 Sep 2012
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Abortion Laws

Action: Saltshakers asks people to continue to pray for those working on strategies that will repeal abortion laws or curtail the abortion industry. Pray that an effective strategy can be developed in every state to overturn current abortion laws or hold back campaigns to extend existing state laws.

Action: Saltshakers in their July Journal, asks people to write to their 6 Members of the WA parliament Upper House, asking them to support a inquiry into the 14 babies that have been born alive following an unsuccessful abortion procedure. For more background on MLC Nick Goiran’s call for this inquiry and other abortion developments click here.

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POSTED 16 Jul 2012
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