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 was referred to the Senate Finance and Public Administration Committee for inquiry. The public submissions on the Bill are available to read.

The Senate Committee inquiry will report on 25 June 2013.

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POSTED 21 May 2013
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Canadian Sex Selection Abortion Motion Defeated

WeNeedaLaw.ca campaign director Mike Schouten reported that the Canadian House of Commons committee has decided that motion 408 (condemnin sex-selection abortion) may not proceed to a vote in the House. This comes after the Library of Parliament studied the motion and declared that it meets all the required criteria.

For article on the decision click here.

WeNeedaLaw.ca has created a simple mail link that people can use to let their politicians know what they think of the decision.

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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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Nefarious Screening

Nefarious: Merchant of Souls, a documentary about the global sex trade is being shown 10 Feb, 6.30pm at the Centrepoint Church, Units 8-9/24 Discovery Drive, Bibra Lake, WA. Enquiries awarenessperth@gmail.com or ph: 040 236 3630.

 

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POSTED 8 Feb 2013
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Tassie Same Sex Marriage Bill defeated

The Tasmanian Upper House has voted against a same-sex marriage bill.  The Lower House had become the first Australian parliament to pass a bill to legalise same-sex marriage. The bill was co-sponsored by Premier Lara Giddings and Greens leader Nick McKim.

 

 

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POSTED 19 Oct 2012
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State Homosexual Marriage Laws Unconstitutional

Murdoch University senior lecturer in constitutional law and associate dean (research) Augusto Zimmermann reports in News Weekly (Oct 13 2012) that the push by Labor and the Greens to introduce same sex “marriage” laws in State Parliament is unconstitutional. He writes that any such legislation would be subject to disallowance by the High Court as the Australian Constitution gives the Commonwealth parliament authority to makes laws with respect to marriage. For the latest update on moves by the Greens and Labor to introduce state legislation see Submissions/Petitions below.

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POSTED 19 Oct 2012
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Tassie Prostitution

The Australian Christian Lobby reports that “Tasmania Police had missed an opportunity to promote long-lasting change for the community by backing the legalisation and regulation of the sex industry in its submission to the Justice Department consultation on prostitution.

“ACL’s Tasmanian Director Mark Brown said Queensland Police had adopted a similar approach prior to brothels being legalised in that state in 1999, but by any measure this approach had been a failure.

“Ninety-percent of prostitution remains unregulated in Queensland despite assurances that it would protect those involved in the trade,” Mr Brown said.” For full ACL story click here.

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POSTED 19 Sep 2012
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Prostitution on WA/QLD Govt Agenda

The West Australian Govt has put its proposed leglisation of prostition legislation back on the agenda although it could run out of time to debate the legislation before the next state election to be held in March.

The Australian Christian Lobby’s spokesman on prostitution laws, Michelle Pearse said in the ACL August newsletter that WA Premier has broken his pledge to investigate the successful Nordic policy. “Instead of trying to force what is clearly ineffective policy through the Parliament, the government should send a delegation to Nordic countries and talk to their government and policy officials about the success of their model,” Mrs Pearse said.In related news, a QLD hotel was found to be in breach of the Anti-Discrimination Act by denying a sex worker a room. The QLD Attorney General is investigating the ruling. The Australian Christian Lobby said the case showed their was a need for prostution reform as QLD has already legalised prostitution. ACL QLD director Wendy Francis said no other legitimate occupation includes the regular threat of sex slavery, violence, disease, organised crime and human trafficking. For more from ACL click here.

Action: FamilyVoice, the Association for Reformed Political Action and other groups are asking people to write to their local MP to explain their concerns with the legislation.

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POSTED 19 Sep 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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