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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Dear Readers,

The battle front continues to be in Tasmania this month. See submissions/petitions for ways to get involved. I am informed that you do not need to live in Tasmania to let your views be known on the proposed laws. On what is occurring in Tasmania the Australian Christian Lobby’s Lyle Shelton had this to say in the latest ACL enews: “With less than 12 months to the next election, the Labor-Green Government there seems bent on deconstructing the pillars of civil society.”

“This is particularly as it relates to our most vulnerable – children. Today a bill was introduced by the Health Minister Michelle O’Byrne to allow same-sex couples access to what is known as stranger adoption. Please pass on this newsletter to anyone you know in Tasmania and encourage them to be vocal. History shows that inaction by many Christians in the past has meant that Western Australia as well as other states now have very liberal abortion laws. This need not be the case if the opposition is strong enough. Such Govt actions gives us an opportune time to provide a positive contribution to public debate.”

Please continue to uphold our Governments prayer.

Gary

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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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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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WA and Tassie Prostitution Bills

A compromised bill is expected to go through the WA Parliament in the second half of May. It will most likely include a sunset clause which will legalise prostitution, which is currently legal, for five years before making it illegal again.

Action: people are encouraged to speak to their Labor Members of parliament urging them to maintain their opposition to the bill and any move to introduce a sunset clause. Speak also to Liberal members who are supporting the sunset clause.

Tasmania Prostitution Paper

Meanwhile in Tasmania, the Attorney General Brian Wightman released a discussion paper on the Regulation of the Sex Industry. For more info and discussion paper click here.

Action: the Australian Christian Lobby, Association for Reformed Political Action, Saltshakers and other organisations say it is a good time to write to local MPs in WA and Tasmania.

Action: The ACL’s Make a Stand Website has launched the “Women are worth more” campaign for Tasmania in addition to the WA campaign of the same name. Send your local MP a letter using the Make a Stand website.

In the WA campaign as at 11 June 2012, 1220 people had sent a letter to their MP using this service.

In the tasmanian campaign as at 11 June 2012, 630 people had sent a letter to their MP using the Make a Stand website.  

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POSTED 11 Jun 2012
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ACL Tassie Conference

On 23 June 2012 the Australian Christian Lobby will be holding a State conference in Tasmania with the theme “Called to Courage”. The keynote speaker is Mal Fletcher, founder of London-based think tank 2020Plus. Also speaking is ACL managing director Jim Wallace, Liberal Member for Bass, Michael Ferguson, Labor Tasmania Senator Helen Polley and ACL Tasmanian director Mark Brown. It will be held at 1 Waterfront Dve, Riverside, Launceston from 9.30am-4pm. For details and to register click here.

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POSTED 11 Jun 2012
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Marriage Webcast

The Australian Christian Lobby is organising a national marriage webcast to be held on 26 June 2012.

The panel includes John Anderson, Christopher Pearson, Patricia Weerakoon and Dr Allan Meyer.

The Assocation for Reformed Political Action is hosting the webcast at the John Calvin Christian College, Robinhood Ave, Armadale.

For other 19 WA venues click here.

For 10 Tasmania venues click here.

For Cairns and Atherton venues click here.

For other Australian and overseas venues and for further info click here.

Action: The Australian Christian Lobby is asking people to host the webcast in their church, school  or other venue. FOr details click here.

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POSTED 11 Jun 2012
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ACL Tassie Conference

On 23 June 2012 the Australian Christian Lobby will be holding a State conference in Tasmania with the theme “Called to Courage”. The keynote speaker is Mal Fletcher, founder of London-based think tank 2020Plus. Also speaking is ACL managing director Jim Wallace, Liberal Member for Bass, Michael Ferguson, Labor Tasmania Senator Helen Polley and ACL Tasmanian director Mark Brown. It will be held at 1 Waterfront Dve, Riverside, Launceston from 9.30am-4pm. For details and to register click here.

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POSTED 22 May 2012
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WA and Tassie Prostitution Bills

A compromised bill is expected to go through the WA Parliament in the second half of May. It will most likely include a sunset clause which will legalise prostitution, which is currently legal, for five years before making it illegal again.

Action: people are encouraged to speak to their Labor Members of parliament urging them to maintain their opposition to the bill and any move to introduce a sunset clause. Speak also to Liberal members who are supporting the sunset clause.

Tasmania Prostitution Paper

Meanwhile in Tasmania, the Attorney General Brian Wightman released a discussion paper on the Regulation of the Sex Industry. For more info and discussion paper click here.

Action: the Australian Christian Lobby, Association for Reformed Political Action, Saltshakers and other organisations say it is a good time to write to local MPs in WA and Tasmania.

Action: The ACL’s Make a Stand Website has launched the “Women are worth more” campaign for Tasmania in addition to the WA campaign of the same name. Send your local MP a letter using the Make a Stand website.

In the WA campaign as at 2 May 2012, 1216 people had sent a letter to their MP using this service.

In the tasmanian campaign as at 2 May 2012, 630 people had sent a letter to their MP using the Make a Stand website.  

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POSTED 4 May 2012
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Alex Schadenberg Australian visit

Alex Schadenberg from the Euthanasia Coalition is visiting Australia in June. He will talk in Perth on June 25, 2012. He will be in Tasmania June 28. Details to follow.

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POSTED 4 May 2012
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