Newsletter No. 151, June 2013
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"Why should we vote for you?"
2 pm, Saturday, 22nd June 2013 at the O'Hanlon Centre, Mitchell St., Mentone. Vic. 3194. (Car parking available on St. Patrick's School grounds, entrance via Childers St).
Speakers: Mr. Mark Farrell, DLP, Mrs. Vickie Janson, Australian Christians, Pastor Danny Nalliah, Rise Up Australia and Mr. Ashley Fenn, Family First.
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The Institute of Public Affairs
Further to our page l editorial another free-market
think tank that is bridging the gap between social issues
and freedom is the Institute of Public Affairs based
in Melbourne. Simon Breheny, director, Legal Rights
Project at the IPA issued a media release: “Freedom
of speech threatened by Tasmanian [Abortion] bill”.
"Proposed changes contained in the Reproductive
Health (Access to Terminations) Bill 2013 threaten
freedom of speech and freedom of conscience. The bill
proposes a fine of $65,000 or a 12 month jail term for
the newly created crime of protesting in an area within
a radius of 150 metres from an abortion clinic. This is
an inappropriate limitation on freedom of speech.
"General laws against intimidation already exist in
the law and they are appropriate restraints on unacceptable
"Singling out particular premises for special treatment undermines equality before the law. This bill does not make it illegal to distribute material outside supermarkets or sports grounds, for instance. The Tasmanian government should not ban protests, whether they occur outside an abortion clinic or a timber mill. "The bill also threatens freedom of conscience by forcing doctors who have a conscientious objection to abortion to refer patients to another doctor who does not have such objections. A fine of $32,500 applies to counsellors who refuse to contradict their beliefs. This is a clear and unacceptable infringement of freedom of conscience," said Mr Breheny. The bill has passed the Tasmanian House of Assembly and is now set to be debated by the Tasmanian Legislative Council.
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