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Second reading speech: Health Insurance Amendment (Medicare Funding for Certain Types of Abortion) Bill 2013

Lee Rhiannon 27 Jun 2013

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (17:12): The Health Insurance Amendment (Medicare Funding for Certain Types of Abortion) Bill, moved by Democratic Labor Party Senator John Madigan, is not about sex selection abortion. The Greens share concerns about sex selection abortion where it occurs. However, there is no evidence abortions procured on the basis of selecting the gender of the child are occurring in Australia or that Medicare is being used to fund such procedures.

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Abbott must speak definitively on where he stands on women’s reproductive rights

Lee Rhiannon 26 Apr 2013


Greens spokesperson on women Senator Lee Rhiannon has questioned whether women can trust opposition leader Tony Abbott’s promise today that he will heed the advice of technical experts on abortion drugs and has called on him to definitively declare his position on women’s right to access the full range of reproductive health procedures.


“Abbott’s assurance that he will accept the advice of technical experts cannot be trusted if you look at his history during the Howard years,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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Health Minister should move fast on abortion pill PBS listing

With the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee expected to recommend today that RU486 and Misoprostol be listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (the PBS) Australian Greens are calling on Federal Health Minister Tanya Plibersek to move quickly to ensure Australian women have access to affordable medical abortion.

Background paper on the issue available here:

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Background paper - Abortion Pill PBS listing

Lee Rhiannon 26 Apr 2013


In the lead up to the independent Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee’s recommendation that RU486 and Misoprostol be listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (the PBS), the Australian Greens are calling on federal Health Minister Tanya Plibersek to move quickly to accept a positive recommendation and list both medical abortion pharmaceuticals. 


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Labor and the Opposition should pledge to resist Madigan's pro-life move

The Australian Greens are calling on both Labor and the Opposition to voice their support for women's right to choose and pledge to resist any attempts by DLP Senator John Madigan to wind back access to safe and confidential reproductive health services, including abortion services.

"Senator Madigan has his eye on securing the balance of power in the next government and is laying the ground work for pro-life deals which place women's rights in jeopardy," Australian Greens spokesperson for women Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

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Speech: International Women's Day 2013 - priorities for the Gillard government

Lee Rhiannon 26 Feb 2013

Adjournment speech - Senate - 25 Feburary 2013

Senator Lee RHIANNON (New South Wales) (22:09): International Women's Day is on 8 March and this year its theme is the Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum. To all women who work in parliament: Happy International Women's Day. There has been momentum around women's rights, but in Australia there are still considerable challenges. Whether it is reducing violence against women, expanding job opportunities, achieving pay equity or legalising abortion in all jurisdictions, it is clear that we still have much to do.

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