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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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RU486 decision a step forward for affordable, accessible abortion

Lee Rhiannon 30 Aug 2012

Greens Senator and spokesperson for women Lee Rhiannon has congratulated Marie Stopes International for achieving a breakthrough in availability for the 'abortion drug' RU486, following news that the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) today approved an application to import the drug into Australia.

"This decision will break down barriers women face to accessing RU486, especially women on low-incomes and those living in regional areas," said Senator Rhiannon.

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Motion: Aid funding for family planning

This motion will be put to the house today.
AMENDMENT
NOTICE OF MOTION 829
SENATOR RHIANNON

16 AUGUST 2012

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (12:08): I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 829 standing in my name today relating to funding for family planning in low-income countries and Millennium Development Goals.
Leave granted.

Senator RHIANNON: I move the motion as amended:

That the Senate-
(a) notes that:

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AusAID - NEW Family Planning Initiatives

QUESTION NUMBER 12 - SENATE FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DEFENCE AND TRADE LEGISLATION COMMITTEE ADDITIONAL ESTIMATES HEARING FEBRUARY 2011

Senator Hanson-Young asked AusAID in writing on 13 February 2011:
How much bilateral Australian aid funding, since August 2009 has gone to NEW family planning initiatives, that get family planning services to women who currently have an unmet need, to help reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies and unsafe abortions? How much money and support has gone to the provision of safe abortion services in the region?

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