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STANDING COMMITTEE ON FINANCE AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION - 29/10/2008 - Item 16525 in part 3 of schedule 1 to the Health Insurance (General Medical Services Table) Regulations 2007

CHAIR -Thank you all for your opening comments. We will go to questions.

Senator Hanson-Young -On the introductory page of your submission, you say that disallowing this item would actually be contrary to the Millennium Development Goals, to which Australia is a signatory. Could you explain that?

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Greens to defend Australian women’s reproductive rights

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has said the Greens will defend women’s rights against an attempt to make it harder for women to access safe, equitable and legal late-term pregnancy terminations.

A motion by Senator Guy Barnett to disallow Medicare funding of late-term terminations was today withdrawn, and instead will now be considered by the Finance and Public Administration Senate Committee.

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Ten years in the balance

We welcome the following submission to GreensBlog from Giz Watson - WA Greens MLC in Western Australia

The WA Greens have been in the balance of power in the Legislative Council (Upper House) since May 1997 to the present day. For the first 4 years that balance was shared with the Democrats. In the last 6 years we have exercised it in our own right. I have been a Member of the Legislative Council for the Greens continuously over this period and have both seen and been a part of the outcomes of this balance of power.

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RU486 - who decides?

Rachel Siewert 8 Feb 2006

In rising to address the Therapeutic Goods Amendment (Repeal of Ministerial responsibility for approval of RU486) Bill 2005, I would like to clarify what exactly is the question that we senators are being asked to address and ultimately decide on tomorrow. Before I do that, I would like to congratulate the proponents of this bill on having the guts to put it up in the face of a lot of opposition from what I believe is a minority-but a noisy minority-in the community.

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Debate of All Leaders Needed

Bob Brown 5 Sep 1998

Greens, Democrats, Harradine and Hanson should also be in Debate

With a week to go to the first scheduled "leaders" debate, Greens Senator Bob Brown has called for a real leaders debate between leaders of all political parties as an adjunct to the Howard-Beazley affair.

"The debate would give voters what they really want not just the ALP-Coalition duopoly being foisted on them," said Senator Brown said in Hobart today.

"Such a debate would liven up an otherwise deadly dull campaign.

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