Saturday, April 30, 2005

Liberal MP not so pro-choice

Peter Slipper came out as anti-choice while attempting to defend proposed limits to the government's IVF program.

The Government is considering limiting Medicare funded in vitro fertilisation (IVF) to three cycles a year for women under the age of 42, and a total of three cycles in all for women over 42.

"Now, the Federal Government funds 100,000 abortions each year through the Medicare system, and we've got a range of views in the community on this, but I find it difficult to understand that there's an uncapped ability to kill unborn children, and yet on the other hand there seems to be this suggestion that in some way, shape or form the creation of life through the IVF program should be limited."
-Peter Slipper
Peter, you need to rethink the oxymoron that "killing unborn children" is.
While IVF and abortion both involve a Uterus and a woman, they are very separate health issues. Every woman has the right to control her reproductive health, whether that be uterus full or uterus empty.


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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

UNSW Student guild adopts this government's Bribe-a-voter technique for upcoming rally

The Federal government is denouncing student groups who may receive a cash incentive for influencing a political outcome.

The Federal government is hypocritical in their comment regarding this. Last May, in the form of a new maternity payment, commonly known as the 'baby bonus' HoWARd and his government did exactly the same thing - cash incentive for influencing a political outcome.

A spokesman for the federal Education Minister, Brendan Nelson, said yesterday,
"The average, normal students whose compulsorily collected fees are paying for this sort of rent-a-crowd have probably had enough. This is a perfect example of how they continue to be forced to pay for activities that they may not need or want."
What if we were to change fees to taxes, and activities to children?

Just how dismissive would the good Doctor be if the UNSW Student guild was offering cash incentives to student groups who did not go to the rally?


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Sunday, April 24, 2005

Bring Carpenters, hammers and nails

HoWARd's decision to send 450 extra troops to Iraq is certainly unpopular, and not just with Australians.

Speaking days before today's scheduled arrival of new Australian troops in Iraq, Sheik Muhnad Al Garayi said Australian troops, such as the Americans and the British, were not welcome.
Sheik Muhnad Al Garayi was quoted as saying,
"We are a peaceful people, but if someone touches us, we will strike back, we will kill them if we have to."
"It is incomprehensible to us. I would like to ask the Australian people 'what is the reason for your troops to come over here?' We have our own police, our militia. We are from this moment looking at the Australians as occupying troops and the Australian people . . . as a victim of the American and British strategy. What is the difference between an American pulling the trigger to shoot someone and an Australian holding the body while the murder is done? It is all part of the same crime. To help the invader kill people in their own homes, in their own country, is criminal."

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Luscious Lynn confronting Canberra with women's rights

The Australian Democrats will respond with a Bill of their own supporting women's choice on abortions.

"I want to send a very strong message to Senator Boswell to say that he doesn't speak for the whole parliament. He doesn't speak for the women in the parliament."

"(He is) dictating to women and making them fearful about terminations and telling them they don't have the choices that I believe women expect and have had for some time in this country."
- Passionately stated by Democrats Senator Lyn Allison.
Deep and sincere respect and thanks to you Senator!


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Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Six words Senator: A Woman and her Healthcare professional.

Senator Boswell is pleased to have facts. He has data that reveals that 91,000 terminations of pregnancy procedures were carried out in Australia in 2003/04. The data is misleading as all terminations come under the same Medicare number. The Senator states that,
"I think this is such a monumental decision in people's lives that they should have counselling."
Who is the Senator referring to when he says 'they'?
  1. The woman and her husband?
  2. The woman and her boyfriend?
  3. The woman and her partner?
  4. The woman and the progenitor? (in case it's not her husband, boyfriend or partner)
  5. The woman and her mother?
  6. The woman and her father?
  7. The woman and her sister?
  8. The woman and her brother?
  9. The woman and her child/ren?
  10. The woman and her employer?
  11. The woman and her support person?
  12. The woman and her support pet?
  13. The woman and all of the above?
Counselling for all these people already exists. It is part of the healthcare professional's role to provide a woman with local support services (for both continuing with the pregnancy and terminating it). The woman can then take any or all of the above people/pets along to any or all the appointments she makes.

The decision to continue with a pregnancy or terminate it remains a private one. The woman will tell those she trusts. She will seek advice from the sage from within the trusted group. A call from a well-meaning, but unwanted Counsellor is not ok. The process and intent has the potential to create involuntary clients. Counsellors have little impact (and even less attendance rate) on such a cohort. Moreover, ramifications for non-compliance (a client hanging up, not wanting to come, missing a scheduled appointment, saying "fuck off", lying about who they are, feigning wrong numbers, saying "oh she's moved out" etc.), if in fact such a thing is built-in to Senator Boswell's grand plan the consequences for non-compliance are too scary to contemplate.

Senator Boswell you are raising poor, unnecessary, invasive potential-policy.
Yet again, not placing the woman and her reproductive rights central to the issue.


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Sunday, April 17, 2005

HoWARd talking up war and breaking pre-election pledges in the tropics

As HoWARd stands on a podium on the parade ground at Robertson barracks, protected by security guards wearing designer suits and talking into their lapels, he gives his usual pre-deployment brief...
  1. Australian men and women doing brave acts
  2. Australian men and women doing important jobs
  3. Australian men and women keeping this country safe
  4. Men and women of Australia proud of our Defence force
  5. I, and the people of Australia wish you every success
  6. We hold you in our thoughts and pray that you come home safely
The member's loved ones' hearts will swell and then very quickly ache.

Being a part of the coalition of the willing, for the reasons given for invading Iraq has been proved to be nonsense. Sending a further 450 troops is nonsense on stilts.


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Saturday, April 16, 2005

Tony Abbott plagued by ineptitude and a lack of credibility

Tony Abbott has displayed a flat affect since DNA was gathered that showed that he is not the father of his then girlfriend's child.
Looking at him I would postulate that his treating Doctor has prescribed benzodiazepines.

Martyrdom is not your forte Tony, frankly you are far too much a of an insufferable mendacious prick.

Whilst I'm sympathetic to the numbing effect of your obvious personal pain, I have no time for your performance as Health Minister. Park it or drive it.
Take sick leave Tony or better still resign.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Rude or real? Process or practical?

On 12 April 05, Alexander Downer came in contact with the uncomplicated 2GB Sydney Radio host Ray Hadley on the issue of child safety.

RAY HADLEY: "How many children do you have, and would you be happy for your children to be going to the little star club at the Sheraton Nusa Dua, knowing a three-year-old contracted gonorrhea? Yes or no?"

ALEXANDER DOWNER: "If I was, if I was rude to you, I would say that that is a preposterous thing to say. Obviously..."

RAY HADLEY: "You're a pompous dope. That's what you are. You're a pompous dope."

ALEXANDER DOWNER: "Don't be so bloody rude."

RAY HADLEY: "No, I'll be more than rude to you. You're a disgraceful, you're a disgrace."

ALEXANDER DOWNER: "Nobody on earth would put their children, really, you're just so over the top."

RAY HADLEY: "No, I'm not over the top. You knew, you knew..."

ALEXANDER DOWNER: "I didn't know. I've told you that already. The police investigated the case, and they were unable to establish who in this hotel was responsible."
Parents are asking for informed choice.
We are told when toys are unsafe and can damage a child, why are we not told of unsafe child care, so unsafe that we call it sexual assault?
Sexual assault on anyone is horrific, on children even more so.

Ray Hadley, in a very blunt way was telling the Minister that he doesn't give a fuck about anything other than the even chance a parent has of keeping their child safe when they know of unsafe places to take their children.

Thanks go to the NSW Police Commissioner of Police for having this issue on the agenda and attempting to create structural change in our region.

Alexander Downer, dangerous, inappropriate, out-of-touch and told so!


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Monday, April 11, 2005

a Child to nurture

Parents are amazing. I have five. This is the result of a mixture of death, divorce, remarriage and serial-monogamous-defacto-relationships.

I am very fortunate as all of my wonderful parents were and are amazing, brilliant, loving, healthy, (if somewhat eccentric) people.

Figures out today show that every 13 minutes, in Australia, a child is abused or neglected.
This is a short post as I have a very strong urge to nurture the girlchild.
I hope that 219,384 of my fellow Australians feel the urge to do the same.


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Friday, April 08, 2005

Let's bury John Paul II's misogyny with the world's largest requiem mass.

Pope John Paul II is being buried today.

Let's bury with him the Catholic church's view on abortion, contraception and women's reproductive rights.
Found here, here, here, here and here.

"Abortion is the last bastion of papal misogyny and megalomania."
-Beatrix Campbell.


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Wednesday, April 06, 2005

When accused of erring on the wrong side of life, Jeb Bush stated that he wasn't in the room at the time.

When Jeb's brother George W. Bush said,
"This [Terri Schiavo's death] is an extraordinary and sad case, and I believe that in a case such as this, the legislative branch, the executive branch, ought to err on the side of life."
Jeb was not paying attention or heard lice instead of life. Either way he is happy to support the 'Stand Your Ground Bill'.
This would give Florida citizens the right to shoot and kill anyone who threatens them in public. This Bill would allow members of the public to:
"Meet force with force, including deadly force and defend themselves without fear of prosecution."
Elsewhere, however, courts have until now ruled that victims must at least attempt to escape before using lethal force, a provision which gun advocates say puts victims at greater risk. The latest bill removes that requirement if there is a reasonable fear of death or great bodily harm.

"If the public has the clear right to kill without any legal consequences, it will cause criminals to think twice."

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Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Pharmacology for non Liberals

The girl-child was caught traveling on a train early last year without a current student ID. She explained to the train police that she is still a student, but hadn't been to the University for the 2004 year to renew her student card.
She was informed by said train police that they have to issue an infringement notice which involves a $200.00 fine. They advised her to write to her local MP.

She wrote to her local (Liberal) MP who advised that it has to go to another (Liberal) MP.

Today, a letter arrives advising the girl-child of the court date to hear this matter. Fuck, now we (girl-child and parental dyad) are meeting with the Liberal MP.

My question is what drugs should I take to survive being in the same room as a Liberal MP?
  1. Anti-histamine?
  2. Anti-nausea medication?
  3. Analgesics?
  4. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory?
  5. Prokinetic agents?
  6. Anti-fungal medication?
  7. Lysergic acid diethylamide?
  8. All of the above?

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Saturday, April 02, 2005

US intelligence brimming over with wrongability

The intelligence community in the United States, despite a large budget and mass-spying legislation that broadens federal powers while eroding an individual's constitutional rights, were "dead wrong" in most of their judgments about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction before the war.

The US presidential report goes on to say that the US knows "disturbingly little" about the threats posed by many of the nation's most dangerous adversaries.

"We conclude that the intelligence community was dead wrong in almost all of its pre-war judgments about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. We simply cannot afford failures of this magnitude."
"The report implicitly absolves the Bush administration of manipulating the intelligence used to launch the 2003 Iraq war, putting the blame for bad intelligence directly on the intelligence community."
"Across the board, the intelligence community knows disturbingly little about the nuclear programs of many of the worlds most dangerous actors. In some cases, it knows less now than it did five or 10 years ago."
That said, I am not convinced that George W. Bush, and by way of blood spatter convergence our very own HoWARd, is free from responsibility.

Any mid-level public servant will ask for supporting data for any claim that involves using government owned paperclips let alone funding a preemptive strike.


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Friday, April 01, 2005

Merriwa pharmacist pitches tent next to horny citizens outside Mayor's office.

A pharmacist, in rural NSW was today surprised to find that all the good camping sites outside the Mayor's office had already been staked out by residents of the town of Merriwa.

News just in reports that people described as
"sex-obsessed, coquettish, flirty, libidinous, nymphomaniac, philandering, floozies, harlots, hookers, loose women, molls, painted women, party girls, scarlet women, sluts, streetwalkers, strumpets, tarts, tramps, trollops, and whores were seen frollicking in readiness for the arrival of the postie."
Bill, a local, commented on the scene by saying:
"I haven't seen so many happy people since the drought of '53 broke."

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