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Greens stand up for women, while old parties duck for cover on Madigan’s abortion bill

Lee Rhiannon 29 Jun 2013

Labor and Coalition MPs have failed to stand up for women in a Senate Committee response to Senator John Madigan’s sex-selection abortion bill, designed to limit sexual reproductive rights.

Senator Madigan’s bill removes Medicare funding for abortions procured on the basis of selecting the gender of the child.

“The Greens have recommended the bill not be passed.

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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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Comment - Women’s rights: stand out reason to reform superannuation

Lee Rhiannon 21 Jun 2013

Lee was unable to post this comment on The Drum as comments for 'Do major parties address women's super disadvantage?' have now closed.

Comment: If you are looking for a reason to reform Australia’s superannuation system women’s rights would be the stand out. The tax subsidises that underpin our superannuation remain highly inequitable. This form of welfare for the rich clearly disadvantages women.

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Madigan pushes misleading gender-selection abortion motion

Lee Rhiannon 17 Jun 2013

The old parties joined forces today to pass a misleading Senate motion pushed by Senator John Madigan against gender-selective abortion. The Australian Greens opposed the motion.

"The Australian Greens condemn sex-selective abortion where it does occur and we stand squarely behind the recommendations from the UN Conferences at Cairo and Beijing but we will not support a motion that is more about pushing Senator Madigan's anti-abortion barrow than addressing women's inequality", said Greens womens spokesperson Lee Rhiannon.

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Debbie Gibson - The Life of Juanita Nielsen, 2012

Lee Rhiannon 7 Jun 2013

Debbie Gibson, Assistant Secretary of the Greens NSW, gave the speech about the life of Juanita Nielsen at the 2012 Juanita Nielsen Memorial Lecture.

Juanita Neilsen disappeared on July 4th, 1975. It is widely believed that she was murdered but her body has never been found and those responsible have never been brought to justice.

Who was she and why do we have this memorial lecture series in her name? In what way is her story relevant to today?

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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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