September 2nd 2006

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Articles from this issue:

EDITORIAL: Bid to end China's organ-harvesting

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Why the pressure to lift ban on cloning embryos

BIOETHICS: Cloning - the cutting edge of the culture wars

INTERNATIONAL TRADE: Australia's blunders in trade negotiations

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Energy self-sufficiency for Australia?

SCHOOLS: The history summit: what really happened

AUSTRALIANS AT WAR: The Battle of Long Tan

ABORTION: U.S. woman's success in saving the unborn

CULTURE WARS: How to rescue children from a toxic culture

OPINION: Aunty, grandpa, Mel Gibson and us

CINEMA: Germany's most famous anti-Nazi heroine - Sophie Scholl

Premier Bracks hiding abortion plans (letter)

Jerusalem in 1917 (letter)

BOOKS: GODLESS: The Church of Liberalism, by Ann Coulter

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Premier Bracks hiding abortion plans (letter)

by Peter Kavanagh MP

News Weekly, September 2, 2006

The Victorian Bracks Labor Government is hiding its intentions on abortion.

In 2005, the Victorian ALP voted to remove all remaining, if nominal, protections for the unborn. In May this year, the ALP state conference voted overwhelmingly and explicitly against proposed amendments that would have retained restrictions on abortion in the last stages before birth and on "partial-birth" abortions.

Partial-birth abortion - actually a form of infanticide - kills fully-formed, living foetuses as they are being born.

This procedure, at any stage, was outlawed throughout the U.S. in 2003. The ALP's policy will allow partial-birth abortion for any reason, even up to the time of natural birth.

Former ALP MP, Carolyn Hirsh, has reported that, fearing a voter backlash, Steve Bracks has made a "secret pact" to buy silence, giving "iron clad" assurances, "guaranteeing" that the ALP's policy will be implemented in Parliament - a priority "at the top of his agenda" after the election, providing ALP MPs do not make a public fuss before the election.

In public, however, Mr Bracks says that he has not yet formed an opinion on this issue - that he does not know if it will be put to Parliament after the election and, if it is, he does not know how he will vote: "That's a matter that I will reserve my judgement on."

(For details, see reports in The Age, May 8 and July 28, 2006, and "Bracks makes abortion deal", Herald Sun, May 5, 2006).

The Liberal Party cannot raise this issue because many of its MPs support this ALP policy. Sadly, the Democratic Labor Party is the only party that has consistently stood up in the defence of life.

Unless pro-life candidates are elected, even healthy, late-term babies will be killed, some even as they are being born. Won't voters who do not support pro-life candidates share responsibility for this?

Peter Kavanagh,
Democratic Labor Party (DLP)
candidate for Western Victoria,
Essendon, Vic.

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