What has piqued your sociopolitical media interests lately? Please share your bouquets and brickbats.
Speculation abounds as to whether the Gillard minority government will have the numbers on the House floor to pass the Budget on May 8 without Peter Slipper’s vote, especially since Andrew Wilkie remains rather miffed.
Tegan Leach and her partner Sergie Brennan have been acquitted:
I’ve blogged before about the fight to get breastfeeding included in Western Australia’s anti-discrimination legislation. That fight is logged below – now, for purely historical reasons! Because today, finally, the Equal Opportunity Amendment Bill 2009 passed the Upper House of WA Parliament. One chap from the Nationals did insist on getting a little harrumph in: Nationals MP Max Trenorden said… Read more →
Remember the protests in Perth last year about Premier Barnett’s party failing to bring WA into line with the rest of Australia with laws protecting breastfeeding families from harassment? In which Barnett insisted that there would be no need for a law if only women were “courteous” and “modest”? Even after a woman was ejected from a restaurant for merely… Read more →
Storyline summary: villain named Chameleon takes Peter Parker’s shape and has sex with his roommate Michelle Gonzalez, who thinks he is Parker. Subsequent events show that the incident is being played for laughs with the oh so hilarious misunderstandings afterwards between Parker and roommate as she morphs immediately into a super-possessive clingy and bossy girlfriend from Nightmareland.
Remember the Perth rally against breastfeeding discrimination back in April? Mandy Crabtree was ejected from a cafe for requesting to breastfeed her baby, and the Premier responded to public outcry by saying that women should breastfeed in a “discreet, modern way”, and that legislation to ban discrimination was unnecessary. The Attorney-General has been trying to say that a law change… Read more →
I’ve been meaning to write a big post on this, but it just hasn’t happened. So here’s a little one. Read some background at “Homebirth Ban” “Maternity Services Review: Medicare payments to OBs up from $77m to $211m since 2004.” “Quickhit: Maternity Services Review and Homebirth” Then hop on over to Lisa Barrett’s blog (caution on some images), especially her… Read more →
Well, the proposed Australian internet filtering plans have shifted, and changed, and been fiddled with, and shifted again. We went from an across-the-board opt-out censorship system (the election promise), to some sort of “clean feed” (a meaningless term), to mandatory nationwide censorship of all sorts of things, to mandatory nationwide censorship of Refused Classification material, to something that we won’t… Read more →
Those opposing new legislation in the wind to protect the rights of mothers and children to breastfeed in public are getting increasingly desperate. I’ve read an awful lot of comment threads about public breastfeeding (Bingo card here), so to come across a new objection is rather a special find. Check out “Matt” from The West’s blog on the subject, now… Read more →
Tegan Simone Leach, 19, is believed to be the first woman charged in Queensland in nearly 50 years for organising her own miscarriage and is facing up to 14 years in jail.
Medical practitioners in Queensland who apply for a special license can legally prescribe the exact same drug that Ms Leach used to abort her pregnancy, but the old laws against abortion have not been reformed to take note of the reality that people can obtain the same drug for themselves.
Dale Clapperton, Chair of the Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA), appeared briefly on Channel Seven’s Morning Show today, discussing internet censorship. I didn’t manage to record the introduction, as I was caught by surprise and there was a chainsaw buzzing outside my window; but it involved the host (Larry Emdur) talking about how the system has been compared to censorship regimes… Read more →
Our last Palin thread is getting a little long, so here’s another bit to chew on: via Bitch PhD: Back in 2000, Alaska’s then-governor, Tony Knowles, signed legislation protecting victims of sexual assault from being billed for tests to collect evidence of the crime, but one local police chief said the new law will further burden taxpayers. That police chief… Read more →
Wild cards I can see. Someone at The Age needs to be dosing on fewer films by Peckinpah and more British dramas about politics instead. Anyway, come August the Rudd government will need 7 out of the 8 people below to vote with them to ratify legislation in the Senate. (The Ghost of National Senator Barnaby Joyce is included because… Read more →