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Media Circus: do union officials really face no penalties for embezzlement, or is the Opposition wasting everybody’s time edition
By tigtog on November 26, 2012
What has piqued your sociopolitical media interests lately? Please share your bouquets and brickbats.
By tigtog on April 23, 2012
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.
By Mary on October 14, 2010
Tegan Leach and her partner Sergie Brennan have been acquitted:
By Lauredhel on March 25, 2010
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: […]
Posted in gender & feminism | Tagged australia, bottle feeding, breast feeding, breast milk, breastfeeding, breastmilk, discrimination, equal opportunity, expressing, legislation, parliament, prejudice, reproductive justice, upper house, WA, western australia
By Lauredhel on March 3, 2010
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 […]
By Lauredhel on September 15, 2009
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 […]
Posted in gender & feminism, law & order, Politics | Tagged breastfeeding, breastfeeding in public, discrimination, equal opportunity, law, legislation, parliament, prejudice, protest, rally, reproductive justice, WA, western australia | 4 Responses
By Lauredhel on June 25, 2009
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 […]
By Lauredhel on May 27, 2009
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, […]
Posted in culture wars, Politics, technology | Tagged acma, australia, blacklist, books & writing, broadband, censorship, communications, conroy, elections, filtering, freedom of speech, internet, internet filtering, IT, legislation, moral panics | 5 Responses
By tigtog on April 22, 2009
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.
Palin’s priorities as mayor of Wasilla: raising taxes essential for a hockey rink, but funding rape evidence kits is too high a burden for the taxpayer
By tigtog on September 9, 2008
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 […]
By tigtog on June 22, 2008
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 […]