Quickhit: a test case for decriminalisation of abortion in QLD

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.

The Senate’s Wild Bunch?

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… Read More ›

Senate balance

We already knew from the last few years and the introduction of Workchoices and more how having a Government majority in the Senate leads to an undemocratic failure of the Upper House’s role as a House Of Review. Now we… Read More ›