Speeches

Reproductive rights for women in the ACT

March 01, 2018

Today the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly supported my motion calling on the Opposition Leader to clarify his party’s position on a woman’s right to make her own health choices. His response was that the Canberra Liberals have "no policy" on women's sexual and reproductive health! It is unacceptable that an alternative government in 2017 has no party policy on such important issues which affect half the population. The Canberra community has a right to know what their position would be if they ever came to power.

I am particularly disappointed that the Shadow Health Minister purposely absented herself from the debate regarding this critical health issue - despite being in the building - especially given her recent public comments describing decriminalisation of abortion as a "bad law" while in the same breath describing herself as "pro-woman".

You can watch my speech here.