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On March 22, the day after the NT parliament legislated to decriminalise abortion, doctors in Queensland called on their government to follow suit.
Nineteen doctors who are current or recent providers of abortion throughout the state went public with a letter to the state premier, deputy premier, attorney-general and minister for women. In it they urged the government to take the steps needed to remove abortion from the criminal code and regulate it in health legislation, in this term of parliament.
Three weeks previously, Independent MP Rob Pyne had withdrawn his bills to decriminalise and regulate abortion. The bills were due to be debated in parliament on March 1, but it was clear they would be voted down. At the same time, Premier Anna Palaszczuk, deputy premier Jackie Trad and attorney-general Yvette D'Ath announced they would refer the issue to the Queensland Law Reform Commission (QLRC) and introduce legislation in the next term of government to “modernise” abortion law. At time of writing, that referral has not been made.
In their letter, the doctors pointed out to the ministers that “the passage of legislation through the next parliament will be entirely dependent on the composition of that parliament, which has yet to be determined, and ... you may not be in a position to honour your promise.”
They expressed concern that by putting off reform until the next Labor government, there is “the possibility that legislative reform of abortion may be delayed for five years or even longer.”
They urged that the referral to the QLRC be made “in a timeframe of no more than six months, requesting repeal of sections 224-226 of the Criminal Code and regulation of abortion practice in the health legislation, so that this matter can potentially be resolved within the life of the current parliament.”
They pointed out that a lengthy consultation period is not required since research has already been prepared for the two recent parliamentary health committee inquiries and in other jurisdictions.
They outlined the detrimental impact of delaying law reform on patient access to abortion and provision of health care according to contemporary medical standards of practice.
On the same day, Cairns doctors involved in the provision of abortion services released a statement about the crisis in abortion service availability for women in Cairns and regional Queensland.
They revealed that Cairns women were being flown to Sydney to access surgical abortion, with all the additional stress and costs that entails.
“Safe affordable accessible abortion services are essential to the reproductive health of all Queensland women,” the statement read.
“Tacitly, but not overtly, the current government acknowledges this, by funding medical abortions in Cairns, and by providing funds to keep Townsville and Rockhampton abortion services open when the [private] services in those towns were faced with the need to shut down because of the high cost of providing fly-in fly-out doctors to run them.
“However... Queensland Health itself refuses to establish effective and accessible public services and the result is a very fragile and piecemeal service everywhere north of Nambour, and no service at all west of Brisbane.
“Part of the reason for this is the continued refusal of governments over many years to address the urgent need for reform of 19th century Queensland abortion law. This is the essential first step to making abortion part of mainstream medical practice, as it is now in other Australian jurisdictions where the law has been reformed.
“We call upon the Queensland government to put Queensland women at the centre of this discussion and to address urgently both the immediate need for surgical abortion services in Far North Queensland, and the greater need for reform of abortion law to bring it into the 21st century.”
In yet another initiative, the Brisbane-based Women's Abortion Rights Campaign (WARC) launched a petition along the same lines, calling for the QLRC referral to be made and for abortion to be decriminalised in 2017. Within the first 48 hours, it had reached 600 signatures.
It marks a renewal of public campaign initiatives following the unexpected withdrawal of the bills from parliament. The campaign group is planning a picket to decriminalise abortion in 2017, an abortion rights contingent in the May Day march and an activist training day.
Anna McCormack, spokesperson for WARC, said, “We're more determined than ever to increase our efforts and pressure on both the Labor government and LNP opposition, as it's becoming more and more obvious we've had unacceptable delays and our interests are being sold out, especially since just yesterday, in the Northern Territory both sides of politics had no problem at all passing decriminalisation.”1131Australian News
The FBI’s Conspiracy Theory of a Trump/Putin Collusion Has No Clothes
Paul Craig Roberts
Unable to provide an ounce of evidence that a Trump/Putin conspiracy stole the presidential election from Hillary Clinton, the corrupt US “intelligence” agencies are shifting their focus to social media and to Internet sites such as Alex Jones and Breibart. Little doubt the FBI investigation will trickle down to Glenn Greenwald at The Intercept, Zero Hedge, the Ron Paul Institute, Nomi Prins, Naked Capitalism, Lew Rockwell, Global Research, antiwar.com, and to others on the PropOrNot, Harvard Library, and Le Mond lists, such as top Reagan administration officials David Stockman and myself. It is extraordinary that the FBI is so desperate to protect the budget of the military/security complex that it brings such embarrassment to itself. Who in the future will believe any FBI report or anything a FBI official says?
Those behind this “investigation” understand that it is so ridiculous that they must give it gravity and credibility. They selected two reporters, Peter Stone and Greg Gordon, in the McClatchy News Washington Bureau, who fit Udo Ulfkotte’s definition of “bought journalists.” Hiding behind anonymous sources—“two people familiar with the inquiry” and “sources who spoke on condidtion of anonymity”—the presstitutes fell in with the attack on independent media, reporting that one former US intelligence official said: “This may be one of the most highly impactful information operations in the history of intelligence.” http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/white-house/article139695453.html
Wow! A totally ridiculous “investigation” is one of the most important in history. The implication is that the Russians are operating through scores or hundreds of independent media sites to control how Americans vote.
There was once a time in America when people were skeptical of anonymous sources. It was widely understood that anyone could tell a reporter anything and that a reporter could claim an anonymous source whether or not the source existed. Perhaps it was the Watergate “investigation” by the Washington Post that gave anonymity credibility. The Post’s reports made it sound like any sources ratting on Nixon’s perfidy was at risk of their lives, and the subtle emphasis on risk gave anonymity credibility.
The real story under our noses is not a Trump/Putin/independent media conspiracy to steal the presidential election. The real story is the totally obvious collusion between the Hillary forces, the US print and TV media (with the partial exception of Fox News), and the CIA and FBI to steal the Democratic nomination from Bernie Sanders, the presidential election from Donald Trump, and to delegitimize Trump’s election.
The theft of the nomination from Sanders is precisely what the leaked Podesta emails show. The totally one-sided presstitute support for Hillary and full-scale assault on Trump clearly show the presstitutes participation in the collusion. The extraordinary lies told in public by Obama’s CIA Director John Brennan clearly demonstrate the CIA’s lead in the attempted frame-up of Trump and his team. FBI Director Comey’s statement the day before the presidential election that the FBI had once again cleared Hillary of criminal charges sent the Dow up 371 points and set the stage for a Hillary election victory.
Why are not any of these hard facts in the news?
Why, instead, do the presstitutes and “intelligence” agencies report nothing but fake news, supported by anonymous “sources”? Why is a false reality being constructed, and the hard facts ignored?
Note another extremely strange feature of our strange time. Elements of the liberal/progressive/left portray President Trump as a member of the One Percent operating for the One Percent against the people and filling his government up with generals and his budget with more military spending. Why then is Trump under full-scale assault from the military/security complex? Why are they working to contradict, delegitimize and impeach their own agent?
If Americans were a thinking people, or even a people capable of thought, how could such inconsistent disinformation dominate public discussion?
What we should be scared about is that in America today, facts cannot compete with lies.
The McClatchy story describing a pointless investigation as one of the most important in history is working its way through the media. See:
Are we to conclude that America’s corrupt and disloyal “intelligence” agencies are a direct threat to democracy, that they are committed to overthrowing Trump’s presidency in a “color revolution,” that, unable to provide any evidence whatsoever for their conspiracy theory of a Trump/Putin collusion to steal the presidential election, the “intelligence” agencies have moved on to the discredit the independent Internet media that are in the way of the “intelligence” agencies’ control over explanations?
It is a hard fact that the Democrats, US “intelligence,” and the presstitutes are absolutely determined to control the explanations given to the American people and the wider world.
The Agents are out in force, and Neo is nowhere in sight.
The demonization of Russia and the extraordinary level of tension that the ignorant and foolish Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama regimes created with Russia are disconcerting, indeed, frightening to those, such as myself, Patrick Buchanan, and Stephen Cohen, who experienced the long decades of the Cold War. We have never seen such highly provocative, entirely gratuitous behavior of one nuclear power toward another as the behavior of the US toward Russia over the past six presidential terms. What the Cold Warriors of the time experienced was a gradual buildup of mutual trust that enabled Reagan and Gorbachev to end the Cold War and remove the threat of nuclear Armageddon.
In contrast, the Clinton, Bush, and Obama regimes, the FBI, CIA, NSA, the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, NPR, MSNBC, and the rest of the presstitutes, the right-wing Republicans, such as Lindsey Graham, John McCain, and Ben Sasse, the Democratic Party, and the liberal/progressive/left have convinced Russia, in the words of Russia’s President Putin, that “we cannot trust the United States.”
This “achievement” of these idiots comprises the greatest crime humans have committed in their entire history. The atomic bombs with which the Americans gratuitously destroyed two Japanese cities are mere pop guns compared to the thermo-nuclear weapons of today. Some of the crazed neoconservatives erroneously believe that Russia is not sufficiently well-armed to respond to US aggression, but the fact of the matter is that Russia’s strategic weapons are superior and more powerful than those of the US.
How can it be anything other than a death wish for European governments to be egging on conflict with Russia, for women marching not against war but against Trump for wanting to reduce tensions with Russia, for US “intelligence” to be totally committed to orchestrating a “Russian threat” that all but guarantees thermo-nuclear war? One would think that people would be marching in favor of reduced tensions with Russia and demanding that Trump deliver on this promise, not that they would be out opposing Trump. What is the importance of Identity Politics compared to nuclear war?
How can Americans, Democrats, Republicans, Greens, Europeans, Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders, and Japanese contain their outrage against the governments that are putting the life of the planet at risk for nothing except the budget and power of the US military/security complex? Trump is silly to roll back environmental protections, but this pales in comparison to the environmental damage of thermo-nuclear war.
How can the left-wing be lost in Identity Politics while the life of the planet is being put at extreme risk?
Why did CounterPunch recently and suddenly abandon the working class and peace and take up the cause of the victim groups of Identity Politics— women, blacks, homosexuals, lesbians, transgendered, and Muslim refugees (see Eric Draitser CP, Vol. 24, No. 1), the cause of the EU and globalism (see http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/03/20/brexit-nationalism-and-the-damage-done/ ) which benefits only the One Percent, and the demonization of Trump and Putin? Perhaps it is only a coincidence, but CounterPunch’s collapse coincides with CP being put on and removed from the PropOrNot list of Russian agents/dupes. My columns, for years a welcome feature on CounterPunch, suddenly ceased to appear. We have had no explanation from CounterPunch why the site suddenly gave up on peace and bread.
One might think that the audacity of the lies from the FBI, CIA, NSA and their media whores would provoke a powerful response from the liberal/progressive/left and from European populations, but it hasn’t.
What about Trump himself? Has he been forced to abandon his goal of normal relations with Russia, as this article in the Intercept suggests? https://theintercept.com/2017/03/21/revolving-door-military/ If not, is Trump filling top Pentagon and Homeland Security politions with generals and defense contractors in order to neutralize the military from participating in a CIA/presstitute coup against him?
If Trump is eliminated, with Pence as VP and the list of appointees provided by the Intercept, the US government will pass into the hands of the military/security complex for the remainder of its existence.
Is Trump now focused on protecting himself instead of protecting all of us from a deadly conflict with Russia?
If so, this is the achievement of the US “intelligence” services, the Democratic Party, right-wing Republicans, the presstitute media, and the liberal/progressive/left.
If anyone remains to write the history of the Great Incineration, the identity of those responsible is completely clear.
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The instructions issued to Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev provide for the further development of beach areas used for recreation purposes, in particular, by improving the relevant legislation.
The Prime Minister has been instructed to take measures in keeping with the Tourism Development Strategy until 2020 to improve seaside beach areas used for recreation purposes and to review the agreements signed in 2011–2016 on the use of water bodies for recreation purposes in order to identify the auction winners that have not used or improved the water areas adjacent to the territory of hotels and tourism facilities. The agreements that are not being implemented or are in violation of legislation shall be terminated.
Putin speaks to the Western Presstitutes
Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova demolishes Vice Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Paul J. Selva:
Perhaps the answer to Zakharova’s question — why the US continues to make false claims that Russia is in non-compliance with the INF treaty but never mentions its own proven non-compliance — is that Washington is setting up Russia for attack by pressuring Russia to disclose everything while disclosing nothing itself.