Why conservatives are not making a fuss over Labor's abortion policy
By Laura Tingle
Mar 13, 2019
Video (43 sec): Tanya Plibersek says there's been "a very big change in the Labor Party" regarding attitudes to abortion. (ABC News)
Last week, something extraordinary happened in federal politics and went virtually unmentioned.
The Australian Labor Party announced a policy that would have once been regarded as high-risk politics at the least.
Tasmania lags on low-cost abortion service
A new Tasmanian low-cost surgical abortion clinic will be available in "coming weeks"; almost a year after the state's dedicated private clinic closed.
Ethan James, Australian Associated Press
November 9, 2018
Tasmanian women remain without access to low-cost surgical abortions almost a year after the state's only dedicated private clinic closed.
The state Liberal government pledged to open a new low-cost abortion service by the end of October but stalled negotiations between the provider and property owner have pushed the date back.
Why abortion should not be a crime
By Philip Goldstone
27 September 2018
As a doctor who has worked in the field of reproductive healthcare for many years, I could list so many evidence-based and peer-researched studies and reasons on why abortion should be decriminalised. But the most profound and overriding reason for me is to end the shame and stigma that we heap onto women accessing this health service each and every day.
Shame and stigma is something that I am familiar with; I have worked in the mental health sector and I have worked in the women’s health sector. Both of these areas share the dark burden of shame and stigma. And as a doctor I have seen what happens when that shame and stigma becomes too much. It results in crippling guilt, psychological trauma and sometimes self-harm.
Cricket Australia abortion saga: No police probe of Health Minister over Angela Williamson sacking
By state political reporter Alexandra Humphries
Wed Aug 15, 2018
Tasmania Police will not investigate Health Minister Michael Ferguson over allegations he revealed the medical information of Angela Williamson to her employer, Cricket Australia, before she was sacked for tweeting about abortion.
Shadow Attorney-General Ella Haddad last week asked Tasmania Police to investigate Mr Ferguson, who is also Police Minister, over claims he had revealed medical information about Ms Williamson to Cricket Tasmania chief executive Nick Cummins.
Private surgical abortion provider to open in Tasmania
Minister’s announcement comes after Cricket Australia accused of sacking staffer who criticised government’s lack of abortion services
Australian Associated Press
Sun 5 Aug 2018
Tasmanian women will be able to access surgical abortions, with a private provider to begin offering the procedure later in the year.
It follows outrage over the sacking of Cricket Australia staffer Angela Williamson after she criticised the Liberal state government for a void of abortion services.
"Is this Australia? Is this 2018?"
The woman fired by Cricket Australia (CA) for tweeting about abortion has started a petition calling for safe, affordable and legal access to the fundamental service.
Angela Williamson, 39, became one of the first Tasmanians forced to travel interstate for an abortion, after the last centre closed late last year.
Cricket Australia accused of sacking woman for abortion rights tweets
Angela Williamson called Tasmanian Liberals ‘gutless’ on reproductive health access
Mon 30 Jul 2018
A former Cricket Australia employee alleges she was sacked because she campaigned for improved abortion rights in Tasmania and criticised the state Liberal government on social media.
Angela Williamson, 39, was sacked from her job as manager of public policy and government relations at Cricket Australia following a tweet in which she labelled the government “gutless” for failing to ensure women had access to reproductive health services in the state, Fairfax reported on Monday.
'For speaking up, I lost my job': Cricket Australia employee claims she was sacked after posting a series of tweets calling for abortion reform
By Sam Lock For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 29 July 2018
A former Cricket Australia employee has claimed she was fired over a series of tweets campaigning for abortion reform.
Angela Williamson claims she was terminated from her position as public policy and government relations manager in June over concerns she had insulted the Tasmanian government.