Wednesday 14th of November 2018

if you are a male, medicare won't pay for your pregnancy...



The Australian Conservatives senator Cory Bernardi has triggered messy Coalition divisions on the floor of the Senate, with some government frontbenchers voting in favour of a motion opposing Medicare funding for the termination of pregnancies on gender grounds.

Bernardi proposed a series of provocative motions on Thursday morning covering abortion funding, greater scrutiny of the activist group GetUp and White Ribbon Australia’s support for abortion, including late-term terminations – which had Coalition figures cantering across the chamber.

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The motions on hot-button internal issues for the Coalition were moved in a week when the government is being divided over how to respond to this week’s historic yes vote in the same sex marriage postal survey.

Bernardi’s motion opposing Medicare funding failed on the floor of the chamber, but it was backed by government senators Eric Abetz, Barry O’Sullivan, Zed Seselja, Matt Canavan and Anne Ruston, as well as the One Nation leader, Pauline Hanson.

A motion critical of a statement on the website of the anti-violence organisation White Ribbon Australia supporting nationally consistent access to safe and legal abortion, including late-term abortion, in all states and territories, also won support from government senators, including Mathias Cormann.

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save the date...

Australians have voted yes to make same-sex marriage legal.

There were proposals when the result of the postal survey was announced, but no actual weddings.

Let's take a look at when you can expect to see them.

Key points
  • We don't know the exact date of Australia's first same-sex weddings
  • The best case scenario is around January 8, 2018


What's the date of Australia's first same-sex weddings?

We don't know yet and it's a bit complicated.

Remember the postal survey results didn't make same-sex marriage law.

Federal politicians still have to pass a bill to make the necessary change to the Marriage Act.

But, like any bill, there's going to be debate over the legislation and any potential amendments to it.

That all kicked off in the Senate this morning, but we don't know how long it's going to take.

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will he be entitled to dad's maternity leave?

As Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce’s affair with his former media adviser Vikki Campion – who is pregnant with his child – raises doubt over his political future, there is one line of inquiry no one seems to be pursuing.

How is he going to balance raising a newborn baby with his career?

It’s a question that was directed countless times at New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern after she announced she was four months pregnant only three months into the position.

Telling the world on January 19 she is expecting her first baby, Ms Ardern anticipated being asked whether being a new mum would impact her job, and volunteered that she’ll be taking six weeks’ maternity leave.

Later that day, she was asked directly what she would say to “people who might question whether you will be able to juggle being a new mother and being Prime Minister”.

Her reply? “That I don’t underestimate, of course, that it will take work, but, as I say, I have a lot of support around me.”

Ms Ardern didn’t even have a national scandal and uncertain job prospects to contend with.

When news of Mr Joyce’s affair with Ms Campion, 33, broke earlier this month, the main concern was whether the revelation was in the public interest.

Given the mass media and public attention it has generated since, that question appears to have been answered.

But what remains to be seen is how Mr Joyce, 50, will juggle his political duties with parenting his newborn at the Armidale home he shares with Ms Campion.

As a father of four daughters with Natalie, his estranged wife of 24 years, Mr Joyce is an old hand. So what can the new Baby Joyce expect from dad’s parenting style?

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With so many "girls" in his life, I believe the old Barn(aby) is hoping for a boy.... Oh boy... Should he get maternity leave, let's hope he does not come back and live in Armi(dale) happily ever after, on the dole...