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So Zed, tell us your views on abortion?

By johnboy - 21 August 2008 135

The ABC reports that the Labor MLA Mick Gentleman is maneuvering in the Assembly to force all MLA’s to declare their views on the legality of abortion.

What’s driving this is that for many months now the devout Catholicism of the Liberal Leader Zed Seselja has been the subject of gossip around town with some scurrillous suggestions being made that he could be a member of a particularly controversial grouping within that church.

Zed has told the ABC that he supports the status quo:

    “My position is that I don’t see re-criminalisation of abortion as something that I would support.”

Either way, getting Zed on the voting record on this issue seems to be a major priority for the Government.

Zed's refusal to vote on abortion

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So Zed, tell us your views on abortion?
p1 11:46 am 21 Aug 08

How does he feel about aborting the dragway?

Thumper 11:42 am 21 Aug 08

*Sigh*

without abortion people like the idiot nokia tagger may breed….

peterh 11:40 am 21 Aug 08

how about the government and opposition get the personal views of the candidates, not the position of their parties?

personally, I really don’t care what the candidates think, just as long as support is provided to allow the women who need to make a choice ensure that it is an informed choice.

at the end of the day, you cannot prevent a woman from making up her own mind.

jimbocool 11:38 am 21 Aug 08

Zed was endorsed by Right to Life at the last election – so we can be confident that he is opposed to it. The question then is whether, if he was in a position to be able to, he would change laws permitting abortion. His statement above says he wouldn’t, but that is just a politician’s word so not actually worth anything.

I’d be more concerned about what his views on IVF are, both the practice itself and public funding of.

johnboy 11:26 am 21 Aug 08

I’m not confirming or denying anything.

jakez 11:23 am 21 Aug 08

Is the grouping Opus Dei?

johnboy 11:22 am 21 Aug 08

jakez said :

I don’t understand, he did answer the question. He said the status quo should not be changed.

Surely that’s all that matters when we are talking about politicians, what they think the law should be, not what they themselves believe about the issue.

I think most neutral observers would like to see more weight placed on voting records. It might bring about an end to the dead hand of caucus whereby five MLAs can impose their will on all 17.

If he’s willing to support it in front of a mic why not on the floor of the assembly?

@ tom-tom Wayne Sievers Sim City Challenge with us at All Bar Nun in O’Connor. 6pm start.

BenMac 11:18 am 21 Aug 08

I’d vote for Zed if he came out and said that he believed abortion was murder and that it should be illegal

I wouldn’t vote for him if he, or anyone said that. Give a woman the right to choose.

tom-tom 11:18 am 21 Aug 08

Monday?

johnboy 11:17 am 21 Aug 08

I think it best if we just leave those rumours where they are.

But come along and support your fella on monday night and I might tell you for a pint.

jakez 11:17 am 21 Aug 08

I don’t understand, he did answer the question. He said the status quo should not be changed.

Surely that’s all that matters when we are talking about politicians, what they think the law should be, not what they themselves believe about the issue.

tom-tom 11:15 am 21 Aug 08

I’d hazard a guess this is more about zed’s habit of absenting himself from the chamber when ever something controversial comes up (think civil unions etc) than the specific issue. By the way can someone enlighten me to what these rumours are?

soc84 11:05 am 21 Aug 08

I think ALL candidates should clearly state their views on abortion. I’d vote for Zed if he came out and said that he believed abortion was murder and that it should be illegal, but his statement is very disappointing. I don’t think I’d bother voting for him or his party if they can’t be honest, upfront and firm. What’s the point of voting for them if they’re not going to do anything about it. Stanhope is right to demand some transparency, but not just from MLAs – from all candidates!

johnboy 11:03 am 21 Aug 08

Well he better not think it won’t be held against him.

jakez 11:01 am 21 Aug 08

Well it sounds like he isn’t going to take the bait so I don’t think this is going to work.

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