Monday, 12 November 2018
I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 1159 simply to add a date, relating to abortion law reform in Queensland, before asking that it be taken as a formal motion.
I amend the motion in the terms circulated in the chamber and I ask that it be taken as formal.
You may well be able to deny me leave to move this motion, Senator O'Sullivan, but you can no longer deny me or any woman the right to do what we choose with our bodies. Abortion is now legal in Queensland, after almost 120 years of it being a crime. This motion would simply have congratulated the hardworking advocates who championed for decades for women to have the right to make a decision about their own bodies. Senator O'Sullivan, taking the highly unusual step of denying me leave so that the Senate can't even consider this motion, typifies everything that's wrong with the abortion debate: men telling women what they can and can't do. Senator O'Sullivan is still trying to have the last say on abortion, but you lost that vote.