There are a number of important updates that Salt Shakers has reported on in recent weeks:
1. On the 15th of November Salt Shakers reported on the homosexual marriage Bill defeat in NSW:
"Good News! Yesterday (14 Nov) the New South Wales Legislative Council defeated a Bill to legalise ‘marriage’ between two people of the same sex.
The vote was 21 to 19.
Two Liberals voted FOR the Bill - Catherine Cusack and Greg Pearce.
Two Nationals supported the Bill - Sarah Mitchell and Trevor Khan.
Fred Nile said the outcome was ''a great victory for marriage in the NSW upper house''. He noted that he had encouraged the Premier Barry O’Farell to make a statement saying he would vote against the Bill if it came to the Legislative Assembly....."
2. On the 18th of November Salt Shakers reported on the Commonwealth submission to the High Court regarding the same-sex marriage ACT law:
"The Commonwealth has made a submission to the High Court, asking that the High Court rule that the ACT same-sex ‘marriage’ Act is INVALID.
The High Court will hear the appeal on 3-4 December.
The Submission is 24 pages long and makes very interesting and enlightening reading!...."
3. On the 20th of November Salt Shakers reported on the Abortion debate in the Tasmanian Legislative Council:
"The Tasmanian Parliament’s upper house, the Legislative Council, debated the Bill on abortion law this week – the Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) Bill 2013.
Media report: Upper House abortion debate coverage, Examiner, 19/11/2013.
A 'second reading vote' was held on Tuesday night - it PASSED by 9 votes to 5.
Some of those supporting the Bill expressed concern about fines for doctors/counsellors if they don't refer a patient on to someone who supports abortion - the final vote will depend on amendments made to the Bill....."