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Thursday, 17 October 1996
Page: 4352


Senator REYNOLDS —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate requests the Government:

(a)   to take immediate steps to publicly clarify its policies in relation to women's access to legal abortion;

(b)   to affirm its commitment to maintaining Medicare-funded legal abortion;

(c)   to adopt extensive consultation of the Attorney-General's draft model criminal code before State officials finalise South Australia's legislation as the model abortion law for Australia; and

(d)   to release for public debate the National Health and Medical Research Council's Committee report which recommends decriminalisation of abortion, which is currently being held up because two members of the council will not endorse it going public.