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February 14th, 2006

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12:45 am - Umm ...
No-one seems to have commented on this article in The Age, with statements like this :

LIBERAL MP Danna Vale has raised the prospect of Australia becoming a Muslim nation, warning "we are aborting ourselves almost out of existence".

and this :

[...] when you actually look at the birthrate, when you look at the fact that we are … aborting ourselves almost out of existence by 100,000 a year — a guesstimate," Mrs Vale said.

Various sources seem to disagree, but a better guesstimate would be around 80-85,000 per year. More to the point, where are the people warning of Australia becoming a Catholic nation - there are nearly 4.8m of them, versus approx 200,000 Muslims (source, based on 1996 census), and Catholics are (supposed to be) against abortion and birth control. And who says that Muslims don't have abortions too ? (e.g. see here, different schools of Islam have different rules on the issue). And finally, who says that a Muslim Australia would be any worse than the one that the current mob of short-sighted narrow-minded con-men are creating ?
This is nothing but fear-mongering, trying to cloud the actual issue (who controls access to RU486) with irrelevant nonsense. Bah.

(Trish Draper, member for Makin, was mentioned in the article - anyone live in that seat ? Seems to cover the NE area of Adelaide, heading out Golden Grove way.)
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Date:February 14th, 2006 01:17 am (UTC)
We were talking about Danna Vale just last night. "My, that Danna Vale is insane" we said.
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Date:February 14th, 2006 02:23 am (UTC)
"Muslim Australia"/"Indonesian Australia"/"Our Northern Neighbours"/"5 000 000 missing Australians"/...


I think the worry about Catholic Australia is not as urgent for people now as it was 50 years ago, so let's keep working.
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Date:February 14th, 2006 03:27 am (UTC)
I laughed out loud. She's obviously stuck in the old "populate or perish" days.

It didn't take much logic to realise that, by her figures, we'd have something like a million unwanted children in ten years.

If the gov really wants to lessen the number of abortions, perhaps they should do something about childcare.
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Date:February 14th, 2006 12:23 pm (UTC)
I saw the title and decided that my life was too valuable to waste time reading it.
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Date:February 14th, 2006 11:13 pm (UTC)
Interestingly, the only coverage I have seen of this has been in the usually flippant television media.

They have repeatedly been ridiculing her comments and making her look ridiculous. Even the conservative media stations that are mouthpieces for the Liberal Party have joined in the general commentary on how little this woman understands.

It has usually been fought off with footage of Democrats Senator Lyn Allison saying "It is estimated that one out of every three women has had an abortion and I am one of those." Odd how political courage actually seems to be bringing in a real debate for once.

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