Tag: tasmania

  • As the High Court challenge to abortion clinic ‘safe access zones’ begins, there is much at stake

    As the High Court challenge to abortion clinic ‘safe access zones’ begins, there is much at stake

    By Tania Penovic, Monash University; Caroline Henckels, Monash University, and Ronli Sifris, Monash University Victorian and Tasmanian laws around safe access zones at abortion clinic are being challenged in the High Court. Photo: AAP/David Moir From October 9-11, the High Court of Australia will hear a challenge to the constitutional validity of Victorian and Tasmanian legalisation […]

  • Marriage equality defeat: where to from here?

    By Paula Gerber The 98 to 42 defeat of the Marriage Equality Bill in the House of Representatives this week has almost been overshadowed by the circus that surrounded the lead up to the vote, including Liberal Senator Cory Benardi’s vile comments regarding bestiality, and Nationals Senator Ron Boswell’s offensive remarks about same-sex parents. But […]

  • Same sex marriage could become a constitutional battleground

    by Sarah Joseph On the weekend it was reported that Tasmania intends to legalise same sex marriage despite the Commonwealth Marriage Act 1961 defining “marriage” as being between a man and a woman. Given that apparent discrepancy, does Tasmania have the power under our Constitution to pass a same-sex marriage law? I will briefly answer […]

  • Human Rights are not Luxuries

    By Adam Fletcher I was saddened on the weekend to learn of the demise of the Geneva-based International Council on Human Rights Policy, which was announced by its board last Thursday. In the course of my human rights work both in Australia and Switzerland I’ve had the pleasure of drawing on many of ICHRP’s reports […]