Notes on Civil Society

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01 June 2006

Secular discrimination

Federal Health Minister Tony Abbott must be sacked after claims he threatened drug companies against marketing abortion pill RU486, the Australian Democrats say. "I think it's time he was removed from the health portfolio," Democrats leader Lyn Allison told reporters today. Senator Allison, a co-sponsor of the push to remove the veto power over the drug from the minister, yesterday said she would not be surprised if the claims were true.

"The industry has been saying to me for some time there is no interest in introducing RU486 in this country because they understand the threat which is implied from the minister," she said today. Senator Allison said Mr Abbott's Catholic faith was getting in the way of his decision making as health minister.

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