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Post by veya_victaous on Tue Jan 31, 2017 4:27 am


SHORTLY after being sworn in as the new Minister for Women, Tanya Davies revealed her private views on abortion.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s new-look cabinet was officially sworn in on Monday and has already been causing controversy.

The 23-strong front bench team features a minister for women who’s privately opposed to abortion and a multiculturalism minister who believes all non-indigenous Australians are essentially immigrants.

Immediately after taking her oath of service at Government House, Ms Davies revealed her views on abortion.

“I am pro-life personally, but in my role I’m there to support all women,” the Liberal MP said.

That’s prompted feminist group Women’s Electoral Lobby to voice concerns, saying the overwhelming majority of NSW residents were pro-choice.

“And we would want a minister for women who is prepared to trust women and doctors to make personal medical decisions,” Claire Pullen from the group told the ABC.

Labor MP Penny Sharpe also urged caution.

“Women’s reproductive rights in NSW must not go backwards,” she tweeted.


But Ms Berejiklian quickly shut down the possibility of reform to abortion policy in NSW, after Ms Davis declined to rule anything out when asked what she would like to change.

“Can I just stress on that point that there is obviously no change in policy in relation to those issues,” Ms Berejiklian said.

Meanwhile, new Multiculturalism Minister Ray Williams has come out in strong support of immigrants when quizzed about US President Donald Trump’s temporary ban on visas for travellers from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Mr Williams said he was proud of NSW’s diverse communities.

“Unless you are our indigenous brothers and sisters, then you all came here at some time,”
he said.

NSW also now has its first counter terrorism minister in David Elliot, while Stuart Ayres was formally appointed minister of the newly-created portfolio solely responsible for Sydney’s WestConnex motorway project.

Veteran MP Brad Hazzard is now health minister and former planning minister Rob Stokes has replaced dumped Nationals MP Adrian Piccoli in the education portfolio.
http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/news-life/the-new-nsw-minister-for-women-causes-controversy-over-her-prolife-stance/news-story/9a5d0d51da71f9316d389f3d315ac377

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Post by veya_victaous on Tue Jan 31, 2017 4:31 am

The Pro life women's minister is a weird choice but THAT is a RW you can  give a chance to since she is not bat shit crazy (side eyes team trump)

and I like the Multiculturalism minister statement
“Unless you are our indigenous brothers and sisters, then you all came here at some time,”
which of course is true for  the USA too.

this is the Right Wing of New South Wales by the way. bloody glad I live down here .... even in this heatwave Razz Razz Razz

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Post by WhoseYourWolfie on Tue Jan 31, 2017 6:35 am

Smile

One reason for some of the stranger selections comes down to power sharing between the different factions within the Lib's...

While Berejiklian belongs to one of the more moderate factions within the NSW party, she had support from the more conservative right side for her to take the Premiership unnapposed..

So now we're seeing some of those right-wingers being promoted to the ministry in return;  while at the same time the guvm'nt has taken the opportunity to move some of the deadwood (such as Duncan Gay and Gillian Skinner..) onto the back bench.

Remembering that they are governing in NSW, and not the deep south of the USA, it's probably only natural that some of those RW ministers are reassuring  the electors and promising to work for all NSW residents, and not just elitist special interest groups.

Only time will tell..          

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