Daily Archives: October 4, 2010

Brisbane Line – Pro Choice Rally Saturday October 9, Queens Park, Brisbane City

Kathy Newnham Speaks About Oct 9 2010 Pro – Choice Rally In Brisbane by 4Zzz News  
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The Pro-Choice Action Collective will rally on Saturday in support of a Cairns woman who is charged with procuring her own abortion. Tegan Simone Leach will face trial in Cairns under Section 225 of the Queensland Criminal Code on Tuesday October 12.

Kathy Newnham, of the Pro-Choice Action Collective, said “the Cairns couple should not be facing trial, because the laws under which they are being tried should not exist. Women have the right to control their own bodies. These charges are the most extreme attack on abortion rights for decades. In fact, it is the first time that a woman has been charged under Queensland’s anti-abortion laws".

David Jackmanson spoke to Kathy Newnham – click the link above to hear the full interview.

The rally will be held this Saturday, October 9 at 1pm in Queens Park in Brisbane City, on the corner of George and Elizabeth Sts. Click here for a Google Map

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Brisbane Line: University of Southern Queensland Bans Creationist Seminar (2 interviews)

The University of Southern Queensland has cancelled a seminar that was to be held at its Hervey Bay campus by Young Earth creationists. The seminar had been organised by Creation Ministries International, who believe the Bible is without error in all fields it covers, including history and science, and that “Scripture teaches a recent origin for man and the whole creation”.


An open letter to USQ staff by Jayson D Cooke, President of the Griffith University Society for Skeptics and Freethinkers, said neither of the advertised speakers, Doctors Donald Batten and Tasman Walker, had professional credentials in biology, evolutionary biology or theology, and their organisation has no standing in the scientific community and their goals are not to advance science.

An email from Dr Aidan Burke, USQ’s Director of Corporate Communications, that was posted on the Australasian Skeptics internet forum, (cached here) said the university had moved quickly to withdraw assistance to the seminar, and told the organisers to make alternative arrangements. David Jackmanson spoke to both Jayson D Cooke and Dr Tasman Walker – click on the links below to hear the full interviews.

Pictured below: A flyer from USQ’s Hervey Bay campus advertising the seminar

Jayson D Cooke – Griffith University Skeptics And Freethinkers’ Association by 4Zzz News  
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101005 Jayson Cooke Griffith University Skeptics – Brisbane Line Interview.mp3 (4371 KB)

Dr Tasman Walker Of Creation Ministries International – Brisbane Line Interview by 4Zzz News  
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101005 Tasman Walker Creation Ministries International – Brisbane Line Interview.mp3 (8009 KB)

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Pro-Choice meeting tonight to plan rally in Queens Park this Saturday October 9

The Pro-Choice Action Collective is meeting tonight to plan a rally in support of a Cairns woman who is charged with procuring her own abortion. Tegan Simone Leach will face trial in Cairns under Section 225 of the Queensland Criminal Code on Tuesday October 12.

Tonight’s meeting will be held at 6.30pm at the Trades and Labour Council building at 16 Peel Street, South Brisbane, near the corner of Grey Street, and a short walk from the Cultural Centre bus station, the South Brisbane train station and the South Bank City Cat terminal. Click here for a Google Map.

Kathy Newnham, of the Pro-Choice Action Collective, said “the Cairns couple should not be facing trial, because the laws under which they are being tried should not exist. Women have the right to control their own bodies. These charges are the most extreme attack on abortion rights for decades. In fact, it is the first time that a woman has been charged under Queensland’s anti-abortion laws”.

The rally will be held this Saturday, October 9 at 1pm in Queens Park in Brisbane City, on the corner of George and Elizabeth Sts. Click here for a Google Map

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