Timorese hail Witness K and Bernard Collaery as 'heroes'

The Movement Against the Occupation of the Timor Sea (MKOTT), a Timorese activist group based in Dili, condemned the Australian government on August 9 for its ongoing prosecution of Witness K and his lawyer Bernard Collaery, over the exposure of Australian secret service bugging of Timorese government offices, labelling it as an "attack on freedom of expression and democracy".

NSW one step closer to decriminalising abortion

“It is simple, straight forward: stay out of the lives of women”, implored one Liberal MLA as debate in the NSW Legislative Assembly on a bill to decriminalise abortion entered its second day on August 7.

Eventually, after eleven and a half hours of debate, the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019 was passed in the lower house 59 to 31 on August 8.

Speaking to Green Left Weekly the day after, NSW Greens spokesperson for women Jenny Leong said it was clear from “listening to more than 60 speeches and 12 hours of debate on amendments that the issue was deeply personal for everyone”.

“By realising this reform, we will empower all women, all people to be able to make this deeply personal decision for themselves — without the ominous threat of criminal sanctions hanging over them."

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