— With AAP
1. Spill motion against NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian over abortion bill called off.
On Tuesday morning, three Liberal MPs prepared to move a spill motion against NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian over the bill to decriminalise abortion.
In a joint statement issued on Monday night, state MPs Tanya Davies, Lou Amato and Matthew Mason-Cox said Berejiklian needs to be held to account for “presiding over this shameful process”.
They said their consistent requests for the premier to urgently intervene and restore proper process on the private member’s bill had been rejected. They added the lack of due process had broken trust within the Liberal party room, the wider party and many communities across NSW.
The MPs said they had been told on Monday night that four amendments they wanted for the bill had been rejected in full “or in part with vague undertakings for further discussion”.
Liberal MPs @TanyaDaviesMP, @MatthewMasonCox and Lou Amato say they will move a spill motion against Premier @GladysB tomorrow after their suggested amendments to the controversial abortion bill were rejected. https://t.co/fW7XwCSJsA @Seanberry7news #nswpol #TheLatest #7NEWS pic.twitter.com/wg3HUOnO4t
— 7NEWS Sydney (@7NewsSydney) September 16, 2019
“We have come to the conclusion that the right course of action is not to leave the Parliamentary Liberal Party but to hold the premier to account for presiding over this shameful process,” they said in a statement.
“We have also been alarmed by the premier’s continued failure to address the impasse in the legislative council which has slowly ground the government’s legislative agenda to dust.”
The bill to decriminalise abortion states women are allowed terminations up to 22 weeks of pregnancy. After 22 weeks, abortions will be allowed with the approval of two doctors, one of which must be a specialist obstetrician or gynaecologist.
NSW’s Upper house MPs were due to start considering changes to the private member’s bill on Tuesday afternoon, after some delay and a weekend of demonstrations from supporters and opponents of the draft legislation.
“It is only with new leadership that we can again move forward as a united team delivering for the people of NSW,” the Liberal MPs statement said.
Deputy Premier John Barilaro in a tweet on Monday night said “this is ridiculous”.
“Our coalition agreement is with Gladys and any move would be a dumb move,” he said.