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Democrats to table
Nanjing Night Net

abortion choice bill

CANBERRA – The Australian Democrats will introduce a bill to Parliament supporting women’s choice on abortions, party leader Lyn Allison said yesterday. The move follows the announcement of a private member’s bill by Nationals Senator Ron Boswell on the level of abortion in Australia. Figures compiled by the Department of Health and Ageing in response to questions placed on notice in January by Senator Boswell showed there were 91,000 terminations of pregnancy procedures in Australia in 2003-04.

The Queensland Senator wants a debate on the issue.

Senator Allison said: “I want to send a very strong message to Senator Boswell to say that he doesn’t speak for the whole Parliament.”

Howard plays down

Japan FTA prospect

TOKYO – Prime Minister John Howard was talking down the prospects of Australia and Japan agreeing to study the feasibility of a free trade agreement ahead of a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi last night.

Even getting to the negotiating table with Japan would be difficult as the Japanese are strongly opposed to the inclusion of agriculture in any prospective agreement.

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