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The Daily Recap - Thursday 28th July 2022

Your daily dose of news stories in the world of intersectional feminism.



Thursday 28th July 2022

MP With Disability Calls Out NSW Government For Replacing Ramp With Stairs


Paralympian and Labor MP Liesl Tesch has gone viral on TikTok for calling out the NSW government and their inaccessible 'accessibility upgrade' in Point Clare.


The town's train station is currently undergoing construction to improve mobility access, however, in the process the station has become inaccessible for people with disabilities.


Although residents were promised more ramps and lifts, the once accessible underpass no longer has a ramp and now has 11 stairs.

MP Liesl Tesch filmed herself struggling to go down the stairs in her wheelchair, which has caused backlash against the NSW Government.


"This is not about access and inclusion, this is about keeping people with disabilities out of our community," she said, "not okay!"


Point Clare station is expected to remain under construction until October.


 

Australian Medical Firm Wants Nurses And Midwives To Be Able To Prescribe Abortion Pills


MS Health, a not-for-profit subsidiary of MSI Australia, wants to grant nurses and midwives the power to prescribe patients with the medical abortion pill.


Australia's leading abortion provider is set to discuss these changes with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).


The Albanese government has said in the past all proposals related to abortion accessibility will be welcomed in parliament.


The abortion pill is also known as the RU486 or Mifepristone pill. Source: Ohio Capital Journal

Currently only 10 per cent of doctors can prescribe the needed two courses of the medication.


 

Fatima Payman Makes History As The First Person To Deliver The First Speech In Parliament While Wearing A Hijab


Labor Senator Fatima Payman just made history in parliament this week.


The 27 year old delivered the first speech in parliament, making her the first person to do so while wearing a hijab.


Senator Payman said parliament was finally starting to reflect the "true diversity" of Australia.


"A hundred years ago, let alone ten years ago, would this parliament accept a woman choosing a hijab to be elected?" she said.


The Labor senator also used her platform to talk about the significance of her wearing a hijab in parliament.


"For those who choose to judge me on what I should wear or judge my competency based on my external [appearance], know that the hijab is my choice,” she said, "I want young girls who decide to wear the hijab to do it with pride and to do it with the knowledge that they have the right to wear it."



Back in May Senator Fatima Payman made history as the first the first Afghan-Australian and hijab-wearing Muslim woman to be elected into Parliament.


At 27 years old she is currently the youngest member of this Parliament.


 

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