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Adele Promises New Parliamentary Debate On Euthanasia

Adele  has vowed to introduce legislation into the Legislative Assembly to legalise euthanasia if she is re-elected at the March state election.  She says “the right to die with dignity is central to personal autonomy and bodily integrity – I see it as a fundamental human right.”  

Adele says today’s sad story in The West Australian of MS sufferer Barbara Harrison should send a clear message to all politicians that enough is enough and in a civilised society people deserve to end their lives on their terms.

 “What are we waiting for? How many more people like Barbara Harrison will have to die alone having suffered so long?  Surely we as a society are more compassionate than this.  It’s time that we had certainty for doctors and patients about this” Adele said.

 Up until now, legislation to legalise euthanasia has only debated in the Legislative Council during a Private Member’s Bill by Greens MLC Robin Chapple. The last time it was voted on in 2010 it was defeated 24-11.

 “Robin Chapple’s Bill should be given another opportunity, but this time in the Legislative Assembly. If elected, I will work with Mr Chapple to reintroduce his Bill, as he has included responsible safeguards into his legislation.”

 “This is an issue where both major political parties are clearly out of step with the community.  We now see that more than 70% of people agree that euthanasia should be legal and yet neither Premier Colin Barnett nor Labor leader Mark McGowan have the courage to bring on the debate and introduce legislation in the Lower House in Parliament,” the Fremantle Independent MP said.

Read Robin Chapple’s Voluntary Euthanasia Bill here:  Robin Chapple’s Voluntary Euthanasia Bill 2010

Carles to fight for Fremantle

Independent MP Adele Carles has announced that she will re-contest the seat of Fremantle at the election on March 9.

“I am standing to give Fremantle voters the opportunity to vote for an experienced independent MP” says Independent MP Adele Carles.

“I am the first to admit that the odds are stacked against me, but a win is possible if I poll ahead of the Greens candidate and pick up Greens and Liberal preferences to get across the line.”

“Being a marginal seat has been good for Fremantle.  The relocation of the State Department of Housing to Fremantle will boost our city by bringing in 800 new workers.  Funding is now finally flowing to John Curtin College of the Arts.  The ISAF world sailing event was held in Fremantle.  Planning is now underway to replace the unsafe traffic bridge, with a designated freight rail bridge to get more containers off road and onto rail.” 

“I have campaigned to keep Kaleeya Hospital open so that birthing women have choices.  I have worked to keep lead carbonate out of Fremantle (the former Labor Government approved lead export through Fremantle in 2008 and the Liberal Government want this to continue).  I have ensured that iron ore is kept out of our Port, so that we do not industrialise our city. I have campaigned to protect our heritage, environment and our precious remaining public open space. Most importantly, I have used my office resources to assist the most vulnerable people in our society to access housing and Government assistance.”

“I believe the biggest issue we face is the threat of losing health services including our Emergency Department and Kaleeya Hospital, decisions made by the former Labor Government with the support of the Greens and continued by the Liberal Government.”

“The polling indicates that the Liberals will win the election, so now is not a good time for Fremantle to revert to being a safe Labor seat.”

Adele Slams Licence to Pollute for Gas Hub

“The Environment Minister’s decision to remove limits on carbon pollution imposed by the EPA is unprecedented and hands Kimberely gas hub proponents a licence to pollute” says Independent MP Adele Carles.

The gas hub will generate between 16% and 52% of Western Australia’s emissions based on 2007 levels and these high levels are unacceptable.

“This will be one of the single largest greenhouse gas contributors in Australia, comparable only to the largest coal fired power stations and for the Government to wash its hands of this pollution issue is quite extraordinary” says Ms Carles.

“The Government has also downplayed the impact of toxic air emissions for the contaminants Benzene, which is a Class A carcinogen and Volatile Organic Compounds which have negative impacts on human health” says Adele Carles.

“This looks like a case of ‘out of mind out of site’ with Kimberley locals and workers being expected to bear the brunt of this toxic legacy” says Adele Carles.

Adele Out and About in Freo this December

December is a busy time in Adele’s office.  Adele  attended many school graduations and was proud to support achievement awards at Fremantle Schools.

 

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Seasons Greetings to you and your family

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We don’t need a 2nd marina adjacent to Port Coogee

Adele has vowed to continue the fight against a new marina at Port Coogee and has questioned why the Greens’ Fremantle candidate would actively promote something so out of step with community sentiment. Read more

Aussie cycling trek to give hope to thousands of Ethiopian women

Freo nurse Bruno Cordier is a man on a mission, preparing to ride his bike for the 34 days he says it will take to get from Sydney to Perth in the New Year.

Bruno’s crusade is to raise money for the work of Dr Catherine Hamlin and the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia, which treats women with childbirth injuries.

So when Adele  heard about his plan for the ride, Cycling for Fistulas, she was quick to lend her support to help kick start his campaign.

“Bruno should be congratulated for trying to raise money for such an important cause,” Adele said.

“Dr Catherine Hamlin does amazing work in Ethiopia, performing fistula operations on women who’ve faced obstructed labours, and training midwives so young Ethiopian women have access to a clean, safe birth with a skilled professional.”

“As women, we are so lucky in Australia to have skilled midwives who help safely deliver our babies.”

“I hope women will see Bruno’s campaign as an opportunity to give a few dollars so that women in other countries can have the same chance in life,” Adele said.  She will have a donation tin for Bruno set up at her office. 

Facts:

It is estimated that around 18,000 Ethiopian women face obstructed labour each year. Half of them will die. The other half will lose their baby and gain a fistula and the terrible consequences of this condition

 The Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital is the world’s first dedicated fistula hospital, built in 1974 to treat Ethiopian women who suffer from obstetric fistula. Obstetric fistula is the tragic outcome from an obstructed labour causing permanent incontinence and the social stigma that comes with it

There are an estimated 9000 new obstetric fistula cases in Ethiopia alone every year

In the estimated 34 days it takes Bruno to ride from Sydney to Perth, over 46,500 women in Africa will die from pregnancy and childbirth complications

Lest We Forget

Adele joined the Mayor and members of the Fremantle community at Monument Hill in Fremantle to mark Remembrance Day 2012.

Traversing Antarctica: The Australian Experience

Adele with John Dowson at the opening of Traversing Antarctica: the Australian experience at the Fremantle Maritime Museum.

The exhibition is on until February 24, 2013 and is well worth a visit.

Adele campaigns for Team Obama

On her recent trip to the USA, Adele visited the Ohio Obama team to support the “Women for Obama” campaign.

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