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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

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.

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. 


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

Adele urges bipartisanship to pass firefighters compensation legislation

Adele has urged the Government to pull out all stops to introduce its legislation on the next parliamentary sitting day which will provide compensation to firefighters who develop cancer. Read more

Adele slams ‘committee of one’ for gas hub appeals

Adele will meet with the EPA’s appeals “committee” of one person, Dr Roy Green, after she launched a scathing attack on the Government’s handling of the EPA processes for the gas hub in State Parliament yesterday. (11 September 2012) Read more

Parking fees at Freo Hospital to come down after Adele’s intervention

Parking fees for Fremantle Hospital workers are set to come down after Adele lobbied the State Government successfully to reduce the burden on hospital staff. Read more

South Fremantle Senior High School achieves first in Australia

“Congratulations to everyone at South Fremantle Senior High School for your wonderful achievement of becoming the first accredited Carbon Neutral school in Australia.” Read more

‘No bike helmet’ trial needed

Adele and Mayor Brad Pettitt  have joined forces to call for the Port City to lead the way with a ‘no bike helmet’ trial. Read more

Adele welcomes Government focus on John Curtin College of the Arts

“I am heartened to see that the new Minister for Education, Peter Collier, is focusing on John Curtin by injecting up to $2.75million for new and refurbished toilet facilities for staff and students, and for the restoration of some windows and sunshades.” Read more

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