IN June, the health minister of the only jurisdiction left in the country where “no person, hospital, health institution, other institution or service is under a duty” to carry out an abortion announced that conscientious objection to killing the unborn was about to be banned. The quoted disclaimer – versions of which were hitherto standard countrywide – is excerpted from a now repealed Western Australian law. Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson said she hoped her ‘major overhaul’ – enacted in September via the Abortion Legislation Reform Act 2023 – would make terminations “easier and more streamlined.” The drive to encourage and expedite baby deaths in WA is almost as frenetic as the state’s infamous, cowardly cocooning of adults during the so-called pandemic. The Cook Labor government has also abolished referrals and mandatory counselling as prerequisites for having an abortion, and increased the gestational limit from 20 weeks to 23. The requirement that late-term abortions be approved by a medical panel has been repealed. But nobody seemed to notice or care that from Brisbane on the Pacific to Esperance on the Indian, an ironic curtain of ‘compassionate’ violence has descended across the continent.
If WA Coalition chiefs Shane Love and Libby Mettam noticed, they certainly don’t seem to mind. Both of them support the Sanderson ‘reforms’. On conscientious objection, it is no coincidence that all Labor governments are compelling doctors who won’t kill patients to refer them on to someone who will. This nazi policy is invariably sold as a reasonable compromise. In fact, enabling an enormity in lieu of committing it does not disencumber the righteous man of his qualms. Coerced abetment of killing is terrorism, impure and simple. On euthanasia – the death twin of the contemporary left’s antinatalist mania – David Crisafulli is another study in spineless whatever-ism. When Annastacia Palaszczuk introduced a bill to legalise ‘voluntary assisted dying’ (sanctioned homicide) in 2021, the tremulous Queensland LNP leader said he had an “open mind” about the legislation, then declined to publicly reveal his own position on it, then voted against it. When the bill transmogrified into law on party lines, Crisafulli told Paul Murray he wouldn’t even make amendments as Premier to restore the private property rights and human rights of Christian hospitals and their staff. “You’re a good man,” condescended Murray – obviously impressed that a prospective non-Labor winner wasn’t a stickler for principle.
With so much earnest but feeble discussion taking place right now about threats to the remnants of Western Civilisation itself, a health minister with a BA in journalism (yes, really) proposing, selling and enacting an authoritarian assault on life and liberty in Western Australia is banal, prima facie. That’s the problem; is is banal but in Hannah Arendt’s sense. The banality of evil is now a norm in Australian politics. Extremists like Daniel Andrews institutionalise abominations which the Liberal Party then refuses to rescind for fear of the mob. They concentrate instead on garden-variety issues like cost of living. Notwithstanding that their own fiscal recklessness inaugurated – or, at least, did very little to minimise – that crisis, there is nothing wrong with focusing on practicalities per se but not at the cost of abandoning truth and freedom.
Which brings me back to Murray who has solid form for gaslighting his viewers into registering the price of everything but the value of nothing. His trite mockery of St Ursula’s College in Sydney this week for preventing an alleged lesbian from attending a formal with her “girlfriend” exemplified a nihilism by no means rare on the gormless right. Murray’s panel included ‘Catholic’ Liberal senator Hollie Hughes and Ashby-hostage Pauline Hanson. In between the chortling, all agreed the school should ignore the Deposit of Faith that many thousands – if not millions – of saints died to protect. The principal and board – perhaps the archdiocese and the Church Militant – should listen to Paul Murray instead. It would be funny if it wasn’t for the fact that grievance lobbies are already trying to legislate away the right of Christian schools to make Christian decisions. With finks like this at the gates, expect their whopping hobby horse to roll right in.