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Election Survey - South Australia 2014 - Q3

Q3 - Baby safe havens

In recent years a number of Australian babies have been abandoned and later died in parks, bus stations and bins. Baby safe havens – secure, warm hatches in walls of hospitals, police or fire stations, with bells to alert staff – have worked well in Europe, USA and Japan. They enable women in difficult circumstances to relinquish their newborn babies safely, legally and anonymously.

Would you support the introduction of baby safe havens to preserve the lives of babies at risk of abandonment?

Party Reply Score
Labor Party                                                                                                    

The Labor Party received this survey in January but has declined to respond despite repeated requests.  Labor opposed a law to introduce baby safe havens last year.
Liberal Party                                                                                                    

On 27 June 2012, the Liberal Party supported the Hon Ann Bressington's Child Protection (Lawful Surrender of Newborn Child) Bill 2011 which provided for baby safe havens.
Family First Party                                                                                                    

Yes definitely.
SA Greens                                                                                                    

The SA Greens received this survey in January but have declined to respond despite several requests.  The SA Greens supported baby safe havens in the SA Legislative Council in 2012.

Stop Population Growth Now 

Not sure, but seems a good idea.

Please note you may only record and publish my opinions as expressed above, in full. Please do not place your own interpretation on them.

Dignity for Disability                                                                                                

Dignity For Disability sent 10 individual replies but no party reply.  All candidates would definitely or probably support baby safe havens.
Nick Xenophon Team                                                                                               

Nick Xenophon is not standing for election – he is a federal senator.  His SA upper house candidates John Darley and Connie Bonaros have not replied: John Darley has voted for baby safe havens in the past.

Authorised by: David Phillips, FamilyVoice Australia, 4th Floor, 68 Grenfell St, Adelaide SA 5000


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