Signs that Gla­dys will amend bill on abortion

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - CHIEF RE­PORTER

WITH two of her own MPs threat­en­ing to sit on the cross­bench over the bun­gled abortion bill, Pre­mier Gla­dys Bere­jik­lian yes­ter­day re­as­sured her war­ring party that she was “lis­ten­ing” to their con­cerns.

In a sign the Pre­mier is pre­par­ing to amend the bill, Ms Bere­jik­lian ac­knowl­edged to mem­bers gath­ered at the NSW Lib­eral Party State Coun­cil that the is­sue had not been “easy” but de­clared she was tak­ing on board the views of MPs and del­e­gates.

“I just want to as­sure any del­e­gate here, ev­ery mem­ber of the party here, that I am lis­ten­ing.

“I’ve heard what my col­leagues have said and what my party mem­bers have said and I ap­pre­ci­ate your pa­tience deal­ing with this process,” she said.

Ms Bere­jik­lian, who has al­ready flagged adopt­ing a “gen­der se­lec­tion” amend­ment, also stressed that ba­bies born alive would con­tinue to be supported.

“It’s cur­rently a crime to not sup­port a child that is born alive and it will re­main a crime,” she said.

Her com­ments, which oc­curred dur­ing a closed min­is­te­rial question and answer ses­sion, fol­lowed a noisy anti-abortion protest out­side the In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre venue.

Lib­eral MPs Kevin Connolly and Tanya Davies, who have in­di­cated they would move to the cross­bench should the bill not be significan­tly amended, both ex­pressed their anger at the party over how the bill — in­tro­duced by independen­t Alex Green­wich — had been han­dled.

Mr Connolly said he had been”am­bushed” by his own party.

“I’ve been a mem­ber of the Lib­eral Party for 28 years. But I’ve been placed in a po­si­tion for the last six weeks where I can no longer guar­an­tee that,” he said.

In a sig­nif­i­cant win for the Pre­mier, a bid by Ms Davies and the con­ser­va­tives to have an ur­gency mo­tion con­demn­ing the process de­bated was de­feated 217 to 236.

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