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Could I describe you as a Catholic feminist?

Terry Lane

9 July 2013

From the Radio National archive, Terry Lane talks to Labor senator Jacinta Collins

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Between fully practising and non-practising: Jacinta Collins (right) with Penny Wong, Kevin Rudd and Anthony Albanese talking to journalists in Canberra on 8 July.

Between fully practising and non-practising: Jacinta Collins (right) with Penny Wong, Kevin Rudd and Anthony Albanese talking to journalists in Canberra on 8 July.



Victorian Labor senator Jacinta Collins was elected deputy leader of the government in the Senate after Kevin Rudd’s recent return to the prime ministership. Given her avowed Catholic beliefs, her subsequent appointment as minister for mental health and ageing has attracted criticism. In April 2002, when she was a member of the committee inquiring into the “children overboard” affair, she spoke to ABC Radio National’s Terry Lane on The National Interest about the inquiry, her religious beliefs and euthanasia. Courtesy of Radio National, this is an extract from that interview.
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Mentioned in this interview:

B.A. Santamaria
Kevin Andrews’s anti-euthanasia bill
The Senate “children overboard” inquiry

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Safe havens: two cautionary tales

Peter Mares

9 September 2015

Under pressure from popular opinion, politicians’ children and outspoken backbenchers, the government has announced an extra 12,000 places for refugees from Syria. This isn’t the first time Australia has responded in this way, writes Peter Mares in this extract from his book Borderline, and we can learn from experience

 

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Temporary welcome: prime minister John Howard and immigration minister Philip Ruddock greet newly arrived Kosovo refugees at Sydney airport on 7 May 1999. Veronica Casetta/AAP Image

Temporary welcome: prime minister John Howard and immigration minister Philip Ruddock greet newly arrived Kosovo refugees at Sydney airport on 7 May 1999. Veronica Casetta/AAP Image