I would say, “Take a bow, Bernie Finn (Liberal MLC for the Western Metropolitan Region)”, but I don’t think he’s finished yet. I don’t know if he ever will be. He resumed speaking this evening at 8pm after having spoken most of the afternoon, and the house has just adjourned at 10pm. I guess so he can give his voice a rest. Seriously, I have heard of cases where, in ancient Rome, speakers held the floor for hours on end to delay a vote from taking place, but I have never heard such a fine demonstration of this tactic in this day and age.
Not that that seems to be his tactic. Rather, given the chance finally to debate the issue of abortion in that democratically elected and representative body which is charged with the duty of making laws for our State, Bernie has taken the opportunity to do a complete “Anatomy of the Case Against Abortion”. Truely, if you were to print off his speech from Hansard tomorrow, you would have a compendium – a vade mecum – of every reason why abortion should never ever be removed from the criminal code. Even if you are not a Victorian, or even an Australian, I would urge you tomorrow morning to click on this link and dowload Bernie’s speech. Warning: it will be the size of a small book!
For now, Bernie, my suggestion is go home, have a whisky, and rest your throat to resume your speech tomorrow morning at 10:15am.
And the rest of you, if you can, tune into the debate in the Legislative Council at this site here.