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Australian Conservatives senator Cory Bernardi has revealed divisions in the government after moving a motion opposing Medicare funding for abortions.
Five Coalition backbenchers – Eric Abetz, Barry O’Sullivan, Zed Seselja, Matt Canavan and Anne Ruston – crossed the floor to vote for the Bernardi motion, which was also supported by One Nation. Bernardi moved a series of provocative and divisive motions that prompted a number of Coalition senators to cross the floor. One linked progressive activist organisation GetUp! with US billionaire George Soros and criticised anti-domestic violence organisation White Ribbon for advocating for legal abortion …
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Alex McKinnon, The Saturday Paper