Victorian Opposition leader Daniel Andrews said Labor would not support a debate on MP Geoff Shaw's radical proposed changes to abortion legislation, reports The Herald Sun.
The maverick MP is preparing to drop a bombshell in State Parliament and cause divisions on both sides of politics with a Bill that would outlaw partial-birth and gender selection abortions.
Mr Shaw, whose vote keeps Premier Denis Napthine in office, had been expected to introduce a Bill that would end the obligation for anti-abortion doctors to refer women to specialists who performed the procedure.
But Mr Shaw has told The Herald Sun that he has now changed his mind and will push for six radical changes to the state’s abortion laws.
Mr Andrews said yesterday he would not back Mr Shaw’s plan. 'The Labor Party will have no part, no part whatsoever in a dirty, grubby deal between Geoff Shaw and Denis Napthine to change the abortion law in our state,' Mr Andrews said.
'Geoff Shaw is off the reservation yet again.'
Mr Andrews said no Labor MPs had raised with him any concerns about the existing abortion legislation. 'It is the position of the Parliamentary Labor Party, every member of the Parliamentary Labor Party that we are not going to get involved in a grubby, shady deal between Denis Napthine and Geoff Shaw on changing Victoria’s abortion laws.
'We’re having absolutely no involvement in that because it’s wrong, it is fundamentally wrong.'
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