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Moore represented New South Wales under-17s while in
high school at Stanthorpe, Qld. He moved to the North
Sydney Bears in 1989 and played in the club’s reserve
grade premiership side. With a radical change of the
guard the following year, Moore and a number of other
players (ncluding long-time back-row partner David
Fairleigh) became regular first graders the following year
and propelled the club from also-rans in 1989 to finalists
Although Moore damaged a jaw at the start of that year,
he played superbly in the first semi-final win by the Bears
for 39 years against Manly, scoring two tries. Moore was
first selected in Queensland’s State of Origin side in 1992.
Moore was the sole try-scorer in the Maroons’ 5-4 win in
the second match of the series at Lang Park.
Moore was a regular selection for the maroon jersey
for three seasons and famously yelled ‘Queenslander!
Queenslander!’ in an attempt to motivate an underdog
Maroons team on their way out of the tunnel in 1995.
Moore was reacting to the fact that New South Wales
players had said they would belt the first person that
said he was a Queenslander.
AS an NT legislator I hold enor-
mous responsibility for making
sure our laws are fair, just, equal
As the Member for Barkly I represent
about 7,000 constituents governed by
The Michael Gunner Labor Govern-
ment’s planned amendments to the Medi-
cal Services Act impact significantly on
the Termination of Pregnancy Law.
Currently women can terminate a preg-
nancy at Royal Darwin Hospital or Alice
Springs Hospital by surgical procedure.
In February 2017, Minister for Health,
Natasha Fyles introduced a Bill adding
a new law about how women can access
termination of pregnancy services.
The new law will allow termination of
pregnancy by medication using a drug
RU486 made available from an approved
medical centre, health centre or hospital
for terminating a pregnancy.
The new law allows for pregnancies
to be terminated up to 23 weeks, how-
ever advice provided stated pregnancies
from nine weeks to 23 weeks could
only occur in Darwin or Alice Springs
hospital settings due to the considerable
risks and possible emergency surgery
The law states a doctor who administers
RU486 must have special qualifications
and experience however the drug can
be dispensed at a health centre or at the
The Therapeutic Goods Administra-
tion sets strict rules where medications
are only available through the specially
trained doctor’s prescription and that
nurses, midwives, Aboriginal health
practitioners and pharmacists can only
give RU486 to women under the direc-
tion of the trained doctor.
Department of Health officials state
that if a woman chooses a termination
of pregnancy by RU486 at home she
must be within two hours travel time of
a recognised hospital emergency depart-
ment for surgical treatment of possible
life threatening complications.
Department of Health officials advised
that while the legislation provides for
widespread use across Territory there
was little chance regional and remote
women would access RU486 as the
risks were too great, appropriate medical
services were not available and establish-
ing a service model would take decades.
As a local member forming a position
on this new law I sought comprehen-
sive briefings from medical experts,
legal practitioners, remote health staff
and constituents as the Department of
Health’s consultation narrowly focussed
on allied health organisations.
Using Ali Curung and Jilkmiggan as
community studies within two hours
travel time of a hospital, I have serious
concerns about the health and safety of
regional women being prescribed RU486
in the absence of appropriate critical
health care services, psycho-social al-
lied health support and privacy within
It was clear from health profession-
als, including the Minister’s staff, that
RU486 would not be administered in
regional and remote areas and the Ten-
nant Creek Hospital was deemed having
inadequate surgical services for provid-
ing necessary safe guards for women
Therefore the law is effectively discrim-
inatory as it supports Territory women
living in cities and a major town yet
provides uncertainty and critical risk for
those living in regional and remote areas.
Discriminatory law is bad law and
unsubstantiated claims about health
services improving in the regions sup-
porting the use of RU486 in the future
reflect politicians passing new laws be-
fore minimum standards are met.
The NT Parliament will decide the law
in March however I view the legisla-
tion more about political agendas than
improved health services and will not
Medical Services Bill 2017
Member for Barkly
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