Last month the new Democratic Labor Senator for Victoria, John Madigan, gave his maiden speech.

He took the opportunity to highlight the injustice of Victoria’s 2008 abortion laws which legalised abortion up to birth even where there is a healthy mother and a healthy baby.

“These laws have been described as the most inhumane laws ever passed in this country.

“In the last few weeks I have received thousands of emails on the live export trade. I was sickened by the sight of animals treated so inhumanely but what I will never understand is how people can so easily turn away from the even greater suffering we cause to our own children. “

Senator Madigan hoped the laws would one day be repealed. His speech can be read here.