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Backbench pressure forces Abbot back down on family policy

The Sydney Morning Herald reports today that Federal Health Minister, Tony Abbott, has had to give way to a backbench revolt in the lead-up to an election over moves to give parents access to more information over services to their teenage children.

The issue has been contentious in the community, and amongst their parliamentary representatives, as there are strong arguments on both sides generating much passion.

Abbott's move had been widely interpreted as an initiative to shore up the government's credentials with the more conservative elements in the Christian churches in the lead-up to the Federal election.

SMH – Abbott backs down in face of backbench revolt

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16 Jun 2004