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Barnaby Joyce Seems To Think He's The Moral Compass On Women's Bodies Now

Old mate has chimed in on the abortion debate, because of course he has.

Today, the debate around abortion laws in New South Wales entered the upper house, with many hoping for it to be soon decriminalised. However, in the eleventh hour, former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce has chimed in by serving residents unsolicited anti-abortion robocalls.

Cue the eye roll.

Really, Barnaby? Credit: Giphy

In the pre-recorded call, Joyce says, “Barnaby Joyce here. I’m calling on behalf of the Foundation for Human Development about the abortion bill in the NSW parliament. This allows sex selective abortions. It legalises abortions for any reasons right up until the day of birth.”

Joyce has been ripped to shreds for his last-minute call to action, with many angry NSW residents taking to social media to express their concern. 

One Twitter user wrote, “What right does he have to tell women what they can and cannot do with their lives?” and another posted, “Did he not leave his wife and daughters to be with his pregnant girlfriend?”

Credit: Twitter
Credit: Twitter

It’s true. Let’s not forget that Barnaby Joyce left his wife in 2017 after having an affair with his former employee Vikki Campion. The couple now have two children together, but it’s unclear as to why this gives Joyce the right to tell women what they can and cannot do with their bodies.

Barnaby Joyce and partner Vikki Campion. Credit: AAP Video/Supplied/Channel 7

Only adding to the double standards is the fact that Joyce denounced Yes campaigners, who were accused of privacy invasion for robocalls, during the same-sex marriage plebiscite of 2017.

He told ABC’s RN Breakfast, “I can’t stand these people who stand at the corner and start yelling at you about what your views are on a very personal issue, just get out of my face, leave me alone and I will make the decision myself.”

Major Barnaby facepalm. Credit: Tracey Nearmy/Getty Images

In an opinion piece for the Sydney Morning Herald boldly titled, ‘NSW abortion bill imposes death penalty on the innocent,’ Joyce echoed the misguided sentiments in his robocalls. 

A tweet showing Joyce’s stance on the abortion laws. Credit: Twitter

Fellow MPs have slammed Joyce for his anti-abortion campaign, including Federal Greens MP Adam Bandt who told Sky News, “we’re on very dangerous ground here when it comes to politicians…telling women what they can and cannot do with their body.” 

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian also made a subtle dig at Joyce’s behaviour, telling The Australian, “NSW Parliament is for NSW Parliamentarians to get views from their communities…this is an issue for NSW MPs and I’ll leave my comments there.”

Considering Barnaby Joyce is a federal MP and therefore has no say on NSW abortion laws which are being discussed by NSW parliament, I think we can all agree this would be a good time for him to see himself out.

Iceland Mourns The Country's First Glacier Lost To Climate Change With A Legit Funeral

Rest in Peace.

Iceland is in mourning, and climate change is to blame.

The Nordic island nation held a funeral on Sunday for the Okjökull glacier, the first in the country to melt as a result of climate change.

According to The Guardian, around 100 people attended the ceremony, including Iceland’s prime minister, Katrin Jakobsdottir, UN Human Rights Commissioner, Mary Robinson, local researchers and colleagues from the United States who organised the commemoration.

Rest in Peace. Credit: JEREMIE RICHARD/AFP/Getty Images

A plaque has been mounted on a rocky surface once covered by the thick sheet of ice which is titled, “A letter to the future.”

“OK is the first Icelandic glacier to lose its status as a glacier. In the next 200 years all our glaciers are expected to follow the same path,” the plaque reads. “This monument is to acknowledge that we know what is happening and what needs to be done. Only you know if we did it.”

The plaque. Credit: JEREMIE RICHARD/AFP/Getty Images

Cymene Howe, the associate professor of anthropology at Rice University in Texas told The Guardian that Iceland loses about 11 billion tonnes of ice per year, with scientists fearing all of the island’s 400-plus glaciers will be gone by 2200.

Last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that July 2019 was the hottest month ever recorded. Rising temperatures are having an impact on many parts of the world, but they are also melting ice at an alarming rate. 

Ice becomes water. Credit: Giphy

WWF states that the most troubling consequences of melting Arctic ice is rising sea levels, which can “increase coastal erosion and elevate storm surge as warming air and ocean temperatures create more frequent and intense coastal storms like hurricanes and typhoons.”

1986 and 2019 comparison of the Okjokull glacier. Credit: NASA via AP

Sadly, the death of the Okjökull glacier in Iceland isn’t the only shocking result of climate change we’ve recently witnessed. Last week, temperatures at the highest point of the Greenland ice sheet rose above freezing and melted the snow there for the first time since 2012, according to Forbes

Greenland lost 12.5 billion tonnes of ice in one day, an event which wasn’t predicted to happen for another 50 years.

A devastating loss. Credit: Giphy

If this staggering environmental impact isn’t enough to inspire real action against climate change, what will?

Joseph Fiennes Reckons He's Going To Get Punched For His Handmaid's Tale Character

"At least I’ve done my bit for society, I’ve illustrated the patheticness of misogyny."

I just started watching The Handmaid’s Tale (late to the party, I know) and each episode I find myself simultaneously yelling at the screen over the horrors these poor women are put through, and giving the evil eye to Joseph Fiennes’ truly devious character, Fred Waterford. This comes as no surprise to Fiennes, according to a recent interview. 

If you say so. Credit: Giphy

Speaking to The Guardian about his character, Fiennes said, “really, Fred is pathetic. His voicelessness: that, for me, describes the man. There are brutal acts he didn’t command to happen, but he didn’t stand up.”

During the interview, the 49-year-old actor also equated the storyline of Handmaid’s Tale to the Trump administration. “So you look at those Republican leaders who are not standing up, and they are all Fred,” he said.

Praised (don’t) be. Credit: Giphy

In fact, Fiennes is so aware of the hatred Fred attracts, he’s certain it will have an impact on the roles he lands after the show finishes. “I’ll only get misogynist roles for ages. I’m waiting for someone to slap or punch me in the street. I’m waiting for someone to be really disturbed by Fred because I’m really disturbed by him.”

Mission, accomplished. I’m only halfway through Season Two of The Handmaid’s Tale and it’s safe to say: I’m disturbed.

Me, literally every episode. Credit: Giphy

Later in the interview, Fiennes speaks about the lasting impact of The Handmaid’s Tale. “…What I think about is those young folks dressing up as handmaids in Alabama, silenting protesting [against abortion legislation]; you feel as if you’re in something very important and very pertinent to people.”

“So it’s great. At least I’ve done my bit for society, I’ve illustrated the patheticness of misogyny,” he said.

Creepy. Credit: Giphy

You got that right, Joseph. The Handmaid’s Tale is no doubt brutal and triggering to watch, but it opens up a very important conversation about misogyny and the oppression of women that is still experienced by many today.

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