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Title Abortion, corruption and cops : the Bertram Wainer story
Published 2006


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 W'PONDS  909 Sau/Str  2006/04/06  AVAILABLE
 WATERFT  363.460994 Wainer Moa/Aca  2008/02/08  AVAILABLE
 MELB  909 Sau/Str  2008/02/08  AVAILABLE
Description 1 videodisc (DVD) (60 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Series Storyline Australia (Television program)
Summary "In tonight's Storyline Australia Special, Abortion, Corruption & Cops looks back to 1967 when a young woman came to Dr Bertram Wainer's Melbourne surgery seeking emergency medical attention after a backyard abortion. She was desperately ill yet too afraid to go to hospital. For Wainer this was the start of a long, hard campaign to overturn laws that made abortion an offence punishable by up to fifteen years in jail and forced women to turn to unskilled operators. In the process, Wainer uncovered a web of corruption involving highly paid doctors, backyard abortionists, high-ranking police officers and power-broking politicians. It started out as a story of secret love affairs, crooked deals and double-crosses and rapidly became a desperate game of cat-and-mouse played out in secret meetings and phone-tapping sessions. Faced by a government that refused to address the problem, Wainer decided to put abortion law to the test himself, forcing the issue into the headlines. This would lead to attempts against his life and those of his supporters, until eventually public pressure forced the government to announce the first major public inquiry into a state police force. But the threat to women's health remained, so in 1972 Dr Wainer decided to establish Australia's first public abortion clinic. After years of struggle, abortion in Victoria was finally accessible, affordable and safe. (Commissioned by SBS Independent, in English) PG CC WS" -- website
Notes Off-air recording of SBS-TV "Storyline Australia" special, broadcast April 6, 2006, repeat broadcast February 8, 2008. Copied under Part VA of the Copyright Act
"The recreations are based on Dr. Bertram Wainer's book 'It isn't nice' " -- first frames
Rated: PG
Available for Deakin University staff and students only
DVD. Region unspecified.
Subject Wainer, Bertram Barney, 1928-1987
Abortion -- Victoria
Extortion -- Victoria
Police corruption -- Victoria
Author Wainer, Bertram Barney, 1928-1987. It isn't nice