The Resource Abortion, Corruption and Cops : The Bertram Wainer Story

Abortion, Corruption and Cops : The Bertram Wainer Story

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Abortion, Corruption and Cops : The Bertram Wainer Story
Title
Abortion, Corruption and Cops
Title remainder
The Bertram Wainer Story
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Language
eng
Summary
In 1967 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 15 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 clandestine 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{u2019}s health remained so in 1972 Dr Wainer decided to establish Australia{u2019}s first public abortion clinic. After years of struggle, abortion in Victoria was finally accessible, affordable and safe. Thirty years later, the law remains unchanged. A Film Australia National Interest Program in association with John Moore Productions. Developed and produced with the assistance of Film Victoria. Produced in association with SBS Independent. © 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, Film Victoria
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CaSfKAN
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videorecording
Date time place
Originally produced by National Film and Sound Archive of Australia in 2005
Runtime
52
Technique
live action
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Abortion, Corruption and Cops : The Bertram Wainer Story
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online resource
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cr
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rdacarrier.
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two-dimensional moving image
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tdi
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rdacontent.
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kan1119996
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1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 53 minutes)
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online
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unknown
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computer
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rdamedia.
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c
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other
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digital, .flv file, sound.
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1119996
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not applicable
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unknown
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sound
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sound on medium
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  • other
  • remote
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(OCoLC)908377694
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
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other
Label
Abortion, Corruption and Cops : The Bertram Wainer Story
Link
Publication
Note
Title from title frames
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
kan1119996
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 53 minutes)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
c
Medium for sound
other
Other physical details
digital, .flv file, sound.
Publisher number
1119996
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
System control number
(OCoLC)908377694
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Video recording format
other

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