Monday, March 2, 2015

House of Reps committee informal inquiry about surrogacy

The House of Representatives standing committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs is currently undertaking an informal inquiry, called a roundtable, about surrogacy.

The Committee, which is chaired by George Christensen (Nationals, Dawson, Qld) took evidence last week from Government departments including Immigration and Foreign Affairs and Trade.

This week on Thursday I and others including Louise Johnson and Kate Bourne from the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority, Sam Everingham from Surrogacy Australia and Miranda Montrone from the fertility counsellors organisation, will be addressing the committee. The session is open to the public, but I understand that there are limited spaces available.

The reality about surrogacy is that it is becoming more and more common as people desperate to have children use the option of last resort. In considering where my clients have come from, and who is a member of the committee, I discovered that of the 10 members of the committee, I have had surrogacy clients from 8 and possibly 9 of the electorates. I can be certain that the only MP who hasn't had a surrogacy client of mine in their electorate is Dr Sharman Stone, from northern rural Victoria.

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