Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Uniform Surrogacy Laws in Australia

States back call for national surrogacy

The New South Wales, Tasmanian and South Australian governments are supporting calls for uniform surrogacy laws across the country.
Federal Attorney-General Philip Ruddock says he is worried surrogacy is illegal in some states - but not in others.
He will raise the issue of uniform laws at a meeting with his state and territory counterparts next week.
South Australia's Health Minister John Hill says he supports a national approach.
"I think it's a sensible issue that needs to be looked at a national level, because there are complications when one jurisdiction has a set of rules which impacts on legal issues about parenting in another jurisdiction," he said.
Tasmania's Attorney-General Steve Kons also says there is a need for national consistency and he is keen to discuss it with representatives from other jurisdictions next week.
Tasmanian law currently prohibits commercial surrogacy arrangements and makes surrogacy contracts void, as do Victoria and South Australia.

1 comment:

Tanya said...

I agree, there needs to be uniform laws. Its too confusing in its current state.