Saturday, 7 November 2009

Surrogacy: proposed 15 point plan for national laws

Federal and State and Territory Attorneys-General have agreed to a 15 point plan for consistent surrogacy laws. The Standing Committee of Attorneys-General, the unfortunately named SCAG, issued this communique yesterday:

The Standing Committee of Attorneys-General in conjunction with the
Australian Health Ministers Conference and the Community Services
Ministers Conference has been working towards developing model provisions
that will form the basis of surrogacy laws in Australia. Ministers
agreed to a set of 15 draft principles upon which the model provisions could be
based. These draft principles will now be referred to the Australian
Health Ministers Conference and the Community Services Ministers
Conference to consider. Ministers recognised that valuable input from the
public consultation informed the development of the 15 principles.

I asked the Commonwealth's Attorney-General's media officer yesterday for the release of the 15 principles, but was told that he did not know whether the 15 principles were for public information or not, and that he would get back to me. At the time of posting, he had not.

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