Debate on the Surrogacy Bill 2011 and the associated amendments bill is scheduled to begin in Tasmania’s Lower House today. The bills, which are likely to be the subject of lengthy discussion, would allow singles and same sex couples to acquire a child via a surrogate.

The Liberals are yet to show their hand on this important legislation, while the ALP will vote as a party in support of surrogacy. David Bartlett yesterday told ABC radio that due to the complex nature of the bills it may be next month before they are debated in the Legislative Council.

Please therefore continue to make your concerns known to members of both houses via the ‘Kids’ rights count’ campaign at www.makeastand.org.au. The website contains comprehensive information on the issue of surrogacy and makes contacting MPs quick and easy.