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Surrogacy legislation does not go far enough to protect children’s rights
· October 22, 2010 11:00 AM
The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) today urged NSW parliamentarians to ensure children born into State-backed surrogacy arrangements have the benefit of the complementary love and care of both a mother and a father.
ACL NSW Director David Hutt said that in moving to regulate surrogacy in NSW, the parliament at the very least should be putting legislative protections in place to ensure that children born into these arrangements in the future are not deprived of having both a mum and a dad.
“While we understand the desire of adults to have children, we should not be placing those desires above the rights of a child to have both a mother and a father. Children are not commodities and their interests should always come before the desires of adults,” Mr Hutt said.
Mr Hutt said while there is clearly a need to regulate surrogacy, the
does not go far enough. If the NSW Surrogacy Bill goes ahead in its current form it would mean that two men or two women would with State backing be able to put in an order for a baby through surrogacy.
“Clearly it is not in the best interests of children for the State to allow them to be conceived through surrogacy arrangements and then placed in an unnatural family construct that denies them a mother or a father,” he said.
“This is a form of social engineering and experimentation with children which would further undermine the natural family in a way that would be of great concern to many people in NSW.”
Mr Hutt urged NSW parliamentarians to fully consider the social implications of the legislation and at the very least amend it to ensure that future children born through surrogacy arrangements have the benefit of both a mother and a father.
“The Australian Christian Lobby does not support surrogacy at all. We believe that governments should be concerned about the genetic bewilderment and relational and legal consequences of surrogacy even where married heterosexual couples are involved. However if the Government is putting laws in place to regulate surrogacy then we urge them to ensure that children have the benefit of the love and role models of both a mother and a father – something we believe there is broad community support for,” he said.
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Jim Wallace daily election blog – Sun Aug 15
· August 15, 2010 10:00 AM
By Jim Wallace, ACL Managing Director
The acknowledgement by Julia Gillard that the general
dissatisfaction with State Labor governments is hurting Federal Labor
should send a strong message to all parties that they cannot afford to confuse their brand name.
While state party organisations are usually very autonomous, it is inevitable that voters will not make this distinction and perhaps even important that parties are made to show more consistency across the jurisdictions.
Certainly Christians in Victoria and Qld have seen state Labor governments introduce, propose or test a number of legislative initiatives that have offended them. The list between just these two states ranges over even late term abortion, surrogacy for two men or even a single man, and threats to the right of churches and church bodies to discriminate on employment.
In NSW we are now facing a state Labor Government in its death throes looking to legalise homosexual adoption, and remove the long established status of scripture in schools, by introducing competing programmes.
Wherever they have been present, the Greens have invariably played a key role in the championing of this type of legislation – a role very important to take into consideration given the consequences for many Christian moral concerns should they hold the balance of power in the Senate.
But the Coalition does not have a clean slate either, with the WA Barnett government, dragging its heels on what was a clear election promise to fully investigate the Swedish model for controlling prostitution – a system which criminalises the purchasers of sex, rather than its real victims, the sex workers.
Brand name is important, we shouldn’t excuse state / federal inconsistencies too easily, but instead demand of all parties that they set a national standard on the highest party performance in terms of policies, values and conduct.
In further confirmation of their anti-marriage agenda, the Greens have this weekend announced that they will be
seeking to force a conscience vote on gay marriage
within the first year of the new parliament – one of the 18 issues they failed to be honest with Christian electors with on our
While some Christians may place other issues higher in their reckoning, this, together with the history of the Greens legislative agenda in state parliaments mentioned above, should have us all looking at the alternatives in the Senate. There is a broad field including the major parties, Family First and the CDP – a good reason to start studying if you haven’t already, the parties’ responses to our
on this site.
Over the last days of this campaign I will draw your attention to some of the policy differences between the parties and also comment more on the all important race for the Senate.
ACL submission to Qld Government on proposed surrogacy model
· September 18, 2009 10:00 AM
to read ACL’s submission to the Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney?General on the Queensland Government Model for the Decriminalisation of Altruistic Surrogacy and the Transfer of Legal Parentage.
ACL submission to SCAG investigation of surrogacy
· April 15, 2009 10:00 AM
to read ACL’s submission to the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General, Australian Health Ministers’ Conference, and Community and Disability Services Ministers’ Conference Joint Working Group investigation: ‘A Proposal for a National Model to Harmonise Regulation of Surrogacy’.
ACL submission on surrogacy in NSW
· September 26, 2008 10:00 AM
to read ACL’s submission to the New South Wales Legislative Council Standing Committee on Law & Justice Inquiry into legislation on altruistic surrogacy in NSW.
ACL submission on WA surrogacy
· January 17, 2008 11:00 AM
to read ACL’s submission to the West Australian Legislation Committee Inquiry into the Surrogacy Bill 2007.
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