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  • Western Australia surrogacy review July 9, 2018
    The Western Australian government is currently undertaking a review of that State's assisted reproductive treatment and surrogacy laws. In March I made both oral and written submissions to the review, which is being conducted by Professor Sonia Allan. Currently gay male couples and single men are not allowed to undertake surrogacy in Western Australia- in […]
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  • South Australian surrogacy review July 9, 2018
    The outgoing Labor government in South Australia commissioned a review of that State's surrogacy laws. That review has been continued by the incoming Liberal government. I have made both oral and written submissions. Here are my written submissions: 14 June 2018 Ms Sarah Moulds Senior Project Officer South Australia Law Reform Institute By email:        salri@adelaide.edu.au
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  • Who's ya daddy? July 9, 2018
    In May I presented to accredited family law specialists at a conference in Sydney run by the College of law. My topic was about parentage presumptions. There is a view that just because someone is the biological parent, therefore they must be the legal parent. That view is - it depends. The law is pernickety […]
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  • How Australia's vote for equal marriage was shouted out LOUD in Cambodia! July 9, 2018
    On 8 December my husband Mitch and I were in Phnom Penh. We stayed at the iconic Hotel Cambodiana, attending the ILGA (International Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association) Asia conference. We were there because I was helping spread the word about the Asia Pacific Rainbow Families Forum, of which I was a founding […]
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  • Legal topics that affect trans people July 4, 2018
    In February I presented at a seminar for Iris Education in Brisbane for doctors and other health professionals who worked with trans people. My presentation was about legal issues affecting trans people. Thankfully since then, there has been movement in Queensland, so there is no longer a requirement in changing the gender marker on the […]
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  • Surrogacy update- my dance card is full July 4, 2018
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  • The ten barriers to becoming parents through surrogacy July 3, 2018
    In January, I presented at the Equality Project conference at Melbourne Town Hall. I was amazed at the number of attendees! My presentation was about the ten barriers to becoming parents through surrogacy. Here is my paper:
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  • Blogging again! July 3, 2018
    It has been many months since I last blogged, the most that has passed since I first started blogging in 2007. I apologise to my followers. In life we receive challenges on a daily basis, and then sometimes we receive even bigger challenges. Eleven months ago my mum died. She was old, but her death […]
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  • Milton Griffin QC launches Pride in Law November 23, 2017
    On Friday, Milton Griffin QC was the keynote speaker at the launch of Pride in Law, Australia's first LGBTIQ networking association. Here is his moving speech:
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  • Parliament will debate equal marriage laws ahead of referral to High Court: Pyne November 20, 2017
    The Leader of the House, Christopher Pyne, has made plain the Government's determination to amend the Marriage Act by Christmas: "The Australian people expect their Parliament to respect the clear mandate of themarriage survey and legislate for marriage equality before the end of the year.We also need to ensure both the House and the Senate […]
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  • James Patterson's proposed abolition of honeymoons for same sex couples November 13, 2017
    Sometimes I wake up and wonder what rubbish I have to read that some Parliamentary draftsman has prepared which has then been passed by Parliament and is yet more red tape called legislation or regulation. This morning I woke up to read one of the worst Bills ever- the proposed Bill by Senator James Patterson- […]
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  • Fingers crossed! Australians to celebrate the Yes vote on Wednesday November 13, 2017
    On Wednesday morning, when the postal vote results are announced, Australians for Marriage Equality has events across the country celebrating the outcome. Hopefully it's a resounding YES! I'll be going to the Brisbane event. The results will be at 10am Australian Eastern Daylight Saving time, 9am Queensland time, 9.30am in South Australia, 8.30am in the […]
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  • Last tickets for Pride in Law available tomorrow November 13, 2017
    Australia's first lawyers' LGBT networking organisation, Pride in Law, launches this Friday in Brisbane. I am delighted to be one of the speakers. Over 100 people have bought tickets for the launch, which is a great result for a new organisation. Ticket sales close tomorrow, for catering reasons. Links to buy tickets and about the […]
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  • Pride in Law Launch 17 November October 24, 2017
    Amidst the mixture of fear and elation about whether the Yes vote will win, along comes a ray of light to remind us that change is possible, and that hope is worthwhile. On 17 November Australia's first LGBTIQ lawyers networking group is being launched- Pride in Law - in Brisbane. The brainchild of lawyer Dean […]
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  • International Bar Association conference presentation October 11, 2017
    Yesterday I presented to the International Bar Association conference about how Australia regulates surrogacy:
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  • Welcome to the maze of surrogacy parenting! September 21, 2017
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  • What the High Court has said about the "traditional" view of marriage September 15, 2017
    One of the arguments against equal marriage is the argument that to enable equal marriage is  therefore to vary from traditional marriage, and to invoke religion. Traditional marriage is said to be, of course, the union of one man and one woman voluntarily entered into for life. "Statute law now tells us who are capable […]
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  • Let’s win the Australian Marriage Postal Law Survey! September 14, 2017
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  • Family Court: Australian couple who went to India for surrogacy are NOT the parents September 11, 2017
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  • Family Court says that gay dads are OK September 5, 2017
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