December 2014 Newsletter
Dear Surrogacy Australia supporter,
As we all know, 2014 has been somewhat of a watershed year for surrogacy in Australia, with the Baby Gammy story catapulting surrogacy into the mainstream media. In doing so, it has highlighted the need for the federal and state governments to implement a compensated surrogacy framework here in Australia, one of the core reasons that Surrogacy Australia exists.
To this end, it is important to let you know what Surrogacy Australia has done this year, both publically and behind the scenes.
From a public point of view, Surrogacy Australia has been involved in the following:
- published two articles in the Medical Journal of Australia on Surrogacy
- Presented written and face-to-face submissions to the Family Law Council ‘Report on Parentage the Family Law Act’
- WA Review of the Surrogacy Act (report tabled in WA Parliament, but not yet available online)
- SBS Insight program on Surrogacy
- Various media appearances on TV, radio and in newspapers across Australia
While some people have questioned the need for Surrogacy Australia to have a public profile, the fact that the media are inclined to be more interested in negative surrogacy stories, means we must offer a strong voice to counter the misconceptions that surround surrogacy.
It’s also important that Surrogacy Australia continues its strong behind the scenes work to help us bring about change at a political level. To this end, Surrogacy Australia in 2014 has:
- Met with the federal government Health ministers office and Medicare to extend IVF funding to those who cannot carry a baby; and
- Met privately with a number of politicians to push the need for a compensated surrogacy framework in Australia
- Been involved in planning meetings with DFAT, the Passports Office, Prime Minister & Cabinet Office and Department of Immigration and Citizenship to streamline exit processes for Australians with surrogate births in Thailand and India.
We are also in talks with a number of public figures to set up a group of ‘Surrogacy Ambassadors’ to help us bring the positive story of surrogacy to the broader public. We’ll keep you posted on this in the new year.
In 2015, we’ll also be changing the way our membership works. Users will no longer require a login to access information on surrogacy via our website, and instead we’ll be asking for donations. We’ll update you more on this in the new year.
So with Christmas and the New Year coming up, that’s all from us. We know that Christmas can sometimes be an emotional time for many of us, but we want you to know that the committee of Surrogacy Australia are doing everything we can to bring about positive change for us all.
Thanks again for all your support.
Robert Reith (President)
Sam Everingham (Founder)
A big thank you to our supporters in 2014 - we hope to see you back in 2015!
Center for Surrogate Parenting
Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade