Queensland Surrogacy Act changes: “a miscarriage of justice”: Law Society

Queensland Surrogacy Act changes: “a miscarriage of justice”: Law Society

The Queensland Law Society has highlighted two major issues with proposed changes to the Surrogacy Act
2010 – significant legislative inconsistencies and discrimination.
The changes include redefining ‘intended parent and couple’ to refuse access to surrogacy arrangements
for same-sex couples, single people and those who have been in a de facto relationship for less than two
President Dr John de Groot said it wasn’t a case of wading into recent debate on same-sex couples’
status but ensuring legislation was fair and just and doesn’t infringe human rights.
“This means ensuring clarity in workable laws and freedom from discrimination,” Dr de Groot said.
“The proposed changes to the Surrogacy Act can put people in a catch-22 situation.
“For example, a doctor who is approached to assist a same-sex couple to access a surrogacy
arrangement may be an accessory to a criminal offence under state law if they assist, and if they refuse,
unlawfully discriminating against the same-sex couple according to federal law.
“The proposed changes allow the government to set different rules for different people and discriminate in
a way that businesses and individuals in our society may not.
“If companies or private individuals discriminate against people on the basis of their relationship status,
they are violating two state and two commonwealth laws and a range of internationally recognised human
“The current surrogacy law requires no change as it is consistent with other legislation and is nondiscriminatory
Things to Read, Watch & Listen

Do Grandparents Have Rights in Family Law

In this video, Bruce Provan, Managing Director of Page Provan Family and Fertility Lawyers, addresses the important issue of grandparents’ rights in Australia.

How to Protect Your Business in a Family Law Dispute

In this video, Page Provan managing director and Accredited Specialist in Family Law, Bruce Provan, discusses the critical topic of protecting business assets during separation and divorce.

QLD Parliamentary Submissions ART Bill 2024

Review of Assisted Reproductive Technology Bill 2024 Thank you to the Committee for giving me the opportunity to make a submission. I consent to my submission being published. If asked, I would be honoured to give evidence. Summary I am very happy with the contents of the Bill. I am also very happy with the… Read More »QLD Parliamentary Submissions ART Bill 2024

Family Law Section Law Council of Australia Award
Member of Queensland law society
Family law Practitioners Association
International Academy of Family Lawyers - IAFL
Mediator Standards Board