Australian Donor Conception Forum

General Category => Australia & International => Topic started by: Quinny on October 22, 2007, 12:23:27 PM

Title: Letter from Attorney-General
Post by: Quinny on October 22, 2007, 12:23:27 PM

I received a letter from the Attorney-General, Philip Ruddock, in regards to the national donor register. I wrote to him earlier in the year.

Here is an excerpt from the letter:
"The possibility of establishing a nationally consistent approach to the regulation of information and practice relating to donor-assisted conception was discussed at the July 2007 SCAG* meeting. The main outcome of the meeting was an agreement that a joint working group will be established with the Community Services Ministers' Advisory Council and the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council. This working group will attempt to identify areas for agreement amongst the States and Territories on a number on[sic] issues including the possibility of creating a national approach to donor registries. Any proposals will be considered by Ministers at the next meeting."

* SCAG = Standing Committee of Attorney's-General.

So what do you think? A lot of hot air or are we getting somewhere with this?

Title: Re: Letter from Attorney-General
Post by: dadams on October 22, 2007, 10:23:07 PM
Parhaps a little bit of both. At least they can see that a nationally consistent approach is required.
Whether or not you can get all states to agree on each aspect will be another ball game completely.

Title: Re: Letter from Attorney-General
Post by: Hursty on October 23, 2007, 03:00:13 AM
Really hard to say isnt it. Not like they are going to rush into anything but they realise that there are issues that NEED attention. I still havent heard back from Jim McGinty re: the letter I sent him about a national register. I will most likely get the same response as you Quinny.