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Caroline
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« on: October 27, 2011, 05:58:46 AM »


Have just received word about a new Inquiry in NSW. Really important that we all make a submission - I will be putting more info about this on the DCSG website

Terms of Reference:
That the Committee inquire into and report on whether there should be provision for the inclusion of donor details on the register of births maintained by the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

MEDIA RELEASE
Inquiry into inclusion of donor details on the register of births
The issue of whether there should be provision to include donor details on the register of births
maintained by the NSW Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages is to be examined in an inquiry
conducted by the Legislative Assembly's Committee on Law and Safety.
The Committee's inquiry follows a recent District Court judgment to remove a sperm donor's details from the register of births.
Currently there is no provision for recording of sperm, egg or embryo donor details by the NSW
Registrar. However, donor information is entered on a central register that has been kept by the
Department of Health since January 2010. The register was set up to assist the exchange of
information on donor conceived people, with donors and offspring having the opportunity to access information about each other.
The Chair of the Committee, Mr John Barilaro MP, said that "Access to information for donor
conceived people is an important issue, and the Committee is keen to seek community views on
where and how details should be maintained to facilitate this access."
"We will consider whether the current system for recording donor information is adequate, and
whether these details should be kept by the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages."
"As part of the inquiry, we will also be exploring how donor details are recorded in other Australian jurisdictions."
The Committee is inviting submissions to the inquiry. Submissions can be emailed to
lawsafety@parliament.nsw.gov.au, lodged via the Committee’s website at
www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/lawandsafety or mailed to: The Chair, Committee on Law and Safety,
Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000.
The closing date for submissions is Wednesday, 21 December 2011.
   
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Caroline
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« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2012, 07:21:38 AM »

Hi Everyone
please see email below about the NSW Law & safety committee that i met with at the end of last year. As you can see they really want to speak with people who were conceived in NSW clinics. They were pretty good to speak with and even though their terms of reference only talk about adding the donors names onto birth certificates they also asked lots of questions about retropsectivity.
If you are able to meet with them can you email Dora direct on lawsafety@parliament.nsw.gov.au or call her on the number below
Thanks
Caroline

----- Original Message -----
From: lawsafety
Sent: Wednesday, May 02, 2012 4:27 PM
Subject: Inclusion of donor details on the register of births - private briefing


Dear Caroline
The Law and Safety Committee members greatly appreciated your input at the public hearing in March, as part of the inquiry into inclusion of donor details on the register of births.
The Committee are interested in talking to donor-conceived individuals about their views and experiences as part of the inquiry. Unfortunately the inquiry has not received any submissions from donor-conceived individuals based in NSW. I therefore wanted to ask whether you would be able to assist the Committee with obtaining input from NSW-based donor-conceived individuals.
Would you be able to suggest any donor-conceived adults - perhaps members of your Support Group - who would be willing to talk to the Committee in an informal setting?
It would be an informal, private (confidential) meeting with only Committee members and staff present. Attendees would not be publicly identified and the meeting would not be transcribed or recorded.
Please let me know if you would be able to assist the Committee in any way. If you have any questions, please email me or telephone me on the number below.

Thank you
Dora Oravecz


Legislative Assembly Committee on Law and Safety

 

NSW Legislative Assembly
Parliament House
Macquarie Street
Sydney NSW 2000

 

Tel: (02) 9230 3054
Fax: (02) 9230 3309
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« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2012, 09:26:48 AM »

The Committee’s report on the inquiry was tabled in Parliament on 17 October 2011.

The report has been published on the Committee’s web site,  together with transcripts of evidence and other documents associated with the inquiry. The Committee's web site is http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/lawandsafety and a copy of the report can be found here.

The Government is required to respond to the Committee's recommendations within six months of the report being tabled.
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« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2012, 08:34:01 AM »

I found a quote from the exec. summary interesting....
"As donors are not legal parents, their details are not recorded on the births register maintained by the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages"

This implies the definition and legality of the parents has a direct interpretation on what is recorded by the Registrar on a 'Birth'. Id be interested in seeing where the written connection is to this implication.
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« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2012, 09:39:00 PM »

Fennel, it is probably contained in state legislation somewhere.
For example in SA we have the Family Relationships Act which spells out that donors have no legal standing and that the spouse or partner of the woman receiving the treatment at the time is recognised as the legal father. There are other similar statutes in other states.
So for those donors that are worried about having their details released because of fear of having to pay child support and the like, they are completely protected by law, provided that it occurs within a clinic setting and not in private arrangements.
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