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INQUIRY INTO ADOPTION BY SAME SEX COUPLES

The Minister for Community Services, the Hon Linda Burney MP, has asked the NSW Parliaments Standing Committee on Law and Justice to conduct an inquiry into whether NSW adoption laws should be amended to allow same sex couples to adopt.
Committee Chair, the Hon Christine Robertson MLC said
This inquiry will examine whether the law should be changed to allow same sex couples to adopt children in NSW. Among other matters, the Committee will consider whether adoption by same sex couples would further the objectives of the Adoption Act 2000.

The Committee will also look at the experience in other Australian and overseas jurisdictions that allow adoption of children by same sex couples.

There are important law reform issues at play here, and we are keen to hear from as many people as possible. We are inviting submissions addressing the terms of reference, which are due by 13 February 2009. We expect to hold public hearings in late February.

Submissions (Due by 13th February) can be submitted via email to lawandjustice@parliament.nsw.gov.au or faxed to (02) 92303416 or mailed to:

The Director
Standing Committee on Law and Justice,
Parliament House
Macquarie Street
Sydney NSW 2000.

The terms of reference for the inquiry and information about making a submission can be obtained from the Committee Secretariat on (02) 9230 2976 or via the Committees website at: www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/lawandjustice .Inquiry into adoption by same sex couples

TERMS OF REFERENCE
That the Standing Committee on Law and Justice inquire into and report on law reform issues regarding whether NSW adoption laws should be amended to allow same sex couples to adopt, with particular
reference to:

a. ascertaining whether adoption by same sex couples would further the objectives of the Adoption Act 2000

b. the experience in other Australian and overseas jurisdictions that allow the adoption of children by same sex couples

c. whether there is scope within the existing programs (local and international) for same sex couples to be able to adopt

d. examining the implications of adoption by same sex couples for children, and

e. if adoption by same sex couples will promote the welfare of children, then examining what legislative changes are required.

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