A bill to allow singles, same-sex couples and those undergoing fertility treatment to adopt will be debated in Queensland’s hung parliament.
The bill, introduced in September by Communities Minister Shannon Fentiman, proposes changes to the state’s 2009 Adoption Act,
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Ms Fentiman believes Queensland is a step behind the other states and territories and broadening the eligible groups would provide a more flexible pool for adoption assessments.
A committee that examined the bill heard “impassioned commentary” from those for and against its passing, but was unable to reach a majority decision.
Also in the proposed changes, would be the removal of penalties for breaching contact statements – meaning an adopted person or birth parents can outline their wishes about being contacted.