i) Current campaigns and actions
Parenting reform in Victoria
This action alert was issued by love Makes a Family on 27.10.08.
Please consider the following two actions to support children living in our rainbow families in Victoria - we are very very worried that this Bill will be defeated in the Victorian Parliament upper house either this week or in a few weeks time. If you know of anyone in Melbourne who could attend our gathering on Thursday please let them know!
If you live in WA or NSW or Tasmania or other states or territories where there are parentage laws and no access to ART restrictions please email the members of parliament listed at the end of this email and let them know what that means for you and your families. The message that Victoria is going to be very far behind other states and territories is a very important one to get across. If you can email please do so.
best wishes and thanks in advance!
Love Makes A Family campaign coordinator
Rainbow Families Council
0411 593 607
The Assisted Reproductive Treatment Bill debate is very likely to
start this week on Thursday 30 October (watch your emails for updates).
This is our last chance to make our elected representatives understand
how important this Bill is to our families.
Unfortunately with both major parties having a conscience vote, it is
difficult to work out how the vote may go and is looking far from
certain that the Bill will pass.
But lets stay positive - as we keep saying "it ain't over till it's
Here are two things you can do this week that might really help - 1)
send one more very short email and 2) attend our community gathering
this Thursday at 10am.
1. GIVE OUR MPS ONE LAST REALITY CHECK:
It has become clear to us that some MPs do not understand the real
impact on our children if they vote NO to the ART Bill.
Below are the email addresses of the 40 Legislative Council members
plus the Attorney General. Please copy the addresses into your BC
address line (blind copy) and send one last email to all of them.
In the Subject Line write something like " Please think of Rafi ",
"Please consider my children/grandchildren" or maybe "Please vote YES
for my kids sake" - all MPs have a Blackberry with them so they always
check their emails.
Start your email with "Dear Member of the Legislative Council,
Then in no more than THREE sentences explain why this Bill must pass.
Think about one of the many things you may worry about for your
children or prospective children's sake, or a negative impact that has
already happened, because of the current law. If you are a supportive
family member or friend think about the children you know. Use
children's first names to make it real. Encourage your friends and
family to also send emails.
Put your name and contact details at the bottom of the email.
2. THURSDAY 30 OCTOBER @ 10am - "PRAMS & GRANS" COMMUNITY GATHERING
ON THE STEPS OF PARLIAMENT.
Thursday 10 October
9.45am for a 10am start - finish by 10.30am.
Steps of Parliament House - corner Spring St and Bourke St, City.
This week Victorian Parliament will start its final debate on the
Assisted Reproductive Treatment Bil, giving all children equality
under the law, whatever the nature of their conception or makeup of
their family.There is no guarantee that the Bill will pass. This is
our last chance to show our MPs that all children have plenty of love,
acceptance and support from the community. That love makes a family!
We need to make it very big - please bring prams and kids, babies and
grandmas, invite family or friends who work in the city to join us.
Bring balloons on strings and bright, colorful cardboard signs with
slogans on them (for example: love makes my family, my children
deserve equal rights, I love my two dads, why are my granchildren
second class citizens? ...)
Speakers to include Alastair Nicholson - the former Chief Justice of
the Family Court of Australia, Cath Smith - CEO of VCOSS, Alice
Kirkman (daughter of Maggie Kirkman otherwise known as a
donor-conceived, IVF child born through surrogacy !) and Felicity
Marlowe, Love Makes a Family campaign - Rainbow Families Council. Plus
an 'open mike' if anyone else wants to say something.
Parking: we suggest parking under the Museum in Nicholson Street for
$10 and walking up to Parliament - approx 10 minutes.( you could
always go to the children's museum afterwards!)
Public Transport - get off the city loop at Parliament Station - pram
lift is at the Lonsdale St exit onto Spring Street.
Trams - the number 89 and 96 stops at the corner of Bourke St and
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