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Today, around one in six Australian couples of reproductive age are unable to conceive but their options are better now than ever. IVF technology has accelerated and become commonplace; increasing numbers of Australians are turning to international surrogacy.

State and federal governments have struggled, however, to keep apace with these changes. The growing industry around assisted reproduction is largely privatised and third-party reproduction avenues raise many ethical questions, from gender selection to the commodification of children to the rights of donor-conceived children and commercial surrogate mothers.

At this Question Time discussion, we’ll delve into the personal, ethical and legal implications of infertility and its treatment. Bring your own burning question as we look into the big business of baby-making in Australia today.


Madeleine Morris

Madeleine Morris is a Melbourne-based reporter for ABC television’s 7.30. She was formerly a presenter for the BBC in London and reported from dozens of countries before returning to her native Australia. She is the author of Guilt-Free Bottle-Feeding: Why Your Formula-Fed Baby Can Grow ... Read more

Chloe Allworthy

Chloe Allworthy is a secondary school teacher currently studying for a Master of Social Work. She wishes to work with donor conceived individuals after completing her study, helping them connect with their donors. Chloe enjoys working alongside donors and donor-conceived people to educate and advoc... Read more

Julia Leigh

Julia Leigh is the author of two internationally acclaimed and widely translated novels, The Hunter (1999) and Disquiet (2008). Her film Sleeping Beauty was nominated for the Palme D’Or at the Festival de Cannes 2011. Her most recent work of non-fiction, Avalanche, was named as one of t... Read more

Robert Reith

Robert Reith is president of Surrogacy Australia. Since its inception in 2010, Surrogacy Australia has grown to become the peak body for consumers involved in surrogacy. Surrogacy Australia aims to enhance the understanding of, and improve access to, best practice surrogacy arrangements through educ... Read more

Cathy Anderson

Cathy Anderson is a social worker with over 25 years’ experience. As Senior Counsellor and Community Educator at the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA), Cathy provides support to people who are donor-conceived, parents who have used a donor, donors, and their families... Read more


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