The NSW Government has failed to provide even a definitive answer for same-sex couples who want to adopt, stating that legislation won’t change “at this stage”.
Community Services Minister Linda Burney yesterday announced that the NSW Government would not move yet to grant same-sex couples equal adoption rights, despite a parliamentary inquiry recommending such changes.
The Upper House committee’s 4-2 split on the matter, Burney said, was indicative of the wider community.
“Members were unable to reach a consensus, reflecting divisions on this issue in the wider community.
“As a result of these concerns, the Government is not satisfied there is broad enough community support to justify new state legislation at this stage.”
Burney added that the state Government’s concern would always be to find what is in the child’s best interest. How this current decision fits in with the Upper House committee’s recommendations that same-sex adoption would be in the best interest of children has yet to be explained.
“The committee was given examples of successful parenting and fostering by gay and lesbian couples and in these case studies, adoption provided permanence, stability and security which are so important for children. However, I am also aware that there are very deeply held, divergent views on this issue and that is why a decision on this matter will not be taken at this stage,” Burney said.
Talking to Sydney Star Observer after hearing the news, the Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby labelled the move pure politicking in the lead-up to an election, but vowed to keep campaigning and keep the issue on the Government’s agenda.
Rainbow Labor condemned the decision.
“The Labor Party is supposed to be the party of reform and social justice. Their unwillingness to implement the recommendations is baffling,” convenor Jessica Epps said.

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