Update: 28 Oct 12.15pm Just before midday, debate on the bill was adjourned in the Legislative Assembly. Debate will likely resume later today.

Update: 28 Oct 10:50am Debate on the bill in the Legislative Assembly began around 10:30am, with Labor’s Linda Burney the first to speak in favour of the bill and the Liberals’ Greg Smith the first to speak against it. A live feed of the debate can be watched at http://stream.ac3.com.au/NSWLA

Update: 28 Oct 1.45am later in the evening, the second reading of the bill was approved in a vote of 24-9. The Legislative Council then debated amendments, before voted to reject amendments proposed by the Rev. Fred Nile 23-11 at around 1.30am. The bill will now pass to the Legislative Assembly.

Update: 11.30pm debate resumed on the surrogacy bill at 9.30, beginning with Labor’s Greg Donnelly, the Liberals’ Marie Ficcara and the Rev. Fred Nile speaking against the bill and the Greens’ David Shoebridge speaking in favour of it.

Update: 8.20pm when the Legislative Council resumed at 8pm, MLCs began debating the Electricity Supply Amendment (Solar Bonus Scheme). If MLCs return the the surrogacy bill tonight we will update here.

Update: 6.40pm debate was suspended at 6.30pm and will begin again at 8pm tonight.

Debate has begun on the NSW Government’s Surrogacy Bill 2010 in the Legislative Council.

Debate began shortly after 5.30pm and is expected to continue for several hours tonight.

A live webcast of the debate can be viewed at http://stream.ac3.com.au/NSWLC

So far the Liberals’ Robyn Parker and the Nationals’ Trevor Khan have spoken in favour of the bill, while Gordon Moyes of Family First NSW has spoken against the bill.

The bill is expected to have an easier passage than Clover Moore’s bill allowing same-sex couples to adopt did earlier this year.

The bill was introduced into the Legislative Assembly by NSW Attorney General John Hatzistergos on Friday.

Sydney Star Observer will keep you updated through the night on the progress of the debate.

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