A story published by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports
that last week a Federal Court found that the infertility treatment laws in the province
of Victoria were discriminatory, and that single women and lesbian couples could access
that State's treatment facilities.
The ruling suggests that the laws in other regions of the nation
will have to be changed too.
For example, single women and lesbians in the Northern Territory do
not have access to in-vitro fertilization IVF) treatment.
The Territory's Health Minister, Steve Dunham, says the Territory's
IVF program is administered from South Australia, in accordance with State laws.
He says male-female de facto and traditional Aboriginal
relationships are recognized.
"To be eligible for treatment as a public patient, that is if
the Northern Territory is to foot the bill for the treatment for somebody who's seeking
reproductive medicine, they have to be living in a marriage recognised by the Northern
Territory," Mr. Dunham said.