You may have heard that there’s a Federal election looming. I have been endorsed as the Greens candidate for the Victorian seat of Wills, which spans Melbourne’s northern suburbs of Brunswick, Coburg, Pascoe Vale, Fawkner, Glenroy and Essendon Airport. Wills is most famous for being held previously by former Prime Minister, Bob Hawke. It is less famous (or unusual) because we’ve never had a woman elected to the seat – that’s 72 years of blokes. I think it’s time we elected a woman.

So, why am I writing about my political exploits on a surrogacy blog? Well, there’s a few reasons. One is because I think it’s important the surrogacy community hears about it from me, and has the opportunity to ask questions. And this way, I can keep you updated about my availability over the election period. And another reason is because this – political activism – is part of who I am – passionate, frustrated and determined.

If you are new here, hi! There’s some resources at the bottom of the page about surrogacy that you may find useful. You can also read more about me and my work in the surrogacy and donor conception community.

For those clients who are interested in my availability over the coming months, rest assured everything is in hand. In 2020, I wrote and published a book, reached 100 episodes of the Surrogacy Podcast, provided legal advice to over 160 clients, shared in homeschooling and parenting our two kids and watched all six seasons of Schitts Creeks – twice.  I’m not worried about my capacity over the coming months, but there may be less time to watch Schitts Creek again.

Realistically, you can expect that when the election is called, my availability will be limited. If you’re on a tight timeframe and I can’t meet it, I’m happy to refer you to one of Sarah’s Favourite Surrogacy Lawyers to work with.

If you’re interested in my politics and reasons for running, read on. You can also follow my candidate socials on Facebook and Instagram.

It won’t surprise many of you that I am passionate about equality, freedom from discrimination and social justice. Before starting my own business, I worked at Legal Aid and the Aboriginal Legal Service, and have fundraised for the Indigenous Marathon Foundation. White Australia has a Black History, and despite representing less than 4% of the Australian population, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people represent 30% of the prison population.  Australia was founded on the invasion and dispossession of First Nations peoples. A Treaty, or Treaties, would address that injustice and set us on a new path.

We talk with our children about their privilege, equality, ending racism and the climate emergency.

We are in a climate emergency. We need to rapidly transition our power grid to wind and solar backed by storage, and electrify our transport, businesses and homes to run on clean energy. I want my children to know that I did what I could to fight the climate emergency while we still had a chance.

I am also campaigning to tax the billionaires, for free universal childcare and to extend Medicare to include dental services. I am campaigning to be the first woman for Wills and am looking forward to campaigning for more women in Parliament.

If you want to more about the upcoming election, you can read more about the Greens’ Fight for the Future policies, and find out who is running as your local candidate.

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If you are interested in finding out more about surrogacy, you can read about how to find a surrogate, or how to become a surrogate yourself. You can also download the free Surrogacy Handbook which explains the processes and options.

My book, More Than Just a Baby: A Guide to Surrogacy for Intended Parents and Surrogates is available to purchase and is the only guide to surrogacy in Australia.

You can read articles in the Blog, and listen to episodes of the Surrogacy Podcast. You can also book in for a consult with me below, and check out the legal services I provide.

Hi! I’m Sarah Jefford (she/her). I’m a family creation lawyer, practising in surrogacy and donor conception arrangements. I’m an IVF Mum, an egg donor and a traditional surrogate, and I delivered a baby for her Dads in 2018.

I advocate for positive, best practice surrogacy arrangements within Australia, and provide support and education to help intended parents make informed decisions when pursuing overseas surrogacy.

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