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Crash victim airlifted
A Mt Torrens man was airlifted to hospital
with life-threatening injuries after the car
he was driving crashed into a tree and
burst into flames last week.
The crash happened just after 5.30pm on
Thursday, September 8, along Burfords Hill
Road at Kenton Valley.
The 49-year-old was dragged from the burning
car by two people who stopped to help. The road
was closed for some time while emergency
services worked on the scene. Major Crash
By Genevieve Cooper
Shaun and Blue celebrated their 13th
anniversary this year and they have two
adopted sons – Joshi, 6, and Dilly, 4.
They cut lunches, wipe noises and pick up
toys like any other parent but under the eyes
of the law in SA they are not legal guardians,
and they want to change that.
The reluctant political activists, who moved
to the Hills from the UK for work reasons
three years ago, are now lobbying the State
Government to change its adoption laws.
Most of Australia’s States and territories
have removed discrimination against same-sex
parents wanting to adopt children but SA’s laws
remain the same, despite recommendations for
change following an inquiry in 2011 and a law
reform committee report in 2015.
Shaun and Blue, who asked for their last
names to be withheld because of threats made to
their family following past media appearances,
said they did their homework when they began
looking abroad for a place to raise their sons in
a warmer, more spacious environment, and for
Blue – a doctor – to pursue his career.
“We knew that it wasn’t legal (for same-
sex couples) to adopt in SA, but we’d already
adopted our children in the UK,” Shaun said.
Not legal guardians
“We had no idea they wouldn’t recognise our
“... At the moment we’re not legal guardians
of our boys.
“They (SA authorities) asked us to seek legal
“We don’t feel, on principle, that we should
ask for guardianship because it comes down to
us being a gay couple and it’s not fair.”
Shaun and Blue have a legally binding civil
partnership contract in the UK and went
through an arduous four-year process in the
UK to adopt their eldest son.
The first inkling they had that their family
circumstances might be a problem in SA was
the day before they left the UK.
They were preparing to fly out when they
received an email telling them their visas had
been suspended pending an investigation.
After nearly two months of being in limbo,
staying with friends in Singapore, the family
was finally allowed to enter the country.
Shaun and Blue, who have now delved into
the intricacies of SA Family Law far more
closely than they anticipated, say they cannot
understand why SA Parliament is “blocking”
so many recommended moves to bring equality
across a range of laws, not just adoption.
They said other States were years ahead
in terms of amending legislation to remove
discrimination and while they had received
“sympathetic” hearings from various politicians
in the major Parties, nothing appeared to move
forward in SA.
“There’s a blockage somewhere and we don’t
know where it is,” Blue said.
“We’re unwitting activists because when we
got here we had to take it up. I’m almost a bit
embarrassed that it has come down to us.”
To date the dads have collected more than
16,000 signatures for an online petition calling
for changes to adoption laws. Unfortunately
they have been told that State Parliament can
only table paper-based petitions.
They have applied for permanent residency
in Australia and want to make SA and the
Hills their long-term home.
“Our family is proof that adopted children’s
best interests are served by the presence of
capable individuals, or couples, regardless of
their sexuality,” Shaun said.
The Courier contacted Education and Child
Development Minister Susan Close but no
response was received before publication
Hills dads Blue, left, and Shaun with their sons Dilly and Joshi. As a gay couple who moved to SA from the UK, they have a
legally binding civil partnership contract in their home country and went through an arduous four-year process in order to
adopt. They are now campaigning to change SA laws to recognised them as the legal guardians of their children.
We had no idea they wouldn’t
recognise our same-sex family.
At the moment we’re not legal
guardians of our boys.
– Shaun, the parent of two adopted sons
A motorcyclist has lost his driver’s licence
after being clocked riding at 152km/h in a
100km/h zone near Callington on Sunday.
Police detected the speeding rider at about
4.30pm on the Old Princes Highway.
The 44-year-old was issued with an immediate
loss of licence notice for six months.
He will also have to pay fines and charges of
more than $1000.
Superintendent Craig Wall, officer in charge
of the Hills police, said a small minority of
motorcyclists used Hills roads as a racetrack.
“On one of the first fine days of spring we have
a rider travelling at a ridiculously high speed
on a potentially dangerous section of road,” he
Rider’s costly thrill
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