Stephen Conroy

by Sam everingham

Posted on 2017-04-24 at 07:34:55

Melbourne couple Stephen & Paula Conroy married in 2000. Diagnosed with ovarian cancer, major surgery left Paula unable to have children. A Sydney friend offered to be their surrogate and another in Melbourne their egg donor. Their daughter was born in 2006 in Sydney, given altruistic surrogacy was not then recognised in Victoria. Stephen has had a distinguished twenty year career as a Victorian Senator and served as Federal Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy between 2007 -2013. Protective of their daughter’s privacy, the Conroy’s have not spoken publicly about their journey since they became parents 10 years ago.


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