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Australia Eases Adoption Rules

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPrime Minister Tony Abbott will slash court processes for some Australian couples trying to adopt children from overseas, in the first of a potential series of changes aimed at making overseas adoptions faster and easier.

Under the current system, couples adopting children from countries which have not signed up to The Hague Convention can wait up to 12 months for final approvals from Australian courts.

Mr Abbott will introduce changes that will apply to three countries that are not formal signatories to the convention but have bilateral agreements with Australia.

Ethiopia, Taiwan and South Korea will be listed so that full adoptions will be recognised automatically in Australia.

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