“Transgender and gender diverse people have waited far too long for equality and we urge the Government to seize the opportunity it has to remove discrimination from the law instead of delaying any further.” – Martine Delaney

 

Transforming Tasmania has responded to the State Government’s claim that new laws providing for equality for transgender and gender diverse Tasmanians are “secretive”, “potentially controversial” and should be delayed pending further consultation.

 

Transforming Tasmanian spokesperson, Martine Delaney, said,

 

“I don’t understand why the Government has called these amendments “secret” because we gave them to the Attorney-General shortly after the election in March and have been discussing them with the Government and in public ever since.”

 

“There has been virtually no public concern expressed about our proposals, and there is certainly no demonstrated need for a further inquiry.”

 

“In 2016 there was a thorough-going inquiry into these issues by the Anti-Discrimination Commission, and any further consultation is just an excuse for delay.”

 

“We urged the Government to take a non-partisan, non-political approach to transgender and gender diverse equality, but they seem to want to politicise the issue which is very disappointing.”

 

“Transgender and gender diverse people have waited far too long for equality and we urge the Government to seize the opportunity it has to remove discrimination from the law instead of delaying any further.”