TAS GOV “MISLEADING” TASMANIANS ABOUT REFORM
Tasmanian transgender advocates says there is no need for further delays on overdue gender law reform, and that the State Government is being misleading by claiming Tasmanians have not had a chance to have their say.
Transforming Tasmania spokesperson, Martine Delaney, said,
“In 2016 there was a statewide inquiry into these issues by the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commission which showed widespread support for reform.”
“Since then Transforming Tasmania has encouraged public debate on the reforms we want, and has met regularly with the State Government to discuss these reforms and put forward our suggested amendments.”
“For the Government to claim there this reform has been sprung on Tasmania and there is need for further consultation is misleading and just an excuse for unnecessary delay.”
Ms Delaney said a proposal to allow Tasmanians the choice to remove gender references from birth certificates is not radical.
“Tasmanian birth certificates used to include information about race but that was removed because it was irrelevant for most people and allowed discrimination against some.”
“In the same way, we should allow people the choice about having gender references on birth certificates.”
Ms Delaney said Tasmanians rejected fear-mongering about transgender human rights by voting Yes in last year’s postal survey.
“Last year Tasmanians rejected the No case’s fear-mongering about transgender human rights by voting Yes more strongly than in any other state except Victoria, giving the Government a strong mandate for this over due reform.”
“For too long, transgender and gender diverse Tasmanians have endured some of Australia’s worst laws on gender recognition and now it’s time to for us to lead the way as we have done on other LGBTI human rights issues.”
Transforming Tasmania was formed earlier this year to advocate and lobby for legal equality for tranasgender, gender diverse and intersex Tasmanians.
It has proposed new laws that
– remove the requirement for transgender people to divorce before they can amend their birth certificate
– remove the requirement for transgender people to have surgery before they can amend their birth certificate
– remove unnecessary gender references from birth certificates
– stop unnecessary surgery on intersex children