‘Women Speak Tasmania is calling on Transforming Tasmania to justify their claims that radical amendments to the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1999 (Tas) are of no particular concern to the community at large’, said Women Speak Tasmania spokesperson, Bronwyn Williams.

Transforming Tasmania spokesperson, Martine Delaney, says “there has been virtually no public concern expressed about our proposals, and there is certainly no demonstrated need for a further inquiry”.

‘Transforming Tasmania wants to convince us the inconclusive Options Paper exercise conducted by former Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, Robin Banks, in 2016 counts as a “thorough-going” inquiry’, said Miss Williams.

‘In fact, none of the submissions in respect of the Options Paper – https://equalopportunity.tas.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/338490/EOT_Options_paper_on_legal_recognition_of_sex_and_gender_diversity_in_Tasmania_~_CONSULTATION_DOC.pdf – were made public, and Ms Banks never delivered a final report to the then Attorney-General, the late Vanessa Goodwin’.

‘Further, Ms Banks’ behaviour, and that of her Equal Opportunity Tasmania colleague, Leica Wagner, was the subject of a formal complaint of bullying by one of the parties that prepared a submission in response to the Options Paper – see https://www.theadvocate.com.au/story/4405758/discrimination-complaint-goes-national/’.

‘The legislative changes proposed by Transforming Tasmania and supported by Labor and the Greens absolutely need an extensive, transparent community consultation’, said Miss Williams.

‘Many, many people are thoroughly bamboozled by the language of transgender ideology.  Women Speak Tasmania welcomes the opportunity to clarify the implications of enshrining that ideology in law, especially insofar as they relate to female-born persons – both women and girls’.