After weeks of silence, Labor have changed their position on the removal of gender from birth certificates (The Australian, 8 November 2018).
Their backflip proves exactly what we said all along – that they hadn’t consulted with Tasmanians on their plan and their intention was to sneak these changes through without anybody noticing.
It’s clear Labor’s natural instincts to side with the Greens kicked in and they never considered what Tasmanians actually wanted.
But Tasmanians are still no clearer on how exactly Labor’s new policy would work and what their position is on other proposed amendments they supported only weeks ago.
Now that Labor has backed down on one component of the proposed amendments, they should agree to have the full range of reforms referred to the Tasmania Law Reform Institute for proper consideration and consultation with the Tasmanian people.
Significant reforms of the type proposed by Labor and the Greens only weeks ago should not be rushed through the Parliament, in an unrelated Bill.
Elise Archer is Attorney-General