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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Media Release

Where are Labor’s birth certificate amendments?

Last week, Labor attempted to quell community concerns by partially backflipping on their proposal to remove gender from birth certificates – but one week on, Tasmanians are still no clearer on what they are actually proposing, how it will work, and what their amendment or amendments will look like.
Once again, Labor is trying to keep Tasmanians completely in the dark about their intentions. With less than a week to go until the Bill is likely to be debated, Labor needs to come clean and outline what they are proposing to change in relation to how Tasmanian parents register their child at birth.
The lack of transparency by the Labor Party on this issue has been astonishing. First, they did a secret backroom deal with the Greens to support removing gender from all birth certificates and Ella Haddad urged her Facebook friends to vote yes to removing gender from birth certificates.
When there was a public outcry, Labor then attempted to pretend this was never their position, despite Cassy O’Connor confirming they had agreed to those amendments. Labor’s latest comments last week were that they would move amendments with “a slight nuanced difference” to the Greens’ position after they had “come together” with the Greens to discuss their new position.
What this actually means is anyone’s guess.
It’s well past time for Labor to release their full amendments so the public can see what they plan, or commit to the sensible option of referring these matters to the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute so all consequences can be considered.

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1 Comment

  1. Rob

    November 14, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    Don’t you think you all have more important things to be debating?

    When will the Tasmanian Government be introducing Industrial Manslaughter Laws?

    When will the Tasmanian Government be ensuring that all Tasmanian Workers are covered by the Workers Compensation Act?

    Have any of you even bothered to read the recommendations from the Senate Inquiry into Industrial Deaths?

    Have any of you even bothered to listen to the evidence pertaining to the deaths of Tasmanian workers killed at work?

    Get your priorities right .. before more Tasmanian lives are lost!

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    Rob, we have Rob Halton submitting numerous Comments to these pages, so would you consider altering your name a little so our readers may know that the sources are quite different?

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