“This poll is either very poorly framed, or it is a deliberate dirty trick to gain a negative response by misrepresenting the facts. As a result of the biased question, I believe the result of this poll does not reflect the values of fairness and inclusion with which everyday Tasmanians approach the issue of transgender law reform.” – Martine Delaney
Advocates for Tasmania’s proposed gender reforms have labelled a recently-released EMRS poll as party-political, misleading and irrelevant.
The poll conducted by EMRS for an undisclosed client found 71% support in response to the question, “Do you support or oppose the Labor and Greens proposal before the Tasmanian Parliament to remove gender from every newborn child’s birth certificate unless parents opt to have gender included?”
“The question asked is very misleading so I urge decision-makers not to take the result seriously”, Transforming Tasmania spokesperson, Martine Delaney, said.
“The poll question is worded to suggest all new birth certificates will not include gender if a parent doesn’t request it, which is just plain wrong”, she said.
“The legislation before Parliament will result in parents being offered the choice to include gender or leave it off the paper document, and all birth details will continue to be recorded by the Registrar, just as they are now.”
“The credibility of the question is also undermined by being party political, when this legislation is about people and was voted through the Lower House by members from all three parties.”
“This poll is either very poorly framed, or it is a deliberate dirty trick to gain a negative response by misrepresenting the facts.”
“If opponents to this reform want to use opinion polls, then they must ask questions dealing with the actual legislation, not their misrepresentation of it.”
“As a result of the biased question, I believe the result of this poll does not reflect the values of fairness and inclusion with which everyday Tasmanians approach the issue of transgender law reform.”
Ms Delaney added that the poll was conducted last December, when the State Government was making a number of public statements in which it badly misrepresented the bill’s intent.
“In my experience, when people become aware of what this legislation actually does they support it”, Ms Delaney concluded.