A Tale Of Two Bills: SA Passes Trans Reform, Victoria Cans It

This month South Australia became the first state to allow transgender people to alter their sex on their birth certificates without gender reassignment surgery or the need for a court approval – a complete separation of biological sex and gender identity.

The Victorian parliament narrowly voted down a similar bill, with the Liberal MP Louise Staley opposing on feminist grounds the idea of someone needing only to sign a statutory declaration that they were male, female or something else to change their birth certificate. The idea was “postmodern mumbo jumbo”, she said, the ultimate example of “mansplaining” what it means to be a woman.




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