The Australian Senate has passed a motion disallowing the federal government from using gender-inclusive language in anything it does.
It passed 33 to 31.
“Our fundamental biology and relationships are represented through the following descriptors – mother, father, son, daughter, brother, sister, boy, girl, grandmother, grandfather, aunt, uncle, female, male, man, woman, lady, gentleman, Mr, Mrs, Ms, sir, madam, dad, mum, husband, wife,” the motion reads.
“Broad scale genuine inclusion cannot be achieved through distortions of biological and relational descriptors.”
The motion calls on the federal government to “reject the use of distorted language such as gestational/non-gestational parent, chest-feeding, human milk, lactating parent, menstruators, birthing/non-birthing parent”.
It also says that any material produced, including legislation, websites and employee documentation and training must ignore these terms.
It comes after Australian National University researchers suggested ditching terms such as “mother”, “father” and “breastfeeding” to be more inclusive.