Sexual Politics

Legal and Cultural Clashes over Gender Identity Law

Tasmania’s Attorney-General, Elise Archer, recently informed all members of the state’s Legislative Council that current proposals before the parliament to remove the sex identifier from birth certificates would “bring a risk of serious unintended legal consequences”. Advice provided to her from the state Solicitor-General was that, if passed, the changes would “affect the interpretation of all Tasmanian legislation that has, as a criterion for its application, the sex or gender of a person”. The Attorney General said that “without first reviewing all Tasmania’s statutes and regulations”, several cases stand out. For example: There are a range of statutes that provide…

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