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Law Reform Commission proposes changes to sex & gender laws

Law Reform Commission proposes changes to sex & gender laws

The WA Law Reform Commission has released a discussion paper exploring an extensive review of the state’s legislation regarding recognition of a person’s sex, gender and intersex status. The review follows a successful motion at last year’s state Labor conference to axe the Gender Reassignment Board. At present, Western Australians must apply to the Gender […]

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WA govt move to end forced divorce for trans & gender diverse people

WA govt move to end forced divorce for trans & gender diverse people

The Western Australian Government have announced they will put an end to a legal anomaly that forces transgender and gender diverse people to divorce before having their gender officially affirmed. Legislation was introduced yesterday that will remove the requirement for a person to be single in order to be eligible for a gender recognition certificate, […]

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Researchers say scientific evidence does not support criminalisation of HIV

Twenty of the world’s leading HIV scientists have launched an evidence-based consensus that systematically refutes the rationale for laws that criminalise HIV transmission. The Expert Consensus Statement on the Science of HIV in the Context of Criminal Law and an accompanying editorial were published in the Journal of the International AIDS Society (JIAS). Speaking at the World AIDS Conference in […]

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Rodney Croome labels AG John Quigley’s statements as “nonsense”

Western Australian Attorney General is unable to say if the McGowan government will support proposed changes to the state’s Equal Opportunity Act because the results of the federal government’s review into religious freedom in Australia has not yet been released. Yesterday The Greens MP Alison Xamon put forward a bill to amend the Equal Opportunity […]

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New South Wales ends forced divorce for people who are transgender

New South Wales ends forced divorce for people who are transgender

The New South Wales parliament has passed laws that remove the requirement for people who are transgender and married to seek a divorce before applying for their gender to be officially changed. The change follows the passage of marriage equality late last year, and is part of steps to ensure that transgender people are not […]

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Victoria allows gender recognition without forced divorce

Victoria allows gender recognition without forced divorce

Transgender Victorians will now be able to stay married to the person they love when they change the gender on their birth certificate with the Andrews Government passing new laws. A similar bill is being introduced in the NSW parliament. The change follows the passage of marriage equality late last year, and is part of […]

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Poll: Australians oppose discrimination against LGBTI teachers, students

Poll: Australians oppose discrimination against LGBTI teachers, students

A new survey has shown that Australians are against current laws that allow religious schools to discriminate against LGBTI students and staff. A YouGov Galaxy Poll commissioned by LGBTI advocacy group just.equal completed a survey of 1015 Australians in April, showing massive opposition to special exemptions for these organisations from anti-discrimination laws. The data showed […]

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Victorian govt move to allow trans people to affirm gender without divorce

Victorian govt move to allow trans people to affirm gender without divorce

Victoria’s state government are set to update their laws to stop forcing trans and gender diverse people having to divorce in order to legally affirm their gender. After the passage of marriage equality under the federal government last year, state governments were given a 12-month window to bring their legislation in line with the new […]

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Queensland moves to remove transgender marriage discrimination

Queensland moves to remove transgender marriage discrimination

Queensland has become the first state to introduce legislation to remove discrimination against transgender people relating to the marriage act and gender recognition. Yesterday the state’s Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath introduced the Birth, Deaths and Marriages Registration Bill into the Queensland parliament. D’Ath said the bill was  an important and necessary amendment to ensure true marriage […]

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Transgender people will be considered in WA law reform

Transgender people will be considered in WA law reform

Confusion has followed an announcement from Western Australian Attorney General John Quigley that stated the government would look into sections of Western Australian law that require people to get divorced before being recognised as having changed gender. People who are transgender and want to be formally recognised as either male or female were left bewildered […]

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