Transgender Rights Bill Passes Tasmania's Lower House
Transgender rights reforms that allow parents to choose whether to include their baby's sex on a birth certificate are a step closer in Tasmania.
The legislation, put forward by the Labor opposition and the Greens, was voted through the state's lower house Tuesday night after lengthy debate.
The bill also allows people aged 16 years or older to change the sex listed on their birth certificate by filling out a statutory declaration.
The changes were passed by the casting vote of rogue Liberal Speaker Sue Hickey, who voted against her party and with Labor and the Greens.
Liberal Attorney-General Elise Archer believes the amendments are deeply flawed.
"This amended bill contains legally untested, unconsulted and highly problematic changes that we could not support," she said in a statement.
Transforming Tasmania, a transgender and gender-diverse rights group, has lauded the changes, as have Labor and the Greens.
"These changes will make people, who we should all care about, feel happier, safer and more included," Greens leader Cassy O'Connor told parliament.
The bill must pass Tasmania's upper house, comprising mostly independents, before becoming law.
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