Australian military bases could soon have gender-neutral toilets for transgender and intersex personnel under a new push to be 'inclusive' - an idea Conservative Party Victorian Senate candidate Kevin Bailey has labelled "pathetic".
The Daily Mail reports, Defence Force has ordered commanders to re-evaluate facilities after concerns were raised there were no loos for those who did not identify as male or female.
Briefs circulated to senior members called for gender neutral bathrooms to be made available to sex and gender diverse (SGD) members where it was 'feasible' to do so.
Documents, accessed under Freedom of Information laws, suggested rebranding disabled toilets as an option.
Taxpayers will be forced to fork out for the new facilities which would be rolled out across army, navy and air force bases across the country.
'The Chain of Command must consider how to accommodate SGD members in environments where ablutions may not be segregated and or private (such as some barracks ablutions, field toilets and open communal same sex showers),' one of the briefing notes read.
'Commanders are to manage SGD member use of ablutions on a case-by-case basis taking into account the facilities, nature of training or operations, and needs/requests of the relevant member(s) and their colleagues.'
Mr Bailey has told Melbourne radio station 3AW's Tom Elliot, the idea is a total waste of time, resources and money.
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