Conservative Party spokesman Lyle Shelton said the US Government’s proposal to define gender in line with biology is a step in the right direction.
“In this post-same-sex marriage environment, activists are creating confusion by continuing to push for a myriad of genders to be recognised. They are seeking to teach children at school their gender is fluid, remove gender from birth certificates and passports and have biological men playing women’s sports,” he said.
The Trump Administration announced last month that its Department of Health and Human Services was seeking to define sex for government purposes as “a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth.”
Mr Shelton said this was common sense and that the Australian Government should follow suit.
Conservative Party leader Senator Cory Bernardi recently asked Mattias Corman in Senate Estimates if the Government’s position was that there are two genders.
Sadly, the answer was no. This is what came back some months later: "The Australian Government recognises that individuals may identify and be recognised within the community as a gender other than the sex they were assigned at birth or during infancy, or as a gender which is not exclusively male or female. The Australian Government Guidelines on the Recognition of Sex and Gender are the responsibility of the Attorney General’s Department."
Mr Shelton said this was a recipe for confusion.
The Trump Administration’s move to define gender based on reality was an opportune time for the Morrison Government to provide clarity for the Australian nation, Mr Shelton said.
“Now that so many politicians have uncritically embraced the rainbow political movement, they need to be honest with Australians about where the gender agenda ends and what it means for children and for public policy. We were told there would be no consequences to de-gendering marriage but all we have seen over the past 12 months is increased pressure to jettison the biological understanding of gender in schools, on birth certificates or in women’s sport.”
Mr Shelton said people struggling with their gender should of course be respected and treated with dignity but that did not mean gender should be redefined for the rest of the population.
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