Submissions

Submissions to government bodies and institutions.

Senate hearings on the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill

Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill

Yesterday, Gina Wilson and myself had the enormous privilege of speaking to the Senate’s Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee regarding intersex provisions in the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill. We made a range of statements in line with our submission to the Senate Inquiry on the bill, and also tabled a document, On the…
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Our response to the ACT law reform report “Beyond the Binary”

Canberra

OII Australia notes the publication of the Australian Capital Territory’s report Beyond the Binary today. Download our full letter to the ACT government (PDF, signature redacted). Most of the press attention has been on the removal of surgical requirements for people transitioning gender, which is something that we wholeheartedly welcome for our trans friends. Sadly,…
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OII Australia and OII Aotearoa submission on the DSM-5 and SOC-7

OII Australia and OII Aotearoa submission on the DSM-5 and SOC-7

OII Australia, together with OII Aotearoa/NZ, today released a submission [PDF] to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), regarding the draft Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition. Download our submission here [PDF]. The APA is the body that, until 1973, classified homosexuality as a mental disorder. The APA currently regards gender non-conformity to…
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Senate enquiry into marriage equality: Gina Wilson (OII Aus) and Chris Meney (Catholic ‘Life, Marriage & Family Centre’) testify

Parliament

On 4 May 2012, the federal Senate received oral submissions on the issue of marriage equality in a session at the NSW State Parliament. The raw transcript is enlightening about local Catholic hierarchy attitudes towards intersex people. Here, Senator Louise Pratt, Senator for Western Australia, asks a question of Chris Meney, of the Catholic ‘Life,…
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