In March 2009, the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) handed down the concluding paper of its ‘sex and gender diversity’ project. The paper, entitled ‘Sex files: The legal recognition of sex in legal documents’, contained all sorts of kooky recommendations.A recent news report about a man who is encountering problems having his “change of sex” recognised by the NSW Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages suggests that the AHRC is about to ramp up a campaign to have these recommendations implemented. This should be of concern to all Australians.
The Sex Files paper includes 15 recommendations which seek to radically alter the meaning and understanding of sex.
Recommendation 1 of the Sex Files project is that ‘Marital status should not be a relevant consideration as to whether or not a person can request a change in legal sex.’ This is clearly a Trojan horse for same-sex marriage.
Recommendation 3 cuts straight to the heart of the matter and is probably the most potentially destructive of the lot - an Alice in Wonderland-type recommendation. It seeks, amongst other things, for there to be ‘greater allowance for people to self-identify their sex’.
It doesn’t take a genius to work out what that means: if you think you are a female, then you are one. The fact that in reality you are an otherwise normally functioning male doesn’t matter. You are not even required to undergo ‘sex change’ surgery, not that such oddly-named surgery can actually change a male to a female, or vice versa.
What makes all this even worse is that taxpayers are forced to fund this nonsense produced by the AHRC. In 2009/2010 the organization is to receive approximately $12 million in taxpayer funding. It’s time the tap was turned off.
Jerome Appleby is a law graduate and is South Australian state officer of the National Civic Council and Australian Family Association