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Archer Must Stop Whipping Up Fear and Loathing

1 Nov 2018

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader

Attorney-General, Elise Archer, is fanning the flames of transphobia through her dishonest statements on changes to the Births, Deaths and Marriages Act

Ms Archer needs to be called out. Transforming Tasmania and LGBTI activists met with her earlier this year and she was presented with the proposed amendments, along with the case for reform - well before opposition parties. 

It was only when the Minister showed no real interest in broader reform that the proposed amendments brought to the Greens and Labor.

For the Attorney-General to proliferate lies about ‘secret deals’ without a thought for the harm caused to transgender Tasmanians is breathtaking conduct for the State’s first law officer.

These changes are no secret. They have been in the public domain since the then-Anti-Discrimination Commissioner presented former Attorney-General, the late Vanessa Goodwin MLC, with a Births, Deaths and Marriages Act Options Paper* in 2016.

Young trans people are one of the most vulnerable cohorts in our community. Make no mistake, Minister Archer’s dangerous, Right-wing rhetoric, is drumming up transphobia, hurting people, and putting lives at risk right now. 

The Minister needs to stop whipping up fear, loathing and misunderstanding at the expense of a minority in our community.

The Greens are proud to stand with LGBTI Tasmanians, as we always have. We will always stand against discrimination and prejudice, wherever it comes from – on the streets, in our Parliament, and even from the State’s foremost legal officer.

 

*https://equalopportunity.tas.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/338490/E...