SOUTH Australia has passed the first in a series of bills which will make the state more inclusive for LGBTI people.
The Statutes Amendment (Gender Identity and Equity) Bill 2016 will change the language used in South Australian law to remove gender bias and ensure that gender identities, including transgender and intersex, are captured in state legislation. The Bill will also remove language in legislation that has the potential to discriminate against people based on their relationship status.
Last year the state government commissioned the South Australian Law Reform Institute (SALRI) to investigate discriminatory legislation in the state’s law in regards to sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and intersex status.
The review was one of the most comprehensive of its kind in Australia and recommended a number of changes to legislation including allowing same-sex couples with children to be recognised on a child’s birth certificate.
South Australia has a celebrated track record for dedication to achieving equality and fairness for all of its citizens and we want this to extend to members of the state’s LGBTIQ community,” SA Premier Jay Weatherill said.
“As a modern society, we have a responsibility to ensure that all people are treated equally, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or intersex status and this bill is a big step forward in helping us achieve this. I will continue to bring bills based on the SALRI reviews to Parliament for its consideration.”
Assistant Minister to the Premier Katrine Hildyard said the bill is important because it speaks to people’s values and the government’s commitment to include all South Australians in all aspects of community life.
“It also captures most of what SALRI has identified as requiring immediate action,” she said.
“History shows that all progressive changes take time; the changes we are making this year are as a result of years of active community members working together to achieve results.”