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For the applicable reporting period, 1 July 2012 to 31 December 2012, the committee considered one statutory appointment, in this case a reappointment of a statutory office holder. The committee has advised the minister it had no comment to make on the reappointment proposed.

I therefore seek leave to table a schedule of statutory appointments for the period 1 July 2012 to 31 December 2012, as considered by the education, training and youth affairs committee for the Eighth Assembly, in accordance with continuing resolution 5A.

Leave granted.

MS PORTER: I table the following paper:

Education, Training and Youth Affairs—Standing Committee—Schedule of statutory appointments—1 July to 31 December 2012.

Legal recognition of sex and gender

Paper and statement by minister

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations and Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Beyond the Binary: legal recognition of sex and gender diversity in the ACT—Report by the ACT Law Reform Advisory Council—Government response.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: Today I am pleased to present the government's response to the ACT Law Reform Advisory Council's report Beyond the binary: legal recognition of sex and gender diversity in the ACT.

Sex and gender diverse people in Australia regularly report adverse experiences, sometimes as a result of legal requirements relating to recognition of their sex or gender. For example, individuals often experience discrimination and administrative barriers when applying for legal records or completing documents that require information about sex or gender identity. This can often be a problem when the information is required unnecessarily or in an overly simplistic way.

In the 2011 High Court case of AB v Western Australia, the court noted:

For many years the common law struggled with the question of the attribution of gender to persons who believe that they belong to the opposite sex. Many such persons undertake surgical and other procedures to alter their bodies and their physical appearance in order to acquire gender characteristics of the sex which


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