Page 850 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 9 April 2014

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MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Attorney-General, have there been any other recent High Court decisions that might have impacted on ACT legislation?

Mr Corbell: I will take a point of order on it, Madam Speaker, because I am not sure whether Mr Hanson’s question relates specifically to the matter that was the subject of the previous question.

MADAM SPEAKER: I actually expected this question, or a question rather like this, because Dr Bourke’s opening comments were about a recent High Court decision and how they impacted on ACT law, and I rule the question is in order.

MR CORBELL: If Mr Hanson’s question is have there been, as he well knows, the answer is yes, there have been.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Berry.

MS BERRY: Minister, can you please expand on what categories are now available on birth certificates?

MR CORBELL: I thank Ms Berry for her supplementary. As articulated in the LRAC report Beyond the binary, there was support for moving beyond a definition of solely “male” or “female”. We now have a provision to be able to record sex on a birth certificate as “indeterminant”, “intersex” or “unspecified”. This is consistent with the Australian government’s guidelines on the recognition of sex and gender and the Australian Passport Office policy.

The government welcomes the feedback we have received from members of the sex and gender diverse community here in the ACT following the passage of these reforms. All members should feel reassured that these reforms have been very warmly welcomed. They make both a symbolic but also a practical difference in the lives of those people in our community who are transitioning from one gender to another who perhaps do not identify as either gender exclusively. These are very important reforms in respecting and acknowledging the particular circumstances of those people in our community.

Transport—light rail

MR SMYTH: My question is to the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development and it relates to the government’s light rail project. Minister, what is the land uplift for light rail?

MR CORBELL: There are a variety of ways of measuring land uplift and they will also vary depending on specific sites that are in question.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

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