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Gender change bill defeated in Vic parly

AAP logoAAP 6/12/2016 Melissa Meehan

Victoria's bid to let people change their gender on their birth certificates has been defeated in the state's upper house.

TheBirths,DeathsandMarriagesRegistrationAmendmentBill2016 was introduced by the government earlier this year following anelectioncommitmenttoremovethe needfortransandgenderdiversepeopletoundergoinvasive surgery inorderto obtainabirthcertificatethatreflected their gender.

Equality minister Martin Foley said the bill would have improved the lives of thousands of Victorians - including hundreds of children cared for by the Royal Children's Hospital Gender Dysphoria unit.

"Thisbillwasaboutgivingtransandgender (diverse) Victoriansabasicright - abirthcertificatewhichreflectswhothey trulyare," Mr Foley said in a statement on Tuesday night.

He said by voting against the bill, the opposition "pig-headedlyrefusedtoimaginewhatlifeislikefor transandgenderdiverseVictorians".

Opposition spokesman John Pesutto said the bill went "too far" and was driven by "ideology, not common sense".

"The bill would have produced unintended consequences and Daniel Andrews did not consult broadly enough with the Victorian community," Mr Pesutto said in a statement.

Greens spokesman Sam Hibbins called on the government to consider reintroducing the bill.

"Self-determination of gender on birth certificates is vital," he said in a statement on Tuesday.

"The Liberals have abandoned the LGBTI community and everybody that believes in fairness."

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