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Vic minister defends inclusive language

AAP logoAAP 16/12/2016

Victorian Equality Minister Martin Foley has hit back at critics of the state government's inclusive language guide which advises public servants to avoid assuming people are married and using terms such as "husband" and "wife".

Mr Foley says the guide - which was released more than six months ago - encourages public servants to be inclusive and is similar to guides on dealing with ethnically diverse groups, disabled people, the mentally ill and indigenous Australians.

"It is a guide which suggests that you should try and avoid the use of husband and wife - it doesn't ban it," Mr Foley said in a statement on Friday. "It makes the point that we shouldn't assume that a person is married."

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