We are concerned about the lack of open and transparent public consultation regarding the proposed changes.
In her Second Reading speech on 19 June, the Attorney General stated that 'The Bill.... , was developed in consultation with LGBTI communities.' While some sections of these communities may have been consulted, we are concerned that the views of many in this 'community', especially those of lesbians, were not sought. Furthermore, there has been a lack of a wider public consultation process, such as was the case for the Assisted Dying legislation.
Other jurisdictions, for example Northern Territory and Queensland, gave their citizens a chance to comment on their proposed changes. Furthermore, the Scottish Parliament has put on hold changes to its gender recognition legislation because of concerns over the inadequacy of its consultation process. Important legislative changes, such as the one proposed for Victoria, need proper consultation.
Northern Territory: https://parliament.nt.gov.au/committees/spsc/70-2018