Submissions

Submissions to government bodies and institutions.

Launch of GIGESC consultation, Malta

We welcome Maltese government proposals on rights to bodily autonomy

In October this year, the Maltese government launched a consultation exercise regarding a new Gender Identity Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics Bill (“GIGESC”). The Bill is ground-breaking and, if passed as we hope, it will: create a “right to bodily integrity and physical autonomy for all persons”. make unlawful “non-medically necessary treatment on the sex…
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United Nations Human Rights Council

Submission to the UN Committee Against Torture

OII Australia has made a submission to the UN Committee Against Torture, in relation to a national review of Australia’s work. The submission has been endorsed by the Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome Support Group Australia, People with Disability Australia and the National LGBTI Health Alliance.

The Guardian: Senators told same-sex couples who marry overseas can be left in legal limbo

Tony Briffa speaks at Senate hearing on recognition of foreign marriages

The Senate of Australia is currently engaged in an inquiry on the recognition of foreign same-sex marriages. Tony Briffa married Manja last year, in New Zealand, in a marriage that is not recognised as either opposite sex, nor same-sex, marriage. Tony wrote a personal submission to the inquiry, which OII Australia supported. Tony spoke at…
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Submission to inquiry on intentional self-harm in children

Submission to inquiry on intentional self-harm in children

Following a meeting between Megan Mitchell, the National Children’s Commissioner, and Morgan Carpenter, yesterday, we have made a late submission to the National Children’s Commissioner inquiry on intentional self-harm and suicidal behaviour in children. The Australian Human Rights Commission describes the inquiry as follows: The National Children’s Commissioner is examining how children and young people…
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Intersex shadow report, Convention on the Rights of the Child

Submission to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

Zwischengeschlecht, Child Rights Network Switzerland, and other Swiss NGOs made a Shadow Report submission earlier this year to the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Periodic Report of Switzerland on the Convention on the Rights of the Child. OII Australia welcomes and endorses the NGO submissions, and has written to the UN Committee on the Rights of…
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Genetic selection is already an LGBTI issue

Submission on the ethics of genetic selection against intersex traits

OII Australia has just made a submission to the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) in relation to a review of Part B of the Ethical Guidelines on the Use of Assisted Reproductive Technology in Clinical Practice and Research, 2007 (ART guidelines). Part B of the ART guidelines provides ethical guidelines for the clinical…
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Parliament

Concluding submission to the Senate Inquiry on involuntary or coerced sterilisation

Given a time extension for the Senate Inquiry on involuntary or coerced sterilisation, and also a rapidly changing context due to new information, national and international developments, we took the opportunity to make a concluding submission to the Senate Committee on Community Affairs. The terms of reference for the Inquiry explicitly include the sterilisation and…
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Parliament

Submission on the health education curriculum

On 30 July we made a slightly hasty submission on the draft national Health and Physical Education curriculum. The draft that we commented on mis-described intersex as a form of gender diversity, while legislation and guidelines now more accurately recognise that intersex is a biological phenomenon. There are consequences both in terms of education around…
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Parliament

New, fourth, submission on involuntary sterilisation

We have made a fourth submission to the Senate Inquiry on involuntary or coerced sterilisation of people with disabilities, and intersex people, and it has now been published by the Senate. This submission, as with previous supplementary submissions, presents or analyses new information not available at the time of earlier submissions. It follows publication of…
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Parliament

Third submission to Senate Inquiry on involuntary sterilisation

OII Australia has made a third submission to the Senate Inquiry on involuntary and coerced sterilisation and it has now been published by the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs. The reporting date for the inquiry is being pushed into July (update: now September) due to late hearings, and we wished to put additional data…
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