June 26th 2010

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CANBERRA OBSERVED: Kevin Rudd living on borrowed time

AS THE WORLD TURNS: Retiring baby-boomers threaten us with bankruptcy; Ban PCs until children reach nine?; Obama too friendly with tyrants; Taliban hang 7-year-old boy punish his family

EDITORIAL: Taxpayer-funded political advertising scandal

PAID PARENTAL LEAVE: Labour and Coalition reject equality for stay-home mums

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Kevin Rudd living on borrowed time

DEFENCE: Govt spending cuts put Army Reserve at risk

ISLAM: Australia set to accommodate Islamic sharia finance

MIDDLE EAST: Israeli nuclear-missile submarines stationed off Iran

UNITED STATES: Will debt bring down the American empire?

ENVIRONMENT: Tuvalu sinking? Much ado about nothing

ENERGY: Fuel import bill could negate mining boom benefits

ECONOMIC AFFAIRS: Thirty-year experiment with non-intervention

HUMAN RIGHTS: Why are feminists silent on Beijing's abuse of women?

WOMEN'S HEALTH: US doctors tiptoe around female genital mutilation

WORLD WAR II: When the screen is mightier than the sword

SCHOOLS: History wars erupt again with new curriculum

Sinister 'sex files' project (letter)

Rudd vs. Abbott (letter)

AS THE WORLD TURNS: Retiring baby-boomers threaten us with bankruptcy; Ban PCs until children reach nine?; Obama too friendly with tyrants; Taliban hang 7-year-old boy punish his family

BOOK REVIEW: BLIND SPOT: When Journalists Don't Get Religion

BOOK REVIEW: JUNGLE SOLDIER: The True Story of Freddy Spencer Chapman, by Brian Moynahan

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Sinister 'sex files' project (letter)

by Jerome Appleby

News Weekly, June 26, 2010


In March 2009, the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) handed down the concluding paper of its "sex and gender diversity" project. The paper, entitled Sex Files: the legal recognition of sex in legal documents, contained all sorts of kooky recommendations.

A recent news report about a man who is encountering problems having his "change of sex" recognised by the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages suggests that the AHRC is about to ramp up a campaign to have these recommendations implemented. This should be of concern to all Australians.

The Sex Files paper includes 15 recommendations which seek to radically alter the meaning and understanding of sex.

Recommendation 1 of the Sex Files project is that "Marital status should not be a relevant consideration as to whether or not a person can request a change in legal sex". This is clearly a Trojan horse for same-sex marriage.

Recommendation 3 cuts straight to the heart of the matter and is probably the most potentially destructive of the lot - an Alice-in-Wonderland-type recommendation. It seeks, amongst other things, for there to be "greater allowance for people to self-identify their sex".

It doesn't take a genius to work out what that means. If you merely think you are a female, then you are one. The fact that in reality you are an otherwise normally functioning male doesn't matter. You are not even required to undergo "sex change" surgery - not that such oddly-named surgery can actually change a male to a female, or vice versa.

What makes all this even worse is that taxpayers are forced to fund this nonsense produced by the AHRC. In 2009/2010, the commission is estimated to have received approximately $12 million in taxpayer funding. It's time the tap was turned off.

Jerome Appleby,
Fullarton, SA

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