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Transsexual recognition in Australia


Finlay, HL, Transsexual recognition in Australia, Venereology - The Interdisciplinary, International Journal of Sexual Health, 10, (3) pp. 188-192. ISSN 1032-1012 (1997) [Refereed Article]


It seems clear that the law, which is often thought to move in a mysterious way, is now at last prepared to recognise the effect of a sex reassignment procedure as altering the legal status of a person. The all- important chromosome in Corbett v Corbett has shrunk to insignificance. This has happened not so much by any medical or surgical considerations, but rather by the growing importance of anti-discrimination and equal opportunity legislation, as can be seen in the recent developments in Western Australia, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory. Thus the legalistic hang-ups of the past are being laid to rest by a more compassionate and pragmatic consideration of reality. Instead of looking at chromosomes, the law is at last prepared to look at humans.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other health
Objective Field:Other health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Finlay, HL (Associate Professor Henry Finlay)
ID Code:10600
Year Published:1997
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:1997-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-11

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