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Tuesday, 7 February 2017
Page: 200

Transgender teenagers

(Question No. 617)

Ms Butler asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, in writing, on 10 November 2016:

Will the Government consider ensuring that transgender teenagers are not obliged to obtain an order from the Family Court before they can gain access to puberty blockers?

Mr Keenan: - The Attorney-General has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

The Government is sensitive to the concerns of young people and their families that the need to apply to the Family Court for orders relating to stage two treatment can be expensive and stressful, and can delay a young person's access to the treatment. The Government is actively considering options for reform in this area.