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Notice given 24 August 2007

3444  Senator Nettle: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—

(1) Given that, since May 2007, transgender people travelling overseas for gender reassignment surgery cannot obtain a limited validity passport identifying their intended sex and that, due to this, whilst overseas they will now be more vulnerable to abuse and discrimination, does the Government recognise that, if a person’s passport does not reflect the gender which that person lives in society, it leaves them open to danger during travel.

(2) Given that the alternative to travelling on a limited validity passport has been a Document of Identity (DOI), which does not include a gender field, and the significant limitations of DOIs, does the Government acknowledge the more difficult circumstances faced by transgender people travelling overseas for gender reassignment surgery.

(3) Given that under Article 12 of the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights on freedom of movement, a nation should not deny its citizens a passport and the rights of free and safe passage, how can the safety of transgender Australians wishing to travel overseas be ensured.

3445  Senator Bob Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Prime Minister—With reference to the joint press conference of the Prime Minister and the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs on 21 June 2007 in which the Prime Minister commented that ‘We will bear the cost of medical examinations of all indigenous children in the Northern Territory under the age of 16 and we’ll provide the resources to deal with any follow up medical treatment that will be needed’:

(1) Now that cases have been found of children with illnesses, including dental loss and ear, nose and throat infections, how is the required follow-up medical treatment being ensured, given the shortage of facilities and specialist services in communities where these children live.

(2) To date, what new follow-up resources have been put in place.