Mark Latham’s vow to end transgender self-identification and rejection of ‘gender fluidity’ as part of his One Nation senate campaign sparks outrage
- Mark Latham announced policy to ban people from identifying as transgender
- Claimed it would ‘avoid abuse of the school system and government documents’
- But policy has been slammed by Labor MP Graham Perrett as a ‘shock tactic’
- LGBT activist criticised ex-Labor leader saying ‘pick on someone his own size’
One Nation candidate and former Labor MP Mark Latham’s vow to ban people from self-identifying as transgender has sparked outrage.
Mr Latham, who is running for the New South Wales’ upper house, announced the policy on Sunday – claiming it would prevent ‘abuse of the school education system and official government documentation’.
The ex-Labor leader also said he rejects ‘gender fluidity’.
Plans by former opposition leader and One Nation candidate Mark Latham (pictured) to ban people from self-identifying as transgender have been slammed by a Labor MP
‘While there only 1,300 Australians who officially identify as transgender ‘you would think there were 13 million,’ he wrote.
But supporters of sexual minorities have criticised the announcement, including lower house member Graham Perrett.
‘He has nothing constructive to say about about Australian society,’ he said.
‘This is simply a shock tactic to extract more votes.
‘I’m one of the parliamentary convenors for LGBTI and we take matters like these very seriously.
Supporters of sexual minorities have criticised the announcement, as well as lower house member Graham Perrett (pictured)
LGBT activist and Change.org Australia Executive Director Sally Rugg said government documentation for transgender people was already very strict
Another Twitter user with the LGBT rainbow next to her name called the policy a ‘sad open-letter attempt to appeal to the uneducated’
‘Frankly I wouldn’t give that guy oxygen. He is an embarrassment and I don’t want to think about what he has to say – I’d rather watch the tennis.’
LGBT activist and Change.org Australia Executive Director Sally Rugg said government documentation for transgender people was already very strict.
‘Transgender people already require comprehensive medical documentation to apply for new documents, AND extremely expensive surgery,’ she wrote.
The activist included a link to Service NSW’s website, where it states those looking to have their sex updated officially must provide proof from two different medical practitioners.
Another Twitter user with the LGBT rainbow next to her name called the policy a ‘sad open-letter attempt to appeal to the uneducated’.
Mr Latham said schools in the state were increasingly straying into the realms of mental health assessment – and teachers who spoke to students about them self-identifying risked losing their job.
‘One Nation supports the introduction of a government rule across-the-board prohibiting individual self-identification,’ the political candidate said.
‘No one in NSW should be able to change their gender at the drop of a hat.
‘NSW One Nation believes in supporting biological and medical science, rather than radical left-wing propaganda.’
Mr Latham has previously called multiculturalism in Australia a ‘disgrace’, and said overcrowding in Sydney has made it an ‘unliveable’ metropolis.
Mr Latham has previously called multiculturalism in Australia a ‘disgrace’, and said overcrowding in Sydney has made it an ‘unliveable’ metropolis