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Greens welcome passport breakthrough for sex and gender diverse Australians

The Government should be congratulated for easing restrictions on sex and gender diverse Australians from being issued with a passport that reflects their identity, say the Australian Greens.

"This is a really positive breakthrough for sex and gender diverse Australians," Greens' LGBTI spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.

"For many of these Australians, administrative red-tape imposes an extra level of stress, anxiety and often embarrassment such as when trying to show identity documents in an Australia Post outlet. By removing antiquated discrimination, these changes will move away from that.

"It is also encouraging to see the Government finally acting on the recommendations of the 'Sex Files Report'. I hope they continue to address these.

"This week in Parliament House, I participated in the launch of the LGBTI Parliamentary Friendship Group (as Co-chair). The Group, involving members across the political divide, is committed to doing what we can to remove the discrimination that still exists against LGBTI Australians. There is much to be done to address discrimination against Gender and Diverse Australians and we will continue to work on this."

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