An old Queensland driver’s licence showing height and sex.
An old Queensland driver’s licence showing height and sex.

Trans community had ‘no input’ on licences

THE very community the State Government was trying to protect through the removal of gender from Queensland licences says the move could actually lead to more discrimination.

Transgender community leaders say they were not consulted over the changes and some trans people want their gender marked on their licence.

The Courier-Mail yesterday revealed an internal Transport and Main Roads Department document said complaints about discrimination were the reason gender and height were removed from Queensland driver's licences in October 2016.

The new Queensland driver’s licence without gender or height.
The new Queensland driver’s licence without gender or height.

The Government later said the changes, which bring Queensland into line with other states, complied with federal anti-discrimination laws and reflected improvements in facial recognition technology.

But Australian Transgender Support Association of Queensland president Gina Mather said she did not know anyone who had complained about having to record their gender and some people were angry they would lose an easy way to prove their identity.

"We had no input. We were aware of it but we were not consulted," Ms Mather said.

"Some people were disappointed in it because it means they will lose their only form of ID that says female or male, whatever the case may be."

Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers slammed the move as “out of touch”. Picture: Jack Tran
Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers slammed the move as “out of touch”. Picture: Jack Tran

She said the best solution would be to make the disclosure of gender on driver's licences optional.

Police officers can still access information on people's gender through QLite tablet devices.

Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers said the change to driver's licences was "out of touch nonsense".

"It generally doesn't have any effect on how we as police can do our job [but] it does however have all the hallmarks of the typical, out of touch nonsense we as a society have come to expect from government bureaucrats with no practical experience," Mr Leavers said.

Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington slammed the move as "political correctness gone mad" and Katter's Australian Party's Robbie Katter said he would introduce a motion to parliament to reverse it.

But Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said on Twitter the Opposition and One Nation were "having a fit about this even though it's common across other States".

Health Minister Steven Miles tweeted to Ms Frecklington: "As far as I can tell you're the only person talking about this issue. Why not focus on more important things?"

The State Government has ordered Transport bureaucrats to rewrite the internal document explaining that the change was in line with federal anti-discrimination laws and technological advances.



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