Costs of change
$1m for sex-change surgery
TAXPAYERS have been slugged more than $1 million for Australian Defence Force personnel to undergo sexchange surgery and for treatment of gender dysphoria.
Seventeen defence force personnel had sex-change surgery – 10 of which were maleto-female reassignments – from November 2012 to March 2016.
It cost taxpayers $1,052,330, not including pharmaceuticals dispensed by the ADF, according to Freedom of Information documents released this week.
Twenty-seven ADF members also received treatment for gender dysphoria.
This is the distress that a person feels due to the sex and gender they were born with.
The publication reports internal Defence advice from July confirmed there was no existing policy on the management of transgender ADF members “aside from medical policy”.
“This is because transgender and transitioning members are administratively treated as their affirmed gender of male or female,” the advice said.
“Any ADF candidate with gender dysphoria is assessed by Defence Force Recruiting on an individual basis, against the inherent requirements of service and in accordance with the Defence Health manual.”
It was reported a previous policy on transgender personnel had been cancelled in June 2010 because it gave “inappropriate discretionary power” to commanding officers to consider discharge where “behaviour in identifying as the opposite gender ... could have serious consequences upon operational effectiveness, cohesion, morale and discipline”.
Other documents revealed the Australian military was grappling with practical challenges on how to deploy transgender personnel.
One document showed transgender members of the ADF were likely to be non-deployable for some time. TWO hungry carloads of KFC customers were left with only the dine in option, after one smashed into the Bagot Rd business’ drive thru.
The crash, around 9pm Thursday, was believed to be caused after one car rear ended a Toyota as it entered the fast food outlet.
St Johns Ambulance attended the scene, but no serious injuries were recorded.
More concerning was the second vehicle, which had careened into a power box out front of the store.
Firefighters were forced to wait until power to KFC was turned off to make sure their was no risk of a blaze.
No arrests were made.
A driver near KFC on Bagot Rd may have been a bit too eager to get his dinner