Costs of change

$1m for sex-change surgery

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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

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