Birth of po­lit­i­cally cor­rect cer­tifi­cates

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - LINDA SILMALIS

IN WHAT is ei­ther a help­ing hand for mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism or the sti­fling hand of po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness, birth cer­tifi­cates in NSW are about to of­fer hand­prints in a va­ri­ety of shades.

The NSW Reg­istry of Births, Deaths and Mar­riages will now be of­fer­ing four new hand colours as part of an over­haul of its themed birth cer­tifi­cates.

The move fol­lows calls from par­ents want­ing skin shades other than “white”, with the changes be­ing im­ple­mented af­ter con­sul­ta­tion with re­li­gious and com­mu­nity lead­ers to­gether with the Di­ver­sity Ser­vices unit within the De­part­ment of Jus­tice.

De­part­ment Reg­is­trar Amanda Ianna said the “white” hand was the most pop­u­lar themed birth cer­tifi­cate of the se­lec­tion, mak­ing up around one- third of sales. “It was in­tro­duced about 10 years ago and is our high­est sell­ing com­mem­o­ra­tive de­sign,” Ms Ianna said.

“The new de­signs are more in­clu­sive and re­flect our mul­ti­cul­tural so­ci­ety.”

The ad­di­tions are among new op­tions for a dec­o­ra­tive birth cer­tifi­cate, in­clud­ing de­signs May Gibbs, Ken Done, State of Ori­gin Blues and Ma­roons and two dif­fer­ent Bananas In Py­ja­mas de­signs.

A new cer­tifi­cate.

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