Attorney-General Elise Archer has told a budget estimates committee she will not rule out amendments to Tasmania's landmark transgender reforms regarding birth certificates.
State Liberal parties members this month voted at its annual conference to repeal the laws which allow for gender markers to be optional on birth certificates and for people to change their gender without invasive reproductive reassignment surgery.
When asked whether she would defend the laws by Labor's Josh Willie, Ms Archer refused.
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"I am not going to defend the laws, because it wasn't my law reform, so it is not my law reform to defend," she said.
"It is for others to defend it.
"We continue to monitor its operation and effect and whether there are any unintended consequences."
Ms Archer subsequently refused to make a commitment to not amend the laws in any way.
"I can't say I won't amend that, just like I would not say that I won't ever make any amendment to any other legislation," she said.
In a separate budget estimates hearing, Deputy Premier Jeremy Rockliff was coy when questioned on whether he supported the Liberal state council's decision for the laws to be repealed.
Rather, he said we could do all he could do to support all Tasmanians in an inclusive environment.
There were 745 birth certificates issued without gender and without registered changes of name in 2019-20.
There were 97 birth certificates issued without gender and with registered changes of name.
There were 12,313 birth certificates issued which included all registered gender and name change details.
Ms Archer will reappear at budget estimates hearings on Wednesday.
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