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Intersex concerns on human rights bill

The federal government's proposed anti-discrimination laws leave intersex people vulnerable to discrimination, according to advocates.

Organisation Intersex International (OII) Australia has raised concerns about the draft human rights and anti-discrimination bill, which is before a Senate inquiry.

OII Australia president Gina Wilson said while the draft bill attempted to include intersex people under the category of ''gender identity'', this was inappropriate as being intersex is a matter of biology, not gender identity.

She said it was important that ''intersex'' was listed separately as a protected attribute, noting that previous attempts to bring discrimination cases under state laws - which have similar wording to the proposed federal legislation - had been knocked back because the issues were not about gender identity.

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