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Making A Submission On The Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Bill

Thank you for supporting the movement to ensure everyone has the right to self-identify their gender in Aotearoa. The justice select committee is accepting submissions until the 14th of September. This means we have very little time to get our submissions in on a very important matter. The select committee is crucial to creating an effective law. 

STEPS 

  1. To make a submission head to https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/sc/make-a-submission/document/53SCGA_SCF_INQ_115653/inquiry-into-supplementary-order-paper-59-on-the-births
  2. Click “I am ready to make my submission.” 
  3. If you are submitting as an individual, select “as an individual,” or otherwise, “on behalf of an organisation.” 
  4. Click “yes” if you want to speak directly to the Members of Parliament making the Law. If you do not want to make an oral submission, select “no.” 
  5. Enter your details. 
  6. You will be asked to answer two questions. 

Question 1: I/We wish to make the following comments

Question 2: I/We wish to make the following recommendations

Put your answers into the parliament site or upload a submission “File types accepted are .pdf, .doc, .docx, .txt The maximum number of files uploaded per submission is 20. The maximum size for individual files is 20 MB, and the total combined file size is 30 MB.”

Put your answers into the parliament site. 

  1. After doing so, click “next,” then “submit.” You are all done!

Question 1: I/We wish to make the following comments (Please make edits to this question. Our submissions are more likely to be read if they are different. Sometimes select committees treat similar submissions as one submission. The template is available nonetheless).

My name is x. (Enter details about you here, I am a student, I work as a x, I live in x, I am a parent, I am a Christian – whatever you feel comfortable sharing). 

I support everyone in Aotearoa having their right to self-identify their gender legally recognised.

I support everyone in Aotearoa having their right to self-identify their gender legally recognised because (Add a few comments here. This will be enough. You can add more if you want).

Add in reasons from propositions 2-4 and 18: https://cryptpad.fr/pad/#/2/pad/view/n9RZqjQFj7PJpFsjaYw7Icf3pBTxIMwlRTFuaxaH5-s/

I hope the select committee will consider my amendments. 

Question 2: I/We wish to make the following recommendations

1. Ensure that the bill is not racist, sexist or exclusionary.

Add in reasons from propositions 6-17 and 19-35: https://cryptpad.fr/pad/#/2/pad/view/n9RZqjQFj7PJpFsjaYw7Icf3pBTxIMwlRTFuaxaH5-s/ 

2. Implement amendments to the bill so that it recognises self-identification for everyone in all official contexts

Add in reasons from propositions 37-40: https://cryptpad.fr/pad/#/2/pad/view/n9RZqjQFj7PJpFsjaYw7Icf3pBTxIMwlRTFuaxaH5-s/  


Add in statistics to support your arguments and draw from this article: https://radhikalism.net/bdmrr-birth-deaths-marriages-relationships-and-racism

You can also draw arguments from Organise Aotearoa and Tāmaki Makaurau Anarchist’s statement on the bill: https://organiseaotearoa.nz/2021/09/09/everyone-has-the-right-to-self-identify-their-gender/