by Peter Kelleher On Thursday August 27, 2020, the ACT became the second jurisdiction in Australia, after Queensland only two weeks earlier, to pass legislation banning “conversion therapy”. In an effort to persuade the Chief Minister of the ACT, Andrew Barr, to postpone the legislation until he and his colleagues and advisers were able to be more fully informed of what the social and medical ramifications of the law would be, Professor John Whitehall wrote to Mr Barr on the Tuesday before the bill was debated. The direct object of Professor Whitehall’s letter was to point out the consequences for sufferers of childhood gender dysphoria that a ban on “conversion therapy” would entail. Professor Whitehall wrote as national chairman of the Christian Medical and Dental Fellowship of Australia. Professor Whitehall…
Australian states bear the responsibility for healthcare and education matters.
We need to rethink the trajectory of pedagogy in Australia, and provide far better formation for young minds.
We also need to keep an eye on evolving healthcare policies, particularly regarding bioethical issues.
Read on for suggested policies and methods.