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Malcolm Roberts Launches Bid To Get The Government To Ban Gender-Neutral Language

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Malcolm Roberts Launches Bid To Get The Government To Ban Gender-Neutral Language

Malcolm Roberts has indicated plans to launch a motion in the Senate to get the government to internally ban gender neutral language.

The One Nation politician is clearly sick of seeing departments and agencies around the world introduce measures to ensure people are as inclusive as possible in their wordings.

A British hospital and Australian university announced new guidelines for staff, suggesting people should say things like chestfeeding instead of breastfeeding as well as gestational parent instead of mother.

Mr Roberts wants to ensure this doesn't end up as official government policy, and has indicated he will introduced a measure to the Senate seeking confirmation it won't.

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He's called on the federal government to 'reject the use of distorted language such as gestational/non-gestational parent, chest­feeding, human milk, lactating parent, menstruators, birthing/ non-birthing parent'.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Mr Roberts also wants to 'ensure all federal government and federal government funded agencies do not include these terms in their material, including legislation, websites, employee documentation and training materials'.

The MP argues our world is dominated by gendered terms and even alleged there are kids in Queensland who are scared and stressed they will use the wrong gender when talking to their peers.

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He added that our fundamental biology and relationships are represented in things like mother vs father, male vs female, brother vs sister.

"Broad scale genuine inclusion cannot be achieved through distortions of biological and relational descriptors," he wrote in his motion.

"An individual's right to choose their descriptors and pronouns for personal use must not dehumanise the human race and undermine gender."

Mr Roberts believes having language that is gender neutral isn't a 'replacement for appropriate emotional and psychological support for children while growing up'.

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The government hasn't indicated it is prepared to or even hinted it would ever adopted a similar policy to Australia National University or Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.

But it's clear Mr Roberts wants to stop it from even being considered.

Both institutions say the language guidelines aren't mandatory policy and are simply designed to expand a staffer's vocabulary when they're dealing with someone who might not fit into the gender binary of the world.

Featured Image Credit: Malcolm Roberts/Facebook

Topics: Australia

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