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Commentary On Nov. 21, 2021, James Button, writing in the Sydney Morning Herald, described and evaluated a most interesting debate on gender, sex, and power. It concerned an occurrence at the University of Melbourne where colleagues of an associate professor of philosophy vilified her for opposing the consequences of the implementation of Victoria’s amendments to its births, deaths, and marriages registration law. The Victorian Parliament passed legislation in late August 2019 allowing transgender people to change the sex on their birth certificate without first having to submit to sex reassignment surgery. Section 30A of the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1996, as amended, now allows a person to change their sex, provided they are 18 years or older and have not made an application “within the 12 months preceding the date of making the application.” Specifically, the legislation allows a person to change the sex on their birth certificate …