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Members of the public sector advised to stop saying ‘Husband’ and ‘Wife’

There are calls to stop the use of ‘Husband’ and ‘Wife’ to describe relationships in the the public sector.

Instead, Victorian government workers are now asked to use a gender neutral pro-noun, such as ‘Partner’.

Tony spoke with State Minister for Equality Martin Foley who says this is one of the major the causes of gender discrimination.

‘We want to make sure that there’s a place for everyone in Victoria.’ 

‘Marriage rates are on the decline and have been for some time. We want to make sure when people use words, that they use words in Government activities that don’t make assumptions about people,’ Minister Foley said on 3AW Mornings. 

Tony disagrees and tells the Minister, ‘When you start trotting out crap like this, that creates the divide!’ 

He says, ‘We should be one community, we shouldn’t have to be divided by saying ‘you can’t do this’ and ‘you can’t do that’, because it may offend a certain sector of the community…’

‘I know a lot of homosexuals, I work with a lot of homosexuals and we don’t think from one day to the next that anyone is different to anyone else.’

‘We need to do everything we can to support them,’ says Tony. 

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