Department of Health Secretary Dr Brendan Murphy provides definition of a ‘woman’ three months after first asked by Liberal Senator

After previously being unable to provide the definition of what a “woman” is, Health Secretary Dr Brendan Murphy has now given an answer – which has been described as “absolute drivel”.

Health Secretary Dr Brendan Murphy has provided an answer to what a “woman” is – nearly three months after he was unable to clearly define the term.

The question was posed to Dr Murphy by Liberal Senator Alex Antic in April during Senate Estimates, after he was unable to get an answer from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.

“I think there are a variety of definitions and I think perhaps to give a more fulsome answer we should take that on notice,” Dr Murphy said at the time.

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Senator Antic interrupted to explain he was after a “simple” definition, to which Dr Murphy sad “there are a variety”.

“It’s a very contested space at the moment,” Dr Murphy replied.

Dr Murphy then went on to explain there are biological definitions as well as definitions as to how people identify themselves.

“We’re happy to provide our working definition,” he added.

Mr Antic ended the bizarre back-and-forth by describing it as “hilarious”.

“I’ve only been here two years, that’s the best thing I’ve seen thus far. Thank you so much, ”he said.

The former national chief medical officer however released a definition this week, months after failing to provide an answer during the hearings.

Mr Antic said he received a statement with the Department of Health’s definition, which he told the Herald Sun was “absolute drivel”.

“The frameworks adopted to define a person’s gender include chromosomal makeup, the gender assigned at birth, and the gender with which a person identifies,” the statement reads.

“The Department of Health does not adopt a single definition. Health policies and access to health programs are based on clinical evidence and clinical need for all Australians, regardless of gender identity, biological characteristics, or genetic variations.

“Our programs are designed to be inclusive and to provide better health and wellbeing for all Australians.”

Mr Antic doubled down in a social media post saying the 78-word response reads like a “position statement from a gender studies department of a woke university”.

“During the COVID period I formed the view our bureaucracies were out of touch. Nothing in this 78-word nonsense has done anything to dissuade me of that view, ”Mr Antic wrote on Facebook.

“Your tax dollars are paying for this.

“Nothing changes in public life until real people like you get involved in politics.”


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