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Politician Asks Whether He Can Declare Himself A Woman So He Can Use The Ladies' Restroom

By Shannon Walsh

As part of the Senate Estimates process in Australia earlier this week, Greens Senator Janet Rice asked how departments have been implementing guidelines that recognize sex and gender. 

After speaking, Queensland Senator Barry O'Sullivan asked: if he identified as a woman, could he spend time in the ladies' changing rooms?

O'Sullivan acknowledged that his question could be polarizing. "I can’t join in here without getting myself into some sort of trouble,” he said. "I definitely don’t want to make light of any of the conversation. It’s quite a serious subject. What would that allow me to do, if I declared that my gender status was…um… female? Does that allow me the freedom of movement … I mean this is a serious question … Can I go into the ladies’ loo loo then?”