Transs-xual and inters-x Australians will now only have to provide a medical certificate from their regular physician in order to change the s-x on their passport, writes Kate Doak, a writer and postgraduate student
Should the government decide that it wants to pursue action around the 'Cablegate' material, other Australians involved with WikiLeaks may well be liable for prosecution. The most prominent of these is the broadcaster Phillip Adams who is, or was until recently, a member of the advisory board of WikiLeaks.
A leading refugee advocate says Julie Bishop is correct about Australian authorities's use of fake passports: refugees without passports or official documents are regularly issued with substitute passports.
If Australian spies aren't faking passports, they're not doing their job properly, says Graham Young. Julie Bishop's only "gaffe" was to back-down after stating the bleeding obvious.
The government's decision to publicly criticise Israel for the "abuse and counterfeiting" of Australian passports is not about Israel. It's about the way civilised governments treat each other.