New South Wales should follow the lead of 24 US states which have banned, or are legislating to ban, the treatment of gender confused children with puberty blockers, hormones and surgery.

Family First-backed independent Upper House candidate Lyle Shelton said if elected, he would introduce a bill to protect children from such experimental treatments.

“If state politicians overseas are acting in large numbers to protect children, why aren’t we?

“Whether it’s the US or the closing of London’s child gender clinic, politicians are legislating to protect children from the irreversible side-effects of experimental gender treatments.

“They are acting everywhere except in NSW where outgoing Health Minister Brad Hazzard refuses to address concerns children might be being harmed on his watch,” Mr Shelton said.

Utah became the latest US state yesterday to stop gender clinics treating minors.

Reflecting publicly available but ignored information, Utah Governor Spencer Cox said in a statement:

“More and more experts, states and countries around the world are pausing these permanent and life-altering treatments for new patients until more and better research can help determine the long-term consequences.”

Mr Shelton said NSW politicians’ support for gender fluid ideology from schools to child gender clinics was out of step with the growing body of international evidence.

The only politician to speak up has been Labor MLC Greg Donnelly who has been dogged in his pursuit of Hazzard during parliamentary hearings in September and November.

Donnelly raised concerns about the Maple Leaf child gender clinic at Newcastle’s John Hunter hospital.

Sadly, while courageous, Donnelly is an outlier in a Labor party that, like the Liberals, supports gender fluid ideology.

Hazzard, the Perrottet Government’s Health Minister, is leaving politics at the March 25 election. He told Parliament he is determined to protect the child gender clinics to the bitter end.

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