This week on 7.30 ACT. 7 October 2011

johnboy 6 October 2011

This in from the 7.30 ACT team at the ABC:

7.30 ACT for Friday October 7th.

And so begins our second decade:

1. Gender Agenda

The High Court has just ruled in favour of two female to male transexuals – arguing that they should not have to undergo painful genital surgery in order to prove that they are now males.

Two weeks ago, changes were also announced to the Australian passport system – meaning transgender and intersex Australians will be able to get a passport in their preferred gender without undergoing a sex-change operation.

But life still presents many challenges for those who are at odds with their gender, brought up as one sex but identifying as the other – or even somewhere in between.

Canberra’s transsexual and intersex community say there is a way to go before they can feel visible – and validated. Adam Shirley reports.

2. Treasures

Tomorrow, a Treasures Gallery will be opened as a permanent feature of the National Library.

From Cook to Mabo, from Waltzing Matilda to Patrick White, the Gallery will feature the most important items in the Library’s collection.

A sneak preview of the items and the amazing stories behind them. Kate Evans reports.

3. Lake Film

Another exciting instalment in the 1960s film about the building of Lake Burley Griffin.

4. Closer Floriade

The photographs of Sarah Nielsen (who we discovered last year on RiotACT) – a very close up view of the floriade flowers.

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