Monthly Archives: October 2020


OPINION PIECE: Tasmanians still in legal limbo over what we can say

Yesterday Rodney Croome took to the pages of the Mercury to put his view that Tasmania’s Anti-Discrimination laws are “fantastic”. Today, I respond with my arguments that they are an unacceptable imposition on free speech. What a great example of the exchange of alternative viewpoints in a democracy! Unfortunately, a much less perfect example of free democratic debate occurred last time I had an article published in these pages. [...]

By |2020-10-30T00:56:32+00:00October 30th, 2020|

Dangerous and misleading sport guidelines must be withdrawn

Senator Claire Chandler has called for Sport Australia to immediately withdraw its discredited inclusion in sport guidelines after revelations at Senate Estimates that they contain no scientific research on safety and fairness in women’s sport and are legally misleading. Under questioning from Senator Chandler in Estimates, the Sex Discrimination Commissioner and Sport Australia’s Chief Medical Officer admitted that development of the guidelines never sought to gather scientific evidence on [...]

By |2020-10-28T01:13:44+00:00October 28th, 2020|

Feedback invited on New Bridgewater Bridge

The New Bridgewater Bridge Project has reached a major milestone this month, on time, with four of the country’s top construction companies submitting proposals to be considered to build the $576 million project. As part of the Hobart City Deal, the Australian and Tasmanian Governments are committed to building this once-in-a-generation infrastructure project that will improve safety, reduce congestion and deliver a more reliable and efficient journey for the [...]

By |2020-11-04T02:31:40+00:00October 19th, 2020|

Safety all the way for the Midland Highway

Works to improve the road safety of Tasmania’s key north-south freight route are moving ahead with the completion of a major project near St Peters Pass and works starting on two new sections. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack, said the Australian and Tasmanian Governments have committed $500 million in funding to the Midland Highway 10-Year Action Plan, which outlines priority projects [...]

By |2020-10-21T00:43:25+00:00October 16th, 2020|

World Rugby protects female players – Rugby Australia must do the same

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Claire Chandler has congratulated World Rugby for adopting guidelines which ensure only females play women’s rugby at the elite and international level. Senator Chandler is calling on Rugby Australia and Sport Australia to immediately adopt World Rugby’s guideline so community sport is also safe and fair for women. “World Rugby is the first major international sporting body to look in detail at the science which [...]

By |2020-10-10T00:56:16+00:00October 10th, 2020|

Women’s sport sacrificed by sporting administrators

Yesterday Australian sporting administrators placed the rights of males to play in women’s sport above the rights of females to their own sporting competitions. Women’s sport exists to allow females to play with and against other females. The science of physical disparity between females and males is clear and unequivocal. Experts consulted by World Rugby have recently demonstrated that a biological male tackling a female causes a minimum of [...]

By |2020-10-01T23:43:21+00:00October 1st, 2020|

OPINION PIECE: Females want a sporting chance

For several months, Rugby Australia has been in possession of a transgender participation guideline developed by World Rugby in consultation with developmental biologists, medical experts and sport scientists. The World Rugby Guideline runs to 38 pages. It has a reference list of 45 scientific reports. It finds that it is neither safe nor fair for transgender players who are biologically male to play in women’s rugby, demonstrating with significant [...]

By |2020-10-01T22:53:12+00:00October 1st, 2020|

Complaint dropped but questions for Commissioner remain

I have learnt this afternoon via the media that the anti-discrimination complaint against me has been dropped by the complainant. I am both relieved at this outcome and furious at the abuse of process which has occurred. If I had not refused to sign a confidentiality agreement, I would be currently sitting in a conciliation conference on the basis of a spurious complaint which the Commissioner had no legal [...]

By |2020-10-01T04:31:42+00:00October 1st, 2020|

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