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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. My [...]

By |October 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Dangerous and misleading sport guidelines must be withdrawn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 whether [...]

By |October 28th, 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 clearly [...]

By |October 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 20-30 [...]

By |October 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 rigour [...]

By |October 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 authority [...]

By |October 1st, 2020|

Update on discrimination complaint

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Claire Chandler has called on the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner to immediately dismiss the complaint and allow free discussion on safety and fairness in women’s sports, following the last-minute cancellation of tomorrow’s conciliation hearing. The Commissioner today cancelled the conciliation hearing set for tomorrow after Senator Chandler refused to sign a confidentiality agreement which would have prevented her speaking about the complaint process. “I’ve made clear from the [...]

By |September 30th, 2020|

Upgraded Avoca playground officially opened

Children and families in the Avoca community and surrounds will get much enjoyment and play-time out of the newly upgraded Avoca playground, which was officially opened today. Liberal Senator for Tasmania, Claire Chandler, said the Morrison Coalition Government committed $50,000 to the $106,680 project through the Community Development Grants Program. “The new playground features a tractor and trailer play unit, acknowledging the town’s agricultural ties, swing sets with modern safety [...]

By |September 29th, 2020|

Update on discrimination complaint

I have written to Tasmania’s Anti-Discrimination Commissioner to reiterate that I will not be withdrawing, retracting, modifying or apologising for my comments on women’s sport and women’s facilities. Earlier this month I received a direction from the Commissioner to attend a ‘conciliation’ conference because she had accepted a complaint about my advocacy for fairness and safety in women’s sport and for women alone to be able to access female-only spaces [...]

By |September 23rd, 2020|

Building new irrigation schemes in Tasmania

The Australian and Tasmanian Governments are delivering jobs and investment for Tasmania’s agricultural sector with the preferred design option for the Fingal Irrigation Scheme launched today. Liberal Senator for Tasmania Claire Chandler said the $49.37 million scheme would deliver 12,600 megalitres of high-surety irrigation water to farmers along the South Esk River between Fingal and Powranna. “This is fantastic news for farmers and their workers in the region who will [...]

By |September 18th, 2020|
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