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AFL gender policies unfair and unsafe for female players

In the lead up to the 2021 AFLW season, the AFL should junk its ridiculous gender diversity policy and make a clear statement that women’s football is for female players. Hannah Mouncey is right to point out the ludicrousness of the AFL allowing her to play in AFL Canberra’s second division women’s competition but not the first division. This situation has occurred because the AFL knows it is not [...]

By |2021-01-18T00:56:21+00:00January 18th, 2021|

SENATE SPEECH: Keira Bell case

Last week in the United Kingdom, a momentous judgement with international implications was handed down by the High Court. The court found in favour of the arguments put forward by the mother of a child with gender dysphoria and Keira Bell, a brave 23-year-old woman who had at 16 been prescribed puberty blockers after three short appointments with the Tavistock youth gender clinic. The judges in this case observed [...]

By |2020-12-09T21:47:00+00:00December 9th, 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Dangerous and misleading sport guidelines must be withdrawn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|

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|

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 [...]

By |2020-09-30T06:03:14+00:00September 30th, 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 [...]

By |2020-09-23T00:09:37+00:00September 23rd, 2020|

Labor attempts to silence discussion on women’s sport

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Claire Chandler has called for Anthony Albanese to reject slurs by Labor Senators against women who acknowledge biological sex as a reality and have concerns about safety and fairness in women’s sport. “In the Senate last week, I spoke about the findings of World Rugby that biological males playing women’s rugby present a 20-30 per cent increase in the risk of injury to female competitors. [...]

By |2020-08-31T05:20:25+00:00August 31st, 2020|

Opinion piece: Official: “Sport Australia has not defined the term ‘woman’”

Should women and girls have to share change rooms and toilets with people with male genitals? Is it okay for biological males to win women’s sporting events? Should a male sex offender be housed in a women’s prison because they identify as a woman? If you answered no to those questions, I’m sure that you’re in agreement with the vast majority of Australians. On the other hand, there is [...]

By |2020-08-10T01:40:40+00:00July 24th, 2020|

Women’s safety concerns must be addressed by Sporting bodies

Research by World Rugby suggesting that female players are at a greatly increased injury risk if they are forced to compete against biological males should be of concern to all Australian sporting bodies. According to media reports today*, a World Rugby working group has found that: There is likely to be “at least a 20-30% greater risk” of injury when a female player is tackled by someone who has [...]

By |2020-07-20T23:01:31+00:00July 20th, 2020|

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