Aussie PM Scott Morrison calls bill banning trans women from sports ‘terrific’

Aussie PM Scott Morrison calls bill banning trans women from sports ‘terrific’
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After botching the pandemic response in a truly monumental way, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison doesn’t want to stop there with his incompetence, praising a blatantly transphobic bill banning trans women from sports as ‘terrific’.

The bill, which was introduced to the senate by Tasmanian Senator Claire Chandler last November , is dubbed the ‘Save Women’s Sports Bill’ but strangely (not) does nothing to actually promote or fund women’s sports but simply exists to marginalise trans and non-binary people.

The bill is an amendment to the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 that ‘seeks to give sports clubs and volunteers legal power to deny transgendered people from competing in single-sex sports purely because the sex associated with that sport isn’t the one they were assigned at birth’.

When quizzed on his thoughts on the bill, Morrison said :“I support it, as Claire knows, I think it’s a terrific bill and I’ve given her great encouragement. Claire is a champion for women’s sport and I think she’s been right to raise these issues in the way that she has. Well done, Claire.”

Here we are again, the same as in the USA right now where politics has become all about trans women playing sports. Dog whistles are ringing loud and clear in an area of life that these politicians have absolutely no idea about and no involvement with other than appearing to be standing up for women, which they are not doing either. 

Equality Tasmania said in a statement: ‘Tasmanian sporting organisations have been actively seeking guidance on how to be more inclusive, not less, with strong support from the Tasmanian government.
In supporting this cruel, divisive and unnecessary bill, the prime minister once again underestimates the community’s support for trans and gender diverse children.”

Twitter was as always quick to condemn the bill and to highlight the wild hypocrisies at play. See below a Tweet from actual women in sport campaigner Danielle Warby:

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