Prime Minister Scott Morrison has thrown his support behind campaigns by NSW Liberal candidate Katherine Deves and Tasmanian Senator Claire Chandler to prevent transgender women from playing women’s sports.
He also left open the possibility of legislating the ban if he wins government on May 21.
The group lobbies sports organisations to prevent trans women’s participation in women’s sports.
‘I Share Their Views’
In an interview with radio station 2GB, Morrison was asked about his support for Deves and the campaign to prevent trans women from competing in female sports.
He responded, “I welcome Katherine’s selection, pleased to play a role in that. I think she’s raised very important issues.”
He went on to express his support for Tasmanian Senator Claire Chandler’s anti-trans women in sport bill and called her position on the issue “brave.”
“I think Claire Chandler’s also been outspoken and brave on these issues,” he said, “I share their views. We will have more to say about that at another time.”
On day one of the campaign trail Scott Morrison backed a proposed bill that would ban trans people from playing women's sport. Asked whether he would introduce legislation in the next term of parliament, Morrison said “we'll deal with that another time”. #AusPol #AusVotes pic.twitter.com/p4HLqeIkQT
— The Saturday Paper (@SatPaper) April 11, 2022
‘Politicians Must Stop Using LGBTQI Lives To Score Cheap Political Points’
Anna Brown, CEO of Equality Australia, responded to Morrison, saying, “Politicians must learn that there is nothing to be gained by refusing to stand up for LGBTIQ+ people or using debate about our lives to score cheap political points.
Trans advocates have asked politicians to stop using trans persons as political football. “It’s time to recognise that there’s nothing brave about attacking trans people, but that courage instead lies in addressing the real problems we face,” said trans activist and Just.Equal spokesperson Sally Goldner.
Morrison Fails To Get Religious Discrimination Bill Passed
Earlier this year, Morrison backed Tasmanian Senator Claire Chandler’s private member’s bill to exclude trans women from single-sex sports.
“I support it, as Claire knows. I think it’s a terrific bill and I’ve given her great encouragement,” Morrison said at the time.
On February 10, Morrison’s homophobic and transphobic Religious Discrimination Bill was derailed when five moderate Liberal MPs in the House Bridget Archer, Katie Allen, Fiona Martin, Dave Sharma, and Trent Zimmerman, voted with Labor and the crossbench to protect LGBTQI students. Morrison was forced to abandon his Bill and seems to have now focussed on trans issues.