Labor and Greens MPs in the Queensland Parliament voted on Thursday to defeat a motion from Robbie Katter’s Australian Party against transgender women participating in female sport.
The motion was defeated 49 votes to 33, with Liberal MPs and the sole One Nation Party MP voting in favour of the motion.
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Erodes Integrity of Female Sport, Claims Katter
Katter’s motion asked the house to support women’s rights by agreeing that “allowing biological men to play in female sport will erode the integrity of female sport”.
The motion further said that “biological males participating in female sport pose an unfair competitive advantage against, and/or safety risk against female athletes” and anyone supporting it was “complicit in eroding the integrity of female sport and therefore women’s rights”
In his address to the Parliament, Katter claimed that it was “important for parents – I’m a parent of some young girls who will be hopefully participating in some sport one day – to imagine them 15 or 17 years old, post-puberty, competing against the odd person who might want to transfer to being female, that doesn’t sit well with me. “
Extreme Right-Wing Trope
Stirling Hinchliffe, Queensland’s Sports Minister, said that the Labor government would not support the motion. Hinchlciffe said that the debate was not about sport or women’s rights but “an attempt to cause fear and division and is unnecessarily dragging an extreme right-wing trope into this parliament”.
The minister said that the Parliament making such blanket decisions was “not only draconian and bigoted, but unwarranted”.
Greens MP Michael Berkman termed the motion “repugnant” said that it was unnecessary to carry “this kind of disgusting conservative dog-whistling politics in here.”
Reject Right-Wing Label, Says Katter
Liberal MPs did not speak during the debate but voted in favour of the motion. Katter in a Facebook post thanked LNP and One Nation for voting for the motion, but seemed to not like being called “far right wing”.
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