Open letter to Larissa Waters, Greens Senator for Queensland, 22 February 2022

Here is a copy of an email I sent to Larissa Waters, outgoing Greens Senator for Queensland, as her constituent. I am publishing it for the record.

Dear Senator Waters,

I hope you are well.

As your constituent, I am writing to you regarding the Sex Discrimination and Other Legislation Amendment (Save Women’s Sport) Bill 2022, introduced by Senator Claire Chandler (Liberal, Tasmania), last week.

This Bill is functionally unnecessary and lacking in empirical support. It is also a Trojan horse for a wider rollback of the rights of transgender Australians – rights which already had relatively fragile legislative protection in Australia, and which are now coming under a sustained attack in the national media which looks unlikely to relent any time soon. In addition, this Bill breaks new and unprecedented ground by overtly targeting children under 12 years of age for discrimination and social exclusion.

Moreover, this Bill conflicts directly with policies currently endorsed by the federal Australian Greens, including at least Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women and Girls, Aims 14 and 31(a), and Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Intersex, Principle 7 and Aims 8(h), 20, 22, 26, 28, and especially 31.

Consequently, I hope that you will choose to actively oppose this Bill with the resources available to you, and that should it come before the Senate again, the Australian Greens – and if it comes prior to the election, you yourself – will vote against it.

Sincerely yours,
Isabelle Moreton
(address withheld)

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