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O’Connor and White in Damage Control over Backlash on Transgender Reforms

While Labor Opposition leader, Rebecca White, moves to distance the party from a deal with the Greens to fast track changes to the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act, the Greens’ Cassy O’Connor has resorted to accusations of transphobia against those calling for public consultation on the issue.

It’s now very clear the Tasmanian people are unhappy about the proposal to remove sex markers from birth certificates.  Attorney-General, Elise Archer’s, call for an independent inquiry into the changes to be put forward by Labor and the Greens is both sensible and necessary.

Ms O’Connor’s latest remarks come as no surprise, but no lives will be “put at risk” by a wide ranging consultation that aims to secure the best result for all Tasmanians.

Women Speak Tasmania understands the proposed amendments are now evolving very quickly in response to public criticism.

Labor can see the writing on the wall.  It’s time for Ms O’Connor and the Greens to stop peddling the 2016 Options Paper released by former Anti-discrimination Commissioner, Robin Banks, as evidence of broad community engagement.  Once again, we challenge them to make public the submissions to this so-called inquiry, and Ms Banks’ final report.

We are concerned the rights of women and girls to safe female-only spaces will be collateral damage in the rush to allow male transgender persons to become legally female simply by signing a declaration that they identify as female.

This is a legitimate consideration, and must be fully addressed.

It seems Ms O’Connor’s claim that a call for consultation is “whipping up fear, loathing and misunderstanding at the expense of a minority in our community” is nothing more than overwrought scare-mongering, something she readily denounces in those who oppose her views.

Ms O’Connor also seeks to align transgender law reform with gay rights, but Tasmanians can see through this obvious political posturing.

They are not the same issue, and a broad ranging inquiry would make that clear, denying the Greens any political capital they might hope to gain from confusing and polarising the debate.

If Ms O’Connor has any respect for the Tasmanian community and their right to be fully informed of the implications of Labor and the Greens’ proposals, she will support the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute conducting a full and proper community consultation.

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  1. Isla MacGregor

    November 3, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    Promoting diversity is a good thing in a democracy and open debate, except apparently when it comes to diversity of point of views:

    ‘Ms Banks yesterday rejected the allegations, which relate to her conduct during a 2½-hour meeting between the two women, as well as one of Ms Banks’s staff members, on June 29. The meeting was held to discuss WoLF’s concerns about Ms Banks’s proposal — being considered by the Tasmanian government — to allow men who identify as women, but who have not had a sex change, to be legally registered as female….. and WoLF believe the legislative change, similar to a proposal in Victoria, would undermine protections for women and girls and could see men gaining ­access to domestic violence and rape shelters.’

    The WOLF member ‘alleges “aggressive” and “insulting” conduct by Ms Banks, and in some cases by her staff member, Leica Wagner, and that this amounted to bullying and discrimination against her on the basis of her sex’

    Read more: https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/antidiscrimination-commissioner-bullied-me-feminist/news-story/a54f7c4dda6bebe92b4c8d0574fe60e1

    Is this what Cassy O’Connor and Transforming Tasmania call community consultation?

  2. Claire

    November 3, 2018 at 4:56 pm


    There is a world wide movement against the policies proposed by the transgender movement. In the UK it begun with a few feminists speaking against it, but there are several groups (Fair Play for Women, Women’s Place UK, Let’s Talk, etc.)

    Many academics are speaking up individually against de-platforming and self ID (Durnham University, Brown University) as also are individuals from within the LQBTQI who don’t agree with the politics of the trans movement at the moment, eg Skyler Baker Jordan, Miranda Yardley, Debbie Hayton.

    If the trans lobby groups are going to bully people into accepting their narrative without finding a middle ground of agreement, they will face opposition from groups like WST.

  3. Isla MacGregor

    November 3, 2018 at 10:18 am

    For more information on the global campaign and support for Women Speak Tasmania, please visit see our Facebook page:


  4. Gina

    November 3, 2018 at 8:58 am

    Is ‘Women Speak Tasmania’ registered anywhere? Has it consulted with any other, real groups? Does it have a constitution, or any rules? Are there any details or contacts available online? How does one join?

    In short, is WST a representative group … or is it just two people trying to make themselves sound representative?

  5. John Wiseman

    November 2, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    I used to vote Green where all supporters had a common cause .. he environment.

    This last push without public scrutiny just shows they have lost direction. Sure they grabbed on to gay marriage reform but so did Labor, and some Liberals, and it was a success.

    This transgender-motivated drive to change birth certificates has not been past any public challenge, and it should be dropped by the replacement leader of the Greens and the new leader of Labor. Rebecca and Cassie, you are lacking judgement on this item.

  6. Christopher Eastman-Nagle

    November 2, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    I think the move by The Green’s Cassy O’Connor to declare the heresy of Transphobism against anyone who opposes (or has doubts about) proposed redefining of sex through birth registers is emblematic of what has happened to quasi clerical libertarian humanism over the last 50-60 years.

    It might be more appropriate to refer to her and her like as Orthodox ‘Libertarchs’ whose ideological hegemonism assumes that they have a special insight into what is ‘the correct line’. More, this deeper ideological understanding infallibly tells them that anyone who opposes them (the forces of darkness) can only be motivated by either irrational hatred or fear; hence ‘villification’ and ‘phobia’. These ‘forces’ are therefore not creatures of reason that can (or need to be) dealt with through debate so much as ones of ‘bigotry’ and ‘prejudice’, who are therefore only worthy of peremptory dismissal as non legitimate interlocutors.

    Heretics are not to be argued with so much as destroyed.

    ‘Libertarchs’ don’t really need ‘to consult’ with the ideologically unwashed, even though their dogmas constantly represent the perceived needs of ‘the people’, the poor, downtrodden, discriminated against and the marginalised. But when it comes to the crunch, The Libertarchs ‘know what’s best’ for them and therefore presume to speak for them in the way that bishops do with pawns, ie, over their heads and on behalf of their own institutional interests that perpetuate their clerical power and legitimacy.

    They are the clerical Establishment of our day. They form part of the regime duopoly of corporate ‘crown’ and humanist ‘church’. They share the same deregulatory agenda in favour of private interests and personal discretion at the expense of the commons. The are both an expression of Indulgence Capitalism where overproduction and consumption is fed by a totalitarian indulgence ideology that says any demand, no matter how whimsical or fantasy driven, is a sacred right because the consumer is always right.

    The alignment of Humanist Orthodoxy and environmentalism is a tragedy of the commons because ‘The Libertarchs’ are so divisive in their politics that large sections of the ideologically unwashed would rather read the Murdoch Press and drink strychnine than admit anything they said was right .. which is a shame, because the death of the environment will eventually be the death of us all.

    For the environment to become a front and centre driving force in the way we manage our economy, it needs to become a front and centre political force. That just isn’t going to happen inside a party that has been hijacked by a gender lobby that is as much a microscopically ‘unrepresentative swill’ as anything the venerable Paul Keating ever called out.

  7. Geoff Holloway

    November 2, 2018 at 10:04 am

    Russell, the Greens went down to two, not three, in State Parliament .. and Rosalie Woodruff only just managed to get elected following the final distribution of preferences.

    And yes Isla, it is sex not gender that is recorded on birth certificates! Why the Greens are trying to distort this fact is beyond me!

    • Russell

      November 2, 2018 at 3:05 pm

      Yes, you are correct, Geoff. The Tasmanian Greens are closer to oblivion than I thought.

      Chasing after fabricated fox and gender myths and the like will be their downfall. Climate Change is here and now. This is what they should be concentrating on more than ever.

      Last night Tasmania had tropical thunderstorms .. tonight it will be snow.

  8. Lola Moth

    November 2, 2018 at 9:49 am

    To suggest that public consultation is whipping up fear, loathing and misunderstanding is ludicrous.

    If you have a proposal to change the birth certificates of every person born in Australia then you need to clearly state why you want to do it and outline how it will benefit society as a whole. The little information that is coming from the proponents of this idea has failed to sway many people to their cause. The lack of answers to valid questions on the subject, and the response of “transphobic feminazis” to any question at all about the proposal, has caused many people to decide the whole subject is an unsavoury exercise in control.

    If you feel you have the wrong sexual identity, or none at all, then I sympathise with you, but you cannot steal mine from me as some warped method of making you feel better about yourself.

  9. bystander in prevention of violence

    November 2, 2018 at 9:25 am

    I notice that New York state treads the sensible middle path .. as reported in the Age newspaper.

    Birth certificates in New York have three options:

    male female intersex

    I feel that it can be quite helpful to have a wider community /consultation discussion in Tasmania, as WOMENSPEAK TASMANIA has suggested. I agree that there are implications for girl and women friendly/safe spaces and services.

  10. Isla MacGregor

    November 2, 2018 at 7:14 am

    Transforming Tasmania may have missed an important fact and become confused over their definitions.

    It is ‘sex’ that is recorded on birth certificates, not ‘gender’.

    To continue to refer to ‘gender’ on birth certificates is effectively peddling misinformation.

  11. Russell

    November 2, 2018 at 6:31 am

    Ms O’Connor, stop pushing secret, stupid and unnatural agenda, and get back to looking after the environment or else you will face your own Wentworth and Australian Democrats moment.

    Under your ‘leadership’ the Greens have gone from five down to three, in Parliament. Don’t risk oblivion.

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