Members of Women Speak Tasmania, Bronwyn Williams and Isla MacGregor, have today submitted complaints against former Tasmanian Anti‑discrimination Commissioner, Robin Banks, to the federal Human Rights Commission and Equal Opportunity Tasmania.
The complaints concern an email Ms Banks sent on 30 November to the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom stating –
‘I am writing out of concern for WILPF, having just seen the invitation to your human rights week event at which you have Women Speak Tasmania as the speakers.
I anticipate that the reason you have invited this group is their apparent promotion of women’s rights. Sadly, this is not a group that support human rights for all.
They have, at present, a nasty and untruthful campaign targeting members of Tasmania’s gender diverse community. They do not support the human rights of people who are gender diverse. Indeed, they deny their very humanity and existence.
The giving to this group a platform for their hateful views by WILPF will be seen by many in the LGBTIQ community as an endorsement by WILPF of those views. This is the very real potential to damage the reputation of an extraordinary and compassionate long-standing human rights group.
If there is any way that I can help you to negotiate what I think is a very difficult situation, I am happy to do so
Miss Williams and Ms MacGregor’s complaints assert that Ms Banks has encouraged others to discriminate against them, and has insulted, humiliated, offended, ridiculed and intimidated them by her statements.