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Women Speak Tasmania Members Submit Complaints Against Former Anti‑discrimination Commissioner Robin Banks

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

Robin Banks

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.

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  1. Christopher Eastman-Nagle

    December 13, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    Banks … a shameless practitioner of the black art of the political smear.

    She abuses her standing as an equal opportunity commissioner by making outrageous claims without offering a shred of evidence to support them.

    She unconscionably leverages the pusillanimous deference that her grossly exaggerated standing commands to deplatform and discredit the voices of others in ways that would be intolerable if democratic discourse had not already been colonised by oracular PR/marketspeak and the authoritarian consciousness of a whole class of the irreversibly ‘elect’ who have arbitrarily commandeered ‘progress’, turned independent critical judgement of tendentious baloney into ‘discrimination’, bigotry, ‘prejudice’.. and criticism into ‘hurtful’ and ‘offensive’ ‘vilification’.

    At least Isla MacGregor and Bronwyn Williams are amongst the few who still have the presence of mind and moral robustness to call the bluff of this regime apparatchik, who is obviously used to getting away with this sort of bullshit.

    If is not just her fault however if no one has the whatevers to stand up to her and her like.

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