Katter wants trans athletes banned in Qld

Marty Silk |

Queensland crossbench MP Robbie Katter will move a bill to ban transgender athletes from women’s sport in the state if the next federal government doesn’t outlaw it.

The Katter’s Australian Party MP has made the pledge amid ongoing controversy surrounding Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s hand-picked candidate for the federal seat of Warringah in Sydney’s north.

The candidate, Katherine Deves, has apologised after making extensive transphobic comments.

Mr Morrison has expressed support for her call to exclude transgender athletes from women’s competitions.

Mr Katter says if the next federal government doesn’t move to ban transgender athletes from women’s competitions within 90 days of forming, he will move a bill to do so in Queensland.

“If the next federal parliament doesn’t outlaw this nonsense, and prevent sport in Australia going down the woke and corrosive path it has in the US, I will commit to testing public opinion on this issue in Queensland,” he said in a statement on Friday.

The KAP leader said he was concerned female athletes were currently at greater risk of injuries when playing contact sports.

He also said transgender women could have possible “competitive advantages” over other female athletes.

“What message is this sending to young female athletes,” Mr Katter said.

“The fact that having these views is being termed by some as radical and bigoted is a deep concern in itself.”

A KAP bill is unlikely to be passed with Queensland’s majority Labor government generally supportive of transgender rights.

Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman is currently drafting a bill to make it easier for Queenslanders to change their sex on birth, death and marriages certificates to reflect their chosen gender identity.