In Australia, women and girls already have the right to play single-sex sport, through the application of the competitive sport exemption in the Sex Discrimination Act 1984.
That exemption provides that it is not “unlawful to discriminate on the ground of sex, gender identity or intersex status by excluding persons from participation in any competitive sporting activity in which the strength, stamina or physique of competitors is relevant”.
The exemption means that sporting clubs and associations can lawfully run single-sex sporting competitions
Women’s sport is extremely important.
That is why Labor is supporting Netball Australia’s bid for Australia’s number one female participation sport to be part of the 2032 Olympics.
It is why Labor pursued the government to ensure it provided all the funding it originally promised for Football Australia’s bid to host the FIFA 2023 Women’s World Cup.
And it is why we will continue to pressure Scott Morrison to keep the promise he made before the last election and invest in community sports facilities for women and girls across Australia, instead of the repeated grant rorts and scandals that have plagued the Morrison-Joyce Government.