Sydney MP Alex Greenwich has told ABC Radio he would consider withdrawing his support for the NSW minority Liberal government. The independent MP said the government could lose his support for supply and confidence motions because of Premier Dominic Perrottet’s stance on transgender people in sport.
The premier this week declared his belief that ‘girls should play competitive sport against girls’. His comments followed the controversy over Katherine Deves, co-founder of Save Women’s Sports and Scott Morrison’s ‘captain’s pick’ as Liberal candidate for the federal seat of Warringah.
Alex Greenwich said the premier should leave trans kids alone.
“The trans community, and young trans people, in particular, are being used as a political punching bag.
“I’m asking the Premier to leave young trans kids alone, let them flourish, let them be themselves.
“They don’t need the judgement of the Premier saying they shouldn’t play sport.”
Alex Greenwich said he would arrange for the premier to meet trans advocates and discuss the issue.
“I’m hoping we can sit down and he can actually understand the issue.
“I’m happy to bring sporting codes so he can hear from them directly.
“And if you talk to trans people, they just want politicians to stay out of their lives, to let them flourish, to let them be part of community without this judgement.”
The loss of support from Alex Greenwich would impact the government’s ability to pass legislation. The NSW Liberals hold only 45 seats in the lower house, two short of a majority.
Perrottet stood by his original comments today but confirmed he would meet with Alex Greenwich.
“When issues arise that people would like to raise with me, my door is always open to have those discussions.
“It’s probably likely on this issue that Alex and I will disagree, but we’ve also disagreed on issues in the past.
“If you’re a politician without an opinion, you’re probably in the wrong profession.”
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