Linda Reynolds is finally in the newspapers.
A week ago the Liberal Senator declared on Twitter that females were good enough to be selected on merit to play in professional sporting competitions like the AFL and NRL:
Lyle, that was called the Womens Royal Australian Army Corp, which was disbanded in 1985 when women were fully integrated Army. So why don’t we take the lead from the ADF and desegregate women in sport, so men and women compete equally on talent, not by gender.?
— Linda Reynolds (@lindareynoldswa) February 13, 2018
And now her ‘idea’ is in the newspapers.
None other than Latika Bourke has ‘exclusively’ covered the comments – even though this webpage covered about them here over on 13 February. This is how Latika’s story started:
A rising star inside the Turnbull government has called for a national debate on introducing mixed gender competitions to professional sports, asking why women are segregated from competing against men in codes like the AFL, NRL and rugby union.
Linda Reynolds, who was Australia’s first female brigadier in the Army Reserves before joining Parliament, told Fairfax Media that sport should follow in the footsteps of the Australian Army, which has a target of lifting the proportion of women in its ranks to 25 per cent within five years.
By the way, does anyone remember this?
The Matildas are strongly fancied to give Australia’s its best ever shot at a medal in the sport of football at the Rio Olympics in August. Perhaps they should be grateful there will be no under-16s boys’ teams in their pool.
In a friendly match against the Newcastle Jets under-16 boys team on Wednesday, the Matildas were humbled 7-0. That’s right, the team ranked fifth in FIFA’s women’s rankings were roughed up by a bunch of lads barely old enough to shave.
Out of interest, although Linda Reynolds claims that women meet the same standards as men in the Australian Army, they do not. See the Basic Fitness Test requirements below:
Strangely enough, Linda Reynolds has been rather silent on that point. I think she is too busy rolling her eyes:
.@lindareynoldswa: Women are now fully integrated and serving with great distinction alongside their male colleagues. I’m just sorry that @corybernardi hasn’t had an opportunity to go and meet the women who serve for our country. https://t.co/siYEtc8n8J pic.twitter.com/PXqS1UvSvY
— Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) February 7, 2018
It should noted that this interview was broadcast by Sky News a full two weeks before Latika Bourke’s ‘exclusive’.
However, one thing is clear. If the NRL followed in the Army’s footsteps, females would playing – but only because the rules of the games were changed.
Front rowers would be off on the sidelines giving interviews about ‘White Ribbon Day’, while females would applauded for scoring tries at the 30m line (the actual try line would be adjusted for ‘gender meritocracy’). And the referee would be in constant communication with the Australian Human Rights Commission to determine if any tackles constituted sexual harassment…
…and the answer would be yes. All of them. Because #MeToo.