We’re not Liberal Party people here at Cooee2ABC. And we’re not anti-ABC. We rely on the ABC for quality journalism. We support the ABC’s continued existence as a national broadcaster, with adequate funding and resources.
All the more reason for us to be appalled and alarmed at the lies the ABC’s telling about Katherine Deves, co-founder of Save Women’s Sport Australasia and now the Liberal Party candidate for the seat of Warringah in Sydney. Yes, she’s standing for the Liberal Party but that doesn’t mean the ABC is entitled to tell lies about her. Especially when the lies they’ve been telling about her are all because of her very reasonable opposition to men in women’s sport and the awful practice of kid-transing. Here’s some we gathered over just a few days.
One of the biggest lies is the claim that Kath Deves said half of men who transition are sex offenders (Website article by Tracey Holmes 15/4/22; website article by Heath Parkes-Hupton 19/4/22; RN Breakfast 18 and 19/4/22 – Patricia Karvelas, serial offender; Mad as Hell 20/4/22 – shame on you Shaun Micallef).
In context, Deves was talking about prisoners: ‘Half of all males with trans identities are sex offenders, compared with less than 20% for the rest of the male estate’. The ‘male estate’ is the male prison population.
Here are the UK statistics that back that up:
Official figures released by the MOJ [Ministry of Justice] in 2018 show that half of all known transgender prisoners counted in April 2017 had at least one previous conviction for sex offences … Close to 1 in every 5 male prisoners have been convicted of a sexual offence. That’s about 14,000 male sex offenders; almost 20% of the male prison population). (Fair Play For Women)
And making these stats public isn’t a gratuitous attack on transgender people – it’s an important point that has to be made when putting forward the need for women-only prisons.
Another lie is the claim that Kath Deves likened transactivists to Nazis (Website article by Tracey Holmes, 15/4/22, RN Breakfast 19/4/22). Here is what Deves actually said, in a webcast with Graham Linehan on 21/4/21 – it’s clear what she’s talking about is taking a decision to oppose injustice when that might bring adverse personal consequences:
Linehan and Sall Grover hold a very insightful discussion about Kath’s words here (starting 13 minutes in):
Then there’s the claim that Kath has ‘vilified’ young trans people by saying that they’ve been surgically mutilated and sterilised (RN Breakfast 18/4/2022). This isn’t vilification – it is the plain unvarnished truth, as Stassja Frei points out:
And it’s no attack on trans kids, it’s a valid critique of current medical practices.
Then we’ve got Samantha Maiden on Insiders (17/4/22):
Katherine Deves is a very articulate, very photogenic, very passionate person arguing that essentially Australian netball teams are going to be overrun by a rampaging army of six foot hairy men in dresses, right? This is the idea, right?
Maiden was a guest on the show. The host, David Speers, did bugger all to challenge the concocted scenario, made up out of thin air, that Maiden attributed to Kath. Instead he confirmed it: ‘This is her thing, right? This is her issue.’
Maiden’s twitter feed has been awash with anti-Deves commentary.
Current affairs journalism at its worst.
Well, we could go on, but let’s just end with Julia Baird, presenter on The Drum, and her Sydney Morning Herald article on 16/4/22, in which she paints Kath as a homophobe.
Totally wrong! Kath has consistently advocated for lesbians and gays to maintain rights to the dignity of their own sex, sexuality, and spaces. Baird can’t point to anything Kath has said that could be described as being even remotely homophobic – aside from a perfectly reasonable personal remark she made about the increasing (mis)use of the rainbow flag to promote the most excessive demands of trans-extremists.
We call on ABC to withdraw from ACON’s biased Pride in Diversity scheme.
Cooee ABC journos! Hone your research skills, renew your commitment to accuracy and fairness, stop paying attention to ACON and other sex-change industry agents, and tell the truth!!