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Kate Weatherly, a New Zealand transgender athlete in women’s downhill mountain biking, has spoken out against FINA’s (Fédération Internationale De Natation) new rules for trans inclusion in women’s events.

In a sense, Weatherly is right, there are bigger issues in women’s sport than the participation of a few transgender athletes.

In the New Zealand parliament last week there was a unanimous vote on a law change arising from a gender identity ideology which runs counter to, and cuts deeply into established knowledge that is foundational to all human societies across time – the knowledge that there are two sexes.

While we are told birth certificate laws are just about making it easy and less embarrassing for trans people to provide official identification that matches their internal feelings –  under gender identity ideology, it goes further than that – a change in identity now guarantees access to single sex spaces and services – regardless of the feelings of people born into that sex.

It’s incredible that the Government is happy to waste so much political capital on laws for which no cogent case has been made.

Neo-liberalism has been in the driving seat for almost forty years.