The Loop: World swimming’s transgender ban, child protection ‘broken’ in Australia, and Logies winners

Hi there, it’s Monday, June 20. Here’s what you need to get going today.

It’s the strictest policy by an Olympic sporting body. Here’s what’s happened:

  • Swimming’s world governing body, FINAhas voted to restrict the participation of transgender athletes in elite women’s competitions
  • Its new eligibility policy says male-to-female transgender athletes can compete if “they can establish to FINA’s comfortable satisfaction that they have not experienced any part of male puberty beyond Tanner Stage 2 [of puberty] or before age 12whichever is later”
FINA has voted to restrict the participation of transgender women in elite swimming competition(AP: Mark Schiefelbein)
  • FINA plans to launch an “open category” as part of the new policy, and transgender men are fully eligible to compete in men’s swimming competitions
  • FINA’s president, Husain Al-Musallam, said:

Here’s the lowdown:

  • The National Children’s Commissioner says Australia’s child protection system is “broken” and needs “urgent attention”
  • It comes as a national ABC investigation has revealed allegations of abuse and neglect of children in care in every state and territory
  • Children’s Commissioner Ann Hollands says these allegations are shockingly “common” and there needs to be greater scrutiny:
  • Federal Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus and Minister for Social Services Amanda Rishworth have said they will meet with the Commissioner to discuss what can be done

News while you snoozed

Let’s get you up to speed.

  • French President Emmanuel Macron’s party will lose its majority. The projected vote sees his candidates winning between 200 and 250 seats — far less than the 289 required for a straight majority in the nation’s National Assembly
  • Will recession happen in the US? While their Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says it’ll take “skill and luck” to avoid but it’s not “inevitable”, last week former treasury secretary Larry Summers said it’s “likely” by the end of the year:


The news Australia is searching for

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Missed it all last night? Here’s a great quick recap:

sports commentary legend Bruce McAvaney made it into the Hall of Fame with an emotional speech about his incredible career:


And Australian of the Year Dylan Alcott more ABC presenter Tony Armstrong (who also won the Graham Kennedy award) were one mighty duo for performance, Alcott said:

“To be honest, having an Indigenous man et un guy in a wheelchair up here TV commercial… we’ve got a long way to go to get representation, but it’s massive.”


Lisa Wilkinson dedicated her win for best news coverage to Brittany Higgins.

She said that, after 40 years in journalism, the interview was “by far” the most important work she had ever done.

But the big winner?

Hamish Blake — who won the Gold Logie AND the new Bert Newton Award for most popular presenter.

Blake joked that thanks to COVID canceling previous awards, he’s won a Gold Logie bonus:

Hamish Blake at the 2022 Logie Awards.
Blake takes home the Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality on Australian TV.(Supplied: Network Ten)

That’s it for now

We’ll be back later on with more.


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