Matthew Clinch (who wants people to call him “Bridget”, but, channeling Eddie Murphy, if his mumma called him Matthew then that’s what we’re calling him), a former ADF soldier and currently some sort of political activist, for the Greens, took feminist radio presenter Bethanie Rep to the Civil & Administrative Tribunal (ACAT) in Canberra last year for writing mean things about him. We don’t know what she said, but it possibly included the following offensive terms:
- big fella
- absolute unit
Rep was fined $700 by the kangaroo court and required to post an apology to Clinch on her Facebook page. This apology attracted comments, some of which were critical of Matthew and Rep made the terrible mistake of “liking” some of them, and for this was once again dragged up before the Tribunal. This time she was fined $10,000, and given a muzzle order.
This, Bryan Meagher SC, is the creature who gave the ruling:
According to the Tribunal report (pdf) on the affair, one of the posts she liked was:
I just went Bridget’s page [sic]. Penis people once again bullying
Biology is reality.
Bridget Clinch is a male bully, and the Greens letting him swing his dick
I am showing this to every female supporter I know – my bother may
suck, but he still used to be a politician – of all three parties. Certainly
none of the older women in any of my craft classes, or support groups
for fibro or endo believe that Bridget is a woman.
All women should see the Green’s misogyny and contempt for women. I
was about to update my membership but instead I’m leaving.
I’m not entirely [sic] what has happened but it seems to me as though
through some sort of legal process Beth has been made to deny reality.
Your sisters stand with you and support you Beth.
Apparently there were more of these sorts of posts, but the Tribunal is coy about them as they are so offensive, but we’re going to again postulate and surmise that they may have included these terms:
- mentally ill