Federal Sports Minister Sussan Ley and Australian Sports Commission (ASC) chairman John Wylie demand, and rightly so, that sportswomen be provided with travel and accommodation equal to that provided to sportsmen:
In 2016, we can think of no defensible reason why male and female athletes should travel in different classes or stay in different standard accommodation when attending major international sporting events.
Equality goes only so far, however:
Ms Ley said she considered the issue of international travel as a starting point, and she would also hope to see progress in domestic sporting leagues, and for elite sporting mothers to get more support.
If you are competing at that level and your child needs to travel with you, of course arrangements I’m sure would be made. That is common sense.
It’s also common sense that fathers should get the same level of support as mothers.