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Barrister to lead independent investigation into Swimming Australia culture

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A leading barrister will lead an independent investigation into claims of an abusive culture within Australian swimming.

Chris Ronalds assisted in developing the country’s sexual discrimination laws and will now lead the independent investigation into swimmers claims that there is a culture of abuse within Swimming Australia. Ronalds will lead the investigation with an all-female panel and has requested for swimmers to come forward with any complaints they wish to make.

Prominent Barrister Appointed Chair to Panel of Female Experts

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Chris Ronalds AO SC will head the independent panel of female experts to investigate issues relating to women and girls' experience and the advancement of swimming for all athletes across the sport.

Ms Ronalds is a prominent Sydney barrister who is highly regarded in discrimination and harassment law, employment law and administrative law. She played a pivotal role in the development of the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 and the Disability Discrimination Act 1992.

The panel has been formed to assist Swimming Australia to promote a culture of continuous improvement and accountability.

"I am pleased to have been appointed in this role as Chair," Ms Ronalds said.


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