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Cricket Australia settles with female staffer sacked for ‘abortion’ tweet

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Cricket Australia and axed staffer Angela Williamson have reached a "mutually satisfactory resolution." Photo: ABC
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A female Cricket Australia staffer sacked for criticising the Tasmanian government’s abortion policy on social media has reached a settlement with the sporting body and won’t pursue legal action.

Angela Williamson was set to take CA to the federal court after being dismissed in late June over several tweets lashing the Tasmanian government.

The lawsuit, due to begin next week, alleged she was unfairly dismissed for expressing a political opinion.

But a statement released by CA on Friday said the two parties had come to an agreement.

“Following ongoing discussions, Cricket Australia, Cricket Tasmania and Angela Williamson have been able to reach a mutually satisfactory resolution of the matter,” the statement read.

Ms Williamson travelled to Victoria earlier this year for an abortion after the closure of Tasmania’s only private provider in January.

She shared her story about having a termination on social media and later tweeted on May 28, according to documents lodged with the federal court.

“So you share your story, hoping it convinces the gov to act urgently and five months later – NOTHING. NO meeting with the Premier. NO results…”.

Ms Williamson on June 14 labelled a speech made to parliament by Tasmanian Health Minister Mr Ferguson about abortion as the “most irresponsible, gutless & reckless delivery in parly ever”.

In Ms Williamson’s dismissal letter, CA said the disparaging tone of the tweets was of significant concern.

Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman and Mr Ferguson repeatedly denied accusations they lobbied for Ms Williamson’s sacking.

Mr Ferguson has said he received a phone call apology from Cricket Tasmania CEO Nick Cummins, where Ms Williamson worked in a government relations role.

Ms Williamson’s sacking attracted international headlines, plus an online petition with more than 34,000 signatures calling for better abortion services in Tasmania.