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Don't scapegoat players: Greens

Richard Di Natale 11 Feb 2013

Australian Greens spokesperson for sport, Senator Richard Di Natale, today rejected calls to immediately name individual players involved in doping until the full extent of the involvement of sports clubs and administrators was known.

“We need to stop the witch hunt for individual players embroiled in the doping issue,” said Senator Di Natale, a doctor and former VFA footballer.

“Scapegoating a few individual players might make some people feel better will do little to change what appears to be an institutional problem.

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AFLPA should hold the line on drugs stance

Richard Di Natale 30 Jan 2013

Australian Greens spokesperson for health and sport, Senator Richard Di Natale, said today that the AFL Players Association should not water down its three strikes drugs policy.
 
“The AFL Players Association should hold the line on the three strikes policy,” said Senator Di Natale, a former GP who worked in drug and alcohol addiction, and a former VFA player.
 
“The AFL’s drug policy should be primarily about player welfare. I understand that clubs want to get involved early to try and help their players but notifying clubs could actually do more harm than good.

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Celebrating Peter Norman’s story: Greens

Richard Di Natale 21 Aug 2012

Australian Greens spokesperson for sport and multiculturalism, Senator Richard Di Natale, today called for Peter Norman to be celebrated as part of the Australian story.

“Peter Norman’s story should be celebrated as part of the Australian story.

“Peter Norman was faced with a choice at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics and in that moment he decided to take a stand against racism. His brave actions live alongside the likes of Nicky Winmar lifting his jumper and pointing to his skin.

“Unfortunately his story has been ignored in Australia for too long.

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Greens urge Government to protect NRL fans

Richard Di Natale 21 Aug 2012

Australian Greens spokesperson for Sport, Senator Richard Di Natale, called on the Government today to protect access for fans to quality rugby league matches on Free To Air television, in the wake of the new NRL broadcasting rights deal.

“The Greens want to ensure that the NRL remains easily accessible to its fans, just like the AFL is,” said Senator Richard Di Natale.

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Go for gold in community sport: Greens

Richard Di Natale 16 Aug 2012

Australian Greens spokesperson for sport and health today announced a new Greens initiative to boost access to community sport and combat childhood obesity.

“Rather than just pumping more money into elite sport the Greens want to make it easier for all kids to participate in sport,” said Senator Di Natale.

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Sporting codes right on cannabis: Greens

Greens’ spokesperson for sport and health, Senator Richard Di Natale, welcomes the push from Australian leading sports codes to remove cannabis from the international list of performance-enhancing drugs.

“Cannabis could not possibly be considered a performance-enhancing drug and therefore it has no place on the match-day banned list,” said Dr Di Natale.

“It is really positive to see the AFL and other leading Australian sports codes taking such a sensible approach to doping.

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Greens congratulate Tamil youth on action at One Day International

Lee Rhiannon 17 Feb 2012

Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon has congratulated Tamil youth activists for their action "Whose side are you on?" at the One Day International match between Sri Lanka and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground today.

This action by more than 130 Tamil youth is an important part of the growing global campaign for an independent investigation into alleged war crimes committed in Sri Lanka during the civil war.

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Greens pay tribute to NRL legend Artie Beetson AO

Lee Rhiannon 9 Feb 2012

Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon paid tribute in parliament to the extraordinary life of Rugby League legend Artie Beetson AO, from his time as a skinny 16 year old called ‘Bones’ to Eastern Suburbs captain, the first Indigenous player to captain Australia in any sport and generous mentor for the Indigenous community.

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