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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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Kennett out of line on AFL drugs policy : Greens

Greens’ spokesperson for health and former VFA footballer, Senator Richard Di Natale, said that outgoing Hawthorn President Jeff Kennett’s criticism of the AFL’s illicit drugs policy is dangerous and that as Chairman of Beyond Blue he should know better.

“Jeff Kennett’s criticism of the AFL’s illicit drugs policy comes from a desire to help but his comments were dangerous,” said Senator Di Natale.

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Should Sri Lanka host 2018 Commonwealth Games?

Lee Rhiannon 20 Oct 2011

On the day of a significant international conference exploring issues of human rights and accountability in Sri Lanka, Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon says the selection committee deciding on the host for the 2018 Commonwealth Games should think carefully about choosing Sri Lanka’s Hambantota, which is competing against the Gold Coast.

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Greens call on AFL players and clubs for leadership on pokies reform

Richard Di Natale 26 Sep 2011

In the face of a likely campaign by the AFL against poker machine reform, Greens’ spokesperson for sport and gambling, Senator Richard Di Natale, has called on the AFL Players Association and individual clubs to show leadership.

“The likely campaign by the AFL and clubs against poker machine reform is a betrayal of its fans,” said the Senator

“Poker machines are the real footy tax, taking most of their revenue from the battlers who are the heart and soul of the competition.”

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Greens call on AFL to get tough with gambling ties

Richard Di Natale 23 Sep 2011

Greens’ spokesperson for sport and gambling, Senator Richard Di Natale, has called on the AFL to loosen its ties to the gambling industry.

“Another day, another gambling controversy with links to the AFL,” said the Senator.

Betezy, a sports betting website in partnerships with six AFL clubs, is being pursued by the Victorian Commission for Gambling Regulation for offering inducements to gamble or refer friends.

“The fact that betting companies now have access to club names and colours is a new low," said the Senator.

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