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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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No place for whips in horseracing: Greens

The Australian Greens today threw their weight behind a RSPCA campaign calling for the Australian Racing Board to ban whips as a performance aid in horseracing.

"Horse races are won through a combination of skill, speed and horsemanship, not repeated and painful whipping" said Senator Rhiannon.

"The RSPCA's study found 28 breaches of whip rules including visible indents and striking the horse in its sensitive flank.

"28 breaches across only 15 horse races points to a systematic problem and routine distress for horses.

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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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