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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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Senate Unites To Support SANFL TV Coverage

Greens' Senator for South Australia Sarah Hanson-Young has won Senate support for a motion calling on the ABC to maintain its broadcast of SANFL games.


The motion won support from all parties and was co-sponsored by Senators Penny Wright (Greens), Nick Xenophon (Independent), Anne McEwen (Labor) and Simon Birmingham (Liberal). See full text below.


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Celebrating Sam Stosur's inspirational US Open win

Richard Di Natale 12 Sep 2011

Sport spokesperson for the Greens Senator Richard Di Natale joined fellow Australians in celebrating Samantha Stosur’s historic US Open win this morning.

“What a great start to the working week. Sam Stosur’s tenacity and determination on court was truly inspirational,” Senator Di Natale said.

“She stayed cool in the face of an outburst by Serena Williams and was able to comprehensively defeat her formidable opponent.”

“Her US Open win is a great addition to her impressive WTA career record.”

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Di Natale says AFL needs to show leadership on gambling

Greens Senator Richard Di Natale says that as well as penalising individuals who break the league’s anti-gambling rules the AFL must show leadership on the issue.

“There is a growing  and increasingly unhealthy link between the AFL and gambling,” said Di Natale.

"Gambling is not just an integrity problem for the AFL, it is something that affects the whole community.”

“The AFL should show leadership by immediately banning live betting odds during all broadcasts and by ending exotic bets, which leave the sport wide open to corruption.”

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