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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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MCG ban of live odds a win for kids and communities

Richard Di Natale 24 Aug 2011

The decision of the MCG Trust to stop advertising live gambling odds at the grounds during football matches is a big step forward for community values, Australian Greens spokesperson for sport Senator Richard Di Natale said today.

“This is a great decision by the MCG Trust, and we congratulate them for putting kids ahead of gambling profits,” Senator Di Natale said.

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Australians celebrate Cadel Evans’ historic win

Richard Di Natale 25 Jul 2011

The celebrations for the first Australian to win the Tour de France transcend politics, sport spokesperson for the Greens Senator Richard Di Natale said today.

“Like most of the country, I was on the edge of my seat, watching Cadel Evans on the final leg of the tour,” Senator Di Natale said.

“The feeling in Geelong is indescribable – we couldn’t be prouder to have a hometown boy on the podium.

“There must be something in the water around my home patch – Phil Anderson, the first Australian to win the yellow jersey, was an Apollo Bay resident.

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Greens renew calls for end to alcohol sponsorship of sport

The Australian Greens today renewed calls for an end to alcohol sponsorship of sporting events, following reports that a Government taskforce is set to recommend similar measures.

"The Greens have been calling for action on alcohol sponsorship of sporting events for some time now, and it is good to see the Government's own taskforce reportedly recommending action on the matter," said Australian Greens health spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert.

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Call for Government action on misconduct in sporting codes

The Senate

(a)   recognises:

(i)            the need for cultural change within some sporting organisations relating to problems including violence, and attitudes towards women; and

(ii)           the high regard in which professional sportspeople are held in this country, and the role model status that they hold for young Australians; 


(b)   calls on the Government to:

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Senate supports Greens’ call for national conversation on sport shame

The Greens have received Senate support for their call for Government action on recent examples of serious behavioural transgressions in professional sport, including sexual misconduct, violence and aggression towards women.

Senator Hanson-Young, Greens spokesperson for Sport and the Status of Women, this morning moved a motion calling on the Federal Government to facilitate dialogue with representatives from all sporting codes and investigate a possible universal code of conduct, which the Senate supported.

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