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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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Greens support more funding for country sport, not less

More money, not less, would be available for country sport under an alcohol sponsorship substitution scheme proposed by the Australian Greens.

“The Greens fully support the role of sports and cultural events in Australia, especially in regional areas,” said Greens Health Spokesperson Rachel Siewert.

“However, we are deeply concerned about the problem of harmful drinking, which is costing our community $15.4 billion-a-year and is a concern across all age groups, particularly the young.

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'Go Aussies!' – Greens wish athletes success as Games begin

Bob Brown 8 Aug 2008

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown today wished all the Australian athletes a successful 2008 Olympic Games.
"Australia has a fantastic team of athletes and for the next two weeks I'll be cheering them on like millions of other Australians," Senator Brown said.
"After years of hard work, training and sacrifice I wish all our athletes every success and hope they have a terrific time."
Senator Brown also congratulated rower and six-time Olympian James Tomkins on being chosen to lead the Australian team at the opening ceremony.

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Rudd should use 'zhengyou' on China's censors

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd should phone President Hu Jintao and have him stop the police-state censorship of the internet before the Olympics begin, Greens Leader Bob Brown said in Melbourne today.
"In Beijing Mr Rudd said he wanted to be China's 'zhengyou' or straight-talking friend.  It's time for straight talk.  'Drop the internet bans or I won't be coming,' Mr Rudd should tell Mr Hu.

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Rudd dumps Tibet - Greens

Bob Brown 19 Jun 2008

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has dumped Tibet and will be at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics with leaders who have Tibet clamped under military control, Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.
"It was so predictable," Senator Brown said today. "But it raises the question: why has he kept Australia waiting so long? What, if anything at all, has this government done since the bloodshed in Tibet in March, to lift Beijing's suppression of the 7 million Tibetans? Nothing at all is the answer," Senator Brown said.

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