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The rot won't stop with McKenzie's resignation: Greens

The long-overdue resignation of the ministry by Bridget McKenzie leaves unanswered questions about the Sports Rorts scandal and does not address underlying integrity issues with the Morrison Government, according to the Greens.

Co-deputy leader and spokesperson on democracy Senator Larissa Waters and spokesperson on sport Senator Janet Rice said the Prime Minister will try and draw a line under this sports rorts scandal after Bridget McKenzie’s resignation but the announcement today does not stop the rot.

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Bridget McKenzie sports grants bias, rorts deserve scrutiny by the Senate

Janet Rice 16 Jan 2020


Greens Senator Janet Rice has slammed Bridget McKenzie’s handling of the sport program, giving $100 million in sport grants to favour Coalition target seats in last year’s federal election, rather than awarding grants based on merit.

Quotes attributable to Senator Janet Rice, Greens spokesperson for Sport

“This looks like a government rort designed to win elections.”

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Tasmania can lead on women’s football

Richard Di Natale 16 Feb 2016

The Australian and Tasmanian Greens have identified an opportunity for Tasmania to have a team in the AFL's national women's league, and have written to Premier Will Hodgman and Opposition Leader Bryan Green offering to work with them to progress a proposal.

"The Greens believe a society that values women as equal to men must provide equal opportunities in every workplace, from Parliament to the playing field," said Australian Greens Leader and former VFA footballer Senator Richard Di Natale.

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Players scapegoated in WADA finding, inquiry needed

Richard Di Natale 12 Jan 2016

Greens Leader Richard Di Natale, a former VFL footballer and doctor, says a broad-ranging inquiry is needed to evaluate Australia's anti-doping framework.

"The current system focuses almost exclusively on the players and ignores many of the individuals and organisations involved in this saga," Senator Di Natale said.

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The Greens Plan to Reform Sports Science

The Greens care about sport. Australian sports, including sports scientists, have a history of innovation, but a win-at-all-costs attitude has led many clubs into murky areas at the fringes of sports science.

From the doping scandals that have rocked world cycling to the unapproved supplement trials in the NRL and AFL, Australian sport has never suffered from such a crisis of credibility. Unqualified and unethical individuals are working at elite sports clubs, risking the health of the athletes we respect and damaging the integrity of the sporting codes we love. 

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Greens announce anti-doping reforms

Australian Greens spokesperson for sport and health, Senator Richard Di Natale, today released a package of reforms aimed at protecting Australia’s athletes and sport.

“Today I’m announcing reforms in the area of sports science, aimed at protecting Australian sport and the health of our young athletes,” said Senator Di Natale

“As a doctor I’m deeply disturbed by evidence of young athletes being used as guinea pigs and the pharmacological arms-race that is putting athletes’ health at risk.

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Cuts to SA community sport funding must be reversed

The Greens will move a motion in the Senate this week condemning the SA Government’s $3.5 million cuts to funding for community sporting clubs.

“Community sport is crucial in Australia and I am worried that this decision will rip the heart and soul out of many towns and neighbourhoods across our state,” South Australian Greens Senator, Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“The social and health benefits of community sporting clubs are well known and I urge the Premier to recognise that and reinstate the funding that these clubs so desperately need.

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