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Old parties fail to protect Australian athletes: Greens

Richard Di Natale 23 Jul 2013

 A Greens-initiated Senate Inquiry into the practice of sports science has today reported its findings.

“I referred this issue to a senate inquiry because, as a doctor, I have real concerns for the health and well-being of Australian sportspeople and athletes,” said Greens spokesperson for health and sport, Senator Richard Di Natale, a former GP and VFA footballer.

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Senate establishes inquiry into sports science

Richard Di Natale 16 May 2013

The Australian Senate today voted in favour of a motion from Greens Senator, Dr Richard Di Natale, to establish an inquiry into sports science.

"The recent doping saga has thrown a light onto the role of sports science in Australian sport, which has exposed some very concerning practices," said Senator Di Natale, Greens spokesperson on health and a former VFA footballer.

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Greens secure Senate Inquiry into sports science

Australian Greens spokesperson for sport and health, Senator Richard Di Natale, announced today that he has secured support for a Senate Inquiry into the issue of sports science.

“The ‘whatever it takes’ mentality of Australian sport should not come at the cost of compromising the health of our athletes,” said Dr Di Natale.

“The focus of the current doping scandal has been on whether substances are in breach of the WADA code, but there is a bigger issue at stake here.

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Greens cannot support ASADA bill in current form

Penny Wright 14 Mar 2013

Australian Greens spokesperson for sport, Senator Richard Di Natale, said today that the Greens cannot support the government’s ASADA bill, which would create new coercive powers.
 
“The Greens are absolutely committed to protecting the integrity of sport but it should not be done at the expense of important legal rights and protections,” said Senator Di Natale, a former VFA footballer.
 

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Don't scapegoat players: Greens

Richard Di Natale 11 Feb 2013

Australian Greens spokesperson for sport, Senator Richard Di Natale, today rejected calls to immediately name individual players involved in doping until the full extent of the involvement of sports clubs and administrators was known.

“We need to stop the witch hunt for individual players embroiled in the doping issue,” said Senator Di Natale, a doctor and former VFA footballer.

“Scapegoating a few individual players might make some people feel better will do little to change what appears to be an institutional problem.

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AFLPA should hold the line on drugs stance

Richard Di Natale 30 Jan 2013

Australian Greens spokesperson for health and sport, Senator Richard Di Natale, said today that the AFL Players Association should not water down its three strikes drugs policy.
 
“The AFL Players Association should hold the line on the three strikes policy,” said Senator Di Natale, a former GP who worked in drug and alcohol addiction, and a former VFA player.
 
“The AFL’s drug policy should be primarily about player welfare. I understand that clubs want to get involved early to try and help their players but notifying clubs could actually do more harm than good.

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Greens join government to protect the integrity of sport

Australian Greens spokesperson for Sport, Senator Richard Di Natale, today joined Minister for Sport Kate Lundy to announce the new National Integrity of Sport Unit.

“I am pleased to join Minister Lundy in announcing this new unit because protecting the integrity and standing of Australian sport is a shared concern of the government and the Greens,” said Senator Di Natale.

“Sport, particularly community sport, plays such an important role in our society. Sport brings people together, both as participants and fans; it helps us stay healthy; it’s part of our way of life.

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Broadcasting Services Amendment (Anti-siphoning) Bill 2012 - Second Reading Speech

Richard Di Natale 12 Sep 2012

Senator DI NATALE (Victoria) (12:09): I rise today to speak to this bill as a very passionate advocate for Australian sport; normally a bill around communications would be dealt with by my very erudite colleague Senator Scott Ludlam. At its core, this bill is about Australian sport and the protection of Australian sport. It is about the stake that every Australian has in key sporting events, both here and right around the world. It is critically important that we safeguard this stake in law. One way to do that is with antisiphoning provisions that we are debating today.

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Celebrating Peter Norman’s story: Greens

Richard Di Natale 21 Aug 2012

Australian Greens spokesperson for sport and multiculturalism, Senator Richard Di Natale, today called for Peter Norman to be celebrated as part of the Australian story.

“Peter Norman’s story should be celebrated as part of the Australian story.

“Peter Norman was faced with a choice at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics and in that moment he decided to take a stand against racism. His brave actions live alongside the likes of Nicky Winmar lifting his jumper and pointing to his skin.

“Unfortunately his story has been ignored in Australia for too long.

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