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Greens urge Government to protect NRL fans

Richard Di Natale 21 Aug 2012

Australian Greens spokesperson for Sport, Senator Richard Di Natale, called on the Government today to protect access for fans to quality rugby league matches on Free To Air television, in the wake of the new NRL broadcasting rights deal.

“The Greens want to ensure that the NRL remains easily accessible to its fans, just like the AFL is,” said Senator Richard Di Natale.

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Motion: Recognising the achievements of Peter Norman

Richard Di Natale 21 Aug 2012

Senator DI NATALE (Victoria) (15:39): I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 861 standing in my name relating to Mr Peter Norman and the 1968 Olympic Games.

Leave granted.

Senator DI NATALE: I move the motion as amended:

That the Senate—

(a) recognises the achievements of Peter Norman who won the silver medal in the 200m sprint at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics;

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Go for gold in community sport: Greens

Richard Di Natale 16 Aug 2012

Australian Greens spokesperson for sport and health today announced a new Greens initiative to boost access to community sport and combat childhood obesity.

“Rather than just pumping more money into elite sport the Greens want to make it easier for all kids to participate in sport,” said Senator Di Natale.

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Sporting codes right on cannabis: Greens

Greens’ spokesperson for sport and health, Senator Richard Di Natale, welcomes the push from Australian leading sports codes to remove cannabis from the international list of performance-enhancing drugs.

“Cannabis could not possibly be considered a performance-enhancing drug and therefore it has no place on the match-day banned list,” said Dr Di Natale.

“It is really positive to see the AFL and other leading Australian sports codes taking such a sensible approach to doping.

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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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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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