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Tuesday, 20 March 2012
Page: 3487

Mr ABBOTT (WarringahLeader of the Opposition) (14:05): As the Prime Minister has said, Jim Stynes was an Irishman who became an Australian Rules legend. He played 244 consecutive games—a record—he won the Brownlow medal and he was a Victorian of the Year. He was a great footballer, but he was not just a great footballer. Through his Reach Foundation he worked with tens of thousands of troubled youths, and as President of the Melbourne Football Club he steered that institution through some very troubled times. His long battle with cancer was entirely in character, replete with both strength and stoicism. He was an Irishman who became one of the very great Australians. On behalf of the coalition our deepest sympathies go to Samantha and his two young children, Matisse and Tiernan.