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Wednesday, 15 August 2012
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Mr ABBOTT (WarringahLeader of the Opposition) (14:03): I rise to support the remarks of the Prime Minister and to say with her that it was a tremendous honour to be able to welcome back our champion Olympic athletes. It was also great honour to be with the parents and families of our Olympians, because every champion athlete invariably has a champion parent who was the unpaid taxi driver and unofficial cheerleader for years and years while that athlete prepared for his or her moment of glory.

Yes, there will be time enough in the future to reflect on how we went and whether we could possibly go better, but I just want to make one point: no-one is tougher on an athlete's performance than the athlete himself or herself, and I am sure that the deepest and most perceptive post-mortems of this Olympics will be done by the athletes and by the various athletic organisations, because the one thing they want to do is give of their best. I am sure that they did, each of them individually and collectively, give of their best at London.

As the Prime Minister has said, were now prepare for the Paralympics. We will be cheering our Paralympians with the same enthusiasm with which we cheered for our Olympians, and we want to assure all of our Olympians that we will be right behind them as they prepare for Rio.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER ( Ms AE Burke ): I think the entire House would like to join in this message of congratulations to our Olympians.