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Monday, 29 August 1994
Page: 495


Senator CRICHTON-BROWNE (4.30 p.m.) —I regret that the Democrats are introducing just a dash of politics into this issue. I would have thought that a party that purports to be egalitarian in its nature would have been inclusive rather than exclusive in terms of those that it recognises. Cathy Freeman made a fabulous contribution to Australia's success at the Commonwealth Games. It is a great pity that Phillip Christou and the Australian Weightlifting Federation should have tainted that. All the athletes made a great contribution. I would have thought that all political parties would be reflecting the type of sentiments encapsulated in Senator Faulkner's notice of motion earlier on congratulating all athletes—not just the winners or the losers, but all the triers. I would have thought that the most bipartisan approach we could have taken would have been to embrace that resolution and not one that singles out one person for special mention.