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Thursday, 13 September 2018
Page: 32


Senator HINCH (Victoria) (12:25): Before I move this motion, I seek leave to amend the motion to add the name of Senator Farrell.

Leave is granted.

Senator HINCH: I, and also on behalf of Senator Farrell, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the success of the AFL Women's (AFLW) competition during its first two seasons,

(ii) the successful expansion of the AFLW competition to include 10 teams from all over Australia,

(iii) that, under the changes being introduced to the AFLW 2019 season, not every team will have an opportunity to play each other, and

(iv) the critique by Melbourne captain, Ms Daisy Pearce, that the competition risks becoming "gimmicky" if the length of the season does not allow for teams to play each another at least once; and

(b) encourages:

(i) the AFL to increase the number of AFLW rounds from 7 to 10 in 2019, enabling each team to play each other, as promoted by football legend Mr Kevin Sheedy, and

(ii) the Federal Government to work with community and commercial organisations to promote women in professional sport.