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     8   2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

Ms Husar, pursuant to notice, moved—That this House:

(1)        acknowledges that the XXI Commonwealth Games will commence on the Gold Coast with the opening ceremony on Wednesday, 4 April 2018 and the closing ceremony on Sunday, 15 April 2018;

(2)        notes that:

(a)        more than 6,600 athletes and team officials from 70 Commonwealth Nations and Territories will be competing;

(b)        the athletes will compete in 275 events in 18 different sports and seven para-sports; and

(c)        beach volleyball, para triathlon and women’s Rugby Sevens will make their Commonwealth Games debuts and for the first time at a Commonwealth Games, an equal number of men’s and women’s medal events will be contested;

(3)        acknowledges that this year the Commonwealth Games motto will be ‘Share the Dream’; and

(4)        encourages all Members of Parliament to support the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and the Australian sports people representing Australia at the Commonwealth Games.

Debate ensued.

The time allotted for the debate having expired, the debate was interrupted, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour this day.