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Tuesday, 11 October 2016
Page: 1465


Senator LEYONHJELM (New South Wales) (15:39): I seek leave to make a brief statement.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator LEYONHJELM: On 21 November 2015, Rebecca Wilson wrote a story in The Sunday Telegraph in which she purported to name and shame fans of the Western Sydney Wanderers who she claimed to have been banned by the Football Federation Australia for loutish behaviour. This was accompanied by photographs of the individuals. In fact some of the people named had never been banned, some had been banned on spurious grounds and some were under 18 and should never have been named irrespective. Some suffered material harm, particularly affecting employment. I acknowledge her contribution to journalism and promotion of women, but this was something nobody should be proud of. We are all responsible for the harm we cause to others, and death does not absolve us of what we did when we were alive.