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Thursday, 5 February 2009
Page: 399

Senator HURLEY (10:51 AM) —I move:

   That the Senate—

(a)   congratulates organisers of the Tour Down Under cycling event on staging the most successful cycling event since its inception in 1999;

(b)   expresses thanks to all the support staff and others who have contributed to the success of the event;

(c)   congratulates Mr Allan Davis (Quickstep) on winning an outstanding 2009 Tour Down Under cycling event;

(d)   conveys, on behalf of all Australians, the nation’s pride and congratulations for the performances of participants over the course of the competition;

(e)   thanks the South Australian people and the thousands from interstate who cheered cyclists in the 2009 Tour Down Under and participated in the event;

(f)   commends the contribution made by the South Australian State Government in announcing a massive roll-out of bike paths and honouring some of South Australia’s cycling greats;

(g)   notes the generous pledge by the South Australian Premier, Mr Mike Rann, to triple any funds raised by Cancer Council of South Australia during 2009 Tour Down Under;

(h)   also thanks Mr Lance Armstrong for his cancer awareness campaign and the high profile media coverage he brought to South Australia and Australia;

(i)   acknowledges the contribution of the International Cycling Union to the success of the Tour Down Under; and

(j)   congratulates the Minister for Sport, Ms Kate Ellis, and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority for ensuring the conduct of a free and fair race.

Question agreed to.