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Thursday, 13 September 2018
Page: 6324

Senator CHISHOLM (Queensland) (12:26): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator CHISHOLM: The success of the AFL Women's and other elite women's sporting competitions has inspired a wave of female grassroots sport participation. Highly visible female sporting role models are inspiring Australian women and girls to take part in sport, enjoy its benefits and pursue their sporting dreams. Labor believes that we need to build on the growth in women's sport that Australia is currently experiencing, so we support this motion. I'd also point out that it's become obvious through other issues in the public domain that the government has a hotline to Gillon McLachlan, the AFL CEO, and I'd encourage them to pick up the phone and demand a better deal for AFL Women's.