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Wednesday, 9 March 2005
Page: 130

Senator CONROY (6:38 PM) —I move:

(1)    Schedule 1, page 3 (after line 4), before item 1, insert:

1A  After subsection 115(1)


(1AAA)  Any notice in effect in accordance with subsection (1) must include a reference to each match in the Fédération Internationale de Football Association World Cup (FIFA) finals tournament as being an event of the kind specified in subsection (1).

This amendment gives statutory affect to the announcement that was made by Senator Coonan. I repeat that we welcome the change of heart by the government to relist the FIFA World Cup. I seek clarification from the minister. Will she be moving that the 2010 World Cup be put back on, or will she just be putting the FIFA World Cup back on? It is an important distinction.

Senator Coonan —Just the 2010 World Cup.

Senator CONROY —Thank you, Minister. Labor’s amendment will attempt to ensure that the arguably largest sporting event in the world, the FIFA World Cup, can never again be delisted. We believe this is necessary given that, following an extensive investigation by the ABA—which, it should be said, recommended keeping the World Cup on the list—the government of the day chose to delist it. This has caused an outcry around the country. Around 14.5 million Australians watched the last soccer World Cup. It was amazing to see the government make this decision. To ensure that this cannot recur in the future, I propose the amendment to ensure that the soccer World Cup is permanently listed on the antisiphoning list.