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22    Sport— AFL Women’s competition

The Leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party (Senator Hinch), also on behalf of Senator Farrell, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1056—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes:

                                     (i)       the success of the AFL Women’s (AFLW) competition during its first two seasons,

                                    (ii)       the successful expansion of the AFLW competition to include 10 teams from all over Australia,

                                  (iii)       that, under the changes being introduced to the AFLW 2019 season, not every team will have an opportunity to play each other, and

                                  (iv)       the critique by Melbourne captain, Ms Daisy Pearce, that the competition risks becoming ‘gimmicky’ if the length of the season does not allow for teams to play each another at least once; and

               (b)       encourages:

                                     (i)       the AFL to increase the number of AFLW rounds from 7 to 10 in 2019, enabling each team to play each other, as promoted by football legend Mr Kevin Sheedy, and

                                    (ii)       the Federal Government to work with community and commercial organisations to promote women in professional sport.

Leave refused : Senator Bernardi sought leave to move an amendment to the motion. An objection was raised and leave was not granted.

Statements by leave : Senators Chisholm and Hinch, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.