Tuesday, 8 November 2016
Statements by Members
Moreton and Rankin Electorates: Cricket
Yesterday was a sad day for Australian cricket at the WACA but there is hope, and that is the annual grudge match between the electorates of Moreton and Rankin—I see my good friend the member for Rankin is here—where the Islamic communities from Morton and Rankin come together to play a game of cricket. It is on Sunday, 12 November, 10 am start, and I thank St Lawrence's for hosting us at their fields on Nathan Road in Runcorn. I also thank Queensland Cricket for providing the umpires. Apparently, a player from the Queensland Bulls will drop in. The skilful Ali Kadri from the Islamic Society of Queensland is captain of the mighty Moreton team and he lets me join his team. Rankin, poor performers that they are, are led by Jim Chalmers and Ahsan Assadi from the Islamic Shia Council of Queensland.
Moreton, I would stress on the public record, are the current cup holders, but I will note that Rankin did win the inaugural match in 2014—although it might have been rigged, I would suggest. James Stedman, a great cricket fan, is the eagle-eyed scorekeeper. We will hold a community barbecue after the match. Everybody is welcome.
I will always do what I can—and I know the member for Rankin will do what he can—to promote inclusivity and cohesion in Queensland. I condemn every Queensland MP or senator who is peddling fear and division, particularly about the Islamic community. I condemn you now and so will history.