Senate debates

Tuesday, 21 August 2012


Norman, Mr Peter

3:39 pm

Photo of Richard Di NataleRichard Di Natale (Victoria, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

I wish to thank Andrew Leigh in the lower house for introducing a similar motion, which I think is a really important motion, as it speaks about the Peter Norman story. It is a story has not been told in Australia. In the 1968 Olympics, Peter Norman decided to take a stand. He took a stand in the moment against injustice and racism. He took it despite the consequences that flowed from that. It is a really important Australian story that has not been told. We need to make sure that this is part of the Australian story. I would like to see us go from today, to move beyond simply acknowledging the wrong that has been done, and make something positive of his story. We would like to see an award recognising the achievements and the bravery of Peter Norman for what he has done in the name of sport.

Question agreed to.


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