Thursday, 6 December 2018
Women in Sport, Surfing
I, and also on behalf of Senators Pratt, McKenzie, Waters, O'Neill, Polley, Hanson-Young, Stoker, Gichuhi, Fierravanti-Wells, Ruston, Payne, Cash, Moore, Reynolds, Brown, Kitching, Hume, Rice, Faruqi, Singh, Lines, Wong, Collins, Urquhart, McAllister, Keneally, Bilyk, McCarthy and Hanson, move:
That the Senate—
(a) notes the success of Australian women surfers in recent world titles;
(b) congratulates Ms Stephanie Gilmore on winning her seventh world surfing championship, and Ms Shakira Westdorp on winning her third consecutive world paddleboard title; and
(c) encourages young women everywhere to discover their dreams and follow the knowledge they can expect to be recognised and supported to succeed.
I support this motion, but I lament the fact that only female senators appear to have been invited to sign it. I find that to be gender segregation. I would seek to have my name added to this motion in congratulating some of our great female athletes.
Not being as formal as Senator Bernardi, I would just like to say that there are many, many males in this room and around the country who think that seven world championships are fantastic. I thank you and applaud you.
Question agreed to.