MEMBERS STATEMENT: Rugby Rainbow Round

Mr HIBBINS — I attended the opening of the Melbourne Chargers rugby season for the Rainbow Round at Orrong's Romanis Reserve in Prahran with Greens Higgins candidate, Jason Ball. I was pleased to be able to wear my rainbow laces along with the players to show my support for the fight against homophobia in sport. Our footy and rugby clubs have been known as bastions of homophobia and exclusion, but thanks to the efforts of clubs like the Chargers and Melbourne Unicorns many are now on the front line of changing attitudes, not just in sport but the wider community. Thanks to Dan Syrus, president of the Melbourne Chargers and Gerry O'Neill, president of the Melbourne Unicorns for hosting me. Congratulations to all players involved.